Bestowed Product Review

Disclosure: This is a review for the Bestowed product that was sent to me for free.  I did not pay for this product and was not asked to provide a positive review in exchange for the product. [caption id="attachment_7800" align="alignright" width="300"]Bestowed - Products - Healthy - Review Products Inside Bestowed Package[/caption] If you have read my blog long enough you know that I do not do product reviews very often and when I do them it is usually because I purchased the product on my own and wanted to share my experiences with you.  When the representatives for Bestowed contacted me I was hesitant at first.  I went to the site to dig around to see what this was all about and to find out what I could before accepting.  As is typical with product reviews, Bestowed offered a free product to do as a giveaway.  This is another thing I do not do on this blog......giveaways. After exchanging emails with Bestowed we came to the understanding that I would just pick somebody to receive the monthly package that Bestowed put together for April.  This is the easiest way for me to:
  1. Avoid the hassle that comes with picking numbers, promoting a post constantly and basically prostituting my blog out to the public.
  2. Turn away brands that insist on having a giveaway as part of the review and thus I know that they are not interested in my review but interested in advertising and unless you are paying me I am not going to promote you that way.
Now that we have all of that out of the way let's get into the review of the Bestowed 'product'. This is direct  from the site:

Discover healthy foods you'll love! Join Bestowed and get 5+ amazing nutrition and lifestyle products delivered to your door every month - each one hand picked by celebrity nutritionist and author Heather Bauer.

My first reaction was: what are amazing nutrition and lifestyle products?  Every product these days touts itself as being healthy for you in one way or the other, but I much rather prefer to make my own meals than purchasing something in a box or even going to a restaurant.  I checked out the over 8 pages of Featured Products and figured that even if I only get to enjoy one or two products it would be worth it to review.

When the box came I was interested to see what was included.  At first sight I thought:  Great just a whole bunch of packaged products that probably have yellow dye number 5 in them.  I went through each items ingredients list with a fine toothed comb just hoping to find something that would allow me to say that I would never order from this because of the promotion of products as healthy when they are nothing more than processed junk.

What I found out is that the package contained quite a number of products that I would not only actually use but also where the ingredients list matched the marketing on the front of the package.  I have tried a couple of the items and truly enjoyed them in my cooking.  There is another item that I will not consume because it contains wheat but that is just a personal preference as the other ingredients are more than ok.

Here is how Bestowed works (from their site):

Join and get 5+ healthy (and yummy!) products to try each month - each one hand picked by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer. How it works:
  • Select your membership type (monthly or annual)
  • Our boxes ship to arrive on the 15th of every month
  • Shipping is included in price!
Membership Options:
  • Monthly Membership - $19 billed monthly, cancel any time
  • Annual Membership - $209 billed annually, transfer any time
The pricing is fair as you would probably pay more for the products in the package, if sold on an individual basis.  Plus there is the factor of not liking it if you are trying it for the first time.  That is where the benefit of the Bestowed subscription is best, in my opinion.  You can test out products before you invest in them.  The downside is that it may come with products that you will not consume and would avoid at the store in the first place.  There is a balance there and I find that if you are looking to get healthier that this would be an excellent way to start that process.

Would I Subscribe To Bestowed?

My answer is no.  It is not the $19 price for a monthly package of goods but the notion that I would much prefer to make my own food.  I enjoy being in the kitchen and I have the luxury of cooking when I am hungry because I am a partner in a web design and digital marketing agency, which is a long way of saying I work from home.  The kitchen is my safe haven and I would not give it up for packaged products. That being said Bestowed has opened my eyes to hemp seeds and that is something that I will include regularly into my diet as evidenced by two of the photos below. I incorporated them into my overnight oats and apple pie chia pudding.  I also used the olives in a Brussels Sprouts salad and while good I don't know if I would go out of my way to look for this particular olive brand. Lastly, here is a coupon code for you to use: $5 off their first month with this code: 50FFBESTOWED01 [gallery ids="7804,7803,7793"]

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About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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