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It’s the new year and so many people make it their New Years resolution to be healthier. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up or just eat healthier, ever little bit helps. I think for a lot of people, being on the go and finding healthy snacks is a big problem. A few years ago I started making 100 calorie snack packs in bulk. It’s much cheaper and it helps to keep track of what we are eating. Everything in moderation right?
I recently came across a cookie called Almondina®. It’s a delicious cookie without the Guilt! Did someone say cookie and guilt free in the same sentence? Sure did! They are an all-natural, crispy almond cookie has no cholesterol and no added fat, salt, or preservatives and has only 30 calories. It is wonderfully crunchy and does not have to be dipped. It is a delightful companion for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and fine light wines. The rush to eliminate fat from gourmet foods too often has also eliminated most of the flavor, a fact which is in sharp contrast to this enticingly delicious cookie.
The Almondina story is terrific and heartwarming. The thing that really surprised me was, the company is based in the next town over from me, yet I had never heard of it before. I started to research it and found their amazing story. I fell in love with this product, the boys are enjoying it and I am confident that you will love it too. Since the introduction of the classic Original flavor, eight more distinctive variations have been introduced, all of which continue to be packed with roasted almonds. A recent innovation, Chocolate Cherry, combines the almonds with dark chocolate and plump cherries. The chocolate is my favorite, of course! You can also win a sampler pack of these delicious cookies (like pictured to the let) by entering on the Rafflecopter below! Good Luck and enjoy!
Almondina® is the inspiring success story of a man whose great loves include both music and wonderful food. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina’s most secret cookie, which she called Petit Gateau Sec. Yuval Zaliouk, an internationally known symphony conductor and gourmet chef, always had a special place in his heart (and stomach) for this exquisite, crispy wafer with the delicate flavor of roasted almonds and the natural sweetness of plump raisins. Long after his grandmother’s death, Zaliouk became aware that the remarkable characteristics of this addictively delicious but extremely nutritious cookie fell squarely in line with the growing demands of health conscious buyers at the end of the century. Within seven years, having started baking in his kitchen, the cookies, renamed Almondina® for his grandmother, were available in all fifty states, sought after in seven foreign countries, and had brought him recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year.
Almondina distribution has expanded and is now readily available at stores such as Fairway, Hy Vee, Giant Eagle, Brookshire, Mollie Stone’s, Hannaford, Jewel, Whole Foods, The FreshMarket, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Cost Plus World Market, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and many others.
Almondina® biscuits in the following flavors:
· Original – America’s all natural favorite with almonds and raisins
· Chocolate Cherry – We combined the world’s finest dark chocolate with plump cherries to produce an irresistible, decadent treat without guilt.
· Choconut – Rich tasting crunchy chocolate, but low in calories
· Cinnaroma® – The original biscuit for cinnamon lovers
· Gingerspice – Trend setting, with chunks of Australian ginger
· AlmonDuo® – Double-nut wonder with almonds and pistachios
· AnniversaryT – Award winning delight with a touch of anise
· BranTreats® – Made with oat bran and the finest cinnamon “Cookies For Breakfast”
· Sesame – Irresistible, exotic, flavorful
· Seasonal Pumpkin Spice – A seasonal attraction with a delightful touch of fall spices combined with the highest quality almonds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Including new products:
· Chocolate Dipped – the Original® dipped in the finest, pure, rich dark chocolate was previously offered only certain times of the year is now available year round
· Delights – The Original® Almondina totally encased in Milk chocolate
· Yogurt Dipped – Brantreats® dipped on one side with a layer of all natural yogurt