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March 13, 2013

On the go? Go Picnic

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We all need a meal to go from time to time but often sacrifice taste and nutrition for convenience. No more. A company – Go Picnic - has finally created a boxed shelf stable meal to go that  is nutritionally balanced, tastes great, and is easy to tote along. The ingredients are impressive and within each box are recognizable high quality foods that contain no trans fats, high fructose syrup, MSG, or artificial flavors or colors – just real food that tastes good. The boxes require no refrigeration, heating, or preparation and fit into a briefcase, backpack, or purse for an easy meal on the go.

DSC_0006Go Picnic offers boxed meals to accommodate a variety of diets: vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, family friendly and all natural. Each Go Picnic box generally contains 5 individually wrapped packages representing a variety of foods including a protein source that can be bean based (hummus, edamame), meat based (turkey, beef), fish (tuna, salmon) or nut based (peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter), nuts, fruit, crackers and a sweet (the Hummus and Crackers Go Picnic contents are pictured above).

The portions are ideal – not too large – to ensure a balanced meal. Although the meals may be initially viewed as high in fat, it is important to remember where the fat comes from – nuts, edamame, the nut butters and other protein sources primarily. To reduce each meal by 3-5 grams of fat, eliminate the dessert which is typically a small square of dark chocolate, a gluten-free cookie, or a piece of almond toffee.

Go Picnic offers 14 boxed meals of which eight (8) are gluten-free, six (6) are vegetarian, and five (5) are vegan. There is crossover between categories so there are gluten-free and vegan Go Picnic boxed meals divided among three general categories: All Natural Meals (5)Gold Star Meals (4), and Deli-Style Meals (5) to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

All Natural Meals:

Tuna_GPN_TC_411_400pxTuna and Crackers: A balanced meal containing Lemon Pepper Tuna Salad, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Sweet Perry Orchards Trek Trio Fruit and Nut Mix, Sweet Perry Orchards Natural Applesauce, and an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Square. Gluten-free, this meal contains 320 calories with 9 grams of protein, 20 grams of fat, and 5 grams of fiber.

Salmon_GPN_SC_413_400pxSalmon and Crackers: This gluten-free boxed meal contains Chili Lime Salmon Spread, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Sweet Perry Orchards Ginger Zip Fruit and Nut Mix, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, and Brown and Haley Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee Candy. Contains 390 calories with 22 grams of protein, 18 grams of fat, and 10 grams of fiber.

Hummus_GPN_HC_412_400pxHummus and Crackers: This all natural, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher meal contains Wild Garden Hummus Dip (which is excellent), Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit and Nut Mix, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, and an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Square. Contains 400 calories with 25 grams of protein, 18 grams of fat and 12 grams of fiber.

PeanutButter_GPN_PC_414_400pxPeanut Butter and Crackers:  This all natural boxed meal contains Peanut Butter and Company Smooth Operator Natural Peanut Butter, Partners Get Movin’ Honey Wheat Crackers, Sweet Perry Orchards Unsweetened Applesauce, Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies, and Professor Zim Zam’s All-Natural Jelly Jets. Contains 460 calories with 11 grams of protein, 20 grams of fat, and 6 grams of fiber.

Sunbutter_GPN_SC_501_400pxSunbutter and Crackers: This gluten-free and vegan boxed meal contains Sunbutter Creamy Sunflower Seed Spread, Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Sea Salt Crackers, Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Trail Mix, Niagara Naturals Tropical Fruit Bites, and an Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookie. This boxed meal is free of 7 allergens including wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg. Contains 490 calories with 12 grams of protein, 26 grams of fat and 9 grams of fiber.

Gold Star Meals: Premium, all natural and nutritionally balanced meals under 500 calories.

GPB_GS_3BeanDipRiceChips_200pxThree Bean Dip and Rice Chips:  A balanced gluten-free vegan meal that contains Go Picnic Garden Three Bean Dip, Lundberg Family Farms Rice Chips with a hint of sea salt, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Sweet and Spicy Fruit and Nut Mix, Newman’s Own Organic California Raisins, and an Endangered Species 72% Dark Chocolate Square. Contains 450 calories with 8 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat, and 7 grams of fiber.

GPB_GS_BBQBeefStick_200pxBBQ Beef Stick and Cheese Crackers: An all natural meal that contains a Vermont Smoke and Cure Real Sticks handcrafted Barbecued Beef Stick, Late July Organic Cheddar Cheese Crackers, Sweet Perry Orchards Trek Trio Fruit and Nut Mix, Bare Fruit Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips, and an Endangered Species 72% Dark Chocolate Square. Contains 350 calories with 10 grams of protein, 17 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber.

GPB_GS_EdamameKaleDip_200pxEdamame Kale Dip and Plantain Chips:  A gluten-free vegan balanced meal that contains Go Picnic Garden Edamame Kale Dip with hints of ginger and sesame, Sweet Perry Orchards Crispy Roasted Plantain Chips, Sweet Perry Orchards Ginger Zip Fruit and Nut Mix, Sweet Perry Orchards Tropical 100% Fruit Strip, and a Raw Revolution chocolate coconut raw bar for dessert.Contains 370 calories with 8 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat,  and 6 grams of fiber.

GPB_GS_Almond_Butter_200pxAlmond Butter and Crackers:  A balanced gluten-free and vegan meal that contains Barney Butter Almond Butter, Tasty Brand Organic Wild Berry Fruit Snacks, Lucy’s Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Taste of Nature Quebec Cranberry Carnival Organic Snack Bar, and Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers. Contains 480 calories with 10 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat, and 7 grams of fiber.

Classic Deli Meals: For those who lean more towards deli-style food.

GPB_Turkey_Slices_200pxTurkey Slices and Cheddar:  A balanced meal with Old Wisconsin Hardwood Smoke Turkey Slices, Hickory Farms White Cheddar Gourmet Cheese Spread, Partners Get Movin’ Honey Wheat Crackers, Sweet Perry Orchards Unsweetened Applesauce, and Professor Zim Zam’s Extraordinary Sweets Jelly Jets (fruit flavored gummy planes). Contains 300 calories with 11 grams of protein, 13 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber.

GPB_Salami_200pxSalami and Cheese: A balanced meal with Old Wisconsin Beef Salami Slices, Partners Get Movin’ Olive Oil and Sea Salt Crackers, Copper Cowbell Asiago Cheese Spread, Sweet Perry Orchards Cashew Medley Fruit and Nut Mix, and a Professor Zim Zam’s Extraordinary Sweets Dark Chocolate with Rice Crisps. Contains 350 calories with 10 grams of protein, 20 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber.

HickoryFarms_GP_HF_327_400pxHickory Farms Beef, Cheese, and Crackers: A balanced meal with all Hickory Farms products: Original Beef Sausage Snack, White Cheddar Cheese Spread, Caraway and Sea Salt Crackers, Dried Fruit Medley and Cinnamon Roasted Almonds. Contains 350 calories with 11 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber.

TurkeyPepp_GP_PV_325_400pxTurkey Pepperoni and Cheese: A  balanced gluten-free meal featuring Bridgford Turkey Pepperoni Slices, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Copper Cowbell Asiago Gourmet Cheese Spread, Mariani Dried Cranberries and Pineapple, and a Brown and Haley Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee. Contains 290 calories with 12 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber.

TurkeyStick_GP_SV_329_400px2Turkey Stick and Crunch: A gluten-free balanced meal featuring Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Stick, Popchips Barbecued Potato Chips, Niagara Natural Tropical Fruit Bites, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit and Nut Mix, and an Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookie. Contains 330 calories with 9 grams of protein, 13 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber.

Each Go Picnic boxed meal weighs between 2.8 ounces and 6.2 ounces and can be purchased on-line directly through the company’s website (listed below) in a variety of options. The meals can be purchased individually for $3-$6, depending on the choice or variety packs of 6 boxes (i.e. gluten-free, super variety) can be purchased for $26.99 ($4.50 per box) or 12 packs (i.e. gluten-free, meat lovers, best-selling, etc) for $49.99 ($4.15 per box).  The boxes can also be purchased through Amazon for about $24 for 6 boxes ($4 per box) with shipping included for Prime members or through www.drugstore.com for about $25 for 6 boxes ($4.15 per box) with free shipping for all orders over $25.

The boxes can also be purchased at most Target stores and news stands (i.e. Hudson News, CNBC) in airports. To find a location by zip code, go to the company website and use their locator service.

Go Picnic
www.gopicnic.com

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