Friday, December 12, 2008

Matisse & Jack's

Have you ever heard of this brand? I hadn't before I was asked to try it out. I usually steer away from doing reviews on food products, but since Matisse & Jack's makes healthy, all natural products, I jumped at the chance. For new readers who don't know, I try to stick to an all natural diet for my family. I do it mainly to help Jackson with his ADHD. I've found that artificial colors, flavors and preservatives tend to send him into orbit and/or make him very argumentative and nasty. I think everyone can benefit from a healthful diet without all the artificial additives though.

So Matisse & Jack's makes boxed snack mixes. All you have to do is add a couple ingredients (some butter, water, applesauce, etc.), mix, and pop it in the oven. In a few minutes you have warm, homemade, fresh-from-the-oven goodies that are not only delicious, but they're good for you too!

The first mix I tried with my family was the Cocoa Squares. All you add is applesauce and oil. Jackson, Austin, and the little kids loved these. Savannah and I thought they were a bit too "appley" and didn't care for them that much. We decided they'd be better with less applesauce and some peanut butter instead. That's another cool thing about these mixes - the box offers variations on the original recipe. You can add ingredients to spice them up, or you can try a lower fat variation.

Next I tried the Granola Bites and the Chocolate Chip Power Snacks. Everyone loved these and gobbled up the whole pan in minutes! Well, they didn't eat the actual pan, but you know what I mean. They were really yummy and they were healthy! They're made with organic, whole, natural ingredients like All Purpose Wheat Flour Unbleached, Organic Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Seedless Raisins, Unsweetened Dried Coconut, Baking Soda, and Cinnamon. Matisse and Jack's tagline is, "Wholesome and Yum Become One." It's true! They're delicious! And I love that you bake them yourself. Then again, I love baking and do a lot of it. There's just something about taking a nice warm tray of freshly baked cookies, or muffins, or cakes out of the oven. Mmmmm!

You can find Matisse & Jack's yummy mixes at Whole Foods and Super Targets or you can order online. When you order 6 boxes, shipping is free. And for my readers, Matisse & Jack's is offering a 10% discount when you order online now through January, 2009. Just use the code "freshisbest".

And leave me a comment here for a chance to win some Matisse & Jack's products. On Wednesday, December 17, I'll choose 2 names who will receive 2 boxes each of Matisse & Jack's yummy natural snack mixes!

143 comments:

Kerri S said...

These look good.

Anjie said...

These sound like they would be great for the "bring a snack to share" activities I attend on a regular basis. I might have to trek on over to my closest SuperTarget and check 'em out!

KAL071203 said...

sounds yummy!

Kate said...

These sound great! We're trying to go more natural so these products would be perfect.

Veronica said...

Wow, thanks for sharing! I'm gonna have to check my Target for these. But thanks for the opportunity to "win" some!

Alexis said...

They sound yummy and I'm always looking for heathier items, you know instead of cupcakes and cookies you know ... LOL.

Thanks!

On The Go Family said...

Yum -- count me in!

amy said...

I would love to try these for my family!

Chantelle said...

Those look delicious!!

Sandi said...

Now I want a brownie... Thanks! =)

AlehouseGirl said...

Healthy and yummy? Sign me up!

leaner said...

Yummers! Those look delish.

Becki said...

I'll try them.. but healthy food is usually gunky so these better be as yummy as you say! =)

Steff said...

These would be awesome!!!

Adri said...

Sounds delicious! :-)

Lynn J said...

Sounds great. We use the Feingold Diet also! Something good to have in the cupboard.

cmomgo said...

yum. Love the flexibility to add/subtract.

Missy said...

Those look good :)

Valerie P said...

I would love to try these!

Denise said...

I would love to try these mixes!

Kira said...

These sound great. We just started Feingold with my son.

Tara said...

ooooh! I need these!

kirine said...

Wow. This sounds great! Thanks Dawn!

~Jennifer F

Brooke said...

I'd love to try them and we don't have a Whole Foods or a Super Target anywhere near us...

Jacci O. said...

YUM-O!

Shannon said...

I would love to try these! They sound delish!!

AngelaP. said...

I'd love to win!

Lesli said...

Those look great! Thanks for sharing!

Karen R. said...

Mmmmmmm! I'm hungry now, thanks alot! :o)

Virginia said...

This brand sounds like it's on to something good! The snacks sound yummy.

Nicole said...

YUM-E!

Melanie said...

Looks Good!!
rankin1997@hotmail.com

Jess C said...

I'm pregnant, I love snacks!

j said...

This would definatly help my MAJOR problem of snacking on sweets! Seriously, I can put away an entire cake; sans holiday/birthday. "God, keep me AWAY from the supermegabox of hostess cupcakes, I fear I'll eat them all and gain, not wisdom, but a large..um...exterior. Amen"

Beverly said...

Sounds yummy. We love healthy foods. Well, I'm trying to help my crew love healthy foods...

Bev

Cristie :) said...

WOW! This company sounds awesome. I'll at least have to head down to my Target and check 'em out! As always thanks for the reviews!

Jen said...

I've never heard of them but they sound great! I'd love to try them!

Jenn said...

These look so yummy!!

Thanks for another great giveaway!!


JLWalden1{at}gmail{dot}com

Ruthie said...

YUMMY! We have a Super Target here, so I'll be looking form them.

tchulick said...

I would love to try it.

Jess said...

We'd love to try some!

Leah said...

That sounds like something my family should be eating.

Janet said...

These sound like a great snack, I'd love to try them.

Peggy said...

Now thats a snack I won't get in trouble for feeding the grandkids!

Firelizards said...

Yum!

Jennifer said...

Those look interesting to try. Healthy snacks that taste good are always a good idea.

Jody said...

I'm always on the lookout for natural foods! My daughter also needs to stay on a 'no-junk' diet, and it is so hard to find snacks and treats for her!

Cleo said...

Can they be made vegan? I would love to try them!

missy Johnson said...

I would really like to try those!

Jess in MI said...

ohhh sounds yummy and after the 100+ mini cupcakes I made for a b-day party today, we need something natural LOL

Hally said...

Great snack to sneak into playdates and especially this holiday season of 'Bring a snack for sharing'!

Ali H. said...

These sound great!

Connie H. said...

These sound great. Hope I win!!

Vicki said...

Oh man, those sound so yummy!!! I'm all about healthy snacks, but have never heard of this brand. Wonder if they have them here in Arkansas?? Thanks Dawn!

Angie said...

Mmmmm.... Those sound really good!

Deirdrea said...

As a mom of a whole houseful of ADD/ADHD people I am with you on cutting out as much of the "junk" in foods as possible. I don't stick strictly to Feingolds but I do try to do as much as possible on my own. These snacks sound great and I'd LOVE to try them!

DeeDee said...

Num Yummy!

Chris and Penny said...

sounds delicious! would love to try them! thanks!

Jennifer B. said...

Sweet I didn't even know these were around and at SuperTarget. Yeah can't wait to find some. And if I win one that would be okay too!

Kim said...

Sounds good, my son would love them.

andij1967 said...

What a fantastic product! I also try to find healthier options when I cook, and this is right up my alley.

jillw920@hotmail.com said...

I'll have to check Target for these!

Jill W.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

Yummm... I am hungry just reading your review. I really like the fact that the granola bites and chocolate chip power snacks have organic ingredients.

If a food is labeled "chocolate", then my kids are game. I think I will give them a try. Thanks for being the guinea pig!

You have inspired me to create "chocolate carrots" and "chocolate broccoli". Think it will pass the kid test?? yeah... I know...no way... they would probably just lick the chocolate off the carrots!

Thanks for the input!
~Lisa K, Dallas, Texas

Margo :-) said...

Sound yummy! :-)

Garth and Becky said...

I've never heard of these, but they do sound yummy!

Tracy said...

Those look good, I would love to try these out.

Rachael said...

MMMMM!

pednurse said...

These sound good! I'd love to get my kids to try healthier foods....especially if they didn't realize they were healthier...

Vicki said...

I'm heading out today and I'm looking for these...they sound super yummy! We eat good for ya foods and this will be a good one to add in.
Thanks for the review.
Vicki W.

Kristin said...

Those look really yummy - it's getting a bit easier to eat more naturally!

Anonymous said...

I would like to try these, sounds good!

mhgood said...

Wow, just add applesauce and oil for the brownies? Gotta try those!!

Olivia Michal said...

I want some

Jayne V. said...

These sound fantastic. Oh, to have a Whole Foods to purchase them at! (At least we have a Super Target.)

AuntyM said...

Sounds yummy!

janie said...

Me, ME, pick me! choclate? mmmmm

TruffleLady said...

Always looking for healthy snacks!

Valerie said...

sounds yummy - can't wait to look for them next trip to the store.

Carol said...

geee they look pretty good !! I'm hungry already dammit!!

sharalyns said...

Oh! All Natural baking mixes! I have to get these. My 7 year old has Sensory Integration Dysfunction and the same things send him "over the moon" too! Heck, sometimes just plain sugar will do it!

Christine in NJ said...

OHHHH.... Looks yummy! Thanks again for yet another giveaway! You're the best!

Christine

Evelyn said...

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Dana said...

I can't wait to try this brand!!

Christy C. said...

These look so yummy! I'm going to look for them tonight when I go out, just in case I don't win them here!!!

candi said...

These sound delicious! And I loved the kids' chicken jokes. My kids grew up too fast.

Kelly M. in Texas said...

Sounds great!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

These sounds fantastic!

Randee said...

would love to try these!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm, food! Count me in!!

Donna in PA :)

Lee said...

Always looking for new snacks. Healthy is even better! Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy your posts.

Anne B. said...

They look absolutely delicious, and if it's organic, even better!!

The Cochran Zoo said...

Yummy!

Chrissy said...

Wow How cool!~ These look great!

Lori said...

They sound great! I would love to try them out!

Fourmonsters said...

Can't pass this up!! Thank you for all of the great give aways you give us a chance to win!!

Our Unique Family said...

These would be great I also try to cut out the additives in foods..both of my boys have ADHD.

Bekah said...

That is wonderful! My kids could definetly use some natural snacks rather than sugary ones.

Colleen said...

Sounds like a yummy snack to make with my 3 year old!
~Colleen L

windycindy said...

Thanks for introducing me to these products! We carefully watch what we eat because diabetes runs rampant in our family. Please add my name to your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

These sound way too good!! I'm going to have to go check them out! I hope I win!!
Amanda R.

Bubba and Noodle's Mama said...

Maybe my super picky Noodle will eat these? Here's hoping!!!

Kymber

Jane said...

These sound delicious!

papersunshine said...

I dont even attemp health foods because I hate throwing it out when no one will eat it! I am glad t read this review, I might just try it :)

Lyndsay said...

sounds delicious!!

Kelly said...

We try to stay all natural too for a lot of the same reasons. I'm always looking out for mixes like these since I don't bake.

Kelly Q.

Margaret Dunlap said...

I'm a diabetic, so I am always looking for food that I can actually eat without needing to spend hours cooking. I gave up on packages a while ago, but this is a really good recommendation. I'll read the box the next time I'm in Whole Foods, which is great store for having 'no sugar added' items that actually taste like food. A bit pricey though.

mdunlap@hotmail.com

Ariel said...

yummy! we're always looking for good and good for you snacks!

Denise said...

Those look good! :) I've been trying alot healthier lately! Those would be great to try!

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. Hook us up!
Mindy A. (Iowa)

Allykat said...

Haven't heard of this brand, but am anxious to try it now. We also try and eat all natural and healthy (I shop mostly at Trader Joe's since it's the closest). Sure wish I had a Super Target nearby!

Michelle said...

this would be great for my family that loves snacks ... this would make it easier to ge them to eat healthy

Chris A, Jackson, MI said...

Yippy for snacks!!!

VanderbiltWife said...

Mmm! Looks yummy! I think my chocolate cravings have gotten worse since I gave birth...

Adrienne said...

These look delicious.

zeitersouth said...

I am always looking for healthy snacks to send to school with my son!

christine in chicago said...

I love natural foods. I would love to try these. They look delish.

Dee said...

They sound delicious! Pick me! Pick me!

Carrie said...

Those all sound so good. I want to try the chocolate squares.

sylvia said...

mmmmm! these sound good

Karrie S. said...

MMM...tasty treats!!

Winona said...

I'm hungry now! (And sadly, I just ate lunch...)

Juneau Poole Party said...

Yummy!

Courtney said...

Yum!!! Always on the lookout for wholesome treats- thanks!

Karen said...

These sound so delicious... I need to go eat lunch!

Amanda E said...

Yummy! I'd love to try these out. Have to check the stores near me....

Deb said...

Mmmm...sounds yummy!

Britny said...

i love would to try these my brother can't have red 40 and so many browines and cake mixes have it there :-(

Diane B said...

Mmmm....brownies. Count me in.

Denise said...

Sounds delicious! Thanks!

Michelle said...

Looks yummy! And not as bad for you. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda VE said...

We would love to try these!! :)

Jacqui said...

These sound great. I would love to try them.

kiki said...

i would like to try them.

Melissa said...

These look really good!

Kelly said...

Sounds yummy! I don't think we have supertarget near us, I would know if it was more than a regular Target, wouldn't I? I'll have to check.

Kelly O'C said...

Sounds like if the kids like them, then maybe they must be o.k. We have tried many organic and natural recipes and my kids just won't eat them! Thanks!

danga said...

yumm..sign me up.

Jake said...

IT's always good to have some more food in the house! They look really good!

Jacob said...

These sound declicious! PICK ME!

Laura said...

Yum! Yum!

Heather said...

We're about to pull our son off his ADHD medication...this would be a great help for that!

AMK said...

never tried them before, but I'll try anything once. Maybe they'll "win" themselves a new customer.

Anonymous said...

I would love to try these and my nephew has adhd and also my bro could use these please pick ME.

colleen from ny