Category Archives: Crackers

Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain Crackers

Kashi7GrainChecking back to my previous posts, it has been about 11 months since I had my first ever box of Kashi TLC crackers which was the Fire Roasted Vegetable. I almost forgot how much I loved the Kashi TLC crackers. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kashi and have been trying out numerous of their products this past year, but I seem to have neglected my all time favorite “soup cracker.” If you have not notice, soup season is officially on. Drinking soup for a meal is often too light for me, so I like a piping bowl of soup with a side of satisfying crackers. No more saltines or oyster crackers for me since I discovered Kashi TLC crackers. This time, I picked up the Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain. The crackers are nice little rectangles, which are dense and packed with whole grains. At times, there are some hard pieces of gain in there too. Delicious and hearty without all the fancy flavors, just a pure taste of the mix of whole grains. The small surface area of these crackers does not give much room for toppings, but Kashi has “party size” crackers for those occasions. These small size TLC are great to enjoy along with some soup or dip into hummus, salsa or guacamole. I know you can get it much cheaper when they are on sale at grocery store, but my trusty Trader Joe’s always carries them at a low everyday price of $2.79.

No Hydrogenated Oils ~ Zero Grams Trans Fat ~ All Natural

Other Kashi TLC crackers to consider are: Country Cheddar, Fire Roasted Vegetable, Honey Sesame and Toasted Asiago.

One serving of 30 grams (about 15 crackers) is 130 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 160 milligram of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Original 7 Grain TLC crackers have heavenly taste you can feel good about, because they’re full of whole grain goodness with zero grams of the trans and saturated fat you don’t want. Original 7 Grain TLC crackers are our wholesome combination of oats, hard red winter wheat, rye, long grain brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat, and sesame seeds. We think you’ll love our tasty little crackers.

Retails: $2.79 per 9 oz box @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $2.79
Calories: 130 per serving (30 grams)
WW: 2

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Filed under Crackers, Kashi, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, WW: 2

Mary’s Stick & Twigs Curry Flavor

Picture 071After trying Mary’s Gone Crackers in the Original flavor, I’ve been trying to hunt down the Sticks and Twigs for a while. Luckily, I spotted all three of the Stick and Twigs flavor at a random Whole Foods I just happened to popped into. Of the three flavors, Sea Salt, Curry, and Chipotle Tomato, I picked the most interesting flavor — curry. Not many snacks are curry flavor and I was intrigued. I guess this is a new version of their Sticks & Twigs because it says that it now contains CHIA SEEDS. Awesome! As with all of Mary’s Gone Cracker products, they are organic, wheat-free, gluten-free, kosher, vegan & dairy free and made with whole grains you can see.

When you open the bag, you can definably smell the curry flavor. The stick & twigs come in long and short sizes and are hollow in the middle. Not as thick as the cracker form so it is easier to bite and chew. Hard and crunchy. A little on the salty side, or is it the curry flavor that is giving me a salty sensation? I like these better than the crackers actually. The curry flavor is interesting. Smells stronger than it taste, but at times, you get a twig that is like WOW — CURRY. The more I eat them, the more I like it. Delicious, but I am up for trying the Sea Salt and Chitpotle Tomato flavor as well. Like with the crackers, the sticks & twigs has visible seeds sand grains all over. Imagine these twigs like a Mary’s Gone crackers rolled up, leaving the center hallow, but not as thick. Love the simple and awesome ingredients in the toss: Brown Rice, flax seed, sesame seed, amaranth, millet, whole quinoa, whole red quinoa, and chia seeds. One serving (30g) is 150 calories, 3 WW, 5 grams of fat (o.5 gram saturated, 2.5 grams PUFA & 1.5 grams MUFA), no cholesterol, 190 milligram of sodium, 170 milligram of potassium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, no sugar and 4 grams of protein. Now that is the kind of snack I don’t mind keeping around the house. I like to toss a few twigs in my salads to get a little crunch factor going on too. Mary’s Gone Crackers tweets too! Follow them @GoneCrackers.

Retails: $3.99 per 8 oz bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $3.99
Calories: 150 per ounce
WW: 3

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Filed under Crackers, Gluten Free, Organic, Snacks, Whole Foods, WW: 3

GG Bran Scandinavian Crispbread & Sprinkles

ggfiberOnly 12 calories per cracker that is the size of your palm? You better believe it. GG Scandinavian Crispbread is just that. Twelve calories, 85% bran, 5 gram of dietary fiber, 2 grams of net carbohydrates, and low on the glycemic index. These are a very sturdy cracker which can take on anything you up on it without complaint. No sugar, no flavorings, just unprocessed wheat bran, rye  flour, salt and then baked (I assume they put water in the mix too). If you come in with the right expectations, you won’t be disappointed. Anti-health food eaters would say these resemble and even taste like cardboard, I say that these are fiberful crackers that let’s you use your own imagination to dress it up anyway you like. These crackers are about 4″ by 3″ which has a big enough surface for you to put some spread and some sliced tomatoes on it. The texture is crispy and hard, but does not shatter to piece when you bite into it. For those that have a dehydrator at home, I think you can make something similar. Great way to add fiber into your system. One cracker is 12 calories, 0 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 30 milligram of sodium, 7 grams of carbohydrates, no sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 1 grams of protein.

GG is the high Fiber Champion. Period. If you eat just 4 slices of GG each day, you will receive a whopping 80% of recommended intake of dietary fiber. Take a look at what else you would need to eat to get so much fiber:

3 medium sized yams (6 oz)
5 cups of raw, uncooked broccoli
7 bananas (8” each)
4 cups of bran flakes

The Sprinkles is just the same as the crispbread, just crushed to make it easy to sprinkle some on you salads, soups, yogurts, etc. Very convenient and easy to add to just about anything. One serving is 3 tablespoon (30 servings per tub), 12 calories, o WW, no fat, no cholesterol, 30 milligram of sodium, 7 grams of carbohydrates, no sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. My verdict: not particularly tasty which is expected, but filling and makes a perfect base for a more dressed up meal. Great appetite suppressor. I felt like I just ate a whole meal just eating one cracker with just a smear of laughing cow, but this was 1.50 to 2 hours after eating a light lunch.

Retails: Crackers $2.17 per pk & $6.63 per tub online
My Cost: Free
Calories: 12 per cracker & 12 per scoop
WW: 0


Filed under Crackers, Fiber, WW: 0

Mary’s Gone Crackers

MarysGoneCrackers_Another healthy and delicious find. Mary’s Gone Cracker is a thick and super crispy cracker that is packed with nourishing ingredients you can spot all over the round sand-dollar like crackers. The cracker is a blend of brown rice, quinoa, flaxseeds and sesame seeds. Mary’s Gone Crackers are truly 100% whole grain goodness. They are super crispy and kind of hard so I like to enjoy them slowly and give those whole flaxseeds a good chewing. The flavor of the brown rice pleasant, a slight burnt taste at time. Compared to other rice crackers, Mary’s Gone Crackers are harder and crunchier. They also offer other flavors such as Herb, Caraway, Onion and Black Pepper which I am excited to try out next time. The crackers themselves are a pretty decent size. I tried eating them with salsa, but I find that I enjoy the nuttiness and brown rice flavor as is. Mary’s Gone Crackers puts only the finest quality ingredients into their products. They are organic, kosher, non-GMO, whole grain, hearth healthy, wheat-free, gluten-free, no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, and contains good fats like 450 milligram of omega-3 fatty acids per serving. which gives them a unique and nutty taste to it. One serving is about 13 crackers (30g), 3 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated, 2.5 grams PUFA, 1.5 grams MUFA), no cholesterol, 190 milligram of sodium, 160 milligram of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, no sugar, and 3 grams of protein. These taste like someone mixed all the all the ingredients together, added a dash of salt and water, flatten them out and stuck it in a dehydrator (they actually baked them). At times there is a burnt taste that lingers in your mouth. I think it is from all the seeds. Some people may not like these for that reason.

Retails: $3.99 @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free with Coupon
Calories: 140 per 13 crackers (30g)
WW: 3


Filed under Crackers, Organic, Snacks, Whole Foods, WW: 3

Ak-Mak 100% Whole Wheat Crackers

akmakAk-maks are whole wheat crackers that are made with 100% organically-grown stone ground whole wheat flour, clover honey, sesame oil, real butter, sesame seeds, yeast and salt. These thin stone-ground crackers are super light crispy with a great nutty flavor from the sesame seed. Enjoyable by itself, but goes amazing with everything and anything. Some suggestions include hummus, laughing cow cheese, and nut butters. Crumble it up a bit and you have yourself a nice salad or soup topper. My current obsession is Ak-mak with laughing cow cheese. So incredibly delicious. One serving of 5 crackers are 115 calories, 2 grams of fat (<0.5 saturated), no cholesterol, 220 milligram of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 0.6 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein. Ak-mak are no small 1″ by 1″ crackers. They are actually a decent size, about 2″ by 5″ which is a good size to spread your topping of choice. They are awesome and cheap at Trader Joes too!! I was surprise that they run for the same price at Whole Foods too. Ak-mak is simplicity at its best. No preservatives. No artificial flavors. No chemicals. One of the best tasting healthy crackers out there on the market. One of my favorite finds of 2009!!

Retails: $1.39 per box @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.39
Calories: 115 per serving (5 crackers)
WW: 2


Filed under Crackers, Organic, Snacks, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, WW: 2

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

04-20-09_1419One of my favorite quotes from Ratatouille. So Linguini (the boy chef) comments on how skinny Anton Ego (the food critic) is for being a person acclaimed to like food and he rebuttals with, “I don’t LIKE food. I LOVE it. If I don’t love it, I don’t SWALLOW.” Food Should Taste Good, if it doesn’t, then why eat it? Good thing Food Should Taste Good lives up to its reputation of being the most awesome tortilla/cracker chip on the market. Their products are: all natural, gluten free, good source of dietary fiber, no GMO, kosher, trans fat, cholesterol and lactose free. Best of all, they taste amazing.

Sweet Potato Flavor: I love sweet potato so naturally, this flavor is a winner in my eyes. The taste and texture of these chip-crackers are great. Easily dippable and has a surface that is very spreadable. Along with salsa, the combo is amazing as a snack. The chips are so flavorful that one can pass the spreads and dips. The name of the company Food Should Taste Good is cute and to the point. True to the name, these wonderful chips do taste good! One ounce is 140 calories, 3 WW, 6 grams of fat (o.5 saturated), no cholesterol, 80 milligram, of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.  The nutritional information is pretty much the same all across the board for the other varieties (plus or minus a little).

Multigrain: I’ve been spoiled to the point where I cannot go back to regular tortilla chips anymore. I love the complex mixture of the multigrain which creates the awesome flavor, especially the sesame seeds and flax seeds that give an extra booster of flavor here and there. The hexagon shape makes these stand out. Love them just by themselves or with salsa and guacamole. Chip and salsa nights can never be the same again. Good thing they carry this at Costco!!

Jalapeno: Delicious fiery red chip with REAL jalapeno and red pepper pieces embedded in them. You get a nice kick of heat in your mouth when you hit those pieces of jalapenos and peppers. Delicious with salsa.

Chocolate: I’ve never tasted a chocolate flavor chip before, so I thought it was quite interesting. This flavor grew on me. Not something I would normally get.

Olive: Nice and crispy tortilla chip with a subtle olive flavor to it and a hint of garlic. Some people may complain that the olive flavor is not strong enough despite this being an olive flavored chip.

Buffalo: Has the great tasting flavor of buffalo wings minus the wings. These really are the next best thing if you are craving for some hot wings. Flavorful and super addictive.

The Works: If you normally like an “everything flavor bagel” or “the works” flavor in crackers and pretzels, you would probably like this flavor. This flavor is just too “busy” for me, but that is just my personal taste.

Like I said before, with all these great flavors chip and salsa night will never be the same again. If you ever run out of ideas on how to pair your chips, check out their website or the back of the bag for some creative pairing suggestion! Jalapeno goes well with corn & black bean salsa, and the multigrain goes well with spinach artichoke dip. Not only do they taste wonderful, all the fun shapes also make them too cute to pass up. So pretty when you sever them at a party. The thick foil packaging keep the chips fresh and cushion the chips in such a way that there are practically no chip crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Attractive and practical.  From the logo design, to the awesome packaging, to the shape and taste of the chips, this product has an artisan baked quality to it. Aside from these amazing flavor, they just came out with four new ones too. Yellow corn, Lime, Cinnamon, and Potato & Chive. Can’t wait until I spot them at the market next time. Good stuff. Keep the great flavors coming. Go online to get your $1.00 coupon!

P.S: I think they are on sale for $2.50 at Ralphs until May 26, 2009

Retail: $3.59-$4.69 for 12-ounce bag
My Cost: Free
Calories: about 140 calories per ounce
WW: 3


Filed under Chips, Crackers, Snacks, WW: 3

Dr. Kracker Organic Culinary Crisps, Snackers and Flatbreads

drkrackerDr. Kracker must have put some “crack” in their crackers because these are really addicting. Really crispy and crunchy, full of flavor that I can see. The top of the crackers are filled with all sorts of whole seeds such as sesames seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and tons of herbs and seasoning. You won’t find blandness in Dr. Kracker’s artisan-baked goods, just wholesome robust flavors from whole seeds, grains and spices. These crackers may seem dry if you just eat them by themselves so it is best to be portioned out, and enjoyed slowly with coffee, tea, or a glass of wine. Although these are full of flavor already, sometimes I spread a little light cream cheese or hummus on which gives the crackers an extra layer of texture. Simply yet so delicious and fulfilling. I tired the Culinary Crisps line first. The Hummus Maximus was chalk full of seed and flavor with a prominent hint of lemon juice. Next up was the Fire Roasted Crisps with a little bit of heat from the chili peppers. By itself it has tons of flavor already. Sun dried tomatoes with SWEET POTATO along with chili peppers, black sesame seeds and a touch of cheddar. Bursting with flavor all in a bit size cracker. The Apple Crisps had the usual seedy toppings like toasted sesame and flax seeds along with pieces of dried apple bits. This flavor is delicious with cream cheese. The Cherry Semolina had deep cheery red spots almost made it look like these crackers are infected with something. Don’t let the appearance fool you, the  cherries paired with semolina flower and toasted sesame seeds makes this combination irresistible.

The culinary crisp defiantly had more interesting flavors than the Snackers line, but I love how the Snackers line has big sunflower seeds in them which give these Snackers a real nutty flavor. The Sunflower Cheddar Snackers is cheddary and nicely paired with huge sunflower seeds and the Seeded Spelt Snackers also had huge sunflower seeds with yummy toasted sesame seeds all over. I can enjoy them plain, or spread any fruit jam, cheese, nut butter, etc on them. A little cream cheese and some smoked salmon…delish.

These flatbreads are crisp, full of flavor as usual. I can make it light, by just adding a little bit of hummus or cream cheese, or I can make them into lunch by dressing it up with hummus, tomatoes, avocado and smoked salmon. Each flatbread is about 100 calories, 2 WW, 4 grams of fat (0.5 to 2 grams saturated), no cholesterol, 190 milligram of sodium, 11-12 grams of carbohydrates, 3-4 grams of fiber, 0-2 grams of sugar, and 4-5 grams of protein. Of the three flavors: Klassic 3 Seed Flatbread, Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Flatbread and Seedlander Flatbread, the pumpkin seed cheddar really stood out with the large pumpkin seed and delicious cheddar flavor. I even cracked it up and put it in my soup and on top of my healthy salads for the crunch factor. Who needs boring saltine crackers for soup when you have Dr. Kracker.

Overall, I love all the organic artisan-baked crackers and flatbreads Dr. Krackers has to offer. I like that I can see the whole grains and seeds on top of all Dr. Krackers products and also know that they use quality organic ingredients. The crunch factor is huge in their product!! They can be dry if you stuff them in you try to inhale them at lighting speed, but when enjoyed slowly over some wine, tea or coffee, I think they are absolutely divine. The combination and ways to eat Dr. Krackers are endless. Use you own imagination. With the base of everything being so crispy and full of flavors, I don’t think you can go wrong. These are very addicting, so be warned. Check out their website for more interesting ways to enjoy Dr. Kracker. They have great recipes as well as step by step picture tutorials.

Retails: Varies @ Amazon/ F&E/Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: Culinary Crisp: 100 to 115 per ounce
Snackers: 120 calories per ounce
Flatbreads: 100 calories each
WW: 2 WW


Filed under Bread, Crackers, WW: 2