Kona Kase Review

I recently got the opportunity to try Kona Kase.

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Kona Kase is a monthly subscription service, similar to your Birchbox or Bulu Boxes, that delivers endurance nutrition samples to you!

This is a great service and not just if you are new to endurance sports. Lets face it, we have all forked over hard earned money for a type of fuel or recovery and hated it or the product wreaked havoc on our body. At least I hope I am not the only one. Kona Kase lets you try different products to see if they work with your body and if you like them.

Kona Kase is $15 per month and ship one the 15th of every month, and soon you will be able to go to the website and purchase the items you like. Shipping is free as well and you can cancel your membership any time WITHOUT penalty.

Each kase is a surprise, however you can see past kases to get an idea of products.

I tried the October Kase, lets break it down by product.

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Clif Builder’s Protein Bar – Chocolate Mint Flavor

Larabar – Blueberry Muffin Flavor

Powerbar Performance Energy – Banana Flavor

I’ll be honest, the only bar I liked was the Clif bar. I know from previous experience that the blueberry Larabar is not for me. I tried the Powerbar but I didn’t really love the flavor.


2nd Surge Gel – Chocolate tasted good very similar to a Gu.

3 FRS Drink Sticks – Orange similar to EBoost, not a flavor I would use frequently, but not too sweet.

Vega Drink Stick – Chocolate the one item I have yet to try, I will update this as soon as I do!

Sharkies – Berry I loved these, similar to any shot blok in consistency, although berry is not my favorite flavor, these weren’t bad.

Gatorade Prime – Berry This was VERY sweet and sat in my stomach a bit weird. I was always interested in trying this but I am glad this is how I was able too, since I don’t think I would go out and buy these on my own.

I would definitely buy the Clif bars, Sharkies and 2nd surge again on my own.

So would I try Kona Kase again? Yes! I loved the idea behind the product and ironically would use more of the items in this than in my birchboxes. How would I improve it?

It would be awesome if you could customize even more, perhaps make a “no list” in terms of flavors that you don’t like? Or even more specifics, like I know that I don’t like the blueberry larabar. Other than that I loved the box.

What items would you love to see in a Kona Kase? What is your favorite endurance sports item?

Disclaimer: I was provided one months box free of charge, as always opinions are my own.

March Foodie Penpals

This was my second month of Foodie Penpals and I got a great box from April. I apologize in advance for the iPhone photos.

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April sent me a sweet card, sometimes I think this is the best part of the boxes

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She also included little notes with each item. The first is Muscadine Jelly, a deep south staple, which is great with peanuts butter :)

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Dried peaches, I actually am not a huge fan of dried fruit, but I love these! A great low cal sweet snack.

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Well, I finally tried a nut butter, and I am a fan, and I loved the honey peanut butter. Hint: it goes great with the jelly.

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I haven’t used these yet, but I certainly plan on using them for easter. How cute are they?

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Veggie Chips, holy delicious, I loved these.

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Last but not least caramel popcorn. We actually got this in our Citrus Lime box a few months ago and Nick ate it. My turn for a serving. I haven’t eaten it yet, but I bet it will be delicious.

Thanks again April, I loved the box!


If you want to join Foodie Penpals, I have included all the information below. Remember you don’t need to have a blog to participate!

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals. In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

-Foodie Penpals is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

If you’re interested in participating for April, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by April 4th as pairings will be emailed on April 5th!

***PLEASE NOTE: if you send an email, you WILL GET A RESPONSE within 48 hours. If you don”t….please re-send your email or contact Lindsay via Twitter (@LeanGrnBeanBlog). Last month we had a few emails get lost as spam so we’re trying to avoid that!