If you know anything about me, or better yet, know me personally, then you know that I am a snack-a-holic. I’m fairly certain that my weekly trips to Trader Joe’s often result in more of what you would consider “snack food” than real food. Back in the days when I used to go into an office (you remember those days, don’t you?), my colleagues knew they could always count on me to supply them with copious amounts of snacks to get them through the day. While I was usually mindful about trying to purchase high-quality and nutritious snacks, I learned early on while going through my health coaching program that those organic snacks that I was buying because I thought they were the “healthier” option were often as high in sugar and other bad-for-you ingredients as a candy bar. Now, thanks to zestbox, I can have my snacks and feel good about eating them, too.
Zestbox is a super simple and convenient way to snack. It’s a curated box of snacks that have been sourced and vetted by Danielle, the founder of zestbox who also happens to be a personal chef, cancer survivor, and superfoods advocate. She started zestbox as a way to inspire and encourage others to live their best life…one healthy box of snacks at a time. As a personal chef, Danielle was on a mission not just to help people fuel up, but to have food be a source of nourishment that will allow people to thrive. That’s why each box is filled with snacks, on-the-go meals, and ingredients that are meant to keep you satiated, but also demystify the process of healthier snacking and help people refrain from wondering, ‘What should I eat now?’ in between meals.
After one conversation with Danielle, I knew that I needed to try a zestbox of my own, a product that sounded like it was created for me and all of the other people who enjoy a good snack. Danielle’s story from cancer survivor to founder truly resonated with me and I was even more excited to try and share her product when I found out how she gives back with each box. When Danielle’s nephew was four-months-old, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that originates in nerve tissue in the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord. This prompted Danielle to want to help, so she partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a pediatric cancer charity striving to develop treatments for childhood cancer, and donates 2 percent of the profits from zestbox.
So, what’s actually in a zestbox, you might ask? In the interest of full disclosure, it took me way longer to try everything in my box than I originally thought. My box arrived at my doorstep in early June and about a month later I was almost done with all of the treats inside. Talk about getting your money’s worth! My box contained everything a snack-a-holic could ever dream of—from granola bars to a protein shake (and everything in between)—it was in there.
Here’s a breakdown of what was in my zestbox:
- Nutsóla Super Food mix
- Orgain organic vegan all-in-one shake
- Box of Joolies organic Medjool dates
- Macro Snacks pizza pie crisp
- Kay’s Protein sweet BBQ snack mix
- Two MadeGood granola bars (one mixed berry and one apple cinnamon)
- Youtopia Snacks roasted almond, honey mustard jalapeno sticks, and Southwest fava crisps mix
- Two Taos Bakes bars (one almond agave and cinnamon bar and one piñon coffee and dark chocolate bar)
- Kodiak Cakes flapjack blueberry and maple pancake mix
- Two bags of My Super Snack granola bites (one blueberry acai and one apple raisin)
- Bada Bean Bada Boom mesquite BBQ crunchy broad beans
- Chomps Italian style beef mini stick
- Two bags of Lebby Snacks dry roasted chickpea snacks in a sesame honey glaze
- Uncle Dougie’s sweet ginger buzz BBQ sauce
- Fresh Jax Grill Master burger seasoning
- One bottle of Tuscan herb-infused olive oil
- One bottle of strawberry balsamic vinegar
- A pack of Shed of Change certified organic seven whole grains rice
- A pair of Toe Talk socks
If you’re reading this list and thinking, ‘This can’t all possibly be in one box,’ let me tell you, it was (hence, why it took me so long to go through it all). Even for a serious snacker like myself, this box was the real deal. For the last month, I’ve consulted my trusty zestbox whenever I’ve needed a healthy snack to take along to the beach, pack on a day trip, or grab in between calls while working from home. And guess what? Nothing in the box disappointed! But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be a toss-up between the Taos Bakes bars and the Lebby chickpea snacks (I also especially loved all of the crips and trail mix packs—see, I told you, I couldn’t pick a favorite).
This box is the perfect option if you are someone who always wants to have healthy snacks on hand (without the guesswork as to whether or not what you’re about to eat is healthy) or if you need a gift for a health-conscious friend or family member. There are so many great options in each zestbox that the recipient is sure to find something (or many things) to love. And that brings me to my next point about helping to support small local businesses with each box. I was introduced to lots of new-to-me brands that I’ve now become a fan of because of this box.
Are you ready to get or gift a zestbox? Ordering online is easy and with three simple steps, your box could be on its way. Simply visit the website to start your subscription, then complete the survey to customize your experience, and finally, have your zestbox shipped out the first week of each month. If you’re not ready to start a subscription, you can send smaller versions of the zestbox (the zesty contains up to 13 items and zestful has up to 20 items). Danielle has even curated a gluten-free box called zestfree for those with a gluten sensitivity or allergy. Oh, and if you need new recipes to help you use everything in your zestbox, you can sign up for the VIP mailing list to get Danielle’s new recipes.
Whether you’re looking for a gift idea or are just ready to take your snacking to a whole new level, the zestbox is the total package.
Thank you, zestbox, for sending over a box for me to try!