Thursday, July 5, 2012

Healthy snacks delivered to your door every month (Healthy Surprise Review)

If you have been around here long, you know that feeding my family nourishing foods is a huge priority for me. Healthy snacks, particularly when we're on the go, can be difficult. So, I have to confess--when I was contacted by Healthy Surprise about doing a review of their service, I was really, really excited.

When you subscribe to Healthy Surprise, they deliver a box to your door each month of truly healthy snacks.

The subscriptions come in different sizes:
  • Starter (16-20 servings) -- $38
  • Healthy (32-40 servings) -- $66
  • Large (50-60 servings) -- $99
  • Super (200 servings) -- $333 
The cost includes shipping. The average serving runs between $2.06 and $1.66, varying slightly by month (depending on exactly how many snacks that month's box contains) with the larger boxes having a lower cost per serving.

The box we received was a "Healthy" sized box. I checked the prices of each of the items on-line, and based on what I found, I would not have been able to buy them separately for $66. Ordering most items in bulk and not considering shipping costs (which vary based on the source), I would have paid right around the $66 that Healthy Surprise charges but their price includes shipping and you don't have to buy a ton of each item to get them at that price. 

Our box of snacks before anyone got into it!
When our box arrived, my excitement rubbed off on Katie and Benjamin, who wouldn't sit still for me to get a non-blurry photo of them with the snacks neatly arranged on the table like I tried to over and over again!

As I examined the ingredients on each package, I truly could not have been more pleased. Each snack was actually and truly all-natural and all of them were dairy, egg, gluten, and soy-free. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find pre-packaged soy-free snacks?! And, there were several items in the box for everyone in our family to enjoy, including Ben who is still off of gluten, corn, soy, and tree-nuts/peanuts.

Usually when I buy pre-packaged 'healthy' snacks, I consider them compromise foods. They typically aren't soy-free, they have oils I would not use, and/or they have some refined sugar thrown in. Not the case with the snacks included in our box. Each ingredient was one I would have been perfectly happy to use in my kitchen.

As we ate through the snacks, there were definitely some we enjoyed more than others, but I think there was only one product was one that none of us cared for (and it was a bag of nuts, so Katie and I were really the only candidates for trying it). That's naturally a risk you take when someone else is putting together a package of food for you--but at the same time, you take the same risk when you buy a new-to-you snack at the store. Plus, the snacks change from month to month, so if there's one you don't like, you probably won't see it in the next box anyway.

I realize that it is quite possible to make nourishing snacks from scratch for quite a bit less per serving--and that is typically what I do. However, I can definitely see this as being an great resource for our family during especially challenging seasons--like when I'm in early pregnancy or when we have a newborn (which also happen to be seasons of life when I need to eat a lot!). In fact, I think we will probably go ahead and subscribe for the first few months after our little guy is born--the less cooking I have to do, the more I get to snuggle my newborn babe!

Overall, I was definitely pleased with our experience and would definitely recommend Healthy Surprise for families who need nourishing snacks but, for whatever reason, don't have time to make them from scratch.

Interested in trying Healthy Surprise? Use the coupon code covhome when you subscribe to get $5 off every order you place!

Disclosure: I was provided with a box from Healthy Surprise for review purposes. All opinions in this post are mine.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea. This would make a great care package for a child away from home or a soldier in boot camp, and with Christmas around the corner, these treat would be great stocking stuffers. Thanks!