How to Sneak Fruits and Veggies into the Lunchbox
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Another school year is quickly approaching, and as a first time school age parent, everything is starting to add up. I’m not just talking about the costs of school supplies, but the paperwork, guidelines, routines, and the dreaded lunchbox do’s and don’ts that most schools have in place. Let me explain: Our public school has guidelines set in place that tell you how much of what food groups must be present in your child’s lunch from home to be considered a balanced meal. Sounds easy enough until you look at the guide that is one full page of information that starts to make your eyes cross. The best part (sarcasm) is that if you don’t send a meal that meets that criteria based on the interpretation of the meal by your child’s teacher then they are given a meal from the cafeteria that is charged to their lunch account.
While I am confident that I can pack a lunch from home that meets their nutrition guidelines, I realize that so many of the sides and snacks that my child loves doesn’t necessarily fit on their chart. I needed to find out how to sneak fruits and veggies into the lunchbox. I was feeling a little discouraged until we found Veggie-Go’s products. They offer a variety of flavors that are made into strips or veggie bites. Compare it to the popular fruit leather brand sold by the foot or any of the gummy fruit packages in the store. What sets Veggie-Go’s a part from those brands is that they include a full serving of fruits and vegetables in their products. For the same taste as those sweet lunchbox treats, your child is getting two of the most important food groups while they’re at school. Veggie-Go’s also has the lowest sugar content when compared to the those big name brand fruit snacks!
As a parent, I was skeptical that there could be a snack product out there that would pass the lunchbox inspection. I can confidently say that I allow Harper to have these for a snack guilt-free because I’m choosing an USDA Organic, non-GMO, gluten free product line that doesn’t add unnecessary sugars to keep the kids coming back for more.
Let’s delve into the most important part – Veggie-Go’s flavors and how they taste:
– Berry, Apple+Spinach (2g Sugar)
– Tropical Fruit+Kale (5g Sugar)
– Carrot, Apple+Ginger (4g Sugar)
– Sweet Potato, Apple+Spices (2g Sugar)
– Beet, Apple+Cinnamon (2g Sugar)
– Berry, Rice Crisps+Greens (8g Sugar)
– Orange, Cocoa Nibs+Carrots (9g Sugar)
– Strawberry, Chia Seeds+Beets (7g Sugar)
When we initially tried all these flavors, I wasn’t sure what Harper’s reaction would be to each of them. Needless to say she did not like any of the strips or the Berry, Rice Crisps+Green bites, but loved the Orange, Cocoa Nibs+Carrots and Strawberry, Chia Seeds+Beets Veggie-Go’s Bites! Which may sound like a deterrent or failure to some of you reading, but for this mom it’s not. She loved two flavors of the bites that are easier for her eat and are most like the gummies she used to enjoy (before Veggie-Go’s) at home. I can confidently pack her the Veggie-Go’s bites in her favorite flavors for school lunch as one full serving of fruit & veggies for the day and they double as a sweet treat in her lunchbox. One her teacher will not bat an eye at when it comes to her lunch requirements.
For all the parents checking out this review for all the flavors, I tried everything and wanted to give my feedback below:
1. Berry, Apple+Spinach: A light berry flavor that is tasty!
2. Tropical Fruit+Kale: You definitely taste the sour tropical fruit mixture thanks to the kiwi, but it is blended with the leafy flavor of kale to keep it from getting too sour.
3. Carrot, Apple+Ginger: Immediately, you taste the spicy ginger when you bite into this one. If you’re not a fan of ginger, this one is not for you.
4. Sweet Potato, Apple+Spices: One of my favorites! It’s a light blend of all three flavors being present at once and it works.
5. Beet, Apple+Cinnamon: Very earthy tasting because of the beets. Admittedly, I am not a beet fan, but this one was good.
1. Berry, Rice Crisps+Greens: I was surprised by the actual crunch of the rice crisps when I chewed these bites. As with the berry strip, this one is full of traditional berry flavor.
2. Orange, Cocoa Nibs+Carrots: These bites are very orange tasting with the surprise of thick chunk cocoa as you chew. I can’t explain it, but you’ll have to try this one to see what I mean about the thick chunk!
3. Strawberry, Chia Seeds+Beets: Mine and Harper’s favorite! These bites are all strawberry and no hint of beets for us. Harper took this bag and ran so she could finish it off!
If you want to try Veggie-Go’s snacks they’re available in most Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Amazon, and veggiegos.com! At $1.19-$1.29 each, I think it’s great to try all the flavors to see what works and doesn’t work for your family. Veggie-Go’s has some many great flavors there has to be at least one that you can pack for school lunches. I’ll let Harper have her favorites for school, but this mom is going to be enjoying all the other flavors while I wait in the car rider line!
Leave a comment below with your favorite tips on how to sneak fruits and veggies into the lunchbox of your kids! We all need ALL the help we can get!
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