Wellthos Health and Fitness Box January 2018 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

The very first Wellthos box of 2018! I was really looking forward to this one as January seems to be the month were most people are determined to loose weight, get fit or change their diet etc. I was hoping that there might be a related selection of products but as Wellthos doesn’t do themes, it was another normal box. That’s not necessarily bad, at least the Wellthos boxes are stable, you always get something good every month. However, I still think that themes or month appropriate products would elevate this box even higher.

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As always, the Wellthos box was the typical branded cardboard box with no special design. It’s not a collectable box but it is still of very good quality and you can use it to store other things if you wish. The box came with its 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. I absolutely love the recipe feature because you get to try a recipe and a new product in one go.

January’s Wellthos box contained 10 health and fitness products of which not all were consumable food type items. I really like that there is usually 1-2 fitness or non-food items, they can really add more excitement to the box as you get to use them for longer.

The products contained were from left to right: protein popcorn, a turmeric hot drink, a snack pot, a fruit infuser bottle, protein balls, an oat bar, cacao treats, a box of muesli, Jamaican Jerk seasoning and a natural deodorant.

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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!

 

Natural Nutrients Protein Popcorn Kale, Tomato and Chilli

As a fitness junkie, anything with protein excites me. It’s a tough job getting in enough protein to sustain and/or build muscle and so any product with extra help is good news to me.

I must admit, protein popcorn is not exactly what I have in mind when I think of protein intake but I guess, why not! This snack definitely got me interested up until the point when I read “Kale, tomatoes and Chilli”. I am all about healthy snacks but kale and tomato protein popcorn it just sounds so odd. Nevertheless, I’ve given it a try and I was pleasantly surprised. The flavour is not too strong and it still feels like eating popcorn, sort of. The chilli was very mild, not spicy at all and it all seemed to actually tie in together much better than expected.

The popcorn was neither dry or too moist, just on point. It looks like normal popcorn but of course tastes different.

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It contains more protein than normal popcorn but I must admit I thought that the title is a little misleading. It’s not a protein snack per say just more protein rich than normal. A 25g bag contains only 3.65g of protein. If you have a coffee with milk you will probably get more protein than that. Nevertheless, it is more protein than normal popcorn and less sugar. A bag will set you back 122 kcals and will provide you with 12.2g of carbs of which only 0.3g are sugars and 5.3g of fat. It contains a fair amount of fibre too at 2.8g.

This popcorn snack is gluten free, vegan, dairy free and has no added sugar. It is 100% natural and the brand supports ethical standards.

One 12g bag costs about £1.20 which is not a bad price for a snack. I wouldn’t necessarily have this while watching a movie, it’s just not that satisfying for me, but I would have it as an in-between meal snack. I was definitely pleasantly surprised with this one. SCORE = 9/10

 

Tumerlicious Choco Latte

I’ve tried the Vanilla one of this back in the November 2017 Wellthos and unfortunately, my opinion is still the same. This is not my type of hot drink. To me, it smells like food or a curry and it just feels strange that it is a drink.

However, if you are into these type of tastes give this drink a try. It is very easy to make and very quick and it can be an alternative to coffee or tea. All you need to do is add the powder to a cup, make a paste with a small amount of cold milk and then fill it up with hot water. All the powder instantly dissolves and it becomes a creamy looking drink.

This drink also exists in other flavours: ginger, vanilla and chilli. Not sure how the turmeric smell would work with those either though. It is essentially a turmeric latte which would cost you, excluding the milk, 102kcal, 7g of fat, 9g of carbs of which 5g are sugars and 2g of protein.

Even though it is just a small satchel, it looks nice but way too similar to the Cadbury branding. It gives the false impression that this might be a Cadbury drink and it doesn’t have its own identity. It instantly reminded me of Cadbury hot chocolate which made me want to drink this but unfortunately, the strong turmeric smell wasn’t enough to convince me. SCORE = 5/10

 

Jake’s Boost Super Boost Pot

This little snack pot was much more satisfying than I expected. It contains slices of air dried apples and a little pot of nut and seed butter. The apple pieces actually have a slight taste on their own so you could eat them alone if you want to skip the dip but the latter also tastes really nice too.

It was a very cute snack to have, the only negative was the fact that the dip butter was too thick and the apple pieces too thin which meant that the pieces kept breaking while I was trying to scoop up the butter. Nevertheless, it was lovely.

This 35g pot contains 200 kcals but the amount of other macros is unclear as the exact weight of the butter vs fruit is not given whereas the nutritional info given at the back is given separately. I wish they specified how many of those 35g were fruit and how many were the dip. I guess you can always weigh them if you wish.

This snack is vegan and retails for £2.20. If you are only having the fruit then it might be a little expensive. If you are having the entire thing then the price is reasonable but not cheap.

Finally, 5% of profits from this brand go to charity, although they don’t mention which one. There are another two snack pot options containing different dips and either banana or Moroccan orange slices. SCORE = 9/10

 

Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

Fruit infusers can be very useful for motivating you to get your goal water intake as they can make drinking water a little more fun and less boring.

 

You can literally add whatever fruit or food item you like, in the inner green tube, and let the taste and smell slowly diffuse into your water. The most common ones tend to be lemon, cucumber and strawberries but honestly, this is all up to you. Maybe you might want to have fun and have a different flavoured water every day?

I don’t know how much this one cost as there isn’t any obvious company or branding on it but usually fruit infuser bottles can cost anywhere between £2-10. This one is not safe for hot drinks but it is dishwasher safe and it can take about 700mL of water.

It looks really nice and the green colouring goes well with the healthy eating/drinking feeling. SCORE = 10/10

 

The Protein Ball Co Cacao and Orange

This is a cute little snack of cacao and orange flavoured protein balls. They look really cute and actually taste really nice. Somehow they haven’t been getting very good reviews but I actually didn’t think they were that bad. It wasn’t the most memorable, amazing tasting snack but it wasn’t bad either.

About 22% of the snack is whey protein and the 45g bag contains 6 balls. A bag will cost you 158kcals, 4.4g of fat, 22.9g of carbs of which 18g are sugars, 10g of protein and 3.2g of fat. It is essentially a high in protein chocolate not exactly a protein snack per say.

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The balls are gluten free, vegetarian, wheat free, contain no egg whites, no soy, no GMO’s, no added sugar and they are all natural. One bag costs £1.99 which is within the typical snack price point. SCORE = 7/10

 

Nom Bar Original Oat Bar

This is an organic and vegan oat snack bar. For this gluten free 52g of snack you will gain 233kcals, 10.8g of fat, 27.5g of carbs of which 14.0g are sugars and 4.8g of protein.

It is essentially an energy bar or snack with some, but low, protein content. You can have it anytime you need a little something, like between meals or even before a workout depending on your dietary and exercise requirements.

It contains primarily oats, dates and sunflower seeds and it tastes quite nice and sweet. I really like the name of the brand “Nom”, it’s very playful and suits products like a snack bar. The packaging is cute too although the pink colour is not traditionally linked with healthy snacks and you might not notice this straight away in a supermarket when you are looking for healthy options.

One bar costs £1.49 which is within the typical price range for a bar snack. Overall, it was a good energy bar. SCORE = 7/10

 

 

Nutty Cacao Cups

This is a healthy treat, essentially a chocolate that contains raw cacao and 100% natural ingredients. It is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, vegan and is apparently handmade.

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The box the chocolate cups come in is really cute and appealing. The two chocolates look like little cups hence the name.

For this 30g treat you will earn 160.65kcals, 11.37g of fat, 12.87g of carbs of which 7.71g are sugars and 2.04g of protein. One box, which contains two chocolate pieces, costs £2.50 which is a little on the expensive side.

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However, these chocolates tasted really nice and had real pieces of coconut and nuts. Sadly though, the pieces were not evenly distributed, they all were sank at the bottoms of the cup. If you don’t mind the price and you want a slightly healthier, but still chocolate, treat then give this a go. SCORE = 8/10

 

 

Primrose Kitchen Raw Carrot and Cinnamon Muesli

This Muesli box looks very interesting and it’s carroty colour and branding definitely catches the eye. Unfortunately though, as interesting as the box might be, it contained only a small bag of muesli inside that filled half the box. This was only enough for about 2-3 servings if you don’t have it on its own and combine it with a yogurt for example. I wish the box was actually full!

Nevertheless, it was a pleasant muesli to have, at least as pleasant as muesli’s can be. They are not my favourite type of food but this one definitely has some convincing points to it like for example the carrot pieces which rehydrate when you add milk.

For a 40g serving you will get 176kcals, 7.2g of fat, 24.6g of carbohydrates of which only 5.9g are sugars, 4.2g of fibre and 5.2g of protein. Not bad at all.

A box of 400g (this one was just a sample at 80g) retails for £5.95. It’s not very expensive but it is a fair amount of money for muesli. If you are specifically looking for gluten and wheat free options thought, this might be worth the cash. Also, this is apparently hand made too. SCORE = 7/10

 

 

The Gym Chef Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Pot

I actually really liked this seasoning pot. It is easy, practical and super convenient and I love the Gym Chef branding. This brand makes a few different seasoning pots including Peri Peri, Tandoori, Garlic and Herbs, Lemon, all purpose etc.

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The one included in this month’s Wellthos was a Jamaican Jerk seasoning pot which tasted lovely in combination with meat. One of this month’s Wellthos recipe ideas suggested using this to season sweet potatoes which is also a great idea.

This season pot is all natural, have no added sugar or salt. It is paleo friendly, doesn’t have any soya or additives/preservatives.

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For a 5g serving you will get 18.8kcals, 0.3g of fat, 3.4g of carbs of which 0.1g are sugars and 0.6g of protein.

The plastic tub it comes in looks great and is durable and practical. One little seasoning pot costs £3.49-2.99 depending on offer. It is a little expensive for seasoning but it will last you a while and therefore the cost and flavour/health benefit might be worth it. SCORE = 9/10

 

Elsa’s Natural Deodorant Creme Ocean

I initially thought this might be a lip balm but it is actually a deodorant! It’s not usually sold like this in a little pot, this is just a sample.

I actually really liked this and I recommend you try it too. It is natural and therefore doesn’t have a lot of ingredients that might be questionable or risky. I really like this as some ingredients in normal deodorants have been linked with breast cancer for example (a very high percentage of breast cancers are found in the breast areas closer to the armpit and therefore might be linked to deodorant usage), and even though there is no scientific proof of this, if you get the option of a lower risk deodorant that also works, why not?

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It normally comes as a stick deodorant so don’t mind this tin-lip balm looking sample here. It is great for travel purposes though! The actual product is off white and has a lemon type scent called ocean? A little confused but anyhow I’m sure there are other scents to try too. Very refreshing but yet not very overpowering. The scent goes away really quickly and no one will even know you are wearing this.

This natural deodorant contains organic coconut oil which has disinfectant and anti-microbial properties. It also contains arrowroot powder which absorbs wetness. The Magnesium and Himalayan salt neutralise odours and the kaolin clay detoxifies, bringing out impurities. It doesn’t clock the pores and it even contains shea butter for moisturisation and nourishment as well as other ingredient goodies like vitamin E.

Here’s the list of ingredients:

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder*, Ricinus Communis (Castor Bean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Magnesium Oxide, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Himalayan Pink Salt, Kaolin Clay, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral. *Certified Organic, naturally occurring in essential oils.

The ocean scent here actually won the Janey Loves 2017 Platinum awards Gold. There is also a rose based scent called Love, one for sensitive skin and a bergamot and lime scent called Dew.

One full size stick contains 45g and costs £10. It is definitely a much more expensive deodorant option but at least it is worry free. It will also last you a while as the deodorant stick slowly softens by your body temperature and if you pay attention to this process it can be a guide as to how much your body needs. It’s really much less than you think!

These deodorants are appropriate for both men and women.

I am a fan of this one and I will definitely be purchasing. I wish it was a little more affordable for everyone though, especially for the fact that you have to pay £3.50 for shipping on top! SCORE = 10/10

 

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Overall, this month’s Wellthos box contained some nice products that I am glad to have discovered. As much as I would love a themed Wellthos box, I do like that it is at least a consistent box month after month. During 2017 and this month, there haven’t been any let down months or more exciting months than others and that’s commendable.

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

Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 8.1/10

Star product = Elsa’s Natural Deodorant Creme Ocean

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.

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

 

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