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10 Items to Stock for a Healthy Week

Trying to eat better? Aren’t we all! Here’s a guest post from our friends at Modernize to help you do just that. 

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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.

Quinoa

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.

Spinach

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.

Frozen Berries

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

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

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 Applesauce

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.

Almond Milk

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.

Sparkling Water

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.

Sooooo, we need to go grocery shopping immediately. Want more home ideas and inspiration? Visit Modernize.com or connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest

Events to Remember this November

You might think that, having given away over 50,000 Glee Gum samples last month, we’d be out of gum by now. But no! 

Here are some of the events around town where more free Glee can be found this month. Hope to see you there– or elsewhere– soon!

Health Day/ Myth Busting at Healthy Treasures, Newton Falls, OH ~ 11/7/15

Anniversary Celebration at Health Foods By Claudia, Toledo, Ohio ~ 11/13/15

Grand Opening at Arbor Farms, Ann Arbor, Michigan ~ 11/13 – 11/14/15

Natural Living Expo at the Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA ~ 11/14 – 11/15/15

Store Anniversary at Country Cupboard, Russelville, Arkansas ~ 11/25/15

Cinnamon Glee Gum with Apple

 

Say Boo with DIY Lollipop Ghosts

Here’s a super easy, spook-tacular craft to try at home this week: make your own gum pop ghosts!

Step 5 - Gum Pop Ghosts

These cute little spooks hide a sweet inside– but no scary surprises in the form of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Best part is, they couldn’t be simpler or more affordable to make!

We’re so eek-cited about our new Glee Gum Pops: delicious natural lollipops with hard candy shells, bubblegum centers, and three fun flavors in every bag. When dressed up for Halloween, the pops are perfect to bring to parties, pack for school lunches, or give away to trick-or-treaters.

DIY Lollipop Ghosts

Step 1: Gather your tools!
– Scissors
– An old white sheet or other cloth rag or scrap (tissues work, too!)
– Dental floss or white thread
– A felt-tipped marker
– A bag or two of Glee Gum Pops

Step 1 - Gum Pop Ghosts

Step 2: Cut squares of white fabric. We find that five inches by five inches is a good size. Cut as many squares as you’d like ghosts!

Step 2 - Gum Pop Ghosts

Step 3: Cover each pop with the fabric and tie the floss or thread gently around the “neck” area of the ghost. Trim accordingly!

Step 3 - Gum Pop Ghosts

Step 4: Spookify your ghosts! Draw faces directly on the fabric with your marker. Of course, the possibilities to embellish here are endless- you could add googly eyes or use different colors. Extra points if you make one that looks like the Glee Guy!

Step 4 - Gum Pop Ghosts

Step 5: Go scare/ delight someone with your new posse of gum pop ghosts. And if you happen to share on social media, please be sure to tag us– we wanna see all your funny phantoms! (You can find Glee Gum on Facebook and Pinterest and our mascot Glee Guy on Twitter).

Happy almost Halloween, chums!

Falling for Gleeful October Events

Not to play favorites, but October is the best. Hooray for that crisp air, the changing leaves, and all the fun events involving free Glee! Between celebrations for Non-GMO Month, Fair Trade Month, and, of course, Halloween, more than 50,000 Glee Gum samples will be given away this month. That’s a lot of Glee! Here are a few of the many places you’ll see us.

Halloween Pops and Gum
The World’s Largest Halloween Party at Louisville Zoo, Louisville, KY ~ 10/2 – 10/30/15

Boo at the Zoo at Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown, PA ~ 10/10 – 10/31/15

Green Halloween at Downtown Oak Park, Oak Park, IL ~ 10/17/15

Fall Family Harvest at Occidental Square Park, Seattle, WA ~ 10/17/15

9th Annual Center for Women & Enterprise Women Business Leaders Conference at the Sheraton Hotel, Framingham, MA ~ 10/22 – 10/23/15

Creatures of the Night at Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR ~ 10/24/15

Zoo Boo at Virginia Zoo, Norfolk, VA ~ 10/24/15

Spooky Zoo at Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI ~ 10/24 – 10/25/15

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA ~ 10/24 – 10/25/15

Pumpkin Bash and Trick-or-Treating at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA ~ 10/24 – 10/25/15

Boo at the Zoo at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, San Francisco, CA ~ 10/24 – 10/25/15

Zoo Boo at Zoo Miami, Miami, FL ~ 10/24 – 10/25/15

Boo at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA ~ 10/24 – 10/25/15, 10/31/15

Healthy Halloween Jax at Johansen Park, Atlantic Beach, FL ~ 10/25/15

Green Halloween at the Witch’s House, Beverly Hills, CA ~ 10/31/15

Howloween at Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR ~ 10/31/15

Brookfield Place Halloween Party at Brookfield Place, New York, NY ~ 10/31/15

Georgia A-Scary-Um: Trick or Treat at Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA ~ 10/31/15

The Revolution of Consciousness Expo at the Westin Waltham Hotel, Waltham, MA ~ 11/1/15

Love Fest at Whole Foods Markets throughout FL ~ As supplies last!

Glee Guy Ghost

All About Gum Base

Flip over any pack of chewing gum, and you’ll see this phrase in the ingredients’ list: gum base. And you may wonder what the heck “gum base” is. Well, gum base is the indigestible part of gum that gives it chewy texture. It’s the part you discard after chewing. Gum base is made from a whole lot of things, most of them synthetic. And usually the formula is proprietary– meaning that the exact contents are kept secret. But it didn’t used to be that way.

All About Gum BaseOnce upon a time, gum base was made from chicle—a tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforest of Central America. Then, around WWII, the popularity of chewing gum surged. The big companies switched to man-made materials to get the same chewy texture that chicle had once provided. Later, artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners were added. And before long, chewing gum had almost nothing natural in it all.

We created Glee because we wanted a gum made the old-fashioned way, with chicle. The harvest of chicle helps to conserve the rainforest and to support an economically depressed region. Since 1996, we have strived to provide the best, most natural chewing gum we can— a gum not only made with chicle, but without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.

For nearly two decades, Glee Gum has been one of the only gums made in North America with a gum base that contains chicle. But, while our gum base has always contained chicle, it wasn’t possible for us to eliminate synthetic materials entirely from it. We needed both natural chicle and food-grade, synthetic resins to achieve a good and gummy texture, and for the gum base to work in a large-scale production run. That is, until now!

After years of research, we’re so excited to debut our new gum base recipe. It’s 100% natural, made predominantly of chicle with just three additional, natural ingredients: calcium carbonate, candelilla wax, and a pinch of dehydrated citrus peels. We are in the process of transitioning all 9 Glee Gum flavors to the new gum base now. (You can find it in our Glee Gum Pops already.) We’re also rolling out a brand new look, with the gum base ingredients listed right on the label.

We sure hope you like it! We welcome you to contact us with any questions or feedback.* And, if you’d like to learn more about chicle, we invite you to check out The Sticky History of Chewing Gum and Chicle & Sustainability. While we’re on the subject, we should add that the whole “seven years” thing is a myth. But, eco-friendly gum base or no, we still don’t recommend that you swallow gum. After you’re done chewing, please dispose of it responsibly, with our thanks!

* Please note: if you prefer our original gum base recipe, you can still purchase it in our Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit, Refill Kit, and Gum Base by the Pound for now. 

Fair Trade Day Giveaways

May 9th is World Fair Trade Day, a celebration of fair trade as a concrete contribution to the global fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis.

You can find the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark on all six flavors of Classic Glee Gum, as well as the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit and the Make Your Own Gummies Kit.

Here’s how to enjoy World Fair Trade Day all month long– and win some Gleeful prizes THIS WEEK!

FTD_Main– Try your luck with a deluxe, mega giveaway of Fairtrade goodies, hosted by Divine Chocolate. (Ends May 9 at 7 am ET!)

– Enter to win more prizes with Fairtrade America’s fun, social media scavenger hunt. (Ends May 14 at midnight ET!)

– Discover more sweet ways to celebrate, thanks to this info from our friends at Fairtrade America.

– Read how the Fairtrade sugar in our products helps farmers.

– Learn more about fair trade in general here.

– And, of course, choose Fairtrade products.

Thanks for your help in making the world a fairer place!

So Many Gleeful Events!

So, there’s gonna be a LOT of Glee spread this week. Here are some of the fun upcoming events where you’re apt to see our gum. And by “see,” we mean chew. Hope there’s one happening near you!

Glee Gum Sampling

The Lady Project Summit of PVD Lady Project at the VETS Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI  ~ 4/18/15

Buzzfest 33 with Backstage Artist Lounge in The Woodlands, TX ~ 4/18/15

Spring Food Fest/ Anniversary Event at Ward’s Super Market, Gainsville, FL ~ 4/18/15

18th Anniversary Event at Healthy Horizons, Hammond, IN ~ 4/18/15

Grand Opening & Earth Day Event at Lassen’s, Ventura, CA ~ 4/18/15

Customer Appreciation Event at Healthy Living Organic & Natural Market, Lakewood Ranch, FL ~ 4/18/15

40th Anniversary Event at Nature’s Way, Easton, PA ~ 4/18/15

Earth Day Celebration at Whole Foods MarketBeverly Hills, CA ~ 4/19 – 4/21/15

Earth Appreciation Day at Diane’s New Dawn, St. Augustine, FL ~ 4/22/15

Earth Day Event at The Apple Crate II, Fayetteville, NC ~ 4/22/15

7th Annual Green Fair at Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters, Providence, RI ~ 4/22/15

Featured Fan: Bubblegum Buddy

The state motto of North Carolina is “Esse quam videri”—meaning to be, rather than to seem to be. Well, Chloe H. of Asheville, NC does her state proud. She is a true, blue chum to gum!

Chloe recently wrote to us to say, “I was always looking for a gum free of aspartame and GMOs. When I found Glee Gum, I was overjoyed to have discovered something that tasted so good, but was free of everything unhealthy, regular gum has. I also really like the packaging. It looks vintage!”

When she’s not busy chewing gum, you can find this vegetarian Carolinian reading, practicing Modern Dance, and assisting PETA with petitions. When she is chewing gum, Chloe reports, “My favorite is the bubblegum flavor. You make this classic taste better than any other gum on the market. Whenever I go to Earth Fare, I always make sure to get two packs to last. And my friends always compliment me on my delicious gum.”

See what we mean? She’s a friend to the end. As for the bubble in this picture she sent us—can it be what it seems to be? Never mind, we don’t want to burst it to see. Thanks for chew-sing Glee, Chloe!

Featured Fan March-April 2015 Chloe

If you would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— simply send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, gleeguy@gleegum.com

 

A Gummy Reason to Enjoy Science Fair Season

It’s strange that science fair season in schools doesn’t happen around Halloween– because it can really freak out students and parents alike. But fear not, chums! We’ve got some fun ideas to see you through. Like, why not make it all about GUM?

Science Fair ProjectThere are lots of kid-friendly, gum-related hypotheses that can be developed for science fair projects. Start by exploring simple questions like: which gum brand or flavor lasts the longest? Which bubble gum brand makes the biggest bubbles? Which gum tastes the sweetest? In her science fair project a few years back (pictured above), Kayla from CA examined what makes Glee more environmentally friendly than other gum– and got an “A”!

For a greater challenge, take a gander at some of the recent studies on chewing gum. See what further research you can do on gum’s surprising benefits, like the ability to boost test scores, counter fatigue, and lower stress levels. If you think chewing gum improves concentration, how might you confirm this? For another interesting angle, watch this chewing gum ad examine social perceptions of gum-chewing by featuring identical twins.

Our Make Your Own Candy Kits and gum base also make great jumping-off points for experimentation. And you can find more fun facts and inspiration in our site’s sections Learn More and For Educators & Inquiring Minds. For other gummy ideas, check out eHow and HubPages. Before long, you may find yourself wishing that science fair season would “stick around” all year!

The Easiest Bubblegum Ice Cream Recipe Ever

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Especially when we look at the ingredients in most ice cream.

Give your vocal chords a rest and your mouth a treat with sweet, natural, homemade, bubblegum ice cream– made from bananas! No matter the season. You don’t need a reason. It’s ICE CREAM and it’s always delicious.

 INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel bananas.
  2. Place them in the freezer for an hour.
  3. Slice bananas.
  4. Put them in the blender & blend to a creamy consistency.
  5. Stir in Glee Gum pieces.
  6. Scoop & enjoy!
Banana Bubblegum Ice Cream

Featured Fan: Our Inbox Idol

Sometimes an email can brighten your whole week. Such was the case with this lovely message we recently received from Ellie B. of Columbus, OH.

Featured Fan Ellie B

“I just wanted to thank your company for the wonderful sugar-free gum. I have a rare stomach disease where my stomach & digestive tract is paralyzed and I rely on a feeding tube for nutrition. Because of this I miss out on eating a lot of fun foods with my friends and family, however I recently tried your sugar-free Glee Gum. I’m allergic to aspartame and so I normally can’t chew gum. Your gum was absolutely amazing though and definitely fulfilled the craving for wanting something sweet or wanting to eat something by mouth. So I just wanted to thank your company for all the hard work you do and for creating such a wonderful product! I now don’t feel so left out. I will definitely continue buying from your company!”

Ellie’s condition is called gastroparesis, and it sounds incredibly challenging. But Ellie has a great spirit! She had been hospitalized for two weeks when she snapped this cheerful picture and sent it our way. She also sent us a movie recommendation: “Frozen”! Ellie can quote the whole film. We look forward to taking her advice and giving it a look-see this weekend. We’ll be thinking of her when we do!

If you would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— simply send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, gleeguy@gleegum.com

A Surprise to Make You Smile

Chums!

As supplies last, we’re including a bonus treat in all our mail orders shipped this month:

A cranberry floss sachet from our friends at RADIUS!

Made with natural xylitol (the same sweetener used in Sugar-Free Glee Gum), this handy, dandy packet of floss is the perfect size to slip in your wallet or pocket and have at the ready. Broccoli, beware! Plus, it’s 100% vegan.

And, guess what!

As supplies last, RADIUS is including a free sample of Mini Glee Gum in their mail orders! How sweet is that?

Check out RADIUS online, and be sure follow the company on Facebook and Twitter, too. We sure do! Thanks, and happy holidays to you!

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