Wellthos Health and Fitness box June 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

Wellthos is a health and fitness subscription box that contains around 10 trending health and fitness products picked by qualified nutritionists. Each box is delivered to your doorstep for £23.99 a month. The box is usually a standard cardboard box of good quality and the products are packed nicely under a folded sheet held with a sticker.

 

I will write an overall review on this in a couple of months after I’ve had 2-3 boxes of them and formed a more rounded opinion.

I do apologise for the quality of some of the pictures, my camera broke and I had to use an old one. Will be better next time! You can click on the pictures to see them bigger if you want to have a look at the nutritional values or ingredients.

For now let’s have a look at what was inside the Wellthos June box 2017. Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and health, fitness and taste can be very personal things as we all have different biological builds. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. If you tried any of these products please leave your comments below!

The products contained were from left to right: a bottle with liquid egg whites, caffeinated tea, an energy snack, carbonated flavoured energy water, nuts, chickpea crisps, two protein powder satchels, sprinkles of coconuts, dates and seeds, an energy bar and two resistance bands. It also contained a 15% off voucher for TWLONDON, a leaflet with a list and description of the contents, a leaflet with a workout example for the resistance bands and a two-sided leaflet which contained two recipes utilising some of the products in this box!

Wellthos 3 June 2017

Wellthos 4 June 2017

 

Two Chick Liquid Egg Whites

 

At first glance I though this was some kind of juice like maybe a diluted orange juice. I was quite shocked to find out that this is actually egg whites! It looks pretty much like pee but thankfully it doesn’t stink of egg.

One of the recipes contained in this box is a suggested use for the egg whites, in an omelette. I tried this out in order to test the recipe and the product and here’s the results.

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The omelette was too thin even when I used a smaller frying pan, perhaps because it is not a whole egg and you only use 120mL of the egg whites. It doesn’t hold together as strongly and it is not as thick as a normal omelette. As a result, I decided to scramble it up which worked pretty well. Other than that I followed the recipe to the letter and it was delicious. According to my calculations this dish will cost you 286kcal and it contains somewhere between 14-18g of protein depending on your actual ingredients used. Not too bad in terms of calories but it is slightly low on the protein front as I would personally prefer somewhere between 20-30g of protein to match my fitness regime.

 

It was a lovely meal but I think I will stick to full egg omelettes. That’s not a criticism on the product more on the recipe. There is no reason to split the egg for an omelette, everything is healthy in moderation. With that being said, Two Chicks also sells the same product but the full egg however, in that case I would rather just use a full egg myself than buy a product as it would be cheaper and would feel more fresh.

There was also a proposed recipe on the Two Chick Liquid Egg White bottle published by Mandy Sahota which is for a protein shake or breakfast shake whatever you want to call it. This was super exciting for me because as a fitness junkie I have tried pretty much every single protein powder brand and type out there and even though I am a chemist professionally, they all taste synthetic to me. Some more than others but I could always tell the presence of protein powder even in my morning fruit shakes which made me stop making them. So this alternative, using egg whites instead of protein powder in my morning protein shakes was a lovely alternative. Admittedly, I felt a little disgusted by the idea of having raw egg whites in my shake but in the name of fitness and saving protein shakes I gave it a go!Shake with two chicks egg whites-ingredients

 

The recipe by Mandy Sahota is very simple: 180g of Egg Whites, 100g of Berries or fruit of your choice, 60g of ice cubes and 100g of low fat yogurt. I used frozen berries and the Fage Greek Yogurt 0% fat which I highly recommend. It is thick and will make your drink a proper smoothie but it also contains live cultures which contribute to a healthy gut and it is 0% fat and very low on sugar. It is only 57kcal for 100g and it contains 10.3g of protein in 100g!

 

Overall, my shake contained 182kcal, an amazing 31g of protein, 0.5g of fat and 11.3g of sugar of which 6.2g is the natural sugar in the fruit.

This is a very good breakfast shake or even after workout shake whenever you feel you need a protein dose. It keeps you full for a while because of the high protein content and it won’t rob you out of calories or sugar or fat. It is very quick and easy to do as well. Here’s a nutritional breakdown:

Ingredient Calories (kcal) Protein (g) Fat (g) Sugar (g)
Two Chicks Egg whites 180g 90 19.8 0 1.1
Fage Greek Yogurt 0% Fat 100g 57 10.3 0 4
Berries 100g 35 0.9 0.5 6.2
Ice cubes 60g Negligible 0 0 0

It tastes very nice, a little on the sour side because of the live cultures yogurt I used. You could use a sweeter yogurt but expect the protein to go down, the fat and sugar content to go up which is not worth it. It’s not very sour per say just not sweet either. Clean your taste palette of sugary things and this probably won’t taste sour at all anymore.

If I gave you this shake without telling you it has egg whites in it you probably wouldn’t notice but if you are aware of them and you have a super sensitive taste you might, just might know they are there. If you push your nose into a closed container with this shake you might be able to faintly smell the egg but you won’t do that when you drink it. Unless you psych yourself up, you won’t mind the raw egg whites.

This shake worked so well for me and it is finally the answer to my “I hate the synthetic protein powder taste” problem. So much so that I immediately bought some more of this product. I could use normal eggs and separate the egg whites but it is only £3 for 500g so it’s not worth the hassle to crack normal eggs. It is convenient and easy to use and you might just forget they are egg whites if you are not actually cracking raw eggs. I found this in the UK in Tesco and Sainsburys but it was not a bottle as the one in this box but rather a carton (see picture, click on them to see them bigger if you want to read the ingredients etc). Two Chicks website is actually quite good as they have a store locator so you can find which stores near you sell this. That’s how I located the product!

 

It lasts 3 weeks unopened and 1 week if opened and is better stored in the fridge after opening. SCORE = 10/10.

 

Yuyu Yerba Zing Hot Drink

Yuyu Yerba Zing Hot Drink I’m not a tea fan, I am more of a coffee person so you might like this more than I did just because of that. The packaging is resealable and looks very funky and colourful, it would definitely catch my attention if I saw this in a supermarket.

It is meant to be a coffee alternative but the strong coffee lover in me would argue that there is no coffee alternative! It has caffeine (most teas do though) and contains Yerba Mate, Grapefruit and Rosehip. This bag contained 14 tea bags inside.

 

 

The tea bags smell quite zingy and citrusy, not very tea standard. The actual tea bags themselves are very standard though. You are meant to let this tea brew for 3 to 5 minutes in boiling water, 80oC and above. The tea looks greenish yellow when it is made. It has a strong citrus type smell that sort of wakes you up and it is bitter in taste if you don’t use any sugar, honey or sweetener.

It was not my cup of tea. It was too bitter for me to have without sugar and I didn’t want to add any sugar to make it to my taste, I’d rather have my sugar coffee instead. It has a unique tea smell and taste and I think it would work well as a morning tea to wake you up especially due to the smell and caffeine included.

It is not fully organic as it contains one non-organic ingredient. SCORE = 7/10

 

Bounce Protein Bites Cacao Orange

Bounce Protein Bites Cacao OrangeThese look quite cute as a snack. They are round disc like balls and smell like orange chocolate. They are soft but not too mushy and very well moist. They are not dry or hard to eat and they don’t taste synthetic. You get 6 round disc cookies inside. This is a nice snack with a quite zingy taste from the orange which gives you an illusion that you are eating small cookies.

I actually had these before hitting the gym as they contain 129kcal, 6.6g of protein and 12g of carbohydrates. This wouldn’t be something that I will eat often but rather a little treat when I am craving chocolate, although this tastes and smells a lot more like orange than chocolate. It has 6.3g of fat in the 30g contained and 7.4g of sugar so use this treat in moderation.

 

Other than that, the packaging is quite cute and well presented. The branding “Bounce energy bites” is hilarious and playful but I can’t say that this is going to give you an energy drink type of energy explosion.

It is gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and has no artificial preservatives. SCORE = 7/10

 

Virtue Energy Water Berries Flavour

Again, not a fan of sparkling water but even my friend who is a fan didn’t actually like this. It looks like water, a white colourless liquid and it smells of berries. It is not sweet but rather slightly on the bitter side but it doesn’t have a strong taste.

It is meant to be used as an energy water and it has zero sugar, calories and sweeteners. It contains Ginseng, Yerba Mate and Guarana.

 

The packaging is a standard tall tin with a matt finish. It looks nice and the branding and purpose are clear just not my type of product I’m afraid. I am not a fan of the sparkling water which is where some of the bitterness comes from but I also don’t like flavoured water. Water should be water for me. But if you like sparkling flavoured water then this is worth a try. SCORE = 6/10

 

Good4u Super Seeds Apple and Cinnamon

 

This is a small nuts snack with added cinnamon and apple pieces. The packaging looked nice and the branding was clear. There is a tear here line at the top which didn’t work for me and I had to use scissors to open it.

It smells a lot like cinnamon but the apple scent is nowhere to be found. It contains pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dry apple pieces, raisins and are all covered in cinnamon powder. The nuts taste sweet because of the cinnamon and the raisins. It is a very nice snack and the cinnamon definitely works here. The apple pieces however were a little disappointing. They didn’t smell or taste of much.

Good4u Super Seeds Apple and Cinnamon 3

Considering how many calories there are in this snack that come from fat and sugar I would advice to limit this as an occasional snack and not an every day thing. In this 23g of nuts 6.3g of them are fat, 7.6g are sugar and there is only 3.8g of protein.

This was a lovely treat and I would have it again but only occasionally. SCORE = 8/10.

 

 

 

Chikas Chickpea Crisps

These crisps are made of chickpeas and they are gluten free, 100% natural, vegan and apparently have 39% less fat than vegetable crisps. I’m not sure I believe the 39% less fat, I would have to calculate this sometime.

 

They tasted much nicer than I expected and you could tell a faint chickpea taste. They are obviously dry as they are crisps but not unpleasantly dry. Moist enough but still crispy. There is a slight spicy taste to them (very mild) and they are nicely seasoned. It is a pleasant taste and snack.

I did enjoy them but I wouldn’t buy them. The amount of crisps in the bag was very small, literally a handful (see pictures), and for that amount to cost 172 kcal I’d rather eat something bigger and more filling than that. They are low in sugar, 0.9g in the 35g pack, but they have 8.4g of fat which is 24% of the total weight.

 

I would also not have this every day but rather when you are craving crisps. Although for that much fat might as well treat yourself and have a pack of normal crisps. It’s ok to have a cheat snack or meal once a week. SCORE = 7/10

 

Nutristrength Whey Protein Isolate Classic Vanilla and Nutristrength Pea Protein Classic Vanilla

 

Loved that the box contained protein powder. It is always nice to try different protein powder brands until you find the one that tastes acceptable to you and believe me you are going to have to try a few!

 

The Wellthos box also had a recipe for making Cherry and Almond Protein Muffins using one of the protein satchels so I gave them a go!

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I used the whey protein isolate vanilla for the muffins but both protein powders were nicely powdery and fine like caster sugar, white in colour and smelled strongly of vanilla ice cream. This is something that I personally hate, there is a difference between vanilla and vanilla ice cream taste and smell and I wish they were more plain vanilla than ice-creamy. Doesn’t make a difference in things like muffins but it changes the taste dramatically in protein shakes. If you like you protein shake to taste like ice cream then go for it but for me ice cream is more solid than the liquid protein shake and the taste just doesn’t work for it. Nevertheless, these were good quality protein powders and I love that one of the protein satchels is protein from peas.

Here’s a picture of the muffins before and after baking. They were very easy to make it was literally a mix all the ingredients together, no cooking or baking equipment needed. I even mashed the bananas with a fork by hand. They didn’t taste sweet or particularly sour and so I would say they were more of a breakfast muffin than a dessert. However, the name “protein muffins” is a little misleading.

 

I calculated the calorie and protein content per muffin which came out to 214kcal per muffin with only 5.5g of protein per muffin. I made 10 medium sized muffins with this recipe and I didn’t use the sprinkle toppers as the recipe describes so the calories would be higher if you did. This protein content is obviously higher than normal muffins but still fairly low from what one would expect to call “protein muffin”. I’ve definitely made protein muffins before with much higher protein content and even though they tasted nice, I don’t think I will be repeating this recipe. Even if you were to double the amount of protein that the recipe states you would still only end up with 7.81g of protein per muffin so not much better either. Perhaps part of the problem comes from the protein powder used, you could get protein powders with slightly higher protein content as well which might make this recipe more worthwhile.

Generally, the protein powders were quite good and even though the packaging was just a satchel it was nice and easy to use. SCORE = 8/10

 

Whole Plus Toppers Cherry Bakewell

These are essentially sprinkles that you can use in yogurts, breakfast oats or other types of breakfasts, desserts, muffins, pancakes etc. The sprinkles are essentially small pieces of dates, coconut and beetroot while containing some natural flavouring. It does smell like bakewell desserts so the name does suit the flavour and scent. Unfortunately, although natural, these are high calorie sprinkles with 368.7kcal per 100g, a whopping 50.3g of sugar (which is natural in the dates for example but still quite a lot) and only 3.6g of protein. They taste nicely sweet and natural, not too dry or too moist.

 

These sprinkles are nice to use as a healthy and natural sprinkle addon on muffins and cupcakes but I wouldn’t use then on a daily basis in my yogurt or breakfast items.

Whole Plus Toppers Cherry Bakewell 3

They came in a nice plastic tub that is durable and seals nicely. The recipe for the muffins above did include these as sprinkles on top but I forgot to use them! Anyhow it did keep the calorie content lower!

They are useful for desserts and so I think it is perhaps a purchase for when you are making a lot of desserts for a party, not a standard item to shop for everyday use.  SCORE = 7/10

 

 

Meridian Peanut and Banana Bar

I am pleasantly surprised with this energy bar. I didn’t think I would like the flavour as I am not a huge fan of peanut butter but it was surprisingly very nice and easy to eat.

 

It is supposed to be a peanut butter and banana flavour but I couldn’t taste the peanut butter at all. It was a very strong taste and smell of banana which made it feel fresh actually. The bar was nicely moist, not as dry as other energy bars of this sort but not too moist either. It has a lot of pieces of nuts in it, a little too many for my liking but this depends on how much you like nuts.

Meridian Peanut and Banana Bar 3

It is dairy free, soya free, gluten free and vegan and it has 173kcal per bar with 13.9g of carbs of which 9g are sugars, and 7g of protein. I had this bar before hitting the gym and unfortunately it didn’t keep me going. I was hungry quite soon during my workout.

The packaging is nice and easy to open. Overall it is a nice energy bar with some protein content but again not an everyday item because of the sugar content. SCORE = 8/10

 

Ryaco Resistance Bands

I love that the box contained exercise equipment as well and not just nutrition items. There were two resistance bands, the yellow having a light resistance and the blue a heavy resistance so you can switch and use as required in your fitness routine.

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They are of nice quality and waterproof material which is of course elastic rubber. I love that the two are for different resistance use and are colour coded but I must admit I can’t see them retail for much money. They are probably fairly cheap although the material is quite good.

It’s also very nice that the box came with a leaflet that gives you an example of how you could use them in case you don’t know or need inspiration. You can use resistance bands pretty much in any exercise you want, it is an alternative of adding weight and they will make your workout harder. These type of bands are especially excellent of bum floor exercises where you can put the band around one leg and lift the opposite to work those glutes! SCORE = 7/10

 

Overall I liked the contents of this box especially the fact that not all were nutrition products. It was quite a lot of items and things to try which was lovely but I am not sure you make much money out of it. Each individual item is of a fairly low retail value. So far I’d say this box is more for discovering products rather than getting more products than the money you paid.

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10

Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.5/10

Star product = Two Chick Liquid Egg Whites.

 

 

Did you get this month’s Wellthos? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

 

 

4 responses to Wellthos Health and Fitness box June 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

  1. This box looks super interesting to me! I love healthy treats and protein packed goodies. The egg white smoothie is a brilliant idea! Whey protein powder doesn’t react well with me.

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