Monday, September 23, 2013

Healthy Choice 100% Natural Cafe Steamers Review

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ConAgra, all opinions are my own.

I was recently asked to participate in the review of some new Healthy Choice products. My first review of Greek Frozen Yogurt can be found here. Today I want to share Healthy Choice 100% Natural Cafe Steamers with you. Healthy Choice frozen entrees aren't new to me, I've tried them before and I love, love, love the convenience of them. I've never been a fan of cold cut sandwiches in plastic baggies for lunch so Healthy Choice has been my go to lunch for many years. They're quick, 3-4 minutes in the microwave, delicious and fairly inexpensive.

You're probably wondering what sets these frozen entrees apart from all the others. Well for one, Healthy Choice is now steaming up better than ever with improved vegetables and more sauce. They also listened to consumers on ways to improve their recipes and created five great new vegetarian options! The 100% Natural Cafe Steamers use a unique tray-in-tray technology that separates the ingredients while cooking. This keeps the vegetables crisper and the pasta al dente

Currently in your grocer's freezer you can find the following culinary inspired meals:
  •  Portabella Marsala Pasta: Freshly made whole wheat pasta and rich crimini mushrooms, tossed with a savory Marsala wine sauce and topped with rich fontina cheese. ·
  •  Pumpkin Squash Ravioli: Tender pumpkin-stuffed ravioli with crisp green beans, sweet butternut squash, and juicy Granny Smith apples, topped with a tasty butter-sage sauce.
  • Portellini Primavera Pasta: Four-cheese-stuffed tortellini featuring whole-grain pasta, julienne carrots, and red pepper strips and now includes more tortellini and sauce. ·
  •  Asian Potstickers: Vegetarian dish served on a bed of rice and covered with a sweet Asian-style sauce. We’ve also added more potstickers and sauce, while making it less spicy, per consumer feedback. ·
  •  Portabella Spinach Parmesan: Freshly-made whole wheat pasta, and now featuring even more baby portabella mushrooms, red peppers, tomatoes and spinach.

What I thought:
As I already stated I love, love, love the convenience of Healthy Choice. My very favorite is the Pumpkin Squash Ravioli! I could eat these every day. Actually I could eat any kind of pasta every day. But I am really disappointed that they switched out the asparagus and added green beans instead. After that shock wore off, my tongue did a happy dance and enjoyed the sweet and spicy combination of pumpkin, squash and sage sauce. The tangy apples were a lovely texture and balanced out the sweet taste nicely. With Whynot being somewhat of a picky eater, this is definitely something I will treat myself to in the future. He can have cold cut sandwich in a plastic bag.

Check out the Healthy Choice website and be sure to print your coupon for $1.00 off any two (2) Healthy Choice® CafĂ© Steamers.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ConAgra, all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt Review

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ConAgra, all opinions are my own.

Healthy Choice now offers delicious low-fat Greek Frozen Yogurt that is available in six refreshing flavors:
  • Blueberry
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry 
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Dark Fudge Swirl
  • Honey Swirl
These tasty treats come in a 3 pack of 4 oz cups and are loaded with 4 grams of protein per serving! Additionally, each cup has only 100 calories and are low in fat!

Glitter Gurl and I recently tried three different flavors, Dark Fudge Swirl, Strawberry, and Honey Swirl, all in one sitting. Probably not what Healthy Choice had in mind, but eh, life is short.

I found the Greek Frozen Yogurt at my local big box store for $2 a package. If I had access to a printer I could have saved $1 off of each package with a coupon offered on the website. Next time I'll be better prepared. Also to save you the hassle, this frozen yogurt is NOT in the ice cream section, it's located in the frozen food section near all the other Healthy Choice meals.

We were both really pleased with the taste, it was smooth and creamy, and loaded with flavor, plus no bitter after taste. During our first taste test, there was no need to thaw as we tore right into them as soon as I walked int the door. However, the next day after being in our home freezer all night, the consistency wasn't quite the same. So, I do recommend letting the cup thaw on the counter for a few minutes.

I understand that the whole point of Healthy Choice packaging is about portion control, but I was a little disappointed in the small size. Apparently I have been delusional about the amount of dessert one should eat at one time. I'm trying to do better in that department.

I'd just like to add a few things that the Healthy Choice people want you to know:

·         Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt is made with real nonfat milk, yogurt cultures and dairy protein to create just the right creamy tartness.

·         Perfectly portioned at 100 calories with 4g of protein per serving, Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt is the ideal anytime treat!

·         Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt Dark Fudge Swirl, winner of the Shape Magazine 2013 Snack Awards “Best Night Bite,” is the perfect 100-calorie treat to get your evening chocolate fix.

You know you want to try this for yourself so grab a coupon and run to your grocer's freezer. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

 Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ConAgra, all opinions are my own.
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