Want Kids (+ Everyone Else) to Eat More Veggies & Fruits? Try Karen’s Naturals!

What does one do about eating a “balanced” diet when one doesn’t like veggies or very many fruits- for whatever reason? One thing you can do is turn to Karen’s Naturals, a line of freeze-dried fruits and veggies that come in single flavor as well as mixed variety bags in both veggies and fruits.
Recently I had the opportunity to try some of Karen’s Natural products!

Disclosure: I was sent a selection of product samples from Karen’s Naturals to try it and see how I liked it.
These samples help me to be better able to talk about this product because I am able to taste a variety of flavors.   Thank you to Karen’s Naturals for providing me with these samples!

Formerly Just Tomatoes, the farm-based Karen’s Naturals in California has for some 40 years been a pioneer in the growing and packaging of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, all of which are flash frozen at the peak of their freshness, flavor and nutritional power. Deliciously fun, Karen’s Naturals products are ideal as snacks most any time of day and make a great addition to any health-conscious school lunch.

 

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 The bags of dried fruit and veggies for me to try PLUS the plate that had samples from each bag.

Perfectly suited to consumers of virtually all ages looking for affordable snacks that seamlessly blend great taste with important nutrition, Karen’s Naturals products are manufactured with natural purity and freshness uppermost in mind.

All fruit and vegetables offered by Karen’s Naturals are grown on farms, ranches and orchards where they’re allowed to ripen naturally before being picked at the peak of flavor. The produce is handled with great care, washed gently, and cut into bite-size pieces before being flash frozen. All water is then extracted by vacuum. Because the temperature never exceeds 90ºF, freeze-dried foods are considered a raw food (the company’s dehydrated products are dried at 125ºF). Whether freeze-dried or dehydrated, Karen’s Naturals’ fruits and veggies always maintain their color, nutrients and mouth-watering natural flavors.

All Karen’s Naturals products are naturally free of gluten, dairy, wheat, and nuts.
Available in all-natural and Organic versions, Karen’s Naturals fruit products include:
–Just Apples,
–Just Bananas,
–Just Strawberries,
–Just Blueberries,
–Just Grapes,
–Just Peaches,
–Just Mango,
–Just Cherries,
–Just Raspberries,
–Just Fruit Munchies,
–Just Persimmons,
–Just Fruit Salad
and several combo packs.

 

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Here are the bags I was sent: 1 veggie- peas. Lots of fruit including persimmon, regular apples (shreds) and organic apples (slices), strawberry/banana mix, and  fruit salad mix.

Options in the all-natural and Organic versions, vegetable products include:
–Just Tomatoes,
–Just Corn,
–Just Peas,
–Just Hot Veggies,
and a Veggie Variety Pack.

 

 

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Plated samples of each bag of fruit and/or vegetable I was sent by Karen’s Naturals.

The samples starting at 12 o’clock on this plate are: strawberry & banana, persimmon, organic apple slices, fruit salad (peaches, strawberries, banana, grapes and pears.), regular apple strips and in the middle, peas- the only vegetable I received.

 
REVIEW:
I was surprised when I received a box full of samples. I was surprised but pleased because I knew that I would like this product line.
I love freeze-dried  vegetables and fruit because there are no real surprise additives (no extra sugar) when these products are dehydrated.  I like crunch  snacks and these are pretty crunchy. Some items like peas and strawberries are crunchier than other items. I found each of the really flavorful and an easy to travel with snack. Ideal for children to adults, this is a smart snack to have.  I loved the fruit salad since each bite was something different. Pears don’t taste quite the same but if you know it’s a pear, you can easily find the  subtle pear flavors.

I highly recommend this for just about anyone- particularly if you want to cut out processed foods and added sugars to your diet.
The company also recently introduced a line of 100% natural Fruit Powders – ideal for flavoring a wide range of dishes and desserts.

Comments Bill Cox, whose late wife Karen co-founded the brand in 1985,
“We produce everything in small batches the old fashioned way with absolutely nothing added—no salt, sulfur, fat, artificial flavorings, sweeteners, or preservatives. Nothing but what Mother Nature intended. It’s the next best thing to eating straight from your garden! Although we’ve grown, we’re still a small, family-run business at heart. We care deeply about what we do and are committed to offering the highest quality farm-grown products possible.”

For more information and to buy these tasty tidbits of real fruit and veggies from Karen’s Naturals , please visit www.karensnaturals.com
Follow Karen’s Naturals on these social platforms:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Karens_Naturals
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarensNaturals1985
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/KarensN1985/

 

Disclosure: I was sent a selection of product samples from Karen’s Naturals to try it and see how I liked it.
These samples help me to be better able to talk about this product because I am able to taste a variety of flavors.   Thank you to Karen’s Naturals for providing me with these samples!

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

 

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