Those of you who have been reading Spice’s Bites for a while know that when I’m pressed for time, I rely on pre-prepared veggies to make life easier and healthier.
I’m no stranger to Eat Smart’s products — I regularly buy their bags of pre-cut broccoli and cauliflower, as well as their stir-fry mix and broccoli slaw. I love that I don’t have to spend time washing and cutting veggies and that I can get right to cooking them.
Anyway, I was recently contacted to see if I would like to sample some new Eat Smart products that are being rolled out. Eat Smart’s new Grab n’ Go Cups feature their fresh pre-cut veggies in a soup cup, salad cup, noodle cup, or “melt” cup. I was sent 2 samples each of the soup and noodles to try out.
Please note, other than receiving the samples, I did not receive any compensation and am not connected in any way with Eat Smart or Apio, Inc. I am also not obligated to give a positive review just because I got the samples.
Tonight I decided to try the Veggie with Chicken soup since it’s been so cold and yucky outside. The Simple Soups include fresh veggies, a small packet of ramen-looking noodles, and a seasoning packet.
The instructions are pretty simple. Just remove the plastic cover, add the noodles to the veggies, add water, and heat in the microwave for a few minutes. Then you add the seasoning packet and stir it up with the enclosed collapsible spork. Cool!
See how easy that was? Everything’s included, so this makes it convenient to take to work or school.
My first impression was that it was a much healthier variation of the ramen noodles + veggies that I make sometimes when I’m feeling absolutely lazy. The whole container was 180 calories and had 6 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber. No doubt the fat was from the noodles, which were like ramen noodles, but less greasy.
Since it was a soup, I was surprised it came with the amount of noodles that it did, but this is not a bad thing. At first, I thought I had used too much water since the broth didn’t taste like anything, but after a few minutes the taste got stronger, but it is still mild overall. There are plenty of veggies in here, so you don’t need to bulk it up with extra veggies. This particular flavor, veggies + chicken, came with broccoli, carrots, and snap peas.
These are meant to be eaten as side items or quick meals, and I agree. I would definitely pair this up with something or add some protein to make it a complete meal.
My only real complaint was the spork. When using it to stir the seasoning into the soup, it would keep collapsing and bending in half. I ended up ditching it for a real fork and spoon.
So overall, I liked it. I will probably spike it next time to make it spicier or add some protein, but I liked having everything packaged together ready to go. Depending on how they are priced, I would probably buy these once in a while to keep on hand for work. I can’t wait to try the Simple Noodles next!