Saturday, September 12, 2009

Musselman's Healthy Picks

*chirp chirp*

Sorry about the absence over here... while i'm trying to get my mojo back, there's something I've been meaning to get to-- a review for the new line of Musselman's applesauce. I'd seen it on a few blogs, but was excited for the chance to try it myself (Thanks Krista!!).


The Healthy Picks line of applesauce is designed to be a healthy, portable snack for us busy folks. It comes in three flavors: Blueberry Pomegranate, Raspberry Açaí and Key Lime Cupuaçu. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to try these was that there is no added sugar--apples are sweet (or they should be when you make applesauce!), no need to add anything extra. I also am attracted to flavored applesauce, as the plain varieties don't hold my attention unless they're homemade. The nutritionals aren't bad at 70 cal/cup and 3g fiber, and an ingredient list that is pretty respectable.


My impression? I think these are a great snack option! I found that one of these and a handful of almonds (i have the dark cocoa roast ones at work now) were able to keep the hunger at bay for a couple of hours. Packaged applesauce will never have the consistency of the homemade stuff I love (which I thought I had posted but couldn't find?). But these are great options to have around whenever and wherever you might need a pick-me-up. I liked each of the flavors, my favorite probably the Blueberry Pomegranate. I didn't think the Key Lime tasted like lime... what it was, I couldn't put my finger--er, tongue-- on. Still good, and none of them were too sweet.

I often use applesauce to replace some of the fat in baked goods, but it's never a large volume. These smaller containers would be great here as well, so long as it was a fruity loaf. Musselman's also suggests popping the applesauce in the freezer for 30min for a slushy treat. I bet this would be great in the summer heat! Want to try it yourself? Click here for a coupon and tell them I sent you!

19 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Brings back "school lunchbox" nostalgia :)

Elra said...

Shannon, this sound like an easy solution for snacking.

Kelly said...

I have to be honest, apple sauce is never really something that's held my attention. But your comments about homemade apple sauce make me think I should make some. Especially since the appropriate season is upon us. Maybe I'll do my own flavor combos like a nice chai spiced apple sauce. Mmmm.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Hi Shannon! Hope you're having a great weekend and I remember you entered my contest but didnt wanna be a hog b/c you were the grand prize winner of the zevia, but just wanted to tell you I have both stevia and chia seeds goin on right now, and feel free to get greedy with lotsa entries! That's what it's there for :) Happy Weekend!

miss v said...

the smaller containers would be great for cooking - i totally agree!

Erica said...

yummm! I eat no sugar added applesauce at lunch almost every day. I want to get that key lime flavor fosh joshers! Thanks for the review ;)

Christina said...

I love unsweetened applesauce! I also loved getting the little cups in my lunch during day camp in the summer. The flavors sound really good, too.

Bummer, I was going to print a coupon but they don't recognize Macs =(

Kerstin said...

I like the unique flavor combos they have! I hope you're inspired soon :)

We Are Not Martha said...

When I first heard about flavored applesauces, I thought they sounded gross. But after trying a few, I LOVED them! The perfect snack. But I haven't tried Musselman's yet, so I'm going to have to check it out :)

Sues

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

I love applesauce! Thanks for the coupon!!!!

Jess said...

I would totally use those in baked goods too.

5 Star Foodie said...

Those would be great to pack for my daughter's snack at school. She would love the different flavors (she likes having something different every day).

Erin of Care to Eat said...

The flavored ones sound so awesome! Do you put cinnamon on top?

Sophia said...

Strange. I've never understood why people like applesauce so much, when a real crunchy apple is so much better. But you make them actually sound pretty good!
Glad you're back after the long absence!

Cheddar Cheese said...

That sounds interesting and looks an easy snacking ingredient.

nora@ffr said...

soo easy!! thanx for sharing :) love ye blog very much.. keep it up!
cheers!

GF Gidget said...

I agree with Liz, total elementary school flashback!

Elina said...

I keep little apple sauce cups at home for baking too. I think I have 1 somewhere in the cupboard. I want to put it in the freezer and see how that works. Great idea! :)

brandi said...

i'll have to get these for Nick to try. the flavors sound great!

hope you're having a good Monday :)

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