Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Seriously? …Seriously? (and pssst...a Giveaway!)

What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” -Erma Bombeck

I’m talking to my mom on my way to work this morning, requesting my favorite coffee creamer while she was grocery shopping. Mom just happens to mention, “Well, the store was out of pecan pies, so I got pecan pie cups. Good portion control, right?” Where do I begin with the wrongness of this all.

  1. Pecan pie should be homemade.
  2. Pecan pie cups? Give me a break. No pumpkin PIE is the equivalent of Christmas without a Christmas tree littering gifts beneath it.

I feel so shafted already. Pecan pie is a once-a-year-can’t-live-without-it STAPLE. 
Holds. Me. Together. All. Year. Treat.

As un-healthy as that little tantrum is, I could’ve verbally berated husband last night after he decided he NEEDED (yes, NEEDED) Buffalo Wild Wings. Let’s not be confused here, I love anything involving wing sauce -- it’s a guilty pleasure. Just look to the right there and you can see that SEVERAL of my “must-try” recipes contain wing sauce. However, BW3’s is 30 minutes away from home and I had a headache and a wonderful, healthy pad Thai dinner planned. But no, husband NEEDED wings. So, off we go at 8:30pm (had to wait til the game was on!), only to arrive and find that both the restaurant and inhaler-requiring bar were filled to capacity and there was a 40-minute wait. On a Tuesday. One would think they were GIVING AWAY $0.40 wings, my goodness! After flashing him a stink face and a blatant, annoyed eye roll, we left BW3’s for a silent 30-minute commute back home.

I am a man. I do NOT want to watch games (football, basketball, or otherwise) that I care about in a bar watching a TV without volume and obnoxious patrons taking away from my viewing experience. Which leads me to the acceptance of a sad truth: I am old. On a Tuesday evening after an 11-hour work day, I want to be a homebody. I want to be in my warm house, in my cuddly clothes, enjoying healthy, homemade food, watching and listening to my sporting pleasure! Last night being Fighting Illini men’s basketball.

Is anyone else a huge homebody, especially once the fall and winter seasons encroach?

My crankiness subsided this morning when I opened my office door to a package from Newman's Owns Organics (not to be confused with Newman's Own). I've heard a lot about Newman's Owns Organics (NOO's) and I was interested in sampling some of their products. Well, let's just say I received an early Christmas gift this year! Check out the loot...

Thank you, Newman's Own Organics!! <3

Food models, mess, lunch (upper right), Zevia (upper left)...and the loot, scattered! My office is atrocious!

 An array of cookies...chocolate, Arrowroot, and chocolate chip!

 Choooooooocolate! Need I say more? Note: that dark chocolate bar
on the left is opened...I wonder who did that!!

 Fat-free AND low-fat Fig the play on words : )

 Dried fruit...prunes, apricots, apples, and berry blend. The apples are delicious! They are completely all-natural in taste, not all pumped up with sugar!!

For my afternoon snack, I had 2 original Hermits. Um, DELICIOUS! They are so moist and rich in them!! Favorite taste from Newman's Own Organics thus far!!

Mint rolls -- Peppermint, Wintergreen, Ginger, and Hot (not pictured, oops!)

 Newman's O's -- Chocolate and Mint!!

 There was a 3rd bag, but one of my patient's ate them. Thumbs up! Especially excited about the protein pretzels!

 Soy crisps! Can't wait to try!

 Hot, Wintergreen, Ginger (yum!), and peppermint mints. The ginger ones are delicious!!!

And Newman's Own Organics even sent something for the puppy -- dog treats! Lily gives the salmon and sweet potato treats a high-five (and my dog gives high-5's, no joke!)

And since 'tis the season to be giving...a GIVEAWAY for you all! And because that box weighs about 25 pounds!!! THANK YOU, NEWMAN'S OWN ORGANICS!!!

There will be 2 winners as there's plenty of goodies to go around...

Giveaway 1: The Cookie Monster
Newman's Own Organics Champion Chip Cookies (Chocolate)
Newman's Own Organics Ginger Hermits
Newman's Own Organics 54% cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar

Giveaway 2: The Smorgasbord

 Newman's Own Organics White Cheddar Soy Crisps
Newman's Own Organics California Prunes
Newman's Own Organics 54% cocoa Espresso Dark Chocolate Bar

How to enter? Lots of ways! 
Enter up to 4 times by doing one, two, three...or all of the following:

1. Post a comment with your giveaway selection preference below (1 or 2, see above)
2. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link back to your tweet, 
or follow me @PreventionRD

3. If you're a blogger, post about this Newman's Own Organics Giveaway with a link back to this post on your blog. Leave a comment below containing your blog/post link!
4. Email me a favorite, healthy recipe at

Entries will be taken through Sunday, November 29th at 12pm (Central Time) and the winners will be announced on my Sunday blog post!

Sampled thus far: 70% cocoa organic chocolate bar (super yum!) and organic dried apples. Mmm!

A patient this morning had to fast for a late lab appointment and by the time he made it over to my office for his nutrition appointment, he was so hungry he had a headache. I handed my country bumpkin of a patient Newman's Own Organics salted pretzels, and that country bumpkin chowed down. And believe you me, I'd have heard about it if he didn't love'em! Thumbs up, Newman's Own Organics!!

Looking forward to Pad Thai tonight and an early departure to Chicago tomorrow morning! If our flight is delayed, we’ll be missing Thanksgiving dinner. Wish us luck, O’Hare doesn’t have the best of records when it comes to flight delays.

Have a wonderful, safe, healthful, and relaxing Thanksgiving!


  1. I gotta say, both giveaways look great, but number 2 is my favorite! Thanks for the fantastic opportunity :) I will tweet about this, and post it on my blog!

    Thanks for sending me that link. You must get the ADA news bites like I do, as I had already seen this and tweeted about it :)

    Regarding your tantrum about the pie, i do NOT blame you ONE BIT! And regarding your husband's "NEED" for buffalo wings, boy do I feel your pain, or annoyance. Nice says that all the time! He had to get them last weekend, and I had a salad, which was quite tasty thank you! I went to dinner last night with some friends and it was PACKKKKED. I think this is the week for restaurants to do really great business. Except of course, for tomorrow.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. I am a total homebody girl!! you arent the only one. sorry about your frustrating night :(

    as for the giveaway.. DEF number 1 !!!!!
    ive always wanted to try newmans own stuff!
    Both look GREAT tho!! im excited..bout to tweet and link it now!

  3. I define homebody post work... It takes a really good event for me to go anywhere on a work night or even a Friday. I feel you on last night... I had to have sushi. I luckily just wanted carryouts but went in and there were about 100 people in line, 20 minutes for my carryout wasn't too bad.

    I pick giveaway ANYTHING! I can't win anything to save my life. I'll tweet and FB your blog later and I'll get Ami to get out the recipes this weekend!

    Save travels this weekend! Sorry I'll miss you at O'Hare.

  4. Great giveaway, I think I would choose #1.

  5. tweeted, so check it here: and I will of course follow you too.

  6. Happy thanksgiving oh bless i hope you get some pumpkin pie

  7. Ooh, I'd love to win the first selection!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  8. Great giveaway. I'd choose #2.

    I don't like to be out and about after a long day at work. (Plus it's sort of impossible with the toddler right now. And I'm old...).

    Good luck traveling today! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. mmm lucky you... i think i woulda shot the hubbie a stink face 2! and silence treatment fo sho.

    number 1 hello!

  10. hahha! I love your little pecan pie "cups" rant! Too funny! Pecan pie sounds really good right about now...our Thanksgiving was sans pie for no apparent reason!

    You are toooo sweet to share your foodie haul with us! Call me the cookie monster! ;) I can't find those Hermits anywhere and they look sensational!

  11. I'd love to try Giveaway 2: The Smorgasbord! I've seen some of these products at the grocers but haven't tried them yet.
    Pecan Pie? I'm a Georgia girl -- it's my favourite!

  12. I've always wanted to try Newman's Own Organics. I think I'd pick the #1 giveaway. I can't deny my sweet tooth!

  13. Oh definitely the Smorgasbord giveaway (#2)!

  14. Yum! Number 1 sounds good! I have a MAJA sweet tooth :)

  15. No blog or twitter :( But I did send you my fav recipe!

  16. I also became a follower of your site!

  17. Ive linked back to this give away on my blog:

  18. Ooh I haven't tried ANY of Newman's Own (let alone the organic variety!) products. These look great! I would totally go for the cookies giveaway. Mmmm cookies.

  19. PS I'm following you on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway :) Thanks so much for it!

    And I forgot to mention before- I am TOTALLY with you about the pecan pie thing. And I can be such a little homebody sometimes. The coldness is what does it to me for sure!

  20. They both sound good, but I'd go with #1!

  21. number 1! number !

  22. I don't know if I'd rather have the hermits or the treats for my puppies!

  23. Ahhhh, number one fo' sho'!
    I love their Ginger Mints! Not to mention chocolate makes everything better!!

  24. I'm following you on Twitter and have tweeted and re-tweeted the contest! :)