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Healthy Eating IRL with Garden Lites

Even though I feed my family like it’s my job (literally), it’s not always easy to get everyone to eat their veggies on a busy day — myself included. Garden Lites muffins make that job a little more fun, and we couldn’t be happier.

Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami Girl

Everyone knows I’m seriously into vegetables. I mean, I literally wrote the book on kale (along with some friends), and I am not ashamed to say that I’ve even published articles from a vegetable’s perspective (though…maybe I should be). On top of all that, I’m very lucky that my kids aren’t particularly picky eaters. Even so, there are many days when I could use a little help feeding everyone their veggies.

Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami Girl

And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. Myself included. Eating vegetables makes me truly happy (look, I’m 40 and keepin it real — not even sorry), and yet there are probably a couple of days a week when I don’t make the time to feed myself enough fruits and veggies until dinnertime. Even when I’m wearing my rad English burnout tank that says “You give me butterflies” — and when will I ever be more on my game than that? 

That’s where convenient, veggie-packed snacks like Garden Lites muffins really make a big difference for us. Vegetables are the first ingredient in all Garden Lites products. Even the chocolate muffins are 33% veggies, with zucchini and carrots as the first two ingredients. Garden Lites makes a wide variety of convenient foods, so whether you want to literally sneak some vegetables into your kids’ diets while they eat a tasty chocolate muffin or simply “sneak” more healthy options into your busy day, there’s a snack for that.

Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami Girl

I honestly wasn’t sure how this whole thing would go down in my house since I’m not usually into the bait-and-switch technique with my kids. (This is true to a fault. It took riding in the car with a friend one day for me to learn how to be like, “Hey kids, look over there, is that a deer?” while pointing in the opposite direction of an upcoming car accident. Before that I would just kind of scream, “Aaah! Close your eyes for a minute until I say you can open them!” Parenting 101, my friends.) Anyway. I digress, and not gracefully.

My little one got a kick out of finding out there were so many veggies in her chocolate muffin. And then she asked for seconds. But if zucchini disclosure is not your thing, your kids never need to know. 🙂 Your family will still get all the benefits these fab little snacks have to offer, like 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of whole grains per 120-calorie chocolate muffin. And they’re gluten- and dairy-free to boot.

Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami Girl

Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami GirlI personally got really into the Veggie Bites, which are little mini cornbread muffins made with corn, broccoli, bell peppers and chives. I’d totally serve these on an appetizer platter the next time we have friends over, but I found they also make a great post-workout snack. Also a great right this very second snack, ahem. I just pop them in the toaster oven to heat up straight from the freezer, and you can use the microwave instead if that’s your jam.

Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami Girl Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami Girl Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami GirlI found my Garden Lites muffins and veggie bites at ShopRite. You can find yours in the freezer section of your nearest Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, ShopRite, HEB, Kroger or Costco.

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Garden Lites Mufffins Review | Umami Girl

Okay, have fun! Hope your family likes these little happy-making muffins as much as we do. Talk to you soon.

Carolyn xx


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

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