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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September Nature Box Canada

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You know those ads that crop into your Facebook feed; the ones that never seem to be of any interest to you, although given all of the personal data Facebook has you'd think they'd be able match you to an ad that might just be of interest... Anyway, you know the ads. I spotted one that was actually of interest- Nature Box is available in Canada! Aptly named Nature Box Canada, we Canadians can now get in on the healthy-snack centered subscription service, because you can't eat lipstick. Well, maybe you can, but you probably shouldn't. Read on for a closer look!

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If you're unfamiliar with Nature Box, it's a subscription service that offers a selection of five full size snacks. All of their snacks are carefully sourced, nutritionist-approved and made with whole ingredients free of artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours.

Nature Box Canada is currently still in what they're calling their 'beta rollout' while they get the hang of shipping Canadian orders, which basically means that the site is much more basic than the American version as you don't have the option to browse the products available or choose which items you receive in your box. As you can't pick and choose, you only have the set selections for the September shipment. I was pretty pleased with the selection, but the Canadian site doesn't give much of a description of what each product is aside from the ingredients. I found that a little bit odd, as you'd think you'd get more people interested if you told them what they were getting, no? Anyhow, let's get to the actual snacks...

nature box canada september- apple cinnamon crave
Nature Box Canada- Apple Cinnamon Crave 113g

Apple Cinnamon Crave is a salty-sweet blend of roasted almonds, peanuts, honey toasted almonds, apple cinnamon bits, and white chocolate chips that is a pretty amazing combo. The nuts are perfectly roasted, but unsalted, so you don't get that overly salty thing going on, while the sweet flavours aren't too cloying sweet either. The apple cinnamon bits are particularly tasty, and totally taste like candy, but are simply made from apples, sugar, and cinnamon. As tasty as this is, the bag is pretty small, which is a little disappointing.

nature box canada september- flax fortune coins
Nature Box Canada- Flax Fortune Coins 113g

Flax Fortune Coins are little mini cookies that have the same mildly sweet flavour of a fourtune cookie, but with flax seeds added into the mix. I absolutely love fortune cookies, and these are just as good, but that much better for you as the flax is high in fibre and good fats like omega-3.

nature box canada september- ancient grans granola
Nature Box Canada- Ancient Grains Granola 142g.

Ancient Grains Granola was the slight dud in the mix. While it's not bad, it's also just not that interesting either. With a blend of oats, quinoa, kamut, amaranth, spelt and toasted coconut, this crunchy blend is tasty and high in fibre while being lower in fat than many other granolas, but again just not that interesting on it's own. It is pretty good on yogurt or fruit. I had some on top of pear smash (my version of chunky apple sauce, but made with pears) and it was quite tasty.

nature box canada september- asiago & cheddar cheese crisps
Nature Box Canada- Asiago & Cheddar Cheese Crisps 99g

Asiago & Cheddar Cheese Crisps are the tastiest combo of cheese and crunchy cracker that I've ever tasted. They've got the perfect cheese flavour- that actually tastes like real cheese, because it is- with a hint of cayanne pepper for a little kick. Sooo good, but not the best item to be shipped via Canada post as they were all pretty crushed.

nature box canada september- santa fe corn stix
Nature Box Canada- Santa Fe Corn Stix 155g

Santa Fe Corn Stix are little corn crisps flavoured with tomato, green pepper and onion. I was a bit apprehensive about these, as I wondered if they'd be overly spicy, but they have the perfect amount of flavour and spice. These remind me of sesame sticks, as they have a similar texture and crunch. Love these!

Overall, I'm quite pleased with the snack selection. I can't say if I'll opt for the next box, as I don't know what will be in it yet or if there will be an option to customize content. Plus, I don't love that the box is charged in US dollars. It makes the advertised $19.95 + $4.95 shipping cost higher (once converted), and as the exchange rate is always fluctuating you could be paying even more some months. it would make much more sense to offer a Canadian subscription in Canadian dollars. Other than that though, I love the idea of the service, as it offers products I wouldn't be able to find otherwise, and even if I could- say at the Bulk Food Store- the quality of ingredients is better and I know what I'm getting is going to be fresh. Want to try Nature Box Canada? Use code share10off for, yup, you guessed it, $10 off your first box. What do you think of the service? Would you or have you tired it?

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