When the kind folks at Bestowed contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their snack boxes, I initially put up a mild protest. With my food intolerances, I have stopped receiving any such subscription boxes because I just don’t know what I’ll be able to enjoy. Understanding my limitations, Bestowed’s team assured me I could enjoy and review the items that were safe for me and gift the other items. Plus, October (the box of the month they sent me) was non-GMO month, which meant all products included were non-GMO verified. Since I am a sucker for non-GMO products, I was in!
And I really am, you know. A sucker for non-GMO products, I mean. The issue of genetically modified organisms, and most importantly, of clear and accurate labeling and identification of GMO products is one I care a great deal about. I personally do my best to avoid GMO items, but beyond that I strongly believe that consumers should be able to identify GMOs and make those informed decisions for themselves. So taking the opportunity to learn more about and support companies in alignment with these values seemed like the right thing to do.
As you likely have gathered by now, Bestowed is a subscription snack box service that delivers packages directly to your door each month. One thing that makes Bestowed unique from other similar services is that the company was founded by a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist, Heather Bauer. Heather draws upon her knowledge and passion for nutrition to guide the selection of Bestowed’s featured products.
Let’s take a look at what I received in my non-GMO Bestowed box:
- UNREAL Peanut Butter Cups – I gifted these to Mr. Move Eat Create since they did contain quite a bit of dairy and I’m trying my best to live dairy-free these days. He thought they were delicious (and he is somewhat of a peanut butter cup aficionado). I love the concept that the UNREAL company is working with – recreations of classic candy made with natural ingredients. It’s certainly something I can get behind.
- Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit Mix – Yum!! I am a huge fan of Enjoy Life products. This brand is made for people like me (people with food intolerances) and is always satisfying. This mix was a terrifically healthy snack by a brand I already trusted. Score!
- FiberLove Cinnamon Raisin Bar (Gnu Foods) – I’ve got to admit this made me a little sad. I actually used to eat these bars all the time in my pre-gluten free days and it made me nostalgic. Needless to say, it was gifted. However, I can attest from good, recent memory that these bars are delicious, satisfying, and make for a great afternoon bite on the go.
- The Good Bean Smoky Chili & Lime Chickpea Snacks – Eh. I don’t understand the thrill of roasted chickpeas. If you like this sort of thing, they’re great – they’re just not my favorite.
- Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder – Fantastic. Love it. Hemp powder is amazing.
- Nature’s Path Love Crunch Dark Chocolate Macaroon Granola – Sigh. Something else I used to love, but sadly this granola is not gluten-free. If you can eat gluten, I do highly recommend Nature’s Path Love Crunch products. They’re excellent on their own, in yogurt, soy or almond milk, et cetera. It’s good stuff.
- Ultima Replenisher – Always an excellent choice for a runner, such as myself. Makes a great drink on a long run kind of day.
- Way Better Snacks Black Bean Tortilla Chips – These got me very excited. I recently discovered Way Better Snacks and am a big fan. These come as close to clean eating as you can get in a chip and I really love these when I’m craving something salty. Delicious and packed with super foods.
- Bonuses: A recipe and a Women’s Health Magazine voucher.
Overall, I was impressed by the contents of the Bestowed box. There was a variety of quality products and I loved that the box came with a printed booklet that included information about each of the items and the companies featured. I also appreciate that most of the items are available for individual purchase through the Bestowed website in case you love something that you can’t find available locally. For me personally, solely because of my food restrictions, it wouldn’t be a good idea to invest in a monthly service. I feel it might be a bit risky and am afraid I wouldn’t get to enjoy all of the items. If I didn’t have those restrictions, however, I would most definitely consider joining up with Bestowed on a regular basis.
Of course, when I do a review of a product or service I support, I want to be sure that you all can benefit, too. So, if you are interested in trying out Bestowed for yourself, you can do so with a discount of 50% off your first box! To order your own shipment, visit Bestowed here and enter coupon code HELLOTEN103 (offer valid only until 11/20). Happy snacking!