The Wellthos Health and Fitness Box is the last box for December and for 2017! I’ve been really looking forward to all the beauty boxes unboxings because I’ve been expecting festive themes and I was curious to see if the Wellthos box would have a festive touch. It turns out it didn’t and even though that’s absolutely fine, since Wellthos never does themes anyways, it would have been awesome if it did! Certain times of the year, like December, can have a great impact on the foods we eat and flavours we use, so it would be amazing for a health and fitness box to have such themes. Perhaps next year?
Like every month, the Wellthos box was the typical branded cardboard box with no special design. You may have noticed that my Wellthos boxes always have a line across the Wellthos writing. That’s because of the way the box is packaged and the way I open them. It arrives in an outer, protective cardboard layer and is closed up with tape in the middle, which means that you have to cut that tape to get to the actual box. As the Wellthos box is always placed upright, I always end up scoring a line over the brand’s name no matter what tool I use. I just always manage to do that! Anyhow, it doesn’t matter too much as these boxes are not collectable anyways.
December’s box came, as always, with a monthly little booklet that explains a little bit about each product contained but also has some recipe ideas, using products from the box, and some light workouts. Although I absolutely love the recipe feature because you get to try a recipe and a new product in one go, I haven’t tried the two contained this month as I am already on the go, travelling, for the holidays. A shame really as they both look amazing. I will definitely try them out when I’m back.
Enough general chat, let’s get into the details! December’s Wellthos box contained 11 health and fitness products of which all were consumable food type items. None of them were fitness tools or special fitness items which was slightly disappointing, as those are the products I look forward to the most each month.
The products contained were from left to right: a dressing, granola, a chickpea snack, a protein cookie, protein coffee, a chocolate, quinoa, a vitamin patch, tea, hot chocolate and a protein powder.
PS. You can click on the smaller images to see them larger if you want to read out ingredients, nutritional information etc.
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!
Lucy’s Low Sugar Ginger Sesame Dressing
This is an Asian style, ginger and sesame dressing. It is free of artificial colouring and flavours, gluten and dairy free, vegetarian, has reduced fat and is low in sugar. It mainly contains ginger, soy, chilli and lime and it is a great dressing for chicken dishes, salads and stir-fries. However, taste is hugely personal preference, so the sky is the limit here, you can use this in anything you like.
In terms of nutritional stats, it mainly offers…fat which is expected. It’s a dressing made of oils. A 15mL serving would cost you 197kcals, 4.8g of fat, 0.7g of carbs, 0.2g of protein and 0.1g of fibre.
It is lovely if you like these type of flavours but of course, it is a sauce, so use it in moderation.
The bottle looks absolutely lovely, the branding is on point and the appearance of the product looks the part. It’s definitely worth a try if you like Asian type flavours.
This bottle retails for £3.99 from Ocado. It’s a great price and a product worth a try. SCORE = 8/10
Rock My Bowl Seasonal Blend Granola
This is a little granola sample made of gluten free oats, millet, flax seeds, hazelnuts and almonds with spices and it is a seasonal limited edition.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I’m not really the granola type. It’s acceptably dry, as granolas go, and it is nicely spiced.
I assume it doesn’t have nutritional info because it is just a sample size but it’s a shame because the stats can often be deciding factors for fitness junkies like me.
I don’t really have that much to say about this to be honest, it was nice but at the same time not exceptionally special for me to seek out and buy. The brand however, has a lot of other granola flavours (cacao and sea salt granola, yes please?) which sound a lot more exciting that this one and I would love to try them out!
This was a smaller, sample size but a full size, 300g, granola costs £6 which is admittedly a little pricey for granola. Although, ask me again after I try the cocoa and sea salt one…I have a feeling that price won’t matter then. SCORE = 7/10
Cheeky Ps Curry Flavour Roasted Chickpeas
Not going to lie, this snack doesn’t excite me at all. The packaging reminds me of crisps only to find out that it is actually curry flavoured roasted chickpeas.
I get it, they are high in protein and fibre and as far as snacks go, it’s on the healthy side. But really, I don’t ever see myself thinking “I know what I’m going to have, curry flavoured chickpeas”. Maybe it’s just me.
However, they actually taste much nicer than I thought. The chickpeas are dry but nicely spiced and they are a lot tastier and less curry-ish than I expected. I don’t think I could eat the entire bag as a snack but I would have enjoyed them with mixed nuts.
This 50g bag (=a handful) contains 215kcals, 5g of fat, 31.5g carbs, 11g of protein and 7.5g fibre. It is approximately a 2/3 carb – 1/3 protein snack, so the stats are not bad at all. It is also suitable for vegans.
This bag retails for £1.06 if you buy 8 of them, which is a great price. SCORE = 7/10
Dr Zaks High Protein Triple Chocolate Cookie
There are a lot of protein cookies out there so it is very interesting to see how this one competes.
This 60g cookie has 210kcals, 6.1g of fat, 28g of carbs, 15g of protein and 2g of fibre. The stats are good and are very similar to the SciMX PRO2GO Double Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie, which is in my opinion the king of protein cookies, 23g of protein, 9.6g of fat, 30.5g of carbs and 303kcal for a 75g cookie.
As a result, what it really comes down to is taste! Admittedly, the cookie looks nice but nowhere near as nice as the SciMX PRO2GO Double Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie which looks like a real, normal cookie. This one looks a little fluffy and feels a little light.
Unfortunately, I didn’t think that it tastes as good as the SciMX PRO2GO Double Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie. It tastes strongly synthetic, I could immediately tell there is protein powder in it, and that it is not a normal cookie, and it is also fairly dry.
This cookie retails for £2 from Tesco of £1.70 from Muscle Food. The price is comparable at least to the SciMX one. SCORE = 5/10
Twenty By Nico Protein Coffee Regular
This protein coffee smelled, tasted and looked like a normal milk coffee. The consistency was a little more watery than I expected a milk coffee to be, but it wasn’t an issue.
The packaging and branding looks fairly cheap. The coffee is contained in a cardboard cylinder and if I’m honest, I don’t think I would have picked this up in a shop. It just doesn’t look attractive.
However, as I said above, it tastes amazing and it is totally worth it. It contains 235mL of protein coffee goodness which provide 99kcals, 0.5g of fat, 3.1g of carbs, 20g of protein, 0.9g of fibre and 87mg of caffeine. The stats are great. I would easily have this in the morning, before a workout and even after. Love it!
You can buy this from Muscle Finesse for £2.49 if you buy 12 of them. Not a bad price considering it contains 20g of protein! If this was a little more easily accessible, like in mainstream supermarkets, I’d have this as my “have to run” morning coffee. If the packaging and branding was a little nicer I would have given it a 10. SCORE = 9/10
Doisy and Dam Milk Chocolate Crunchy Almond Butter
This is a normal chocolate, no added protein etc, made of 40% cocoa with a crunchy almond butter flavour.
It looks like any standard chocolate, smells nice and tastes nice too. It’s a nice change from the traditional plain chocolates and it is gluten free and limited edition. It has a very interesting after taste though that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s not a bad after taste but it is interesting and it goes away after a few seconds. I can’t figure out if I like it or not but it is additive. So, I guess I like it.
This 25g bar retails for £1.20 from the brand’s website which is a good price. The packaging suits the brand and the type of chocolate bar this is and it looks and feels high quality. SCORE = 8/10
Quinola Mothergrain Express Quinoa & Split Peas
I actually eat quinoa at least once a week so this product was extra welcome. This is a ready to eat quinoa with split peas. All you need to do is reheat this if you want it warm, by microwave or in a small pan with a dash of water.
It is gluten free and a portion, which is half the bag, contains 226kcals, 3.8g of fat, 38.6g of carbs, 7g of protein and 5.1g of fibre.
I served this warm with chicken, goats cheese and pears and it was absolutely gorgeous. Healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad, it’s all about how you cook something, the spices you use and the quantities of the ingredients you use!
This bag retails for £2.99 which is on the expensive side. I usually buy the Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa 250g from Sainsburys which retails for £2 and frankly even though the Mothergrain quinoa was lovely, I don’t see the reason to pay an extra £1 for it. It’s not £1 worth more special than the other one, if that makes sense. SCORE = 8/10
B-On All Natural Vitamin Patch
What an interesting item. This is why I love these type of boxes. You get to discover and explore so many things you wouldn’t otherwise try or come across.
This is a B1 vitamin (75mg) patch that you are meant to apply on your skin before consuming alcohol. You can leave it for 24 hours and it is said to support metabolism, normal psychological functioning, functioning of the nervous system and increase energy.
Please note, that this patch is not meant to stop you from getting drunk. It just sort of keeps your body in check, I guess? I haven’t tried it yet, I’m a little scared to be honest, especially because it doesn’t look particularly fancy, it looks like a white label sticker.
Since I haven’t tried it, I have to be fair and not score it. It’s a very interesting item though. I love finding ways to take vitamin supplements in a non-pill way, like for example the Bassettes pastilles etc. I am curious as to what other type of patches this brand has.
T+ Immunitea Orange and Bluberry Green Tea with Vitamins
Do you believe me when I say that I don’t remember the last time I bought tea? Health and fitness boxes contain tea boxes very often, a lot more often than I can drink or serve them away! This is not a complaint though, just an observation. The teas at least always have some added perk, they are not just normal teas.
This tea package and branding looks on point. It’s a very nicely presentable tea box that would definitely catch my attention in a shop.
The tea bags have a vitamin smell, I don’t know if this is subconscious or not, but the smell reminds me of those dissolvable vitamin tablets that have an orange-like taste.
After making the tea, the smell was slightly milder but it still reminded me of vitamin tablets. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it sort of gives you the “healthy drink” scent and impression.
The tea has a slight colour to it which is expected and it actually doesn’t taste of much, which in my opinion is a good thing. A lot of teas tend to be bitter whereas this one is more on the neutral side, neither sweet or bitter, so you can have it without sugar or sweeteners. Win-win!
This box retails for £3.69 from Holland & Barrett and is even on a “buy one get one half price” offer at the moment. It’s a good price, a nice tea and has 50% of your daily vitamin C.
This brand supports Vitamin Angels, an organisation that provides vitamins to at-risk children and mums around the world. What more can you want? Try this one out. SCORE = 10/10
Sweet Revolution Instant Hot Chocolate
This is a dairy free, instant hot chocolate. All you have to do is place the brown powder in a cup and add some hot water. You can add milk if you are not dairy intolerant or you can even replace that with soya or other types of milk if you wish.
I made mine with water only as the entire purpose of this drink is that it is dairy free. It smells really nice and coconutty, even though I don’t like coconut, the smell was actually very nice and inviting. The powder didn’t fully dissolve, there were still some white bits at the top but nothing major.
I can’t say that I liked this more than a normal hot chocolate, I find water based hot chocolates strange, as hot chocolate should always be made with milk, but I do see the value in this, especially for those you cannot have dairy. It tastes chocolatey but because water makes the drink fairly thin, the taste is also fairly mild. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it means you won’t feel sweet-sick from drinking this.
It actually tastes nice and the coconut aspect is not very strong. I had the entire drink and really enjoyed it, even with my coconut dislike.
This drink is organic and vegan and is made of Organic/vegan coconut milk powder, organic raw cacao powder, organic raw crystallised coconut nectar. This was a sample size but a full 200g package will cost you £7.95, from the brand’s website. I’m not sure how many drinks that will make, as the one-off package didn’t have a weight on it, but it can’t be that many and the price sounds a little expensive for hot chocolate. Although bear in mind that this is a specialised product, a dairy free hot chocolate, and so you have to pay the premium. SCORE = 9/10
Macacha Energy Vanilla Protein Powder
What’s a health and fitness box without a protein powder?
This protein satchel looks very interesting, it’s a plant protein shake containing maca and yerba mate. All you have to do is dissolve it in 250mL of water or milk, depending on your preference. As always, I tried both and the milk one tasted nicer but again, that’s personal preference. The powder dissolved better in water, as expected, and didn’t fully dissolve in milk.
This 33g satchel will provide you with 133kcal (considering you make it with water), 2.1g of fat, 7.8g of carbs, 19g of protein, 2.6g of fibre, 3mg of iron and 482µm of iodine. The stats definitely are great.
For me, this powder is just not an option. I really hated the taste and I just couldn’t even have a second sip. It’s all personal taste though and there aren’t that many plant proteins out there, so if you are looking for a plant based protein powder, give this one a go and see if you like it. It’s made from organic pea protein and brown rice protein and due to the Yerba mate, it also contains caffeine.
This satchel retails for £2.9, if you buy 10 of them from the brand’s website. It is a little expensive but again it is a specialised product and so you’d have to pay that premium. SCORE = 5/10
This month’s Wellthos box contained some really nice products that I am glad to have discovered. I still think it’s a little sad that health and fitness boxes don’t follow themes, I’d love a festive themed box, and I am a little disappointed that there weren’t any fitness, non-consumable items. This is the last Wellthos box of 2017 and it was very nice as they always are, but it didn’t feel particularly special.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.6/10
Star product = Twenty By Nico Protein Coffee Regular
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! For a general review on Health and Fitness Boxes click here otherwise for a general review on Wellthos click here.
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