Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Maple Leaf Protinis {Review & Giveaway}

I'll admit it. I'm one of those people who simply forget to eat. I mean, I love food and love to eat, but I often get so involved in whatever I'm doing that I don't think about food until my body starts screaming at me. And by that time I really need something fast and substantial to get me back on track. Even on the days when I do remember lunch, I often feel the need for a snack by about 3 in the afternoon when my energy starts to lag.

So, what makes for a good snack?

According to a Harris Decima survey, more than half (52 per cent) of Canadians snack at least twice a day, 71 per cent are seeking healthier snacking options and 85 per cent of Canadians prefer a snack that leaves them feeling fuller, longer.

A great choice to help meet these goals is a snack packed with protein. According to Sue Mah, registered dietitian and nutrition expert, "Complete protein contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs and cannot produce on its own. Some examples of foods with complete protein are milk, eggs, fish, meat and poultry, like the oven-roasted chicken bites in PROTINIS™. This type of protein helps slow down the digestion of food, keeping you feeling fuller, longer, and protein snacking can support physical activity and weight management goals by building and repairing muscles and tissues."

PROTINIS™ snacks, from Maple Leaf, are available in eight flavours including Oven Roasted Chicken, Sweet Thai Chili Chicken, Mild Salsa Chicken, Honey Garlic Chicken, Oven Roasted Chicken and Cranberry, Oven Roasted Chicken and Superfruit, Oven Roasted Chicken and Mango, and Oven Roasted Chicken and Apple. They are available at major grocery stores across Canada and retail for approximately $4.99. Each retail pack comes with two PROTINIS™ snacks.

I've been testing out these snacks over the last week or so, and have become a fan. The portions are all roughly around 100 calories each, the chicken is moist and tasty, and the flavour combos are great. The size is great to pop in your bag to bring to the office, and since they are cooked and ready to eat, they are an easy way to get a quick and easy protein boost in the afternoon. "Satisfying" is a word I would use to describe these snacks.
Easy snack while I'm busy on the laptop
I've also been incorporating these into meals. I tossed an Oven Roasted Chicken and Superfruit in with some fresh kale to make a delicious and nutritious Citrus Kale Chicken Salad. And the Mild Salsa Chicken makes for a great wrap with some lettuce and tex-mex cheese.

Having the chicken cooked, seasoned, sliced and ready to go means easy addition
to full meals as well as snacking convenience. 

Have you seen the ad yet for Protinis? "The Official Snack of Everything" is a fun spot. Have a look:

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A Giveaway

Compliments of Maple Leaf, two lucky Raising My Boys readers will receive coupons to try the new Protinis themselves. Each winner will receive 5 free product coupons. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, June 5. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I have received compensation and complimentary product in exchange for this review and running the giveaway. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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