I try and feed my children natural and organic foods whenever possible. I don't think preservatives, GMO's, and artificial ingredients belong in my kids' bodies. Not only are these things disgusting, they have also been linked to certain health risks. Not to mention, many foods have residual pesticides that linger, therefore making their way into our bodies. Do you want to eat bug spray? Yeah, I don't, either.
With childhood obesity at a staggering high, it is up to parents to make responsible choices for their children's diets. Many snack foods contain huge amounts of fats, sugars, and hydrogenated oils, none of which promote good nutrition in any way. But of course, kids love snack foods and shouldn't be deprived of the occasional treat.
As much as I would love to totally eliminate snack foods from my household, this will realistically never happen. You see, my husband is a choco-holic and he is passing this disease on to my poor, innocent children, despite my constant requests not to give them millions of cookies. Both of my toddlers love "Daddy Time" because they get to eat things that Mommy won't give them. He will even wait until I am busy doing dishes or in the restroom to sneak my children sugary treats. I guess I need to pick and choose my battles. This is a battle I know I have no chance of winning.
So as far as the "junk food" goes, I think I may have stumbled upon the perfect compromise. I have found a great way to allow my kids to have their treats without all of the "junk" that goes into most snack foods. Newman's Own Organics has a huge line of tasty, organic foods that are sure to please any palate. There is a wide variety of kid-pleasing products like cookies, chocolate, and even licorice! Newman's Own Organics also carries several types of pretzels, popcorn, and even coffee, too! So there really is something for everyone, young and old alike!
Newman’s Own Organics was started in 1993 by Nell Newman, daughter of the actor Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and her business partner, Peter Meehan, as an organic division of Newman’s Own. The demand for organic products was unknown at that period in time, so the first product they produced was pretzels. These were a HUGE hit in the natural foods community, and the business exploded from there. By 2001 Newman’s Own Organics became an independent company that continues to expand and prosper. According to Nell, “Great tasting products that happen to be organic is our slogan.”
The generous folks at Newman's Own Organics sent me a huge package of their organic goodies to try with my family. They even sent some of their organic pet food for our Jack-A-Bee, Chloe! When my package arrived, I was immediately impressed by the unique takes on traditional snack foods. You know the popular, cream filled sandwich cookies? Well, Newman's Own Organics have put a delicious spin on these cookies. Their Newman-O's come in some unique flavors, such as chocolate-mint and peanut butter-chocolate. Yum! They also have a similar cookie, Ginger-O's, for those who like a bit of spice with their sweets. All of these cookies were a huge hit with my family, even my sweet-loving husband!
While we enjoyed all of the products included, here is some info about my absolute favorites. These are absolutely mouthwatering, and my kids happily gobbled them up. Who says organic can't taste fabulous?!
The Peanut Butter Newman-O's were a fast favorite in my home. The cookies are decadent and chocolatey, and the peanut butter filling was rich, satisfying, and not sickeningly sweet. (BIG plus for me, since I don't like things that are too sweet.) These flavors are perfectly balanced and make the perfect late night snack for me, or a nice after school snack for the kids!
The Ginger-O's were my personal favorite. I love the spiciness of ginger! These cookies feature a distinct, ginger flavor paired with a nice, sweet creme filling. I thought these were perfect in every way possible. I found it hard to share them! But I am not greedy, so share I did. My kids and husband loved the Ginger-O's too, but not as much as I did. I could probably eat the whole bag if I didn't practice will-power!
Of course the Fig Newmans were favorites in my home as well. I love figs, and the fruits used in Fig Newmans are organically grown. These tasty cookies come in a few different varieties. One that I love is the Wheat and Dairy Free variety. These are great since they can be eaten by those with food sensitivities or special dietary needs. The best part? While these are wheat and dairy free, you would never suspect it. These do not lack flavor, and you'd hardly know that they're good for you!
The other variety of Fig Newmans I loved were the Fat Free Newmans. As a woman, I am always watching my fat intake. These cookies are a delicious, guilt-free way to indulge. They are packed full of flavor and don't taste like typical fat-free foods! They are just as tasty as full-fat cookies. I must admit, I didn't share the Fat Free Fig Newmans with my family. I'm the only one on a diet, so these were all mine!
Overall, I was definitely thrilled with the selection we received from Newman's Own Organics. These foods were all tasty and loved by my entire family. While I have never been a fan of traditional sweets, I can definitely feel good about giving my kids these products. They are certified organic, so they're free of all the "junk" found in conventional snack foods. They are also nutritious, delicious, and free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. It just doesn't get much better than that!
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary samples and information to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
3/9/2012 02:52:04 am
I didn't know cookies could be good for you.
3/9/2012 02:52:05 am
organic snacks which is great for everyone
3/9/2012 03:14:21 am
I love that the fig newmans are dairy free! My 1.5 cant have milk so thats pretty cool
3/9/2012 03:22:46 am
I learned that they have Organic Coffee!
3/9/2012 04:53:04 am
I didn't know they had wheat-free products available! Sweet!
3/9/2012 05:45:42 am
I love that they have organic coffee!
3/9/2012 06:40:31 am
I love their butter flavored popcorn
3/9/2012 06:47:50 am
I would love to try thier Fig Newman's!
3/9/2012 08:52:13 am
I love their alphabet cookies - especially the double chocolate!
3/9/2012 09:46:41 am
The fig newman cookies are delicious. They are a favorite of ours.
3/9/2012 10:35:01 am
3/9/2012 04:58:27 pm
i love the pasta sauce..always have
3/9/2012 10:26:16 pm
I like the Newman's Own Organics Balsamic Vinegar
3/10/2012 12:57:05 am
i want to try their Newman’s Special Blend coffee.
3/10/2012 02:16:32 am
I love the Cinnamon Sugar Soy Crisps. I learned that they use Calimyrma, Conadria and Black Mission figs in the Fig Newmans. Thanks.
3/10/2012 04:57:44 am
Id like to try their Organic Coffee!
3/10/2012 08:59:04 am
My family is a fan of all the Newman products so I'd rather not just select one.
3/10/2012 09:07:49 am
I love that they not only carry organic snack foods but also coffee, tea and even pet food!
3/10/2012 10:32:35 am
I would love to try the dark chocolate peppermint cups!
3/10/2012 11:23:15 am
I didn't realize they made cat food. I also would love to try their dark chocolate caramel cups... mmm
3/10/2012 04:03:59 pm
I'm thrilled to see they also have catfood- the canned Turkey would be perfect for my Fred and Ginger.
3/11/2012 11:24:56 pm
Did not know organic coffee existed!
3/13/2012 04:40:00 am
the peanut butter creme filled chocolate cookies look like a great big reeses peanut butter cup thanks
3/13/2012 05:17:53 am
they had wheat-free products available!
3/14/2012 02:53:06 pm
Didn't know organic food was so tasty too!
3/15/2012 11:24:33 am
I love the Vodka pasta sauce!
3/15/2012 07:04:22 pm
I didn't know they make cat food...exciting!
3/16/2012 02:44:49 am
we love their cinnamon grahams alphabet cookies!
3/17/2012 11:12:06 am
i love that they donate to so many charities
3/17/2012 04:23:44 pm
I love the Peanut Butter Cups ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!
3/17/2012 07:32:42 pm
I like the Alfredo Pasta Sauce
3/18/2012 08:21:04 am
I have to say, from experience, that I LOVE their ginger sandwich cookies.
3/18/2012 10:52:17 am
I love their Cinnamon Graham Alphabet Cookies!
3/18/2012 10:55:40 am
I like their Unsalted Pretzel Rounds and Fig Newmans. Also, their Super Dark Chocolate is excellent.
3/19/2012 12:51:11 pm
They really do have a lot of allergy friendly products
3/20/2012 11:53:42 am
I would like to try Newman's Own Peppermint Cups.
3/20/2012 09:05:11 pm
Their super dark chocolate looks great, organic, too!
3/21/2012 02:36:00 am
I love that these have wholesome ingredients
3/21/2012 10:18:48 am
I love their little tins of peppermints.
3/22/2012 09:15:28 am
I'm a huge fan of cookies so I would love to try their "oreo" type cookies.
3/22/2012 01:18:00 pm
I'd love the chocolate Cups!
3/23/2012 06:10:48 am
I would love to try their chocolate bars. I haven't seen them in any of our stores here.
Laura N. Cross
3/23/2012 02:21:52 pm
I sure love me some Fig Newmans, and such a wonderful company to support.
3/24/2012 03:07:41 pm
I would like the chocolate and the peanut butter filled Peanut Butter Newman-O. Sounds good!
3/25/2012 12:04:42 pm
I would love to try the Fig Newmans!
3/25/2012 12:29:42 pm
I'd love to try the Organic Green Tea.
3/25/2012 02:17:47 pm
they sell coffee
3/26/2012 03:07:36 am
i like how they make organic food delicious!
3/26/2012 01:02:16 pm
We love the pasta sauce. I know they make some GF food, I wish they'd try more.
3/27/2012 04:52:46 am
3/27/2012 11:25:45 am
They also have Ranch Style Dog Treats!
3/27/2012 01:31:11 pm
i'd love to try their pretzels
3/27/2012 03:05:57 pm
They have Organic Coffee, which I love
3/27/2012 11:48:38 pm
I learned that Newman's own organics are kosher.
3/28/2012 01:27:24 pm
I didn't know they made dog treats. Have to get some.
3/29/2012 07:03:40 pm
I'd like to try their Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate cups.
3/30/2012 01:25:42 am
I would love to thy their coffee!
3/30/2012 01:25:07 pm
Organic chocolates, what a yummy treat.
3/30/2012 04:30:26 pm
They all look so good!! Organic coffee!!! Yumm
3/31/2012 02:36:31 am
I like the Newman O's.
3/31/2012 04:05:13 am
I love how the new Ginger Snaps are made with candied ginger. It sounds like a great treat to help with nausea during pregnancy : )
3/31/2012 04:21:45 am
company with heart... organic and they donate to charity! love all of their products have even purchased their pet food :)
3/31/2012 11:08:11 am
I'd like to try their olive oil.
3/31/2012 11:17:45 am
Their ginger sandwich cookies sound delicious.
3/31/2012 01:17:30 pm
I like the fact that the profits are donated to charity.
3/31/2012 08:55:44 pm
4/1/2012 01:30:38 am
Organic Green Tea looks good- also love their salsas & salad dressings.
4/1/2012 09:20:06 am
i want to try the fig newmans!
4/1/2012 11:01:57 am
Their dog treats please
4/1/2012 02:08:23 pm
I would love to try thier Fig Newman's!
4/1/2012 03:01:10 pm
I have tried and love his salad dressings and Spaghetti sauce. I have not seen or tried any of his other products. I was surprised that they have dog treats also.
4/1/2012 10:53:59 pm
I learned that they make organic coffee, what's better than that!
4/2/2012 12:10:48 am
My kids would love the chocolate alphabet cookies
4/2/2012 12:58:12 am
I learned they make pet food! Great to know.
4/2/2012 05:28:23 am
I learned that they sell coffee as well.
4/2/2012 08:36:57 am
I'd like to try the Fig Newmans
4/2/2012 09:57:59 am
the Ginger-O's look delicioso!
4/2/2012 11:21:28 am
I love Newman's Own marinara sauce
4/2/2012 11:31:37 am
I'd love to try the organic coffee!
4/2/2012 11:58:52 am
I love their Balsamic Vinegar.
4/2/2012 02:32:58 pm
I learned that Paul Newman had donated over $200 million to charity since 1982.
4/2/2012 02:52:44 pm
They will be having two new cookie flavors- Ginger Snaps and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.
4/2/2012 04:45:11 pm
I love their Lemonade.
4/2/2012 09:21:30 pm
I'd like to try pop's corn. Thanks for the giveaway.
4/3/2012 12:04:22 am
We're big fans of the Original Newman-O's, but I've never seen the peanut butter O's in the store. I'll be on the lookout for those!
4/3/2012 12:20:41 am
I love that you have organic coffee.
4/3/2012 12:34:43 am
Certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more. The farms and processors have been certified by an independent third party. Kosher certification by Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, 333 Seventh Avenue, New York.
4/3/2012 01:10:40 am
I would like to try the peanut butter cookies
4/3/2012 01:19:31 am
I'd love to try the pretzels!
4/3/2012 02:09:34 am
The Royal Tea looks great!
4/3/2012 02:48:01 am
They have so many products I didn't know about--even coffee!
4/3/2012 02:50:38 am
I would love to try their coffee!
4/3/2012 06:46:39 am
The peanut butter cookies look delicious!!
4/3/2012 09:04:22 am
I like the fact that you can check the ingredients in all of their products. I'm Vegan and a lot of their products are too! :) Also Love that they have organic Dog Food and Coffee!
4/3/2012 09:48:53 am
I'd love to try the espresso dark chocolate
4/3/2012 10:58:16 am
Did not know they had coffee
4/3/2012 11:23:49 am
I would love to try their Newman's Butter Organic Microwave Popcorn.
4/3/2012 11:44:52 am
I LOVE that the company donates to charities and that the daughter is carrying on. Love the products!
4/3/2012 11:59:16 am
I did not know they made coffee too! Would love to try it!
4/3/2012 12:10:37 pm
I'd love to try their Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They are an awesome company.
4/3/2012 01:06:53 pm
I didn't know they had wheat-free products available
4/3/2012 01:14:47 pm
I read that they sell dog food: Organic Beef Formulas for Dogs
4/3/2012 01:31:53 pm
I love their chocolate.
4/3/2012 01:34:57 pm
I did not know he had fig newtons or dog food! I have never tried anything of his.
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