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5 Reasons To Choose Organic Snacks and a Newman’s Own #Giveaway

One of the biggest mistakes people make when deciding to try to lose weight and get healthy is to think that they have to give up snacking.  The most successful nutrition plans have us eating approximately 6 to 8 times a day, which breaks  down to about once every two to three hours during waking hours.  Those moments of caloric intake are not supposed to be gigantic meals filled with fattening foods!  Small meals and healthy snacks through out the day leave us feeling more satisfied and make it easier to stick to our changes in eating habits.  When blood sugar drops, we get cranky and irritable so happy dieters need to snack often!  I would like to encourage you to go one step farther in your healthy snacking plan…why not choose ORGANIC snacks to get yourself in shape this  year?

Why Choose Organic Snacks?

 Organic snacks

 

Choosing organic snacks have a lot of benefits in our diets which include:

1.  Organic snacks are free of all things FAKE:  If you turn over your package of non organic snacks foods you are likely to see things with really long names and even a few numbers!  Actual food ingredients should be pronounceable and easy to identify. If it was produced in a laboratory and has artificial colors or dyes in it, you should think twice about actually eating it!

2.  Organic snacks are better for the environment:  Organic farmers use natural methods to grow their crops that don’t involve huge amounts of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.  They use farming methods like cover crops and crop rotation  so that they are not depleting the soil of vital nutrients needed for future plantings.

3. Organic snacks are pesticide free:  This goes hand in hand with organic snacks being better for the environment.  No artificial pesticides are used on the ingredients that make up your organic snacks.  What does that mean?  It means that when you EAT those snacks you can rest assured that you are significantly reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals in your food.

4.  Organic snacks must be GMO free:  While the issue of Genetically Modified Foods is still hotly debated, you can assure yourself that your organic snacks are free of all genetic modification.  Whether this makes any difference in the overall scheme of things, we have to wait and see!

5.  Organic snacks may be higher in nutrients:  There is a lot of scientific research going on right now and some of it is suggesting that organic foods actually have higher levels of some nutrients and antioxidants when compared to traditionally grown foods.   While this idea is still being studied, it certainly sounds reasonable to me that foods grown harmoniously with nature are actually healthier.  We will have to see where these studies lead before deciding for sure!

In general, choosing organic foods whenever possible will go a long way towards reducing our carbon footprint and improving our environment.  Organic snacks make dieting a little bit easier and Newman’s Own Organics has a great selection of healthy and organic snacks to help you start your new year’s diet off on the right foot.  Their snack line ranges from popcorn and pretzels to dried fruit and licorice…and a ton of other items, too!  You can check out their entire line of products and you will probably find something for just about everyone in your family to snack on.  My kid’s favorite is the mint Newman-Os and I must admit, I indulge in a cookie or two on occasion, too!

newmans own raisins

For my review, I received a wonderful selection of dried fruits, popcorn, and pretzels to try out.  They are all high in fiber and low in fat, which makes them great snack ideas for people trying to watch their weight and improve their overall health.  I also like snacks that I can ‘nibble’ on over the course of the day…If I eat ONE cookie, it is gone way too fast, right?  But, if I have a bowl full of popcorn I can make it last a little bit longer which helps keep me busy and takes my mind off my desire for cookies!   Here is a little bit about each of these snacks from the Newman’s Own website:

Pretzels:  These pretzels are all baked, not fried and have only 1 to 1.5 grams of fat per serving with  no trans fats.  They come in a ton of different flavors and shapes including: Spelt • Salted Sticks • High Protein • Unsalted Rounds • Rods Thin Sticks •Salted Rounds • Honey Wheat Mini Salted Thins • Mighty Mini

Dried Fruit:  Contains no sulfites and varieties include  Raisins, Cranberries, Pitted Prunes, Apples, Apricots and a Berry Blend.

Organic Microwave Popcorn: Comes in Butter, Light Butter, and Unsalted varieties. Each box has three packets and contains  organic corn and organic palm oil.  NO partially hydrogenated oils or trans fatty acids are used.

 

newmans organic snacks pretzels

Newman’s Own Organic Snacks

 

So, what did I think of the snacks that I was sent?  I can honestly say that I would happily much on an entire bag of any of these products.   For the popcorn, my favorite is the butter flavored. It is made with a natural butter flavor that is light and doesn’t leave your fingers at all greasy.  It is just a tad bit salty and delicious.  Of course, the others are tasty, too, but that one is my favorite.  I loved all of the dried fruits and couldn’t say that once was any better than another.  They are all incredibly tender and moist.  I enjoy eating them on their own but they would also go great in trail mix or baked goods.  We buy the Newman’s Own Organic raisins almost every week because we put them in oatmeal, on ants on a log, and eat them straight out of the container regularly!  For the pretzels, I tend to be a traditionalist and always choose the salted sticks but I was really surprised with how tasty the spelt pretzels were.  I have never tried anything made with spelt but it is supposed to be a very nutritious grain. I must admit that unsalted pretzels are not my favorite but since hubby is watching his salt intake he likes to sit down with a bowl and dip them in Nutella.  Crazy snack but low in sodium!

If you want to start on a healthier snack routine in 2013, I highly recommend you check out the organic snacks from Newman’s Own Organics.  I think you will be very pleased with the taste and at the same time you will be helping reduce your ecological footprint!

newmans own organic snacks

About Newman’s Own Organics:  They became an independent company in late 2001. All products are third party certified by Oregon Tilth to ensure they meet or exceed all organic standards established by the USDA.  Through the sale of its products, Newman’s Own Organics generates money for The Newman’s Own Foundation to donate to a wide range of charitable organizations.

The Giveaway:

Newman’s Own Organics would like to provide one of my readers with a prize package that includes a selection of dried fruit, pretzels and popcorn to get you on your way to healthier snacking.  Follow the directions in the form to enter the giveaway. The contest ends at midnight EST on January 30th, 2013.

 

 

 

Disclaimer:  In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials.”: I received product samples  in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. Some of the links in this post may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.   By entering this giveaway, you release this blog and it’s owner from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, mis-delivery or acceptance of any prize.  

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. Cori Hill says:

    I learned that their popcorn is packed in PFOA free packaging.

  2. I learned that the ingredients were grown on farms that didn’t use artificial fertilizers for 3 or more years.

  3. nichol tone says:

    Their ingredients are grown on a farm

  4. I learned that their popcorn is packed in PFOA free packaging.

  5. Leslie S. says:

    I learned that none of their pretzels contain soy (YES!!). And they even make Spelt pretzels. :D

  6. I learned that their pet food is 95% Organic
    Grain Free

  7. Al Newman’s Own Organics ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more.

  8. Awesome! The front page of their site is about their dog food. I didn’t know they had these products. I love Newman’s and now my pets can too!!

  9. wendy rozema says:

    the ingredients r grown on the farm!

  10. Patricia N says:

    Several of their products are vegan

  11. Jessica Poston says:

    I leanred that they use fair trade chocolate and that they don’t use dairy products that contain growth hormones or antibiotics.

  12. I’m not sure I knew they made animal food before! Don’t own a pet myself though…

  13. Priscilla says:

    I learned that their pet food does not contain poultry by-products, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics or steroids, chemical additives or artificial preservatives, wheat, corn or artificial flavors, colors and dyes.

  14. Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982.

  15. I learned that they make pet food! I had no idea

  16. Organic snacks may be higher in nutrients

  17. Ttrockwood says:

    I learned they are non profit amd have donated millions to charity

  18. Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982

  19. kelly nicholson says:

    Visit the sponsor’s website and tell me something you learned.

    i learned they have cookies..yummy

  20. debbie jackson says:

    they use ingrediants from farmers and sell licorice debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  21. I learned that there is no dyes, milk, or bleach used in the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
    I also learned that they use Beet Sugar to sweeten the cookies.

  22. I didn’t know they were making dog food!

  23. That their site is not up to date…the nearest location listed for me is my former employer (that has been out of business almost 7 years). :(

  24. Chavonne H says:

    I learned that they offer a wide variety of products that I didn’t realize. More than just food.

  25. steve weber says:

    I learned that their popcorn is packed in PFOA free packaging.

  26. Sacha Schroeder says:

    I learned that they offer pet food!!! Who knew!

  27. Mary Mirvis says:

    They make organic pet food too!!

  28. Sylvia White says:

    I learned that Ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more

  29. Cindi Decker says:

    Paul Newman has given over $200 million to charities since 1984.

  30. had no idea they made pet food!

  31. Donna Cheatle says:

    Saveur magazine voted Newman’s Own Organics Nell’s Breakfast Blend one of the top nine coffees out of hundreds that they sampled from around the world! That’s quite an honor!

  32. They are changing the label on the dogfood can.

  33. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) says:

    I learned Newman’s Own Organics focus on the kinds of products we loved as kids, but take them one step further by using the highest quality of available organic ingredients.

  34. I learned that Newman’s Own has been around since 1993, and the Organic came along in 2001.

  35. Terri Herman says:

    That the pretzels do not contain soy.

  36. tina reynolds says:

    they also have a line of pet food and organic coffee

  37. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    The pet foods contain Omega fatty acids to promote healthy skin and coat

  38. I learned that Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001.

  39. Seyma Shabbir says:

    They also have a Pet food line, love their newman O’s!

  40. Susan Broughton says:

    I learned that he does dogfood and that they are changing the label on the can

  41. Some of their pet food comes from New Zealand

  42. There is a link for recipes :)

  43. hollylynn says:

    They feature the pretzel capital (my hometown) and the rodale institute on nell’s corner, awesome.

  44. Cody Anderson says:

    I learned that Newman has donated millions to charity.

  45. Heather Poindexter says:

    Their pet food labels just got a makeover.

  46. Brenda Burgess says:

    They have a variety of foods such as animal foods.

  47. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I learned that there’s a section called “Nell’s Pretzel Trivia”
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. natalie nichols says:

    Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001.

  49. heather eg kaufman says:

    I like the recipe section.

  50. i learned they were established in 1993

  51. I learned that they use the highest quality of available organic ingredients.

  52. terri tillman says:

    i just found out that they have a line of dog food. i did not know that.

  53. I learned that Newman\’s Own Organics uses Organic Palm Oil that comes from large co-ops in Colombia. Their Organic Palm Oil Supplier is certified according to the standards of Pro Forest.

  54. MD Kennedy says:

    Their pet food has a new label – and I just saw them in the store today!

  55. Sarah Walker says:

    I learned that All ingredients used in our Newman-Os and Ginger-Os are lactose free.

  56. I had no idea they made pet food. It’s so hard to find dog food/treats that aren’t terrible for them.

  57. Jessica Cox says:

    I learned that Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982.

  58. Kelly Tanner says:

    I learned that All Newman’s Own Organics products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth. I would love to try these!

  59. Maryann D. says:

    I learned that they have money saving coupons on the website that you can print.

  60. Lorena Keech says:

    Newman has given over $200 million to charities since 1982.

  61. They use high quality organic ingredients.

  62. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982.

  63. Kyl Neusch says:

    their popcorn is packed in PFOA free packaging

  64. I learned that they make pet food!

  65. I learned I can buy these items at Community Super Market near where I live.

  66. Cynthia C says:

    I learned that Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982

  67. Tracy Awalt Juliano says:

    I learned that they make pet food… news to me!

  68. I learned they also make a Ginger Snap cookie.
    Thanks for the chance.

  69. Katie Amanda says:

    I learned that Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001..

  70. They make fig newmans! yum!

  71. They began in 1993.

  72. Deborah Rosen says:

    I learned that they have coupons available for several products.

  73. I learned that their cookies use organic unbleached wheat flour.

  74. I learned the Newman’s Own has many more food products than I imagined. They even have coffe and pet food. Thanks

  75. I learned that they focus on the kinds of products we loved as kids, but take them one step further by using the highest quality of available organic ingredients.

  76. Penny Snyder says:

    I learned that certified ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more.

  77. They make cookies called Hermits which look good.

  78. sells dog and cat foods

  79. Marti Parks says:

    I learned that the dairy products used do not contain growth hormones.

  80. I learned that “Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982.”

  81. They don’t use bleached sugar.

  82. I’d only ever heard of the popcorn, this all looks yummy!

  83. Michele P says:

    I learned that All Newman’s Own Organics products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.

  84. I learned they make pet food too.

  85. Christine says:

    their pet food is 95% Organic

  86. I learned they make pet food. I saw they make ginger snap cookies, which sound yummy

  87. They have a pet food line

  88. I learned that their popcorn is packed in PFOA free packaging

  89. deb pelletier says:

    They Veg, I love their food.

  90. vickie couturier says:

    I learned:COMPANY
    Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982.

  91. I just plain didn’t know that Newman’s made pet food!

  92. I learned that the Fig Newmans use Calimyrma, Conadria and Black Mission figs!

  93. Jill Myrick says:

    I learned that Newmans Own also sells dog and cat food.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  94. jacqueline says:

    I did not know that they made dog or cat food. I really only knew about their salad dressing line. I see they sell many other products that I would like to try.

  95. farm grown ingredients

  96. I learned that they also make dog food.

  97. Brittney House says:

    they make pet food

  98. I learned they sell organic pet goods – I didn’t know that.

  99. Gloria Schulte says:

    I learned that Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993

  100. vicki lorenz says:

    I love the fact they sell “organic” pet food and items

  101. I learned that they sell organic pet food.

  102. Carolyn N. says:

    Certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  103. I want to try their Fig Newman’s.

  104. Nell is Paul’s daughter.

  105. I learned that they make dog food.

  106. Jennifer R says:

    I learned that the products are sold at my local Wild Oats store.
    reejen at comcast dot net

  107. I like the fact that they have organic food

  108. Danielle Wood says:

    Grown on farms without fertilizers

  109. They make organic pet foods which offer complete nutrition.

  110. Carrie Zollman says:

    I learned that Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since the ’80’s.

  111. I learned that they also make organic chocolates.

  112. jules mcnubbin says:

    i learned that they have 2 new cookie flavors Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Ginger Snaps

  113. Jeni Lutz says:

    they don’t use fertilizers

  114. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  115. The pretzels, love pretzels.

  116. I learned they just redesigned the labels for their pet food, going from a yellow plaid to a bright green background and a cleaner logo

  117. Mary DeBorde says:

    I learned that Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982 (beautiful!)

  118. I learned that Newman’s Own has Pet Food. I had no idea.

  119. Dee Hadley says:

    I have learned that Paul Newman has donated millions to various charities. Their ingredients are grown on their farm no pesticides or fertilizers.

  120. Their products are from farms that have not used pesticides for more than 3 years!

  121. laura ari says:

    They have coupons on their website!

  122. I learned that they have pet food.

    I also learned that they need a website redesign!!! It’s old school. Brings me back to the 90s.

  123. Cálaeb Temple says:

    the ingredients were grown on farms without use of fertilizers.

  124. Corey Olomon says:

    I learned that they also make pet food.

  125. jen gersch says:

    their popcorn is packed in PFOA free packaging

  126. Newman’s Own Cookies don’t use either bleach or iodine in their recipes.

  127. Christie Kammerer says:

    I learned that newmans own has pet food, I never knew that.

  128. I learned you can print coupons for their products directly from their website, thanks!

  129. Joined your Blog Frog Group as Kim Reid, thanks!

  130. susan smoaks says:

    i learned that Reading, Pennsylvania is the “Pretzel Capital of the World”!!!

  131. I learned they use Beet Sugar in the non-organic chips in the Family Recipe Chocolate Chip cookies.

  132. dan williams says:

    love this, thanks

  133. I learned that the ingredients they use have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more.

  134. Debra Guillen says:

    They also make pet food

  135. I learned that Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982.

  136. Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993

  137. Tammy Greer says:

    I learned that this a non-profit organization.

  138. Debby Chandler says:

    I didn’t know they carried things for cats and dogs!

  139. I learned that Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities.

  140. carol lewis says:

    Didn’t know they had dog food! Good to know-would love to try.

  141. christal c willdebbie says:

    Pet Food Can Labels got a makeover.

  142. I learned they are changing the packaging on their pet food.

  143. Andrew L. says:

    I learned that even some of the products are Vegan.

  144. Jennifer B. says:

    I learned that they make Organic Beef Formulas for Dogs.

  145. Barbara Ryan says:

    Their focus is on products that we loved as kids, but with quality ingredients

  146. Thanks for the giveaway…their gluten free products include : Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Cups, and No Salt/No Butter Pop\’s Corn, Olive Oil, and Our Balsamic Vinegar.

  147. Sunne Hogan says:

    I learned about an awesome coffee flavor: Café Almond Biscotti – a rare flavored organic coffee sweetly scented with the flavor of freshly roasted almonds

  148. didn’t know newman’s made pet food too

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