CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Win a $79 Snack Box from Healthy Surprise


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A cool new company contacted us recently, hoping we'd test their product and offer a giveaway. It's called Healthy Surprise, and right from the outset, I loved this idea.
Healthy Surprise is a subscription-based service that ships a box of healthy, natural, gluten-free and vegan snacks right to your door each month. In lieu of a subscription, you can also give yourself (or a friend) a one-time gift shipment, which is a really thoughtful and fun idea for the healthy eaters in your life. They offer four different packages that vary in size and price, starting at just $33/month (plus shipping) for the smallest package (which includes 16-20 snack servings) and goes all the way up to $333/month (free shipping) for the largest package of 200+ snacks, which might be more fitting for a club or workplace than an individual's home. You don't get to pick and choose what goes into your box, which is part of the fun—hence the "surprise" part, but as a bonus, you'll end up trying foods you never knew you liked and bring the fun back to snacking!
Healthy Surprise sent SparkPeople two "healthy" packages ($79 value), which contained dozens of snacks that everyone in the office had a chance to try (that's one of our boxes, pictured above). Few of the items our box contained were from mainstream brands you'd recognize unless you frequent natural foods stores, but that doesn't mean they weren't delicious.  Overall, it was a lot of healthy high-quality stuff. We tried crunchy, freeze-dried apples and pineapples, deliciously moist and perfectly sweet Bobo's Oat Bars, all-natural ginger cookies by Go Raw, as well as chocolate-flavored espresso beans from Kopali Organics (my personal favorite), flavored roasted almonds, crunchy sesame strips from Mrs. May's Naturals, fruit leathers, raw food bars (including a tasty chocolate-coconut flavor) by Raw Revolution and so much more.
Overall, we all liked the food (with the exception of some raw kale chips) and it was minimally processed and included natural ingredients you could actually recognize and pronounce. A large majority of the foods were "raw" in addition to being gluten-free and natural. Most of the snacks came in individually wrapped servings, but a few snacks were larger and contained multiple servings per package, which means you'd have to work on the portion control yourself.

We asked the founder Joseph Winke, Healthy Surprise's founder and "Chief Snackologist" a few questions to learn more.

Q | How did you come up with the idea for Healthy Surprise?
A | I found myself driving around town, going to boutique health food stores and restaurants looking for healthy food and snacks. The snacks were all so foreign, and pricey. I didn't want to buy something that didn't taste good for $6. I wanted a personal shopper for my healthy snacks! I wished I had a good friend I could call and ask for advice! So I developed the latest in snack technology: Healthy Surprise. The best possible food both in taste and nutrition. It changes every month so it doesn't get old, and its fun receiving it every month.
Q | Do you taste all the snacks that are offered in your packages?
A | Yes, as the Chief Snackologist, I taste everything. My COO and fellow snackologist, Tiffany Paralta also tries everything. We work out of a coworking space in Santa Monica, the Coloft, and many of the members are clients. We let many of them try things as well and get a general sense of whether the snack will have appeal and as a perk to them. We rate all of the snacks and take notes on them, and then put them up on in our snack library where we keep all of our snack wrappers.

Q | What are the benefits of eating these kinds of snacks?
A | I have a strategy for how I "use" Healthy Surprise. I eat very consciously. In this country it's difficult to have all of the food you consume be good for you and the planet. You have to plan. You have to cook. You can't just leave it to whimsy, because the convenient foods available are processed garbage. Gas stations, airports, drive-thrus--all horrible food. I try to plan my meals, but its not always possible with our busy lives. I like to use Healthy Surprise as a fun way to supplement my diet. I always grab a couple snacks and throw them in my day bag, so whenever I'm out and I'm hungry and I can't find something wholesome and delicious. I never have to sacrifice. In fact I look forward to my snacks because not only are they healthy and delicious, I don't "feel guilty" when I eat them. The fact that we have such a great, changing variety just makes it all that much better.

Healthy Surprise is sponsoring a giveaway of three "Healthy" boxes that contain up to 40 snacks and are valued at $79 each!
To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end exactly one week from today! Winners will be notified via email.
Would you be excited to try a surprise assortment of snacks each month or do you prefer to pick your own snacks?

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