Well, this is a long time in the making. Oh, happy New Year, by the way!!
Healthy Surprise contacted me a few months ago and asked if I’d like to review their box of goodies. This is a company that sends a box of vegan, natural, gluten-free and soy-free snacks to your doorstep monthly.
From their website:
Each Healthy Surprise box is filled to the brim with delicious, healthy snacks. Every month our snackologists work hard to put together a variety of healthy snacks to form the perfect snack box! We’ve partnered with the best snack companies in the country and work with them to deliver you a great variety each and every month. Every month you’ll receive totally new snacks – we never repeat any snack two months in a row, although we may include different flavors of something we think is really special. And every now and then we bring back our favorite snacks when there’s popular demand!
Of course I said “Heck Yes!”
I was blown away when the box arrived. So many treats. And just knowing they were all natural was great, too. A large portion were even raw, which I love.
I took some photos right away, then just grabbed a new snack every few days as I was running out the door. I stay pretty busy, and I grew accustomed (and thankful) for a couple of weeks of always having a fun new and healthy snack in my purse.
I really enjoyed the Thunderbird (almond cookie) bar in the upper left corner and I always love Larabars. I’ve tried a few other kinds of Hail Merry snacks and liked them, but wasn’t a big fan of this particular one. Hemp seeds always make me happy—I add them to salads, and this was a fun size to bring to work with me.
These Home Free mini chocolate chip cookies were so good. They were the first thing I opened and I ate them all and loved every last crumb. So good, would totally buy these again. In fact, I would eat them for breakfast right now if I had some. Mmmmm cookies.
That’s it Fruit Bars are awesome. Just fruit. Perfect for snacking on the bar. Will buy these again if I see ‘em around.
Vegan Caramel Corn?!?!??!? YES PLEASE FOREVER. This Cocomocorn was phenomenal. Loved every single piece.
I’ll be honest, I still haven’t tried the dried pitaya in the upper left corner. I don’t even know what it is and I got scared. The crunchy cinnamon apple chips are great—crunchy dehydrated apples. Which, I could make in my dehydrator, sure, but I really only do that once a year or so. The Coco-Roons are one of my favorites! This flavor was almond and strawberry—or ‘pb and j’. These were moist and filling and sweet and just so so good. The lemon super cookies I gave to my friend Lyssa; she was doing a cleanse and I thought these cookies, while fitting nicely within the soy-free and gluten-free parameters, would be a nice treat. I snuck one first though, and I liked it. Sweet tangy crunchy little cookies.
I’ll be honest with these last two—didn’t care for either of them. I think that’s my particular palate, though, because my friends I was with at each time liked both the Gone Nuts and the Cheesy Almonds.
I loved loved getting the opportunity to try this box. Healthy Surprise seems like a rad company. I love that the treats they send you are treats that taste good that you can feel good about. If this sort of service fits in your budget (cost ranges from $33/month for the size I received up to $99/month for 2-6 people), I definitely recommend it. I got introduced to new products and had healthy and tasty fuel to keep me going throughout the day.
In other news, I’m starting a podcast! Inspired by Barb Troyer’s presentation at Vida Vegan’s Tech Seminar in Seattle last November, I’ve been quietly working away on this new project. The name of it is “The Janessa and Amado Show” (<—clever title, huh?) I have an awesome co-host, and every two weeks, we’ll talk about Portland culture and events—vegan food, cocktails, twitter news, upcoming events and interviews. And since we both travel, we’ll definitely be including other cities and countries occasionally. Each episode will last about 30 minutes. If you want to stay up to date on when we release a new one, head over to our Facebook page and click ‘like’. We’ll be airing the first one this Friday!