A Look at Applegate Well Carved™ Organic Blended Meatballs
One thing I enjoy as a registered dietitian nutritionist is keeping up with food trends and tasting new and innovative products. While I often receive samples of new food products, not all are tasty and to be honest, some are really not that healthy. As a dietitian who works with both families and athletic consumers, I’m always on the lookout for foods that have a great nutritional profile, are quick and easy to prepare and appeal to a wide range of palates. That’s why I’m excited to share with you a product line that delivers on taste, convenience and good health— Applegate Well Carved™Organic Blended Meatballs.
Applegate is already known for its natural and organic meat products that are from animals that Applegate humanely raised without antibiotics and added hormones. However, its Well Carved™ line pairs Applegate humanely raised meat with organic vegetables, legumes, and grains to create blended products that will satisfy those who love the taste and texture of meat but like me, are also mindful of their meat intake.
I recently tried the Asian Style and Mediterranean Style meatballs and found them to be moist and delicious (I hate dry meatballs!). The products are also versatile, a snap to prepare, planet friendly and nutrient dense. I really enjoyed pairing the Mediterranean style meatballs with whole wheat couscous along with my garden tomatoes, parsley and salad greens.
Most Americans, including most of my clients, do not eat the recommended number of daily vegetable servings of 2-3 cups daily. Blended meat and veggie products are a step in the right direction to help Americans hit that goal. Applegate was able to find the ideal blend of meat to veggies, legumes, and grains to create two flavor-filled meatballs that deliver a ¼ cup of vegetables per serving.
Another nutritional benefit to Well Carved™ products, is that they have fewer calories, total fat, and saturated fat compared to their conventional counterparts. The products are USDA Organic and gluten-free. There’s nothing artificial and all the ingredients used could be found in your kitchen. You could make these in your own kitchen… Applegate is just giving you the option of convenience and reduced prep time.
Did You Know?
∙ 94% of the US population eats meat
∙ 84% of the vegetarians and vegans go back to eating meat
∙ 52% of the US population identifies as an omnivore
∙ 6% of the US population identifies as vegetarian
Here’s more information on the two varieties of Applegate Well Carved™ Organic Meatballs that I tried.
Applegate Well Carved™ Organic Asian Style Meatballs
Organic pork mixed with organic brown rice, green onion, carrot, parsley, ginger, garlic, spinach, sea salt, rice starch, lemongrass, and black pepper.
220 calories, 16g fat, 5 g saturated fat
Applegate Well Carved™ Organic Mediterranean Style Meatballs
Organic turkey mixed with organic yellow lentils, feta cheese, spinach, sea salt, rice starch, dill, garlic, black pepper, and olive oil
140 calories, 7 g fat, 1.5g saturated fat
How I prepared Well Carved™ products
These are fully cooked and just need to be re-heated before eating. I followed the package instructions and reheated them for 20 minutes in a 350° oven.
Where to buy Well Carved™ products
Look for Applegate Well Carved™ Organic Meatballs in select retailers or online at Fresh Direct and Instacart.
Link to Well Carved™ Landing Page with Downloadable Coupon
Meatball Recipe Ideas
Disclosure: I received samples of Applegate Well Carved™ Organic Blended Meatballs and was compensated for this blog. Views and opinions are my own.