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As any regular reader of my reviews will tell you, I love crisps. They are my one weakness, actually that's a lie, they're one of several weaknesses! Last week, however, we were doing some Christmas food shopping in Tesco and seeing all the calories we'd be consuming over the Christmas break, we decided to try and put some healthier things in our lunchboxes in the run up to Christmas. These wholegrain crispy snacks were on offer costing £2.50 for two packs of 6. At full price they're £1.58 for a pack of 6, which still works out around 26p per bag, not bad by today's standards.
The main benefit of these wholegrain snacks is that they are much better for you than the average pack of crisps. They are actually called "wholegrain crispy snacks" rather than crisps because technically they are not crisps. They contain one third of the recommended daily amount of wholegrain, have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and contain 30% less fat than regular crisps. A bag contains 120 calories, 5.4g fat, 0.6g saturates, 1.7g fibre and 0.24g salt. Although they are around the same calories as, say, a pack of low fat crisps, they also contain a lot of goodness, and I find them a nice change in my lunchbox.
Taste wise, these snacks are rather unusual. They look quite dark in colour, and are rectangular in shape with a few waves on each. This gives them a good texture and they are thin and crunchy. The taste is quite difficult to describe, as you can taste the onion and general herbiness, but if you didn't know the flavour before eating them I'm not sure you'd be able to detect the rosemary. I find them quite pleasant to eat, and they are really flavoursome, but they do leave a bit of a strange aftertaste which I find a bit unpleasant if it isn't washed down with something else.
I think these are great for providing a healthier alternative to crisps, but if I had them every day I'd get bored pretty quickly. They're best to have in your cupboard and maybe alternate with your normal crisps every other day or so, or I think you'd get bored and end up going out and buying "proper" crisps as I did at the end of last week! You do feel quite smug after eating these, as you know they're better for you and they don't leave a layer of grease on your fingers like normal crisps do.
The only allergy information we are given about these snacks is that they may contain barley, but they are suitable for vegetarians.
Walkers Sunbites Roasted Onion and Rosemary:
Trying to eat healthily, I have bought a big packet of these to help me cut back on the other junk food I used to have before Christmas! So, I haven't cut out crisps completely, I have just replaced the brands that I thought were fattening. The reason why I picked these out of the other packets available is because the flavour sounded really nice and quite out of the ordinary.
Sunbites are actually not crisps they are a wholegrain snack! They are bursting with the goodness of wholegrain and they contain more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount of whole grains. These are oven roasted onion and rosemary. There is six in a pack which is enough for me for the week days! These are delicious, light and crispy. They are also jam packed with goodness and they come in 25g packets.
These taste gorgeous and the herbs in them are lovely. They are a little bit crinkly and they have a rough texture and they are crunchy too. They are light brown in colour and they do look healthy!
The advantages of these are:
*They have 67% wholegrains
*They taste herby!
*Different than usual
The disadvantages of these are:
*They are a little rough
*Not as healthy as I expected
*Strange After taste
*I prefer Walkers Baked!
Per pack these have 117 calories, 2.3g sugar, 5.4g fat, 0.6g saturates and 0.3g of salt. The reaosn why I said that I prefer Walkers Baked is because they have a lot less calories and a lot less fat and if I carry on eating these I probably won't really lose any weight.
Next week when I do the food shopping I am going to buy something different!
What can I say about Walkers' Rosemary and Onion Sunbites? Well, they are delicious. I like a bit of texture to my food and the combination of what is apparently 67% wholegrain is perfectly crunchy. They look a little like cardboard, which is what I think puts a lot of people off trying them, however if you open your mind, and your mouth, they are absolutely delicious. Rosemary can be a bit floral for me, but they seem to have got the balance just right in the flavouring, and the onion isn't repulsive after you've eaten a la cheese and onion etc. I work in customer service, and I would have no qualms in munching these between customers (although I don't think I could eat a whole customer - lol). Overall, I would favour these over traditional potato crisps as I find both the texture and flavour much more appealing.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm crisps. Lush, right? I do love a bit of the old cheeky savoury snack of an evening, or as part of my lunch. And, like a few of you on here, I like to try things that are a little different. So I was intrigued by the new Walkers range of SunBites, when I spotted them on my weekly Tesco run. £1.37 for 6 bags, you say? Not bad! And when it is 2 for £2, even better (an offer Asda are also doing.).
Walker's SunBites are prepared in SunSeed oil, an oil apparently 'lower in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates'...which I guess has to be a good thing. They are also full of wholegrains, which provide nutrients and fibre-awesome. Also, they are made using no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives which makes them all the more fabulous!
The Sunbites actually come in a nice array of flavours, inlcuding Original, Sweet Chilli, Sour Cream and Chive and Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary. As my review is on the latter, I shall focus on this flavour...
Massive, square, wavy hunks of wholegrains, give a fab crunch and sometimes take two bites to eat!! On opening the bag, you immediately get a lovely waft of the onion flavouring; delish, soft and kinda tangy. The rosemary isn't quite as strong as I'd like it to be, but you can detect a subtle hint of herby goodness. They do taste quite sweet, and are a nice way to round off your lunch.
Each pack provides 117kcal and 5.4g of fat, which I thought was pretty high, but they are crisps(!) and they should be enjoyed as part of a mainly healthy diet...so fair dos.
Finally, dieters, SunBites contain 30% less fat than regular crisps, so you can (kind of) munch away to your hearts' content!
I would defnitely recommend them for those of you who are a bit bored with the usual Walker's snacks, they are a yummy, light and (slightly) healthier version of a fairly naughty snack!
As you can tell from my previous reviews, I'm a bit of a crisp-aholic - I eat at least one bag most days, so am always on the lookout for something a little bit healthier, or something unusual. I paid £1.37 for a 6-bag multipack in Tesco, but are often on offer at £2 for £2 - not the cheapest crisps ever but comparable with other kinds.
I love savoury flavours, so was tempted by the prospect of 'Oven-roasted onion and rosemary' - it was a combination of this, the attractive green packaging and prominent mention of Wholegrains on the bag which convinced me that these would probably be tasty as well as healthy.
When I opened the bag, it didn't seem very full! But I often find this with crisps - I suppose the air helps protect them in transit. The aroma was absolutely lovely - very mouthwatering, and I could already pick out the onion and rosemary smells. They are rectangular and quite 'bitty' looking, in that the grains are visible on the surface. They are actually quite big to get in your mouth in one go (but I managed!) They are also darker brown than most crisps and have a more 'wholesome' look.
They have a lovely satisfying crunch, and the flavour does not disappoint. The flavours of onion and rosemary are quite strong, and they are also quite salty. They seem more satisfying than many crisps and fill me up for longer. The only problem is that they're so moreish that I find myself polishing off 2 bags in a row!
Each 25g packet contains:
15.1g carbohydrate, 2.3g of which sugars
0.3g salt equivalent
Bought these today from Kempton market six pack for 50p,honestly i kid you not,and in date till end of march before you ask.
Wish i had bought more as we are already arguing about them,opened a pack as a family trial and almost caused a riot.
On opening the bag the smell is sage and onion stuffing,delicious! and a lovely looking crisp golden with attractive herby stripes on it,not like a bit of burnt leather like some crisps look!
Thought these were going to be teeth breakingly crunchy but was nicely surprised as they are crunchy but still retain a nice home cooked feel to them,thse really feel like care has been taken with them.
As you would expect these are pitched as a healthy wholegrain snack,but they still have 5.4g of fat in a 25g packet so i would advise to read the packet carefully,117 calories per pack does not sound bad but there really is not a lot in these bags probably about 12-16 decent sized crisps,not enough for me,but some may find it sufficent.
Dont really take much notice of the actual packet design but these are pretty cool in blue and green with lovely country side scenes on them.
Always on the look out for lower calorie and lower fat forms of crisps I have purchased these a few times and found myself favouring them over snack a jacks recently. They can usually be found in the crisps and snack isle in the supermarket close to the walkers baked and weight watchers crisps - so you usually have a range of low fat ones to choose from.
I purchased two multi pack bags of 6 today in Sainsburys as they were on the offer of 2 for £2.20. Which was a bargain as each 25g packet works out at just over 18p! One of those multi packs was the Oven Roasted Onion & Rosemary flavour.
Each 25g packet contains:
15.1g carbohydrate, 2.3g of which sugars
0.3g salt equivalent
I am following weight watchers and each pack comes in at 2 points, when the multi pack bags of snack a jacks are only 1.5 points I tend to go for the snack a jacks. Recently I have wanted something more like a traditional crisp and have found sun bites to be more appealing. I also like the fact that they are made from wholegrain and are more than a third of the suggested daily amount of whole-grains. They are also 6.6g fibre per 100g serving which makes them a high fibre source. Although per serving you only get 1.7g.
Now on to the most important part - the smell, texture and taste!
I open the packet and immediately I am hit by what I would describe as a "herby" smell, and I mean that in a good way. Each sunbite is (sort of) square shaped with curves that go up and down like little waves of tasty crispy wholegrain goodness! They are more brown in color when I compare them to standard crisps and you can see the grains all over the bites along with the green herbs. When I pop one into my mouth, I am hit first by the rosemary taste then the onion, I find them very crunchy and crispy and can easily imagine I am eating standard crisps. They are quite dry towards the end but that only encourages me to enjoy mine with a glass of water so it is something I enjoy - it also means they last a little longer and that I can really take my time and enjoy them.
They are just delicious and really feel like I am enjoying a standard packet of crisps.
(by constantly referring to standard crisps I mean the ones without reduced calories or fat and ones that if I want to loose weight I must avoid!!)
Sunbites are made by walkers and are also available in Original and Sour Cream & Cracked Black Pepper flavours.
For more information visit www.sunbites.co.uk
I'm having a bit of an unorganised week and didn't have any food in the house for breakfast. I went into town, and when I was walking around Boots, decided to get myself a meal deal. Along with my sandwich and bottle of water, I struggled to find a third item. After a bit of perusing, I spotted Walkers SunBites. I have seen these before, but never tried them, so I decided I'd give them a go, and picked up a packet of the oven roasted onion and rosemary flavour.
~About the product~
These are a wholegrain snack. Walkers state that they contain 67% wholegrain, which apparently means they are bursting with goodness. Like other Walkers products, they are made with sunseed oil, which is high in mono-unsaturated and low in saturates. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Each pack will give more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount of wholegrains.
They come in a packet, just like a crisp packet and are normally found in the crisp aisle. The packaging is very summery, and quite different to most other snacks I would say, as it has a picture of a field and a sunrise. I'm not quite sure what that is supposed to represent! There is a picture of the product as well as a roast onion and a sprig of rosemary.
~What I thought~
From the picture on the front of the pack, I had expected that these would be the same texture as frazzles, those crisps that look like streaks of bacon. In fact, they are nothing like that. Each SunBite is rectangular - about an inch and a half long by an inch wide and is sort of wavy - having ridges in it. They are a golden colour, and you can see the grains running through them as well as the odd small green fleck of rosemary. Despite them being onion flavour, they don't have a particularly strong smell.
Taste wise, I was really surprised. I have tried various other so called healthy snacks, and usually find them to be like flavoured cardboard, these however were different. They have a lovely light, crispy texture, and are not greasy like others can be. The flavour is predominantly the roasted onion, but you can taste a hint of rosemary which gives it a nice twist. The combination of the onion with the crispy, grainy texture goes brilliantly together, I think any other flavour could possibly be quite bland.
Calories per pack -130
Fat per pack- 6g
Fibre per pack -1.8g
As I bought these as part of a meal deal, the price for some reason hasn't come up on my receipt, which is weird as I thought it normally did, but never mind. I believe these cost around the 50p mark, they're not much more expensive than ordinary crisps.
These are lovely, I was so surprised that I actually liked them. I think I expected them to be a bit more like cardboard, but they are lovely and light, and have a great flavour. I'm only sorry I didn't buy more than one pack!