March 9, 2011
A few weeks ago, I received an email letting me know about a new food product line called Kidfresh. After reading about the product, my healthy-conscious-mommy-brain was intrigued.
Here was a line of frozen meals, touted to be developed for the busy parent who wants to have something quick, affordable AND healthy to serve their children.
The Kidfresh line is minimally processed, and contains NO artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. For entrees that contain meat, they only use meat that was raised without antibiotics - an added bonus for me. I almost forgot. Each Kidfresh meal also has a half cup serving of vegetables hidden in there.
So with all of this promising information, I decided to give it a try. I was a bit skeptical that if something is too good to be true, it usually is. I mean, how could something that is healthy and frozen taste good? I was soon to find out, as I embarked on a 4 day long taste test with one picky 4 year old.
The plan was simple: 4 Meals in 4 Days. The product line makes 6 different meals: Easy Cheesy Ravioli, Wagon Wheels Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti Loops Bolognese, Totally Twisted Pasta & Meatballs, Rainbow Rice & Chicken, and Muy Cheesy Quesadillas. I was sent the first 4 meals listed.
Easy Cheesy Ravioli: This meal came attractively packaged, with graphics that would appeal to a kid. We all know how an effectively packaged food can capture our child's interest. (Example: Those pesky boxes of sugary cereal, conveniently located at your child's eye level, and plastered with favorite cartoon characters and movie themes.)
O.K, so it looks good...but does it taste good? I followed the simple directions, microwaved for a couple of minutes, and anxiously placed my offering before my kid. I have included some photos of his first taste. The verdict? He LIKED it! I sampled a bite myself, so I could offer a second opinion, and it was indeed quite good.
I began to study the ingredient list, to see if it was really as healthy as it claimed. I hate when a company advertises their food as healthy, but when you read the ingredient list you are let down. Come on people, I'm not stupid, I know that if I can't read or pronounce your ingredient...it's NOT healthy! Well, imagine my pleasant surprise to find a short list of ingredients, and each ingredient was in fact natural.
So Day One was a success, and I began to look forward to trying out the other meals. So did my son in fact - since I found him sitting in his room later that day, with another Kidfresh meal, attempting to open and eat it. That should say something:)
Wagon Wheels Mac & Cheese: This mac and cheese did not disappoint. The wagon wheel shaped noodles were fun and my son loved them - although he called it waffle mac and cheese - he thought the noodles looked like waffles. The sauce was smooth, creamy and had good flavor.
Spaghetti Loops Bolognese: Move over Spaghettio's, you have some competition. These spaghetti loops tasted just as good as the other big name brand, but without any HFCS or other gross ingredients. Oh yeah, and there are sweet potatoes and carrots hidden in there. I'm loving this convenient way to get some extra veggies in my son's diet.
Totally Twisted Pasta & Meatballs: This was your standard pasta and meatballs. Rotini pasta in a veggie rich tomato sauce, served with mini meatballs. Again, a short ingredient list with the great hidden veggies.
So here are the facts in a nutshell:
~ No artificial ingredients, flavors, colors, or preservatives
~ 1 half cup of vegetables per serving
~ Meat raised without Antibiotics
~ BPA Free + Phthalate free
~ Green Packaging
After sampling these products and seeing my son's enthusiastic response, I feel confident that I've finally found a convenient, healthy meal option to serve my child. While I continue to try to make meals from scratch as much as possible, there are just some days when it doesn't happen. It's nice to have a convenient meal I can quickly serve my son, and not feel guilty about trading nutrition for convenience.
For more information about this product line, visit their website at Kidfresh.com. You can find a list of stores that carry this product, and print a $1 off coupon. As of February, Costco's in Texas will be selling the Kidfresh line in a Value Pack, which includes 4 meal varieties for $9.99.
(Disclaimer: I did not receive any form of compensation for writing this review, other than the product itself for sampling purposes.)
Another yummy recipe coming soon!