Tuesday, August 4, 2015

High protein snacking: a review and a giveaway


One thing I prize about my life is having three sons.  I loved having little boys, and I love having big boys.  Nothing makes me happier than having them and a bunch of their friends in my home.

Over the years I've learned there's one thing that's absolutely true about a household that includes three boys: a lot of food is consumed.  A whole lot.

That's fine with me.  I like to cook, and my house includes this nice big kitchen:


But honestly, I can't cook enough to keep up with the all the eating needs of a busy family.  Now, I know there are some of you who never use convenience foods, and my hat is off to you.  I just can't do it.  I do a lot of cooking from scratch, and my husband and sons cook, too.  But in our busy household, I've always appreciated some convenience foods, particularly snack foods.

One of the problems with most snack foods, though, is that they're awfully shy on protein.  My guys can eat chips and crackers and cookies with the best of them, but those foods won't keep an active kid going for very long.  Most snack foods provide mostly carbohydrates, which is great for providing quick energy but is burned up pretty quickly.

Through the years we've come up with some creative ways to include more protein with our snack foods. When my boys were small, I cut pieces of cheese into fun shapes with cookie cutters. One of the boys went through a stage of eating beef jerky every day. Particularly memorable was a snack one of them created by stacking a cheddar cracker, a piece of Hormel turkey pepperoni, and a small square of cheese.  That was actually a pretty tasty concoction!

Finding convenient, easy-to-grab-and-go snacks that included a lot of protein has always been a challenge, though--until now.  I was tickled to get to try a new product made by the same company that makes that turkey pepperoni we've enjoyed for years: HORMEL®.  HORMEL® REV® Wraps are made with real meat and cheese, come in several different varieties, and each one contains at least 12 grams of protein!  Packaged in airtight but easy-to-open sleeves, they're super convenient.  They can be heated, but my boys actually preferred them straight out of the fridge--they're truly a grab-and-go food, but they provide the sustainable energy active young people need.


One of my boys is currently undergoing a pretty tough physical training regimen.  In addition to meals, he also makes himself protein shakes on a regular basis.  Last week, though, he was pressed for time and needed something that he could pick up on his way out the door.  I was so glad that I had HORMEL® REV® Wraps in the fridge!  He grabbed a wrap and a bottle of water and was on his way.

Honestly, sometimes I feel that teenagers today are too busy.  My boys are older now, and I see that their younger friends are getting busier all the time!  Between school, extra-curricular activities, part-time jobs, and all the rest, it seems that teenagers are on the go an awful lot.  But at least with high-protein snacks such as REV®  Wraps, teens can get the energy they need in order to go the distance.

Which REV® Wrap would you like to try while you are on the go? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

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79 comments:

cindy said...

The turkey and cheese sounds good!!!!

Erin Ressler said...

Turkey and cheese, PLEASE! :)

Kathy Olson said...

Ham and cheese!
I know what you mean about boys and food. I can't seem to keep enough of anything around, especially gallons of milk.

Cheryl said...

I would love to try the pepperoni pizza and ham and cheese varieties. I had never heard of these, so am happy you shared!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Ham and cheese - but the pepperoni pizza also sounds good! These are also a new product to me - YUM!!

Jan said...

Ham and Swiss sounds good

Mami2jcn said...

I'd like to try the pepperoni pizza variety.

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Mami2jcn said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/628724883120357376

Elena said...

I want to try the ham and cheese

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Elena said...

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Natalie said...

I would love to try the Hormel REV turkey bacon ranch variety. It has all my favorite flavors! yarbr012@gmail.com

Natalie said...

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Heidi said...

I would most prefer the turkey & cheese but would love the pizza one too.

Heidi said...

https://twitter.com/zanderbear/status/628763332854550528 My TWITTER ENTRY here

steve weber said...

I would go with the turkey and cheese wrap.

Paula@SweetPea said...

I am going to look for these, Richella. I have to start packing my lunch again on Monday as it is back-to-school time and this will be perfect. All sound good but the turkey and cheese is probably my first choice.

Julie Wood said...

I want to try the Turkey Bacon Ranch variety! Looks delicious!

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Julie Wood said...

Tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/628938984140378112
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kellyr78 said...

I would like to try the Turkey & Cheese wrap when I am on the go.
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kellyr78 said...

tweet
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Lisa Brown said...

I would like to try the turkey and cheese wrap on the go.

Lisa Brown said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/628961588519825408

latanya t said...

turkey and cheese

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latanya t said...

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peg42 said...

I'd like to try the Pepperoni Pizza. Thanks so much.
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peg42 said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/629417829918502912
Thanks again.
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Rayray Cartucci said...

I would like to try the ham and cheese...that would be pretty yummy.

JC said...

I would love to try REV Italian Style wrap.
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JC said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/629489491091152896

maren said...

The pepperoni pizza one would be a favorite around here!

kari jasus said...

i would like to try the pepperoni pizza flavor

kari jasus said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/629625428127428608

clc408 said...

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza flavor would be nice on the go.

clc408 said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/clc408/status/629695176022335492

Janice said...

I would like to try the Ham & Cheese wrap
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Janice said...

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Shelly Peterson said...

I want to try the Italian Style Wrap
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Shelly Peterson said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/630651147095703553
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Caring Mom said...

https://twitter.com/caringmom008/status/630984226515456001

Caring Mom said...

the pepperoni pizza flavor

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Amy said...

would love to try the Pepperoni Ranch Pizza Wrap! who can resist!?
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Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/631369782734893056

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Madonna said...

mmm bacon, I would like to try the bacon club wrap

Madonna said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/avrilsgranny/status/632297857723207680

Tina said...

I want to try the ham and cheese wrap
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Tina said...

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eliza elliott said...

I would try the turkey and cheese. truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

eliza elliott said...

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Kristen said...

I'd like to try the Ham & Swiss Wrap.

Kristen said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/633800634857320448

Tina Woo said...

I like the Bacon Club Wrap.

Tina Woo said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/633883281730043904

Aurelie Red said...

I would love to try the Italian Style Wrap !
My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

Aurelie Red said...

My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/637636657018109952
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Jordan said...

I'd really like to try the peppered turkey wrap, yum!

wigget said...

I want to try the bacon club

Linda C. said...

I'd like to try the Ham and Cheese.

Linda C. said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/Lindiac/status/642104512820285442

Stephanie Phelps said...

I want to try the Hormel Rev Turkey Bacon Ranch on the go my4boysand1@gmail.com

Stephanie Phelps said...

I tweeted my4boysand1@gmail.com
https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/644292513159872512

Amanda Sakovitz said...

I would love to try the turkey and cheese wrap
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Amanda Sakovitz said...

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Mita said...

Tweeted - https://twitter.com/mitadav/status/644517861738827776
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Mita said...

I'd to try the ham and cheese wrap

Thomas Murphy said...

I want to try the Peppered Turkey Wrap.

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Thomas Murphy said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/644608926470811648

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ellie said...

I have not tried these, but I would like to try the Rev Ham & Cheese Wrap.

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ellie said...

tweeted
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susan1215 said...

I want to try the Hormel Rev Turkey Bacon Ranch the most!
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susan1215 said...

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slehan said...

I'd like the Italian style since I really like the flavors. Very quick and easy.
Thanks for the contest.

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slehan said...

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Tabathia B said...

I would like to try the bacon club wrap

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Tabathia B said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/645006981351215105

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Barbara Montag said...

I would love to try the Italian Style Wrap.
Wraps are best best - so fast and great tasting!
thank you

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Barbara Montag said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/645061687679315969

ms-texas said...

i would like to try the ham & cheese

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ms-texas said...

i posted a tweet here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/645075575464288260

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