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“We Love Annie’s Homegrown”

At our house, we are healthy eaters. We always fill our shopping cart ¾ of the way with produce, we only eat natural ingredients and we eat as much organic food as we can. Luckily, we live in Santa Cruz, a virtual Mecca for farm-fresh, wholesome, organic foods. My kids will literally pass up a fast food kids’ meal for a fresh fruit plate and they routinely turn down cookies in exchange for tomatoes…

But soooometimes, kids want “kid food.” When they get a hankerin’ for something classically child friendly, we turn to Annie’s Homegrown. Annie’s is famous for their Macaroni & Cheese and have been in the business for over 20 years. They know their stuff! Annie’s manages to offer crazy delicious GMO-free products without ANY artificial ingredients, chemicals, fillers or preservatives – even gluten free and organic options too!

Once they mastered the all natural Macaroni and Cheese, Annie’s grew, and grew and grew! Now their product line includes breakfast cereals, salad dressings, condiments, pretzels, granola bars and more! You can check out the full line here.

Let me give you a quick run-down of our favorites:

1) Organic shells & Real Aged Cheddar

This is our go-to last minute dinner or side dish. Its creamy, cheesy and tastes waaaay better than that other stuff. Plus, its ALL NATURAL! (Plus, you get to laugh at the weird way to open the box… by pushing in a cartoon bunny’s butt. What the heck?!)

2) Organic fruit snacks!

We love the Berry Patch flavor (in the purple box) but all 5 flavors are delicious. In addition to being free of any artificial ingredients or coloring, they are gluten-free and VEGAN!

3) Oh my goodness, the Cheddar Bunnies.

These things are similar to those fish shaped ones, but they are made with natural ingredients and come in regular and organic varieties.

For a fun way to jazz up your Annie’s Macaroni, put it into a casserole dish after preparing, crumble Cheddar Bunnies on top and bake at 350° until its just a little cripsy on top! Super good!

4) The new Organic Pretzel Bunnies!!!

These things are adorable and delicious. Its hard for me to say which ones are my favorite, because they’re usually gone too fast for me to remember which were which. All free of hydrogenated oils!

5) Last, but not least, the Organic snack mix!

This stuff is GREAT for trips in the car or waiting rooms. It’s a duet of yumminess (2 kinds of Cracker Bunnies and Pretzel Bunnies), in one box! We like the Cheddar Snack Mix best.

Honorable mentions…

Chocolate Bunny Grahams, for when you want a serious kick of chocolate to your graham cracker snack.

Deluxe Rotini & White Cheddar, for when you want that fancy restaurant type of mac and cheese.

Annie’s Homegrown is an amazing company, with your health and the environment in mind. Their website features all their products and even recipes! You can buy their products through their storefront (powered by Alice.com) Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!

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We are Annie’s fans for life! What is your favorite Annie’s product or recipe? Share it with us!

*Annie’s was kind enough to let my family sample their products, but all opinions are my own*

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5 COMMENTS

  • Emily on June 13, 2011

    We LOVE the Shells & White Cheddar! We add cut up chicken & apple sausage to it to make a healthy “Mac & Cheese & Dogs” meal.

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    • Jess T. on June 13, 2011

      Oh yum! Great idea!

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    • Annie's Homegrown on June 13, 2011

      Mmm….this sounds delish! Hard to go wrong with cheese + sausage :)

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  • debbie m on June 13, 2011

    We love all Annie’s here….the cereal, granola bars, bunnies, shells and white cheddar, you name it!!! We even wrote to them for a sticker. My 5 year old LOVES to read the boxes…all sides!

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  • Keri Phillips on June 14, 2011

    i love annies white cheddar mac and cheese. no other mac and cheese compares!

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