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Review: Walkers #MightyLites

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 28-08-2013

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I’m a bit of a crisp addict. Always have been. Tubes of Pringles or Share Size bags of Doritos were never much of an effort, but obviously not a good idea. The typical healthy crisps generally didn’t taste of anything, certainly not what  they claimed to anyway. Whilst I have recently discovered and become addicted to Special K Cracker Crisps and the delicious Walkers Hoops and Crosses I am always on the look out for something new, something that tastes remotely like traditional crisps. When the team at Walkers got in touch with the offer of some of their brand new Mighty Lites I jumped at the chance to test them out.

walkers mighty lites

Mighty Lites come in three flavours – Lightly Salted, Roast Chicken and Cheese & Onion. They are ridged crisps and contain 30% less fat than standard crisps. They are made from REAL potatoes, are a source of fibre and contain no artificial colours or preservatives, so they are being targeted as ideal for children’s lunch boxes what with the new school year just around the corner. I am a big fan of the idea of healthy crisps as long as they taste nice. Like I said most healthy crisps taste nothing like crisps, generally having a slightly cardboard flavour to them which is hugely unappealing. I don’t have lunch boxes to worry about just yet, but I like having something in as a treat for Little Man that is still fairly healthy, and that can be taken on days out or picnics too.

We received a 6-pack of each flavour to try out. Little Man has inherited mummy’s love of crisps so was very excited when I opened this box! Needless to say a packet was opened pretty soon afterwards and we shared some Lightly Salted crisps with our lunch. Little Man polished his share off and then set to work on mine, so clearly he’s a fan. I can also report that I too loved them. The ridges hold the flavour in which ensures they taste delicious, but they also look like proper crisps. They are crunchy not chewy, and a bag full is very satisfying. The Roast Chicken flavour was probably my favourite, benefiting from tasting like chicken which can be rare for flavoured crisps. I gave the Cheese & Onion to my parents as I’m not a fan of that flavour and they were very impressed too.

Overall I’m impressed. Healthy delicious crisps that are suitable for the whole family. The only thing that concerns me about these crisps – and to be honest more crisps – are the words “Suitable For Vegetarians” which you’ll find on the back of all three flavours. Yes, even the Roast Chicken. Now I’m sure we’re all aware that chickens are not vegetables, so their vegetarian friendliness does alarm me somewhat, especially when I’m giving them to my son. I dread to think what is involved in make a chicken flavour without the use of a chicken. But more to the point, if you’re vegetarian why would you want to eat chicken flavoured anything? Just me?

Walkers Might Lites are available in all good supermarkets and stores nationwide.



Foodie: Hoops & Crosses from Walkers

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Launch, Product Reviews | Posted on 09-05-2013

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The team at Walkers sent Little Man some new Hoops & Crosses to try out recently, as well as a rather cute Monkey which he is currently cuddling in bed! Hoops & Crosses are a new range of crisps from Walkers which are made from wholegrain and contain just 85 calories per bag. They come in 3 flavours – Roast Beef, Prawn Cocktail and Salt & Vinegar. All three are also suitable for vegetarians, which when you look at the flavours available IS a tad alarming, but hey ho.

We were sent a bag of Roast Beef to try, and we enjoyed them with our lunch the other day. Little Man devoured his share pretty swiftly, but then again he never stops eating. Thankfully I also enjoyed mine. They were really tasty and didn’t essentially taste “healthy” so the fact that Little Man would happily eat a bag is great. An alarming 27% of children don’t get ANY wholegrain in their diets, so these crisps are an excellent way to sneak some in there without them really noticing.

Whilst I don’t let Little Man eat too many crisps – despite Mummy being somewhat addicted to them herself… – I am quite happy for him to have these as a treat. They’d make a great addition to a lunchbox or picnic on a day out, or to munch on whilst he watches yet more episodes of Peppa Pig.

Walkers Hoops & Crosses are available now at supermarkets across the country.

Review: Healthy Snacks From Special K

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 14-02-2013

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As parents we are endlessly trying to encourage our children to eat healthily. Whether eat be at meal times or snack times we are keen for them to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and less biscuits and crisps – apart from the occasional treat of course! Unfortunately as parents who are often running around after our children we tend to be less concerned with our own diets. When there’s a million and one things to do we often grab food on the go and are probably more likely to grab something we shouldn’t than a healthier alternative.

When I want a snack, either during the day or when I’m relaxing in the evenings, you are more likely to find me going for a packet of crisps – more often than not a large packet – or a chocolate biscuit, than an apple or banana. Something fast and full of instant energy, which is certainly handy with a toddler in the house. Sadly this is not the healthiest thing I could eat. The team at Special K have come up with a solution however to satisfy my salted snack cravings, and my sweet tooth too.

Special K Cracker Crisps
These crisps are a far cry from that brand I usually buy, but I am thrilled, and a little surprised, to admit they taste better! “Healthy” crisps tend to be a little bit bland, or often taste like you are chewing cardboard. I’ve tried a few in  my time and found none that I like so I was keen to test out these cracker crisps. The serving suggestion is 21 crisps, and in that you’ll find a mere 95 calories (based on Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar flavour). Now these crisps are rather addictive, and I can confess that limiting myself to just 21 was basically impossible. The great thing was that even if I ate half the box (who, me?) it was infinitely better for me that eating half a share size bag of traditional crisps. These crisps from Special K are delicious and I recommend all three flavours, though my absolute favourites are the Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar. Perfect for eating with lunch, a mid afternoon snack, and they go rather well with that much needed glass of wine in the evenings when the kids have finally gone to bed.

Special K Biscuit Moments
Biscuit Moments are twin packs of biscuits with a fruit filling and a vanilla drizzle on top. At 98 or 99 calories each depending on flavour they are again a very healthy alternative to raiding the biscuit barrel. Once again I was surprised at how tasty they were for something so much better for you than a bar of chocolate, but despite this I wasn’t entirely satisfied. I could easily have eaten 2, and I fear that would have defeated the purpose. They were light and tasty, but a little too light for me. Maybe you could have one of these and then just the one chocolate biscuit as opposed to four or five. Don’t get me wrong they are yummy, but I personally would need something else. I suggest you try them and decide for yourselves.

The new ranges from Special K are available now from your local supermarket.