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(Some details regarding packaging etc are similar to my other Ryvita reviews but I have also included about 200 words of original opinion as well)
Ryvita has been made since the 1930s but now they have branched out and are adding other ingredients to their traditional crispbreads.
Packaging very similar to the original Ryvita.
Comes in a waxed sort of plastic wrapper in a golden brown colour. Has mage of sunflower seeds down one side.
One slice = 46 calories and 1.8 grams of fibre.
Long shelf life.
By Appointment to Queen Elizabeth II and the Princes Fund.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Also certified as Kosher by KLBD (Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din).
Contains no artificial colours or preservatives.
Low in fat and high in fibre.
Wholegrain rye crispbread with sunflower seeds and oats.
===Other Ryvita Crispbread Flavours===
Cracked Black Pepper
Pumpkin Seed and Oats
Hint of Chilli
Recently I have been trying to improve my diet so rather than eating lots of bread, or worse, biscuits, I have been buying the various different flavours of Ryvita crispbread to have as snacks. Not only are they healthy and contain no additives but now they come in many different varieties and flavours.
These crispbreads come in a sort of plastic paper packaging and some of the flavours (Pumpkin Seeds & Oats, Sunflower Seeds & Oats and Fruit Crunch) now have 82% less packaging as all the cardboard has been removed from the packs.
Like all the other Ryvita crispbreads these have one side which is more smooth and another one that has sort of holes - so you can decide which side you butter. One side of these is embedded with sunflower seeds and oats. Now these are undoubtedly good for you and do make a change tot he other flavours, but for me they do not actually add much flavour wither. Ryvita are quite tasty with a nutty sort of taste anyway - and when eaten with a scraping of butter either as they are or with cheese and salads they provide a tasty snack.
However this different variety does not add anything flavour wise, so although you are getting the goodness of the sunflower seeds and oats it does not actually enhance the flavour at all.
So it is up to you to weigh up the difference in costs.
Original Ryvita being 99p but this one being 60p more - so is it worth it? Possibly just to try but I don't think the extra cost is really worth it. If you want to have sunflowers its probably cheaper just to buy a packet.
===Would I Recommend?===
Wholegrain Rye Flour, Sunflower Seeds (16%), Oats (7%), Salt, Made with 85g of Wholegrain Rye Flour per 100g.
I first thought about trying these when browsing the aisles of Tescos for something healthy to snack on at work.
These are ideal for a healthy snack at work, as they contain fibres and seeds useful for a healthy balanced diet. I feel like it is better for me to munch on these rather than crisps and choccy bars.
Benefits of the product
Ryvitas don't contain artificial ingredients, they are low in saturated fats (the baddies!) and high in fibre which is a staple part of your diet.
They can be eaten at any time of the day really, you could even have a few for breakfast. I tend to have two at a time topped with lots of cheddar which keeps me going.
So far I have tried the sunflower seed variety and the pumpkin seed variety.
I have mine with extra mature Cathedral City cheddar and I slice the cheese quite thickly. Some may prefer to top theirs with butter and fruit as well as the cheese, though its really up to you what flavour combinations you prefer. Chutney is suggested on the side of the packet, I know some people can be more creative with their food choices than others too!
Price & Availability
Available in the majority of medium-large supermarkets, these are priced at approximately £1.50 for a pack of 200g and about 16 crispbreads.
Great for healthier snacking, tasty with cheese, contain seeds which I don't necessarily like eating by themselves. Getting your daily fibre intake up with only 0.9g of fat in each crispbread.
Brilliant for snacking at work as a replacement for the high fat options.
I bought these as I was fed up with the same boring sandwiches for work everyday. They were on 50% off so the first packet were 73p but the usually price is £1.45 for 200g. I thought they might be a bit bland as I remember the last time I had Ryvita and they tasted like cardboard and a lot of butter was needed to make them even vaguely edible, so they really defeated the whole point of a low fat/calorie lunch.
I liked the design of the box with the sunflower seeds scattered all over and a picture of one of the crisp breads with prawns and salad on pictured on the yellow wrap. The Ryvita name is quite big in white writing; the nutritional information is easily readable near the corner.
Once the box is opened it's easy to fold the end over to seal them, however at the moment there's an offer if you send in three tokens and £3.49 you can get a tin to store them in.
These Ryvitas are nothing like the original bland variety. From the first bite I really enjoyed the flavours the seeds gave it a crunch and delicious taste. There was a good texture that made you really want to chew more as there was a good nutty texture. These are especially good with savoury toppings as I found that sweet competed with the seeds too much.
Overall I found these to very to be very tasty and recommend them to all the people who are Ryvitas haters due to the bland original variety that earned the name as the cardboard crisp breads.
Mention the word 'Ryvita' and for many people the first thing that springs to mind is a snack for dieters which tastes like cardboard. However, Ryvita has become decidedly less cardboardy in the last few years, with a range of new varieties all designed to break the monotony of the original. Last week I sampled the 'Pumpkin Seeds & Oats' variety which is said to provide the eater with a decent dose of fibre, whilst maintaining a low G.i - whatever that means ;)
Costing £1.26 for the 200g box, each of these fancy Ryvita measure 10 cms x 6 cms, with the rather large pumpkin seeds precariously balanced on top. The flavour is quite nice - and certainly more tasty than the normal variety. Although the pumpkin seeds and oats don't actually taste of much to be honest, the flavour as a whole is more pleasing due to an increased level of salt. Now I don't normally approve of salt as a flavour enhancer (as it isn't that good for you) - but here it definitely helps bring out the taste.
The main problem I have with Ryvita in general is the fact that I can only enjoy the stuff with a thick spreading of delicious Lurpak on the top, meaning that its credentials as a diet snack are lost. I suppose I could opt for something healthier as a topping - low fat cottage cheese for example - but I really do like it with just good old fashioned butter.
In terms of its ingredients, these Ryvita contain; Wholegrain Rye Flour, Sunflower Seeds (14%), Oats (11%), and Salt. Nice and limited ingredients here which is always good to see.
Pumpkin Seed & Oat Ryvita are very messy to eat - one bite sends a plethora of oats falling all over the floor, and a plate is definitely required. Similarly, you should never eat these in bed - even if you change the sheets, you'll somehow feel as if you're lying on a mass of grain and pumpkin seeds for quite a while. As a result, anyone that likes to incorporate Ryvita into their love-making should definitely stick to the original (and less seedy) variety.
Overall, these Pumpkin Seed & Oat snacks are probably my favourite of the entire Ryvita range - surprisingly moreish, and high in fibre. Recommended, but not as a diet snack.
My wife is forever trying to lose a few pounds even though she has never actually been overweight to any great degree; her most recent purchase on the diet front was some Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats Crispbreads.
This is not something I would ever eat but after my wife tried to convince me over and over again that they were very nice with a touch of low calorie strawberry jam I finally gave in and took the plunge.
Horrible is my honest opinion on them, the jam was just about enough to give them a bit of sweetness and remove the horrid dryness from them but even with jam they were pretty awful.
There is no doubt these are good for you with only 42 crackers per portion (which I believe is two crackers) but I for one would rather starve to lose weight than eat these, they taste of basically nothing and they are so dry and rough on the tongue that I would never choose to eat them and certainly would not recommend them to others.
I personally would liken these to eating dust on slices of cardboard but bear in mind that my wife likes these so they have their place I guess.
I was very sceptical about these crackers because everytime I have tried ryvita over the years I have eaten about two before giving the rest to the dog because they just tasted so awful! These, however, are lovely and I have been back and bought several more packets.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. They are also useful in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. They are a good source of magnesium. which helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Oats are a low GI food which means that you should find it takes longer to be hungry again.
Now, obviously, these crackers do not contain as much of these products as eating just the seeds or porridge perhaps, but it is a start and they are very versatile!
Why it is whenever ryvita is mentioned then cardboard is mentioned in the same sentence. I hadn't tried ryvita before (probably due to the bad press) but these were served up to me by my friend who seems to be on a perm ant diet and found them to be really tasty. They weren't at all what I expected in fact I liked them so much they are now a firm favourite in my cupboard now and has to be said a tasty health alternative to bread. The seeds in the crisp bread are very strong in flavour and would recommend these to others who have previously thought the same as me that ryvita tastes like cardboard. These are great for a snack alternative to crisps if your on a diet and much healthier too. My daughter liked them too which is a miracle as normally she turns her nose up at anything healthy.
Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats Crispbread
Description: Manufacturer: Ryvita / Type: Snacks
I feel a little sorry for Ryvita, they have a bit of a bad name and whenever you mention them, people tend to say "oh, they are horrible, like eating cardboard". At least that is what Mr Siamese said when I bought these. Upon questioning him further, I discovered that he had never actually eaten a Ryvita so wasn't really qualified to make such a judgement.
These are basically a flat crispbread snack made with oats and loads of sunflower seeds. They are a healthy alternative to bread and can be eaten with a wide variety of toppings. As we are trying to be healthy, I ignored Mr Siamese's protests and bought a pack which were on offer at £0.50 from my local supermarket.
The next day at lunchtime, I duly served these up topped with sliced wafer thin ham and mustard. After the first bite, Mr Siamese said "oh these are actually quite good" and nothing more was said about cardboard!
They are quite crunchy and you can really taste the seeds which makes them tasty. They are also quite filling which is good as you don't feel that you are sacrificing yourself while being healthy. They keep well in a sealed box and are easy to carry to work and keep to eat with lunch each day.
These are a definite winner for me, I have since had them with cottage cheese, cheese and pickle and turkey and tomato. They even work with honey. Give them a go and see what you think, you may be pleasantly surprised!
Ingredients are as follows;
74% Wholegrain rye flour
14% Sunflower seeds
Each slice of Ryvita has 41kcals, 1gram of fat, 2grams of fibre, 0.1grams of salt.
Guys aren't supposed to like Ryvita! Right?
It is supposed to be one of those namby pamby diet foods that tastes like nothing, and makes you feel all good about yourself for not consuming pounds of fat in the form of, say, bacon or sausages.
Well guys, sorry to let the team down, but I like Ryvita. Well sort of!
<*~ MisterReview backpedals, somewhat to save some face with the lads ~*>.
I see it not so much as a girly snack, but more of a convenient container for good hearty manly, filling foods such as seriously strong cheddar cheese and Yorkies - right I made up the bit about Yorkies and Ryvita, though anything is worth a try!
Like most food manufacturers these days the manufacturers of Ryvita are trying to widen their customer base and make their product more attractive by adding variations of it to the supermarket shelves. Ryvita have done this by bringing out, for example pumpkin seed Ryvita and there is also the Ryvita Mini range of snacks, and of course this - Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats Crispbread.
This is different from the bog-standard Ryvita, and dare I say it fellow-men it is actually quite enjoyable. It has some flavour to it, and has big manly chunks in it - right I made that up as well, but it does have more of a texture to it.
Whether you look at it as a namby pamby girly snack or a container for other stuff, it is quite a good thing to have around the kitchen. It lasts longer than bread and lets face it we all like the convenience of our snacks either between something, to make it easy to eat with your hands, or on something like a pizza.
Guys, I say, find your feminine side and get battered into about eight of these doubled up with slabs of seriously strong cheddar, dollops of real butter and a strong sweet cup of coffee.
Ryvita! Yuk, like eating cardboard was what I used to say many years ago, (not that I have ever eaten cardboard!) I couldn't see why anyone would want to buy it or eat it. Tasteless, hard and boring. Years later have I changed my mind?
Mmm? Yes I have, well at least with the Sunflower seed and Oats variety. I admit I still won't buy the plain variety!
My eldest daughter was on a diet and left part of a box of the sunflower Ryvitas when she went home, so I tried one as she said they were lovely. I finished the box and one day bought another all for me.
Bright yellow oblong box with lots of sunflower seeds and a picture of some Ryvitas with soft cheese and chives on top. The name Ryvita is quite small in comparison to the box size but is easily recognisable. There is a fairly long shelf life, but I admit mine is past its best before date although still tastes fine and is still very crisp. On the back of the box is some details about the Ryvitas and the nutritional information which I will write about later. The box I have contains 200grams. There is a guarantee and a website address and telephone number for queries and comments.
*Inside the Box*
The box opens fairly easily and can be re fastened but the inside packet can only be folded down once opened, they will keep fresh for a while but I suggest storing in a sealed box or tin. The inside packet is made from waxed paper.
They are 10 x 6 cm and about 0.5cm in depth. There is a smooth side which is the bottom and a lovely bumpy side which I think of as the top and that is covered in sunflower seeds and oats. There are 17 Ryvitas in the packet. Because they are made from Rye the Ryvita is brown in colour, but the topping of oats and seeds is lighter. They have a smell all of their own, and one I find hard to describe, almost earthy and quite strong. If you are on a diet the smooth side uses less butter or spread the bumpy side needs a lot more! Your choice of course.
*The Taste and Texture*
I said I used to think eating Ryvitas was like eating cardboard, and that Ryvitas were tasteless, but the baked oats and the lovely sunflower seeds make this Ryvita taste delicious and almost nutty. The texture as you bite into them is crisp, quite hard but as you get the taste you want to chew more, so it becomes a more pleasurable experience. Sometimes the seeds fall off as you bite them but they are big enough to pick up, and I don't waste them as they are delicious!
The box says that it has all natural ingredients. There is 74% Wholegrain rye flour, 14% Sunflower seeds, 11% Oats, and some salt. Simple and plain list of ingredients, nice not to have loads of things you have never heard of.
Each slice of Ryvita has 41kcals, 1gram of fat, 2grams of fibre, 0.1grams of salt and they also contain a little Vitamin E - 7% of allowance and some minerals namely Phosphorus and Iron. In fact each Ryvita has 3% of the recommended daily allowance of iron, so although not a lot it may be a valuable source in some people's diets depending on how many they eat daily. I have tried increasing my fibre intake with more fruit and vegetables but if I eat 4 Ryvitas a day that means I have eaten 32% of my RDA of fibre, but only 8% of my calories.
I have been eating mine with a thin slice of cheese and an apple, but I think they would taste even better with butter and more cheese! Cream cheese or Cottage cheese is good on top, and peanut butter really blends well with the sunflower seeds. I like some Smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese. If you like sweet things, strawberry jam and slices of banana work really well.
Much better than I had imagined and something I will eat from time to time especially if I am cutting out bread. But they are quite hard and can hurt the roof of my mouth so care is needed when eating. Not suitable for everyone if people have an allergy to Rye and Oats, fortunately I seem to be able to eat more oats now without the terrible effects I used to have! They are suitable for Vegetarians too.
Currently about £1.18 in Tesco so that is nearly 7pence a Ryvita crispbread.
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Not being able to eat "normal" bread, I am always on the look out for a tasty cracker that doesn't contain wheat or yeast.
A friend told me about Ryvita Sunflower seeds and oats. The ingredients are wholegrain rye flour 74%, sunflowers seeds 14% and oats 11%. I am telling you the percentages so you know that that the sunflower seeds and oats are a major part of the recipe- how often I have read other products that according to the packaging contain a certain ingredient only to see from the ingredient listing that the product is so far down the list as to not to have made much difference- except to the marketing!
One side of the crispbread looks similar to normal Ryvita but the other side is packed with seeds and oats- yummy! The only way I can describe the taste is they are very similar to normal crispbreads but with the added flavours and crunchiness of the seeds and the oats. I would recommend you put your added ingredients on the flatter side, especially if it involves spreading e.g. soft cheese or butter.
They have a low glycaemic index and are a good source of vitamin E, phosphorous and iron . They are only 41 calories each and have only 1g of fat per slice - so a healthy alternative.
The allergy advice is that they contain rye and oats. The pack also warns that the product may contain sesame seeds and soya. Now I have numerous allergies and intolerances, if soya had been one of my life threatening allergies, I would not have touched these crispbreads with the proverbial barge pole. However I have learnt over the years that allergy warnings using the words "may contain" are more often than not safety clauses- someone in the factory has a dictionary in their pocket which of course contains the word soya- warning goes on the packet! I don't blame them and always better safe than sorry- but unfortunately I did react to these, so anyone with soya issues- beware.
Now if it wasn't for my dietary problems- I would most definitely be buying these again at £1.35 for the pack - which works out at about 8p a crispbread- so certainly a cost effective addition to any packed lunch.
Last year when these new Ryvita rye slices came out I wanted to try them as I love whole grain products and nut seeds...
These 'Sunflower seeds & Oats' are a new type of crisp bread that are made with 199% wholegrain rye and natural ingredients.
The prices varied a lot depending if you saw them on offer or not, but I remember they started off at £1.39 and then ended up at 89p making them a more affordable snack :)
Now I love this type of food either with jam as a snack or with cheese as a lunch, either soft or hard cheese, I don't really mind either is yummy with this type of brittle dry food to add moisture.
There was a really good use by date of eight months in advance but food seldom lasts that long around me, lol!
Made in Britain, these crisp breads include 74% wholegrain flour, 11% oats and 14 Sunflower seeds with a bit of salt (0.1g) per slice for added flavour.
These slices are high in fibre which is good for a healthy diet plus are suitable for vegetarians.
The box contains 200g and each portion weights aprox 12g and has 42 calories and .8g sugar and 1g of fat form the seeds themselves...
For allergists they may contain traces of sesame seeds and soya.
There are also a list of vitamins, etc, in the ingredients and a write up saying that one slice is only 25 of an adult's recommended daily food intake so that's pretty cool!
Ryvita's sunflower seeds and oat slices are really tasty, the nuts add a bit of moisture to a very dry product, with the slices themselves being very hard and crunchy when you bite into them.
I would recommend a drink with you as these are really crisp and can leave your mouth feeling very dry although the aftertaste is so nutty it's a shame to wash it away!
A few are quite filling if you wanted them for a light meal, but they are great as a healthier snack to crisps or chocolate and much higher in fibre too. Each slice is light brown and is about two inches by four inches in size, and is covered in nuts and flattened oats stuck in the deeply textured pieces.
I really like this new idea on an old variation of plain old rye breads, etc, five stars from me :)
Ok let me point out right from the start, that I am not a big Ryvita fan. They are something I buy every now and then, usually when I am trying to lose weight and cut down on the amount of bread that I am eating. I do think that Ryvita tastes and have the texture of cardboard and I simply didn't really enjoy the whole experience of eating it.
Anyhow, I spotted a good friend of mine munching on these - the Pumpkin Seeds & Oats variety, and as she like me wasn't really a Ryvita girl, I asked her what on earth she was doing. Since having children I think food has become more important in my life, I no longer have the wild nights out to look forward too and instead meal times have become the thing that I look forward to the most (yes really it is tragic I know) Anyway to cut a long story, although I do wish to lose weight, I do not wish to sacrifice tasty meals, and I knew my friend shared this outlook. She claimed that this variety of Ryvita were actually pretty damn good and were quite tasty and moreish.
Still not really convinced, I decided to give them a go. When shopping in Tesco, I found them easily enough and was suprised how far the brand had expanded and how many different varieties of Ryvita were now available. The box cost me £1.22 for 200g and I do think they sometimes have offers for 2 for £2. After having a quick look at the blurb on the box I was quite impressed by how healthy they sounded and the front had the tag line of '100% Wholegrain Rye & All Natural Ingredients'
Next day, I decided to try them for my lunch, I pulled 3 out of the packet and decided to try the first one in it's purest form with nothing on top so I could really taste what they were like. I was really impressed, ok they were still Ryvita and they are never going to be my favourite food but they were soo much better than the plain variety that I had been used too. I love the taste of Pumpkin Seeds and it was these that gave these Ryvita a really great moreish taste. I would never choose to eat them plain but this was tasty enough to be tolerable. Next one I heaped a big spoon of houmous on and it was really yummy.
That is the big downside of Ryvita for me, I do enjoy them with things that perhaps are not so healthy. So a thumbs up from me, it may be a phase but I think those who do really like Ryvita will love these.
Whole Grain Rye Flour (73%), Pumpkin Seeds (15%), Oats (11%), Salt.
I've been eating Ryvita since I was about 17 years old. I won't tell you how many years that is, but they're obviously doing something right as I always have a box of Ryvita in my cupboard.
Up until a few years ago, the choice of Ryvita crispbreads on offer was quite narrow. There was the Original light Ryvita crispbread is made with Wholegrain Rye and Ryvita Dark Rye. I mainly bought the dark rye for the tiny amount of extra fibre content.
Then everything changed and the supermarket shelves have seen a huge influx of crispbreads, crackers, crackerbreads and oatcakes to name a few. Ryvita stepped up the competition challenge and have been steadily increasing their Ryvita range to include another seven flavours in the crispbread range. There are further varieties such as Ryvita Minis, Limbos, Thins, Crackerbread and Fruit Goodness Bars.
When you examine your Ryvita packet, you find a reassuring measure of their quality with the "By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" stamp. And it's well deserved which is why I've been a repeat buyer for many years.
I've been quite excited by all these new Ryvita flavours but out of all the crispbreads, the Sunflower Seeds & Oats is the flavour I stick with. The reason for this is that I adore sunflower seeds. I love those multigrain breads, but always check the ingredients to make sure they contain sunflower seeds.
The Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats crispbreads are sized and shaped according to the traditional Ryvitas. Their statistics measure an impressive 10cm x 6cm and are about 1cm thick. Inside each 200g box you'll find a waxed packet containing around 16 or 17 crispbreads.
Individually, each crispbread is bursting with a generous sprinkling of sunflower seeds and a scattering of jumbo sized oats. They really don't skimp on the ingredients. For those familiar with Ryvitas, they still have a smooth side and a bumpy side. The smooth side is for spreading your topping thinly and the bumpy side is designed to trap and fill whatever spread you're using. With these crispbreads the sunflowers & oats are applied to the bumpy side.
Generally I use Ryvita as a dip or I heap lots of chopped salad onto them. I don't have much luck using them as an alternative for bread - ie using them as a sandwich type base. They're very crisp and crunchy, so if I layer, say, lettuce, cucumber, ham and tomatoes and then try biting, all too often the Ryvita will crumble apart, leaving the topping lying on my plate or down the front of my clothes. So to play safe I break off smaller bits of Ryvita and place the topping on those as I go along.
I've always put my toppings on the smooth side and still do this with the Sunflower & Oats. However, you need to watch out for the odd sunflower dropping off. Overall, they stay put pretty well.
They're wonderfully versatile and last well so long as you fold down the packet and keep them in an airtight container. In fact, Ryvita have had an ongoing offer, whereby if you collect 3 tokens from Ryvita packs and send them to Ryvita with a cheque for £3.49, they'll send you a Ryvita tin. It's shaped to fit a box of Ryvita and has the Ryvita name etched prominently on the outside. I now have six of these tins, one of which I actually do use for storing Ryvita. The others make great storage tins for the assortment of opened packets I have stored in my cupboard such as flour, sugar and cereal bars and biscuits.
Nutritionally, each slice of Ryvita crispbread contains 41 calories, 2g of fibre, 1g of fat and only 0.1g of salt. The only ingredients are wholegrain rye flour, sunflower seeds, oats and salt.
They're currently on offer in Sainsbury for £1.00 per box.
For more information on Ryvita, their website has all the details of the ever expanding Ryvita range: http://www.ryvita.co.uk/.