Shape Up! – Weeks 77-78

Geek Alabama Shape Up!

This is weeks 77-78 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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This week I wanted to talk about those candy bars that many of us enjoy.  Did you know that you average candy bars have ingredients like corn syrup, color dyes, artificial colors, preservatives, and who knows what else.  This means candy bars are not so healthy to be eating at all.  Now, some teenagers have set out to re-create some of our favorite candy bars to be much healthier!  The healthy candy is called UNREAL, and the company makes five types of candy including chocolate shelled candy, peanut butter cups, and chocolate bars!  The difference, these candies are made using natural ingredients!

Unreal was the brainchild of Nicky Bonner, who came up with the idea at the age of 13 after his father took away most of his candy after trick-or-treating.  Nicky’s dad did not like the idea of having so many chemicals in candy today.  And after Nicky did some research, it turned out that his father was right.  With Nicky’s father help, Nicky talked to doctors, food scientists, and several other experts all over the world.  He also spoke to Adam, a renowned chef in Spain.  Nicky had an idea to create an indulgence, without all the bad stuff.  That is when UNREAL was born.


The candy from UNREAL is without the use of corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and colors, or even GMO’s.  The sugar is also reduced as much as 40% from your average candy bars.  To get the taste just right, they literally tested hundreds of recipes to generate just five different candies. Along the way, they had to work out how to produce the candy at a cost that would allow them to sell it at the same price as the old candy.  This was critical.  It’s one thing to sell an expensive bar at a fancy health food store.  It’s another to give everyone a new option that costs the same at the checkout of your grocer or convenience store.  So how’s the taste?  Here’s a taste test from Consumer Reports.

This candy company has gone back to the basics with UNREAL.  The company is not going to stop with these five candy products.  The company hopes to expand the line to sodas, snack foods, and other candy in the near future.  Let’s hope UNREAL will be very successful!  We all can eat healthier!  Learn more about UNREAL at:


Before I wrap up, I wanted to talk about my special CrowdRise fundraiser project.  I have set a goal of $500 for my special birthday fundraiser for Edify, whose mission is to improve and to expand sustainable, affordable Christ-centered education in the developing world.  The fundraiser will end on August 15th (my 27th birthday).  If you can, please donate at:

This is what I ate last week:

Monday: Steak Sandwich, Chips, Sweet Tea.

Tuesday: Steak Sandwich, Chips, Sweet Tea.

Wednesday: Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.

Thursday: Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.

Friday: Hotpockets, Sweet Tea.

Saturday: Fish and Chips, Sweet Tea.

Sunday: Chicken Breast, Potatoes, Sweet Tea

Monday: Hot Dogs, Mac and Cheese, Sweet Tea.

Have a great week everyone!