Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Naked Edge - Veggie-Go's

As I was walking through the Farmer's Market in Boulder, CO, I stumbled upon a guy selling these fruit leather like thingys only he said they are "anything but a fruit leather!"  The company is called, "The Naked Edge," and they believe that you should know and be able to pronounce exactly what you are putting into your body. It was started by John McHugh and Lisa Goode in late 2010. After living, working, and eating at organic farms in Europe, they returned home and quickly realized just how many processed foods were on the market. That was the inspiration they needed to start a snack company that uses only whole food ingredients, and thus The Naked Edge was born.

At $1.50 per package for the .35 oz. Veggie-Go's, they aren't cheap, but good wholesome food usually isn't. And, really,  it is only $1.50 so I picked up a few to try them out. These are definitely not your typical fruit snacks!  All of the ingredients are organic and natural. For example, the Sweet Potato Pie is made of organic sweet potatoes, apples, pears, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. These fruit snacks are super thin and melt in your mouth. Holy flavorful dried fruit! The Sweet Potato Pie was delicious!

Compare that to the General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups that we all remember eating as a kid, which contain pears from concentrate, corn syrup (of course), dried corn syrup (why?), sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil...wait, there's more! Plus 2% or less of citric acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, dextrose, malic acid, vitamin C, natural flavor, and color. Yuck!  Veggie-Go's shouldn't even be compared to these, but I thought I'd throw this in here just so you could see how different they are. And to think I was even allowed to eat those as a child!

Back to the good stuff -- the Cinnamon Spiced Beet was chewier than I would have expected and had the cinnamon spiced beets along with crunchy flax seeds. 

I also tried the Mulled Wine, which I loved, as well as the Mountain Berry Spinach. 

I love that you can have your fruit and eat it too...without the preservatives or artificial ingredients! They are a great source of vitamins A and C too.  I really like supporting companies that create good, wholesome food.  If you are interested in trying them, you can order them directly from The Naked Edge by clicking hereThey sell them in packs of 12 or 24. Then you can try the wholesomely exposed goodness for yourself!

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