Friday, March 15, 2013

Schwan's Product Review

I love food...and I'm always hungry.  It's a big joke with my Thursday night running group, the Turtles.  Here's a typical Turtle conversation on the bike path:
"Holy cow, I'm hungry."
"What?  Jamie's hungry?  That's a surprise..."
And that's only mile one.  By the time we're done, I'm starving
Food.  Belly.  Now.
Really, it doesn't matter what day of the week it is, I'm hungry, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to get the opportunity to test out a frozen meal from Schwan's.


You've probably seen the yellow freezer truck driving around at some point, but you might not have known what it was.

It all started back in 1952 when a young man named Marvin Schwan delivered the family's signature ice cream to rural families in Minnesota.  He quickly realized that this delivery service could be a brilliant new business saving families from a long drive home from the market with melting ice cream.

I remember the Schwan's Man coming to my house as a child in the 1980s.  My brother and I were always so excited to see him, for he was the keeper of the Drumsticks!

These days, Schwan's has a whole catalog of food products: appetizers, entrees, sides, pizza, pasta, veggies, fruits and (my favorite) desserts!

Our local Schwan's driver, Tony, dropped off my goodies in this nifty cooler bag.  When we order next, we can choose what we want and order online and we can leave this bag on the porch in case we're not home during delivery time.  Tony will put our food in the bag along with a freezer pack (or two, depending on the outside temperature) for us to bring in when we get home.  How genius is that?!
I got to try two items from the Schwan's LiveSmart line, Lemon Butter Shrimp and Six Cheese Tortellini.  The LiveSmart line is a little healthier than your average frozen prepared food.  LiveSmart food is made with minimal additives and preservatives, moderate calories, sodium and fat and zero grams of trans fat.  I'm not super strict with my diet, but any prepared foods that I buy, I always buy the low sodium version if there is one.
When I opened up the bag of shrimp, I expected to see frozen, raw shrimp and a packet of sauce.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that every shrimp was coated in sauce and individually frozen, so if one were to make a single serving of the shrimp, there would be plenty of sauce for every serving. 
Bonus: all packages of Schwan's frozen food have a resealable zipper.
The tortellini cooked up in 4 minutes and remained intact through the boiling process.  There is nothing more irritating than tortellini falling apart in the water.
I tossed the shrimp with the tortellini, added some fresh Parmesan cheese and... yum.
Randy and I agree, we would make this again.  Steam up a vegetable and you have a delicious, fast meal for a busy day. There's no prep time, other than boiling water and dinner is on the table in 10 minutes. 
Have you ever seen a Schwan's truck in your neck of the woods?
Have you tried any of their products?  What did you think? 
Schwan's provided this food at no cost to me for a campaign via FitFluential LLC. All opinions are my own.
Coupon code: enter KIMH2 to receive $5 off of a $25 purchase or $10 off of a $50 purchase.

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