Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Product Review: Peanut Bee Bites with MegaFood #MomsMeet #Sponsor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Moms Meet. All opinions are my own.

I'll just start with this: I don't typically take vitamin supplements; I prefer to get vitamins and minerals through whole foods. However, I'm not opposed to vitamin supplements and so, when the opportunity arose - through my association with Moms Meet - to try MegaFood products, I was intrigued by their company. 

Their stated mission to produce superior whole food supplements for those who care about their health and well-being resonates with me. The company started in 1973 (the year I was born!) and through the years they have grown and adapted, keeping their company informed and current with customers' needs. An example: in 2013, they self-verified that all of their ingredients are free of GMOs. Additionally, they support third party Non-GMO verifiers such as the Non-GMO Project and have elected to obtain this verification for many of their products.

You can check out their complete list of certifications: here. They are gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and much more. But what I really love about them is that that they have fostered relationships with farmers and they proudly list on their Friends & Farmers tab: here. I was tickled to see that they use many of the same purveyors that I support already, including Foxy Organics and Lundberg Family Farms.

About the MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders™
In exchange for my honest review, I received four jars of their product*, including Kids Daily Multi that promotes well-being and healthy development and includes organic turmeric, carrots, fruits, and nearly two dozen vitamins and minerals per serving; Kids Daily Immune that features elderberry and echinacea from Uncle Matt's Organic; and Kids Daily B-Centered that aims to support mental focus, cognitive function, and a sense of calm.

What I Didn't Like
My list of what I didn't like is short, so I'll start with those two things. Only two.

First, as I mentioned at the get-go, I prefer to get my vitamins and minerals through whole foods. Because of that, we have lots of discussions around our dining table about why we eat certain things. I have never been one to hide fruits and vegetables. 

So, the company's entire rhetoric surrounding hiding nutrition strikes me as completely opposite of how we should be talking to kids. One of the postcards included in my packet read: "You'll like the way real sneaky feels." And, on the reverse, it offered suggestions of how to sneak the vitamins in - in applesauce, yogurt, pudding, oatmeal, and more. It even invited us to share our sneaky tricks. Hmmm... That feels dishonest and, as a parent, I think my job is to teach my kids to eat correctly, not hide the correct nutrition in what they want to eat. Hiding nutrition doesn't help them in the long run; they need to learn to make good food choices.

Second, this is simply about my reaction to the appearance of the products. The jars look half empty. I haven't measured out to see if there are indeed 30 little scoops' worth in the jar, but even my husband said, "Do you think you got less in your jars because it was a sample?" I doubt they would package jars for retail and for sampling differently. I could be wrong, but...

The labels even warns of settling. However, all four of my jars had settled to look much less than half full. I would suggest using smaller jars so that it gives consumers the appearance of more product. Again, this is not a reflection of the product quality, just a comment on the optics. 

What I Did Like
The products. I already mentioned that I like the idea behind the company and the producers they use to make their booster powders. Now, I'll just be blunt: I really, really like the products themselves.

We tried them in iced teas; we tried them in juice. But the most fun we had was trying them in the recipes that were included in our packet. I adapted the Peanut Power Bites for a great mid-day snack.

Peanut Bee Bites
slightly adapted from MegaFood literature

Ingredients
  • 2 C organic rolled oats
  • 1 C organic peanut butter (we used crunchy)
  • 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C raw organic honey
  • 1 T bee pollen
  • 4 scoops MegaFood Kids Daily Multi



Procedure
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir together with a spoon. You should be able to easily stir it. If it's too thick, add more honey; if it's too thin, add more oats.


Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once the mixture is chilled - it's easier to handle when it's cold - shape into teaspoon-sized balls. Serve immediately or store them in the fridge and use within a week.


I am looking forward to trying and using the products more in the future. I think that the Kids Daily Immune will be helpful as the seasons change.


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*Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program,
May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree 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 this product.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Camilla!

    Love your bee pollen adaptation of the power bites! What a great idea. :)

    We wanted to reach out and share the reasoning behind the half-full jars. It's a common question; so common, in fact, that we made a little video about it. Check it out at the link below, and let us know if this helps solve the puzzle. :)

    And, when it comes to whole foods, and food first, we TOTALLY agree. The "sneaky" bit was new for us... and ideally, we think you're right on in teaching kids correct nutrition. For those moms that have tried EVERYTHING and are at a loss.... well, that's where sneaking it in becomes a new option. But yes, you're right, and it's the only "sneaky" thing you'll hear us talking about. ... We actually have live cams running in our facilities, 24/7, because we're huge on Transparency. :)

    Here's that video. Have a great day, Camilla.... and we're glad you've enjoyed the boosters thus far!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfosKKlg9HY&list=PLPytEI7Ht8CpVHYhqPBzcWVaQNQj-AJG0

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    1. Thank YOU for your response. I will definitely watch the video and am glad to have had the chance to get to know your company and products.

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