Lots of Gleeful events this month! Here’s a selection, with fingers crossed that one or two are located near you. Expect to see gum galore for giveaway!
OwlThon Dance Marathon to Benefit the Shands Children’s Hospital at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL ~ 4/2/16
Spring Mix at Whole Foods Market, Jacksonville, FL ~ 4/2/16
Philadelphia Junior League’s Empowering You Health Fair at the Lankenau Medical Center Main Hospital, Plymouth Meeting, PA ~ 4/16/16
The Yoga Expo at Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale, FL ~ 04/16/16
19th Anniversary Celebration at Healthy Horizons, Hammond, IN ~ 4/16/16
LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee, FL ~ 4/16- 4/17/16
Women’s Health & Education Fund (WHEF) Bowl-A-Thon at Town Hall Lanes, Johnston, RI ~ 4/17/16
3rd Annual Health Fair at Bel Air, Carmichael, CA ~ 4/18/16
Earth Day Celebration at Bare Essentials, Boone, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Garden of Eat’n, Jesup, GA ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Health Hut, Hickory, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Peggy’s Natural Foods, Stuart, FL ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Tidal Creek Co-Op, Wilmington, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Fairhope Natural Foods, Fairhope, AL ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Virginia’s Natural Food, Mobile, AL ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Rosewood Market, Columbia, SC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Hendersonville Co-Op, Hendersonville, NC ~ 4/22/16
Earth Day Celebration at Lassens, Ventura, CA ~ 4/22- 4/23/16
The Healthy Communities Festival at Cascades Park’s Centennial Field, Tallahassee, FL ~ 4/23/16
Sooo, we joined Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Then we thought, we’re really not
wasting spending enough time online. What are we waiting for? Let’s get on Instagram, too!
Follow glee.gum for a behind-the-scenes look at gummy goings-on, Gleeful shenanigans, the occasional sticky situation, and our ever-smiling staff (pictured here at the recent Natural Products Expo West). We can’t wait to see what you snap, too! Pun intended.
Here’s a chance for not one, but TWO lucky ducks to win oodles of gum.
Hosted by our friends at Naturally Savvy, this is one Gleeful giveaway. Each prize pack includes pouches of Peppermint and Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee Gum, cases of Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint, Triple Berry, and Tangerine Glee Gum, and a bag of yummy Glee Gum Pops.
Enter by April 11, 2016 (US only). We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you! DETAILS HERE.
In the US these days, consumed by primary elections and presidential campaigns, some folks talk of moving to Canada. If such dreams/ threats are realized, here’s the good news: they have Glee Gum up there!
Yup, Glee Gum is sold throughout Canada. As evidence, we present Jacob T. of Owen Sound, Ontario, holding a pack of his preferred flavor, purchased from Well.ca. Jacob likes Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee because it “tastes good, has no aspartame or sorbitol, and makes my breath fresher.”
In addition to having terrific taste in gum, this tenth grade student happens to be a competitive hockey player and a talented jazz musician. He also mows lawns, which should come in handy for anyone planning to move to Canada around oh, say, November 9th. See you soon, Jacob!
The Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (UIMQROO) is an incredible public university in Mexico. Chicle, the tree sap used in Glee Gum, is harvested sustainably from this region— often by family members of UIMQROO students.
We’ve seen first-hand how the harvest of non-timber forest products like chicle helps to conserve the rainforest. And we’ve seen how UIMQROO gives students the tools they need to create positive change socially, economically, and environmentally.
But, 15% of UIMQROO students drop out each year because they can’t afford to stay. Please join us in helping these students. We’ll match your donation! READ MORE.
These days, you’ll see Glee in select locations of Target, HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx, Winn-Dixie, and more. We’re especially excited that our new Glee Gum Pops are “popping up” too, including in the candy aisle of all Sprouts Farmers Markets. Check out our store locator to find stores near you!
A few highlights from a recent walk. It was oh so snowy and awfully Gleeful! Don’t forget to pack a box of gum the next time you go a’ winter wandering. And, of course, button up. It’s chilly out there!
Glee Gum comes in many sizes– 2-piece minis, 16-piece boxes, 75-piece pouches. But for the most devoted chewers, only one size will do: BULK.
With a minimum of packaging, Bulk Glee Gum still manages to pack a punch. Each tube contains about a pound of loose gum (350-plus pieces) in the flavor of your choice. For Tiffany J. from Minneapolis, MN, that’s Spearmint!
A kitchen and bath designer by day, Tiffany has been purchasing Spearmint Bulk Gum from our web-store for awhile now. She jokes that the only time she’s not chewing gum is when she’s sleeping. Why does she like it? “Because it doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners. And it’s good!”
A fun fact about Tiffany is that she once met Tom Selleck, back in his “Magnum, P.I.” days. Anyone remember THESE? But you don’t need to be a P.I. yourself to guess that someone who’s a designer might have a few ideas involving her favorite gum.
“Maybe Glee could come up with a handy purse-size container for those of us who buy the gum in bulk,” Tiffany suggests. “Right now I use an old mint tin, but I’d love to have a container that says ‘Glee Gum’ on it.”
This is an idea that just might stick. Thanks, Tiffany!
Just how “wild” is Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee Gum?
Seven-year-old Dezi N. of Golden, CO is on a mission to find out. Armed with a sample pack procured by her mom (the founder of Winking Girl! Tomatillo Salsas), Dezi sets out to review the flavor on her “vlog” (video blog), Girl with a Curl.
In addition to reviewing natural products, Dezi also enjoys singing. She tells us that her mom often purchases Glee Gum for her from Sprouts Farmers Market. And she reports that, when she’s not busy chewing gum, she can be found playing.
We think Dezi clearly has a bright future in broadcast journalism. Watch & see what you think!
In keeping with the season, our team member Phoebe offers a Gleeful reflection on gratitude.
It’s autumn here in Providence, Rhode Island, and the cool air, crisper than a fresh-popped collar, provides the clarity to think about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. There’s a lot to be grateful for at Glee Gum this year.
With the unbelievable support of friends, family, and community, we broke ground on a new space. Once a gas station (complete with a castle-like turret!), the property had been abandoned for over thirty years and had fallen into disrepair. A talented crew of architects, contractors, painters, solar panelists, volunteers, and more helped us to renovate it into our new, solar-powered headquarters. We got the chance to construct an organic garden with raised beds in the adjacent vacant lot, too.
We’ve seen several beloved members of the Glee Team move out to the West Coast to embark on new adventures this year, and we have welcomed new faces. Our founder Deborah’s dream of making a natural gum pop also came true this year, and Glee Gum Pops finally hit store shelves (and trick-or-treaters’ Halloween baskets).
There’s more, of course. Even deeper run roots of gratitude for the workers who tap the rainforest trees for the chicle in our gum base; those who farm the rice or harvest the birch bark that goes into making our sweeteners; and everyone who helps at every step of the way in bringing our gum from tree to Glee.
Thanksgiving’s not an easy holiday. We count ourselves among the many who approach it, consciously or unconsciously, with anxiety– about eating too much, or spending too much, or the potential challenges of time with family, or the logistics of cooking and traveling and coordinating schedules. On a day that’s about recognizing abundance, we’re afraid of overdoing it (or under-doing it).
Our hope for you and all of us is that we can, for just one day, release our expectations of needing to do more, be more, earn more, have more. Our hope for you and all of us is that we find the good this Thanksgiving– in our food, in our lives, and in each other. (And if you do happen to over-indulge, well, that’s why we make Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint Glee).
Let us know how you bring Glee to your Thanksgiving table this year (we’d love to see pictures, too). And THANK YOU, as always, for your support. It is thanks to you (and what you chew) that we are able to do what we do!
Trying to eat better? Aren’t we all! Here’s a guest post from our friends at Modernize to help you do just that.
We all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy and making phenomenal, nutritious meals for our families. But inconvenience tends to get in the way. Dashing around in the morning and coming home tired from work aren’t conducive to well-thought-out meals. That means reaching for what’s most convenient, which tends to be salty snacks, sweets, and freezer meals.
But if you start off each week with a fridge full of healthy ingredients that you can whip into a snack on the go, you will find it easier to eat clean and feel better—without running late.
You may be tired of hearing praises sung over this superfood, but it’s a celebrity for good reason; this grain is protein rich and full of iron, magnesium, riboflavin, manganese, and plenty of other helpful components. Quinoa takes about twenty minutes to prepare, but if you go ahead and make a whole batch for the week, you’ll find healthy snacking and even meals so much easier. Mix it with peanut butter, apples, and cinnamon for breakfast, or throw it on a lunch salad. You won’t regret investing a little time to prepare it for the week.
Leafy greens are a health food essential. They have more vitamins and minerals than you can name, plus, like quinoa, they are probably more versatile than you realize. Throw together a spinach salad or use it in place of lettuce on your next sandwich. Try adding a handful into your next fruit smoothie for an extra boost.
Speaking of fruit smoothies, frozen berries make a great addition. They are also helpful to have around for when you want to make a healthy(er) dessert, such as a no-sugar-added sorbet or berry oatmeal muffins. Essentially, they can help you tame that sweet tooth if you use them creatively.
Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt, too, has endless uses, in both the savory and sweet categories. How many foods would work both on a gyro and with just a tablespoon of cinnamon? There are countless healthy dipping sauces, desserts, and dressing recipes that call for this magical and flavorful ingredient.
Organic Peanut Butter
Whether or not you have little ones’ lunches to pack every night, peanut butter always seems to come in handy. Anytime you need to throw something together last minute, it’s always there. It contains protein and the healthy kind of fat, so it fills you up fast.
Sliced veggies (especially when paired with a natural ranch dressing) are a great, snack-y alternative to chips. They get the crunchy factor just right, and they’re just as easy to throw into a lunch on the go or eat as an after school snack. Slice and bag your veggies at the beginning of the week so you have prepped snacks ready to go.
Hummus is another one of those celebrity healthy foods, and it is super delicious to boot. With pita bread, chips, or veggies, it always seems to satisfy that intense hunger craving for something substantial. While it’s quickest to grab some from the grocery store, it’s also pretty easy to make your own with chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and seasoning.
Unsweetened apple sauce is perfect for solving a sweet craving. Apples are sweet on their own merits, so the no-sugar-added version just makes a lot of sense. You can also use applesauce to replace the oil in many baking recipes for a moist but healthier alternative.
Even if no one in your household reacts badly to dairy, almond milk is still a good option to have around. It contains proteins, lipids, fiber, and several vitamins that improve blood pressure and heart health.
If there’s anything that belongs on a “what not to stock in your fridge for a healthy week” list, it would be soda. Don’t let its ubiquitousness fool you: sodas are bad for you in just about every capacity and should be treated more like an occasional treat than an everyday must. Even diet sodas, which don’t contain table sugar or high fructose corn syrup, are still associated with metabolic diseases. This is where sparkling water comes in. Naturally flavored sparkling water is much more delicious than plain water but is much, much healthier than soda.
And there you have it! Start the week off strong, every week, with these essential healthy diet staples.