Monday, February 7, 2011

WIN THIS: A prize pack from Green Giant!

Whether it's a fruit or a vegetable, it happens to be Mother Nature's candy. At least in my opinion, and I'm sure that many of you would be first in line to disagree. Although my hope is that quite the opposite is true. As kids, we hated them. But I hope that as adults we've all come to appreciate fruits and vegetables for the nutritious goodness they give to our bodies when consumed. Five servings a day, that's the general rule! One many of us struggle with. Lo and behold, that rule might even be overwritten these days. WebMD recently published an article that suggests we now need at least EIGHT servings a day in order to fight health issues like heart disease. Whether or not you're at risk, there's nothing wrong with being extra cautious. And really—all those fruits and veggies do wonders for your workouts, too. Yep, they do! They pump you full of vitamins and minerals, which (obviously) keep your blood vessels functioning properly. And it's your blood vessels that ultimately keep your muscles functioning properly. So you really should be eating at least five (maybe even eight!) servings of fruits and vegetables throughout your day. (Are you?)

Thanks to Green Giant via MyBlogSpark, I've been given the opportunity to review one such vegetable: broccoli. King (or queen) of fiber and C vitamins. More specifically, broccoli in a cheese sauce. The box you see at right, which can also be found in your local frozen foods section. Now, let me say honestly that I prefer fresh over frozen vegetables. (They tend to lack all the preservatives and additives found in packaged goods.) And I don't much like my vegetables drowned in a cheese sauce. (Unless I make it.)

But I'm all about eating healthy on the go—and this could be a very good "on the go" option, so I...well, decided to give it a go. Into the microwave it went, the little pouch of broccoli and cheese sauce. Out came the following, to which I added some freshly ground black peppercorn:

The ground pepper certainly added some pizazz to my tasty little lunch. Yes, it was tasty. If you're into Weight Watchers, this little box of veggies rings up two points per serving. If you're counting calories, check off 60 (25 of which come from fat). Be warned—there are two and a half servings in every little box, which doesn't amount to much per serving. But I guess if you're making it your lunch, consuming the entire thing could be acceptable. Although it might then give you a hefty dose of sodium, which is the risk you take when consuming frozen foods. Ultimately, you'll have to decide that for yourself. And you'll get the chance to!

I'm happy to announce that Green Giant is willing to send one lucky reader a VIP coupon good for one frozen sample. Oh, and all this stuff:

Well, minus the box of Broccoli & Cheese Sauce—that's what the VIP coup is for. They sent me everything you see above and I can honestly say it's a sweet little prize pack! The bag is insulated, and will successfully get your frozen foods home from the grocery store. The bowl is big, the spoon is rubber—both are just too darn cute. And the pedometer, well...super informative! And highly motivational. Are you taking enough steps throughout your day? Now you'll know for sure.

So if you'd like to win the prize pack above, leave a comment below this post describing your favorite way to eat fresh vegetables. Or tell me the frozen vegetable that always makes it into your grocery cart. (Be sure to leave me your email address as I'll need to get in touch for your mailing address if you win.) Bonus entries if you "like" Daily Dose on Facebook or subscribe to the Daily Dose emails. But that's enough about the prize pack, let's get back to vegetables.

In an effort to consume the recommended dosage yesterday, I made a gigantic bowl of fresh salsa. And it fit perfectly in the bowl from my Green Giant prize pack.

Seriously, I think this bowl is my new salsa bowl. (I hope you win the prize pack, you'll love it like I do!)

Good luck! Contest ends at midnight EST on Friday, February 11, 2011. The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 13, 2001. Now go, eat some vegetables. Or some salsa...

23 comments:

Suzanna said...

Snacking on raw vegetables instead of potato chips
adding fruit to your cereal at breakfast. Using the salad bar when you go out for lunch or to the grocery store,
loading up on juice instead of a usual coffee, tea or soda.
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Aly said...

Frozen corn. SO versatile. Salads, soups, omelettes, salsa!

momwifefitnesslife said...

My newest love is to roast my veggies. I am new to roasting, but I was sold AND my 6 year old is now eating cauliflower and Brussels sprouts because of it.
Marcia
momwifefitnesslife@gmail.com

momwifefitnesslife said...

I like Daily Dose on FB

momwifefitnesslife said...

I subscribe through Google reader

Thanks for the chance!

Lauren said...

My favorite way to eat fresh veggies is to roast them in the oven with a little EVOO, balsamic vinegar and salt + pepper - they are delicious!

Lauren said...

I subscribe to your emails :)

Lauren said...

I like Daily Dose on FB :)

Suzanna said...

I “Liked” The Daily Dose on Facebook. (princesspeachwitchcity@gmail.com)

Suzanna said...

I am email subscriber.

dad said...

Brussel Sprouts sliced in half , Drizzle of EVOO,
Fresh Black pepper and a little crumbled bacon rosted in the oven..

Hmmmm, now that's good.

Tami said...

Green beans. Boiled slightly so still crisp. A little EVOO and chopped shallots. NUMMY!!
And broccoli--our family eats ALL THE TIME!!!
tamiandpaige@yahoo.com

Bethany said...

Roasted veggies...mmmmm....loving my dark leafy greens these days. Kale, escarole, chard etc. Saute it up with onions, garlic, red pepper flake, beans, prosciutto. Really the only frozen veg I eat is edamame. Fresh is too good and so readily available if you're willing to eat in season.

Leslie Luu (leslieluu89@hotmail.com) said...

i love to steam veggies with some steak seasoning! haha My favourite is edamame and broccoli! Btw, i subscribed to your posts along time ago =)

Cheryl said...

I love to either stir fry them in a little bit of olive oil or on the grill baby. Spice them up and yummy!

kyree90 said...

My favorite is zucchini, sliced longways into thick slices and grilled on my George Foreman grill. Sometimes I toss them with EVOO first, sometimes just use cooking spray. Either way, it's delicious.

ang said...

Zucchini, brussel sprouts or whatever is in season with just a little salt, pepper and EVOO roasted or sauteed. Frozen green beans in those darn convenient steamable bags you can just toss in the microwave.

Karen said...

My fave way to eat them is lightly steamed or stir-fried esp with a little teriyaki sauce or sweet n sour. The one veggie I always have in the freezer is peas. I like to add them to various dishes and canned peas are a no-go. :-)

Anonymous said...

My favorite way to eat fresh veggies is raw--I'm lazy and I can usually get green beans or baby carrots to take the place of potato chips, but don't like the prep work on a lot of other raw veggies.

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

Ingrid said...

I'm currently stuck on low-fat creamed spinach and sriracha sauce - weird but true

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sandyandcosmo said...

I love to grill fresh vegetables with a little olive oil and seasoned salt.

Susanmeep said...

I love to grill veggies for a side dish or a snack with a lite dressing dip suelee1998@ gmail.com

Grace said...

I like to dip them in hummus
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