This is a love story. A love story with Munk Packs and how they calmed my chaotic mornings. This portable and nourishing breakfast made my little girls smile and this dietitian mama relieved.
I hate mornings! Like, I cannot stand the sound of my alarm. It means I must evacuate my warm and cozy bed and the mattress that I hope I die in one day.
Until just recently, I used to work in the corporate world. The twill of my phone mostly served as a shotgun start to chaos.
With a 1 year old and 4 year old, mornings meant herding cats and hoping for the best. Mornings were not my finest hour, eh-hem.
I know I said this was a love story. Stay with me. I promise it gets good.
As much as I would like to be “that” mom. The mom that had her girls in matching outfits. At daycare on time. With overnight oats, fresh fruit and a side of scrambled eggs in their cute little bellies – let’s be clear – I wasn’t!
There were many mornings I would work half the day only to find out I had a big yogurt handprint on my back … or worse.
How I met my first Munk Pack
Part of my corporate job as a supermarket dietitian (read more about it here) was to evaluate new food products. I got to decide which of our shoppers it would be a perfect fit for and then recommend it on tours or online.
I miss this part of my job – and as you can see I created a blog to fill that void. My old coworkers will sigh “I knew she couldn’t leave it completely.”
So when Munk Packs came across my desk the first time, I was ecstatic! First, as a mom, I saw so much time saved in the morning. Second, as a dietitian, I loved that I could offer my daughters oatmeal and fruit puree. And, it was all in an easy, won’t destroy-the-back-of-our-SUV, portable breakfast that would leave them full and nourished.
Munk Packs have been around for a bit but I had to feature them here because I am still in love with them, over two years later.
What are Munk Packs?
Munk Packs are a pouch straight from heaven. Okay, but seriously … they are a perfectly portioned pouch of overnight oats and fruit puree making it the ideal nourishing and portable breakfast (or snack).
The packs (and bonus ingredients) comes in five delectable flavors:
- Apple Quinoa Cinnamon
- Blueberry Acai Flax
- Maple Pear Quinoa
- Peach Chai Vanilla
- Raspberry Coconut
Why am I so crazy for Munk Packs?
So for every flavor (at least at the time of this post) they are/have:
- 100% Whole Grain
- Gluten Free
- Plant Based
- No Soy
- No Dairy
- Omega 3’s (mostly from flaxseed)
- BPA free pouch
- Shelf stable!!! Thank you Lord. (However, you must refrigerate after you open if you don’t finish – we’ve never not finished one.)
I’ve heard it said you can’t be all things to all people, but dang dizzle, this little pouch comes close.
So, as a supermarket dietitian I was able to recommend this for kids with celiac or allergies to soy or dairy. I could easily recommend these for my mom shoppers who were concerned about GMO’s or BPA.
Wait till you see the nutrition facts panel!
Here’s where the love story gets good.
We’ll use our household favorite – Blueberry Acai Flax. And, when I say household favorite I mean my four year old thought it was the pack closest to purple, her all time favorite color.
If you were with me in the supermarket, I’d show you the ingredients and point out:
- Oatmeal is the first ingredient
- Blueberry is the second ingredient – real blueberry thank you very much!
- The ingredient list isn’t long
- I can recognize all the ingredients on the list
- There is flax and acai – and while there probably isn’t a whole serving worth in this little pouch I’m pretty sure my sweet cherubs aren’t getting acai in too many other places.
Then, while you were giddy with nutrition knowledge I’d guide your eyes to the nutrition facts panel and together we’d squeal with joy when we saw:
- Only 110 calories per pouch (all the pouches are 90-110 calories)
- Only 5 mg of sodium! We could even recommend this for low-sodium shoppers.
- 4 grams of fiber
- 12 grams of carbohydrates but 0 grams from added sugar – WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!
There is one part that isn’t on the nutrition facts panel. It’s on the side bar. This particular pouch contains 500 mg of omega 3s. Granted, the omega 3’s are from flax (or alpha-linolenic-acid) but we’ll get to that later.
Are you in love yet? Have you been wondering where these nourishing and portable breakfasts have been hiding?
Some questions you may have…
Don’t oats contain carbohydrates? Are they really that good for you?
I would love to dazzle you with my killer scientific facts, but I’d much rather point you to some resources I use when I gather research so you can see for yourself I’m not making this stuff up.
Healthline does a killer job of making you a fan of oats and oatmeal. Spoiler alert, oats may help with weight loss, cholesterol and skin care.
I love giving oats and oatmeal to my littles because it seems to keep them full longer. Translation: I don’t have to magically pull snacks out of my purse. Every hour. On the hour. Sigh…
You list the Munk Packs as Gluten Free. Do I need to be gluten free?
Let’s hear a shout-out for the gluten-free manufacturers who have increased the quantity and quality of their food offerings. For those who medically need a gluten free diet, having a choice in what they can eat makes a world of different.
However, at this point in history, research isn’t conclusive that everyone needs to be gluten free.
That’s not to say you can’t move toward a gluten free lifestyle.
I’ve met plenty of people who do not have celiac and have found they feel infinitely better when they eat less gluten.
Harvard offers a great discussion on going gluten free.
Do I need to be eating Non-GMO?
I’ll admit this is one of my least favorite questions. Why? Because I can see points on both sides of the argument.
Again, Healthline does a stellar job of presenting the facts.
Abbey Sharp, of Abbey’s Kitchen, also provides such great blog posts. I really like her review of GMOs.
The Munk Packs contain 4 grams of fiber per pouch. How much fiber do we need?
For adults, the current recommendation is 25+ grams of fiber for women and 33+ grams for men. Although, we could probably stand to use even more.
We are aiming for 19-25 grams of fiber per day in our household. So with 4 grams in one Munk Pack we are already at 20-25% of our goal. I’ll take it!
What’s with these Omega 3’s?
The most popular omega 3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. You probably hear about DHA during pregnancy and the early years of childhood because of its impact on brain health.
Both EPA and DHA are from marine animal sources.
The third omega 3 fatty acid we hear about is ALA, which comes from a plant source.
ALA must be converted to EPA and DHA. And it takes A LOT of ALA to make a little bit of EPA and DHA.
So, 500 mg of ALA omega 3’s in the Munk Pack may not be like 500 mg of EPA or DHA. However, considering how little of any 3 of the omega fatty acids we as Americans, much less kids, get, 500 mg can just be an added bonus in the Munk Pack.
Today’s Dietitian has a fantastic article on the types of omega 3’s.
Who else would you recommend Munk Packs for?
- Your sweet kids!!
- Athletes – as a nourishing portable snack. Strong Runner Chicks also agrees 🙂
- People managing blood sugar. Yes, the Munk Pack has 12 grams of carbs. But, it also has 3-4 grams of fiber which are going to slow down the absorption of those carbs. I’d even suggest pairing it with a hardboiled egg or handful of nuts to slow down absorption and subsequent blood sugar levels.
- Those focused on heart health. No sugar, 4 grams of fiber, some omega 3’s, whole grains and super low sodium!
- Tired moms! I see you mama. Life is hard feeding those cute little mouths, wiping noses and tears. Munk Packs are just as easy to grab as another cup of coffee or a handful of salty snack.
Where can you get Munk Packs?
I purchase my favorite nourishing and portable breakfast at Market Street on sale for $1.50 each. I’ve seen Munk Packs range in price from $1.50 to $3.00. Definitely stock up on them when they are on sale.
What other nourishing and portable products does Munk Pack have?
Munk Pack also has protein cookies. I look forward to getting my hands on them and reporting back to all of you, my fellow Curious Spoons. They look equally nourishing and portable.
I hope this love story has encouraged you that a nourishing, portable breakfast is possible. My mornings are less chaotic, for sure. But, I’m not sure there’s a product out there that will make me love mornings, no matter how new or nourishing.
Will you guys try Munk Packs for yourself or your kids? If you have tried Munk Packs, let me know what you think.
**This blog was not sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own.