Newman’s Own Organic Review #2 (and GIVEAWAY!)

Remember when I told you about a few of the Newman’s Own Organics products I received? Well, there was a lot I didn’t tell you about so here goes round 2!

First up, I really liked the Dried Apples, probably one of my favorite things the company sent!

I loved that the ingredient list consisted of exactly one thing: apples! I really enjoyed the flavor and texture; these would make a great on-the-go snack!

Next up, the Chocolate Cream and Original Creme Newman-O’s. These are pretty similar to Oreos, but it seems to me the cookie part is a little thinner and the creme part is a little thicker…..which is fabulous in my book! I was planning to make Oreo Truffles out of the original ones….but we ate them too quickly….oopps :P

Even my mom who doesn’t like Oreo’s at all, really enjoyed these!

I noticed at my local grocery store that they also have Peanut Butter Creme Newman-O’s; I’ll definitely have to give those a try sometime!

Alphabet Cookies!

Brother: “These are good, kind of like Teddy Graham’s…..I might like Teddy Graham’s better though”

Mom: “No way, these are way better than Teddy Grahams. I like that they aren’t so sweet” (<- I agree!)

I tried my beloved Hermits, only of the non-cinnamon variety. These were good, but I couldn’t help but compare them to their cinnamon brethren….and I certainly prefered those!

Chocolate….

As already mentioned, I loved the 70% dark chocolate bar.

54% Dark Chocolate: Rich, creamy, smooth, chocolate-y and delicious! Any chocolate lover would enjoy this bar.

54% Espresso Dark Chocolate: similar to the regular dark chocolate, but with a little espresso flavor….I love coffee flavored things, so I thought the bar was great!

Mocha Milk Chocolate: It was a tad too sweet for me….but that’s probably just my wacky taste buds. To the average person, it would probably be wonderful and just the perfect amount of sweetness.

And, I actually have yet to open the Milk Chocolate (34%) or the Orange Dark Chocolate….gotta savor the chocolate bars, don’t want to eat them all at once. I have a feeling I am going to love the orange one!

The Chocolate Chocolate Chip and regular Chocolate Champion Chip Cookies were good. I’m not usually a big fan of store-bought cookies, but these were pretty tasty. I loved that the chunks of chocolate were pretty big, too! The double chocolate ones were my favorite. They were both a tad bit dry/crumbly to me….but nothing a glass of (almond) milk couldn’t fix. Afterall, cookies are better dipped in milk, right?

The Mighty Minis Pretzels were a nice snack. To me, they weren’t anything special though. They have a good flavor and texture, and if you’re a pretzel lover, you’d surely enjoy them.  And, of course, the fact that they are made with organic ingredients is certainly a good thing. However, I think I’ll stick with their Honey Wheat pretzels; I love a good honey wheat pretzel.

Peppermint: My favorite of the mints

Ginger: these are super different tasting. After I tried these, I actually ran to my parents to have them try them just because they are so unusual and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me. They smell nice, but the flavor is way too strong and spicy. The fam and I were not big fans.

Cinnamon: They remind me of cinnamon gum. I like cinnamon gum :)

Wintergreen: Yum, just the perfect amount of minty-ness.

 

Dried Apricots: The only ingredient: apricots, which made me happy before I even opened the bag. I’ll be honest, when I first opened them I was totally shocked by the dark color. I expected them to be more orange-y like other dried apricots I’ve had. I’m not sure if the dark color is because of the variety of apricots used or the lack of preservatives. Regardless, these are sweet, chewy and yummy.  My mom chopped some of them and put them in a chicken salad, so good!

I still need to try the Pretzel Sticks and the fat-free Fig Newman’s (in addition to the chocolates I mentioned). I’m sure I’ll report back to you on all four things soon!

Overall: I really love the Newman’s Own Organic Company. They made some really delicious products. I also love that it is a very family oriented company and they give so much money to various charities. I would be happy to purchase their products and support such a wonderful company. Of course, I wouldn’t consider any of their products exactly health food. Yes, it’s good that they are made with mostly organic ingredients, but I do try limit my consumption of packaged food in general. So, in conclusion, the company makes some wonderful products that should be enjoyed in moderation and is a great alternative to conventional packaged products. (I’d totally buy Newmans-O’s over Oreos any day!).

Which of the above products sound the best to you?

How Do you like to enjoy your Oreos Newmans-O’s?

I always removed the cookie part from two of them  and eat those plain. Then, put the halves with the creme together. Double-stuffed, heck yes!!

Now that you have made it through this monster of a post, click here for the giveaway I promised you!

Hermit, Will You Marry Me? (Newman’s Own Organics Review)

Hey Bloggity Friends!

Just wanted to check in and report back to you about some of the Newman’s Own Organic products that I have tried thus far. First, you should know that they are a super cool company and give tons of many to charity. And by tons, I mean like over 300 million dollars. Yeah, they are pretty awesome.

And just as a disclaimer: yes, they sent me the products for free. No, I am not required to say nice things about them.

But, how to do their products taste? Well, I already mentioned that these pretzels are awesome.

Seriously, you should go buy some. Like now.

Next up, we tried their Hint O’ Mint Newman-O’s.

I really enjoyed these. The taste/texture is very similar to that of an Oreo, but with a slight minty flavor. So, if you like Oreos you are sure to love these. While I wouldn’t consider these healthy (darn it!), I do like that they are made with mostly organic ingredients and certainly believe they can be part of a nutritious diet.

 

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The only chocolate I’ve tried so far is the 70% dark chocolate. It’s smooth and has a nice flavor, something I would totally purchase. Perfect amount of darkness, without being too bitter. While I eat 90% chocolate sometimes, 70% or so is really my favorite. You people who eat 100% straight up are crazy…. but I love ya anyway :)

 

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Fig Newman’s. But, I probably don’t like Fig Newton’s either so I’m not a very good judge. Everyone else who tried them seemed to enjoy them, so I’m sure they’re wonderful, just not my cup of tea (I do love a good cup of tea!)

I loved the orange flavor in the Orange Chocolate Chip cookies. It’s what set them apart from the average store-bought cookie, in my opinion. My mom’s comment was “I don’t usually buy store-bought cookies but if I was going to, I’d buy these.” The only issue I have with them is that a serving is only four and the cookies are pretty small so if you’re like me and have the self control of a monkey it would be easy to eat way more than a serving.

But, by far the favorite thing I’ve tried so far that Newman’s sent me are these little guys.

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Cinnamon Hermits. They’re so chewy and soft and flavorful and delicious and I like that they’re different from your regular ol’ cookie. They actually taste homemade. Overall, I love them. Like, I might marry them if I could. Is marrying cookies legal? In California?

I think that’s all that I’ve tried to far. In a few weeks, I’ll report to you about the rest of the stuff and hopefully I’ll eventually have a giveaway too!

Have you tried any of Newman’s Own Organics products? Which of the above sounds the best to you?

Nutritional Relativism, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Guest Posts

Happy Sunday!

I haven’t seen the movie in years, but for some reason the other day I was thinking about the movie Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

While I could probably recite every line from the first movie, the 2nd one I have only seen a few times. But there is one line that I remember well. Right after Nora has her baby her dad (Steve Martin) tells her, “There’s no way to be a perfect parent, but a million ways to be a really good one.”

While I am not insinuating that healthy eating and parenting are much alike, I believe that this particular lines applies to healthy eating quite well, too. Think about it, “There is no way to eat a perfect diet but a million ways to eat a really good one.” Let’s start with the first line. While some of us may think we do, there really is no way to eat a perfect diet. For, if a diet is so strict that it never includes occasional treats that wouldn’t be much fun, so is it really perfect at all? But others might argue that a diet that includes treats and indulgences is not perfect because these “treats” might not be totally healthy. But, I see no reason to eat a perfect diet.

I also believe that different people are meant to eat different ways. While I do believe that there are some things that are inherently wrong in life, (I could write quite a little bit on moral relativism, but not today) I do not think that this philosophy extends to food. It seems like there are some carnivores who insist a healthy diet must include meat protein. Then, there are vegans and vegetarians who try to make omnivores feel guilty for including animal products in their diets. Or, people who insist on never eating anything with more than 5 ingredients and look down upon those who do not eat “all natural” foods. Can we please just all love and respect each other? What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. For example, you may need more protein in your diet and I may need more fat. There are tons of ways to be totally healthy; we need not get caught up in finding the perfect way and enforcing it upon others. We are all created differently and require different things to fuel us.  I think this is a beautiful thing and our various food choices should be embraced and certainly not judged.

Alright, on to more fun things: Chocolate Chip Cookies. Last weekend, with the family home, I made regular ol’ chocolate chip cookies. I feel a bit bad because I used to make cookies for my brother regularly, but the last few months before he went off to college I really didn’t make him anything because I was so focused on eating healthfully. I was so into healthy eating that I sacrificed bringing joy to family? Not worth it! I made up for lost time by whipping up some über delicious cookies. The whole time I was making them I was thinking about how easy it would be to make a few substitutions and, in turn, make the cookies way more nutritious. But, it wasn’t the time to take the risk of producing sub par baked good so I proceeded to follow the recipe. But this weekend was a whole other story. I set out to make healthy cookies that did not taste healthy at all. Not just cookies that I and a few other bloggers might enjoy, but cookies that people with totally normal taste buds would like and not guess that they were healthy. I set out on my mission, and, all in all, I think I was pretty darn successful in producing a healthier cookie without sacrificing any flavor. The texture is a tad bit more cake-y but still a really yummy and not healthy tasting cookie!

  • 1/2 cup + 2 T whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (I just blend my regular oats up in my magic bullet until they are flour-y in texture)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sucanat (Which I also blended up in my magic bullet)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used 60%, if you want something darker just chop up some baking chocolate)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, and salt. In a larger bowl beat together the butter, applesauce, sucanat, and vanilla until creamy. Beat in the egg. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the oats and chocolate. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; remove and let cool completely. Enjoy! Yield: makes about 2 dozen.

Delicious

With studying, mid-terms, and travel I’m not sure how much time I will be able to devote to blogging in the next couple of weeks. However, I’m working hard to post more regularly than I once did, so I was wondering is anyone interested in doing a guest post? If you are, please email me at theflourishingfoodie@yahoo.com.

Have a wonderful day!

Ann Claire