I’ll admit it – I have a serious sweet tooth. As much as I love fruits and veggies – I can’t live without my chocolate and cookies! Luckily, Newman’s Own Organics makes a line of organic (and better for you!) snacks that I can feel good about indulging in. Not to be confused with the seperate company called Newman’s Own, Newman’s Own Organics was started by Paul Newman’s daughter Nell back in 1993. I love the company’s slogan – Great tasting products that happen to be organic. Nell Newman explains the slogan: “It really says a lot about us. We’ve seen in recent years that people want to know more about the food they eat, not just how many calories a product contains. It’s becoming more important to them how ingredients are grown and processed on the way to their grocers’ shelf. Once people see how much organic foods have improved since the early days of packaged `health’ foods, we feel they’ll seek them out.” Indeed! I want my cookies to taste good and be good for me :-)
Sally from Newman’s Own Organics sent me a ginormous sampling of products and I think it’s time to share! I will be sending one reader a package full of Newman’s Own Organics goodies – chocolate, pretzels, cookies, etc.
To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post naming your favorite snack food. You have until tonight at 11:59pm to enter. I’ll randomly select the winner and announce on Wednesday!
Now, on to my Monday! Breakfast was an interesting affair. I chopped up a peach and added it on top of 6oz low fat, plain yogurt. On the side I filled a ziploc with 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch. To make things a little more interesting, I decided to add some cinnamon to the peaches. As I was sprinkling away, I noticed that the cinnamon smelled a little odd. I looked at the bottle and noticed that I had been using CUMIN instead of CINNAMON. Oh goodness. I thought about chucking the bowl and starting over, but it actually tasted pretty good! The yogurt and cumin produced a slightly middle-eastern flavor. I’m not sure I would do this intentionally, but I’m glad my breakfast was still edible!
Lunch was enjoyed outside before the thunderstorms started. The highlight of this salad was the piece of yogurt-curry chicken that I added on top. Yum!
- romaine, carrots, onions, mushrooms
- sugar snap peas
- a few grapes/strawberry halves
- yogurt-curry rubbed chicken
- 1/4 cup kidney beans & chickpeas
- feta cheese
- whole grain croutons
- Tbs balsamic vinaigrette
Afternoon snack was a mixture of things – dried apple, dried raspberries, nuts, chocolate chips, and a few Newman’s Own Organics chocolate alphabet cookies. Note: If you mix cookies and dried fruit together in a container, the cookies will get soft. Unless you like stale cookies (ahem…Nate), be forewarned.
My yoga plans were postponed so instead I headed to my gym. I contemplated taking a SHRED class, but I just wasn’t feeling a boot-camp style workout. Instead, I completed 35 minutes of elliptical intervals (2 minutes sprint, 5 minutes easy) followed by 3 x 10 push-ups, tricep dips, lunges, abs, and planks. Took less than an hour, but I felt like it was a very solid effort.
I was feeling tired, hot, and blah by the time I walked through the door. Luckily an ice cold diet coke and leftovers made me feel a million times better.
Dessert was peach pie and vanilla bean ice cream. I think the pie was even better on day 2 – the cardamom and peaches had time to meld together, delicious! I could not stop stealing extra spoonfuls from the pie plate :-)
Check out this NY Times article about alternative sports medicine – Gina Kolata and I could be hamstring injury twins!