I have been a Newman's Own Organic consumer for a couple years now. I grew up having snacks foods in the house, and this was a hard thing to cut when we changed to an Organic and GMO Free Diet. I was very happy to find Newman's Own, because they make a lot of the same snacks I grew up with but with organic ingredients. It's fun for the kids to have a few snack foods in the house, for parties, and other special occasions. We had a couple birthday parties these last couple months and it was nice to have some cleaner "snack foods" at the events.
One thing I love about Newman's Own Organic is that they use NO Artificial Colors or Flavors. Dyes, also known as food coloring, have often been associated with allergic reactions and behavioral problems in children. Most commercial food products contain these Numbered Dyes but you can find great companies, like Newman's Own Organic, who omit them.
In my local grocery they carry N.O.O products so we pick these up for special occasions like birthday parties, school events, family movie night, and more. We believe that moderation is key to a healthy diet and lifestyle so we eat a balanced organic diet, with moderation of the other items, keeping everything in balance. The kids are going to have parties, friends over, and crave sweet and crunch fun foods, so I like to have these in the house for those occasions. It’s not something to replace whole foods but to enjoy along with them. They love when they find a couple special treats in their lunches, and I feel good that it’s not the regular commercial items laced with pesticides, food dyes, and other harmful additives.
I like to take the time to help my kids make future good decisions. So we took the N.O.O cookies and placed them next to a couple commercial cookies. I asked if they could tell the difference by looking at them, and they could not right away. I them asked them to taste them and tell me which they liked more, they loved them both. I knew this would happen so I then explained that you can't see or taste the harmful ingredients in commercial snack foods because of the sugar and additives. I explained to them that it is important to read the labels and see what is in your food. Even though these are snack items they are healthier for us since they have fewer additives. I want them to enjoy food and make good decisions, teaching them to pick wiser products and to not over-indulge are great lessens to learn early.
We had a couple play dates and I felt much better about sharing pretzels and cookies along with our veggie spread. For Teacher Appreciation we used the long pretzel and dipped them in Dark Chocolate for a sweet and crunchy snack, along with their bag of coffee. For a birthday party we trail mix with an assortment of popcorn, pretzels, nuts, and chocolate chips. There are many ways you can substitute the commercial snacks for healthier snacks that taste just as great.
Reading a couple labels.
Newman's Own Organics Alphabet Cookies: Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Sugar, Palm Fruit Oil, Arrowroot Flour, Honey, Leavening, Salt, and Natural Flavor.
Newman's Own Organics Pretzel Rods: Organic unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Rye Flour, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Barley Malt, Yeast, Salt, and Soda.
I love that they use unbleached flours, when the flours are bleached you remove beneficial nutrition's in that bleaching process.
I love a Dark Chocolates. The N.O.O. bars come in large squares that are the perfect delightful indulgence. I prefer these squares than the small because just one is all the chocolate you need to hit the spot without over indulging. The come in an assortment of chocolate flavors; Super Dark, Dark, Orange Dark, Milk, Espresso Dark, Mocha Milk!
The Fig bars are the best fig bars I have ever enjoyed. They have a nice chewy bite with all the great taste of the fig filling! They come in Fat Free, Wheat Free* Dairy Free, and Low Fat. See link for ingredient information.
The Pretzels! I just love pretzels and so do the kids. I think these make a fun crunchy snack that I can throw into lunches and on the go outings. There are 10 types to choose from for the right occasion.
Newman's Own Organic Prunes. These I always have in the house. They are a delightful snack, breakfast, and energy booster.
Look for Newman's Own Organic at a location near you! If they do not carry N.O.O, then you can always order online. Be sure to grab a few coupons from their website while you’re there too!
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