Tuesday, 10 September 2013


I was recently the lucky recipient of a subscription to Snackbox!  If you're anything like me, you're probably asking yourself what is Snackbox?  Think of a wine-of-the-month club but for healthy snacks.  Each month, Snackbox mails its subscribers a box full of yummy treats to eat to their heart's content.  The greatest part is that the snacks are health conscious.  So, they give you some great ideas of alternatives to substitute for those treats that call your name as you make your way down the chip and junk food aisle.  For me, it was just the funnest (yes, I still insist that that is a word) experience ever to have a mystery box of food delivered to me via mail!  It was such a riot opening it up and discovering what was inside.  So, if you're looking for a neat way to discover some new snacks or looking for a great gift for the foodie in your life, definitely look into a Snackbox subscription. 

Things to note: (1) Subscriptions range from $39.95 + tax/month for a one-month subscription (including shipping) to $30.95 + tax/month for a six month subscription (including shipping).  However, there is currently a special coupon code that will help you save some money (details below).  (2)  As the box is delivered during business hours, it may be easier to use your work address as your shipping address.  The box wouldn't come close to fitting in an apartment-size mailbox.  (3) Snackbox offers a 100% money back guarantee and you can upgrade, downgrade, pause or cancel your subscription at any time.  No entrapment here folks! (4) All products are all-natural and gluten-free.  (5) You can find additional info here https://getsnackbox.com/ or @GetSnackbox and (6) The snacks in the box should last you about 3 weeks to a month if you work them into your regular snacking routine.

Coupon Code: For first-time customers Snackbox is offering $15 off your first Snackbox!  Simply enter the coupon code "LOVEOFFOOD" when checking out.  This coupon code will expire on October 31, 2013.

The official arrival of my Snackbox!  I had it delivered to the office, so each and every one of my co-workers can vouch for how excited I was to open this puppy up...so much anticipation!  I especially liked the big red Snackbox stamp. 

The official unveiling!

My plunder!  It took every ounce of will-power I had to not start munching right that second.  I was very impressed with the number of different snacks and the sizes.  We're not talking one-bite taste tests folks!

I also really liked the info guide that came in the box.  It gave you some background info on the product itself, details on where you could buy it, how much it cost and how to get in touch with the company if you so desired.  Anyone who knows me well knows I'm a big fan of organization and this thoroughly impressed me. 

Now on to the best part...the snacks!
Snack 1: King Island 100% Pure Coconut Water.  Sorry folks, I forgot to take a photo of this one.  To be honest, coconut water just doesn't float my boat.  I know it's really good for you, but the flavour and I just don't get along.  So, I used this coconut water in my smoothie and it worked hunky dorey.  That being said, I have no doubt that you coconut water lovers out there would love it! 
Snack 2: Lundberg Rice Chips.  These were lovely!  I enjoyed them plain as an afternoon snack but they'd also rock with some hummus.  I'll definitely keep these in mind as a cracker or chip substitute the next time I'm at the grocery store.
Snack 3: EnerC.  Essentially a packet of powder that you mix with water and drink in order to get your daily dose of vitamins, electrolytes and anti-oxidants.  I was pleasantly surprised by how yummy EnerC tasted (the orange flavour is pictured here) and the effervescence added a little oomph to the drink.  Definitely an easy and yummy way to get your daily vitamins.
Snack 4: Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps.  Growing up in the Okanagan, I've had my fair share of home-made apple chips, banana chips, dried apricots...my Great Aunt kicked some serious butt with that dehydrator of hers!  So, I was pretty pumped to see the All Natural Fruit Crisps and dove right in.  It took me a little bit by surprise at first because these apple chips are freeze dried rather than dehydrated, so they have a totally different texture.  It makes the apple slice puffy and airy, but still with that same apple flavour.  It was very interesting.  Each bag contains the equivalent of 1.5 Fuji apples and was a yummy light snack.  Similar to dried fruit, it wouldn't be substantial on its own, but a nice treat and a heck of a lot more healthy than a bag of chips.

Snack 5: Rocket Oatmeal.  This was hands-down my favourite item in the Snackbox.  Oatmeal, raisins and just the right amount of sugar/cinnamon made for a deliciously warm and easy breakfast!  All I had to do was shake the container, add boiling water, put the lid back on, let it hang out for 4 minutes, and then eat to my heart's content.  I will definitely grab some of these for my next road or camping trip.  They'd also make kick butt snacks.
Snack 6: Mya's Crunch.  This chocolatey goodness is delightful and a nice change from the normal box of chocolates.  Imagine crunchy rice puffs, dried cranberries and dried orange peel covered in dark chocolate...heaven!  You get flavour without sweetness and that lovely dark chocolate kick all packed into one.  Definitely worth giving a try the next time you're having a chocolate craving.
Snack 7: Alive and Radiant Foods Kale Krunch.  Imagine kale chips smothered in chocolate.  Personally I'm more a fan of the salty and cheesy kale chips than the kale mixed with chocolate, but then again I am more of a salty person than a sweet person.
Snack 8: Hippie Foods Granola.  This was unlike any granola I've ever had...mainly because they use seeds and fruit instead of oats.  A very interesting idea, gluten-free, organic and non-GMO.  Personally I found the Seeds & Fruit flavour a bit sweet to eat a whole bowl of it in the morning, but I think it would be great mixed in with other cereals, or eaten as a snack while hiking/riding.

Snack 9: Surf Sweets Watermelon Candy Rings.  I'm not going to lie, when I read that these treats were made from 100% organic juice, I was a little skeptical and didn't think they'd taste like proper candy.  Definitely a poor assumption.  They tasted like any other candy and for those of you who ate Bonkers watermelon candy as a kid, the Surf Sweets flavour is almost bang on.  Definitely a good option when you're in the mood for some gummy candy. 

Snack 10: Harvest Snaps: Snapea Crisps.  These were interesting.  Imagine a snap pea dried out and lightly salted...almost like a snap pea chip.  Personally, picking snap peas and eating them in the garden was a favourite childhood pastime of mine...so I'm a bit partial to the fresh variety.  However, I'm sure this is a much more healthy alternative to chips. 
Snack 11: True to Nature Bar.  This bar was delicious!  Less heavy and sweet than the average granola bar, but it still satisfied that granola bar craving.  Not to mention that they're gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and vegan for those of you out there with food allergies or preferences.  I could definitely see myself picking these up in the future.  (fyi, they are available at Choices, Costco, London Drugs, MEC, Save-on Foods, Shoppers, Walmart and Whole Foods).


  1. This looks to be right up my alley! This is genius! I am always struggling to find healthy snacks (being a big grazer of snacks all day that I am :) Good find, Shayne!

  2. NICE!!! I am for sure looking into this.