Wellthos Health and Fitness Box July 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

July’s Wellthos box contained 10 health and fitness products and not all where food items which was exciting!

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The Wellthos box was a cardboard box with no special design as always. Wellthos doesn’t seem to invest in designed packaging but that’s ok, these type of boxes are not expected to be as nice and thought out as the Beauty Boxes. This month the box also contained two recipes (as it did last month too) where you can use some of the products contained to try out something new. Love this feature. Not only you get 2 recipes to try but you also get to utilise some of the products you got in the box.

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Let’s cut straight into the details and have a look at what was inside July’s Wellthos Health and Fitness box. 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!

Wellthos July 2017

The products contained were from left to right: protein bites, vanilla tea, powdered berries, a chocolate bar, a muscle soothing cream, honey and nut granola, pea crisps, chocolate covered nuts, orange tasting water and coconut sprinkles.

PS. You can click on the smaller images to see them larger if you want to read out ingredients, nutritional information etc.

 

Real Raw Protein Bites Salted Caramel Flavour

I am quite into fitness and I train really hard, so any type of protein snack is very welcome in my kitchen. I took this with me in my handbag to snack on during the day when I needed an extra protein boost and I was hungry but didn’t want to pack on too many kcals.

This snack was packaged very cheaply, it didn’t really feel like a very high quality product from it’s appearance. It was just a little plastic bag with labels at the front and back.

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The actual protein bites were round and brown looking almost like small cookies. They were fairly moist and a little sticky to the touch, you can actually see them glowing on the picture and were actually quite tasty at first. They did not taste synthetically which is something that protein snacks tend to so that was a plus but they were fairly sweet and soft. The package contained 5 little bites which did indeed taste strongly of salted caramel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two then I started struggling. After a couple of them, the flavour becomes almost overpowering making you really thirsty. I finished the pack but only with the aid of about half a bottle of water to wash them down. They were nice, fresh, flavoured as it says on the packaged but they did become overpowering after a few bites.

This 40g pack contained 157kcal, 4.8g of fat, 18.3g of carbohydrates and 8.6g of protein. Not too high on protein but the carb to protein ratio is almost perfect as a pre-workout snack. Nutritionally, this is not a bad snack and the 157kcals are definitely affordable even if you are on a kcal deficit diet.

I enjoyed this snack but I’m afraid I wouldn’t buy it. The overwhelming salted caramel flavour really ruined it for me. They were not easy to eat without water.

These caramel cookies are gluten and diary free and they also do not contain refined sugar. This small snack retails for £1.35 which is a very good price. SCORE = 8/10

 

Kromland Farm Rooibos Tea Vanilla

Kromland Farm Rooibos Tea Vanilla

A box of tea, especially vanilla flavoured, is such a useful item to have in a house not only for you but for your guests also. The fact that Wellthos included a full box of tea which has 40 tea bags and not just 1-2 tea samples is amazing.

The tea bags inside though are loose, they are not covered in individual packaging but they otherwise look like any other tea bag, square with tea leaves inside. The bags have a nice tea smell but it is not the expected vanilla smell. Even after the tea was made I didn’t really get the vanilla smell I was expecting but rather it smelled like normal tea.

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After 3-5 minutes of recommended brewing, the tea becomes fairly dark, it almost looks like black coffee and tastes almost like menthol or those type of flavours that open up your nose. I didn’t get the vanilla taste at all but my partner said it smells like green tea with vanilla. It is not bitter so you can enjoy it without sugar even if you have a sweet tooth.

You can serve this tea with or without sugar, honey or milk and maybe even cold if you fancy. It is apparently caffeine free and low in tannin and the box retails for £2.16. Very cheap! I love the colour of the packaging, strong baby blue, it is definitely a box that stands out. This tea also won the “Great taste 2015” award. SCORE = 8/10

 

Artic Power Berries Blackcurrant Powder

Artic Power Berries Blackcurrant PowderThis was a strange item. There were three small satchels containing blackcurrant berry powder that you can use in breakfasts or cakes or anything you want to add a blackcurrant to but don’t have the fresh fruit. I used one in my morning yogurt and it was actually quite nice, it gave the yogurt a nice taste but I also followed the recipe that was included in this month’s box and made the Banana and Blackcurrant Nice Creams.

 

The recipe was very easy to follow and it doesn’t really require high cooking skill or many kitchen appliances. I made the creams as a light dessert after a heavy meal but they could have easily been used for breakfast too and could even be combined with the granola that was included in this box. The creams tasted almost like frozen banana and berry ice cream of some sort but the banana taste was much more overwhelming than the berries. This is a low kcal dessert with most kcals coming from the banana (= medium banana 105kcal). If you add the almond milk and berries (there is no kcal info on the packs which was a negative for me) and if you add a little protein powder and/or maybe granola (although you already have carbohydrates from the banana so you could add protein only) you can make a nice fully nutritional 200-300kcal dessert or breakfast.

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Recipe 1 with Berries powder

You can buy these berry satchels in the UK for £1 for 3 from Waitrose. That’s a really good price and a very useful and multi-usage product to have which can be around for a while (last about 6 months) without going off as quickly as fresh berries.

Loved the satchels and the recipe. Was only disappointed that there was no nutritional info on the berry satchels like for example kcal info. They are apparently raw, 100% with no added sugar and rich in vitamin C and E, antioxidants and omega fatty acids like the fresh fruit. SCORE = 9/10

 

Dr Coy’s Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio

Dr Coy's Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio.jpgWell I am not going to lie, I was happy to see a chocolate! This is a 54% Belgian chocolate bar with added cranberry and pistachio pieces. It was absolutely lovely!

It tasted and looked like any other normal chocolate. There were a lot of pistachio pieces although they tasted like any normal nut, I couldn’t specifically tell they were pistachios perhaps because they were so small. The cranberry pieces were slightly larger and did indeed taste like cranberries.

This chocolate bar is 167kcal and contains 15.9g of carbohydrates, 1.5g of protein, 10.1g of fat and 7.4mg of vitamin E. It is not exactly a snack you want to be having every day especially since the majority of carbohydrates are actually sugars but it is definitely better than normal chocolate bars. So if you must cheat this is not a bad option.

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The packaging is very standard but it actually looks nice. It looks like a chocolate bar but of a more healthy type. The branding did hit exactly what this product is. I didn’t really find anything bad about this chocolate bar. It was really quite nice and chocolatey but not sickly. I would definitely have it again for sure. It retails for £1.59 which is not a bad price at all. SCORE = 9/10

 

Gum On Muscle Soother Gel

Gum On Muscle Soother GelAs someone who exercises a lot and gets destroyed in the gym I was really, really happy to receive this product and very excited that these type of products make it into the Wellthos boxes.

In case you haven’t used or heard of these type of creams, these are soothing gels that you massage on your muscles when they are sore after a workout or any intense activity. This was actually the first product I used straight out of the box as soon as I opened it.

It definitely worked and soothed my muscle pain but not completely or as much as other muscle creams I’ve tried. It smells like menthol with a hint of lemon and it is a clear gel. It feels nice and gets absorbed by the skin quickly without leaving any sticky residues behind.

The little bottle has a pump applicator and it looks nice. The branding is definitely spot on, it looks like a fitness product for sure. It is not tested on animals, vegan and paraben free and has no artificial fragrances or colours. It is apparently hand made in the UK. This gel is not suitable for pregnant women or small children or people who suffer from epilepsy or high blood pressure.

Would I buy it? I have to say no. My go to muscle soothing cream is still the LA muscle workout recovery gel which not only smells even nicer (menthol but mostly cinnamon), feels nicer, looks nicer (it’s blue which adds a calming psychological effect) but also reduces muscle pain much more significantly than the Gum On one.

This soothing gel retails for £6.50 which is an acceptable price but you can buy the better one La Muscle which is also twice the size for £4 on special sales promos on amazon. SCORE = 7/10

 

Husk & Honey Oat and Nut Granola

Husk & Honey Oat and Nut GranolaThis has changed my opinion about granola. I wasn’t always a fun as they mostly taste the same and are not too interesting to eat. However, this one was bar none one of the best granola’s I’ve ever tried. It tastes nice and sweet but not sickly, the nuts and honey really come out nicely and it’s nice and crispy but not dry.

I absolutely loved this granola and usually had 2-3 spoons of it on top of a low fat, high protein yogurt either as breakfast or as a snack.

This granola almost felt like a treat. It was just so tasty! Who knew that granolas can be so nice. It is apparently gluten free and hand baked. It even has a little hand signature at the back with what is clearly pen ink. Someone actually did hand signed this product, how rare and what a nice touch.

This must be consumed within 4 weeks of opening (I assure you, you will eat this faster than that) and otherwise lasts 1-2 months unopened. Absolutely loved it and would buy it again. Sadly there was no nutritional information though, so I am hoping all that honey and nuts are not making this super kcal rich!

This granola retails for £3.50 which I would easily pay for this. Love, love, love. SCORE = 10/10

 

Emily Veg Crisps Crunchy Fresh Beans Sugar Snap Peas and Black Edamame

Emily Veg Crisps Crunchy Fresh Beans Sugar Snap Peas and Black EdamameAh the pea crisps…shrug and cringe. These were not what I expected. With the word crisps at the front of the packaging I was expecting thin disc like pieces like normal crisps just made of pea powder. But that’s not what these were!

They were actually fried pieces of whole peas. They were hard and quite crispy and unfortunately you could taste the oil they were fried it. They were not actually oily though, you could just get that taste every now and again. They otherwise taste like…peas that have been dried and fried.

I can’t say that I found this snack pleasant. I tried a couple of pieces and sort of left them there. Even my partner (who is literally my bin that eats everything) didn’t eat them all. I think the idea of making crisps out of pea powder is very good but having them fried as pieces didn’t really work well here.

I see what they tried to do but it just didn’t work. I will not be buying this I would actually rather boil some fresh beans and eat them with a little salt.

Such a disappointment for what otherwise looks like a nice product. I love the bag they came in, it looks very fresh and healthy and definitely stands out but the contents were an absolute no for me. They don’t even look appetising.

This snack has no added sugar, is gluten free and has no preservatives. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

At least these fried peas are only 95kcals but they are just mainly carbohydrates. On the packaging is says “Perfect for snacking or baking”…baking in what? Gosh just don’t… SCORE = 5/10

 

Raw & Wild Activated Pili Nuts Chocolate and Coconut

Raw & Wild Activated Pili Nuts Chocolate and CoconutMy first thought on this was “what does activated nuts mean?”. Weirdly the answer to this question is not found on the packaging. After being noisy and looking around their website I found out that activated nuts means:The nuts are pre-sprouted and dehydrated to preserve the vital enzymes, minerals and nutrients, which include vitamin E, magnesium, thiamine, manganese, phosphorous and copper”.

I have to be honest, I personally think this is a marketing and PR strategy more than a nutritional one. Activated nuts sounds interesting and maybe healthy although to me that immediately said “not natural” as the nuts were not allowed to sprout naturally.

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Anyhow, beyond this marketing strategy the nuts were actually nice and nutty as expected with the difference being that they are covered in chocolate powder. They were really pleasant to have but honestly, they were just nuts with chocolate power. Nothing too special about this.

This is a bag of nuts with chocolate so as expected the kcals are high at 144kcals for less than a handful of nuts. It is a nice treat, even the packaging looks nice but it is indeed a treat. Not a product you should be snacking on a daily basis.

They are raw, vegan, gluten and GMO free. This small bag retails for £1.60 which is an acceptable price, a little on the high side considering the size. SCORE = 7/10

 

Rejuvenation Water Spanish Orange

Rejuvenation Water Spanish OrangeI have to take a deep breath every time I see or think about this product. As a Dr in Chemistry, this product angers me.

But before we get to that lets first look at it generally, it is not a bad product. It is essentially flavoured water with added glutamine. Glutamine is a natural amino acid and is very useful when training hard as it can speed up recovery and some even believe it speeds up muscle building too. Serious fitness junkies, including myself, usually take glutamine in the form of a tablet to avoid muscle fatigue when training like an animal for 4 days in a row.

But usually the tablets you can take for this are between 500mg to 1g depending on the brand and the recommended dose is about 0.5g-1.5g a day. However, some athletes and body builders take much higher doses than that, some even 15g a day. I wouldn’t recommend taking such high amounts of glutamine, it is a natural amino acid but like anything, abusing it will come with side effects.

Rejuvenation Water Spanish Orange 2 It is actually quite difficult to judge this drink properly as there doesn’t seem to be a commonly accepted consensus on how much glutamine one should have a day, it tends to vary in each health organisation in each country but also is highly dependent on the level of you activity, body size etc. However, with that being said the fact that this drink has 5g of glutamine feels a little high to me. This is equal to 10 tablets of 0.5g ! It is safe to drink so don’t worry about that, it just feels a lot and is probably unnecessary unless you are quite muscular and have trained like a beast.

It tastes ok like any other flavoured water not too natural and not as refreshing as water but that is expected. It looks…well like pee to be honest the fact that it is orange but see through doesn’t make it very appealing. Of course orange juices are orange but they are not as see through and therefore do not look like pee…The packaging bottle is plastic of normal quality.

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The branding though, that’s what angers me so, so much. Firstly, it has a picture of a molecule at the front which I can only suppose it is meant to be the glutamine amino acid. As a Dr in Chemistry I can tell you that is not the correct structure for glutamine (see attached picture for the correct one) and while I understand that this is just a product not a chemistry lesson, if you are going to put a molecule of what is supposed to be glutamine at the front, why not put the right one?! I mean it’s an amino acid and in the picture there aren’t even any amino groups (amino groups are NH2 groups, see the correct glutamine picture) so what they show is not even an amino acid…what is the point, really. This angers me because it is a branding promotion, something to look cool and make the public think that this is special, sciency and good but at the same time it gives the public the wrong knowledge.

But! That’s not even the worst thing about this! At the front of the bottle it says “with added life”. I mean come on! Ok let’s analyse this. Amino acids are the building blocks of peptides which in turn are the building blocks of proteins which yes contribute to creating life. But saying that this drink has added life because it has glutamine is such an overstretch, wrong advertising, a marketing strategy and wrong knowledge and impression given to the public. People are not stupid and especially those who are into fitness know what amino acids are or at least why they are good so “with added glutamine or with added amino acids” would have been better and would have still worked for branding.

Wrong science information in the wrong hands can be very bad and if nothing else if you are going as far as using science information as part of your branding to show and explain to the public why your product is so good, then why not use the right information? Such promotional traps. As a scientist, I disapprove.

This retails for £1.92 which is on the expensive side. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid and it doesn’t have to be so expensive. But I guess 10 tablets will add up …My personal opinion, if you want to supplement with glutamine, stick to tablets and aim for 0.5-1g a day. SCORE = 5/10

 

Cheeky Food Co. Nutter Coconut Sprinkle

Cheeky Food Co. Nutter Coconut SprinkleAs I said previously I am not the biggest coconut fun. However, these sprinkles were a nice addition to breakfast muffins or maybe even to a meal. They contain garlic, cumin and chilli so I don’t think they would work on top of sweets.

They are not too intense flavoured and feel fresh and not dry. The packaging is very standard but it has a resealable top which is great. They are gluten free and vegan and last 12 weeks upon opening.

The recommendation for them is on top of salads, soups or baked fish which actually works well. I especially liked them

on salads and fish but not so much on soups.

 

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That’s a personal preference though.

This little package retails for £2.00 which is a little on the expensive side because it is so small (25g) but I guess this is a “luxury item”. Would I buy it? No, I still think that fresh seasoning is best. SCORE = 6/10

 

 

 

 

Recipe 2

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I haven’t commented on the second recipe contained in this month’s box because I simply did not try it. I didn’t think I was going to like this recipe as I dislike coconut and I knew I wasn’t going to do it justice. This is a recipe from nutritionist Megan Waring, if you try it out let me know! I might actually bite the bullet and try it next week as you can exclude the coconut or any ingredient you might not like.

 

This month’s box value was around £22.81 which is almost as much as you would pay for this £22.99. Wellthos boxes are not good in terms of extra value for money, you really do just get what you payed for.

Overall I liked this month’s box and I specifically loved that not all products were food items. Like last month I discovered some food items that I had no idea about and ended up liking them but also found some strange ones…

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

Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.4/10

Star product = Husk & Honey Oat and Nut Granola

 

 

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.

 

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