YumEarth {Healthy Halloween Haul #3}

YumEarth is one of my favorite healthy candy companies. I’ve worked with them several times in the past, and they never disappoint. I love working with them 😊

I knew if I was doing a Halloween Haul, YumEarth *had* to be apart of it!

YumEarth are truly pioneers in their field, and were one of the first to on the market.

They sent me some of their scrumptious fruit snacks, fabulous lollipops, and, a brand new treat to me, sour beans.

β€’Before I go onto the sour beans, I’d like to share a fun little story: In a public speaking course at my university, I performed a demonstrative speech about blogging. I used YumEarth’s lollipops as my visual aid, and passed them out while I was speaking. They were a *huge* hit. Everyone loved them, and truly couldn’t believe they were all natural.β€’

“Beans with Attitude”. Ahhh, that never fails to crack me up. The marketing for these beans is pure genius. You guys know I am a sucker for adorable packaging and anthropomorphic food πŸ’–

These beans are vegan, which most jelly candies aren’t. They are peanut/tree nut free, gluten free, and contain no artificial flavors or dyes. 

{These beans do have, “natural sugar,” which I’m definitely not an advocate of, but for people who aren’t whacked out sugar addicts like me, you’ll be totally fine}

The texture of these sour beans is identical to that of a traditional jelly bean: crisp, crunchy shell, and a chewy interior. 

The sourness level on these beans is very kid friendly, which I appreciate. You get a sour punch, but it doesn’t lock your jaw. For me, the balance of sweet and sour is perfect. My younger brother thought these beans were great, too! 

Sour Beans, and any YumEarth product, would be a fun, healthy, and kid friendly addition to any Halloween festivities.

Stay Crunchy


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*I received these products free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily*

SmartSweets {Healthy Halloween Haul #2}

We’re back at it again, talking about another healthy candy (oxymoron? I think not!)…SMARTSWEETS.

Today’s selection is the healthiest of any of the candies I received for Halloween.

SmartSweets are sweetened with stevia (NO SUGAR ALCOHOLS!), are nut allergy friendly, gluten/dairy/soy free, contain nothing artificial, have 24g of plant based fiber, have 5g of protein, & have only 9g of net carbs. 

These gummies tasted wonderful! They came in two varieties: original and sour. The flavors were accurate to the fruit they represented. They each had a distinct taste. There was not a strong stevia aftertaste. They were bright and effervescent to the palette.

I must warn you, though, the sour gummies are VERY sour when they first hit your tongue. It tones down quickly, but the initial sour punch is intense to say the least. If you don’t *love* sour, definitely go for the original gummies. 

Now, onto the texture. These gummies seem quite tough/sticky at first. I am sure this is simply a result of the amount of fiber they contain. This issue didn’t affect my overall eating experience, because it can be easily solved by warming the gummies in your mouth for a few moments before chewing 😊 If you let the gummies warm up a bit, the texture becomes very similar to that of a typical gummy bear. 

As you all know, I have PCOS, which means my blood sugars are completely whacked out. I love that SmartSweets has created a candy option that’s friendly to people suffering from any sort of blood sugar issue or sugar sensitivity.  

Eating these gummies left me happy and satiated.

SmartSweets is definitely a candy I’ll purchase in the future! πŸ‘πŸ»

Check out SmartSweets on Instagram @eatsmartsweets. 

Have you tried SmartSweets? What do you think of this “healthy candy,” trend? Let me know in the comments below πŸ˜‰

Stay Crunchy


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*I received these products in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily* 

JJ’S COCOMELS {Healthy Halloween Haul #1}Β 

Halloween is a few short weeks away, and for crunchy folks that is extra spooky! GMO’s, refined sugars, allergens…EVERYWHERE!!!!!

But never fear, I’m here this week to give you hope. There are healthier alternatives to all those processed treats. 

Let’s start the week off with JJ’s COCOMELS 

JJ’s COCOMELS are sustainably sourced, organic, non gmo, gluten free, soy free, corn syrup free, vegan (they’re made with coconut milk), and naturally sweetened with brown rice syrup and dried cane syrup.

They are available in four flavors: original, sea salt, vanilla, and espresso. 

These caramels are the real deal. Sweet! Creamy! Chewy! Rich! I would dare someone to  tell me that these taste healthy. The texture is spot on. The taste is extraordinary. 

My four year old niece is a caramel fiend, and she went crazy for these caramels.

{For those of you who aren’t fans of coconut, I think I should point out that the coconut flavor in these caramels is very mild.}

One thing I especially enjoy about COCOMELS is that they are not sickeningly sweet as a lot of caramels are. 

Vanilla is the most *kid friendly* flavor, in my opinion, but my niece enjoyed the Original.

Any child would be happy to get a few of these in there Halloween goodie bag πŸ’–

Big thanks to JJ’s for sending me this lovely treats. Be sure to head over to there website, and follow them on Instagram: @jjscocomels

Stay Crunchy


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EMAIL: mattiethegirlgonecrunchy@yahoo.com

*I received these products free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not compensated monetarily*  

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday! 

It was an absolutely wonderful day πŸŒΈπŸ’–

I spent some great time with family and relaxed after a long week of school. 

My mother baked me an absolutely DELICIOUS cake! And although it wasn’t healthy (it was filled with gluten and oil πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚), it was 100% naturally sweetened. No white sugar, no brown sugar…just pure maple syrup. 

I treated myself to a delicious birthday cake, without going sugar crazy.

I’d say that’s a victory!!!!! 

All in all, a blessed day 😘

Stay Crunchy


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Healthy Food Can Be Pretty

Think nutritious, homemade foods are ugly, misshapen, and dull? Sometimes they are! πŸ˜‰

But, I wanted to show you all a few beautiful photos of healthy food. Taste is always most important, but let’s be honest, pretty food is just plain fun to eat ❀️❀️❀️❀️

I hope this post inspires you to get creative in your own kitchen! If you have some healthy innovations you’d like to share with me, post them on Instagram using #girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy


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Just a Little Health Meme!

Just a funny little healthy food meme to brighten up your day β€οΈπŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ’š

I’m a sucker for a good meme…and for good, clean fun! 

Did you know laughing for a total of 15 minutes in a day can burn around 40 calories? Man, #laughitup, am I right?!?! Not that calories really matter, but it’s fun to consider laughing the fat away!!!!!

This has me thinking…Did you grow up watching Veggie Tales? Do you watch them with your kids? I’d love to know! 

Stay Crunchy

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Is the Deck Stacked Against Us?

I played monopoly at my university this afternoon…

“Community Health Monopoly,” was a teaching aid used to parallel life’s trials….to showcase issues such as privelage, the health & wealth gap, and social classification. 

Some players started off the game with debt, no insurance, and low paying jobs (realistic, right?). Others started off with excellent insurance, high paying jobs, good educations, and monetary wealth. My “character” represented the middle class:

This game opened up a great conversation about what it means to be healthy and happy, how a person can become those things, and if there are some people who truly just don’t stand a chance. 

When you have PCOS, it’s easy to get depressed and feel like you have no chance of “winning.” SNAP OUT OF IT!!!!! Yes, the deck may be stacked against you, but with the right tools, you DO stand a chance! You DO have a bright future. You CAN be healthy and happy. PCOS is an obstacle…but not an impossible one! 

Stay Crunchy

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Peach Oatmeal Muffins {RECIPE}

Peach Oatmeal Muffins! 
3/4 cup oat flour

1/2 cup millet flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp table salt

1/4 cup of oats

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup maple syrup.

1/2 cup of almond milk

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup kerrygold butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Eggs 

1 Egg Yolk

Zest of 1/4 of a lemon


1 cup of cubed peaches doused in brown rice flour

Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Place your cubed peaches in a bowl or a deep plate. Douse them lightly in brown rice flour until all pieces are covered.
Sift together oat and millet flours, baking powder and salt. Whisk in oats.
Heat together your sweeteners, fats, and almond milk. 
Add in vanilla and lemon zest. 
When mixture is cooled, stir in your egg and egg yolk. 
Slowly incorporate your liquid mixture into the dry. 
Once combined, gently fold in your peaches. 

Pour your batter into your muffin tins.

Bake for 16 minutes. 
Let cool…and enjoy πŸ’›
Stay Crunchy


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