Van’s Granola and Pasta – Products Worth Reviewing

 

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I’ve never really been crazy about granola until one day, a few years ago when someone taught me to make my own homemade granola. From then on I was hooked and although I still enjoy making my own granola now and then, time constraints have made it a bit difficult to take the time out to make it from scratch. I do enjoy granola more often now and I have found that certain store-bought ones are just as good if not better than homemade, mainly because of the assortment of flavors offered. But I’m also extra choosy on what goes inside store-bought granola as I’m very cautious of those made with too much added sugar.

When Van’s Foods (http://www.vansfoods.com/) introduced me to their newest granola, I was very intrigued. Their granola is a softer and chewier version than the typical crunchy granola you might be used to. Made with only whole grain oats, not only are Van’s Foods granola healthier, but they are also gluten-free so they’re perfect for those who are sensitive to gluten. And because they are made with whole grains, you get a more satisfying and wholesome snack that can be versatile and easy to digest. I personally enjoy granola with milk or over yogurt, but with this new chewy texture, they’re perfect straight out of the bag.

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Van’s Foods are known for their wholesome and natural pancakes and waffles but have expanded their line to include wholegrain cereal, multigrain chips, crackers, snack bars, and their newest gluten-free pasta and gluten-free chewy granola. And because Van’s Foods makes delicious and natural foods for the busy family, they have recently revamped their tagline to be simply, “Van’s Simply Delicious” which is most befitting of a company who uses basic ingredients producing excellent results. We have enjoyed Van’s Foods for many years and my favorite is their Chocolate Chip mini waffles which has delectable little chocolate chips and perfect with melted butter and some whipped cream – yes whipped cream!

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Van’s Foods had wanted me to try their new Gluten Free Blueberry Walnut Granola and Gluten Free Cherry Almond Granola. My favorite was the Cherry Almond Granola as it was very distinctive between the slight sour taste of the cherries with the natural sweetness of the mixed granola. I got a nice crunch from the pumpkin seeds but it was still soft and easy to chew. Both of them were unique in their own ways so whether you’re a cherry fan or a lover of blueberry, you’ll find that they are both different yet similar. I was also given their newest pasta dishes to try which included, Gluten Free Creamy Herb and Garlic Pasta, Gluten Free Rotini and Red Sauce Pasta, and Gluten Free Ultimate Cheddar Penne. I really enjoyed the Creamy Herb and Garlic Pasta and my son liked the Ultimate Cheddar Penne. They are all made with brown rice flour for the gluten-free part and I couldn’t really taste any difference from the gluten-free version and the regular wheat version. You just have to make sure not to overcook as it could get kind of sticky.

While in our household we don’t have a gluten sensitivity, I am trying to reduce the amount of it for the purpose of a healthier digestive system. With gluten-free products, I don’t feel as weighed down and I can enjoy my food without feeling as if I ate too much. But for those with a gluten sensitivity, avoiding it at all costs is important and it’s just as important to read your labels carefully before purchasing packaged food. With Van’s Foods and their gluten-free line, you can definitely enjoy the taste of regular snacks without the dangers of wheat gluten hidden somewhere in the ingredients.

Van’s Foods can be purchased at supermarkets that carry natural products as well as natural grocery stores. They come in a variety of frozen and dried food so it’s fairly easy to stock up on their products. For more information about Van’s Foods please visit their website: http://www.vansfoods.com as well as their social media sites which you can find links on their website.

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Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Van’s Natural Foods – Products Worth Reviewing and Giveaway

Most people will agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In the morning, you body has already gone through its nightly rituals of cleansing and rejuvinating after a good night’s sleep and is ready to tackle the day. You wake up hungry and ready to devour just about anything. But wait – this is where you must stop and ask yourself if you want something ladened with sugar and fat or something made with whole grains, nutritious, and real ingredients? For me, the answer is simple –  I prefer something that is made with natural ingredients and fills me up with energy and a good attitude. And yes, eating a balanced diet of foods will give you a good attitude throughout the day. For my son and I, we’ve come to enjoy our natural waffles and pancakes for breakfast but sometimes we like to eat them for lunch or dinner too. Who says waffles and pancakes are for breakfast anyway? If you enjoy them for dinner, they make great desserts with natural ice-cream, natural whipped cream, and drizzled with organic chocolate syrup. But for breakfast, you can eat them as is, or with some organic powdered sugar, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Either way, waffles and pancakes are filling and if you make them yourself, then you can add whatever ingredients you want in them.

But what happens when you don’t always have the time to make waffles and pancakes from scratch? Of course it’s always better to make them on your own, but busy moms know that isn’t always possible. And instead of turning to those overly sweet, fattening donuts you see sitting on the store shelves, why not try something that’s nutritious, wholesome, and made with natural and organic ingredients? And best yet, no preservatives or anything artificial. One company whom we’ve come to really enjoy their products is Van’s Natural Foods. You may have heard of Van’s Natural Foods. You can find their breakfast items at any natural grocery stores as well as major supermarkets in the natural food selection. We’ve been enjoying Van’s Natural Foods for many years and we’ve come to rely on their breakfast products when we want something quick and delicious for breakfast.

Van’s Natural Foods has been making all-natural, organic, and wholesome frozen breakfast foods for over 30 years and had actually started as a small, family restaurant. When the need for wholesome breakfast made with real ingredients became apparent, Van’s expanded their humble restaurant business to frozen breakfast foods that can be available for anyone of any age. At Van’s Natural Foods, they believe that eating well and eating great food is the path to healthier living. That’s why they do not use any artificial ingredients or preservatives and you can find their frozen products made with only the finest organic ingredients. They also make a gluten-free line for those who still want to enjoy a traditional waffle breakfast without worrying about the possible gluten and wheat allergens.

Currently, Van’s Natural Foods makes the following frozen breakfast products: Waffles, in an assortment of flavors and varieties including Blueberry, Flax, Multigrain, Waffle Sticks, and Mini Waffles. We love the Chocolate Chip Mini Waffles as they remind me of eating a cookie-cake variation; they’re super good with ice-cream too! They also make French Toast Sticks which are like flat wafers – really yummy! Other products include Pancakes, Muffin Crowns, and English Muffins. With so many selections, Van’s Natural Foods can easily become a regular staple in any household. We like to keep a regular stock of them in our freezer because they are super easy to heat up and even easier to polish off! And they are really delicious as is or drizzled with any kind of syrup of your preferance. As mentioned earlier, we like to eat Van’s waffles any time of the day because really, who says waffles are only for breakfast?

The good folks at Van’s Natural Foods had kindly sent me free product coupons to pick up any of their frozen products to try and review. So we tried their Chocolate Chip Mini Waffles, Belgian Homestyle Waffles, Organics Totally Natural Waffles, Totally Natural French Toast Sticks, and Multigrain Pancakes. Our favorites were the Chocolate Chip Mini Waffles, Belgian Homestyle Waffles, and the Natural French Toast Sticks. But really, all of them were equally delicious and equally enjoyable eaten as is or with syrup. I also think they make great on-the-go snacks and because they are made without any artificial junk, they’re really great for kids. My son loves the Chocolate Chip Mini Waffles just as much as I do and because they are smaller, they are easier for little kids to hold with their hands and munch away.

The good folks at Van’s Natural Foods has also sent me enough FREE product coupons to give to 3 LUCKY readers of Happymomblogger. Each winner will receive 1 FREE product coupon to pick their own variety. The giveaway is simple so read below to find out how to enter!

Here’s how to enter in the Van’s Natural Foods giveaway:

(Please note, the rules have changed slightly. Please read carefully before entering)

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Van’s Natural Foods on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/vansfoods?ref=ts and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: 

#2 – Tell me which Van’s Natural Foods products you would most like to try.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

You can enter by telling me the required entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. You can only win 1 prize per giveaway period. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: June 6, 2012

Contest End Date: June 13, 2012 – Congratulations to Julie, Janice, and Aubrey on winning the prize!

Only 3 winners will be chosen at random and I will post the winners names on my blog.

GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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