I feel like I’m a little late to the party with new year and resolutions, but now that Mason is nearly three months old, we’re in a bit more of a routine and have found that I’m feeling a bit more back to normal. I actually lost weight in the pregnancy with him, but since he has been born, I don’t know if it is late nights, tiredness, or breastfeeding, but feel like I’ve been eating everything in sight (and then not being very active). So it is time to make some changes over the coming weeks so that I can feel more like myself again.
That being said, with a baby and two other children, time is definitely something that I am short of. That is why having options that are quick and easy, especially with food, can really help. If I know I can grab something quickly that will do me a lot of good, it will be better than grabbing something else that is quick like biscuits! I have been trying out BOXD recently, which is sustainably made protein packed shakes. They contain 16 vitamins and minerals in the recommended daily allowance, and not only that, they are designed specifically for women and with women in mind. So they sound too good to be true?
BOXD brand and ethos
The company themselves have an ethos where they want to fight against diet culture. They also want to help to look after the environment, which is why all of their packaging is 100% recyclable or biodegradable. To see this from a company is such a good thing, as I know I am fed more conscious and aware of what products I use and where they come from. The design of the products and packaging is simple but looks good – I really like the green colour that they have chosen for the packaging.
The shakes themselves come in different flavours, including two vegan flavours that I have been trying: Madagascan Vanilla and Double Chocolate Brownie. The blend in each shake is much more than your typical protein shake, which is good to know. I will have a protein shake after exercise, but sometimes for a quick breakfast on the go. I know that for me, protein really helps me to feel full and to of my weight loss. The combination of the protein in the shakes, along with precise vitamins and minerals that are needed, aims to boost your energy levels in a natural way, but also sustain your energy levels (no afternoon slumps). Caffeinated drinks and sugary foods and drink do have this effect, and I can report that the shakes are true to form and have helped me to feel good and energised, throughout the day. I haven’t felt the need to nap as I often do with the baby and having unhealthier foods, so that is definitely a plus in my book.
I like how these are made with women in mind. For example, the shakes contain iron, which is something that women who menstruate can loose from their body when it is that time of the month. I don’t know what I hadn’t thought of using a product like this before, designed with me in minded rather than a protein shake that both men and women can consume.
The good thing about that shakes is that they can be mixed with water, making it easy for on the go, and you can choose how much water you have with it. 200ml of water makes the shake thicker, and 400ml obviously makes it much thinner, but for me, when I’m on the go, makes it easier to drink. So I like that there is that flexibility. Not only that, but it can be added to other shakes or smoothies, to give you extra protein in there. Real ingredients and flavourings are used, such as raw cacao, along with premium sources of protein to ensure that the taste is great. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but both flavours I tried were good, but my favourite was probably the chocolate brownie flavour.
Value for money?
I know it’s all well and good trying a new product, but can I recommend it based on its value for money?
Knowing that premium ingredients are used I was never expecting the shakes to be cheap. For a box of 7 sachets, the price is £12.97 (£1.87 per shake). You can reduce this price with a subscription, or get a larger box such as a box of 20 for better value. I don’t think the cost is unreasonable, and it is definitely comparable to other protein shakes that are out there. You can purchase large pouches of the protein too. K
nowing that you can get the extra vitamins designed with women in mind is definitely a big selling point that appeals, making it more value for money in my mind. Of course, something is only worth it if you can afford it, but if you can, I would definitely recommend BOXD.
I think going forward, seeing a greater range of flavours would be good, but other than that, I’m pleased with what I’ve tried.
Have you heard of BOXD before? It would be great to hear what you think.
*this is a collaborative post – however, all words and opinions are my own.