Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Healthy Surprise: Review and Giveaway!

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Healthy Surprise is a monthly subscription box where you can get tasty, full-sized healthy food options delivered right to your doorstep. There is no commitment to any "plan" with this service, and there is a 100% guarantee of the snacks being healthy and delicious. Healthy Surprise makes it more convenient for you - now you don't have to sift through all the snacks at the grocery store to try and find the healthy ones amongst the fakes. Healthy Surprise believes that there are too many companies with misleading nutritional information and unrecognizable ingredients; they only pair up with and offer brands that they truly believe in. You will find a LARGE variety of snacks, from dried fruit to granola bars to desserts to crackers.


Healthy Surprise boxes have the following attributes:
  • Natural
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Soy Free
  • Corn Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Made in America
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Honey
  • No Peanuts
  • No Shellfish
  • No MSG or Yeast Extract
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • No Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  • Nothing made in China

They have three monthly subscription options to choose from. The first is the Starter Box which is $33 a month. This box is for one to two people and contains 11+ full sized snacks and 16-20 servings. It ships the same day as it is ordered. The second option is the Healthy Box which is $66 a month. This box is for one to four people and contains 16+ full sized snacks and 32-40 servings. It ships the same day as it is ordered and has FREE shipping. The third option you can choose from is the Large Box which is $99 a month. This box is for two to six people and contains 27+ full sized snacks and 48-60 servings. It ships the same day as it is ordered and has FREE shipping. You will receive a confirmation email immediately upon placing your order, and your box will arrive within 1-3 business days. Healthy Surprise really has FAST shipping and wonderful customer service!


If you stay signed up, your credit card will be charged on the seventh of every month. Your box can ship the same day, or you can schedule a specific day for it to ship. This option is great if you are looking to send a Healthy Surprise box as a gift. I think these boxes would make wonderful college gifts, new apartment gifts, get well gifts, or birthday gifts! Who doesn't like a box full of treats, especially when they can indulge in them guilt-free? You can personalize your gift and choose a one month or monthly subscription option. 




 Healthy Surprise was generous enough to send me a complimentary "Starter" sized box to review, so that I could share my opinions with you. Here is what I received in my box, and my general opinion of each item:



The Daily Crave Veggie Chips

These chips came in a 1 oz. bag, and they contain 130 calories, 6g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 180mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 1g of protein. They have 2% the daily value of iron. They contain the following ingredients: Potato flour, potato starch, expeller pressed safflower oil, salt, sugar, tomato paste, turmeric, spinach powder, beetroot powder.


What's nice about these chips is that they are 100% all natural. That means NO artificial ingredients, NO dairy, NO artificial flavors or coloring, and NO hydrogenated fats. They are also non GMO. I was a big fan of the ingredients and the nutrition content behind these chips. Unlike some bland veggie chips, these had a nice texture and flavor. I really liked the spices! I think that these chips would make a great snack to bring to school or to bring on a picnic. I would recommend these chips to anyone looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips.


Beanitos White Bean with Sea Salt Chips

These chips came in a 1.5 oz. bag, and they contain 210 calories, 10g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 82mg of sodium, 210mg of potassium, 24g of carbohydrates, and 6g of protein. They contain 9% the daily value of calcium and 12% the daily value of iron. They contain the following ingredients: Whole Navy Beans, Whole Grain Rice, Pure Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Guar Bean Gum, Sea Salt.


These chips have no trans fats, MSG, gluten, corn, cholesterol, or preservatives. They are vegan, all natural, high in fiber, and certified low glycemic, vegan, and kosher. I was excited because I have actually heard good things about Beanitos, and I have never tried a bean based chip (only lentil chips, which are different). These had a really unique flavor that was not strong or unpleasant. The sea salt added to the flavor without overpowering the chips. I probably would not eat these chips on their own, but I would gladly eat them with salsa or a dip. Knowing that they are so healthy would make me happy to use them as an alternative to tortilla chips. 

Lydia's Organics Rawkin' Beet Chips Spicy

These beet chips came in a 3 oz. bag and contain, per serving (3 servings), 140 calories, 9g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 380mg of sodium, 11g of carbohydrates, and 5g of protein. They have 60% the daily value of Vitamin A, 15% the daily value of Vitamin C, 6% the daily value of calcium, and 10% the daily value of iron. They contain the following ingredients: beets, carrots, parsley, celery, lemon, green onion, sprouted sunflower seeds, yellow flax, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, Himalayan crystal salt. 

Lydia's Organics Rawkin' Beet Chips are gluten-free, raw, organic, and vegan certified. I have never even had beets before, so I was a little wary to try them in chip form. They weren't my favorite item in the world, but they weren't terrible. They definitely have a kick, for spicy food fans; they are not unbearably spicy. To me, they tasted like a mixture of beef jerky, potato chips, and then some kind of plant. I like the first two flavors, but I wasn't the hugest fan of the earthy aftertaste. I am glad to say that I tried them, though! I think some people (especially those who have tried and like beets) will really like these chips.


Just Tomatoes

 These dried tomatoes came in a 1 oz. bag and contain 80 calories, 1g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 35mg of sodium, 19g of carbohydrates, and 4g of protein. They have 50% the daily value of Vitamin A, 60% the daily value of Vitamin C, 4% the daily value of Calcium, and 10% the daily value of Iron. There are no ingredients besides dehydrated tomatoes.


Just Tomatoes are 100% all natural veggies with no additives, preservatives, or sweeteners. They are gluten, dairy, wheat, and nut free. I like tomatoes, whether they are juicy or dry. I wouldn't eat them by themselves in any form, but I love to put tomatoes on my sandwiches and salads. These dried tomatoes were great on a small Italian salad that I made. I like the tomato flavor but with the added crunchy texture. Dried tomatoes have many uses in cooking and innovative recipes. I would definitely recommend Just Tomatoes, as they were tasty and, of course, healthy!


Hail Merry Strawberry Macaroons

These macaroons came in a 3.5 oz. bag and contain, per serving (4 servings), 130 calories, 10g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 40mg of sodium, 9g of carbohydrates, and 2g of protein. They have 15% the daily value of Vitamin C, 2% the daily value of Calcium, and 2% the daily value of iron. They contain the following ingredients: organic shredded coconut, organic maple syrup, natural raw almond flour, organic extra virgin coconut oil, natural raw almond butter (almonds, organic palm sugar, sea salt), organic freeze dried strawberries, organic Madagascar bourbon vanilla, sea salt.
Hail Merry Strawberry Macaroons are gluten-free, vegan, and low temperature dehydrated. Dehydrating the macaroons at low temperatures protects the extra virgin coconut oil and raw almond flour. Since the coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, when you eat the macaroons at room temperature, they will melt in your mouth. 


This was, hands down, my FAVORITE product in the box. My boyfriend and I shared them (even though I didn't want to). They were the first item that was completely gone; I couldn't get enough of the moist texture and the rich flavor. I have only had chocolate macaroons before, so it was really interesting to have a strawberry one. My boyfriend doesn't even like coconut, and he was a big fan of these! They are amazing, and we will definitely be looking for them in the stores.


Plum Kids Organic Mashups (Berry)

This squeezable fruit puree came in a 3.17 oz. pouch and contains 70 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 5mg of sodium, 250mg of potassium, 13g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It has 2% the daily value of Vitamin A, 15% the daily value of Vitamin C, 2% the daily value of Calcium, and 2% the daily value of Iron. Berry Organic Mashups contains organic fruit purees (apple, strawberry, blackberry, and blueberry). 
Plum Kids Organic Mashups are certified organic and have no GMO ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or artificial ingredients. The pouch cannot be microwaved, and should be refrigerated after opening and consumed within 24 hours. Although I do not have any children, I decided to just try the fruit puree myself. It was pretty good -- I would rather drink a smoothie or eat a whole piece of fruit, but the flavor was great. If I had children, this would be a great product for them. There was no artificial or overly sweet taste, which I like a lot.


Just Great Stuff Cacao and Acai

This 1.5 oz. bar has 170 calories, 9g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 30mg of sodium, 23g of carbohydrates, and 5g of protein. It has 2% the daily value of Vitamin A, 10% the daily value of Vitamin C, 2% the daily value of Calcium, and 8% the daily value of Iron. It contains: Organic dates, organic raw cashews, organic tapioca syrup, organic raw cacao nibs, organic cocoa powder (Dutch Alkalized), organic rice protein, organic freeze-dried acai (with organic lime juice and/or citric acid), organic goji berries, organic sunflower oil, sea salt.
The Just Great Stuff Cacao and Acai bar has 10 servings of goji and acai berries, as well as dates and cashews. It is gluten free, vegan, and is an organic antioxidant bar. The antioxidant ORAC value is 34,100. This is great defense against free radicals! My boyfriend ate this bar and he said he liked that it was packed full of nuts. He said that it had a great chocolate and fruit flavor, and that it would be a good post-workout snack or something to bring camping or hiking.



Gorge Delights' Just Fruit Bar (Pear and Strawberry)

This 1.4 oz. bar contains 145 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 14mg of sodium, 332mg of potassium, 35 of carbohydrates, and 1g of protein. It contains 15% the daily value of Vitamin C, 6% the daily value of Calcium, and 4% the daily value of Iron. It contains the following ingredients: Pear puree, pear concentrate, strawberry concentrate. 
Gorge Delights Just Fruit Bar is fat free and is a good source of fiber. It has low sodium, no cholesterol, and no artificial ingredients. It is all-natural with no added sugars and it is wheat, dairy, nut, and gluten free. I had this bar for breakfast yesterday and it was really good. The combination of pear and strawberry was nice and flavorful. I kind of wish the bar was a little bigger so that I would feel full, but it does make a great snack. 


Nibnaks Crancherry Treats

These crancherry treats came in a 1.4 oz. bag and contain 168 calories, 6g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 0mg of sodium, 110mg of potassium, 25g of carbohydrates, and 3g of protein. They have 2% the daily value of Vitamin A, 2% the daily value of Vitamin C, 4% the daily value of Calcium, and 4% the daily value of iron. They contain: almonds, natural pitted cherries, and cranberries (sugar, sunflower oil). 

I am not a big fan of cranberries, but I do like cherries and almonds. My boyfriend and I shared this package (though it's a better size for just one person) and we both thought that NibNaks were a great alternative to some higher calorie and higher fat granola mixes on the market. This is like a basic, wholesome trail mix where you recognize all the ingredients. 


Righteously Raw Divine Mint, Pure Dark, and Synergy Spice Chocolate

These tiny chocolate squares come in a .35 oz. package. The Divine Mint bar contains: organic cacao butter, organic cacao powder, organic coconut palm nectar, organic vanilla powder, and organic peppermint essential oil. It is 82% raw Cacao. The Pure Dark bar contains: organic cacao butter, organic cacao powder, organic coconut palm nectar, and organic vanilla powder. It is 83% raw Cacao. I accidentally ripped the ingredients list on the Synergy Spice, but it contains a variety of spicy powders in addition to the ingredients contained in the other bars. It is 80% raw Cacao. 


These bars are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and have no refined sugar. They have no preservatives, chemicals, dairy, soy, or nuts. The only sweetness comes from sugar from fruits. I have to be honest..I couldn't eat these. I spit out the Synergy Spice Chocolate, because it tasted more like really, really spicy paper. My boyfriend tried the Pure Dark (without me saying a word) and he also spit it out, saying that it did not taste like chocolate at all. I guess this is the TRUE flavor of raw chocolate without sweetening, but it is not to our liking. 


Caveman All Natural Raw Nuts

This 1.3 oz. bag of nuts contains 227 calories, 0mg of cholesterol, 3mg of sodium, 7g of carbohydrates, 7g of protein, 216mg of potassium, and 62mg of magnesium. They have 1% the daily value of Vitamin C, 9% the daily value of Vitamin E, 3% the daily value of Calcium and 10% the daily value of Iron. They have the following ingredients: Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts, Cashews, Macadamia Nuts.
Caveman All Natural Raw Nuts are high in fiber and have a great source of antioxidants. There is no added salt or preservatives, and as the name states, these nuts are all natural! My boyfriend scooped these up right away. I guess that he liked them a lot, because he finished them in about five minutes! He said they didn't have that overly salty content like most nuts you get at the grocery store, but they were salty enough to still be a great snack.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed my Healthy Surprise Box. I was excited that I liked almost every product, and had an opportunity to try things that I would not have tried otherwise. This is a great way to find new healthy snacks -- Healthy Box does all the work for you! If you love trying new things but don't feel like shopping for them, sign up for this box. I think that Healthy Surprise was definitely true to their commitment; I believe that the content of each of the snacks that I received it nutritious. This is definitely one way to manage your weight, as snacking on these products won't be detracting from your diet. I loved the variety in my Healthy Surprise starter box; it wasn't all sweet or all salty...there was something for everybody! There was even a children's item included. I liked that most of the featured products catered to a variety of lifestyles, whether it be vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free. You don't just receive samples, you are getting nice sized products in this box that will last you quite awhile. It is a great investment, because many of these items are higher priced due to being healthy or organic. 

Ready to purchase your own Healthy Surprise Box?

Go here; you can get $10 off your first box by putting in the code "HEALTHY10"!

Interested in learning more about Healthy Surprise? Check out the links below:


 One winner will get their own Healthy Subscription Starter Box, courtesy of Healthy Surprise! All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. readers, 18 and over, unless you have permission from your parents. Please be honest when submitting Rafflecopter entries -- remember, I DO check all of your entries for verification, and I will throw them out if they are false. If the form has a spot for you to enter information, please provide me with the appropriate username, link, etc so that it is easier for me to verify your entries! I am not responsible for the shipment of the prize, that is the company's duty. I will contact the winner via email (so make sure to use one that you check) and you will have 48 hours to respond with your shipping information. If you have any questions or if the Rafflecopter is not working properly, you can always contact me via Facebook or email (links on the sidebar). Good luck!! 


23 comments:

  1. All of these snacks look so yummy! I love beanitos chips!

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  2. I'd like to see fair trade chocolate.

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  3. I would love the Just Tomatoes or the Beet Chips. They both sound so interesting and different!! They would be perfect for when I am working in the field collecting data!

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  5. I like that healthy surprise has different healthy snack alternatives!! That is why I would like to try it. It looks like something for everyone in my family.

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  6. All these snacks look good n they are healthy a plus!

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  7. I really like that they're vegan.

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  8. I like the fact that these snacks don't have any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

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  10. I like that the products are full size and that there is no artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. Yay! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  11. I like that everything is healthy and delicious.

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  12. i love that these boxes are all natural and that there are a lot of gluten free options too

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  13. i like that unlike other subscription boxes you can order different "sizes"

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  14. I like the variety of products in each box.

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  15. I love Nibnacks and would love to try some of the other products!

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  16. I like that there's such a variety in the boxes. Friggin' awesome!

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  17. What I like about the Healthy Surprise box is that there are so many products that I had no idea where for sale. Great way to try out new and interesting snacks.

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