Tags: Newman’s Own Organics

28 Nov 2011, Comments (6)

Newman’s Own Organics Ginger-O’s

Author: Healthnuttxo

Rewind.

Go back a few years (ok…more than a few) to my childhood. A snack before bed would be a few Oreo’s with an ice cold glass of milk or smear of peanut butter depending on the mood. Nothing like twisting off the tops, licking the creamy middle, and then the crunchy cookie. Perfection.

Fast forward.

A new (well new cookie to me…I’ve seen them around for a while) side of a cookie, a Ginger-O from Newman’s Own Organics. Kind of like an Oreo, but also very different. According to the package, they are “creme filled ginger cookies”.  They also feature good ol’ Nell and Pa Newman on the front of the package, as well as letting us know that “Paul Newman Foundation has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982”. That’s one of my favorite parts about this company, and if that’s not enough to make you go out and pick up a tasty Newman’s Own Organic product, I don’t know what will.

I got this package for free, but I can’t say I won’t buy them in the future. These Ginger-O’s are good. Don’t bite into one expecting the following:

1. A chocolate cookie with vanilla cream filling
or
2. A spicy cookie you can’t handle and won’t enjoy (I suspected this at first. GUILTY)

These cookies are GOOD! I honestly thought they would be like eating ginger candies where my mouth is on fire. Don’t get me wrong, I like that (figuratively speaking of course) but not when it comes to cookies. It was a crunchy cookie that tasted very similar to a gingerbread man cookie. A bit of spice, but not too much. By itself, the cookie was mild and not sweet, but with the creme inside it was yummy!

The creme by itself was sweet and had a vanilla flavor, but just a wee bit of ginger spice flavor to it. It was smooth and creamy, and there was a good amount of the creme on each cookie. No scrimping here!

I really enjoyed these. So did my pup, Casper. I licked the filling and she got a few of the the cookie parts. What can I say? I’m a good sharer, and her puppy-dog eyes won me over. (;

Overall, 4 stars. A good, unique, and tasty cookie! Especially if you like ginger! I wonder if the rule applies that “ginger is good for you when you have a stomachache” here. So if my stomach hurts…can I have some of these cookies?? (;

Ever had a Ginger-O? Do you like them/how do you eat them? If not, would you try them?



12 Sep 2011, Comments (6)

Newman’s Own Organics Ginger Snap Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

New product!! ( insert whoops and hollers here!) Newman’s Own Organics contacted me and asked if I wanted to try some of their new cookies for free. Of COURSE I agreed, seeing as I’m a big fan of Newman’s Own Organics. They sent me two flavors to try for free, including these Ginger Snap Cookies.

**On a quick side note, apologies for the less-than-spectacular photography. It’s hard to get a smooth looking picture with those crinkly-type bags, but I did my best! **

I opened up the bag and was instantly greeted by a fresh smell of ginger. The smell actually reminded me of Christmas time, with gingerbread cookies! I decided to share these with a friend, who happily obliged to take part in the taste testing.

I hear such awesome things about Ginger. Like, for instance, I hear it has medicinal powers for the stomach. In fact, I had a bit of a stomachache today, and my friend suggested to have a few of these Ginger Snap Cookies. Wonder if the ginger in cookies counts? =P

After taking a bite, I knew one thing. These were exactly how a Ginger Snap should feel and taste. They were rather hard and crunchy (as my friend noted, a cookie meant to be bitten on the SIDE of the mouth!) with a high taste of ginger. Really- you can CERTAINLY taste the ginger. It even left a slight after “burn” once I finished eating the cookie!

The cookie was mildly sweet, and really quite good. I can picture them being delicious with an ice cold class of milk (or almond milk!). My friend noted that she thought they would be delicious with tiny pieces of raisins scattered throughout the cookie. Looking back on it, I agreed. It would bring a touch more sweetness to the cookie!

Overall, a really delicious Ginger Snap. I think the Ginger level was a wee bit too high for me, but for those who love Ginger Snaps, I am sure you will love these! My friend had about 6 or 7 of them before the taste test was over! Guess she was a fan  😉

4 stars

Are you a fan of ginger? How do you use/eat it?


Ok. I have a confession. And is has something to do with Newman’s Own Organics Organic Cranberries.

The confession is…

I think I like these more than candy.


No really. SERIOUSLY. I think I’d rather eat a bag of these, than a bag of gummy bears. Or gummy worms. Or maybe even a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup (oh yea…I said it).

Now I know what you’re thinking. Please. She’s just saying that, there’s no way FRUIT can taste better than candy.

But these cranberries my friend, are AMAZING. To eat out of the bag…

Or on top of a salad… ( highly reccomended).  Online cooking schools are an option for indulging your passion for food, nutrition, and healthy cooking. Home-cooked meals combined with healthy packaged meals are a realistic option for many families.

They are just perfect. Chewy, sweet, not even the slightest bit tart. They taste so fresh and so pure and so GOOD. You know when you go to the mall, and there is that counter that sells dried pineapple slices with sugar all over them (or….at least I hope you know what I’m talking about)? And it tastes soooo good? Well, picture that, but in cranberry form. And not drowning in sugar.

Yes. One of the ingredients for these cranberries is sugar. In fact, from the bag, the exact ingredients are “Organic Cranberries, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil”.  But, it’s not like the cranberries are rolling around in sugar where it’s visible.

Either way, these rock. Even though I got my bag for free from the company, I plan on buying these over and over again (and again…).

Oh. And I have another confession. I don’t even really like cranberries. So, now you know that these are amazing. 5 stars

What about you- any healthy food that you adore more than an unhealthy food? Do tell!

blurry out of excitement for me to eat more cranberries. Obviously =)

Oh yea, COOKIES!

I’d say I’m quite a fan of chocolate chip cookies (aren’t we all?), and it’s ESPECIALLY awesome when a cookie tastes great and has organic ingredients! Makes the treat of having a dessert all the more worthwhile in my mind 🙂

So, insert Newman’s Own Organics Espresso Chocolate Chip Champion Cookies. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like these, actually. I’m not a *huge* fan of coffee or espresso, in fact, I really never drink it, either. I just never have really been a coffee or espresso person, so I was hoping for the best.

I opened up the bag and saw cute sized cookies- bigger than the typical “mini” cookie, but not quite as big as a standard sized cookie. Just the right mini size in my opinion. They smell was like an average chocoalte chip cookie, wit just a hint of espresso/coffee aroma. It was a crumbly, sweet cookie, with a brown sugar/vanilla taste. There were quite BIG chocolate chips in proportion to the cookie. Actually, chips? I think that they  were more like chocolate CHUNKS! And soooo good, too! A milk chocolatey flavor, sweet, and  buttery. Delish. . The overall cookie did have a coffee-espresso flavor, but it wasn’t overpowering at all. I liked that a lot! I think these would be great for a espresso lover, or for someone who is not too fond of espresso- as it’s a good balance of both.

So, the verdict? 4 1/2 tasty stars. These were so good. It was like, I took a cookie out, began to eat it and thought, “ooh, these are good”, then took another, and thought “no no, these are REALLY good!” The only thing holding it back from a 5 star rating is the nutrition. Indeed, they are cookies and I will use them as a treat, but they are a bit high in saturated fat for my preferences (3 grams per serving). Otherwise, I think a perfect compliment to a cup of coffee (if you like coffee), or a ice cold glass of milk !

1 serving is 4 cookies (33 grams) 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

** I was provided a bag of these cookies for free from Newman’s Own Organics**

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Good ol “Pa” and Nell Newman, we love you! Newman’s company has given over 200 million dollars to charities worldwide since 1982. The profits from their delicious snacks and yummy chocolates (hellooo caramel cups!! 🙂  )is dedicated toward making the world a better place. So you really can feel good about eating their products (even if you “accidentally” overindulge in a whole chocolate bar…whoops!…it was for a good cause!!).

So onto the review. Honey Wheat Mini Pretzels. Now, i’m not a pretzel person really. I find them usually unsatisfying and too salty. But something caused me to grab these in a snack rut, and i sure am glad I did. 

Before i start, i must say the package is adorable. It has Nell and Pa on the front as bee keepers. Cute! The pretzels are about the size of your average snack-sized mini pretzel, and in the typical shape (not circles, sticks or nuggets). The pretzels have a nice honey taste to them, and are slightly sweet. You can mostly taste the sweetness after you swallow the pretzel, so it leaves a nice aftertaste. They were nice and crunchy, and had a fresh, clean taste to them. No burnt flavor like some pretzels have. They were salty, too, but it went well with the sweet. Surprisingly, there was only 180mg of sodium per serving, which isn’t a lot for a packaged pretzel. I’ve seen as much as 400mg per serving! Hellloooooo bloating! I had 2 bowls of these, one bowl with a root beer Zevia (awesome combo), and the 2nd bowl with a Zensoy chocolate pudding (also an awesome combo).

 These are a good munchy snack and i was satisfied eating these! I give them 4 stars, because they also have 3 grams of fiber per serving, which is unusual in pretzels, but totally fine with me! 🙂
What is your favorite brand of pretzels? does anyone know any cinnamon sugar varieties?! 🙂 🙂 🙂

1 serving (20 pretzels) is 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Honey, Organic Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil, Salt, Yeast and Soda.

26 Sep 2009, Comments (4)

Newman's Own Organics Hermits

Author: healthnuttxo

Aren’t Hermits those annoying crabs? Nope! Well, sort of, those are hermit crabs, but the Hermits I’m talking about aren’t “crabby” at all.
They come in 3 different flavors, Original, Cinnamon and Ginger. I tried the Cinnamon variety of the 3. They resemble fig newtons in a way, and are approximately the same size and shape. They have HUGE sugar crystals on the top, that almost look like granules of salt. When you  bite into them, oh wow, it is such a nice experience.  They are made with figs (not to be confused with Newman’s Own Organic Fig Newmans…to be reviewed on a later date!! 🙂  ), and had a deep, chewy consistency, which i hold the molasses, fig, and raisins responsible for. There was a nice “spice” to them, mainly from the cinnamon. They weren’t overpoweringly sweet, but just sweet enough. The perfect compliment would be a nice cold glass of milk or even tea if you wanted to have something with them. I really thought the sugar crystals on top added a nice touch, even a tiny bit of a crunch to the cookie. These were GOOD!

1 cookie is 80 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

These would be perfect if they were whole wheat and had more fiber. But for now, I’ll take ’em as is!

Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Raisins, Organic Molasses, Organic Sugar, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Oats, Organic Figs, Raisin Paste, Cinnamon and other Spices, Leavening (Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Rice Bran Extract.

24 Jul 2009, Comments (1)

Newman's Own Organic Newman O's

Author: healthnuttxo

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Yay for “healthy junk food”!  That may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s true! There are companies that make products VERY similar to popular junk food-but without all the crap! Newman’s Own Company doesn’t let us down here when they made there own version of an “Oreo”.

Newman’s Own “Newman-O’s” come in a variety of flavors,  Crème, Chocolate Crème, Mint Crème, Crème Filled Ginger Cookies, Wheat Free & Dairy Free Crème, and Peanut Butter Crème. They also have an “ode” to all the cookies,  “Ode to Newman-O’s
You might, m’lady tweak my nose.
You could, m’lord step on my toes.
But Heaven help those poor bozos, who try to filch my Newman-O’s. ”
Ha! Cute!

I tried the Original Newman-O. And i must say- i could have sworn i was eating an Oreo-but BETTER! The wafer was chocolatey, crispy and light. The crème was sweet and well, creamy, with a slight tang. They were delicious! I’m one of those who likes to “unscrew” the top and eat it separately and lick the crème, but i also ate one “in full”. The crème and the cookie part together were also scrumptious.

I had a little fun with this review, and i blindfolded my mom and put 2 cookies out, one a Newman-O, and one Oreo. I asked her to taste both, and she said they both were delicious, but she preferred the Newman-O. Woo! She said “Cookie B” (the Oreo) tasted a little too moist, and the “Cookie A” (the Newman-O) was much better. Nice!

2 of these cookies are 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 20 carbs, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
I tried them dry, but I’m sure they would be excellent with milk or a slab of peanut butter on them (like in the Parent Trap movie!). Delicious!!

Organic Unbleached Flour, Organic Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Canola Oil (Expeller Pressed), Organic Cocoa, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, (an Emulsifier)

22 Jul 2009, Comments (0)

Newman's Own Organic Champion Chip Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

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I eat pretty healthfully, with balanced meals with protein, carbs, fiber and healthy fats. But after lunch (usually my post-workout meal), i like to have a little “reward” or something sweet to seal the deal and tide me over until snack time later. So with my grilled cheese sandwich and apple, i decided to give Newman’s Own Champion Chip cookies a try. I tried the chocolate chip flavor, but they also come in Espresso Chocolate Chip, Orange Chocolate Chip, Double CHocolate Mint Chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Wheat Free/Dairy Free Chocolate Chip. I hope to try the chocolate chocolate chip ones-those sound good!

I opened the bag and saw a whole bunch of bite-sized cookies. They smelled delicious-fresh and like a bakery. They have giant sized chocolate chips on them that literally melt in your mouth when you take a bite. The cookie part is crisp but also soft, and buttery tasting. It’s crumby and falls apart in your mouth. I could already tell- these cookies were going to be addicting! 🙂 They taste just like something you would get at your local bakery-but made a lot healthier with wholesome ingredients!

These cookies state that they are made with organic palm fruit oil, which according to Newman’s Own is
-“not hydrogenated,
-contains no trans-fatty acids,
– is lower in saturated fat than butter and has no cholesterol,
-is widely used in Europe as an alternative to partially hydrogenated oils,
-is extracted from the palm’s fruit not the palm’s kernel,
-can be grown organically in tropical regions,
-and is of the 3 tropical oils, Palm Fruit oil is 50% saturated while Palm Kernel Oil is 86% and COconut Oil is 92% saturated.”
Cool!

4 cookies is a serving size, and that is 160 calories, 7 grams of fat, 21 carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Unbleached Flour, Organic Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Corn Syrup Solids, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Organic Vanilla Beans), Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Vanilla), Liquid Egg Whites, Oats, Vanilla, Baking Soda, Salt.

20 Jul 2009, Comments (0)

Newman's Own Organic Soy Crisps

Author: healthnuttxo

 

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So normally in the afternoon i have a yogurt (ahem, Stonyfield or Wallaby Organic. yum!) for a snack with something else that’s little, a handful of cereal, a cookie, etc. But today (after a grueling workout at the gym this morning) I was RAVENOUS! So i thought i needed something a bit more substantial than my normal yogurt.

So, i decided to give Newman’s Own Organic Soy Crisps a try. Okay now before you say EW, SOY IS GROSS, don’t even think about it. Soy crisps taste pretty much like rice cakes-but are healthier and have more satiety packed with them due to the soy protein and isolflavins that soy provides.

 I have three of Newman’s flavors (which they so generously donated!), Cinnamon Sugar, White Cheddar and Barbeque. They also come in a lightly salted flavor.

Cinnamon Sugar-I opened up the bag and popped one in my mouth-delicious! They were sweet, crunchy, “cinnamonny” (if that’s a word!), in otherwords- SO GOOD! I got one soy crisp out the bowl i poured that had extra cinnamon and dehydrated cane juice on it… i was a happy camper 😉

Barbeque-tastes just like barbeque chips! My mom even asked for more after i let her try a few (which of course i declined her- get your own bag! 😉 ) There is a subtle sweetness to the BBQ flavor, but you can  taste garlic and tomato flavors as well. These were good!

White Cheddar- just the right amount of seasoning. Not too heavy, not too light. They are cheesy too, and a tad salty. You will need some water with these!!

These soy crisps are definitely a lot healthier than other chips or pretzels that people grab for a snack in the afternoon. In 1 oz. (which is about a small bowlful- a good sized amount), there are 110-120 calories, 2.5-4 grams of fat, 13-15 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 7-9 grams of protein. Needless to say i was definitely satisfied after eating these-they quenched my hunger quite nicely. The Cinnamon Sugar Flavor also hit the spot for the fat/sugar laden craving i have been having for Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar Hot Pretzels lately in a much healthier way. I’m going to be buying these quite often!

Cinnamon Sugar-Organic Low Fat Soy Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Salt, Seasoning (dehydrated cane juice, cinnamon and not more than 2% silicon dioxide and vegetable oil added as a processing aid), Sunflower Oil.

Barbeque-Organic Low Fat Soy Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Salt, Seasoning (dehydrated cane juice, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, tomato powder, extractives of paprika, natural flavor, spices, citric acid with not more than 2% sunflower oil and silicon dioxide added), Sunflower Oil.

White Cheddar-Organic Low Fat Soy Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Salt, Seasoning (cheddar cheese [cultured milk, salt, enzymes], whey buttermilk, salt, disodium phosphate), Sunflower Oil.

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