Monday, December 21, 2009

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta Review

Getting children to eat healthy foods brings challenges
to the table, survey finds

Nearly Half of Parents Have Difficulty Tempting Their Kids With Nutritious Options, Finds Ronzoni Smart Taste ® Poll

A healthy, balanced diet – it’s every parent’s goal for their child. But a new survey finds that when it comes to getting kids to eat healthy, moms and dads have their plates full.

According to the Ronzoni Smart Taste® Family Table Survey[1] nearly half of all parents[2] (47%) of kids ages 3-12 have a difficult time feeding them nutritious, healthy foods. Older moms (ages 45-54) have the hardest time (57%). Parents from the western part of the country seem to have an easier time than those in other regions[3]. Dads find it slightly more difficult than moms to interest their children in healthy meals (49% vs. 45%). Only 26% of parents find it very easy to feed their kids healthy meals.

There are many reasons why kids resist nutritious options, the survey finds. Parents say taste (32%) is by far the biggest reason healthy foods are rejected. Looks (10%) and texture (9%) follow.

And which good-for-you foods rank among the most offensive to children? Sardines top the list at 63%, followed by liver (59%) and beets (50%). Coming in closely behind are Brussels sprouts (49%) and okra (48%). Among the least offensive foods are carrots, with only 15% of parents saying their children find fault with them.

To dramatize the everyday challenges that moms and dads have in getting their kids to eat healthy foods, Ronzoni Smart Taste has created the video “Supermom.”  The piece depicts the stunts one health-conscious mom goes through to sway her skeptical kids at the family table.  The video can be found at for further information.

Stop busting mom’s “pork” chops! A new survey* finds that more than half of moms of kids aged 3-12 find it challenging to feed healthy foods to their kids.  The top three “yuck factor” foods of kids (aged 3-12) out there are sardines (63%), liver (59%) and beets (50%).  Close runners up are Brussels sprouts (49%) and okra (48%).  Despite the nutrient packed punch these foods deliver, kids everywhere are wrinkling their noses at the plates before them.
Check out one mom’s story of the great lengths she goes to in order to get her kids to eat healthy, and how she solves the dinner dilemma.  We think you can relate. 

Penne with Quick Meat Sauce

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp dried basil or oregano leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese
In large skillet, cook meat until browned; drain. Add onion; cook until tender. Stir in spaghetti sauce, parsley, basil or oregano, salt and pepper; simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Toss hot pasta with meat sauce; sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

Chicken Vegetable Saute

1 clove garlic minced
1 small thinly sliced zucchini
1 cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
1 thinly sliced onion
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 can (14 oz) tomatoes, undrained, cut in small pieces
1 cup cubed cooked chicken or turkey
1/2 cup water
1 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
In large skillet, cook garlic, zucchini, mushrooms and onion in oil until tender, but not brown. Add remaining ingredients except pasta; simmer 15 minutes. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Serve chicken and vegetables over pasta.

Pasta with Broccoli Alla Romana

4 lean bacon slices
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain thoroughly. Crumble bacon; return to skillet. Add onion and garlic; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in RONZONI SMART TASTE SPAGHETTI sauce; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cook 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli to pasta cooking water during last 3 minutes. Drain pasta and broccoli well; toss with hot sauce. Sprinkle with cheese.

-Courtesy of Ronzoni


I was so happy to review Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta! I'm Italian and love my pasta. Sometimes I eat it up to three times a week. I received two kinds of pasta to review, Penne Rigate and Thin Spaghetti. I have made the Penne with Quick Meat Sauce Recipe (which is above, and also on the back of the Penne Rigate box) twice now, so I'm actually almost out of Penne Rigate!
I loved the Penne with Quick Meat Sauce Recipe, it was delicious and easy to make. The great thing about Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta is that it has three times the fiber of regular pasta, but it looks and tastes no different that the regular kind!
The Bottom Line: There's no easier way to slip more fiber into your families diet than by eating Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta. Pick up a couple of boxes today!

 *I received 2 boxes of Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta to facilitate my candid and honest review. No other form of compensation was or will be given. All views are my own!

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