Vitazorb Purple BottleThe company’s motto is “You Are What You Absorb” and it is so, so true – when nutrients, vitamins and minerals can be properly absorbed from your food, and waste products broken down properly, it means a healthier (and happier!) you! “Mom” recently had the opportunity to try a new chewable probiotic supplement called Vidazorb®, which offers several chewable varieties of probiotics to aid in gastrointestinal health. For those unfamiliar with the overall health benefits of probiotics, you may wish to visit the Vidazorb website to learn more!

Vidazorb® is available in 5 distinct formulations for both children and adults, including:
 
Plus – Vanilla Flavor
 
+OPC – Pomegranate Flavor
 
Super C – Orange Pineapple Flavor

The Super C, +OPC and Plus varieties all tasted great – easy to chew and swallow, and “Mom” loves that this particular brand of probiotics does not require refrigeration, which is wonderful for traveling. For those who travel to other countries frequently, taking a probiotic supplement daily is a must to help with traveler’s diarrhea!

Vitazorb Orange Bottle

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of probiotics, or to locate a store near you, visit Vidazorb.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Crunch on this! For healthful noshing in the New Year to keep weight loss goals in check, Crunchies® natural snacks are the perfect alternative to a bag of potato chips! The freeze-dried fruits and vegetables keep adults and kids alike crunching on a wide variety of fruits and veggies! “Mom” is loving that there are only 100 calories or less per serving, and the crunch factor plus the fresh, tart fruit & vegetable taste is extremely tasty.

The Crunchies® line of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are free of additives, chemicals, preservatives or unhealthy ingredients, and come in convenient resealable for easy snacking anytime. These make great nutritious additions to your child’s lunchbox, too!

Why do we love Crunchies®?

No sugar added
No Preservatives
Gluten/Wheat Free
Kosher Certified
Non GMO
Approved by Weight Watchers
Fat free fruits; low fat veggies
Less than 100 calories per serving
Crunchies have a 24 month shelf life and are in resealable bags so they stay fresh after being opened

Crunchies® are available in four varieties, including Fruit Crunchies®, Veggie Crunchies®, Organic Crunchies® and Corn Crunchies®. In addition, they now have smaller Munch Paks available in the following fruit varieties: Cinnamon Apple, Mango, Mixed Fruit, Pear, Pineapple and Strawberry.

Not just for snacking on, Crunchies® can also be used in recipes, and the website offers an interesting recipe selection using Crunchies® for more fun in the kitchen!

To learn more about Crunchies®, please visit www.crunchiesfood.com.

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Stop! Don’t reach for that second sugar cookie this holiday season! Instead, choose a protein-rich and all-natural snack that is just under 200 calories! Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars makes it easy to curb your sweet tooth and stay energized through the season and into the 2013 without compromising on nutrition and great flavor!

Lighter on the waistline, “Mom’s” family found the bars to be quite tasty! Our favorites included Strawberry and Cherry Almond, but truly each bar is quite delicious. The toddler in the family gobbled hers up so that was the real taste test!

Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars are the first shelf-stable Greek Yogurt product, and combine all-natural ingredients (fruit, Greek Yogurt, nuts and granola) to create a delicious and nutritious on-the-go snack, making it the perfect healthy holiday snack for busy parents, excited children, stressed-out students and anyone attempting to stay healthy during the holidays. They are easy to throw in a purse, lunchbox, gym bag or car – offering everyone a mess-free and portable way to snack. Need a taste of the tropics this winter? Try the Toasted Coconut flavor!

Layered with the finest granola, real fruit and nuts, and authentic Greek yogurt, the bars are available in eight distinct flavors, including:

Blueberry Acai
Cherry Almond
Toasted Coconut
Cranberry Almond
Apple & Honey
Orchard Peach
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Strawberry

Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars contain all-natural ingredients, 5g of fiber, 7g of protein (except for Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter which offers 10g of protein), and probiotics. The best part? Each bar is under 200 calories!

To learn more about Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars, visit RicklandOrchards.com.

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Serving up vegetarian or vegan alternatives at your next gathering or upcoming holiday soiree is simple with Nate’s Meatless Meatballs! These savory organic meatless meatballs are made from soy, and contain 9 grams of protein per serving. Cholesterol-free, the meatballs can be simmered in a favorite sauce, or placed lovingly on a plate of whole-wheat spaghetti or in between slices of focaccia bread for a meatball sandwich!

Nate’s Meatless Meatballs offers three distinctly delightful varieties of meatless meatballs including Zesty Italian, Savory Mushroom and Classic. “Mom” fell in love with the Savory Mushroom, which paired well with a spicy arrabbiata pasta sauce!

All varieties keep well in the freezer for a quick option for dinner, and can be found nationwide. You can locate a store near you that carries Nate’s Meatless Meatballs by visiting Nate’s website.

To learn more about Nate’s Meatless Meatballs, please visit natesmeatless.com.

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Mom” recently had the opportunity to review Applegate Deli Meats through Green Moms Meet, and wow, did the meats make for an excellent healthy lunch choice! For those who enjoy turkey, ham or salami sandwiches, but worry about consuming nitrates and other artificial ingredients, Applegate is the way to go! Applegate natural deli meats are humanely raised without the use of antibiotics, and are free of nitrates, nitrites, and other artificial ingredients.

Mom” made a delicious chopped salad with the Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast – her husband ate almost the entire bowl! If you have leftovers, this salad packs well for lunch the next day.

Tiny Green Mom’s Chopped Salad

Ingredients

2-4 oz. Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast, chopped
1/2 bag of organic romaine lettuce, chopped
2 organic celery sticks, chopped
1/2 ripe, organic tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 can organic chick peas, chopped
10 kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 – 1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cage-free eggs, hard boiled and chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp. freshly chopped dill
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2-4 oz. provolone cheese, chopped
Salad dressing of choice (“Mom” prefers balsamic vinaigrette)

Preparation

Place eggs in cold water and bring to a boil, letting the eggs boil for 18-20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool running water. Set aside until cool, and then chop.

Mix all ingredients in a large salad bowl, adding chopped eggs and cheese last. Top with salad dressing of choice. Serve and enjoy!

For those who do consume humanely raised meats, Applegate offers these top 3 delicious choices:

Applegate Marinated Black Forest Ham is marinated in sugar and spices and prepared in the tradition of true German Black Forest hams: slow cooked with a hearty smoking. Moist and delicious, each 2-ounce serving of Natural Black Forest Ham provides 10g of protein with only 50 calories and 1.5g of fat.

Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast is low in fat and high in protein. Plus, it’s free of chemical nitrites and antibiotics.

Applegate Natural Genoa Salami is arguably the most famous variety of Italian dried sausage in the United States. Using a traditional recipe and time-honored methods,Applegate sausage makers have crafted a salami that the New York Times declares to be, “Wonderfully garlicky and richer in flavor than (those) made with nitrites.”

To learn more about Applegate, or to locate a store near you, please visit www.applegate.com. You can also visit
their Facebook page or follow Applegate on Twitter.

Please Note:

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the MomsMeet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Is it me, or have movie theaters hiked prices up monthly? With more movie lovers opting to stay home to cut costs, enjoying fresh, warm movie theater popcorn while watching a favorite flick might be missed! Not anymore! Popcorn, Indiana has debuted Warm Your Corn, the very first ready-to-eat Movie Theater popcorn that comes in a microwave safe bag. It’s simple – just follow the instructions on the bag to heat up buttery popcorn in no time!

If you are a fan of Popcorn, Indiana varieties, like “Mom,” Warm Your Corn is only of many tantalizing all-natural, gluten-free flavors offered. Choose from 15 distinct and downright delicious options, including:

Kettlecorn
Aged White Cheddar Kettlecorn
Cinnamon Sugar
Sea Salt
Bacon Ranch
Caramel Corn
Almont Biscotti
Roasted Peanut Caramel Corn
Wasabi
Cocoa Kettlecorn
Dark Fudge Chocolate Chip Kettlecorn
Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn
Drizzled Cinnamon Sugar Kettlecorn
Chocolate Peanut Butter Kettlecorn
Dark Fudge Peppermint Kettlecorn

In addition to the new Warm Your Corn, “Mom” has truly enjoyed the Kettlecorn and Roasted Peanut Caramel Corn varieties!

For more information on Popcorn, Indiana, such as nutritional information, or to locate a retailer near you, visit PopcornIndiana.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Tuck a healthier alternative to potato chips in your child’s lunchbox with G.H. Cretors Popped Corn! All-natural and absolutely delicious (yes, “Mom” found it nearly impossible to only eat a handful of any given variety!), G.H. Cretors makes popped corn the good old-fashioned way – by hand in copper kettles! Plus, all of their Kosher and gluten-free snacks are made with all-natural ingredients completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Mom” and her family thoroughly enjoyed the Just the Caramel and Just the Cheese varieties! The bags were gone fairly quickly. Then, to their delight, they discovered that G.H. Cretors had paired the two flavors for a perfectly salty and sweet blend in their Chicago Mix. Ingenious! Instead of having one bag of each flavor open to dip into, the Chicago Mix is the best of both worlds.

For the Just the Caramel corn, pure cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the Just the Cheese corn, real cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown, air-popped corn.

G.H. Cretors Popped Corn is available in 5 mouth-watering varieties, including Just the Cheese, Just the Caramel, Kettle Corn, Chicago Mix and Caramel Nut Mix. To learn more, visit GHCretors.com.

G.H. Cretors’ Chicago Mix can be found at select natural food and mainstream grocery stores across the country, such as Fresh Market, and all GH Cretors varieties are available online at amazon.com.

*Samples and images were provided generously by G.H. Cretors for this piece.*

Fun-sized, nutritious snacks are an ideal item for placing in lunchboxes or in backpacks for after school sports this Fall! Sun-Maid has a variety of Mini-Snacks to choose from that kids will love and that are not overloaded with artificial ingredients or an abundance of sugar! Since Sun-Maid Mini-Snacks are all-natural, children will avoid a sugar crash later in the day. Packed with fiber and protein, kids will love these yummy snacks as a treat!

Sun-Maid Mini-Snacks are perfect for busy families on-the-move, as well, as they tuck easily into purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and more for a quick snack. Mini-Snacks are available in both Raisins and Vanilla Yogurt Raisins, which “Mom” really enjoys!

To learn more about Sun-Maid Mini-Snacks, to locate a store near you, or to order online, visit SunMaid.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Pack a healthier dessert option in your child’s lunchbox this Fall! This tasty, nutritious alternative will satisfy their craving for something sweet, and moms everywhere will love that their child is eating both fruits and veggies baked inside! Kashi’s new Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n’ Chewy Bars are made with half a serving of fruit from apples and bananas and half a serving of vegetable from pumpkin, and boast 4 grams of fiber per bar! At only 140 calories, these bars are ideal for lunchboxes or as an after-school snack.

Think delicious banana bread baked with decadent dark chocolate chips – “Mom” tried warming the Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n’ Chewy Bars in the microwave for 20 seconds, and the taste of the chocolate really stood out! We can see why this made Kashi’s Kid-Friendly Top 10!

To learn more about Kashi’s new Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n’ Chewy Bars, other Kashi products, or to locate a store near you, please visit kashi.com.

*Company generously provided samples & images for this piece.*

Pack some FUN in your child’s lunchbox this coming Fall! Funny Face® Dried Cranberries make eating a serving of antioxidant rich dried fruits exciting, with four kid-pleasing flavors to select from, including Rootin Tootin Raspberry (“Mom’s” favorite!), Goofy Grape, Freckle Face Strawberry, and Choo Choo Cherry.

In addition to being rich in proanthocyanidins Type A, nature’s most powerful antioxidant, Funny Face® Dried Cranberries are all-natural, Kosher and gluten-free. “Mom” loves that the Funny Face packaging is recyclable, too!

Per 1/3 cup serving, Funny Face® Dried Cranberries contain 100 calories, and pack well for not only school lunches, but families on-the-go, from after school sports to weekend hiking trips.

To learn more about Funny Face® Dried Cranberries, or to locate a store near you, visit funnyfacecranberries.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*