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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Life Choices Italian Meatballs - Product Review

I know I am not the only parent who finds feeding their kids a challenge! Dinner time, in particular, can be very frustrating. Most nights they eat a seperate dinner from us, which can mean twice as much work for me.

Little A will usually try anything off our plates, but try putting it on HER plate and it will end up on the floor or stuck to the kitchen wall in a matter of seconds.

Big A groans at virtually ALL the meals I make and is NOT willing to try many new things, and neither of them are willing to eat foods at our house that they are willing to happily eat elsewhere (at daycare, friend's homes, my in-laws', etc.).

Oh, and what they love and demand one day, they despise and won't touch the next. It's enough to make me want to run to my room and curl up in a corner and cry most nights.

I could just stop serving them dinner altogether...and believe me I've thought about it, but what I often end up doing is serving them what I know they BOTH like and is reasonably healthy: Life Choices products.

I've talked about these products on my blog before because they really are a staple in our home. The chicken nuggets, fish sticks, hotdogs and Italian meatballs get happily gobbled down by my picky girls. The meatballs, in particular are a favorite. In fact, Little A can easily devour a dozen at a sitting, if we let her, and twice over the past couple of weeks she has asked for them for breakfast!!

On top of being of a much higher quality than the standard versions of these kid-foods, Life Choices products are quick and easy to prepare. Often what I do is cook up the entire package, and then re-freeze them and heat up as needed. This means I can have them ready in seconds when the girls are hungry and tired and want their dinner NOW.

The meatballs are so flavourful and juicy, they don't even need any sauce. I serve them plain, with some cut up veggies on the side. Whenever I cook them, the aroma even has Adam (who claims to have no sense of smell) salivating.

The only thing, in my mind, that would make them better, is if they used only whole grains as binders. They use some refined flours, but at least also have flax and oats to give them some fibre. It would also be nice if they came in a chicken or turkey variety.

You can check out the meatballs here: http://www.lifechoicesfoods.com/italian-meatballs/

Also, there was an article about their hotdogs in the Toronto Star today: http://www.thestar.com/living/food/article/1068034--how-to-build-a-healthier-hot-dog

The girls also LOVE the hotdogs and they are the only brand I have been able to find that doesn't have added nitrites, aside from the ones from Beretta farms, which cost twice as much!

Disclosure: I was given a free product sample in exchange for writing this review. The opinions in this blog are my own.

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