What a weekend! I spent most of it in DC, visiting friends, eating amazing food, and seeing Tiesto. You know. Typical.
Tiesto was amazing, and I loved trying so many new restaurants in the city. One of my favorite dishes was the dolsot bibimbap (bottom left photo) which was a Korean dish made with rice, vegetables, tofu, and an egg, served in a hot stone bowl. The bowl continues to cook the food, so the rice gets crispier as you eat it. I’d never had anything like it before and it was delicious.
I also got to meet up with lots of bloggers at Northside Social, for a Virginia Bloggers meet up. The cafe was cute, and it was fun meeting some new faces! Ethel, Rana, Coco, Ileana, and Ashley and I enjoyed some coffee while chatting about blogging, Virginia, and future meet up ideas. (Bartending class anyone?) Stay tuned for more on that!
While running from one activity to the next, I did do some serious snacking. The lovely folks at Naturebox offered to send me a box of snacks to review, and since I love trying new things, I couldn’t say no!
Naturebox is like the Birchbox of healthy, natural food. For about $20 a month, you get five full size bags of snacks.
The box was filled with 5 snack bags. Granola, energy clusters, dried pears, pistachios, and masa crisps. I recruited my friend Alex to taste everything with me, and overall, we liked pretty much everything.
- The Blueberry Flax granola was good, and reminded me of Cascadian Farms granola. It had a blueberry flavor, although I didn’t see any dried blueberries mixed in or anything. Overall it was ok, but nothing I couldn’t live without.
- The Pistachio Power Clusters were interesting. They didn’t have a super strong pistachio flavor but I feel like they’d be a great pre-run snack.
- The dried pears might have been my favorite. I’m not a huge dried fruit fan, but they reminded me of these apple chips, and (like all the Naturebox snacks) they didn’t have any added sugars or preservaitves. They also have a lot of fiber, which is great.
- Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts, so I was excited to try these lemon pistachios. They were good, but I think I prefer plain pistachios better. The lemon flavor did give them an interesting kick.
- Taste-wise, the Masa Crisps would probably be my favorite, but health-wise, they weren’t the most stellar. They were like a healthier version of a Frito, but they still had a decent amount of fat, and not a lot of protein or fiber. These would be a good alternative for preservative-packed corn chips, though! I also tried them on top of some vegetarian chili and they were delicious.
Overall, it was fun getting a shipment of new snacks to try. I think my biggest complaint is that you can’t order any of these snacks, so if you fall in love with something, you can’t get more. That said, if you just like a little variety in your snacking, it’s kind of a fun subscription service!
If you’re interested in Naturebox, click here to sign up, and use the code HEALTHY at checkout to get 25% off your first box!