There are some companies I never turn down when they approach me about reviewing their products, and ZonePerfect is one of them. So when they asked me if they could send me some Kidz ZonePerfect bars to check out and post about on here, I was excited. Why? Because with flavors like Caramel Crunch, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Vanilla Cupcake – I had no intention of sharing with TJ because I wanted to try them all myself! Yep, that’s right. I ate them all myself and didn’t share…although I did later buy some for TJ to have. (Psst… if you want to try them for yourself, the Kidz ZonePerfect site has a $1.00 off coupon.)
For me, ZonePerfect bars are a great way to have a nutritious breakfast without breaking the calorie bank. I know I don’t eat right, so if there’s a tasty way to cram some vitamins and minerals into my body, I’m going to do it! TJ has gotten better about eating a wider variety of foods, including trying new fruits and veggies when he buys lunch at school, but I know we could still do better at getting him all the things his growing body needs. For a second grader, he’s a bottomless pit, so we know he’s growing like crazy! He’s always asking for a snack or a dessert, and anything under the generic heading of “granola bar” falls under one of those two headings in his mind as well as ours…so Kidz ZonePerfect bars help me get some more nutritious snacks into his body.
Here’s the fun pack that ZonePerfect sent us:
I snapped the photo before TJ came home from school, then hid the samples. That explains why I didn’t get a chance to take a less blurry picture with my phone. 😉 As soon as he came home, he claimed the bag and zipper packs for his own, insisted his drink be poured into the water bottle, and began doing the activity book.
I have to say I enjoyed all three flavors of the KidzZone Perfect nutrition bars. The Vanilla Cupcake bar was a little too sweet for my adult palette, but I don’t think kids would have any problem with it. I honestly can’t decide if the Chocolate Peanut Butter or the Caramel Crunch was my favorite. I do know that TJ asked for the Caramel Crunch when we later went to the store and I bought some for him to enjoy. He’s a bit of a caramel fiend these days, thanks to the Easter Bunny.
Kidz ZonePerfect Bars as Part of a Nutritional Lunch
So ZonePerfect asked me to create a nutritional lunch featuring Kidz ZonePerfect bars as part of a contest that could win TJ’s whole class some Kidz ZonePerfect goodies. Not one to pass up an opportunity like this – and partially explains why I had to buy another box of Kidz ZonePerfect bars for TJ – I rose to the challenge and came up with a lunch box full of nutritional goodness that I would even eat, given the chance. (I’m pickier than my son in many ways!)
What you see here, from left to right, is a grilled chicken wrap, a Kidz ZonePerfect Caramel Crunch bar, two giant strawberries, and a Fruitables juice box. (And you can’t tell from the picture, but it’s an insulated Toy Story 3 lunch bag.
The grilled chicken wrap is made with leftover grilled chicken breast, a Cedar’s Whole Wheat Wrap (only 80 calories!), Romaine lettuce, and reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar made with 2% milk. The Caramel Crunch bar contains 5g protein, 3g fiber, and 23 vitamins & minerals…all for only 140 calories. Strawberries are strawberries, and quite self-explanatory. The Fruitables juice box contains a full combined serving of fruits and vegetables, and the only reason it isn’t 100% juice is because they add water to keep the total calories to 40. The whole lunch is about 500 calories, which is close to the 550-650 calorie range recommended by the USDA for elementary students under the new school lunch program. I could probably toss a piece of reduced fat string cheese in there, too, if I wasn’t worried about its temperature by lunch time. (Not to worry, though. TJ’s standard snacks when he comes home from school include unsweetened applesauce and a piece of string cheese.)
And the best part is, TJ thinks the nutrition bar is just a treat! Isn’t that fabulous?
Thanks to ZonePerfect for introducing their new kids nutrition bars to me. It’s always fun to review a product you end up buying more of later on. 🙂