Green Giant

Last year Green Giant invited Matt and I on a trip to the Valley of the Green Giant.  We were able to go behind the scenes and get a hands on view of  how vegetables are picked at the peek of freshness and packaged in less than 8 hours.  We had a wonderful time and we are grateful for this experience.  I thought you may like to watch this short clip Green Giant just posted….. can you spot A Thrifty Mom!

If you can not see this you can view it here  here,

You may also want to check out this recipe for Creamy Mexican Corn Dip using Green Giant corn… I love it!

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Have you seen the new recommended guide lines for portions? ChooseMyPlate.gov website has the complete details on the new replacement to the food pyramid that many of us have grown to learn back in school. Personally I think this version is a more realistic approach to visually learning the way a plate should look. It seems like the new generations are all visually stimulated, so this is an excellent way to get the image engraved in to our heads.

And with great sources to fill your plate like the excellent food from folks like Green Giant, there isn’t an easier way to get healthy produce to fill the largest portion on your plates. Did you know that Green Giant frozen food process actually preserves more nutrients, vitamins and minerals in frozen food then the “raw” or “fresh” vegetables in the grocery department. Yep it’s not a myth! It is true! Click the image below and look for it at the bottom of the Green Giant website to read from independent studies of the health benefits of frozen Green Giant vegetables:

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Our Green Giant visit a fewmonths ago was so fun. We met some great people and got to eat some great food! But if you are in need of a quick costume.. here are some totally cute and easy to do costumes! be a “Sprout”

A Few Short Cuts - little girl

This this Green Giant outfit is the best

easy way to make a cute costume

Some face paint, and some felt - seems like a quick costume

Two little "sprouts"

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If you are looking for some thrifty tips on ways to save on veggies then you may want to take a look at this article on Green Giant Blog today.  It is only part one so many more tips are on the way.  A Thrifty Mom was honored to be one of the featured  blogs to offer our money saving tips.

 

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Day two of our trip to Minnesota to the land of the Green Giant.  I heard we would have a special visitor at breakfast I wondered if it was going to be a tall, half naked man, covered in green paint and leaves….. hmmm that may be a little awkward.  I am happy to report I was greeted instead by the adorable “Sprout”.  I grew up watching Sprout on the Green Giant TV commercials and I have to admit I am a bit a of fan.  Who needs the Disney princess when you have this cute little fella around.  I just marked one of my childhood dreams off my life list.  Now if I could just poke the Pillsbury Dough Boys tummy….lol.

As you can tell Matt and lil Sprout were doing some male bonding as he took a nice little punch to the gut.  No really all joking aside, it was fun to have a few pics with Sprout and made me feel like a kid again.

We then got on the bus and had a 45 minute drive to Le Sueur.  On the way be watched a video telling us about the history of  Green Giant.  They have been around since 1903. They started small, made it thru 2 wars but pushed along and now nearly 1000 families farms grow vegetables using decades of experience.  In doing so helping to feed American families.  Do you know how Green Giant got their name?  It was because of the abnormally large Green Peas they were able to grow.

The video ended with this kind of cheesy…ok really cheesy, dramatic music that was meant to stir up emotion…… or hold a lighter to and wave your arms to.  Either way the bus was full of giggles.  The words went something like…

Someone working on a dream….Some where beyond the harvest…. you get the point.

But I have to admit I kind of liked it.  Growing up on a farm I totally got that all that hard work had a purpose.  Working towards the dream of providing for your family and others thru your harvest.  I better not let my mom get a hold of this song or I am pretty sure she would make us all memorize it, learn parts and preform it at the next family reunion. :)

Last but not least I was able to spot something in the trees…. do you spot him?  The bus was moving so fast it was hard to get a good photo…. look hard. The Green Giant is hiding.

More of our trip to come……

A Guys Perspective- Green Giant Trip

Dinner Cruise on Lake Minnetonka- Green Giant Trip

Small Town Goodness- Green Giant

Guess Where I am Headed- Green Giant

Green Giant paid for our travel, but we were not paid to attend.  All opinions are our own.

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