Monday, February 28, 2011

Raisels Review & Giveaway

I am quite the snacker and always up for trying something new. When we got the opportunity to taste Raisels, a new treat from the National Raisin Company, I couldn't wait to try them. My kiddo has quite the sweet tooth and Raisels are presented as a healthier alternative to cookies, candies, and other sweets that my daughter craves. They are golden raisins, so 100% real fruit, and taste like candy. Raisels are also:

  • #1 Ingredient is REAL FRUIT
  • 100% US RDA for Vitamin C
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Fat Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup or Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Sodium
  • Kosher Certified by the Orthodox Union
  • Come in FOUR great favors: Sour Apple, Sour Orange, Sour Lemon, Sour Peach, and coming soon...watermelon!
I know all that sounds really good, but that some of you may still be wondering about the amount of sugar in these treats. As a diabetic, whose beeen to a fair share of meetings with dieticians, I was already aware that raisins are are naturally high in sugar, as are all dried fruit. 90% of the sugar in Raisels are naturally occuring, and the light dusting of sugar, that makes them so appealing, is only 10% of the total weight.

Many candies and soft drinks contain far more added sugar than Raisels. Too put things in perspective, Raisels contain 23 grams of sugar the same amount as a 3.25" diameter apple and less than a name brand original strawberry yogurt that has 26 grams. A 1.5 ounce bar of Hershey's milk chocolate has 24 grams.
My kiddo is not usually a fan or raisins, odd for a kid, I know! I wasn't sure how Raisels would go over. She took them immediately, and ate an entire box the first time, which kinda shocked me. Her favorite are the sour peach and mine are the sour apple but all of the flavors are really good. She really likes how they come in a little box, isn't built in portion control nice; I like the portability. I've been taking a box of Raisels along with us when we run errands as an incentive. Lately she's been kind wiggly and touchy at stores, so if she's good through a few stops, I let her have a box of Raisels as a treat at the last store or on the way home. For our family, Raisels are a great treat alternative. They really taste great, I find myself munching on them too!

Giveaway:

One reader will win a Raisels prize package including a variety of flavors!

To Enter:

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Giveaway open to US residents, now through March 14 at Midnight EST. Winner will be chosen via random.org, notified by email, and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be picked.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample package of Raisels to review. Information contained within this post and the giveaway were provided to me via Team Mom. Personal experiences related within, are unbiased and not influenced by this relationship in any manner.

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

My biggest challenge to eating healthy is taking the time to eat more than once a day. *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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I like that there are "No fructose
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Nicole said...

I love raisins but LC not so much. I eat them all the time!

Mary Ann said...

My beiggest healthy eating challenge is limiting sweet treats - I love them all, cake, cookies, brownies, ice cream, candy, chocolate - UGH!
These raisels sound interesting :-)

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