Almondina Cookie Review

I have a confession.  We are a family of cookie monsters.  Chocolate chip, sugar cookies, gingerbread people – we don’t discriminate, LOL.  But, of course, on our journey towards being healthier we don’t keep cookies in the house anymore.  Sometimes, for special occasions, we will buy some or make them from scratch, but Art and I had come to the realization we needed to give up nightly sweets, for our health.

Then the good folks at Almondina® asked me to review some of their cookies.  Almondina is known as The Delicious Cookie Without the Guilt, so I was curious to see if they would be delicious and good for us.

About the Product:

from Almondina.com

Almondina cookie review
Yuval Zaliouk and Grandmother Dina

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.

“Generous as she was in giving away her recipes, Grandmother Dina kept the one for Petit Gateau Sec a total secret until the end of her life. Only then did she finally reveal the secret to her daughter, Ahuda, my mother.”

“It is with her blessing and with pride that the Zaliouk family shares these delicious, healthful wonders with your family.”

Almondina cookies are an all-natural, crispy almond cookie that has no cholesterol and no added fat, salt, or preservatives and has only 30 calories. They come in 13 flavors including:

  • 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
  • Anniversary™ – 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

My Review:

I was sent an Almondina sampler pack for review.    The sampler pack included Ginger Spice, Original, Choconut, AlmonDuo®, Chocolate Cherry, and Sesame flavors.  Here are my family’s comments on the flavors;

  • Ginger Spice – Bud and his girlfriend loved this flavor.  They felt the ginger taste was just strong enough without being overwhelming.
  • Original – Not too sweet and the raisins provided just the right amount of moisture.  These were great with a chocolate spread.
  • Choconut – Just like the original, except we didn’t have to dip it in chocolate because the chocolate was baked right in!!
  • AlmonDuo – This was Bud’s girlfriend’s favorite cookie!!
  • Chocolate Cherry – The taste was similar to the Choconut but without nuts.  The cherries complement the chocolate nicely.
  • Sesame – This is a bit more of a savory cookie.  Boo and I enjoyed dipping these in hummus and they were really good!!

Almondina cookie review

 

With all the flavors we loved the thin, crispy crunch and the fact that they are low-fat is a bonus!!

You can find Almondina at retailers 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.  You can also find them online at shop.almondina.com.

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I received complimentary product from the Almondina Company.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The folks at Almondina® have graciously offered to giveaway a sampler pack of cookies to one of my lucky readers.  You can enter on the rafflecopter below.  Open to residents of the US only.  Previous winners of Almondina giveaways are ineligible.

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My One Word for 2014: Self-Confidence #OneWord365

For the second year in a row I am picking my one word for 2014.  This was inspired by my friend Melanie over at Only a Breath, who is again offering a blog button template for those who would like to pick one word to reflect on for the upcoming year.  Melanie, in turn was inspired by Alece at OneWord365.com.  The idea is to come up with your “theme” for the year, or as Alece puts it:

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. 

Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

Here is my one word button which I made, thanks to Melanie’s template:

One Word 2014 self-confidenceWhy did I pick self-confidence? I had named 2011 my “year of no fear“.  2012 was a year of extreme fear, which led me to pick “courage” as my one word for 2013.  I feel that in this past year I have learned to conquer many of my fears and learn how to protect myself and my family from dangerous situations.

Self-confidence seemed like the next logical step, for me.  Self-confidence is defined, according to Merriam-Webster as:

a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something

I tend to second guess everything I say and do.  I often ask for reassurances from friends and family that I am making the right decision.  And while occasionally asking for confirmation of my own opinion is a good thing, too much of it is debilitating.  It can keep me from making decisions in a timely fashion and miss out on opportunities. Now that I am learning to be courageous, I want to be self-confident as well.

  So what about you? What’s your one word for 2014?  Let me know in the comments below.