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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Review & GIVEAWAY (now closed): Healthy Surprise Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, & Corn-Free Snack Box

Before I get into the review, I have a special announcement! Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Healthy Fare with Claire!!! :-D I cannot believe I made it to one year already! I want to thank you each and every one of you for reading my blog and for being on this journey with me. Your support means the world to me. The sole reason I am committed to this blog is so that I may empower you to make healthier & kinder decisions that make you feel your best from the inside out while simultaneously bettering the environment and caring for the other animals we share this planet with. Please continue to reach out to me! There's nothing more rewarding than hearing from you, whether it's a simple hello, a comment on a post or a personal message sharing your story. Thank you. I love you all. Scroll to the bottom for details on my first giveaway!!

If you haven't heard of subscription boxes where a company sends different samples to you once a month (or less, if you choose), then I am here to enlighten you on this fun and convenient concept with a review of a box I just received! The first subscription service I had ever heard of was Birchbox, a company that sends various beauty product samples to the subscriber's home on a monthly basis. What's really cool is that these subscription box services has evolved over the years, and now there are companies who provide boxes of samples for vegans, health-conscious individuals, gluten-free eaters, and so on.

When I came across Healthy Surprise, I was elated to find a company that is 100% vegan/cruelty-free, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free and void of harmful ingredients. I was impressed with everything I read on their website so I signed up for a subscription for every other month. You can choose to receive a box monthly, every other month, or every 3 months. Here's what I received in the mail two days after I placed my order...

The outside of the box.

On the side of the box.

On the inside of the box.

All 11 full-size samples of snacks (1 isn't pictured).

A nutritional pamphlet with information on 
protein + a nut cheese recipe.

You can choose from 3 different box options:

• The starter box includes: 11 full-size samples, feeds 1-2 people (16+ servings) $40

• The big box includes: 16+ full-size samples, feeds 1-4 people (32+ servings) $60

• The combo box includes: 27+ full-size samples, feeds 2-6 people (48+ servings) $95

• The contents of the box are 100% vegan, gluten-free, corn-free, and soy-free with healthy, recognizable ingredients & without artificial colors, sweeteners & flavors
• The snacks are so delicious
• Full-size snack samples
• An informative nutritional pamphlet & recipe is included inside
• Flexible subscription options - you can decide how often you want to receive a box whether one-time only, monthly, every other month, or every 3 months & you can change those settings whenever you want
• A variety of boxes to choose from to suit different wants & needs
• Get to discover new plant-based companies & snacks
• Quick delivery if you reside in the U.S.
• Ships worldwide but shipping cost is higher
• My first box came with a $25 gift card
• Able to order a box as a gift for someone
• Well-packaged

• Pricey
• Only food samples, not beauty, body or home product samples (this isn't a huge deal, but its competitor, Conscious Box, includes these in their boxes, however, I'm such a foodie that I typically skip past all of the other products & go straight for the food first!)

Even though I listed the price as a con, I still think it is a fairly good value. You receive FULL-SIZE samples of truly healthy plant-based products with health-enhancing ingredients, a nutritional pamphlet & recipe and it arrives quickly. I also loved the packaging and how much effort was put into the whole bundle. These people are truly passionate about their business and spreading the word that healthy eating is absolutely delicious and fun. I highly recommend ordering a one-time subscription to see how you like it! You can always cancel or change your subscription - it's very easy to do so. I love, love, love Healthy Surprise and their mission to promote a plant-based lifestyle that is exciting, easy and delicious!


In honor of my one year blog anniversary, I want to give a little something back to you. Let's get into it! :-)

The contest will begin Saturday, June 7th at 12PM EST and end on Saturday, June 14th at 12PM EST. I will announce the winner in an Instagram video.

1. The winner will receive a Healthy Surprise starter box which will come with everything I mentioned above, including a gift card! The snack selection will be different than mine.

1. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and "like" my Facebook page.
2. Scroll through my Instagram feed and find your favorite recipe/food or drink creation of mine and re-post it on your Instagram page with my user name @claireblough and the hashtag #hfwcgiveaway *Please do not use a post with a quote, restaurant meal or other that image that isn't one of my recipes/food or drink creations.
3. You can enter once a day. It can be the same image or a different one.
4. The winner will be chosen at random using

Good luck! ♡


  1. love this giveaway! hope to win!

  2. Unfortunately I don't have Instagram, but I do follow you on Twitter and Facebook, so maybe that still counts? Anyways, looks delicious!

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