Sustainable Eating for the Lazy

Recently, I learned that I would be a part of the Vail Commons group for my community-based project. As a senior who still frequents Commons, I have to say my favorite part about eating there is definitely the simplicity of it. I don’t think of myself as a lazy person, but when it comes to preparing food, I fear it’s the best word to describe my cooking method. That’s probably why a relatively new company, NatureBox, has caught my attention.

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Nature Box is an online subscription where you sign up, and receive 5 bags (about 15-20 servings total) of snacks for $20/month. According to their website, each box is “carefully sources and nutritionist approved”. They promise that their products are made from “wholesome ingredients” and “minimally processed”. Normally, I would not pay attention to companies that advertise their product as a health product using such vague terms, but after hearing about it through multiple sources, including my favorite blogger and one of my sisters, I decided to look into it. After all, I’m always up for less grocery shopping.

On their website, they claim that their snacks contain no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils,  no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and 0g trans fat. The only complaint I’ve found about their ingredients is from the blog The Atomic Carrot who complains that they use Palm Oil, which is a vegetable oil that is produced out of Indonesia and Malaysia and is not being produced sustainably. (For more information, see this National Geographic article or this youtube video).

Overall, based on what I’ve seen on blogs that have reviewed NatureBox, the snacks seem to be tasty and varied, and snack selections can be easily catered towards many dietary preferences at the push of a button (vegan, gluten conscious, soy free, lactose free, non gmo, and nut free). And another huge plus: NatureBox makes donations to WhyHunger, which is a “leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment”. So on top of feeling guilt-free about your snacking options, you can also feel good about contributing to an organization that works to make sustainable eating more available to everyone. It seems at least worth looking into for lazy food-planners such as myself who want to make good choices about the foods they eat.