Healthy Surprise Review

I love subscription box services, I’ve written before that it’s like getting a surprise in the mail each month.  It is also a great way to try new products for a fraction of the cost.  For example you see a product you really want to try but not sure you want to spend the money to buy a full-sized product, then you get a sample in your monthly box and try it and love it.  Now you can go out and buy the product with confidence you’re going to get your money’s worth.  It can also work in the reverse that you get the sample, try it and don’t like it at all, now you didn’t spend the money on the product and you don’t have left over product going to waste.  It’s a win-win and also a great way for new products to get exposure.  There are subscription boxes for all kinds of things from kids clothes, crafts, food, and boxes for gamers and men.  One thing I have taken notice of is the increase of gluten-free and vegan products on the market.  It’s so much easier for people who need or choose these products to find them and buy them.  That’s one think I liked about Healthy Surprise.   Another was the amount of products included in one box.

You can see some of the goodies from my box on my Google+ album.  The box I got was the starter box.  It had between 16 to 22 servings and could be used to feed up to three people.  There were a lot of items in the box.  I didn’t get photos of everything in my box.  It’s priced at $33 a month plus $6.95 shipping.  Another great thing is when you order you order ships the same day if it’s placed before 3:00 PM PST.  You can gift the box to someone else or get it for yourself.  I liked trying, or attempting to try the items in the box.  Some I gave to family members because there were so many in the box and all of my items well individual sizes, most had two servings and definitely bigger than a sample.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for great vegan or gluten-free snacks or get it as a gift for someone you know.

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Disclosure: I was provided a starter box for review from Healthy Surprise.  Any opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.


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Gluten Free Grocery Guide

The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide Review

The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide
Author: Triumph Dining
Publisher: New Year Publishing
Pages : 472
Genre: Reference/Guide
Published Date: 5th Edition (2012)
Price: $24.95
About The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide & Triumph Dining
The guide covers over 44,000 products from hundreds of different brands.  The products listed are likely to be found in typical American grocery stores like Walmart, Meijer, Safeway and others.  They include brand names, as well as private labels brands from many of the larger grocery chains.  The color coded system makes planning and finding your favorite foods a snap.
In 2004, the original founders were living in a new city — Philadelphia — and found that avoiding social opportunities with food was not an effective way to make friends.  And he was overwhelmed by how challenging it was to find restaurants to take his fiancée (now wife) where he could actually order something gluten-free.Then his wife had a brilliant idea: “Let’s make dining cards to teach restaurants how to prepare gluten free foods!”Together, the couple visited kitchen restaurants, interviewed chefs, read product labels, and studied dozens of cookbooks. They built lists of foods they could both eat, foods to avoid, and the likely pitfalls they might encounter at restaurants. Eventually, they turned these lists into thorough and foolproof instructions, and enlisted translators – three translators per card, actually – to ready them for ethnic restaurants.
The first time they used the dining cards, they were really just guinea pigs, so you can imagine how glad he was when they actually worked.
He used them in dozens of restaurants across Philadelphia, enjoying corn tortillas at a Mexican greasy spoon — where nobody spoke English — and even eating Indian food — now one of his favorite cuisines — for the very first time.
Triumph’s first customers found success with the cards, too. In fact, most of the sales came from word-of-mouth referrals. The response was incredible!

My Thoughts on the book:

This book takes all the guess work out of gluten free shopping. Whether you are making the change due to healthy reasons or an allergen problem, or simply choosing to use certain products for a healthier lifestyle this is the guide for you. Looking through this guide I don’t think they have missed anything and the best part is the book is constantly updated so they are always improving and adding more products and brands to help making grocery shopping a breeze. The book is broken up into categories including dairy & eggs, beverages, baking aisle, canned & prepackaged foods, bread, cereal, pasta, condiments, snacks, baby formula & food, meat, and frozen foods. The symbols summary makes is a breeze to determine what products are from GF lines or facilities where there is no chance of cross-contamination, if gluten testing is performed or if a product is made with gluten free products but there is a possibility for cross-contamination. It even has photos of gluten free products and brands for even better shopping. If you or someone you know is living or planning on living a gluten-free lifestyle then this is a must have. You can order the book directly from Triumph Dining. While on their site check out some of their other products; The Gluten Free Restaurant Guide, Gluten Free Baking Guide and their dining cards.

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Disclosure: I was provided The Essential Gluten Free Grocery Guide for review from New Year Publishing, I was under no obligation to provide a review and any opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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