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NurturMe {Review}

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When my son was a baby, I made all his baby food. I would cut up fresh fruits and vegetables, blend them or boil them if needed, and then freeze them in ice cube trays and store them in the freezer. It was a great way to save money and know I was giving him the freshest food possible. However, when Number Two came along, life got significantly crazier, and I opted for store-bought, jarred baby food. I wish I had known then about NurturMe, a better alternative to the stuff in the jar.

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NurturMe was created in 2008 by two moms in Austin, TX, who wanted a better way to feed babies than “pureed nutrition in thick glass containers.” After lots of messy experimenting in their kitchens, they partnered with experts in the freeze-drying organic farming community and launched their first line of products in a Texas store in 2010. Since then they have expanded to grocery stores nation-wide, national big-box retailers and online retailers, but their product goals have remained the same:  to create a product that is Certified Organic, Non-GMO verified, Kosher, perservative-, salt-, sugar- and gluten-free, AND made in the USA!

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NurturMe offers Cereals, Singles, Blends and Snacks. I was sent some Singles, some Blends and some Snacks. I’ll start with the Singles and Blends. The powders can be mixed with water, milk or breast milk to make better baby food, but since my youngest has been over “baby food” for at least a year, I knew I had to get creative in trying these powders. So I used some of their recipe ideas and got to work. First, I tried the Crisp Apple powder added to vanilla yogurt. Unfortunately, the powder didn’t mix in well and so the texture was grainy instead of smooth. The apple taste was great, but the texture was definitely off. My girl “Sunny” wouldn’t eat it. Next, I tried mixing in a Sweet Potato/Raisins/Carrots blend into our Ground Turkey Stroganoff dinner. The kids didn’t seem to notice that the flavor had been altered and ate it just fine. I tasted it and it was good! I could taste a bit of the sweetness from the raisins and sweet potato, but overall it was a good nutritional additive.

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Next we tried the Snacks. They are small bags of premium dried fruits and veggies cut up into tiny, bite-sized pieces. Bountiful Bites (apple, banana, broccoli) was a good combo with its sweet, tart and slightly bitter flavors. We all ate some and really liked it. Happy Harvest (pea, sweet corn, apple) was also a good combo, but the crunchy peas were occasionally too crunchy for my taste. I appreciated the fact that the dried fruit was definitely high-quality; every pea, corn kernel and chunk of apple was perfectly shaped and not wrinkled, shriveled or maimed in any way.

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NurturMe Blends and Snacks definitely seem more geared toward babies, and I don’t know that I would buy the powders just as a nutritional additive for my older kids, but as a substitute for jarred baby food these powders are great. I especially like that they are very portable; you could bring these camping, to the park, on a plane, etc. , and all you would need is some water or milk and you would have a nutritious meal for a baby! NurturMe foods can be purchased online or at select retailers, including Target, nationwide.

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Bare Fruit Apple Chips {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m a SAHM.  No, I’m not thinking Stay-At-Home-Mom.  I’m that too, but I’m also a Snacking-at-All-Hours-Mom.  I will always opt for lots of mini-meals throughout the day vs. three big ones.  When the kids eat, I eat, and sure I think it keeps my metabolism up, but sometimes I don’t always make the best snacking choices.  I’ve found a super great snack food that I don’t feel bad about eating absolutely all day: Bare Fruit Apple Chips.
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Ok, I’ve tried dehydrated apples before, and knew that I loved them.  I remember eating off that bag in a few days, so I was excited about trying another brand.  These are so different than the ones I have tried before, but so much better!  They taste much sweeter and crunchier, like real chips.
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That’s why I was even more surprised to afterwards reading the packaging label and seeing that the only ingredients are organic apples and organic cinnamon.  No way!  These are just too delicious to have no other additive ingredients or flavors.  Muy impressed.
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The peel makes it feel like I’m eating an actual apple, which is actually exactly all it is.  With all these peels, I figured these have got to be chocked full of fiber.  Its true–
And get this: there are 30 Washington apples in each bag!
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So many times this week, I’ve been tempted to pull out the chocolately sweets or a bowl of cereal, but instead went for my mega bag of apple chips and been so glad I did!  My sweet tooth is satisfied and I’m eating apples instead.  Win.
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And YOU might be the lucky winner to receive a whole CASE of this goodness!  ($25 value!)

You can enter to win this giveaway HERE!

Or copy and paste this link:  http://DandyGiveaway.pgtb.me/Fn7bkX
You can also access the giveaway form by QR Code:
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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 22nd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Bare Fruit, but all opinions are strictly my own

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