Box subscription services seem to be popping up everywhere nowadays. Whether you want clothes, crafts or meal ingredients, there’s a company out there that’s willing to package it up and send it right to your doorstep. Best of all, most of these services will take your personal tastes into account to make sure your box of goodies is exactly what you want. What a time to be a consumer, huh?
A couple of months ago, the Razzle Frazzle team was contacted by a relatively new box subscription service called Healthy Cheats, which, as the name might imply, sends its customers a collection of healthy, diet-friendly snacks in every box. They were kind enough to send us a sample box to check out some of the delicious treats they’ve curated from companies across the country.
Whether you’re gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, Kosher or just trying to eat better, Healthy Cheats can find an appropriate assortment of snack foods for you. When you sign up for your free sample box, you tell them what kinds of snacks you like — sweet, salty, crunchy, etc. — and what kind of dietary restrictions you have. Healthy Cheats takes it from there, hand picking just the right combination of items to satisfy your snack cravings.
Everything Healthy Cheats sends you is carefully researched and taste-tested to ensure that you’re receiving the most nutritious, natural snack foods on the market. As the company states on its website, many “so-called healthy products are gluten free, but filled with other crap and sugar, or so expensive with tiny serving sizes, so it’s not sustainable.” Since we’ve been trying to buy less (overly) processed foods, we couldn’t wait to see what kinds of new-to-us products we were going to get in our box.
While we didn’t try every single item we received, here are some of our favorite Healthy Cheats discoveries:
i heart keenwah quinoa clusters: These delicious quinoa-based treats are the perfect guilt-free snacks when you’re craving something crunchy and sweet. We got two varieties—cashew cranberry and chocolate sea salt—and loved them both. i heart keenwah’s quinoa clusters contain tons of organic, allergy-friendly ingredients and are just 130 calories per 1-oz. serving. (Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, kosher)
Skinny Crisps: We loved these sturdy, gluten-free cracker alternatives. We got the toasy onion Crisps, which had a strong flavor (not a bad thing—just brush your teeth after!) and tasted great with our favorite chip dips. Skinny Crisps are made in a dedicated GF facility and have only 1 gram of net carbs per serving. (Gluten-free, rice-free, corn-free, GMO-free)
Simple Mills almond flour baking mix: This was our absolute favorite product from the whole box. We’re usually skeptical of many gluten-free baking mixes—they’re fine, but they never taste quite like the real thing. But when we made Simple Mills’ banana muffins, we couldn’t believe they could possibly be allergy-friendly. Since receiving our Healthy Cheats shipment, we’ve reordered the banana mix purchased two more flavors of muffin mixes. They’re a breakfast staple in our house now! (gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, no refined sugars)
Boundless Nutrition Perfect Cookie: As with the Simple Mills mix, we weren’t sure how this gluten-free protein cookie would taste. We were pleasantly surprised at the flavor and texture, and although you probably couldn’t pass it off as a “regular” white chocolate macadamia cookie, it’s an amazing healthier alternative with all-natural ingredients. We couldn’t track down a website, but Boundless Nutrition’s Perfect Cookies are available through many online retailers. (Gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free)
Bell Plantations PBthins: These thin, crunchy peanut butter crackers are made with roasted peanuts and just a few other tasty, all-natural ingredients—all for 100 calories per 0.81-oz. pack. They reminded us of Nutter Butter cookies sans-filling. Bell Plantations PBthins are also available in a gluten-free variety. (Kosher, dairy-free)
Bumble Bar: Like Bumble Bars, so-called healthy energy bars are usually packed with protein—unfortunately, they’re usually also packed with artificial sweeteners and other chemicals that maker them less than ideal. These certified organic sesame-based bars contain wholesome, natural ingredients that give you clean energy for your busy day. We loved the cashew variety we tried! (Gluten-free, dairy-free)
New York Naturals Greenola kale chips: In Nicole’s former life as editor-in-chief of HealthyWaytoCook.com, she got the chance to sample and develop recipes with New York Naturals’ incredible, healthy Greenola kale chips. They’ve obviously expanded their flavor line since then, because this was the first we’d heard of their raisin coconut chips. With its natural ingredients, one of the healthiest sweet treats we’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. (GF, raw, vegan, Kosher)
Other than the Quest protein crisps (pretty bland with a strange texture) and the Gone Nuts chipotle pistachios and pumpkin seeds (way too spicy for us!), there wasn’t really anything we tried from this box we didn’t love. Our guess is that over time, as you provide feedback and specific preferences, Healthy Cheats gives you better products more tailored to your tastes.
What we really love about Healthy Cheats is that there’s no pressure to sign up for regular deliveries, or even get a whole box: You can search for and purchase individual snack foods that are right for your diet, directly on the website. The company is so confident that it can offer you the highest-quality, most affordable products out there that they’re even willing to refund you the difference if you find one of their items for a lower price elsewhere. Sign up for your free sample box today at healthycheats.com.
-The Razzle Frazzle Team
Disclosure: Healthy Cheats contacted us and arranged to send us a free sample box. We were not obligated to review the service, and we received no compensation for this post. All opinions are ours.