QUIZ: Just How Crunchy Are You???

Every Mama has a different crunch-quotient, from the complete beginner to the most radical earth mama at the co-op. The big question is, just where do you sit on the crunchy spectrum? Are you the natural living newbie? The queen of crunch? Take our quiz and find out instantly! Then be sure to share your crunchy results with friends.

1. You want something to snack on, what do you reach for?

2. Shower time! How will you wash your hair?

3. Whew! Your bikram yoga class was extra hot today. How will you rehydrate?

4. Time for a grocery run! Where you headed?

5. Uh-oh, you feel a head cold coming on. What do you do?

6. You're heading outside. What will you strap on your feet?

7. If you eat out, how do you roll?

8. How do you brighten your pearly whites?

9. How do you wake yourself up in the morning?

10. What sorta car do you roll in?


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About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. Apparently I’m only newbie… Probably because I tried all the more hardcore stuff, but using only baking soda and vinegar as shampoo didn’t work so well for me. Soaking oatmeal all the way though. I’ll come back for this quiz when fiancΓ© and I live off-grid. πŸ˜‰

  2. I got conventional… which is less than true…
    A. We go out for sushi- not an option
    B. I drink coffee not red bull
    C. I need chocolate not cheetos, Pirates booty or whatever salty snack they listed
    D. We don’t do HFCS or Food Dyes…

    But… I’ll not eat my placenta, I do have a doula, I won’t be a home birth, and we will delay vax…

  3. I was waiting for the tp or family cloth question! And why wasn’t elderberry instead of cod liver oil an option. Oh well. I am a little surprised I got queen. I don’t feel that crunchy.

  4. I got newbie! That’s the ironic understatement of my year! I’m an organic-farming (going on 7 years), broth-making, mason-jar toting, home-birthing, granola-girl-fiend! Though it’s funny how farming pushes you back toward a more conservative lifestyle. I don’t go to yoga classes – they’re too far away. I drive a minivan and a truck for deliveries. I don’t spend as much time in the kitchen (quick and easy, but still not packaged!). I don’t ride my bike or take public transit because it’s not an option! I CERTAINLY don’t drink bottled water (surprised that was on the list – all glass for me ;-)) I have to admit I’m not even using cloth diapers due to hectic life, but I AM paying an ARM AND A LEG for 7th gen and i DO conserve diapers with plenty of nakey time and early potty training (it’s called ‘EC’ – elimination communication).

    Do I sound crunchy yet? πŸ˜‰

    fun quiz. thanks for the laughs!

    • oh ya, and I have to wash my hair now because it actually gets dirty! There was a long time when I didn’t, though

  5. Newbie here and I don’t plan on changing that! πŸ™‚ lol

  6. I got Conventional Babe. However, I do have a desire to become more natural in my lifestyle. I love farmers markets and would love to start making my own soap and shampoo. I would consider myself more of a newbie. So it looks like I’ll be following this page a little more often ?

  7. Queen of Crunch here, but I feel like such a wannabe! *blush* Just started this holistic lifestyle in the last year or so and I blog about it now. I love it so much and I’m always looking for more ways to do it on the cheap. Let me know if you ever are interested in bloggers. Thanks for such a fun post!

    • Hi, I would love to check out your blog. I’m new to this lifestyle and can use all the help I can get ?

  8. Granola girl reporting in!! This quiz has me pegged, Except, we do have our 10 laying hens in the backyard. Home brewed kombucha, cloth diapers, organic groceries, oil pulling. I’m thankful for this online community because some of my friends this this stuff is kinda weird πŸ™‚

  9. Hi, I got the Queen of Crunch, Yes, scoby and I are friends and I was so glad to see I got to be Queen, even in my SUV! After all, what other car will cart around 12 children! With that said, I’m a proud Mama @ 52 years young, rolling still and a Mimea of two little cute boys.

    Take Care Girls, Live the life as you have only one
    Leslie Hamud, NTP

  10. Conventional Babe here. True, I got her because I was curious a crunchy lifestyle is not for me.

  11. So if I go to Trader Joe’s AND Whole Foods equally, which one is “more crunchy”? To me they would be equivalent. Am I missing something?

    • no way! Whole foods is more expensive because it has a lot more organic stuff (though you can still be fooled into plenty of ‘all natural’ labels).

      I’d say I sound pretty crunchy πŸ˜‰

  12. I got the natural living newbie, which I think is accurate. I’m slowly learning. There are several things that I really want to try, but my husband and I have to stay on a budget. It seems so expensive to go all the way with natural living. Is there a way to do it on a budget? I wish there was a guide of some kind to get me started and help me to slowly progress. I doubt myself constantly because there are so many products out there.

    • Make your own cleaners, go no ‘poo {though tbh it didn’t work for my long, fine hair so I started making my own shampoo bars}, learn to make your own bread, condiments, drinks, etc. Sew your own mama cloth {or get a moon cup <3} and nappies. Thats how I taught myself to use my sewing machine πŸ˜‰ Choose one area you want to 'crunch' and stick with it til you figure it out.

  13. I got newbie. I’d say that’s pretty accurate. I don’t do enough natural eating, my husband makes it hard for me to do that.

  14. Haha, this is awesome! I got Granola girl.. although we have attempted backyard chickens (somewhat unsuccesfully, ’cause they all turned out to be roosters!)… and I don’t think we’ll be trying again anytime soon, so I suppose it’s pretty accurate! πŸ˜‰ Fun quiz!

    • I love the idea of backyard chickens but our neighborhood won’t allow it! How much land did you need?

      • Hi! Saw your comment and HAD to reply!

        I grew up 4Hing, then kept on that path to natural food growing (thus natural fertilizer for the garden!). For a small family using egg production hens only, 4 -6 hens will be fine! You need a minimum of 1.5sq ft/hen. It can be done with small spaces! They bring a lot of joy and entertainment, as well.

        Good luck!

      • Back yard chickens aren’t for just any old backyard. Unless the owner is fastidious about keeping nest and other areas frequented by the hens scrupulously clean and dry..because chicken poop can stink! And, if you leave it to harden, it turns into something akin to concrete. Hens need space to run freely but not necessarily free-range. Free-running works best so they need a protected area that gives them this opportunity. Neighbourhood predators need to be avoided. However, saying that, I’ve never had a cat kill one of my hens. The girls are pretty good at taking care of themselves but one has to be vigilant. Hens can live long lives if cared for properly and supply eggs on a regular basis. Oyster shell keeps the shell hard and ground flax seeds fortify the eggs with omega-3. Do your research and you can enjoy wonderful fresh eggs for years to come – just not necessarily in a suburban back yard.

  15. Hi all you other granola Mama’s! Good for you to even be taking the quiz. I feel like anyone who is following Genevieve is some sort of a “Natural Mama..” GOOD FOR YOU! The first time I took the quiz I was 100% honest of what I am currently doing now that baby#2 is here and scored a “natural newbie.” The second time I took it I was filling out what I would prefer to do but don’t have the time for at the moment and scored a “granola girl.” It’s hard slowing down life to make these changes for you and your family. I encourage you all to keep working on it! We can do it!!

  16. So doesn’t really work for Australians… πŸ™ I got newbie. I do shop at a normal grocery store (Woolworths… Not the same as the US one…) but it stocks organic food too as that’s fairly mainstream here now. Our local organic shop is super expensive to be honest – food is much more expensive here anyway. We use cloth nappies (btw, I notice a lot of US folk wash in hot, do you? It’s not done here, interestingly), we have chickens and grow a lot of our own fruit and veggies. Are worm farms big in the US? It is really easy. Do you recycle grey water? That’s a great resource for the garden, there is actually an Australian invention that allows you to divert the shower water to reuse it. Love the videos. πŸ™‚

    • G’day mate! Aussie living in the US. Let me tell you, grocery shopping is a whole ‘nother world here. I agree – a lot of what is on the shelves in Australia isn’t really up for debate. Over here, you’ve got organic, natural, GMO free, and then regular. Our produce is generally grass-fed, grain fed, or a mixture of both. Over here, it’s all corn fed unless you find specifically, “grass-fed” labeled. Worm farms are done here, but out of novelty, like ant farms.

    • I’m in Australia and I got Queen of Crunch (think more like dirty hippie in my case). That said I live on an acreage and grow almost all my food myself and what I don’t grow I swap with other permaculturalists. You’re absolutely right. What’s available in Australia really isn’t up for debate- it’s that or grow it yourself! don’t be hard on yourself it’s just a quiz. we do what we can not what we can’t. the states are different to here. they’ve got more to worry about for a start. We don’t feed our animals GMO corn they get wheat, barley or oats or pasture, we have 100% guarantee that the foods we eat are either non-GMO or labelled as such or they are not allowed to be sold here. So I guess you could say it’s a different beast altogether even though our goals are the same- healthy natural living. πŸ™‚

      • Hey I’m aussie too and got Queen of Crunch. I admit I’ve been doing this stuff for a while so most of it is normal to us. Great to see so many Aussie’s hanging around here!

  17. Queenie :), but still working on the crunch!! Our garden isn’t our sole grocery outlet yet, and we just started brewing kombucha (which I highly recommend- its super simple and fun to keep a Scoby;).. and my hair’s too short to worry about washing! Fun quiz- thanks! Love the vlog. For all aspiring crunchy mamas, I highly recommend a Gaiam tv subscription; it has oodles of healthy info and inspiring resources!

  18. I am the Queen of Crunch. I knew that would be the outcome because I can so relate to so many of the things in your “Crunchy” very funny videos. Love them.

  19. Yep I’m a Natural Living Newbie. I am mostly working on getting my husband aboard. He is getting better. Perhaps when he can get a day job. Also when our local farmer’s market opens up for the Summer.

  20. I loved this quiz!! I’m the Natural Living Newbie. Just need to making good choices and learning to continue on the natural & healthy lifestyle. πŸ˜‰

  21. Loved this!!! I got Queen of Crunch…it’s right on. The description made it all sound so glamorous – I’ll keep that in mind next time I comb my unwashed hair. πŸ™‚

  22. Cute quiz but not very accurate….I got conventional girl which I’m far from lol

  23. Most of my answers were “none of the above” so I am more crunchy than it would appear.

  24. Queen of Crunch over here! Hmmm…. somehow I don’t feel like royalty walking around in my muk boots surrounded by my homestead critters or while I’m on my hands and knees weeding my garden. Lol I suppose all of those hungry animals begging for treats are my subjects. πŸ˜‰ Its not all fun and games though. I just killed a copperhead that was next to my chicken coop and duck run! My goats were right next to it!

  25. Im natural living newbie! Awesome! Just got to keep up with making good healthy changes! Great quiz…it was fun! πŸ™‚

  26. I got natural living newbie. I am trying to be more conscientious about what ingredients are in the products I use. I used to just go by cruelty free but something can be cruelty free and still have nasty stuff in it.

    • Good for you πŸ™‚ way to go!

  27. Hahaha granola girl! Although the description doesn’t describe me to a T, I do occasionally snack on some conventional snacks. I will be the first to say, I’m not perfect, still striving for that balance! And the backyard chickens comment is so funny bc my husband and I were just talking about getting some!! I loved this quiz, it was so cute and thoughtful! And hey, no quiz describes each one of us exactly. This was a lot of fun πŸ™‚ Thank you MamaNatural!!!

  28. Queen of Crunch, but I feel like all the answers I chose were generally less crunchy than what I actually do. However, I have to say this quote sums up my life shockingly well… “You spend more on food and supplements than most people do on their mortgage, but it’s all about priorities, right?” Haha! So true!

  29. Granola girl! haha. Fun quiz πŸ™‚ The only thing different I would have done was for question one, I would have chosen to snack on a piece of fruit, and to wake up myself in the morning, I do yoga!

  30. I got natural momma newbie. I shop at Earth Fare, drive a diesel VW and if I do eat out it’s a drive through. I don’t diffuse but I do take EO, oil of oregano. I also clean with method. Does that help? LOL

    • You sound like at least a Granola Girl to me, maybe even a Queen of Crunch πŸ˜‰

  31. Fun! I was Queen of Crunch but with some alternative answers. Quizzes are fun but answers are always restrictive (no matter what!).

  32. The Granola Girl doesn’t describe me very well. I am a health nut but I do mind shopping at Whole Foods bc they can be ridiculously expensive. I cannot stand girl scout cookies, I’ll go out of my way to find a Chocolate Coconut Pro Bar. I never watched a show of Dr Oz & get my superfoods info from Food Matters. We’ve had backyard chickens going on 5 years now.

    • I agree! Got crunchy granola but none of it described me! Terrible ;p

    • I got that as well. So not me! Just orderd 6 more pullets this mornings and my grocery shopping consists of one large order a month from Azure Standard…. Hmmm.

  33. Queen of Crunch? Always funny to me, I love me some crunch but I think most of my style is birthed out of going with the flow and not crazy activism.

  34. I am the Queen of Crunch!! Worship at my barefeet! Feed me organic, locally sourced grapes! Lol, j/k, It’s all about balance, right?

  35. I got Granola Girl.. I wouldn’t touch a girl scout cookie with a ten foot pole & Dr. Oz is a quack! I’d love my own backyard chickens, and would already have them if it weren’t for my crazy strict landlord. :p

  36. Cute quiz πŸ˜‰
    I got granola girl, but we definitely have chickens in our yard! ha ha
    (I do have a weakness for girl scout cookies though… shhhh, don’t tell the crunchy police!)

  37. Newbie!!?? I had a home birth!! LOL. Fun little quiz. I’m just messing with you. (Not about the home birth.) ;]

    • Glad you can see the fun in it πŸ™‚ The quiz ain’t a perfect indicator. LOL!

  38. I got granola girl! But I would never eat a Girl Scout cookie!

  39. Haha..this was fun! I also had to make up a few of my answers..I don’t do any of those things in the morning, and I don’t use any of those types of transportation but it was still fun to do! I got Granola Girl but I think I am a little bit more out there than that since I am so ready for backyard chickens. πŸ™‚

  40. Newbie?! But the post-workout Kombucha is *homebrewed*. Doesn’t that count for something? πŸ˜‰

    • That automatically bumps you to Granola Girl in my book πŸ˜‰

  41. Nice Quiz, unfortunately in a few of the questions I had to choose ‘the best fitting’ instead of what I actually would do. Would have helped to have either ‘Other’ option, or more options to choose from πŸ™‚

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