Functional Breakfast Burritos: Taste Test

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When I say I’m a breakfast person, that may be a bit of an understatement. The correct term is breakfast enthusiast.

I have been known to have trouble sleeping the night before, because I can’t wait to eat breakfast the next morning. I have been known to make breakfast dates with friends who have initially asked for drinks dates, coffee dates, lunch dates or dinner dates. It’s just.. breakfast. This is my flow time. This is my happy time. It’s when I’m most creative.

This is when I’m most ravenous.


With the new year just underway, I’m more focused than ever on starting 2017 off on a healthy note. As per usual, my goals are on bettering myself physically, mentally and emotionally, and on staying healthy with the help of Sweet Earth Natural Foods products. Cassidy and I used to make burritos during the early parts of our marriage. We’d throw anything on that our hearts desired, and that expanded later when I was pregnant. Sometimes it was carrots. Sometimes it was peppers.

I learned how to eat quinoa by living in San Francisco. Now that we’re parents and we’re in the middle of the frigid and endless months of a New England winter, I need a little more substance in my breakfasts lately. I need a kick to start my day. I generally need lots of protein and even more flavor. During this past weekend’s taste test, I found something new.


Over the weekend, I went on a Functional Breakfast Burritos shopping spree – partly at Stop & Shop – and mostly at Whole Foods, I did not come up empty-handed. Not one to miss out on a single good thing, I got four flavors from Sweet Earth Natural Foods: Get Focused!, Protein Lover’s, Get Cultured!, and Lighten Up! What inspired their functional burritos? Form following function. The burritos are filled with vegetables, complex grains, omega-3, probiotics, fiber, and tons of protein.

I started my day with a Get Focused! today.

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Sweet Earth Natural Foods make healthy foods, without compromising flavor. These easy-to-eat burritos are so much fun to discover, that Cassidy and Des happily helped me when I taste-tested all four flavors.

Get Cultured! – This one intrigued Cassidy the most. It’s a probiotic, vegan, Korean-inspired breakfast burrito, filled with – tofu, cabbage, carrots, spinach, fermented red pepper, edamame, and ginger. There are 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Intriguing, right? It was a little spicy, but not too much for me. I love the edamame! I think I have an obsession with fermented foods. I also love tofu. Would I buy it? Yes. Cassidy’s reaction was simple, but perfect: “I like it!”

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Get Focused! This one was my most anticipated one, because I’m totally an eggs and cheese girl. This burrito also has rosemary, flaxseed, kale, peas, smoked gouda, and meatless Tuscan Grounds. There are 18 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and omega-3! It’s a favorite. I LOVE the eggs. This is totally my thing. There’s a slight fennel taste too.

breakfast burritos

breakfast burritos

Lighten Up – Lighten Up has only 190 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber. It has seasoned tofu, homemade salsa verde, spinach, black eyed peas, brown rice, and red bell peppers. The smell of the homemade salsa verde and the red bell peppers is instant! Des liked this one best. So if you are keeping score, Cassidy liked Get Cultured Best!, I liked Get Focused! best, and Des liked Lighten Up best. It has a nice traditional favor, and I bet it’s a favorite to many people. I LOVE the black eyed peas! I’m not a cilantro person, and it’s in there, but it doesn’t overwhelm at all. Also available in a 3-pack!

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Protein Lover’s – This functional breakfast burrito contains Sweet Earth Natural Food’s Vegan Benevolent Bacon.

The smoky smell and taste is instant! This burrito is protein-packed with scrambled egg whites, quinoa, kale, garlic, meatless Tuscan Grounds, the Benevolent Bacon, and cheddar cheese. It has a whopping 20 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and is high in vitamins B1, B2, and C. I loved the quinoa – such a great texture! Also, this one is available in 3-packs.

Talk about healthy, convenient, and flavorful foods for your New Year’s Resolutions! I found my burritos at my local co-op, at Stop & Shop in the organic frozen section, and at Whole Foods. Find your local Sweet Earth Foods with THIS LINK.

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A Good Breakfast is the Key to a Great Day!

Last night, after the long and hot summer weekend was finally winding down, Scarlet was watching a TV show in which the main character’s father said, A good breakfast is the key to a great day!” During our hectic days, I couldn’t agree more.

Scarlet was away for nearly all of the weekend – first at a sleepover in Connecticut, and then at a wonderful play with her Grandma and her cousin. I woke up on Sunday to a hungry, hungry Des and a happy, shiny morning. The thing with Des is that he gets fiercely hungry. He reminds me so much of me. Between middle school and high school, I grew about 6-7 inches – clearly a late-bloomer who had been saving all of her growing until a bit later than my friends. My kids may eat other meals during school/camp hours and at friends’ houses, but feeding them breakfast is an important task for me as a parent.

I’m always in need of breakfast ideas because we all need fuel to begin and end our big days, whether it’s summer or the school year. Either way, we are often easing into a new change to the schedule before it settles again for awhile. I had trouble with mornings as a kid, and my parents would buy me Jimmy Dean products to help with the challenges of new schedules, new friends, late nights doing homework, and sharing bathrooms and a kitchen with four other siblings. I have learned a lot from my parents, in buying products that mean less time at the stove, and more time spent together.

What’s important to me is that both kids get a lot of protein in their days. It makes a difference to me, and I can see the difference in their energy levels. When we woke up on Sunday I made a picnic for Des and me. We might not always – or ever – have time for a full picnic on weekdays in the fall, but I hope he’ll eat his protein-filled breakfast and think of summer mornings with me. Always. And I’m happy to have these wonderful Jimmy Dean options for breakfast, year-round for us.

Let’s talk about “who.” My family. Let’s talk about “what” – Jimmy Dean breakfast products. “Where” – ideally at home. “When”? It’s a convenient option for rushed mornings, and it’s also a wonderful option for those slow weekend mornings.

Jimmy Dean for breakfast, but you can also have a Jimmy Dean lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert. “Why?” There are so many reasons why. Our local Stop & Shop has a large selection of Jimmy Dean breakfast products we use to start our great days.

We all love bacon, and Jimmy Dean Bacon is a thicker cut bacon that delivers great taste and consistent quality. Our personal favorites are the frozen sandwiches and the frozen bowls. They are savory, satisfying meals that are microwavable and ready in less than three minutes. If I’m using a product that doesn’t have eggs, I will often pair the product with scrambled eggs for extra protein. For generally all breakfasts, my kids choose their favorite fruit of choice, and always water or milk to drink.

Jimmy Dean helps us get a great start to our mornings, so we can hopefully go on to have great days. The products are fully cooked with a perfect blend of seasonings, and are ready from the microwave in less than a minute. We just heat and serve!

No doubt, yesterday was a great morning. Our deck is a beautiful place – full of wildflowers, bird feeders, and sun-catching decorations. It was warm and sunny without a cloud overhead. Des was open to a picnic, and I’m happy we made a memory together. That said, no matter what day it is, Jimmy Dean products are there to help us start the day.

See for yourself how good mornings lead to great days when you start them off with Jimmy Dean. Right now at Stop & Shop, when you buy 3 participating Jimmy Dean products you get $5 off through 8/11. While supplies last.


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Tyson Foods, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #JDgreatdays