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Archive for August 4, 2009

GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Enter To Win GoPicnic Meals & Tree Top Trim Gift Baskets

This week’s Gourmet Giveaway is great for two particular groups:

PRIZE #1: Parents, people on the go or people who deal with groups. You’ll want to enter to win GoPicnic meals. These attractive and convenient boxed meals are made of individual fun snacks such as tortilla chips and salsa, hummus and pita chips, tuna and crackers, edamame (soy bean snacks), almonds and a sweet treat (such as dried apricots, Mrs. Mays Nut Crunch or a Larabar)—all totally portable. More than 20 choices including gluten free, vegetarian, kosher and halal. Great for travel, keeping a healthy food stash at work, meetings and general grab & go.

PRIZES #2, 3 & 4: Calorie counters. You’ll want to enter to win one of 3 gift baskets from Tree Top Trim. Each 60-calorie, 8-ounce can contains one whole fruit serving plus nutrients that naturally help curb the appetite and promote a healthy metabolism. Flavors of this functional beverage include Kiwi Strawberry, Mango Peach, Pomegranate Blackberry and Tangerine Pineapple. Find out more about Tree Top Trim.


Three winners will receive gift baskets of
Tree Top Trim: low calorie energy in three fruit flavors. Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.

As the saying goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

  • Enter the Gourmet Giveaway! Simply give us your email (for the purpose of prize drawing only—privacy guaranteed) by 6 a.m. ET, Monday, August 10, 2009.


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PRODUCT: Sunsweet Dried Philippine Pineapple


This dried pineapple will satisfy the most
demanding sweet tooth. Photo by Emily

Dried fruit is a time-honored backpackers’ staple and children’s snack. It wins hearts for its nutritional value and sturdiness. It can add a burst of flavor to salads and baked goods. But it doesn’t always satisfy a sweet tooth.

Sunsweet’s new dried Philippine Pineapple changes that perspective. It’s like pineapple candy with serious nutritional benefits: one cup of pineapple delivers a whopping 94% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. The pineapple bites have excellent texture and manage to avoid the pitfalls of other dried pineapple. They’re neither stringy nor chewy, but are light and juicy—moist and almost candied. A citrus undernote balances the sweetness, making this dried pineapple ideal for both savory and sweet dishes and for spicing up your favorite snack mix—as well as for snacking out of the bag. Sunsweet attributes the difference to ideal growing conditions in the Philippines, at elevations of 2,000 to 3,000 feet, where cooler temperatures add more moisture to the finished product, versus pineapple grown in hotter climates and/or at lower elevations.

Sunsweet Philippine Pineapple doesn’t taste like fresh pineapple, as the bag claims—it lacks the racing acidity—but anyone who enjoys pineapple will appreciate it. The SRP for a 6-ounce bag is $3.99. It’s easy to keep the resealable bag at work or in the car or gym bag for an energy lift, to eat with yogurt or salads, as “dessert” with lunch, or as a snack with a cup of tea.

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TIP OF THE DAY: National Lasagne Day

Today is National Lasagne Day, the plural of lasagna and the more appropriate term—after all, there’s more than one noodle in the recipe! The dish dates back to Roman times, although Roman lasagne was not as delicious as the layered noodles, cheese and tomato sauce many of us enjoy today. That’s because the Romans did not have tomatoes, which originated in Peru (as cherry tomatoes) and were brought to Europe by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century—where they were enjoyed as houseplants until the 18th century!

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