We try six of the best healthy food subscription boxes
Get something delicious and nuturious to snack on with the minimum of fuss. By Stacey Smith.
1. Superfoodio Classic Box: from £18.95 per month, Superfoodio
We'd been spying the brand new Deliciously Ella energy balls on our Instagram feed of late so were delighted to find them in our Classic Box. You'll also find deluxe treats such as Raw Halo's mylk chocolate and salted caramel, Emily veg crisps and Be Mindful chia pudding. What makes this selection stand out from the crowd, though, is the featured ingredient which changes each month. Moringa powder (rich in calcium, protein, iron, potassium and vitamins A and C) isn't an ingredient we'd used before, but each box contains two helpful recipes to ensure you get the best out of it.
2. Lifebox Women's Health Subscription: £21.95 per month, Lifebox
Beautifully packaged and tied with a bow, the selection of 14 sweet and savoury snacks catered to all of our wants and needs. Although the box is aimed at women, we think the high-energy products would appeal to both men and women. Start the day with The Department of Breakfast cacao and goji crunch granola, snack on organic tomato pesto popcorn at lunch and indulge with the Kookie Cat vegan cookie later in the afternoon. Each box comes with a helpful menu detailing what you've received and suggestions on how to use it.
3. Graze Variety Box: £3.99 per week, Graze
One of the first subscription snack boxes to emerge, Graze has since developed its offering to include a more specialised Protein Box, alongside the original variety pack. Handily sized boxes fit through the letterbox so you don't have to be in to sign for them and with over 100 snacks to explore, you're bound to find some favourites. You'll receive four snacks each week, which you're then encouraged to rate to ensure your selection gets tailored to your preferences. Each treat is clearly labelled with either calorie or protein count. At just 55 calories we particularly enjoyed the brilliant banana bread which comes with a single tea bag - an afternoon infusion of Assam and Kenyan leaves.
4. The Nutribox Classic 20: £25, Nutribox
Jam-packed full of 20 products, think of this as a helpful vending machine that sits on your desk. Instead of a bog standard packet of crisps it will dispense beetroot, horseradish and dill chips, perfectly portioned packs of nuts and raw superfood flapjacks. It features a mixture of brands we love, like Pip & Nut and Nakd, as well as new discoveries from Great Taste 2015 winner Creative Nature, all of which are guaranteed to be gluten-free. You decide on the frequency (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or once every two months) and you can cancel at any time.
5. Office Pantry Snack Pack: £35, Office Pantry
Office Pantry is designed to keep your whole workplace happy. A mixture of snacks is delivered on a weekly or monthly basis to fill up the big wooden crate you receive with the initial delivery. For an office of one to 15 people you'll get 37 snacks: expect fruit jerky, super seeded chocolate bars and nuts. Everything is healthy without being too specialist so you won't scare off Barbara in accounts.
6. Vegan Tuck Box Ultimate Subscription Box: £16.50 per month, Vegan Tuck Box
This is ideal if you're embarking on a plant-based diet and are still trying to get your head around what you can eat. The box contains 13 items of sweet and savoury treats (the Simply7 lemon and olive oil kale chips being our favourite) and the retail value of the individuals products altogether is guaranteed to be more than the cost of the box. You'll also find a monthly recipe online which uses the Bang Curry spice mix found in the box. Not only that, 10p from each box goes to a vegan friendly charity.