Surprise snacks might just be the best thing ever. I somehow managed to forget that Stan gifted me a subscription to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box over the holidays, so I did an actual happy dance when it showed up in the mail a few days ago. Cha cha CHA!
New to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box? Here's some basic info:
- Vegan Cuts is a monthly snack box containing 7-10 "mostly gluten-free" vegan snacks.
- The subscription costs $19.95 per month including shipping within the U.S. They ship to Canada for an additional $8 per month or worldwide for an additional $15 per month.
- They also offer a monthly vegan beauty box for the same price - check out my archives for reviews of past Vegan Cuts Beauty Boxes and Snack Boxes.
In case you can't read the text at the bottom, it says: Use JANSNACKS for $10 off at VEGANCUTS.COM/SHOP. Expires Feb 28. Min. purchase of $50 required.
ProTings Baked Crisps - Chili Lime Flavor (1oz bag, approximate value $1.67)
Not to be confused with Tings, another popular vegan snack. These are interesting. Imagine a tortilla chip, but made out of protein powder. These have a whopping 15g of protein per seving, whoa! I enjoyed the chili-lime flavor—it was spicy and tangy and not too weak. I'm not sure I would classify these as "healthy" because they are sooooooo salty, but if you're trying to squeeze extra protein into your diet they're certainly more efficient than regular tortilla chips.
Mediterranean Snacks Rosemary Baked Lentil Chips (1oz bag, approximate value $0.67):
I've received these exact chips at least once through Vegan Cuts before—my blog search function tells me that they appeared in the April 2014 box, though I think one of the other flavors may have popped up in another month as well. The good news is that they're tasty, and pair well with hummus or other savory bean dips. Would buy again!
King Soba Organic Black Rice Ramen (9.8oz, value $6.99):
Now here's something a bit different! This bag contains a few picks of ramen made from black rice instead of the usual wheat. I'm planning on using them in my dinner tonight, so ask me tomorrow how they were! I always like trying out new noodles, so I was excited to see them in the box.
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Apple Blueberry Granola (3.5oz, approximate value $1.65):
Ah, Bob's Red Mill. A supermarket "health food" aisle classic. This granola is fairly unremarkable, but it certainly isn't bad—crunchy. A bit fruity. Granola-y. If you don't want to eat it plain, I recommend sprinkling it over coconut milk ice cream!
Go Raw Organic Real Live Apricot Bar (1x 1.8oz bar, value $2.99):A bar made from various dried fruits and sprouted flax seeds. I found this bar to be quite filling (so many seeds!), but a bit lacking in the flavor department. It doesn't taste bad, just blander than I expected. Meh.
Munk Pack Blueberry Acai Flax Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze (1x 4.2oz pouch, value $2.50):
I still haven't tried this, but squeezy fruit + oatmeal + flax sounds interesting. Or disgusting. Or good. I DON'T KNOW!!! I'm saving this for a morning when I have zero time to prepare food.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 Protein Powder (2x 15g samples, approximate value $2.40):
If you've read any of my past Vegan Cuts unboxing posts, you probably know that I really, really, really wish they wouldn't send as many protein powder samples. That hasn't changed, and I still have way too many to use up as it is. There's good news though: They sent samples of vanilla and chocolate flavored powders instead of chai, which is usually gross! Yay! That means I may actually try these.
Sant Dried Superfruit Beverage (10g pack, approximate value $1.50):If I'm understanding correctly, this is a little sachet of dried "superfruit" (Garcinia indica) that you're supposed to infuse in water for a tasty beverage. I actually really like infused waters and don't think the pricing for this product is totally insane, so I'm glad to give it try.
Athletic Greens Superfood Cocktail (2x 12g packets, approximate value $6.46):Hey, more superpowered foods! I think this is supposed to be an immune booster, but the infomercial-esque website was an immediate turnoff for me so I didn't do too much reading up on it. I did a google search and discovered that each 12g serving costs about $3.23—sorry, but that's outside my budget for something I'm a bit dubious of to begin with.
Rawr Bar in Very Berry Kale (1 bar, approximate value $1.42):This is a dried fruit bar made with kale. Thing fruit leather, but greener! First of all, can I say that the illustration on the package and brand name are adorable? Because they are. I liked the actual bar too—it's more tangy than sweet, which is right up my alley. I would buy these if I spotted them locally!
Skout Organic Trailbar in Chocolate + Coconut (1 bar, value $2.49):A rich, coconutty energy bar. Imagine a chocolate macaroon but not quite as delicious, haha. These are still pretty darn good for bars though, so if you like coconutty things they're worth a try.
Total box value: Approximately $30.74
I thought this was a really good month for the Vegan Cuts Snack Box. Many different types of snacks/foods were represented, and I think there was only one repeat snack (the lentil chips). This month's box also carried a higher value than usual, even without the crazily-priced Athletic Greens drink. I would have been a teensy bit happier if there had been extra crisps or bars in place of the protein powders and Athletic Greens, but that's just my personal preference. All in all, not bad!
If you want to sign up for the Vegan Cuts Snack Box, you can do so here. And then we can make bets about whether or not there will be protein powder in next month's box. (Note: If you bet no, you'll probably lose. Just saying.)
What do you think of my January Vegan Cuts Snack Box? Which of these snacks sounds most (or least) appealing to you?
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