I was given a GrubBox for review. All opinions are my own.
I believe healthy eating is part of a thriving life. What we put into our bodies either aids in healing and keeping us healthy or it destroys us from the inside out. Our digestive system is called our “second brain” and while many in the natural health and wellness community have been saying this for years, mainstream research is now coming to the same conclusion. The gut-brain connection is real and ignoring it will affect your health.
Your gut health is important to your overall health and wellbeing. When our gut is not properly cared for it can lead to things like:
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Brain fog
- A Poor immune system
- Extreme fatigue
- Joint pain
- Autoimmune disease
- Acne, eczema and other skin disease,
and that's not all. In short, our gut holds the key to keeping us healthy. One major player in healing the gut is probiotics. They can come from powder or pill (these are our favorite) and also from homemade lacto-fermented foods and cultured dairy.
I've been making homemade yogurt for several years but I've just started introducing lacto-fermented fruits and veggies into our diet. So I excited to try Grub Market's California Fruit Bounty GrubBox. Grub Market is an online seller of organic and natural products including fruits and veggies, snacks and household products. It's a great resource to add to your shopping list especially if organic products are had to come by in your local area. the GrubBox is full of produce and we were able to make some great, healthy foods with them.
What I Loved
Coming from California on who-knows-how-many trucks, one wonders what condition the fruits will arrive in. The box arrived in decent shape thanks to those who handled it along its journey. It was heavy, that was good! The fruit was packaged securely in shredded cardboard and the pears and apples were wrapped individually. All of the fruit was in great shape. The avocado which had a small bruise on it but let's face it, avocados are testy little things that go from not ready to over ripe in the time it takes you to walk from the sink to the refrigerator and back.
My box included:
- 2 apples – I made 5 Spice Apple Chutney, a great lacto-fermented dish!
- 2 blood oranges (This Panna Cotta with Blood Orange Sauce is amazing!)
- 1 red pummelo
- 1 pear
- 1 avocado – great in a salad or pudding (yes, pudding!)
- 3 oranges
- 1 pineapple
- 1 12-oz package of dates
- 1 pomegranate (Did you know you can seed a pomegranate in under 2 minutes?)
I've never had blood oranges or red pummelo so it was a treat to get new fruits that ordinarily would not pick up at the grocery store. I'm always hesitant to spend money one new foods, especially organics and then not enjoy what I've bought.
The selection was nice and the fruits we have eaten so far have been full of flavor. We haven't cut the pineapple up yet and I haven't used the dates, which are not pitted.
What I Wasn't Crazy About
If I'm honest, I found the value of the GrubBox a bit low compared to buying fruits grown locally (in Pennsylvania). I'm in the heart of apple country so local organic apples are fairly inexpensive because I can get them in bulk and buy seconds. Same goes with pears. The box is supposed to feed 2-3 people but if you are a big fruit eater this is probably enough for one person for a few days.
GrubBox market suggests their products are up to 50% off retail at stores like Whole Foods and other grocers. Perhaps this is true in larger cities but when I compared the prices of Wegman's this was not the case.
Organic Pineapple: Wegmans: $2.99 GrubMarket: $7.64
Blood Oranges: Wegmans: 4/$5.00 (About $3.30/lb) GrubMarket: $3.49/lb
Organic Dates: Wegmans: $13.39/12 oz GrubMarket: 8.49/12 oz
Organic Gala Apples: Wegmans: $2.49/lb GrubMarket: $2.49/lb
Org. Golden Delicious: Wegmans: $2.99/lb GrubMarket: $2.98/lb
I could not compare the pummelo or the pairs as Wegmans did not have them organically when I was price-checking. Some prices were cheaper but some were the same or higher. The pineapple price shocked me. I urge you to do your own research. These are prices for my store here in Central PA, you may find GrubMarket's GrubBox a much better value for your area.
Grub Market will be on my list of online retailers that I check each month as I'm grocery shopping. I have a feeling some of their prices will be a great deal for the things we buy. The other value, if you shop with Grub Market, there is free shipping over $59 which is wonderful if you use Grub Market as part of your monthly shopping routine.
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