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Keto Box: An Honest Review

I tried the Onnit Keto Box, which is a healthy, keto-friendly snack box. Onnit is a nutrition company which packages up an array of low-carb snacks and sends them to keto box subscribers each month. Subscribers don't know which snacks will be included until the box is delivered.

I am not personally on the keto diet, but that doesn't stop me from trying new high-protein, low-carb snacks. The following is a review of the box I got, and its contents.

The box included the following:

Walnut Almond Cashew Butter

The box contained two jars of Walnut Almond Cashew butter. The only ingredients are raw walnuts, almonds, and cashews, which is pretty cool when you consider how difficult it is to find any nut butter without added sugar. This stuff is really good, and I've been adding it to protein shakes every morning.
Total Macros: The total for both jars is 240 grams of fat, 90 grams of carbs, and 90 grams of protein.

It's listed on their website for about $15 per jar. This seems fair considering this comparable jar on amazon.
Value: Two jars at $15 each, so roughly $30


Carne Seca Beef Jerky

This beef jerkey was very dry (as the name implies) and chewy, but tasted good.
Total Macros: The total for the bag was about 6 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 40 grams of protein.

I didn't find it on the Onnit website, but I found it on amazon in a 3-pack.
Value: roughly $6


Pili Nuts

This turned out to be my favorite item in the whole box. I had never heard of Pili nuts before, but according to Wikipedia, Pili nuts are grown in the Philippines and have the highest fat content and lowest carb content of any nut in the world! And they're delicious.
The taste is hard to describe but it was a bit buttery and peppery. I wasn't expecting much and was really blown away.
Total Macros: The total for both bags was about 24 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of protein.

Again, I found it on amazon in a 10-pack.
Value: roughly $5


Chipotle Lime Mayo

This stuff is pretty good; I'm still putting it on sandwiches to bring to work. It's made from avocado oil and eggs, and doesn't have any added sugar.
Total Macros: The total for the jar is 264 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of protein.

I found it on amazon.
Value: roughly $10


Moon Cheese

This stuff was strange, but was actually pretty tasty. It is literally just little chunks of cheese that have been dehydrated or hardened in such a way that they become crunchy. The texture is difficult to describe, but it's kind of like a mix between eating a nut and a cracker. This is another fun snack that I probably would have never tried if I hadn't gotten it in the keto box.
Total Macros: The total for the package is 23 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 23 grams of protein.

I found it on amazon in a four-pack.
Value: roughly $5


Mushroom Beverage Sampler Box

This was, in my opinion, the strangest thing in the keto box. I had never heard of mushroom beverage powder before, and was a little scared I'd trip out and start hallucinating. Luckily they weren't psychoactive, and actually tasted pretty good - especially the mushroom coffee, which tasted and smelled very similar to Starbucks instant coffee packets.

There were 8 drink packets in the box, with different purported benefits such as energy, focus, relaxation, etc. While there aren't many scientific studies backing up these claims specifically, the scientific community does seem to agree that these mushrooms can have other health benefits, like anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidants.


Total Macros: Because these packets only contain a few grams of powder, there aren't significant macronutrients to report.

I found it and other sample packs on Amazon.
Value: roughly $15


Adding It All Up

In all, it appears the Keto Box contained about $71 worth of food items, plus a $10 gift card bringing the total up to roughly $81. This seems like a good value, even if I end up up disliking one or two items in a given box.

It's clear that these are keto-style snacks; the box is full of healthy fats and a good amount of protein. The entire box contained 557 total grams of fat, 92 total grams of carbs, and 157 total grams of protein. If you take away the nut butter, there's only two grams of carbs in the entire box.

The macronutrients listed above add up to about 6,000 calories, which, strictly from a calorie perspective, is a full three days worth of food for the average person who consumes around 2,000 calories daily (this is just an average, energy needs vary from person to person).

So Will I Sign Up?

So, will I sign up for the Onnit Keto Box? Honestly, I might. The snacks were all pretty good; there was nothing in there that I disliked. It also seems like a good value relative to the cost of the box.

The biggest influence for me is actually the ability to try new healthy snacks. I'm the type of person who always buys the same things at the grocery store every week, so a service that surprises me with fun snacks every month is kind of tempting. I already have a new favorite type of nut (pili nuts!) and tried the Moon Cheese and mushroom drinks, which I otherwise would have never tried.

I think I may sign up for one month, and just cancel the subscription if the box doesn't continue to impress me with fun new snacks.

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