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

I am always excited to open the Wellthos box as you never know what you are going to get. It often contains a range of different health and fitness products and the surprise element is great. It is an absolutely brilliant way of getting you to try products and brands you didn’t even know existed or even ones that you wouldn’t pick up yourself, for whatever reason.

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The Wellthos box was as always the typical branded cardboard box with no special design. It is a very good quality box despite the fact that it is not collectable. Like every month, 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.

February’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: a gel pack,vitamin coffee, coconut water, a broadbean snack, a protein fruit cluster snack, a chocolate paleo cake mix, protein chocolate, an oat bar, omega 3 capsules and some olives!

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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!

 

PhysioRoom Reusable Hot/Cold Gel Pack

This is a must have item if you are training hard or even if you don’t actually.

This gel pack can be used both hot and cold on injuries and even muscle tightness. It can be microwavable, so you can quickly heat it up when needed but you can also have it in the freezer as a cold pack, ice-cube or frozen pea bag alternative.

It feels high quality and it’s very easy to use. The size of it is great too as you can easily hug a knee or an injured area.

Personally, I also found it really relaxing to use when at room temperature. There is something really addictive about playing with the gel and pushing it up and down the bag. So, as crazy as this might sound, you can also use this item as a means to playful relaxation or squeezing (although don’t squeeze too hard it’s not really made for that).

The bag is plastic of good quality and smells faintly of plastic. You can just wash it with water and soap prior to using it.

There’s isn’t really that much more to say about it other than it is an item that every household should have. It’s one of those things that you will need unexpectetly, so buy it, even if you don’t have a use for it straight away. It is very affortable at £4.49 each and you can even get packs of 6, 12, 24, 48 if you use them a lot of have a large family. You can even find this item on Amazon so it is very easily accesible. SCORE = 10/10

 

Vitamin Coffee Complete Dark Roast

This is a normal coffee powder that you need to brew in a cafetiere, aeropress or drip filter. You can adjust the strength by the amount of it that you use. It  has a rich coffee taste and scent and you wouldn’t really know, just by drinking it, that this is a special type of coffee.

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This coffee contains 100% of your daily vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, folic acid, iodine, iron, magnesium and zinc. As a result, if you are having this, perhaps give your vitamin tablets a miss to avoid overdosing.

It is definitely a fun and pleasurable way of taking in some vitamins and minerals without having to take a pill. If you love coffee definitely give this one a go.

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This satchel contains 2 daily servings so it is obviously a sample. However, you can buy this from the brand’s website for £8.95 for 14 day servings and you can even choose whether you want dark or medium roast, complete vitamin or defence or energy focused. Coffee is generally expensive but this is a little more expensive that normal. However, consider that you won’t be buying your vitamin tablets and therefore, the price might even out a bit. SCORE = 9/10

 

Vita Coco Coconut Water

Truth be told, I hate coconut. I love the coconut scent in beauty products but I hate the flavour in food items. Don’t know why, it’s just not my thing. So, you guessed it, I absolutely hated this drink but that’s personal taste.

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This is a coconut water drink made of 99% coconut water with less than 1% fructose, vitamin C. One bottle of 330mL will give you 59.4kcals, 0g protein, 14.85g carbohydrates of which 13.2g are sugars and 0g fat. It is a good source of your daily potassium.

The juice comes in a typical juice carton of standard quality. It is resealable but it must be consumed within 24hours. The branding and appearance of the packaging is nice, it definitely stands out and it looks like a quality healthy product.

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I think it is a product that you either love or hate, based on personal preference, and for me, unfortunately, it’s a hate however, I can see the appeal of it.

You can buy this pretty much everywhere, I’ve seen it in Asda, Tesco, Amazon, Boots, Superdrug, Sainsburies etc. It retails for about £1 if you buy a pack of 12 or slightly more expensive if you buy it on it’s own. It’s definetely not a bad price but if you are stuck for money or you hate coconut like me, a bottle of normal water will serve you too and save you some cash. SCORE = 6/10.

 

Other Foods Korean BBQ Coated Broad Bean Chips

Why doesn’t this snack surprise me? It seems that in the name of healthy snacks, people are going the extra mile these days. While I can’t possibly imagine myself thinking “I’ll have some Korean BBQ Broad Bean Chips” I’ve kept an open mind and given them a try.

They actually looked different than I expected, although I don’t really know what I expected, and they tasted much better too. They are crunchy but not too dry and very nicely seasoned. The taste is not the traditional BBQ you are thinking off however, it is not as bad as you think either.

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I can’t really put my finger on what it was about the taste that I didn’t like, I think it is just personal preference, but there is nothing generally bad about the taste. I can see how some people might enjoy this snack while other’s wonder about the after taste. Again, this is one of those love or hate items which I didn’t really like.

This 75g bag will provide you with 420kcal, 14.5g of protein, 47.5g of carbohydrates of which 6.3g are sugars, 19.1g of fat and 6.3g of fibre. It is definitely not an “eat in one go” snack but at the same time it is fairly nutritious. I can see these being mixed in a bow of nuts but I cannot personally, imagine myself eating them on their own.

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The outer packaging is very basic and the branding too. It took me a while to realise what this product is and it doesn’t really stand out.

You can buy this from the brand’s website for £2.85 which is not too bad of a price. SCORE = 6/10

 

Dr Zak’s Protein Fruit and Yogurt Clusters

I’ve tried these before in the Fit-Box September 2017 and unfortunately, even though I though it was a great snack idea, I hated the taste.

This cute looking bag is meant to contain pea protein crispies clustered together in a fruit and yogurt flavoured coating.

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The clusters look exactly how I would expect them to from that description. However, I personally didn’t like the taste. For me, the taste was too bitter and synthetic, so much so that after having 3 of them I gave up. I couldn’t finish the entire bag which was a shame.

I ended up sharing the rest with some colleagues and unfortunately, they didn’t like them either. Nevertheless, taste can be a very personal thing so if you like the idea of this snack give it a go.

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I like the bag design and branding, it definitely looks like an interesting snack. It will provide you with 11g of protein, 128 kcals, 4.4g of fat and 10g of carbs of which 4.3g are sugars.

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This snack is Halal and is approved by the Vegetarian Society. The 30g bag retails for £1.49 from Muscle Food. SCORE = 5/10

 

Pebbles Pantry Chocolate and Chia Seed – 3 Ways Paleo Cake Mix

Whether you follow a Paleo diet or not, this is a nice healthier type of cake to try out.

You are meant to mix this with 120mL coconut oil or butter, 4 eggs and 80mL of marple syrup or honey and bake until it is a non-sticky cake.

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It is super easy to do and very quick as well. It doesn’t require much baking skill and it needs very basic ingredients which you probably have already.

This mix can make 12 servings and each serving will provide you roughly with 175kcal, 4.3g of protein, 7.6g of carbohydrates of which 5.8g are sugars, 14.1g of fat of which 10.9g are saturates and 3.2g of fibre. The stats will of course wary depending on the actual ingredients you use.

It is a high in fat treat but it is definitely better than an actual cake. If you are battling out some cravings or even have a special event, make some healthy cake and see if anyone notices that it is not a sugar trap.

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This one use satchel costs £7.95 from the brand’s website. It’s definetely not too bad of a price and it might actualy cost you much more to buy all the fancy ingredients for a “real naughty” cake. Definetely worth a try. SCORE = 9/10

 

Cocoa + High Protein Milk Chocolate Hearts

Two words. Love them. I’ve tried chocolates from the Cocoa+ brand and I’ve always been astonished as to how amazing they taste. I’ve also had a chocolate bar from this brand in the Wellthos August 2017.

These chocolates taste like real chocolate. Not that they are not real but they have a higher protein content than normal chocolates. These hearts are approximately 27% by weight protein and I promise you, you wound have never guessed that from the taste!

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One 5.6g heart provides 32kcals, 1,5g of protein, 1.5g carbohydrates of which 1.3g are sugars, 2.1g of fat of which 1.3g are saturates and 0.2g of fibre. It is a guilt free chocolate with the extra benefit of protein.

I love these so much, I’ve bought quite a few of them and I love the surprise element on people’s face when I tell them that they are eating protein chocolate. Be warned though, they are more addictive than normal chocolate!

Love, love, love, more of this brand please Wellthos! I also love that they included heart shape chocolates for February which ties in nicely with the romantic month. A little touch but very sweet indeed.

You can buy these from the brands website and the price is irrelevant. Just get some, you need them. SCORE = 10/10

 

Nom Bar Cacao and Raspberry Oat Bar

I’ve had one of these bars in the Wellthos January 2018 box but it was the original flavour. I definetely liked this one a little bit better, as I thought that the chocolate and raspberry flavour was much nicer, but again this is personal preference.

This is an organic and vegan oat snack bar. For this gluten free 52g of snack you will gain 231kcals, 10.4g of fat of which 5g are saturates, 27.7g of carbs of which 13.9g are sugars and 4.9g of protein.

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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.

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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 and I actually like that there is a different colour for the different tastes. The original one was pink whereas this one is red.

One bar costs £1.49 which is within the typical price range for a bar snack. SCORE = 8/10

 

Bare Biology Lion Heart – Omega 3 Capsules

These are essentially Omega 3 capsules. Omega 3 is said to have many benefits including helping the look of our skin and contributes towards a healthy brain function. I personally don’t supplement with Omega 3 but I will definitely give these a go and see if there is any noticeable difference. Although, bear in mind, that such things don’t often give noticeable difference even though they make huge difference internally. So if you feel that your diet does not contain enough Omega 3 (eggs, some fish and some seeds) or that you will benefit from them, definitely give them a go.

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You are meant to take 4 of these specific ones daily, with food, so it can be quite annoying. They are suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, although I would suggest you check with your medical doctor first.

They contain fish oil from sardines, anchovy and mackerel. Fish gelatin, glycerol and vitamin E. Your daily dose of 4 tablets would provide you with: 1460mg of omega 3, 860mg of EPA, 440mg of DHA, 160mg of other omega 3s and 6.4mg of vitamin E.

If you have fish allergies it might be best to give these a miss. Consult with a medical doctor if you are concerned in any way.

This little tub is meant to be a travel size and it contains 28 capsules, enough for 7 days. It is made of plastic and is fairly sturdy. It surprisingly doesn’t look very clinical even though the branding and design is minimal.

You can buy these from the brand’s website, as an oil too if you prefer, you brave person, but bear in mind they might not taste or smell that great! The brand also does some related products for kids and for pregnancy.

This little tub costs £6.50 which does not sound like much but consider, it adds up to £26 a month. SCORE = 9/10

 

Oloves Lemon & Rosemary Marinated Pitted Green Olives

These olives are definitely a great on the go snack.

They are meant to have a lemon, rosemary and garlic flavour but to be honest they were only faintly lemon flavoured with no sign of the rosemary or garlic. Nevertheless, that was not specifically a bad thing as they tasted nice either way.

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There are roughly 12 olive in this small 30g pack which would provide you with 53kcals, 5.5g of fat of which 0.8g are saturates, 0.3g of carbohydrates of which 0.1g are sugars, 0.4g of protein and 0.7g of salt.

The packaging is a standard plastic type, non-resealable bag. I actually loved the puntastic brand name of Oloves and the heart shaped branding. It funnily suits the February, love theme meets eat healthy, too.

It was definetely a very pleasant snack of green olives, I just wish the flavour was a little more accurate.

You can buy this for £0.89 from Ocado. Not a bad price and although you might think that’s a little expensive for 12 olives, good olives do tend to come with a price tag. SCORE = 9/10

 

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Overall, this month’s Wellthos box had a nice balance of interesting and known products and I’ve definetely found some new loves and some definete hates. Even though Wellthos doesn’t follow monthly themes, there were little hints of love here and there which were definetely noted and appreciated. Can we please have those chocolate hearts all year round?

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10

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

Star product = Cocoa + High Protein Milk Chocolate Hearts

 

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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