Thursday, June 30, 2011

Motts Garden Blend Review (+ All You #Giveaway)

I have two small children, which means we go through a decent amount of juice!

My biggest rule is, it must be 100% juice....

Not fake, colored or glow in the dark...

Though I am careful to let me children sip water when it is hot, I think there is a place for juice in my children's healthy diet.

I was very excited to hear about Mott's new Garden Blend which is 100% vegetable juice. At only 45 calories, but 2 servings of veggies with each 8 oz. glass, this sounded like a great addition to our family juice options.

I was already a fan of tomato or vegetable juice blends. I like it chilled, over ice  on a hot day. My littlest critics, I knew, would be a harder sell. Their only experience with vegetable juice has been the fresh carrot we have made together.

My 22-month old was a little suspect at the smell of tomatoes, but my 3 1/2 year old and I enjoyed our glasses. Knowing my daughter, she will be begging for a sip from my glass eventually. I am happy that her older brother can set a good example for her.

I think the next time I try it with my youngest, I might add a little fruit juice to sweeten it more. I know many parents struggle to get their children to eat or drink their veggies, and I firmly believe a little patience and delicious options like Mott's Garden Blend will win them over eventually.

The juice is smooth, but not too thick. It was slightly sweet with no unpleasant aftertaste. Unlike the cans I remember drinking as a child, this plastic bottle doesn't give off that metallic taste. When I buy more vegetable juice, I will be looking for Mott's in my grocery store.

This review came in conjunction with all you magazine. Have you looked at a copy of this? The  tagline claims the magazine will pay for itself, and our family not only saved above and beyond the cover price, but I will be enjoying the recipes and cleaning tips for weeks to come.

I have stopped subscribing to magazines because I rarely use them, or have the time to read them anymore. This magazine combined all my favorites, coupons, recipes, menu planner along with fashion and beauty tips. It is my dream magazine for this busy mom!

I live in rural Oregon and we don't have circulars in our local paper. I received the June edition and it came with  $91.60 worth of coupons inside. Almost every advertisement inside included a coupon, plus there was an actual coupon section and I thought that was brilliant.

And the recipes? Well, the Taco Fiesta spread had me drooling. I ended up making the Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Tacos, Roasted Tomato Salsa and the Jalapeno and Lime Refried Beans. I served them along with fresh peas from the farm.


Wow! The lime and queso fresco on the beans really was a great twist! I ended up making my own fresh cheese for it. Believe me, I will share that recipe soon. My husband and I really enjoyed the fresh lime and thought the burst of flavor kept the beans from needing as much salt as usual. The rub on the chicken is one I will be using again because we both enjoyed it. It was packed with flavor, but not too much heat.

I have marked recipe after recipe from the magazine and now have the site bookmarked on my computer. It is one of the few magazines I think is worth me subscribing to. Next I will be making the Blueberry Fool and Honeydew Granita.

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GIVEAWAY!!

So, would you like your own free copy of all you to check out? The generous PR folks from all you would like to inspire my readers and have 25 copies to share. This giveaway ends 7/6 or when all the copies have been claimed.

Mandatory Entry: This is a simple giveaway, just leave a comment telling me if you have seen this magazine before. The first 25 comments will get a copy, one per person. Isn't that easy? Make sure your profile is public, or leave your email address so I can contact you.

*Disclaimer - I was sent juice and a copy of the magazine for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own, and my experiences may not be the same as yours. The giveaway is open to US residents over 18 years of age. I am not responsible for unfulfilled prizes or lost or misdirected items. Giveaway ends 7/6 at midnight PST.
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