Sunday, January 17

- Healthy New Year Degustabox...

So who's vouched 2016 will be their year for healthy eating? As mentioned in my 'New Year Same Me' post (here), setting goals with the arrival of a new year isn't really my jam, but it's just personal preference I suppose.

When I heard Degustabox were doing a themed box, and this time a healthy one, I was excited to see what would be included. I generally eat healthily; I'm all about a balance and a big believer of having everything in moderation.

In case you're unaware, Degustabox* is a monthly service full of food & drink treats. At just £12.99 (inc. delivery), it's a great way to explore different products you might otherwise bypass. There's usually 9-14 surprise items, most of which are new to the market.

As always, Degustabox have kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you: simply type 'BLDEG15' when registering to get £6.00(!!!) off!

So let's see Degustabox's spin on healthy eating...

KoKo Coconut Milk, RRP: £1.79
Betavivo Cereal, RRP: £1.00 (each)
Happy Monkey Smoothie, RRP: £1.00

I had this adorable heart-shaped cereal with a splash of coconut milk, along with the apple & blackcurrant smoothie one morning. The cereal is perfectly crispy and, more importantly, lowers cholesterol and blood glucose. I'd recommend adding chopping banana or berries to liven things up a bit though!

As for coconut milk, I love all dairy alternatives. Coconut, almond, soya, oat; you name it, I'll have it. As well as having this at breakfast I also used some when making a thai green curry rather than the fatty tinned real deal, and it worked just as well!

This months 'Degustabox Discovery', which has the aim of being completely new to you, is Happy Monkey smoothies. The smoothie has no added sugar and the flavour would definitely appeal to kids. However, when I imagine a smoothie it's creamy and yoghurt-y, this on the other hand is more of a 'juice'. I didn't have a problem with this, but just thought it was worth mentioning.

Barilla Whole-Wheat Fusilli, RRP: £1.50
Barilla Mediterranean Vegetables Sauce, RRP: £2.00

I've always preferred brown rice and pasta, so was happy to see this whole-wheat fusilli. Also, yay for fusilli - it can't just be me who has preferred pasta shapes?! The vegetable sauce also sounds yummy - I'll be using both of these to make a pasta bake in the next few days!

Eisberg Alcohol-Free Wine, RRP: £3.50

So who's doing dry January? If so, you'll be pleased to see an alcohol-free wine included! My partying hard days at Uni are certainly over, so this was a nice little surprise and something I wouldn't have thought to buy myself. I totally respect those who decide not to drink and am aware of and regret immature views in the past eg assuming none drinkers are boring etc, and I'm sure I'm not alone. In fact, the lovely Nicole wrote a wonderful piece recently about her experience with being teetotal which is definitely worth a read.

Fabulous Bakers Bars, RRP: £1.80
Compete Energy Bites, RRP: £1.99

I'm a big fan of snack and cereal bars, but Fabulous Bakers is entirely new to me. Mango and Pineapple bars sound yummy, but something about these didn't agree with me. Despite being made from all natural ingredients, I found the flavour too overpowering and artificial?

I was happy to see these energy bites return. I adored the pack of 6 chocolate coffee ones, and despite not enjoying these 2 lemon ones quite as much, I still had them before I went to my spinning class.

Nothing But Snacks, RRP: £1.69 (each)
Hip Pops, RRP: £1.00 (each)

I'm kind of over these frozen dried fruit and vegetable snacks to be honest. Most of them seem to get stuck in my teeth? I'd much rather have a fresh portion of my five-a-day.

On a different note, and ignoring the cringeworthy name, the Hip Pops were delicious. With 6 flavours available (I received sweet chilli and salt & pepper) these are soy pieces and a nice change from your typical crisp. £1 per small bag seems a lot, so it's worth trying these in this box first.

Drink Me Chai, Gift

This sachet was such a lovely addition and finishes the box off nicely. If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen me complaining about having the flu. When I'm feeling under the weather all I crave is hot drinks so this was a great, comforting change - like a hug to the stomach!

Overall, I'm not blown away by this box but like the message it spreads. It certainly inspires lifestyle changes, such as cereals, whole-wheat pasta, non-dairy milks, less fatty snacks etc. However, I'd say it's more 'Healthier New Year' rather than using the word 'Healthy'. I think it's important to keep an eye on sugar intake too - if Degustabox were to create a low-sugar theme in a future box, I'd certainly be interested!

What do you think of this Degustabox? Don't forget, you can receive your first box for just £6.99 using the discount code above!


*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
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26 comments:

  1. I agree that they probably could have made it a little more healthy, but its a great idea! : ) I'm back into healthy eating now after overdoing it at Christmas. I feel much better already! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  2. I use that coconut milk all the time! It's super delish in porridge and overnight oats for breakfast. Looks like an interesting box! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  3. Looks like a very interesting and mixed box! I love that chai latte, love a winter warmer.

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  4. I love Chai lattes & as I'm currently sat in my freezing cold house something about them sounds really appealing... I also agree about it not seeming like a completely healthy box but it does seem to have a good variety in there!

    Maddie // thatplacecalledhere.wordpress.com

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  5. Karen you are actually my star, I have been wanting a healthy subscription box for ages and different to graze, all I could find that I liked the look of was Marcus Butlers sourcedbox and even though it looks amazing it's got a pretty big price of like £21 or something like that a month and for someone who has bills to pay that is small fortune.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Meme x

    http://www.thedayinthelifeof.co.uk/

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  6. Looks like an interesting box, but probably not one I would enjoy so much either. :)
    I hate when juices are advertised as smoothies. I wonder if there is some official definition to distinguish them? But I liked the look of the protein bites and the bars which would be perfect for work out snacks.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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  7. Ohh you got different things to me! I'm glad I didn't get alcohol free wine though, it seems like such a waste haha.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  8. Incidentally, I am actually doing dry January. Woohoo two weeks in. This box sounds pretty good with a lot of potential. :]

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  9. Wow great products! I'm starting the year healthy so I'm loving these!

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  10. I actually find this degustabox really nice, some of the products are delicious but somne others are not that healthy. Hope you have a fab week, lovely! xx


    Ale | www.alemint.net

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  11. I think this box has a great theme but I do find the products a touch boring and not as exciting as the past boxes. :-/

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  12. I actually quite like the sound of the happy monkey smoothie, plus the picture of the cute monkey just draws me in haha! :)

    Velvet Blush

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  13. I love the flavour of wine, but don't always want the alcohol. I may just try alcohol free some time soon!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  14. I always see these Degusta box posts and think "ooh I must sign up" and then never get around to actually doing it! This does seem like a fairly good take on a healthy box :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Billion Dollar Brows 60 Seconds To Beautiful Brows Kit

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  15. I always see these Degusta box posts and think "ooh I must sign up" and then never get around to actually doing it! This does seem like a fairly good take on a healthy box :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Billion Dollar Brows 60 Seconds To Beautiful Brows Kit

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  16. I haven't found a coconut milk I like yet, though haven't tried this one! I'm trying to eat a better breakfast and loving overnight oats - it keeps me going til lunch! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  17. I vouched to eat healthy but seriously the only thing I can think about lately is chocolate haha so bad. I could definitely use a box like this to give me some healthy snacking ideas x

    Beauty with charm

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  18. Hhehee what a box full of lovely & fatty goods :D I wonder how the Alcohol free wine would taste :P

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  19. What a lovely box of goodies, those Baker Bars look yummy!

    I have a new outfit post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *

    x

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  20. It looks like a pretty good box, it would be great if they had a vegan box x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  21. There are so many healthy options now I must admit that I was expecting something with a bit more imagination. The substitute wine would have been handy whilst pregnant. I love trying new cereal so the bars would appeal too. Lucy x

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  22. Looks to be a few interesting things in this box. I'd be interested to know if the alcohol free wine is any good! I totally agree with you about everything in moderation - I've always found trying to be super strict and eat super healthy just leaves me hungry and miserable! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  23. I don't think I'd have been blown away either, but there are some good things! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  24. Hmm I don't know how I feel about alcohol free wine, I think it's the warm fuzzy alcoholic feeling that you get from drinking it that I like so it would be interesting to see if you still get that when it is alcohol free. It is an interesting concept though and a great alternative for DryJan I guess! I'd love to receive this healthy Degusta box though, I love having little snacks so munch on that won't make me feel tooooo guilty!

    Sarah xxx www.whatsasssays.com

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  25. I loved this box actually but mainly because I like having the delivery when my food is running low hahah! I didn't love the pasta or sauce though, but the Koko was amazing xxx

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