IHeartMD ~ February Founder’s Box

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IHeartMD is a brand new monthly subscription box dedicated to promoting a heart-healthy lifestyle. Boxes will contain  foods/snacks, exercise-related items and general wellness tips and products.

Each month you’ll receive 5-8 samples, all of which go hand-in-hand with the teachings of the Mediterranean diet. Best of all, these products are all hand-picked and pre-approved by a panel of 10 board-certified physicians specializing in cardiology.

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I really liked their packaging: the interior and exterior boxes were box customized with their logo and designs, plus the interior box seemed reusable and high-quality.

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Plus, I really liked their color combinations! It’s an unusual mix and yet I was so drawn to it..

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They included this detailed fold-out information booklet filled with background info and health tips on the included products, plus you can go online to find out more.

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So first up, we have this single-serving Pearl’s Black Olives To Go . They included a little print-out to go along with it, showing what a full-size package looks like and how most grocery stores carry them. I personally prefer assorted olives that come in oil (i.e. the greek ones, those green ones w/ almonds inside, spicy garlic ones, etc) however these were a nice alternate to using canned black olives.

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Next we have these Mary’s Gone Crackers Original Crackers, which are wheat-free, gluten-free, organic and super crunchy seed crackers! You definitely have to go into trying them knowing that they’re going to be different from a normal cracker, as they’re made with brown rice, quinoa, flax seed and sesame seeds. They’re a bit boring plain, but dipped into hummus and greek-yogurt based veggie dips, I found them to be quite good!

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Here we have Matt’s Munchies Premium Fruit Snack in Apple-Licious. It is a delicious blend of mango and tangy apple flavor, and only 35 calories! I absolutely LOVEEEE fruit leathers and fruit snacks, so this had to be one of my favorite items in the box. Definitely interested in purchasing more..

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Next we have TeeChia Super Seed Cereal in Cranberry Apple. This 1-serving of cereal made with oats, flax, quinoa, nuts and fruits has a good amount of protein, fiber, whole grains and omegas. The best part is you can choose whether to eat it hot or cold, so I personally would heat it up with skim or almond milk until it becomes an oatmeal-like consistency and just sprinkle a little cinnamon on top!

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Of course you need a little sweetness and chocolate! So, they included two Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight 72% Chocolate Squares. Hey, a little cocoa can be good for your health!

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Ah.. and gift cards. From previous reviews, many of you know I can be skeptical of sub box gift cards, as more often than not, you need to spend money to get anything. I’m 50-50 on these, because the iTrain giftcard is great and I will definitely be using it for kickboxing and cardio workouts, however the NakedWines giftcard is kinda useless to me (I have 2 already) as you have to spend $100+ to order anything from them. Also, I know some red wine is good for the heart, but I’m a bit surprised to see it in this box.

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All in all, I was pretty content with my IHeartMD Box and believe it has a lot of potential to be great (It’s only the first month) but it hasn’t quite hit the mark yet. I really liked the packaging and thought there was a good variety of snacks, but it wasn’t as ‘packed’ as I expected the box to be. With only 5 single-serve samples and the 2 gift cards (1 free, 1 costly), it left me expecting more (either quantity-wise OR quality-wise), as the box costs $30 per month. Either by including some full-size products, or more samples, as well as more fitness/active-related products, I believe they would get a positive bump in subscriptions, and so I hope to see it improve with my constructive criticism and that of other bloggers.

What do you think of the new IHeartMD Box? Sign up for your own here!

Kenzie

*I received this complimentary box for reviewing purposes

So, I have to admit,

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