Wellthos Health and Fitness box May 2018 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

The Wellthos box is a health and fitness box that contains 10-11 items every month and allows you to discover and try products that you might never have thought existed or you would never have picked up yourself.

This type of subscription boxes can be especially important in the summer months, when our fitness motivation lacks a little, due to the heat and all the alternative outdoor activities. At the same time, exactly because it is during the summer months that we want our bodies to look the best, these type of subscription boxes can be especially helpful in giving you ideas and products to keep your diet regime going. As a result, I am always happy to unbox a Wellthos box and discover all the goodies inside.

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This month’s Wellthos box was, as always, the typical branded cardboard box with no special design. Wellthos also comes 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.

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May’s Wellthos box contained 11 health and fitness products which were, from left to right: reusable liquid pouches, Amaranth grain, a beetroot snack, a nut and sweet potato snack, coconut protein water, two snack pouches, an energy snack bar, cinnamon popcorn, Stevia sweetener and a satchel of instant coffee.

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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!

 

Eatwell UK Nutri Fill It Reusable Smoothie Pouches

I love it when Wellthos includes some products that are not food consumables but unfortunately, there was only one this month. Nevertheless, these smoothie pouches were more useful than I first anticipated.

They are made of thin plastic but they feel fairly sturdy. They are made of BPA PVC and are phthalate free. The strong green design leaves a lot to be desired but it’s the type of product that is meant to be more practical than attractive. Although, the strong green design did start to grow on me. These pouches come in different colours though, so you can choose your favourite or maybe colour label your different creations.

These pouches are meant to be used as storage for your smoothies, protein shakes, juices or whatever liquid you are transporting or storing. You can reuse them and they are resealable. They hold 300mL of liquid, are dishwasher safe and freezable.

They are very easy to fill, from the bottom so you don’t have to get the liquid through the small mouth opening, and are very practical. They also, strangely, make you want to make more smoothies so you can use them. So there you go! If you want to increase the amount of smoothies in your life, perhaps get a product like this to inspire you.

The only drawback really is the fact that I didn’t really like reusing them as they feel  disposable, especially after a couple of uses. That’s more of a feeling though rather than actual fact.

A pack of two reusable pouches retails for around £4 but the price varies greatly with the supplier. SCORE = 8/10

 

Erbology Organic Amaranth Grain

This grain, which essentially looks like small couscous, is one of those items that I would never have picked up myself and the reason why I love getting health and fitness boxes.

I’m not sure if I will be using this Amaranth grain in the long term, but it was definitely a very interesting product to try. It is 100% organic, vegan and gluten free and is rich in fibre and amino acids and non-GMO.

A 45g serving contains 176kcals, 3.2g of fat, 35g of carbohydrates of which 0g are sugars, 7.2g of protein, 0g of sodium, 90mg of calcium, 5mg of iron, 90mg of magnesium, 203mg of phosphorous, 176mg of potassium and 90µg of vitamin B6.

The macros are great and even though it is mainly a carbohydrate food, it is relatively high in protein.

For me this is essentially a replacement for couscous, as even the method of cooking (boil in water) is the same. However, note that Amaranth tastes a little more nutty than couscous but it is overall really tasty and can compliment many dishes and flavours.

Finally, even though the packaging is very simple and made of cardboard I actually thought that this product looks the part and is very attractive. It looks like healthy food and somehow the packaging makes it more attractive.

This 500g package of 11 servings retails for £2.49 which is very affordable. Next time instead of couscous switch it up and try the Amaranth grain. Apparently it was the staple of pre-Columbian Aztects! SCORE=9/10

 

Innate Beetroot Squares

This snack is literally beetroot pieces with onion, red capsicum, almonds, coconut, garlic, salt and herbs & spices. If I’m honest my first thought after opening the bag and smelling it was “Indian food”. It smells really nice if you like that sort of cousine and it tastes like it too.

The bag it comes in is plastic and resealable. It looks really nicely designed and it stands out.

This snack is 100% natural, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, grain free and vegan. A 28g bag contains 149kcals, 11.1g of fat of which 5.9g are saturates, 10.1g of carbohydrates of which 5.2g are sugars, 4.1g of protein and 0.2g of salt. It’s more of an energy type of snack but the protein content is not too bad. One bag retails for £1.99 from Ocado which is around the snack ballpark but I personally think it is a little expensive for beetroot!

This snack made me laugh though. It has several funny parts on the back of it’s packaging like horses running on the barcode, the note “High in moral fibre” etc.

It was a very pleasant snack overall, but I must admit it’s one that I will struggle to repurchase. When will I ever think “I know what I want to eat now, beetroot!”. There are many other healthy snacks that are a lot more attractive taste wise, to me at least, so unfortunately, as nice as this was, I don’t see it in my future. SCORE = 8/10

 

Superfoodio Savoury Clusters Sweet Potato & Smoked Paprika

This cute little satchel is another snack option that you can eat as is, put on salads or soups or even have as an on the go snack before or after working out.

It contains pieces of sweet potato, cashews, sunflower seeds, walnuts and chia seed, all covered in smoked paprika and Himalayan pink salt. It is actually quite a pleasurable snack and much more filling than you’d expect for it’s size.

This 35g bag contains 2 servings and…good luck controlling yourself to stop half way! A 17g serving would provide you with 97kcals, 8.1g of fat of which 1.2g are saturates, 3.8g of carbohydrates of which 0.9g are sugars, 0.9g of fibre, 2.8g of protein and 0.01g of salt.

The macros are not bad at all, however, I’m not sure why you would have this after working out, as the brand suggests, as 2.8g of protein are not going to cut it, unless you have this as a supplementary little snack. Nevertheless, no matter how you choose to have it, this is actually a tasty, wholesome snack.

The outer packaging is simple but elegant and is made of good quality paper and plastic. It looks light a high quality and healthy snack and it is. The only drawback really is, who is actually going to stop half way through the bag to split it into two servings? You would most likely have it all in one go.

A large 135g bag (=8 servings) retails for £6.99 on the brand’s website. This would come up to £0.87 per serving which is not bad at all. Who knew that nuts and sweet potato with some smoked paprika could taste so nice! SCORE = 9/10

 

Coco Pro Coconut Water + Protein

Well, I hate coconut so let’s get that out of the way. I didn’t like the taste of this product but it is definitely down to personal taste.

In terms of nutrition though, this 330mL bottle contains 20.5g of protein, 0.1g of fat of which only a trace is saturated, 12.1g of carbohydrates of which 10.6g are sugars, 0.1g of salt and 80mg of vitamin C, all for 150kcals. It’s definitely a lot more calorific than water but the calories vs protein content is good. The product also contains pomegranate and is the sugar content is natural.

The actual packaging of the bottle is not great though. It is made of thick carboard, typical of carton drinks, but mine wouldn’t stand straight. I also didn’t like the design, this bullet, deadeye circle has nothing to do with protein and coconut water etc.

It might be the coconut talking but I didn’t like this product. If you like coconut though, ignore this review and give this a try as nutrition wise it is not bad at all.

One 330mL bottle costs £2.25 if you buy 8 for £17.99 from the brand’s website. SCORE = 6/10

 

Mindful Bites Nut Butter Sachets

I’ve received these before in the Wellthos March 2018 box but I do not mind getting them again as they are very tasty. My opinion hasn’t changed still, did I mention they are tasty?

These small snack bags are a little unusual. They remind me of space food or marathon food on the go. Is it just me? They have a little straw that you can use to get into the liquid snacks.

The snacks are gluten and dairy free, contain no palm oil or refined sugar. They are rich in fibre and are a natural source of plant based protein.

They come in different flavours to suit your taste buds. Their nutritional information obviously varies with the flavours but generally they contain about 119kcals, 10g of fat of which 0.9g are saturates, 3.5g of carbohydrates of which 0.6g are sugars, 2.4g of fibre, 3.4g of protein and around 0.02g of salt.

They are very easy to use. All you need to do is rip open the top and expose the straw.

The hazelnut and berry flavoured one almost tasted like a diluted Nutella but the Brazil nuts & cacao nibs was very tasty too. They both felt like a guilty pleasure and they were very tasty.

You can get these in these little snack satchels or in jars. You can even get a satchel taster box to try a few of them out. The prices vary with what you are buying obviously but they are a little on the expensive side. However, their prices are in line with higher end products that are not necessities and are of high quality. SCORE = 9/10

 

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Boka Food Cereal Bar in Caramel Flavour

Either this is a very tasty box, I am hungry or something is going on because with the exception of only 1 item, I thought that everything was tasty!

This Caramel cereal bar is nicely balanced. It’s not too sweet or too sour and it is perfectly moist.

In this 30g bar you will find 89kcals, 0.81g of fat of which 0.12g are saturates, 17.4g of carbohydrates of which 1.23g are sugars, 5.7g of fibre, 1.8g of protein and 0.08g of salt. From the macros it is obvious that this is essentially an energy bar or small snack to keep you going and it is definitely guilt free.

The packaging, although simple, makes the product stand out and the yellow colour actually suits the caramel flavour and the energy bar image. The entire product works well and I would have noticed it in a shop.

It contains oats, different types of flours and syrups and it would cost you £7.50 for 10 from the brand’s website. This comes down to £0.75 each which is very cheap.

This is definitely a cheap, tasty and nutritious energy bar. SCORE = 8/10

 

The Great Stuff Company Popcorn in Sweet Cinnamon Flavour

I must admit, I never thought that the sweet cinnamon flavour would go with popcorn. However, this popcorn is delicious. It tastes strongly like cinnamon but also has a soft sweet note to it from maple syrup. It’s one of those things that you think taste strange but you still like it and you still eat it. The bag lasted about 10 minutes!

The packaging is nice although I’m not sure what the decorations/design have to do with sweet cinnamon popcorn. Nevertheless, it’s cute. The bag is made of standard  chips type material with a nice, soft, expensive feeling, silky finish. It is also very long, much longer than normal chip bags. It is strange though as only half the bag is actually filled with popcorn so it really doesn’t need to be that long!

This 20g bag contains 81kcals, 2g of fat of which 1.3g are saturates, 15.2g of carbohydrates of which 2.8g are sugars and 1.3g of protein. It’s obviously sweet popcorn so the stats are expected and are actually on the better side.

This popcorn is vegan, non GM, gluten free, 100% natural, reduced in fat, hand seasoned, gives no messy hands, contains no refined sugars, it is air popped not fried, it is whole grain, high in fibre, made with virgin coconut oil and it actually truly tastes nice.

You can buy these bags from the brand’s website for £23.25 for 20 bags which turns out to be £1.16 per bag. Not a bad price at all. SCORE = 9/10

 

 

Modern Nature The Liquid Stevia Sweetener

Sugar alternatives can be very useful in your fitness journey. However, I have to be honest, personally I am not a fan. Everything in moderation is the key to long lasting fitness, you don’t always have to substitute things.

Perhaps my opinion would be different if I found a sweetener that actually works well. I personally think that all of them, or at least the ones I tried, taste strange and leave a weird after taste.

This is exactly how I feel about Stevia. I hate Stevia. It tastes artificial to me, the type of sweetness it provides is just different and the after taste is horrible. I can tell when a product contains Stevia, even without knowing.

As you might imagine then, I didn’t like this product. It is meant to be a liquid Stevia dispenser that contains 100 servings. One squeeze is meant to equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar but without the calories. You can use this product in drinks, in your cooking or baking and in sauces and dressings.

One serving, which I assume is one squeeze, contains 0 macros of everything.

It is easy to use and the packaging looks nice and natural. This 60mL squeeze bottle retails for £8.99 from Ocado which is on the expensive side for sure.

If you want my opinion: build a good workout regime and a solid diet and you won’t have to cut off or substitute anything. Everything in the right amounts and in moderation. I always have 2 teaspoons of normal sugar in my morning coffee, it’s not those 2 teaspoons that will take you down the wrong path in your fitness journey.  SCORE = 7/10

 

Nuroco MCT Coffee

This satchel contains instant coffee that can be easily prepared by simply adding hot water. It contains MCTs which are natural fats that are meant to provide you with an instant and lasting source of energy.

It is very easy to use and the coffee tastes nice. Even though the packaging is just a satchel, it feels of high quality and it looks organised and well branded. However, as much as I love that turquoise colour and it definitely stands out, I wouldn’t have thought just by looking at it, that this is instant coffee. It looks more like energy shots, gels or amino acid satchels etc. In a way I guess, it is an energy shot but I feel that it should have looked a bit more like coffee too.

Nevertheless, this satchel of 12g will provide you with 69kcals, 6.5g of fat of which all are saturates, 2g of carbohydrates of which 0.3g are sugars, 0.4g of protein and less than 0.1g of salt, given that all you put in is hot water. Of course if you add milk and/or sugar, the macros will change and it will be a lot more calorific.

This type of fatty coffee reminds me a little bit of the bullet proof coffee that is made with butter. It is a fatty type of coffee that might work well in the morning but perhaps is not the best to drink multiple cups of throughout the day.

This coffee with added oomph will cost you £24.95 but is currently on offer for £19.95 for 14 satchels of 12g, which are meant to last you for 2 weeks (1 a day). This comes up to £1.43 per cup, without any sugar or milk, which is definitively expensive. Coffee is in general expensive but instant coffee tends to be cheaper.

If you want a fatty coffee in the morning but cannot afford this one perhaps try the bulletproof coffee by adding butter in your coffee. SCORE = 8/10

 

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Overall, I liked this months box but it was very heavy on snacks. I’m still not sure whether that was a bad or good thing though. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed trying out all the products contained. 

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 = The Great Stuff Company Popcorn in Sweet Cinnamon Flavour

 

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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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