In a perfect world, I would have a lovely picture for you of my children happily chomping on the new 30% less fat crisps that Walkers recently sent us to review. Unfortunately, they arrived as we arrived home from holiday, the children were starving and they ripped into them like a plague of locusts who are approaching the cannibalism protein stage. (Did you know locusts do that? When they get to a critical mass of creatures in a swarm, they actually eat their own plague. See… I can still do educational!)
I love crisps and nibbly things but I generally find that the calories involved aren’t worth the yumminess. I’m one of those “start nibbling, can’t stop” sort of people and I do prefer savoury to sweet as a rule. Mighty Lights are a snack that is under 150 calories, not too fatty and tasty appeals to me very much. I didn’t get to try many of these but I did like them; the flavours are exactly like the ‘ordinary’ crisps and the ribbed and curved crisp texture is pleasing to eat. And I loved that I neither felt I’d ruined the diet nor loaded myself with fat.
The girls (and boy) all liked them too, judging by the speed they disappeared in. I’m currently locked in ‘learning to do lunchboxes’ hell; school meals are too expensive to do for all four and if you spend too much time buying lunches piece by piece they aren’t much cheaper but that’s not my only concern with it really. With one primary age child, I have to negotiate the draconian’ you must only supply healthy food’ rules while also making sure my girls who go straight from school to gymnastics actually have enough calories to get through. In Josie’s few weeks at school she actually lost weight due not liking their meals and me having to provide a lunch that adhered to rules designed to protect kids from obesity. This is all very well, but if your child verges on the too thin, it is a little bit counter productive. I was really grumpy that I couldn’t give her a biscuit to take into lunch (she’s eaten 4 a day with no fat issues for 6 years!) but I was allowed to buy her a muffin or flapjack that the school could send her.
However, there is something to be said for perhaps adding one item like these crisps in with a sandwich, a drink and an apple. Something savoury, crunchy and that feels like a treat but is clearly marked as a healthier option and not laden with fat for the sake of ‘flavour’ should get round the school rules okay I think. We’re currently sending them to school with pasta in these pots and that makes a great (and cheap) filling lunch but does mean you can’t really dip into it for a quick break-time snack, so a pack of these crisps might well be a good way of sending them with something to fill that need.
So – our opinions? Great. Loved them across the board, nearly guilt free, tasty and an attractive set of flavours that fitted the adult and child ‘yum and desirable to snack on’ criteria whether dieting but needing a treat or not needing to diet at all but not wanting to absorb u necessary fat for no reason. Excellent. Well done Walkers.
Out of interest, how to you cope with the school lunch rules and make sure your lunches are healthy, tasty and balanced and critically, quick and easy to put together (just no time in this house for lunch box art) as well as cost effective? And since I’m clearly going to have to learn to bake as well, do you have any blog posts about favourite flapjack recipes or things you cook as healthy school snacks etc? I’d love you to spam me in the comments
Disclosure: We were sent crisps and paid for this review. Opinions and locust facts are all our own.