I love surprises and therefore, I love monthly subscription boxes. I also love learning about new healthy products and trying them out in sample sizes before buying the products at the store. FitSnack wanted to host a giveaway on my blog to share their monthly subscription box with my health fanatic readers! I have received a lot of subscription boxes in my blogging career and FitSnack is one of my favorites.
The box introduces you to products you can’t find in normal grocery stores! I have already ordered products online after trying some of the snacks in the box.
Our team puts in substantial research each month to create a balanced box. For those that would like more detail on our process and focus, we’ve outlined the Perfect 10 set of guidelines we try to accomplish in each box. Of course, not every item will have every attribute – but focusing on these key guidelines results in a well balanced and nutrient dense selection.
High Protein —
Protein is made up of amino acids, a key building block for muscles. High protein nutrition has been shown to result in weight loss and lean muscle, and is a key component in many fitness nutrition approaches. There are many sources of protein, some from green leafy veggies, hemp or soy, and some slower burning (like casein).At Fit Snack, we are dedicated to including protein features in our box every month. This ensures a constant feed of new, fresh, and on-the-go protein sources.
Complex Carbohydrates —
Are made up of sugar molecules strung together resulting in high fiber, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Examples of complex carbohydrates are green vegetables, whole grains, starchy vegetables (like sweet potatoes), and peas. Carbohydrates are critical to energy and performance. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends choosing foods containing complex carbohydrates over refined sources more regularly for maximum benefits. With Fit Snack, we know you need energy for your active lifestyle and complex carbohydrates are a strong source.
Low Sugar —
If consumed regularly and in high quantities, sugar can become a dependency and have negative affects on ones health. “There’s an association between added sugar intake and what we call dyslipidemia — higher triglycerides and lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol”, says Rachel K. Johnson, RD, MPH, PhD, a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont. When snacking, sugar is often used for the ‘sweet treat’ meant to satisfy that afternoon craving.
We are not looking for a no sugar approach at Fit Snack, but we work to include snacks that are low in sugar or have a ‘healthier’ sugar substitute. For example, one of the best sugar substitutes that we have found is Lakanto (zero calories and a glycemic index of zero.) There are naturally occurring sugars in many of the whole foods we eat. For access sugar, we encourage you to track the quantity of sugar you eat, try to decrease it and find your favorite sugar substitutes.
GMO Free —
Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic makeup has been modified in the laboratory. A large reason for the development of GMOs is to ensure food origins that can withstand chemical treatments during the growing process. According to the Center for Food and Safety, up to 85% of U.S. corn is genetically engineered (GE), as are 91% of soybeans and 88% of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). It has been estimated that upwards of 75% of processed foods on supermarket shelves – from soda to soup – contain genetically engineered ingredients. With these staggering numbers, you can see how it may be difficult to go 100% GMO Free.
Though the verdict is still out on the effects of GMOs when consumed, Fit Snack appreciates the brands that have committed to 100% GMO Free ingredients. We include GMO Free products in our boxes as often as possible to educate our subscribers on the brands that have taken this bold move in their production and towards nutrition.
Organic farming, marketing, and labeling requires farmers to obtain special certification set by various governmental organizations in the US, European Union, Canada, and Mexico.
The main benefits of organic farming are reduced and regulated use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. There are a number of studies showing potential negative health impacts of these chemicals. Buying organic can be costly, we recommend researching recommended foods to buy organic vs. foods you may not need to buy organic and we promise to include organic snack features in our Fit Snack Box as often as possible.
When we think of sustainable nutrition, we think about the entire process of food development. It is about the full lifecycle of each product from its origin to its demands of the environment to get it to your plate. Many companies today are making a conscious effort to develop sustainable foods. At Fit Snack we know that the sustainable road is not always the easy road. We want to find the highly conscious companies that put care into the entire process of their products.
Gluten Free —
A nutrition approach that excludes the protein: gluten, which is primarily found in wheat, barely, and rye. Two primary reasons to go gluten free are to treat celiac disease and to aid in gluten sensitivities, even though many people find improved energy even when not diagnosed with these sensitivities.
Choosing gluten free options can be cumbersome. New products are frequently being released and existing products are hard to find or just not up to taste. We sift through the gluten free products on the market and personally select the most nutritious and tasty items. We found that many gluten free products are developed with additional ‘perfect 10’ features, such as RAW, organic, and GMO-free.
Known as the “Cave Man” way of eating. In Paleo dieting, modern day humans shift their daily menu to consist of whole unprocessed foods. The Paleo list typically includes: animals (especially a “whole animal” approach, including organs, bone marrow, cartilage, and organs), animal products (such as eggs or honey)m vegetables and fruits raw nuts and seeds, and added fats (like coconut oil, avocado, butter, ghee). Fit Snack works to include Paleo features in our box to spread awareness of the amazing Paleo snacks that are being developed today.
Clean Eating —
Clean eating is not a diet per se; it is a lifestyle. Is about being mindful about the origin of your food. “At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.” ~Fitness Magazine. The easiest way to eat clean, is to eat raw veggies, fruits, nuts, and farm-fresh protein. It’s about training your taste buds to love food that are simple and closest to their source.
The next time you drive by a farm, stop at their fresh produce stand and buy something super fresh – enjoy every moment and send gratitude to everyone and everything that is involved in bringing it to your plate – the farmer, the water, the seeds, the sun … that, to us, is what clean eating is all about.
Foods that are not treated or prepared. With snacking, raw can be tricky because without treating, preparing, or preserving – most raw foods have a lower shelf life. We love fresh and look to include items that are raw and can be taken to-go. We are dedicated to finding companies that have perfected their raw food snack recipes.
I like that the box includes recipe cards, workouts, and product information right inside! I am going to try out this workout right after this blog post!
It always feels like Christmas when I get subscription boxes. You never know what you’re going to get!
These veggie chips were one of my favorite items in the box. They’re a great alternative to your normal potato chips. They’re low in sodium, free of harmful fats, and cholesterol, and they’re a high source of vitamin A.
I put these on my salads for a little bit of crunch!
The pumpkin seeds and almonds are grown right here in the U.S.
Unlike the usual store-bought nuts or trail mix, there is no sodium or sugar added. The nut & seed mix are high in healthy fats and protein. I took these on my road trip to Southport!
These little Somersault snacks are cinnamon crunch bakes made with whole wheat dough. They’re low sugar, a good source of fiber, iron, and calcium! This is a great little post workout snack! Would be great with some Greek yogurt.
The protein bakery is incredible. I would eat these with or without protein. Nick, my boyfriend, had no idea they are protein packed.
The bakery uses muscle building protein in their baked goods. The desserts make you feel fuller and prevents spikes in blood sugar levels. They’re high in fiber, low in gluten and have five times more protein than an average baked good!
These peanut butter cookies were incredible. They were so soft and chewy! I’d eat these over anyones peanut butter cookies any day!
The walnut brownie was really good too. I microwaved it because I’m a warm brownie person!
Have you ever had Bugles? I used to put them on my fingers when I was a kid and pretend they were fingernails. These chips taste almost identical to bugles, which is why I loved them! They were so low in carbs and high in protein. They are gluten free too.
They provided a sample of coconut oil which I may use in baking today. I want to make peanut butter almond flour cookies. Coconut oil boosts metabolism improves immune function and lowers cholesterol.
These were not my favorite, but some people might like them! They tasted like coco puffs dipped in coffee.
They also provided new protein powder which is great because I love trying out new protein powders when I bake or make shakes!
I also made the pancakes from the mix they gave me and they were delicious! I’ll blog that later!
You can read more about FitSnack on their website, or enter the Giveaway below to win a box of your own!
Fit Snack Box Giveaway
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