*This post is sponsored by Perfect Fit Meals. All opinions are those of my own.
It’s back to school time and you know what that means, busy busy busy. I don’t know about you, but I am just exhausted when school time comes back around. For one, I’m a single mom, so that means I do everything for my kiddos and my house without a partner. Homework, bath time, cleaning, and cooking. On top of that, I work from home, so I have to keep my life organized or everything gets completely thrown off. I recently heard about these new ready to go meals from Perfect Fit Meals that I figured I’d try out with my kids.
If there’s anything I can do to alleviate stress, or a night that I’m short on time and have a dinner ready, I’m all for it. Perfect Fit Meals definitely fits everything I’m looking for. Not only are the meals already cooked, they are so flavorful and offer great options for my family.
We recently received 8 different meals to try out:
Roasted Pork Loin
Hunter Gatherer Chicken
Jamaican Style Jerk Chicken
Turkey Skillet Scramble
Herb Crusted Chicken
They’re super simple to make as well. You take your meal out of the fridge, peel off the name label, cook in your microwave for 2 minutes, and voila, done! You’ll find there’s more food in them than what you think, as the food is pretty compact, and after you cook them, you can fluff up the food with a fork. Not only that, they actually look appetizing and taste amazing. My daughters who are 6 and 9 even liked them.
All of the Perfect Fit Meals’ recipes are chef-driven, natural ingredients, and are nutritionally balanced by a dietitian. Perfect Fit Meals uses low glycemic whole grains, nutrient dense vegetables and lean animal protein. There are no artificial colors or preservatives. Everything used is fresh, wholesome ingredients found at home. What more could you want in a meal?
I’m sure you’re wondering how they are prepared and cooked for them to taste so good and be ready to eat in just a few minutes. Perfect Fit Meals are chilled, not frozen; and processed using a really cool technique called High Pressure Processing (HPP).
HPP FACT SHEET HPP: WHAT IS IT?
HPP or High Pressure Processing is a food pasteurization technique recognized by the U.S.’s Food and Drug Administration, FDA, and used worldwide including: North America, Europe, Asia and Pacific.
Blaise Pascal first explored High Pressure Processing, HPP, when he began testing HPP on bacteria in the 1890’s. Bert Hite, a scientist at West Virginia University Agricultural Experimental Station, followed this research. Hite found that HPP could disable harmful microorganisms in foods such as milk, meat, fruits, and vegetables. In the early 1900’s a study by W. P. Larsen demonstrated that HPP regularly killed vegetative bacteria found in foods.
First commercial HPP products were: Fruit preserves in Japan in the mid 1990’s, guacamole in the U.S. by Wholly Guacamole (Formerly Avomex) in 1997 and cooked ham in Spain in 1999.
HPP is cold pasteurization in pure water; it uses ultra-high pressure purified water to keep packaged food pathogen-free and to stay fresh longer. Food is subjected 87,000 lbs. of pressure per sq. inch, the same amount of pressure as six times the deepest part of the ocean. At this very high pressure bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella are destroyed. Foods that use HPP include: meats, fruits, vegetables, juices, dairy and seafood.
• HPP is a “Clean Label”, natural pasteurization technique
• Offers better taste, texture and nutrition
• Delivers shelf-life extension & pathogen elimination
WHO USES HPP HPP is currently utilized by a wide variety of products including: Beverages, meat, dairy, seafood, fruits and veggies. Now, more and more SKU’s across every category are increasingly using HPP. Emerging HPP categories include: refrigerated soups, baby food, pet foods, new functional beverage alternatives and ready meals.
• HPP food products market value: $12 billion now and will double within six years
• Growth Drivers: 1. More consumers and food companies both want “clean label” and convenience 2. HPP offers better taste, texture and nutrition than traditional high-heat pasteurization
HPP TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT
• HPP is now more available through HPP service providers, which means start-up companies can use HPP technology without the financial investment in a HPP machine
• Recently, HPP machines have nearly doubled in capacity and the increased throughput helps make HPP more accessible financially
HPP FOOD SAFETY
• HPP delivers an extended shelf life and pathogen elimination
• HPP preserves food products by inhibiting microbial growth
• HPP process inactivates bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella
• HPP products need high water content, be acidic & have a cold chain of distribution
NEW HPP CONSUMER SEAL: HIGH PRESSURE CERTIFIED SEAL
The new HPP Consumer Seal, called the “High Pressure Certified Seal” similar to the “Organic Seal” in which a third-party organization will verify the food has been HPP’d and the seal will be featured on the outside of the consumer packaging. The “High Pressure Certified Seal” has already appeared on juice products early 2018.
NEW HPP COUNCIL, COLD PRESSURE COUNCIL:
The new HPP council, known as the Cold Pressure Council launched in April 2017. The goals for the Cold Pressure Council are developing best practices for the HPP industry and the new Cold Pressure Consumer Seal.
The Cold Pressure Council consists of nine founding members including the following HPP leaders and food companies: JBT/Avure Technologies, Hiperbaric, American Pasteurization Company, Universal Pasteurization, Suja, Campbell’s, Evolution Fresh, West Liberty Foods and Good Foods Group.
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I was really happy to get the chance to work with Perfect Fit Meals and their great products, as I know things are about to get chaotic here in my life in just a few short weeks. Perfect Fit Meals put my mind at ease on those busy nights where time to cook dinner just doesn’t exist.
Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive 8 Perfect Fit Meals valued at $52, $6.50 each.
Open to US, lower 48 states only.
Void where prohibited
One entrant per email/IP Address
Winner will be contacted via email, and will have 48 hours to respond.
Giveaway begins 8/15/2018 at 12am Eastern and ends 9/5/2018 at 11:59pm Eastern
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