Momma Told Me: goVida: Flavorful Snacks w/ Exotic Flavors Giveaway~ 4/3

Monday, March 18, 2013

goVida: Flavorful Snacks w/ Exotic Flavors Giveaway~ 4/3

freeze dried fruit
Momma Told Me: That's not a snack, that's junk!

We all want to eat healthy; we have the best intentions, right? But, as much as we know the basic food pyramid, and understand the correlation between fats, sugars, and weight, we often reach for the less than ideal choice. For most of us it is not a lack of understanding 'x is better for you than y,' but a lack of know how. We reach for those neon orange cheese puffs because they happen to be in the hallway vending machine, and we gulp that calorie laden soda because we crave something sweet. But convenience and flavor don't have to be compromised for the sake of better eating decisions. Now, more than ever, there is a huge market for health minded snacks that curb cravings. The best of these snacks, in my opinion, have minimal ingredients and are tailored to every diet. Momma was always great about finding budget friendly ways to make snack time healthy, and I was raised eating homemade applesauce and fruit roll ups. Not everyone has the appliances, or the time, to make their own snacks, so brands such as goVida have stepped in.
goVida
Unlike your ordinary flash frozen, freeze dried, fruit based snacks, goVida has taken a new approach to fruit based crunch snacking. Not only do they utilize a highly technical process of handling and transforming the fruit, but their unique flavor medleys won't be found elsewhere in the category of commercially freeze-dried fruit. Inspired by two mothers, intent on harnessing the local flavors of their homeland, goVida features fruits and flavors such as Dulce De Leche and Cape Gooseberry. The result is an exotic snack that intrigues the palette in flavor and texture. Each individual serving pouch is sealed at the peak of freshness and includes 2 contrasting, yet complimenting, flavors. Entirely soy, gluten, and nut free, you will find no preservatives or chemicals in goVida.
I was sent a collection of their current product and flavor range to feature in a review here on Momma Told Me. Sold online, and currently in a few select physical retailers back East, goVida servings contain approximately 17g of freeze-dried flavor, with an average 140%+ daily intake of vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as 70 calories or less per serving. Nominal nutritional aspects include carbohydrates and fiber, inherit from the natural fruit. While I, personally, am not much for exotic flavors, I scrambled to try the brand's take on Strawberries and Dulce de Leche. I'd never seen an additional freeze-dried component (such as dulce de leche) integrated into this form of snacking before. Sure enough, among generous sized slices of strawberry, were crunchy drops of sweet Dulce de Leche! These truly melted along my tongue to form a creamy, low calorie, indulgence I really enjoyed.
Of the three varieties the other half and I knew least what to expect from the Dragon Fruit and Cape Gooseberry. Rich in Omega 6 fatty acids, this blend is certainly for the snacker who craves a more exotic treat. Known as the Pitaya in Spain, Dragonfruit, has a more mellow flavor than one might expect, when in freeze dried form. It also is one of the more peculiar fruits I have seen this way, with it's snow white composition, littered with antioxidant rich seeds. Gooseberry, arguably more bitter, helps balance out this blend which is perfect for those seeking a harmonious flavor that eats well together.
Lastly, Kiwi and Mango appealed to the other half, who seems to have a fondness for the somewhat exotic Kiwi fruit. Finding ripe kiwis locally, without breaking the bank, can be a challenge, so I appreciate goVida preserving them and their flavor in these pouches. Also high in Vitamin C, and great for the immune system, this blend runs on the sweet side, with the kiwi offering a hint of tang. The large Mango slices are uncommon for freeze-dried blends, that tend to feature chips and fractions of fruit slices. Of the three varieties there were less individual pieces overall, but, perhaps, the best 'fresh' flavor, for me. I'm not a fan of wither of these fruits (for texture), and eating them in goVida form really helps me expand my culinary boundaries.

What Daughter Says: Snack wisely with the exotic flavors of goVida!






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45 comments:

  1. Oh these flavors look right up my alley! Yum!

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  2. Yummm, want to try that! I too have a nut allergy

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  3. Always looking for a healthy snack and these look great! Hope I win!

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  4. or pineapple?? I like the idea of peach, too!

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  5. strawberry & white chocolate

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  6. My daughter loves dried fruits. Banana and coconut would be amazing!

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  7. I love them all - passion fruit and strawberries are the best

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  8. Banana, chocolate and peanutbutter would be AMAZING!!!

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  9. I'd like to try peach and pineapple or coconut and pineapple. Can you tell I'm in the mood for pineapple today?
    Stephanie
    steph 0828 at hotmail dot com

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  10. I'd like to see something with melon

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  11. I would like blackberry/raspberry.

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  12. How about blackberry/peach or blackberry/nectarine? I love that combination in cobblers. :)

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  13. I'd like to see Pineapple Banana

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  14. I would love to try all their varieties. These are next on my must try list! yummy

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  15. I'd like to try passionfruit/guava!

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  16. I think a honey peanut butter banana one would be super yummy!

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  17. I think a honey peanut butter banana one would be super yummy!

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  18. FB fan as Kathy Newsom Davis
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  19. I would like flavors kiwi and watermelon.

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  20. I would like to see a banana strawberry

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  21. Starfruit and lemon

    Gigi(rafflecopter)

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  22. I would love to see pineapple and coconut.

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  23. I want to see some kind of apricot snack.

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  24. wow im excited for the kiwi and dragon fruit! how about some Durian? i've had dehydrated/ chip verisons of Durian, but they weren't very good. maybe goVida can make it better.
    Nectarine

    -Lynn

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  25. pomegranate/passionfruit!! I so need to try these out!

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  26. raspberry is my favorite that I would like to see

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  27. I would love to see Litchi!

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  28. I'm thinking coconut and banana. That would be fantastic.

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  29. These sound awesome!! A blueberry/banana or blackberry/pear would be amazing too...
    Ttrockwood@yahoo.com
    Ttrockwood

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  30. Awe, I love to see the shapes and colors! And I think I'd like to see peach & banana.

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  31. I'd like to see a pineapple and coconut variety! Maybe with some banana thrown in? YUM!!

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  32. Lavender and vanilla.
    AlexDean03(at)yahoo.com

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  33. I would love to see a peach/white chocolate flavor!

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