DegustaBox UK January 2018 Subscription Box Review + Coupon!

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DegustaBox UK is a monthly subscription box that brings your favorite food and snacks to your doorstep. The subscription costs £12.99 per month and you’ll get a box filled with 10-15 products and goodies! This box is always full of so many new things to try.

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This box is really decorated inside and out. While the outside has little food items on it, the inside is full of bright green words. Plastic wrap and brown butcher paper keep all the contents safe.

January’s box has a New Year New Me theme. It features quite a few healthy products to help start 2018 off on the right foot.

Informations sheets share details of all the treats inside the box. There are three different versions of this month’s Degustabox and I received the products from two of the boxes.

Mahtay Yerba Mate Sparkling Tea (£1.49) combines coconut water, açai berries and yerba mate in a lightly sparkling beverage. I enjoyed the lightly sweet, refreshing quality of this drink and the earthy flavour of yerba mate, but it may not be for everyone. This tea is also a great way to get a little energy boost.

Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Booster (£1.59) is a high protein, high fibre bar meant to resemble cookie dough in taste and texture. I was looking forward to trying this, I mean who doesn’t love cookie dough?

The taste is definitely ‘healthier’ than real cookie dough, no buttery richness here, but once you get used to the somewhat pasty texture and not-so-sweet taste it’s not bad. The 50g bar has 230kcal, 13.3g of fat and 12.8g of plant based protein, making it a filling and energy rich snack. The bar is not exactly a low calorie replacement for cookie dough cravings, but it certainly is healthier with only 5.6g of sugar.

The box includes two LighterLife Fast Shakes (2 x £2.49). These ready to drink shakes are meal replacements to be used as part of a 5:2 fast diet. The idea is that two days a week you restrict calories by consuming four LighterLife products, which the bottle states contain 100% nutrition for fast days, and you eat normally the other five days of the week. I drank these shakes for breakfast. The Vanilla Velvet flavour shake was nice, it has a sort of odd taste for the first few sips, which then settles into a cake batter taste. I preferred the Strawberry Passion flavour, which has that fake strawberry taste like Nesquik which I happen to like. Both shakes have a nice thick consistency, but not too thick, and were surprisingly filling for only 201 kcal each.

The box includes a gift sample size of Clipper Everyday Organic Tea (£3.69 for a full size box of 100 teabags), a black tea blend in unbleached tea bags. I love Clipper tea, and their everyday blend is one of my favourite basic teas. This is also great, with a rich and full-bodied taste that’s much better than bog standard builders tea.

Pulsin Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (£1.99) has 22g of protein per 25g serving, is rich in amino acids and high in calcium. I gave this to my husband to try as he’s the protein expert in the house. He thought it was okay, with a milder taste and less sweetness than his usual protein powder. I gave it a try and enjoyed the cake batter-like vanilla flavour! The box also came with a recipe for a banana & peanut butter smoothie which sounds tasty and very rich.

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucine (£3.00) is high in fibre with an impressive 22g of plant-based protein per 50g serving. This was my first time trying (or even hearing about) pasta made entirely from beans and I was excited to give it a try. I prepared it with a creamy pesto sauce, courgette, peas, sundried and fresh baby tomatoes. The pasta has a nice chew to it and a stronger flavour than wheat pasta. I recommend serving it with a flavourful sauce to help mask, or complement, the bean flavour. £3 for a box of pasta is certainly pricier than regular dried pasta, but all in all, this is a nice substitute for wheat pasta and much healthier too.

Some versions of the Degustabox include a Miso Tasty Spicy Ramen Noodle Kit (£1.99).

Each kit makes 1-2 servings, and combines noodles with miso soup base and a seaweed garnish for extra depth of flavour. My husband really enjoyed this as a fast and flavourful lunch.

Some versions of the Degustabox include a Mallow & Marsh Coconut Marshmallow Bar (£1.35).

Yum! This snack combines light and squidgy, fresh-tasting homemade marshmallow with a desiccated coconut coating. This is a really tasty sweet treat for under 100 calories.

The box includes two products by Latin American Kitchen By Santa Maria. Chipotle Mayo Topping (£1.80) is a creamy sauce with a great rich and smoky flavour.  It makes a great sandwich spread or accompaniment for…:

Colombian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating (£0.90), a seasoning mix for making oven-baked chicken at home. I really liked this, it was super quick to prepare and gave the chicken a nice light, crispy and flavourful coating.

Robinsons Fruit Cordial (£2.49) is an adult version of squash, meant to be enjoyed with soda water for a fruity sparkling beverage. I received the Raspberry, Rhubarb & Orange Blossom flavour. This is a lovely fruit flavour, which I enjoyed with an extra splash of soda water for a lighter taste.

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks (£3.49) contains sustainably pole and line caught tuna. I’ve received this product in a previous Degustabox and my husband was excited to see it again. He loves this high quality tuna as part of a quick and healthy lunch.

 The box contains two Jordans Juicy Red Berry Frusli Bars (2 x £0.45).

Made with wholegrain British oats and bits of fruit, these are tasty, very chewy and just-sweet-enough little snack at an affordable price.

Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme 5 Pack Snack Pack (£1.00) combines chocolate cookie crumbs and white creme in mini bars. I remember when these were introduced in the US in the nineties – I loved them then and still do.

These are a very sweet, crunchy and creamy treat in a classic flavour combination.

January’s Degustabox was full of nice surprises – there were no misses in this box. In fact, I would buy any of these items again. My top picks, if I have to choose, are both Latin American Kitchen products, the Explore Cuisine Fettucine, and the Mallow & Marsh Bar, none of which I had tried before and all of which exceeded my expectations.

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