Bulu Box (Weight Loss): February 2014

This month’s Bulu Box (weight loss version is what I subscribe to) was done in collaboration with Ali Vincent, who was the winner of the Biggest Loser season 5, and the show’s first ever female winner.  This month my box was full of some some of her favorite things to help her keep off the weight she lost on the show.  Lots of snack stuff this month, which is okay, as I am a bit of a food addict :-p

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The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas

I’ve only ever had chickpeas one other time before that wasn’t in the form of hummus (I love me some hummus…it actually can end up being a problem..), but these little power foods (I checked, Weight Watchers does consider chickpeas to be power foods) promise a well balanced nutritional punch (good doses of fiber and protein) with the satisfying crunch of a chip-like snack, but the benefit of the healthy chickpea.  I could get into that.  The Good Bean makes these treats in 4 flavors: Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili & Lime, and Sweet Cinnamon.

 

Full Size: 2.5oz package @ $9.99

Sample Size: 0.75oz

Sample Value: $2.72

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SoyJoy Baked Whole Soy & Fruit Bar

I’ll be honest: I remember trying a SoyJoy bar a handful of years ago and hating it, so I hadn’t touched one since.  I was kind of sad to see it in my Bulu Box, but I figured I’d give it another go and gave this one a try (right after I took the picture..it was a hungry day..) and I was thrilled to discover that I didn’t hate it!  I remember the bar being dry and overly biscotti-like, but not in the way biscotti is yummy, just dense and dry and flavorless.  Well, I don’t know if they’ve changed their recipe or if the one I tried happened to be a bad batch, but this one was much more satisfying to my taste buds.  SoyJoy comes packed with protein, is gluten free and comes in some delicious sounding flavors: Dark Chocolate Cherry, Cranberry (the one in my box), Banana, Strawberry, Mango Coconut, Blueberry, and Berry.

Full Size: 12 bars @ $15.99

Sample Size: 1 bar

Sample Value: $1.33

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Fruit Chia Bars

I started paying attention to Chia seed a handful of months ago, and while I don’t consume them regularly, I do try to take advantage when they’re accessible.  Fruit Chia Bars are literally just fruit and chia seeds.  These bars are gluten free, have no preservatives or artificial sweeteners, and are pretty delicious.  It’s basically s thick fruit leather with chia seeds mixed in.  These clock in at 4 PointsPlus per bar and come in 4 flavors: Cranberry, Blueberry, Strawberry, and Raspberry.

Full Size: 12 Bars @ $19.99

Sample Size: 1 Bar

Sample Value: $1.67

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Chosen Foods Meta Powder High Fiber Blend Sticks

Here’s what Bulu Box says about this powder:

The proprietary blend includes Nopal cactus, grown in the nutrient dense volcanic soil of the Mexican highlands, renowned for its high fiber levels. Fiber is essential to healthy digestion, keeping insulin levels in check and helping you feel fuller longer, contributing to healthy weight loss. *

Agave inulin is a prebiotic that works in your digestive system to support the function of probiotics, the essential bacteria that improve digestive and general health. The addition of Hibiscus flowers provides both a boost to overall health and a refreshing tea flavor to the mix. Hibiscus supports normal blood pressure, promotes healthy cholesterol levels and can help manage body weight.”

So basically this is another powder that you mix into your water to drink and let it work it’s magic.  Each stick has 5.8g of fiber in it to help get the body moving (yeah, I went there) and to help keep you feeling full.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I look forward to doing so.  The directions say that for best results it should be taken before every main meal of the day.  I think that’s a little steep considering the $13 box would only last you 5 days, but that’s just the money saver in me talking.  The emphasis on high fiber in diets geared toward weight loss (including Weight Watchers) is huge, so it’s good to get that extra boost of fiber when you can.

Full Size: 15 sticks @ $12.99

Sample Size: 1 Stick

Sample Value: $0.87

 

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Power Crunch Proto Whey Ultra Burn

When I looked at the price of this powder I thought it was a tad crazy (see breakdown below), but it definitely intrigued me to see what was so special about this powder.  Here’s what Bulu Box said:

Get the benefits of three products in one with Power Crunch Proto Whey Ultraburn! This unique blend of ingredients mixes into an energy and protein drink that supports enhanced fat loss, muscular energy and neural activity. Formulated with pept-1, containing a distinctive adaptogenic energy signature that gives increased muscular energy and heightened mental focus, including a blend of nutrients that keep away the jittery feeling and crash caused by stimulant, sugar and herbal based energy drinks. The advanced nutrient delivery system supports increased brain and muscle activity for head-to-toe energy and endurance.  *

  • Manages appetite and attitude *
  • Increases performance and delivers long lasting results *

When taken before exercise, pept-1 increases energy and endurance so you can take your workout farther and longer than ever before. The thermogenic protein nutrition supports around-the-clock fat loss and maintenance of lean muscle tissue, making it the perfect option when you’re dieting or counting calories for training. *

I don’t know what pept-1 is or how it gives you energy, but the idea behind an energy drink and a protein drink all wrapped up into one 3 Points Plus package sounds like a great thing.  I think this will be my breakfast tomorrow before my Thursday morning Zumba class.  With my high energy instructor, an extra boost would be greatly appreciated.

Full Size: 18 servings @ $49.99

Sample Size: 1 Serving

Sample Value: $2.78

 

February Box Total Value: $9.37

The box came in a little under value, which always disappoints me a bit, but I am pleased with the variety that was in this month’s box.

If you’re interested in looking into getting a Bulu Box subscription you can head over to their site and sign up for one (or both) of the two boxes they offer: general wellness and weight loss for $10 a month.

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