Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Saviour snacks vs Nutribox

Lately I've been seduced by some introductory offers and have been trying out various food-by-post services. There are a huge number of these around ranging from those that specialise in cheeses or puddings, to meal kits designed to include exactly what you need with no waste and parcels of snacks. Most people will already be familiar with Graze boxes, a subscription service that will deliver 4 punnets of fruit, crackers, porridge, cakes and all manner of other delicious snacks at a time to your doormat but there are plenty of others too.

I signed up to two services: Nutribox and Saviour. Both are subscription services offering a selection of healthy snacks. The biggest difference between these and Graze is that where as Graze design their own snacks, you should be able to go to a supermarket or other online retailer and find the snacks included in the Saviour and Nutribox parcels to buy for yourself. In this respect these are good if you want to try some new products. Here's a little comparison of the two and my thoughts.

Varieties: Classic*, vegan or sports nutrition
Sizes: Mini*(9 snacks) or nutribox (18 snacks)
Frequency: Weekly, fortnightly, monthly, bi-monthly
Cost: £12.95 on a 'pay as you go' plan, or pay upfront for 3, 6, 12 or 24 deliveries and save up to 15%
Comments: I ordered a mini classic box which contained 9 snacks. The box, similar to Graze, fitted through my letter box so was waiting for me when I got home. The snacks were mostly sweet but a mix of bars and seeds/fruit. I had heard of nakd, rude health and beond products but hadn't tried any of these varieties before. Annie's fruit bar was really tasty, I can't wait to try the lovechock bar as it looks so indulgent, and I think I want to try the Turkish Delight fruit and nut mix on porridge.

Varieties: "Ultimate", Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Kosher
Sizes: One size only or 8-10 snacks
Frequency: Weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Cost: £15 a week plus £2.22 shipping
Comments: I ordered a vegetarian box which contained 10 snacks. The box didn't fit through letter box so I had to make a trip to the post office to collect it. The packaging was lovely though. I had tried chimpanzee bars and bear fruit before but not these varieties. I'm looking forward to trying the wasabi pumpkin seeds and the snapz tomato "crisps". The lovebite ball looks to be surprisingly low in cals for something that looks so chocolatey and indulgent.

Given that I got both boxes on the same day I was pleasantly surprised that there was only one product that appeared in both boxes and even that was in different flavours. Both boxes came with an info card telling you about the products and giving some nutritional information. I think the Nutribox is slightly better value but that the Saviour box, on this occasion, had a slightly more exciting range of snacks. I'm sure it's cheaper to buy all of these products individually but you're paying for convenience and an element of surprise. I maintain that Graze are probably the best value of all the services out there at the moment, at £3.89 a box, and of course it's even cheaper to make your own snacks (it's not hard) but these boxes are a good way to try out different products and maybe find some you've not heard of before to go out and buy as part of your weekly shop. These are great for keeping at work as I now have an exciting range of snacks on hand that I know are good for me and I liked not knowing in advance what I was going to get. I'm unlikely to continue with these as a regular subscription as I think it's a lot of money to spend but it was nice as a treat.

If you want to try one of these services for yourself you can currently get £5 off a Saviour box with the code "FAMILY" or get 25% off your first Nutribox order.

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I paid for these boxes and products myself and have not been asked to write a review. I just thought it was a nice comparison to do.

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