Forget the milkman. Now there’s another way to get surprises delivered to the doorstep: subscription sampler boxes. We’ve rounded up our favorite boxes filled with delicious food and fitness goodies. Being healthy has never felt sweeter.
So long chips, chocolate, and other sugar-filled snacks. Snacking has now become both healthier and easier. Filled with all natural, gluten-free, and (mostly) vegan treats, Healthy Surprises’ box is a chance to discover something new and tasty (like cavemen cookies and skinny crisps!). (Starting at $49; healthysurprise.com)
If you’re a foodie and music lover, this is the subscription box for you. Subscribers receive a 7-inch vinyl single, a digital mixtape, up to two fresh, local ingredients, and three seasonal recipes. Cue the ultimate kitchen dance party. ($25; turntablekitchen.com)
It's easy to avoid office vending machines with snacks that are loaded with preservatives and sugar by subscribing to Blissmo’s BREAKbox. Each box includes the perfect afternoon pick-me-ups like organic teas, gourmet granolas, and gluten-free crackers. And with four different box sizes, BREAKbox is the perfect thing to purchase for your office (or to make other co-workers jealous). (Staring at $39.95; blissmo.com)
Want to get huge? Or at least have all of the things on hand to make a killer protein smoothie? Jacked Pack is the easiest way to sample different sports nutrition supplements. From recovery drinks to protein-packed brownies, even Arnold wouldn’t pass this up. But the brains behind Jacked Pack also have a soft side—part of the proceeds goes to Vitamin Angels, a charity that supplies undernourished children with essential vitamins and minerals. (Starting at $9.99; jackedpack.com)
Coffee is amazing for you (at least when consumed in moderation), so why not sample some of the best brews from around the world? Answer a few questions about your coffee habit, and Craft Coffee will recommend up to three blends for you to try each month. Get ready to start a new, great-tasting caffeine adventure. (Starting at $24.99; craftcoffee.com)
Tea for two, and two for tea, here are some premium loose-leaf varieties—delivered monthly! With Steepster Select, subscribers enjoy a themed box of three different teas along with tasting notes, brewing suggestions, and some fun facts about each tea’s history and culture. Each box has enough loose-leaf tea to brew up to 30 cups. ($24.95; steepster.com)
Want an all-around wellness experience? Then try out this box, which comes chock full of healthy lifestyle products, from yoga DVDs to skin essentials to nutritious treats. It’s the perfect way to jumpstart (or stay excited) about living a healthy lifestyle. ($20; bestowed.com)
This box is good for our health and the earth. Packed with ethical and sustainable products (think: organic snacks and vegan beauty products), each themed box also contains daily living tips and fun ways to re-use the package itself. ($9.95; consciousbox.com)
With trail mix options like cinnamon fig roll and chai latte, snacking has never tasted so good. And these single-serving snacks are made from the highest-quality ingredients, so they won’t disappoint your tastebuds. The company even offers a calorie counter box where all of the snacks have fewer than 150 calories. There are more than 90 snacks to choose from, so you’ll never be bored, and you’ll surely find some favorites (we’re partial to the lemon drizzle oat bars). ($6.99; graze.com)
Most vegans are accustomed to looking high and low for the newest vegan products—that is, until this amazing box came along. Vegan Cuts does all the legwork for you to find snacks—such as protein chips and drinkable oatmeal—that you won’t be able to put down. ($19.95; vegancuts.com)
There are so many distractions that can knock us off the bangwagon of a regular yoga practice. But this subscription box is the just the thing to entice you to stick with your sun salutations. Each box comes with six to eight goodies, like raw granola bars, speciality teas, and even oil to keep your chakra in balance—enough to make the other yogis at your studio jealous. ($45; yogisurprise.com)
We’re big snackers—it gives us the energy to power through our afternoon slump. But snacks (especially those that come out of a vending machine) can be so unhealthy. Meet Naturebox, the easiest way to snack smarter. With all-natural (and mostly healthy options) from chocolate banana chips to apple pie bites, it’s hard to not eat these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too. And Naturebox will send you a free trial box with their five most popular snacks! (Starting at $19.95; naturebox.com)
Originally published April 2012. Updated January 2015.