Will snacks be the death of us? $64 billion is spent on snacks each year in the United States, and many of the snacks being consumed on a daily basis are cause for concern. Consider this: A single serving of Ritz Bits Cracker Sandwiches has more sodium and twice the saturated fat as a small order of Chicken McNuggets. A “healthier” choice might be a Cranberry Nut Muffin from Winchell’s, except that with that bomb comes the same amount of calories as four Winchell’s Chocolate Cake doughnuts and nearly the same amount of fat as three hot dogs!
Meanwhile, 35.7 percent of all adults and 17 percent of all children in the United States are obese – numbers that are increasing rapidly.
Gautam Gupta grew up 70 pounds overweight, and after losing the weight and keeping it off for over eight years, he was inspired to do something about the growing obesity epidemic. As one of the founders of NatureBox, his mission is to make it easier for people to make better food choices for themselves and their family. How? A healthy snack monthly subscription service.
Each month, subscribers receive a themed box that delivers 4 to 6 full-sized packages for $19.95 (with free shipping). Snacks are vetted by the NatureBox nutritionist to ensure that no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, or artificial flavors are included. And the selection seems pretty interesting. June’s box included citrus and ginger spiced almonds, sun-ripened white peaches, and a crunchy roasted trail mix, among other goodies.
One of NatureBox’s core values is charity, and as part of their commitment to change, they donate one meal for every box they sell. With partner organizations like Feeding America, the meals, provided through food banks across the United States, go towards feeding the 14 million children who live in hunger. Peckish snackers get wholesome treats, hungry children get meals. What a nice thing.
For more information, visit NatureBox.