August’s Wellthos box contained 10 health and fitness products and as always not all where food items which is nice.
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 fine, these type of boxes are not expected to be as nice and thought out as the Beauty Boxes. This month the box also contained a few recipes (as it did last month too), three in fact, where you can use some of the products contained to try out something new. I love this feature. Not only do you get new recipes to try but you also get to utilise some of the products you got in the box.
Wellthos usually comes with a leaflet that gives you a little information about each product but this month they turned this into a small booklet and put all the info and recipes together. It seems that Wellthos is improving itself and that’s great to see.
Without further ado, let’s cut straight into the details and have a look at what was inside August’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 taste and 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: bath salts, a crisp type snack, nuts, tiger nut flour, a protein bar, an electrolyte shot, a protein powder, chewing gum, a protein chocolate and peanut butter.
PS. You can click on the smaller images to see them larger if you want to read out ingredients, nutritional information etc.
Coopers Apothecary Bath Salts Eucalyptus Rosemary
I love that not everything is a food item in this box. Health and fitness is not just about correct eating, there is a certain well being, self-taking care off aspect as well, so these bath salts were a lovely item to get.
The packaging leaves a lot to be desired, it is a very basic and standard, paper packaging with a sticker of the brand on top. I’m not sure I would have thought “bath salts” to begin with when I look at the presentation of this product, you can easily confuse it for a food item.
Beyond that though, the salts are lovely to use in a hot bath after a long day or difficult training week. The smell is lovely, of eucalyptus and rosemary and the it helps you relax. This product is apparently infused with essential oils, is vegan free, organic and handcrafted.
The salt mixture contains Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, Dead sea salt and, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender oils. It is 100% natural and free of artificial fragrances. It was lovely and soothing and exactly what the doctor ordered after a long gym week.
This satchel is worth £3.00. You can buy these salts in a bag of 400g (this one was 100g) for £12 here: http://www.vertuebox.co.uk/shop/product/704603150
I thought the salts we good but they are quite common, not very fancy ingredients so don’t expect miracles from this product. On the other hand, the price is fairly affordable and they can be very relaxing and soothing. It’s not the best muscle/mind relaxant bath product you can get, but it can be a nice hot bath experience nevertheless. SCORE = 7/10
Linwoods Snackettes Super Seed Snack
This is quite an interesting product as it can be an “on the go” snack which now days we all need at some point or another. It is meant to be a seed snack and the seeds are pressed together to from triangular crisps (aka chips). They look quite “healthy” and interesting but they taste of absolute nothing. Even though they can be a filling snack, you will probably still want to eat more after this one, as the lack of taste will probably leave you feeling like you didn’t eat anything. I am really shocked about how blunt they are. At least, they don’t taste bad!
Seeds and nuts are high in protein, although this snack only contains 7.3g so it depends on your protein needs whether this is actually a high in protein snack for you or not. In fact, the protein chocolate contained in this box had more protein and less fat that this seed snack (and it tasted amazing), at the expense of only a couple or kcal more, so actually I think I’d go for the chocolate! See review for that product below.
The packaging is nice, it looks like a snack and it does have a healthy appearance to it. I love that the seeds are pressed into a triangular shape as if they are crisps, but perhaps that is part of the reason why I expected…some flavour?!? Where is the flavour? I don’t know how this product managed to be so blunt, even plain nuts and seeds on their own have some flavour.
If you don’t mind the lack of flavour, it is an acceptably nutritious snack however, despite the small size it will cost you 179kcal and 14.9g of fat, for not that much of a protein intake. I think I’d rather have a piece of fruit or two.
It is organic, gluten free, has no added sugar and contains 3.7g of omega 3. This satchel would cost you £1.99 from Holland & Barrett and you can buy it here: http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/linwoods-snackettes-superseeds-60000773?skuid=000773&&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_adid=189474749514&utm_adgID=58700002322859892&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw9fquejY1QIVuDLTCh3MVQr8EAQYAiABEgLHWvD_BwE
The price is acceptable for a snack but I am afraid the lack of any taste is a huge let down. SCORE = 6/10.
Kinomi Barus Nuts Coriander Chilli and Lime
This is a nut snack, specifically a baru nut snack. These nuts are flavoured with cumin, coriander, chilli and lime and will provide you with 5.02g of protein, 7.38g of fat, 5.74g of carbs and cost you 105 kcals. This might not sound like a lot of kcals but it is only a handful of nuts so it won’t keep you full for long. Barus nuts originate from Brazil and are meant to be higher in protein and lower in fat than normal nuts.
This might be a personal taste, but both me and my partner absolutely hated the flavour and thought that it really didn’t work with these nuts. They are quite spicy as well so if you are not into spicy flavours you might want to avoid this snack. We actually didn’t even finish the bag, we ended up throwing it away, sadly. The flavour was very intense and it really didn’t do it for us.
The packaging is quite nice though and even though it is just a small plastic satchel, it looks like a healthy, “happy” snack. Although, I must say, the black background colouring is a bit uncommon for a health snack.
This satchel would cost you £5.99 according to this source: https://www.boroughbox.com/kinomi-nuts-sample-pack that prices a box of 40g at £11.97 (this satchel is 20g). Unless this website is somehow very expensive, if this price is true, it is insane. That is an absurd amount of money for 20g of nuts that do not even taste nice. I will definitely not be buying this product. SCORE = 3/10.
Tiger Nut Tiger Nuts Flour
I was very intrigued by this product as I never come across a nut flour before. This is a prime example of why these type of boxes are very nice and can be a lot of fun. You get to try out so many things you didn’t even know existed or wouldn’t pick up yourself, even if you saw them somewhere. I know I definitely wouldn’t have picked up a nut flour, simply because I wouldn’t know what to do with it.
This is exactly why I love that two out of the three recipes that Wellthos included this month, utilise this product. One recipe was on making “Vegan Tiger Nut Drink with Cardamon & Cinnamon” which admittedly, sounds absolutely lovely but there was also a recipe on “Vegan Tiger Granola Bars” and I chose to make that one instead. I would have loved to try both recipes out so I can also let you know if both recipes work but there was only enough tiger nut flavour for one.
The Tiger Nut flavour is a fine powder and looks like any other flavour powder with a little beige/light brown colouration. The granola bars were super easy to do, literally mix all ingredients together, no cooking or baking skill or equipment required at all. The granola bars were nicely moisturised and not very dry and although they were really nice to snack on when they were still warm, they didn’t really taste of much. But it’s just granola right? Well wrong, I have tried other granola brands before that tasted like absolute heaven and even converted me into a granola fan. I highly recommend the Husk & Honey Oat and Nut Granola that I had the pleasure of trying in the Wellthos July box. That stuff is just heaven to have with a nice Greek yogurt.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t do a nutritional count on this recipe either as the Tiger Nut flour didn’t come with a nutritional value table and so I do not know how many kcals or protein content etc this product has. My hunch is that, this granola recipe has almost negligible amounts of protein and each bar probably sets you back somewhere between 200-300kcal. I was able to make 8 bars but that depends on how small/big you cut them.
This flour is vegan and gluten free. I don’t think I would be buying this product simply because I wouldn’t know what else to make with it and unfortunately, when it comes to granola, save yourself some time and skip this recipe and try the Husk & Honey Oat and Nut Granola.
The packaging was clearly a “sample”, small promotional plastic bag with very little branding. For 1kg of Tiger Nut Flour you will have to pay £12.99. It’s not a huge price tag but for flour it is expensive. This small, sample bag doesn’t mention how much there was in it, if we assume it was around 100g then this item is worth £1.30. Nevertheless, this was a product that intrigued me and I am glad to have tried out. SCORE = 6/10.
#FitBar Berry Buff Cacao & Cranberry Protein Bar
If you are a gym junkie like me, then you are always looking out for on the go protein snacks, so this is a product that I was excited to try. I thought that this simple, cheap looking packaging is clearly a sample-free give away one however, it appears that it is not! This leaves this product with a lot to be desired in terms of branding and product appearance.
However, if it tastes nice that all that matters, right? Unfortunately, I can’t tell you too much about this bar’s taste as I gave up after having one bite. It tasted very synthetically (like a lot of protein snacks do) and strange and so I passed it on. At least it wasn’t dry and it looked like a snack bar.
This small 45g bar would set you back 187kcals for only 7g of protein, 8.3g of fat, 27g of carbs of which 14.8g are sugars. There are other protein bars that will get you a lot more protein for those kcals so if it is protein you are looking for, give this one a pass.
It has nuts and soy so be aware if you are allergic, it is handmade (definitely looks handmade), vegan and gluten free. This bar retails for £1.5 if you buy 12 of them. It’s within the snack price tag but it is too expensive for me, considering the small amount of protein in contains. For a similar price you can get bars with a higher protein content. You can buy this here: http://www.sy1protein.co.uk/online-shop/
This product came with a label maker sticker, of its best by date, at the back which made it look even cheaper and less appealing. I won’t be buying this product. SCORE = 4/10.
Bumblezest Chamomile Lavender Spirulina
This is the last product I tried, simply because I was stuck for a while thinking “what do I do with this, what is it?”. It’s a strange, confusing product that I think is an electrolyte drink? I think? Neither Wellthos or this brand made a good job out of explaining what this is exactly or why I need this.
The packaging is actually not bad, the bottle is made of glass and I don’t mind the branding or appearance of this product. With that being said, as I mentioned they didn’t explain well what this is or why. They made the ingredients very clear and in your face but sort of left it at that. So for all we know this is a drink with Chamomile, Lavender and Spirulina. It also contains Stevia which personally I hate because it leaves a fake after taste.
You are meant to dilute this with water (100mL of this in 250mL of water) or have as an intense shot if you wish. It’s quite strange though that this bottle is 90mL. What a strange amount!
It smells quite intense when you open the bottle which I guess it’s not surprising considering this is a concentrated shot. The smell is primarily plant like and is a mixture of things so it is very difficult to pinpoint what exactly the smell is. I get a bit of juice smell, some mint, a bit of chamomile, it’s a mixture. The taste is not bad even as a concentrate but it is intense as well. It has a hint of a lemon taste and leaves a slight bitter after taste but you can get used to it.
The entire “what is this product”, “why do I need it”, the fact that I have to dilute it further and that it looks green all give this product a bit of a negative, strange feeling. I don’t think it’s a bad product but it’s not a catchy one either, I just don’t see myself buying this or even remembering it in a few days time.
This retails for £2.45 if you buy 20 bottles for £49.
https://www.yumbles.com/bumblezest/chamomile-lavender-and-spirulina-superfood-drinks.html It has no preservatives, additives or colours.
It’s expensive and I still don’t know why I should buy this product as opposed to a lot of cheaper and nicer tasting electrolyte drinks. Are you convinced? Me neither. SCORE = 5/10.
KIN Nutrition Whey Less Protein Powder
I’ve made a bit of a hobby of trying out protein powders because they are so difficult to get right. Having now tried a huge list of different brands and products I can say that about 95% of what is out there tastes synthetic and I am a chemist, I shouldn’t even have minded that much!
This protein powder looks super cute, I absolutely love the packaging. It is branded nicely, it looks like a fancy protein powder but the colour scheme is a little off. From the grey/blue I wouldn’t have guessed a chocolate-mint flavour, I would have thought grey-green would have been better. But anyhow what really matters is how it tastes.
It looks like any other protein powder but strangely it didn’t smell of chocolate-mint but rather of just pure “synthetic”. It was just a “fake” scent, no chocolate or mint to be found. However, when I dissolved it as per the instructions, in water and milk (I split the sample into 2) both smelled like chocolate-mint. So it seems that the scent only comes out when you dissolve it, which is a little strange and more synthetically behaving than I would want my protein powder to be. The chocolate-mint smell was nice though.
Like any protein powder, it dissolved easier in water than in milk. I dissolved fully in water after a couple of minutes but I struggled to get it to fully dissolve in milk. If you have a protein mixer it will definitely help here. This is not a particular problem with this one, all protein powders struggle to fully dissolve in milk. So why use milk? Because it creates a thicker consistency, usually much better taste and it adds a bit more protein and kcals (if you are on a kcal budget obviously go for water).
The water one wasn’t bad at all. I tasted strongly of chocolate-mint and was actually fairly pleasant (for a protein powder) to drink. It was actually surprised about the lack of synthetic taste since it smelled so synthetic to begin with. Don’t get me wrong this is not as nice as your milk shake but it is on the nice scale when it comes to protein powders.
The milk one was easier to drink, for me, because it is slightly thicker but still not thick. It tasted much less (considerably less!) of chocolate-mint and it tasted completely different. It had quite a mild taste but in a good way. It was definitely easier to drink and more pleasant than the water one.
In one 30g serving you get 23g of protein, only 1.7g of fat and only 1.7g of carbs (without counting milk, this is just for the powder). All this comes for only 125kcal per serving (again without counting milk) which will definitely not break your kcal bank.
This protein retails for £34 for 1kg so this 30g serving is worth £1.02. You can buy this from: http://www.inthekin.com/product-page/1-session It is definitely on the expensive side, considering that the well known, large protein brands usually retail for £20-25 for 1kg. However, if you ask me, protein powders are all about finding the one that tastes the best for you because it is SO DIFFICULT to find ones that don’t taste synthetically and if this one tastes good for you then buy it!
It has added fibre and probiotics. I am impressed with the taste of this protein powder and I would definitely consider buying it and I’d love to try out their other flavours too. SCORE = 9/10.
Blockhead Vitamin Gum Lemon Flavour
This is an interesting product. It’s a chewing gum but it has added vitamins. Why haven’t people done this earlier? I love this concept!
I love the posh (for a gum) packaging, I love that it is black and yellow, it fits the lemon flavour and I even like that they look like pills. The entire branding and presentation gives you a “good for you” feeling which is always nice and they actually taste nice too.
The gum is sugar free, and contains Vitamins C, B6, A, and D. It has 10 gums inside and retails for £3.95 if you buy 3 packs so this one pack is worth £1.32. Not a bad price at all! You can buy it from here: https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/blockhead-vitamin-gum-2?deal_option=20f172ae-6666-4b7f-bda0-1ddee029b20e&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=uk_dt_sea_ggl_txt_tim_pads_cbp_chp_nbr_target*_adposition*1o1_prodtarget*300280438278_adtype*pla_productpartitionid*300280438278_campaignid*687507777_adgroupid*39407750856&mr:referralID=af618814-8195-11e7-b6f6-0050569406b5&gclid=CjwKCAjwt8rMBRBOEiwA2F2biJXwBbAMUblJedND8maeMawm4SSVQES1FwVpcVGjd_Ba4EmCh9vUDBoCWQAQAvD_BwE
It is recommended to only have 2 a day which is expected as you can overdose on vitamins too! No more vitamin pills and no need for water? I really liked this gum, and the concept, and I would buy it. SCORE = 9/10.
Cocoa+ High Protein Chocolate Bar
Ok, I am salivating just thinking about this chocolate. It was so creamy and so nicely tasting without being sickening and I would have never guessed in a million years that it has 27.1g of protein per 100 of chocolate. It does come with a high amount of fat, 35.3g in 100g of chocolate, but it is expected as it is a chocolate after all. If you are going to have a chocolate and going to take in that much fat might as well take in some protein too right?
I absolutely love this chocolate, I even love the blue packaging. It looks like a chocolate even though the branding is very simple and…dare I admit…I bought a few already! It’s so nice…It looks like a chocolate, it smells like a chocolate and it tastes as good as a nicely buttery, creamy chocolate!
I smashed one of this chocolate bars and used it in the Wellthos protein balls recipe with the peanut butter, see below, and it was absolutely lovely as well.
Why have protein-less chocolate, have this one instead! It retails for £2.50 for 70g so this 40g chocolate is worth £1.42. I want more…
You can get 20% off at www.cocoa.plus with the code COCOAPLUS. It is a promotional code, not an affiliate one. I will be buying more for myself from https://www.proteinpickandmix.co.uk/snacks/bars/cocoa-plus-high-protein-chocolate-70g/ because they also sell the peanut butter, see below, which I loved as well. SCORE 10/10.
ManiLife Deep Roast Peanut Butter
I must admit when I saw this product in the box I felt a little disappointed. Butter butter is one of those things that you either love or hate and I have to admit, I am not a fan. But as with every review, I give everything a fair go and try it out. Boy am I glad I did!
This peanut butter is amazing, it’s very creamy and the taste is super additive. I really do not like peanut butter but I just couldn’t stop eating this one!
I made the “Wellthos Recipe No Bake Protein Balls” using this peanut butter and got 18 protein balls out of it. You can keep them in the fridge for about 3 days, but if you use this peanut butter and the chocolate above I promise you, they won’t be around for that long. I feel bad to admit this, me and my partner ate all of them in two days and only because we were trying to be good, we would have devoured them in one day, easy!
The recipe was very easy to make and requires no baking/cooking skill or equipment. You pretty much mix all the ingredients together and rub them in your hands to form balls (or whatever shape you want). So easy and quick and super tasty. Beyond healthy snacking, I think this would also be a nice party snack on a large tray. People will never guess this has protein infused chocolate! Nice ice-breaker point too!
On the negative side, these balls only had 5.74g of protein per ball and 101.61 kcal each. So, they are not exactly high in protein and their name might be deceiving. For that kcal intake you can find and make much higher protein snacks. Additionally, as they are super tasty and addictive, they are also dangerous for packing up the kcals.
Here’s a nutritional breakdown for this recipe with the ingredients I used. Might be different for the ones you use, but should be roughly in the same ballpark. These values are for the entire mixture so you would have to divide per amount of balls or whatever shape you made to figure out the values for each.
|ManiLife Peanut butter||847.4||57.75||112.6||17.26|
|Protein powder USN vanilla||129||24||2.1||3|
I can’t believe I actually like peanut butter now. Actually, to be accurate, I like this peanut butter, I still don’t like others. There is something about this one that is just so yummy. This jar of 295g of tasty peanut butter retails for £3.99 and you can buy it from: https://www.proteinpickandmix.co.uk/snacks/nuts-nut-butters/manilife-natural-deep-roast-crunchy-pb-295g/
I’m getting a few jars and I am definitely making these balls again. SCORE = 10/10.
This month’s Wellthos box was worth £23.98 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 just get what you payed for. This box is more about product discovery.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this month’s Wellthos box and I have discovered some new favourite products.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 6.9/10
Star product = Don’t make me choose!!! ManiLife Deep Roast Peanut Butter and Cocoa+ High Protein Chocolate Bar. I guess the chocolate bar should take the first place as it is something that more people will enjoy, whereas peanut butter, even this lovely one, is not for everyone.
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!
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