Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Veggie Patch

It's no secret lately that I have put my family on a health kick. I'm still easy going with the sweets for the kids, but I'm subbing in more fruits and veggies wherever I can. And I feel like I am making so much progress. In less than two months, the boys are eating so many more veggies than before. We still have meals where they fight me here and there, but I have noticed such a difference.

And I love it.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by someone with Veggie Patch about trying their products. In the interest of disclosure, they sent me a few coupons to try their product for free in exchange for a blog post and social media promotion. I was excited to give them a try after looking at their website and finding that this was not a frozen product.

Veggie Patch can be found chilled in the produce section. Choices include:

- Broccoli Bites
- Buffalo Wings
- Chick'n Cutlet
- Chick'n Nuggets
- Falafel Chickpea Balls
- Meatless Meatballs
- Mediterranean Spinach and Chickpea Patties
- Spinach Nuggets
- Ultimate Meatless Burger

The boys and I looked everything over and decided to pick out the Spinach Nuggets ... (OK I was the one that decided on the spinach) ... but they agreed with getting the Falafel Chickpea Balls and Broccoli Bites.

When we got home, the boys had me heat up the falafel right away. You know how much they love falafel. They have come a long way since the first time they tried it and now ask for it frequently. It was a hit. I actually liked the falafel more than the ones we purchase from both our local Whole Foods and some restaurants.

I only have one child who likes broccoli, but all three boys agreed that the broccoli bites were 'sort of good Mom'. (Progress!) These were my favorite. My husband and I couldn't stop eating them.

And then there was the spinach. More honesty. I have no love for cooked spinach. I can put it in a smoothie or a salad. But once I cook it? Not a fan. I do like spinach pies but you will find me scooping out more than half the spinach inside first. Well ... these spinach nuggets were actually delicious. The boys don't eat spinach either, but they all tried (and ate) a nugget the day we opened that package.

Here's what I love about Veggie Patch. Not only are they fresh, but they are GMO free, Trans fat-free, and free of artificial flavors or preservatives. And a great source of protein which I can always use more of. These are items I would never take the time to make for myself at home. Picking it up from the refrigerated section makes all the difference for me.

One of the biggest challenges I have lately when it comes to eating healthy is the days I am on the go. Audition for the boys, sports practice and more. That is when my healthy goes down the tubes because I'm not home long enough to cook. This is so easy to grab out of the fridge and get ready in a few minutes. And it's healthy.

I know I've found three favorites already, but I am looking forward to trying their other products as well. I highly recommend Veggie Patch. In addition to their website (where they have some recipes as well as a section just for kids), you can check them out on Facebook and Twitter.


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