Attention, THIH readers! Giveaway at end of post.
I regularly receive offers to review products and services, and up ’til now, I’ve always turned them down. I’d consciously decided not to give reviews in exchange for products because, well, I didn’t want to bother. I’ve had a couple of giveaways on THIH before (years ago now, yipes), but only with products I bought myself and/or enjoyed. You see, I’m not a fan of negativity. I’m also honest. Those two traits don’t always comfortably sit together.
For example, the following internal dialogue might occur if Peter makes something less than ideal. Like the caramel he burned just a teensy bit about an hour ago.
Negativity anti-fan: Well, it’s not THAT bad …
Honest J-Bard: Yes. Yes it is.
When Bestowed contacted me to ask for a review, my fingers were already typing out the “thanks, but no thanks” when I decided to check out the website. That’s when I discovered (a) this company is a newest-products-of-the-month delivery service, and (b) was founded by a registered dietitian, Heather Bauer.
All right. I’m hooked. Besides, aren’t I always saying I need to pay more attention to what’s hot in the food and nutrition world?
The facts: Bestowed offers a monthly subscription for the newest in healthy foods delivered to your door for $19/month.
My box arrived promptly and was packed to the brim with goodies. Check it:
And the haul:
In the box, in absolutely random order: GimMe Seaweed Cheddar Cheese Roasted Seaweed Crumbles, Bakery on Main Coconut Cashew True Bar, Herban Essentials Towelettes, Zico Coconut Water, Artisana Acai Berry Nut Butter, Roots Veggie Blend, and coupon for something from Dr. Praeger’s. One of the reasons this post is so overdue was I wanted to try everything before I wrote it. I didn’t quite succeed, but I got close.
This review is for the subscription (fast and fun! I’d imagine looking forward to a box of goodies every month is like having a birthday twelve times a year) and not necessarily the products inside. Still, I have to show you some of this deliciousness:
My absolutely favorite thing in the box were these cheddar seaweed crumbles. I used to eat a lot of seaweed snacks when I was a kid, and these crumbles brought back delicious memories. I ate most of it straight out of the container, but I did save a few to sprinkle over one of Peter’s spicy noodle soups.
I already knew I’d like the Truebar; that also disappeared faster than a batch of Peter’s chocolates.
The next item I tried was the acai nut butter. Reader, I didn’t like it. I’m a fan of plain peanut butter, and this one was too sweet for me.
But, then! Inspiration.
This blueberry-veggie blend caught my eye immediately. Why not combine it with the acai nut butter?
Behold: The Nut Butter & Jelly Smoothie.
I blended 1/2 a packed of acai nut butter with the veggie packet, yogurt, banana and frozen blueberries. Topped with chia seeds and a few Barbara’s squares. Fantastic. I’m already planning a repeat with the other veggie packet.
The last item I tried was the Herban Essentials wipe. These essential oil wipes come in different scents and are easy to carry around. I used the lavender one and it was quite soothing. This was on a day when I had back-to-back meetings that turned me into the THIH Hulk, so … yeah. Much appreciated.
Now, it’s your turn! If you’d like to try Bestowed, enjoy $5 off using code 5OFFBSTOWED01.
And, the giveaway: Bestowed is also offering one THIH reader a free box, delivered right to your door! (US only, please 🙂 ).
To enter, leave a comment letting me know the last new product you tried. Giveaway runs until Friday 6 am Central.
You, too, could have a box of goodies to try 🙂
Enjoy your week, dear reader!