Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Unreal Candy Unjunked

So, with Halloween right around the corner, and autumn officially here, it's been all about fall in my house– munching apples, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and decorating. And, as mentioned, gearing up for the 31st. 

Something that I always at least try to do when it comes to choosing candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters is to find a brand that is of the lesser evil, such as organic lollipops. We all know "healthier" candies are hard to come by, unless you make it yourself, but luckily someone– a 13-year-old boy, actually –has come to the rescue.

When Unreal Candy Unjunked™ co-founder Nicky Bronner one day looked into finding out just what was really in his Halloween candy, he discovered just how bad for the human body it really is. He and his dad set out on a mission to recreate some of their favorite candies using all natural ingredients, no artificial anything, and less sugar than the average candy. Incredibly, they achieved success and Unreal was born!

Unreal™ makes all the classics in better-for-you versions: "M&Ms", "Snickers" and "Reese's Cups" are all now available in (practically) guilt-free versions. I've tried all of those that I just mentioned, and they tasted great! Which is, of course, the most important factor when it comes to finding sweets without all the junk on the ingredients label. Here are just some of the better-for-you ingredients you can find in Unreal™ candies:
  • beetroot juice (for color)
  • organic blue agave (sweetener)
  • traceable cacao (Fair Trade chocolate)
When possible, Unreal™ uses organic and Fair Trade ingredients, as well as vegetable-based food coloring, and are Kosher and corn-free. Additionally, they all claim to use sustainable palm tree oil (a type of oil that has proven to be especially detremental to the rainforest that is commonly used in many chocolate candies), all non-GMO ingredients, and are also gluten-free. Sounds to good to be true, right? Well, it looks like it's something to believe in, and for a chocolate lover like me, this is VERY EXCITING NEWS!

as for the Greensumer Tier of Truth...

Made in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner
Made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials
USDA organic (some)
Fair Trade certified (working towards)
Animal cruelty-free (uses grass-fed dairy)
Super awesome!

You can find where to purchase Unreal Candy Unjunked™ by clicking here. Have a happy Halloween!

Bonus: easy to make, eco-friendly Halloween ghosts that children of all ages can make–


Easy to make: all you need is papertowels, tissue to stuff the heads with, pipe cleaners or string, and tape, plus a marker to draw the face on with. This only took a few minutes and was very easy to do with my Lily, who's 3 1/2. Alternatively, you could use tissue paper, burlap, coffee filters, or plastic bags. Have fun! Boo!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


I was out of commission for the last 2 weeks because of a throat infection I was trying to shrug off as bad seasonal allergies. Finally went to a doc and got the diagnosis, so after a few doses of antibiotics plus tons of green tea with honey and lemon, I'm back to feeling close to normal.

Today I want to share with you the new snack craze that is sweeping my household by storm. NatureBox delivers monthly boxes of healthy snacks right to your doorstep for a fair price of starting at just $20 per month. I gave it a try when I randomly saw an ad for it and became intrigued, and also when I saw I could get my first box for $10, and quit receiving boxes anytime I want.

The first box came, and much to my delight, I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome the snacks were! The rest of the fam enjoyed them too! Here's a pic of my first delivery-

This box included yummy Teriyaki Twists, Santa Fe Corn Stix, Cocoa Waffle Wafers (my favorite!), Cherry Berry Bonanza, Guacamole Bites, and Sweet Blueberry Almonds (my daughter's favorite!). We devoured them all in probably less than two weeks! Many of them were vegan and all contained natural and minimally processed ingredients.

Aside from being delicious, fairly priced, and convenient, NatureBox also donates a portion of proceeds to WhyHunger, an organization working to solve problems with hunger and poverty. They also donate some of their snacks to partners of WhyHunger working to feed children of low-income families and others in need.

My personal faves are Cocoa Waffle Wafers, Sweet Blueberry Almonds, Honeycomb Sunflower Kernels, and Pear-glazed Pralines. Yum, yum, yum!!! Clearly I have a sweet tooth...If you're wondering if they have options for those with allergies or are sensitive to gluten, they are working to make more options available; read more here.

 On the Greensumer Tier of Truth...

This product is:

(Box) Made from recycled materials

Gives back to the planet by charitable means


Super awesome!

I highly recommend this product! Have a great day!