Review of Emerald Breakfast on the Go Snacks

July 7, 2011

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I almost never eat breakfast. My kids do, usually, but even the smell of food in the morning makes me feel queasy. All I can stomach is coffee before noon or so. So ever since the kids were old enough to rifle through the fridge on their own, they’ve made their own breakfasts. *Most* of the time, they choose healthy foods (oatmeal, eggs, sugarless grain cereals, etc). But some days they are much too busy to do anything.

So it is with great interest that I decided to check out a new “Breakfast on the Go” portable snack, by Emerald. They are packed in little convenient packages, perfect for schools, trips, or just for fun.

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Aren’t they cute?

I guess my avoidance of breakfast is not unusual (and I thought it was!). According to a survey conducted by Emerald, 43 percent of Americans skip breakfast! And 41 percent eat it “on the go.” Kids eat nachos, macaroni and cheese, and “rice and ketchup” for breakfast.

What blew me away was that 20 percent of Americans eat breakfast “while getting dressed.” :duncehat: Talk about multi-tasking. I can’t even eat while sitting and not slobber everything all over me.

Anyway, the “experts” say breakfast is important, especially for growing kids. So Emerald is making it easy for us– throwing together a bunch of protein, fiber and that all-time favorite American ingredient, sugar!

My kids were very eager to give this a go.

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We tried three different kinds: Breakfast Nut Blend, S’mores Nut Blend, and Berry Nut Blend. Depending on the variety, the packets may contain dried fruit, all sorts of nuts, yogurt-covered raisins, granola clusters, honey-covered nuts and grains, and cocoa-covered almonds. My favorite is the Berry Nut Blend. The stuff tastes FABULOUS with yogurt, especially Chobani yogurt.

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Each packet is 200 calories, and almost half of the calories is in fat, probably from the nut content. Nuts are very good for you and youngsters need some fat in their diet. But I didn’t like all the sugars: corn syrup, sugar, honey. The S’mores Blend was much too sweet. I did love the granola and nuts. I prefer the first meal to have protein, and the nuts provided it. The Breakfast on the Go mix is incredibly yummy. It is exceptional with yogurt, and very filling.

Of course, you could always make your own little packets of nut blends, but that’s the beauty of packaging– it’s intended for busy people who do not have the time to sift through a billion little ingredients and plop them in bags. I know I don’t.

So we give Emerald Breakfast on the Go Blend mixes a 4-star. The mix is delicious, nutritious and very convenient. It’s got a lot of preservatives and sugars, and we are more “natural” eaters that prefer foods without all the additives. It’s a very nice treat for busy times, trips and for snacks. I can’t imagine any kid that wouldn’t love this stuff.

The pouches are somewhat expensive at Walmart– 6 packs of 6 pouches or $23. They are much more affordable at Amazon, about $11 for a 6-pack of 6 and you can buy in bulk and save a bit more.

Just so you know, I received these Emerald Breakfast on the Go pouches in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks for reading!

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