LifeBox – Energy September 2019

LifeBox – Energy September 2019

LifeBox is a monthly collection of natural snacks, drinks and ingredients to support a healthy lifestyle. All items in the Lifebox Classic are vegan, and gluten and dairy free. It costs from £22.95 per month, including postage.

This box is the Energy version, which is designed to support activity and recovery for both men & women. There might be occasional items which are not vegan in this version of the box, but it’s very rare.

The presentation of this box is very nice. The contents are wrapped in tissue (perfect for reuse) and you can see the menu card above.

There’s also a lovely recipe booklet.

You get three or four excellent whole food recipes, which often use items from the box itself.

There are no fewer than three drinks this month, and here’s the first, Water3 Natural Mineral Water. This company focuses on ethically produced mineral water with a low carbon footprint, and easily recyclable packaging

Larabars are one of the most delicious whole food fruit and nut bars out there! This one is Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip, and tastes wonderfully indulgent.

These are a vegan candy, Bonsan Organic Tropical Kisses. As they name suggests, the ingredients are all organic, and unlike many gummy sweets they contain no animal ingredients.

Jacked is another ethical company, and direct source their products from farmers in Uganda. Ndizi is a type of banana grown in Uganda, and when it is dried has the most fantastic flavour! Another healthy treat that tastes incredible.

Willy’s Kombucha Beer doesn’t actually contain any alcohol, but they are a fantastic alternative to sugary soda drinks or alcoholic beverages. Both the Ginger and the Hemp & Hop varieties are fizzy and refreshing, with the bonus of being good for your gut too!

Activated nuts have been soaked in water to release the enzymes and nutrients and make them easier on your digestion. These Boundless Activated Nuts and Seeds are Tamari and Aleppo flavour, which is a lovely sweet-sour flavour combination which goes very well in a crunchy snack.

Manfood Facon Jam is a richly flavoured relish that contains tomatoes, spices, and coconut! ‘Facon’ is basically fake bacon, and this is designed to be a vegan version of bacon jam. I actually don’t think it tastes like bacon, but it certainly is delicious and would actually go very well with ham! And of course, if you’re vegan you can put it on whatever you like for a great kick of flavour.

Here you’ve got five Hoogly Chill Out Mint Herbal Infusion Tea Pyramids. It’s lovely (and ethical) mint tea, and what is especially good is that the teabags are completely biodegradable, so you can put them straight in your compost bin.

Here’s a serving pack of Primrose’s Kitchen Bircher. As you can see, it’s organic and vegan. I have to say that while a little pack is nice to try, I don’t think it’s that inspiring as a product, there’s almost no dried fruit in it at all making it rather uninteresting to eat. I’m glad to have tried it, especially just in a single serving, but I wouldn’t buy it. Lifebox has previously done some excellent porridge/granola/muesli etc. It’s also possible that lots of other people will like it! It just so happens that I don’t think it’s very good.

Deliciously Ella Nut Butter Balls are amazing! There are a fantastic snack to keep you going, and every variety is delicious. I’m always happy to see these in a Lifebox!

Finally, another treat that seems indulgent but is actually healthy, Gato Nut Butter Cookies. These mini cookies are sweet and crunchy, and even have a decent amount of protein for the size!. A lovely nibble with afternoon coffee.

 

Our score: 9.2/ 10

Apart from a couple of gripes, I love this month's selection. I'm not convinced about the water, because as far as I'm concerned, I always carry a water bottle, and drinking water comes out of the tap. I don't see the point of buying it. However the two Kombuchas more than make up for it! They're delicious, especially as I don't drink soda, and a million times better than cola or similar. The muesli was unmpressive, but againwas more than made up for by lots of other delicious things. The ndizi chunks are incredible, almost like eating toffee! I love being introduced to various healthy and ethical products, and even if I don't always love every single one of them, it gives me a great stock of handy snacks, and more things to look out for in stores!

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality10
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money8
  • Selection of products8

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