I have been getting a lot of requests lately to review products, so I decided to roll them into one post.
And because we are in the beginning of the school year, I chose to review products that could add or help me with lunches, sports or the simple pleasure of occasionally eating candy—hopefully this will help you too!
Back to School Product Round-Up
I had never heard of these until they reached out to me to see if I was interested in trying them. I loved the formulation of these: no trans fats, hydrogenated oils or MSG, no artificial colors or preservatives, and pioneered to be certified gluten and wheat free.
And the Eat Your Vegetables line, a first-of-its-kind veggie crisp, provides a full serving of vegetables in every ounce. Check out their variety of offerings including All-Natural Baked Fries (my favorite!), All-Natural Cheese Puffs, and Eat Your Vegetables.
We took several varieties with us on our beach vacation! And when my sister-in-law from Brooklyn visited, she told me how much she loved them too.
We are big fans of avocado in this family. Known to just slice an avocado in half and drizzle olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle Kosher salt and pepper for a dinner side, we also use them for making guacamole and spreading on sandwiches.
Wholly Guacamole asked me if I’d like to try their new products: individual cups of guacamole (lunch box dream!), and their new spicy guacamole and line of salsas.
I have to tell you—too much yumminess in my fridge means extra miles on the road for this gal!
My girls especially loved including Wholly Guacamole goodness on their sandwich wraps, as a substitute for mayonnaise. Wholly Guacamole recently changed their packaging, which makes it easier to pack in the lunchbox and eat!
I am partial to KIND bars. But they have a few new flavors out and wanted me to try them.
Twist my arm!
Full of nuts and some with very low sugar content, I tried their new dark chocolate chili almond bar and maple glazed pecan and sea salt bar.
Where do they come up with these combinations?! I also received a bag of their new Healthy Grains granola.
My athletes love taking the bars for an after-school, pre-workout pick me up, and they love granola for their morning yogurt. And I love that you can see the goodness right through the package.
A new candy has hit the market—one made of real sugar, natural flavors and colors. While the real ingredients don’t negate the fact that this is candy, it sure is nice to see efforts being made to get away from artificial colors, flavors and weird chemicals in sweet treats.
UNREAL has rolled out six flavors that mimic some of the more popular candy bars and confections on the market today. We had a favorable review on this end, but still followed my 90:10 Rule.
Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook
I received this book from the publisher, because I jumped at the chance to review it. As a mom of three athletes, and a writer for various sports organizations, I am always looking for wholesome, nutrient-rich items for growing kids.
Written by Camilla Saulsbury, a PhD in Sociology, athlete and mom, this book offers straight-forward, easy no-bake recipes to the more complex, “you’ll never find this ingredient in my pantry” recipes.
However, Ms. Saulsbury uses the base ingredients over and over, so once you have them, you’re all set. She also offers variations on the original recipe, which allows for tailoring each recipe to your child or teen’s taste buds.
Here’s one recipe I’ll be trying: 5-Minute Protein Truffles
- ½ cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter (peanut, cashew, sunflower, tahini)
- 3 tablespoons of honey (or agave nectar, pure maple syrup)
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2/3 cup lightly packed all-natural, sweetened vanilla whey protein powder
- mix the nut or seed butter, honey and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the protein powder, stirring until completely combined (mixture will be firm)
- this should come together as a dough; if too wet, add some flaxseed meal or ground oats; if too dry, add a tablespoon of water and keep adding until it is the consistency of a dough (paraphrased for brevity).
- Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and shape into 1-inch balls.
- Coat with your choice of semisweet chocolate chips or cacao nibs; unsweetened cocoa powder; finely chopped nuts; unsweetened flake coconut
What new products are you excited about this school year?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: September 6, 2013
Updated on: August 14, 2019