This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received product samples to facilitate my review.
Getting my family to eat veggies can be a super daunting task. They want to take the tiniest bite that they can possibly take to see what the vegetable will taste like. Honestly, it’s so super annoying. I want to just scream from the top of my lungs to, ” …Just eat the freaking vegetable already…it’s not going to kill you!” But that type of response will just make them not want to eat it. They have growing bodies, so I’m always concerned that they are getting in the important nutrients that they need for their bodies.
I’m so super thankful that Eat Smart allowed to participate in this review and working with them! Eat Smart turns ordinary everyday vegetables into something more palatable that I won’t get questioned about, AND the kids don’t know that these salads are EXTREMELY healthy for them…that makes me super happy. Of course, I can’t just give the kids salads and call it a meal — whether it be for lunch or dinner. I have to make it a little more hearty for their bellies. So, I decided to make a crockpot pork roast, and cut pieces of it onto the salad…which was just the best thing ever! Before I get too much ahead of myself, let’s talk about the products that I received from the company. You can check this link for a Store Locator to see if the product is available for you nearby.
As you can see from the main image, I received 5 different types of salads to try:
- Sunflower Kale
- Strawberry Harvest
- Southwest Vegetable Salad
- Asian Sesame
- Sweet Kale
The one that I’m reviewing with crockpot pork roast is the Sunflower Kale. Eat Smart Sunflower Kale salad is a new twist on a popular favorite. With seven superfoods, it’s paired with a dressing that’s slightly sweet with the subtle kick of dijon. In my head, I already that the dijon vinaigrette would be a huge success with the pork roast. Then when you add in the nutty flavor from sunflower seeds, you have a TOTAL overall winner. Yum!
These salads are just perfect in packaging. They are pre-made salad kits, which means you don’t have to go out and buy all of these extra ingredients and dressings. Eat Smart put them all together for you…with perfectly measured ingredients. They ACTUALLY give a perfect amount of dressing for your salad kit! Which means a lot to me because I just hate a dry salad.
While I’m pouring in the dressing, you can already see the vibrant colors from the broccoli, green cabbage, kale, chicory, dried cranberries, and roasted sunflower seeds.
This salad is just so gorgeous to look at and admire!
After mixing it well, I shredded the pork roast on top. I did let the roast cool off a little bit before cutting and shredding it. And then here’s the end result:
And yes, I have those old wooden bowls that my grandma used to have in her home! Well, Stephen actually bought it from the Goodwill store (that store is my biggest weakness!)…so I have to give the credit to him.
This salad is both nutritious, delicious, and hearty from the roast! Everything was a perfect compliment for each other, and the kids ACTUALLY ate everything in their bowls without questioning what the ingredients were. They just thought it was a delicious salad.
Here’s my recipe for the crockpot pork roast:
- 1.5 Pound Pork Loin
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon 21 Seasoning Salute (available at Trader Joe's)
- 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
- ½ Teaspoon of Cracked Black Pepper
- ¼ Cup of Water
- Set crockpot on high and add water.
- Place Pork Loin and all ingredients to the crockpot, and allow to cook for 4½ hours.
- After 4½ hours, turn the pork roast over, and cook for additional 1½ hours.
- Remove roast from crockpot and allow to cool on a cutting board. Approximately 15 minutes
The next night, we had a salad smorgasbord! We tried every single one of those salads, and the kids actually asked for more! The boys loved the Asian Sesame and Southwest salad, and Angela was patiently in love with the Strawberry Harvest – she loves strawberries!
My whole family gives all of the salads and wonderful thumbs up, and can’t wait to eat more. Try these salads with your family, and I’m sure they’ll be asking for more.
FYI, they are having a FABULOUS giveaway! Here are the details, and you can enter below to win!
- Prize: Ten (10) AMEX Gift Cards at $50 each and samples of all five Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits (for a total of five salads)
- Dates: 9/16/16 – 10/07/16