4 crunchy snacks to satisfy a craving
We satisfied our afternoon munchies with four savoury snacks. Here’s what we thought of each
Kashi Snack Crackers
Kashi Snack Crackers in Fire Roasted Vegetable have seven whole grains (oats, wheat, triticale, rye, brown rice, barley and buckwheat). A serving ?(10 crackers) has 80 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat) and 135 mg sodium. They have no artificial colours or flavours. Also available in toasted Asiago. ($4, 255 g)
I really like these crackers. I’m usually a plain Jane when it comes to snacks and prefer non-spicy foods. But these have a subtle spicy kick, and tasted delicious alone and with a spinach dip appetizer I served to guests recently. I’m watching my family’s salt intake these days and like that these are low in sodium.
-Jennifer Walker, Sr. Content Editor
Ozery’s Pita Break Crispy Pitas
Ozery’s Pita Break Crispy Pitas in organic spelt with flax are snack-size and made with whole grains. A 50-g serving has 240 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat) and 430 mg sodium (no artificial flavours or colour). Other varieties are cranberry pumpkin seed, rosemary garlic and organic wheat. ($4, 170 g)
These were very crispy, and had a toasted whole-grain flavour that I really liked. Recently I had planned on serving them with a creamy cheese to guests, but found that they were great on their own-and would definitely make a lower-fat option than potato chips for movie nights, though I’d prefer they were lower in sodium.
-Margaret Nearing, Senior Editor
Grok Grana Padano Cheese Snacks
Grok Grana Padano Cheese Snacks in Gusto Classico are a new type of snack altogether. Billed as a “healthy cheese snack” and imported from Italy, these are bite-size pieces of oven-baked Grana Padano (similar to Parmesan). Each 12-g snack-size bag has 60 calories, 4 g fat (2.5 g satur-?ated fat) and 85 mg sodium. ($5-$6, 72 g)
When these were sent to our office, I had a hard time getting my head around the concept: oven-baked cheese snacks? How could they be healthy? Especially since they tasted out-of-this-world delicious. But they are surprisingly low in calories, and, uniquely, contain the equivalent of 300 mL of milk in each serving. Cool.
-Bonnie Munday, Editor-in-Chief
Popcorn, Indiana’s Chip’Ins
Popcorn, Indiana’s Chip’Ins in White Cheddar is an air-popped “popcorn chip,” a healthier alternative to traditional chips. A 28-g serving has 130 calories, 4 g fat (0 g sat-urated fat) and 210 mg sodium. They have no artificial flavours or colours, and no preservatives. Other flavours are jalapeño, sea salt, ranch, hot Buffalo wing and BBQ. ($4-$5, 205 g)
When it comes to snacking, I crave crunch, but I try to avoid potato chips. These more than satisfy that craving. They aren’t artificial tasting, and they also have a subtle zest. With all of the health benefits of popcorn (it’s a whole grain, is high in fibre and polyphenols, and has far less fat than chips), I’ll be buying these again.
-Jennifer Masseau, Associate Editor