Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review: peeled snacks REAL food apeel





Some of you may or may not know this about me, but I am a real health fanatic! I am one of the pickiest people I know about what food I will eat or allow my family to eat. We rarely keep any junk food or sweets in the house, only if we are expecting company or it is a holiday or special occasion. Because we seldom eat candy, cookies, chips, fritos, you know those kinds of foods, we don't miss it, what you don't know you won't miss so to speak. And only once in a while do I blog about food, because I know it is a personal preference for most people and I don't want to "preach" my preferences on anyone. But, when I discover a unique and innovative company that offers a food product or products that I feel I want to shout out to the world about, then I will feature them on my blog. And so my friends, let me proudly introduce to you "peeled snacks", the healthy way to enjoy snacking! Hey, if it is Oprah's Afternoon Delight, let it be your anytime of the day joy too! I am so pleased to be able to include "peeled snacks" as part of my Sizzling Summer 2010 Guide and here is some background information about this splendid company:



{Taken from the peeled snacks Website}



At Peeled Snacks, we believe snacking should be a satisfying part of life. To put the enjoyment back in snacking, we have taken the mystery out of it! Peeled Snacks are made with organic and all-natural ingredients with no sugar or oil added. Peeled Snacks provides a healthy way to enjoy delicious, wholesome foods in the form of tasty snacks that energize our minds and bodies, naturally.

Real Food!

We keep our snacks as close to natural as possible by using high quality ingredients. When you bite into a juicy piece of fruit or a crunchy nut, you'll wonder why anyone would want to add sugar or fat. We've had enough of seeing high fructose corn syrup and other artificial fillers in the foods we buy. Many companies try to save money by using less natural ingredients and replacing them with sugars and fats. At Peeled Snacks, however, using premium ingredients is NOT something on which we're willing to compromise.

Natural goodness!

Real food begins with pure ingredients. We strive to bring you fruit and nuts from organic and sustainable farms to ensure that our products are good for you and good for the environment. Our Fruit Picks are single-serving, single-flavor fruit snacks. Try all six varieties: Organic much-ado-about-Mango, pine-4-Pineapple, Banan-a-peel, Apple-2-the-core, Apricot-a-lot, and All-natural Cherry-go-round. Additional varieties are in development.

Be mindful of what you eat, but don't think twice about eating Peeled Snacks. After all - it's real food!


In New York City in 2004, Noha Waibsnaider founded Peeled Snacks when she noticed something missing from the world of snack foods. Store shelves were full of processed potato chips, corn syrup-filled candy, and energy bars made with too many mysterious ingredients. But you couldn't get anything healthy and tasty that made you feel good about snacking. So she set about to fix that problem.

Her solution? Three tasty and nourishing varieties of fruit & nut mixes that became Peeled Snacks. Peeled Snacks are made with ingredients that you recognize. Large, easy-to-eat pieces of fruit and nuts provide a natural source of vitamins, minerals and fiber - with NO added sugar or fat. The nuts are dry roasted and lightly salted. And for the chocolate lovers, we use the finest rich dark chocolate with 61% cacao in our Shock-olate variety.

At Peeled Snacks we know that food starts out delicious and nutritious, and it doesn't need some machine to improve it, or engineering to perfect it. We bring you food that's as close to its natural state as possible. So make snacking a satisfying part of your lifestyle by eating food as it was meant to be: peeled.

MY REVIEW

I feel so fortunate to be sent 5 different bags of peeled snacks to try out. Each day a new bag has been opened, tasted and enjoyed. I love that the packs are small in size yet they pack a powerful filling punch! If you are hungry, in spite of their small size, you will get filled up and your appetite will be satisfied. I also love the convenience of the size. They are not only great for packing in your kids lunches, backpacks, or even your own purse/handbag, but they are super for day trips in the car, long road trips, and great for throwing into your fanny pack if you are going biking, hiking, boating or any of those fun outdoors activities where you know in a few hours you will want a little snack!! Trying these 5 different fruit snacks was enough to peek my curiosity and want to discover some of the other very unique and delicious sounding snacks also offered at peeled snacks, like some of the Cashew Later's or Almond-Daze that sound fantastic!! So without further ado, here is the information about the snacks I was able to test out:

Apple-2-the-core
Price: $17.99 for 10 Single Serving Packs



- Ingredients: Organic Apples, Nothing Added
- A Natural Source of Fiber

An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away, sure, but an Apple-2-the-Core keeps the doctor away without weighing down your bag or lunch box. Our tasty Apple rings team together just the right amount of "Chewy" with the flavor you know and crave. Good source of fiber. Plus, kids just LOVE 'em!

Excellent source of: 3g of fiber, 2% Iron. Gluten, dairy, wheat and cholesterol free.

MY THOUGHTS: The apples are soft, chewy, moist and have just the right combination of sweetness and tartness! I always love that sweet and sour taste that some apples have, and these are just delicious! These treats arrived in the midst of a major heat wave here, it was 87 degrees the day we ate these and they were so refreshing, energizing, and a real delight to enjoy on such a hot, hazy day. I highly recommend them as a summer long snack to keep you refueled, replenished and satisfied on a midsummer's afternoon. You can easily pack these snacks into a purse, backpack or even a tiny "fanny pack" and keep them on hand wherever your day's journey takes you.


much-ado-about-Mango
Price: This Month's Special $15.30 for 10 Single Serving Packs



- Ingredients: Organic Mangos. Nothing added.
- Excellent source of Vitamins A & C

When you're on the go, go with much-ado-about-Mango! Peeled Snacks brings you mangos just as nature intended - with no added sugar! much-ado-about-Mango is packed with juicy freshness and is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

Excellent source of: 2% Calcium, 2% Iron, 20% Vitamin C, and 30% Vitamin A. Gluten, dairy, wheat and cholesterol free.

MY THOUGHTS: I love Mangos and this snack surely did not disappoint me! They were moist, chewy, and just a touch sweet. You sense when you are eating them that each bite is providing you with lots of nutrition and you feel good about what you are putting into your body. The snack was a joy to eat, you receive a nice amount of mangos in the single serving pack, definitely enough to quench your appetite!

Banan-a-peel
Price: $17.99 for 10 Single Serving Packs



Get all of the nutrients of a Banana without having to carry around a soggy, bruised Banana in your bag all day. Peeled Snacks makes healthy snacking easy! Enjoy the tasty, healthy treat loaded with vitamin C and potassium.

Excellent source of: 2% Iron, 23% Vitamin C, 4% Vitamin B1, and 8% Vitamin B6. Gluten, dairy, wheat and cholesterol free.

Ingredients: Organic Bananas. Nothing added.

MY THOUGHTS: This is the first time I have tried this texture of banana. In the past I have purchased dried banana chips from the health food section of our local health food store and they have been hard and crispy. This
banan-a-peel snack is moist, chewy and full of flavor! They aren't as pretty to look at, they are a brownish color, but when you put them in your mouth and taste them you forget about that aspect. I find the size of these single serving packs very satisfying and filling, they are just perfect for that mid-afternoon munch that you often feel you need to refuel and revive yourself with so you can get through the rest of the day!

pine-4-Pineapple
Price: $17.99 for 10 Single Serving Packs



Are you pining for the exotic taste of the tropics? Peeled Snacks brings the tropical flavors of Central America straight to you in a healthy treat you can take with you anywhere! Take a bite out of our juicy pineapple rings loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B1 and Manganese - and no added sugar! Enjoy the guiltless pleasure of this satisfying snack. Pineapple also helps digestion.

Excellent source of: 2% Calcium, 2% Iron, 10% Vitamin C, and 2% Vitamin B6. Gluten, dairy, wheat and cholesterol free.

Ingredients: Organic Pineapples. Nothing added.

MY THOUGHTS: Okay, I have to admit this was my very favorite of the 5 packs I was sent. The pineapple was absolute perfection! It was just the right balance of sweetness and moisture and I found myself wanting to eat more and more! They didn't look like pineapple pieces, but they sure did taste like pineapple only better! I could have eaten about 3 more packs of them! It's hard to believe something natural, organic and healthy could taste so decadently divine!

Last but not least we received:

Apricot-a lot
Price: $17.99 for 10 Single Serve Packs



Apricot, the quintessential dried fruit! Tangy, juicy, and good for you in an almost dangerous way. Peeled Snacks Apricot-a-Lot offers 100% organic apricots from Turkey in a convenient single-serving, so as not to get TOO dangerous. Good source of fiber.

Excellent source of: 3g of fiber, 60% Vitamin A, 10% Iron, 2% Vitamin C,and 2% Calcium. Gluten, dairy, wheat and cholesterol free.


Ingredients: Organic Apricots. Nothing added.

MY THOUGHTS: I am not typically very crazy about apricots, whether they are fresh, dried, or in any other manner. But because I wanted to be honest with this review, I decided what the heck, let's give them a try. Much to my surprise I really enjoyed these! It has definitely made me think about apricots in a whole new light. They were soft, moist, and a little sweet and a little sour, if that makes sense. I am glad I threw skepticism out the window and gave these a try because they are well worth trying out because they taste so darn good! Bravo to peeled snacks for transforming me into an apricot liker!

A FINAL NOTE: I am just tickled pink to learn about this fantastic line of natural organic products. They are tasty, delicious, sweet, and something that your entire family can enjoy snacking on. You will receive nutrients and vitamins that your body needs, while at the same time as quenching your appetite and getting enjoyment out of what you are eating! It doesn't get any nicer than that!

I encourage you all to visit the peeled snacks website by
CLICKING HERE to learn more about this most innovative company and the terrific wide range of products that they have available. You can check out their monthly specials and follow them on twitter and facebook too!

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A very special thank you to
peeled snacks for providing me with products to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received 5 single serving snack packs from peeled snacks for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.


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2 comments:

The I's have it--Ivy said...

I LOVE their pineapple. We sell these at our office. We also sell KIND bars, have you tried those?
What about Kangen water, have you heard about their water filter system? It is also called "Miracle Water"--It's the only water I drink and I drink it out of a KOR Hydration Vessel or a recycled GLASS bottle.
I love learning about new healthy options and snacks! Thanks for sharing.

Cheers~Ivy

dreamin2win said...

I agree with you on this product.. Was @ a friends house & tried the mango ...Yum! Will have to check out the banana. I never found any that were not crunchy.