Before I start do not be alarmed, Don has not become a health fiend, but he has found something healthy that he may become addicted too. There is a down side to this addiction and it does involved calories, but I'm happy and to me that pretty much all that counts.
My son was on a health drive and trying to eat a lot more sensibly than his usual junk food fad. Ryvita original became a firm favourite and he was losing quite a few pounds and starting to get a bit fitter. It wasn't all down to the Ryvita but it did contribute. I had tried a couple and to be honest was not overly impressed by the blandness.
About two weeks ago I dropped Anne off at work and went to do some small shopping. I spied the Ryvita dark and although I hadn't been impressed with the original the sound of dark rye somewhat appealed to me, so at 88p in Morrison I plunged in and bought the packet.
I did the other shopping just small things like eggs, milk, cheese, biscuits and cakes the necessities. It was to be another two hours before I was due to pick Anne up so when I arrived at home I thought 'd have a little nibble and a cuppa, and a game of poker on the PC.
I removed two of the dark crackers from the dark maroon packaging, which had probably led me towards the Ryvita in the first place. It was an unusual shade of maroon and I kind of liked it. The crackers looked exactly the same in size as the original, being about 6 inches long and 3.5 wide. They aren't very thick perhaps and eighth of an inch. One side is sort of smooth, whilst the other looks like a mini version of an egg box.
They looked like burnt originals, but did have a right good earthy smell to them. It is here that the health bit ends since I had also purchased another favourite of mine, Seriously Strong Spreadable Cheese by McLelland, I just love the stuff. Here is the point where the addiction begins too, I can recall it quite vividly, and truth be said I would still not change things had I a blue police box and two hearts.
The smooth side of the cracker was seriously coated with the delicious cheese spread, and the other cracker was placed forthwith on top of this. The tea was poured and all was set. I thought at the time I was just having a cracker and cheese; I had no idea it was the start of a loving relationship. The first bite was the one that did it, along with the next 9 or 10. The crisp dark rye was earthy and crunchy; I could almost taste the goodness. It was so different from the original, and so much better I could hardly believe the difference. There was only a little cheese on the first bite, but it was complimenting the dark rye a treat, the strong cheese and earthy rye were pounding my tongue with tastes I had never envisaged. BLIMEY this was bloody good. A few more bites and the cracker would be gone and the delicious experience one to remember.
Well that was the plan and as you are all too well aware plans seldom go according to, I was hooked and had another two crackers with the cheese, washed down with the lovely hot cuppa. I had a sneaky feeling Anne might end up walking home and me and the dark rye would spend the night together, but ala I regained control and went to pick her up. You will never guess what I had with my cuppa when we returned....................OK fair do's maybe you have a slight chance.
Well that was a few weeks ago now and the addiction has well and truly been ground in, I have even substituted some of my sweet biscuits for this delicious snack. I simply adore the combination of the earthy crunchy rye and the strong cheese. I have tried it with the LOW low too and it is not quite as good, but still a very nice and healthy snack. I have to recommend this Ryvita cracker, I have had them with everything even on their own and they are astonishingly good for a healthy eat. At 88p they are a super buy, and I as I have done over the last few weeks will continue to get a packet or two in every week. My addiction confirmed, I stand tall and proclaim my adoration for this crispbread; cracker whatever you wish to call it, for it is magnificent in its simplicity and its splendour.
I'm on another diet at the moment and do struggle to find things other than fruit and vegetables that are acceptable to snack on. Sometimes I just feel like I need something with a little bit more substance that I can put in my lunchbox for work and have there ready and waiting whenever I feel the need to have a little snack throughout the day.
Ryvita is a crispbread which, in this instance, is made from dark rye. Dark rye refers to the fact that the rye used in the product is 100% wholemeal and so none of the wheatgerm has been removed. Therefore the wholemeal has not been overly processed to the fact that it is of no nutritional value to you - and most importantly it retains fiber which we all need more of in our diets.
I eat Ryvita Dark Rye several times a week but I cannot honestly sit here and say that I love Ryvita. I don't. It does undoubtedly taste not disimilar to cardboard, as does the whole Ryvita range for that matter. The texture is very dry and although I wouldn't say they were flavourless, they are not something you could eat and say that it has a pleasant flavour. If anything I would say the flavour was very bland with slightly wheaty and nutty undertones. The Dark Rye variety, compared to the original, tastes slightly more corse and has a very slightly bitter aftertasteI would certainly never eat one without a topping as basically I might as well go and eat the covers of the Yellow Pages!
So, why do I eat Ryvita if I believe the taste is like cardboard? Basically because I can eat it on my diet and because if you smother it in a delicious topping you can almost mask the taste of the Ryvita and it simply provides a structure to the snack. I like the crispiness that Ryvita provides - and the fact that no matter what you cover it in, it does not go soggy or loose any of its crunch.
From a nutritional perspective, Ryvita is pretty good. Each Ryvita contains:
I have a few favourite toppings to go on Ryvita Dark Rye, but at the moment my favourite is tuna mayo. Basically, get a tin of tuna, mix it with a little chopped onion, a chopped tomato, some chopped cucumber and then bind it together in low-fat mayo - and it is delicious. Alternatively, its good with low-fat hummous with some cucumber and low fat Philadephia Spread.
A 250g packet of Ryvita Dark Rye costs 83p at Tesco and so is very reasonable.
Overall, I would recommend Ryvita only if you're watching the calories because there are more tasty crackers out there!
When I was younger my mum use to eat Ryvita, I thought they were disgusting, probably without even tasting them. Anyway as I got older I decided to give them a go, I'm always on the look out for something healthy to have for my lunch, and not really being a sandwich person Ryvita for me are perfect.
Ryvita is basically a type of crispbread and comes in a variety of flavours such as -
I currently have the dark rye flavour, which is quite new to me as I tend to stick to the multi grain and sesame seed. Unlike the picture Dark Rye Ryvita now come in an all red pack. The words "Honest Goodness Ryvita" are written in the top left hand corner with the words "Dark Rye Chrispbread" in the top right hand corner, all writing is in white. In the middle of the packet is a picture of 2 slices of cucumber and a dollop of something like mayonnaise. In white lettering again are the nutritional values per Ryvita in the bottom left hand corner.
Nutritional Information (Per Ryvita)
Ryvita Dark Rye is described as "Crispy, crunchy and a great way to boost your wholegrains and fibre" this is written on the side of the packet, this is a very accurate description as they certainly are crunchy and crispy, exactly how you would expect them to be. On the other side of the packet is similar information stating how Ryvita Dark Rye are "High in Fibre and a source of Iron" All in all Ryvita are a healthy addition to your diet. They are very low in calories and are therefore suitable for those on a diet or just for people who fancy something different to a sandwich.
On the back of the packet is further nutritional information and the ingredients which are basically wholegrain, rye flour and salt. There are the usually warnings such as Ryvita Dark Rye may contain Seseme Seeds and Soya, therefore making them unsuitable for people with food allergies. Ryvita Dark Rye comes in a 250g packet and costs just over 80p, however I paid only 70p for mine as they were on offer at my local Tesco, you get a lot of Ryvita's per pack although I have not counted them but 1 packet lasts me a couple of weeks so they are very economical.
Now many people describe Ryvita as tasting like cardboard, I have to disagree with this totally. The actual taste is hard to describe, they almost have a nutty sort of taste to them, however this is very subtle. I have eaten Ryvita Dark Rye plain with nothing on, they were OK but personally I prefer them with something spread on them such as a thin layer or low fat spread or low fat mayonnaise, even salad cream.
Ryvita Dark Rye are perfect for lunch or even as a snack when you are feeling a bit hungry. Being a good source of fibre and iron aswell as wholegrain they are very good for you and are a perfect part of a healthy well balanced diet.
I tend to follow a low carb diet due to being diabetic (carbs put my sugar levels up) and Ryvita Dark Rye are ideal for this, whilst they do contain a small amount of carbs they amount is so low it does not affect my sugar levels making them ideal for my lunch at work, I take them with me every day.
Overall I would certainly recommend Ryvita Dark Rye to anyone as part of a healthy diet, you do not have to be on a diet to eat Ryvita, they are suitable for anyone, although children probably would not like them, I certainly didn't they are something you grow to like as you get older
Low in calories
Come in a variety of flavours
Would not recommend plain.
Ryvita ~ Dark Rye
Whenever I fancy something nice and savoury and not too heavy I will often head for the kitchen cupboard and fridge. The cupboard for one of the many varieties of Ryvita that I have as I love most of them and the fridge for some tasty topping like a cream cheese or cottage cheese and cucumber.
The Ryvita I am talking about here is the Dark Rye version and is one of my favourites.
This comes in a plumb coloured wrapper about 6" x 4" in dimension. Each flavour has a different colour wrapper so is easy to identify. They all have the Ryvita logo in large bold white lettering in the top left hand corner.
The crispbreads themselves are about 4" x 2" and are a pale brown in colour. The are reasonably smooth on the one side and the other side has little deep holes or indentations in. They feel very rough to the touch and snap into bite size pieces easily if required. Once the pack of these is opened the crispbreads should be then stored in an airtight container and stored in a dark place.
The texture of these is very crispy and crunchy so much so that they leave little crunchy bits in your teeth while eating them. They taste has a sort of 'marmitey' flavour and tastes quite dark and just a tad saltey. They are really very nice.
Each slice of the crispbreads contain:~
Cals ~ 32
Sugars ~ 0.3g
Fat ~ 0.2g
Sats ~ Trace
Fibre ~ 1.7g
Salt ~ 0.05g
They are suitable for vegetarians and contain rye and may contain sesame seeds and soya.
~~~ Opinion ~~~
All in all these are a very healthy alternative to starchy and stodgy bread. They are low in calories and very high in fibre and in iron, and contain only wholegrain rye flour.
When eaten with a topping of fully mature cheddar cheese or on their own with lashings of butter they taste really great, but for a healthier option try them with cottage cheese and cucumber or a tasty cream cheese, for a really nice low calorie lunch or snack.
These crispbreads come in various flavours including Sunflower seeds and Oats, Fruit crunch, or Cream cheese and Chives to name just a few, and they cost around 72p for a pack of 250g and are available in all good supermarkets.
To discover more visit: www.ryvita.com
Thank you for reading my review!
This is one of the many crispbreads that Ryvita produce. If you are unfamiliar with Ryvita, they are a company which produces a certain slice of crispy cardboard, which, is actually quite enjoyable.
If you can't be bothered with a stodgy sandwich for your lunch, this is a great change and, it would seem, helps you to keep slim.
In recent years Ryvita have been trying to widen the customer base by widening the range of products they do - this one, in my mind doesn't taste radically different. There is no particular difference in the texture either. If I was to try and discern and put forward to you a taste that is dofferent about this, it would lean towards that marmitey, guinnessy sort of 'brown' taste that some foods exude.
If you ever see these side by side with the plain, ordinary Ryvita, it would be, for me at least, a case of enny-meeny-miny-mo, unless one was cheaper than the other. As I enjoy Ryvita mainly for its crunch over its flavour and apparent slimming qualities, it makes not a jot of difference to me - as long as there is dollops of butter and slabs of strong cheddar between these, I am not going to taste these anyway. It is the contrast between the softness of the cheese and butter, and the crunchiness of the crispbread that makes these enjoyable for me.
Give these a try, but to me there is not much differencev between these and the original.
I have been going through a phase of trying to keep lunch cheap while I'm at work and I noticed that some other people in the office would buy Ryvita and have them for lunch with some cream cheese on top. I also try to be healthy so I thought I would give these a try. I've now tried a couple of flavours. This is the original flavour and here is my opinion.
I've been having these on and off for lunch now for a number of months. I usually buy a soft cheese with it to go on top. I have found that these crispbreads do not have a strong flavour to them but do have a simple grainy flavour. It is hard to describe but the flavour is more enjoyable than sceptics might expect, and it does not taste like cardboard! Although I don't know how you would know what cardboard tasted like to compare!
Each crispbread has 32 calories in it. I think this is great as if you compare this to a slice of bread (about 100 calories) this is a really healthy alternative. Each slice has 0.2g of fat and 0.05 grams of salt so again is really doing nothing bad for your body. This makes me feel good when I eat them as I know there is no reason to feel guilty about lunch!
I have tried them with a variety of toppings. Cream cheese is my favourite but and savory toppings taste great with them. I've had them with salmon, ham and cucumber. I've even had them with marmite and that was really tasty.
I think I really enjoy these as a lunch option because they really are quite filling. The wholegrain element means that the energy is released slowly and therefore you feel full for quite a long time. The wholegrains are also great for your heart's health.
*Filling lunch option.
*Really cheap lunch option for the working week. (75p a pack that can last me for a week of lunches)
*Can get a bit dull if you are eating them every day.
*Can get broken in the paper packaging which can be annoying.
I think Ryvita Originals are a great option for lunch if you are worried about what you are spending in sandwich shops every day or if you are trying to be a bit healthier. If you eat them every day with the same topping it can get a bit repetitive but I suggest changing the toppings each day and you'll feel like you are having a whole different lunch. I really recommend giving these a try. They are not my favourite flavour in the range but they are definately one of the healthiest I feel.
These dark rye variety of Ryvita are my favourite. The original plain Ryvita just taste of cardboard but these are actually tasty and healthy. There are other varieties, eg with sesame and pumpkin seeds.
They contain only Wholegrain Rye Flour and salt. All natural ingredients, nothing un-necessary, except, to my taste, too much salt.
I like them with lumps of any cheese, pate or taramasalata with a few slices of cucumber. They form a nice base to carry any tasty savoury without overpowering it. Good with marmite too.
They are very crunchy and break easily into bite size pieces but make a lot of crumbs so use a large plate or eat them in the garden. Kids may like them but watch the mess, elderly folk may like them but regret them afterwards as all the bits lodge in their teeth.
A great healthy alternative to bread with lots of fibre, 18% of the total 65.5g of carbohydrates. Not so healthy of course once you've spread a little butter, a hunk of full fat cheddar and smearing of chutney.
I wouldn't recommend them as a pack lunch, if you add something on top and pack them in a plastic bag or box; they seem to go slightly soggy and unpleasant tasting at the edges.
They are currently about 72p per 250gm packet. Check the packs before you buy them, avoid the crushed ones or you'll open a packet of crumbs
You do need store them airtight and they are currently promoting their own Ryvita Tin Offer, send in three tokens and £3.49 - but Lakeland sells a great airtight plastic box, just the right size for one whole packet of Ryvita.
Ryvita Crispbread is also a purveyor to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II so they can't be bad.
Ryvita are quite a well known crakcer, and just recently they have branched out in to all sorts of different flavours and mini crisps and things, and have Fern Britojn advertising them. Well, I thought I would review one of the older flavours.
I must confess that I bought these recently for the first time and that I thinkI was swayed by the advertising! They seemed to make a change from bread and I new they would be healthy.
As you can see in the picture above, the package is a sort of box shape with Ryvita stamped across the front. I think that it is good that the whole thing is full of the crispbreads, because that means that there is no wasted packaging with nothing inside it (like you get with crisps) and that you get as much as you expect!
When I opened them at home the top one was broken but the rest were ok.
I looked at the ingredients- only wholegrain rye flour and salt. Obviously wholegrains are so healthy, butthe salt is not. In the nutrition information, it says that they contain 0.34g of sodium per 100g, which is 0.9g equivalent as salt. It says that the GDA (Guideline Daily Amount) is 2.4g of salt so you'd have to have about 25 of these before you had to many. I was certainly not going to eat 25!
It says that they are suitable for vegetarians, but that they may contain sesame seeds and soya, so be careful if you can't eat those things.
There is a recipe suggestion on the packet- hummus and cucumber. I didn't have any hummus so I put butter on and some cheese.
I don't know what to say really. I did not enjoy these. They are very crunchy and you can taste the salt, but they're also quite plain and bland. I haven't really eaten rye before and I didn't enjoy the taste of it. The crackers are sort of wavy on the underside which I suppose adds some interest.
I did give them another chance because they seem to be very popular. This time I did as the recipe suggested, topping them with hummus and cucumber. I liked this better because the hummus masked the strong salt and the taste of the rye.
I still have almost a whole packet and I don't think I'd buy these again.
I'm making a concious effort of late to watch what I eat and stop filling my body wish so much worthless crap, of course we all have our bad days but I seem to have had too many of those lateley! I remember my Mum always eating ryvita when I was a kid and I used to think how plan and boring they looked, they didnt smell too brilliant either.
During a grocery shopping trip a few weeks back, trying to decide on what to buy for lunch (something cheap, tasty and filling) I spotted these dark rye crispbreads. They cost around 60p per box depending where you buy them from, which I consider a bargain so I took a chance and took them home.
I'm very glad I bought these, spread thickly with cottage cheese or cream cheese and slices of ham or salmon these are crunchy, satisying and very moreish. They taste strongly or rye and are very slightly nutty and salty too without being overpowering, if you ylike savoury things such as a crisps or breadsticks you'll enjoy these. Just 4 of these topped with whatever I fancy keeps me going for hours plus theres the beauty of the low calories they contain - just 31 each. The box contains enough crispbreads to keep me going for a week and have plenty of hunger busting fibre which also keeps me regular if you catch my drift.
You might get bored of these after a few days continuous munching but for a low fat lunch or snack they're hard to beat and cheap as chips to boot.
this stuff, on the face of it, should be like eating rabbit food! but actually give it a go for a while and it really grows on you. i like to eat it as a snack with some peanut butter, or cheese, or tuna.
its a great healthy snack if you are watching your weight because its low in basically everything: cals, carbs, fat. but it also has fibre which is essential for your diet. ryvita does seem to have gone up in price recently. i remember last year it under 50pence a pack and last time i got the stuff it was over 60pence. but all the basic products are the ones going up in price. but each slice is quite filling so you dont need to eat loads of the stuff in one sitting. sometimes i like to eat them plain and thats enough to keep me going. just keep the packet properly closed once you have opened them otherwise they go a bit soft like all biscuits do. so whether you are trying to lost a bit of weight or just lead a health diet then ryvita should always be in your cupboard so you have something to snack on instead of reaching for the doughnuts or cookies!
I've been on a diet for 3 weeks now and I am doing great. When I get motivated thats it, I stick to it and the weight drops off. I'm quite a strong willed person when I put my mind to it and with the right diet, correct nutrients and supplementation, and regular exercise, I never fail, its the getting started which is the hard part however I have gone past that stage now, 3 weeks into my diet and only have another couple of pounds to go until I reach my target weight.
When I was young and my mum and my nan used to diet, they always used to eat Ryvita and for some reason I liked them from a very small age even though they are like sawdust in a fashion, they is something about them that is actually tasty. Ryvita actually work aswell, as a snack when you are dieting and you don't have to worry about how many you eat as they are very low calorie, and when you start the do actually become moreish.
You get around 25 slices within a packet and can be obtained from any supermarket or convenience store, they have been around for years, and some in quite a few varieties however the Dark Rye Crispbread has got to be my favourite. They come in paper packaging however the best thing to do when you open them is put them in a air tight container which stops them from going damp, however I get through that many, they don't last that long and a pack is gone within a couple of days.
They don't look that appealing, around ten centimetres in width by five in depth, they look quite hard however they are very delicate if you are a little heavy handed with them. With various shades of brown which is the grain within them, on one side they are fat and then on the other side they have light round holes in them, which is the side that I normally put my topping on. A little dusty to the texture and rough to the touch.
When you eat them they are very crunchy, however you couldn't eat them on their own they are very dry. They taste very grainy, which is the only way that I can describe it however I think they are very tasty, and I find I get through quite a few of them at a time, but it doesn't matter because of the nutrients that they have in them.
YOu can have various different toppings on them. WHen I snack on them when I am not on a diet I always have full fat butter, smothered on, however at the moment, I endulge in low fat cottage cheese and chives which is also not bad for you when you are trying to lose a few pounds. Its each to there own really, I can imagine some people actually have some really strange toppings on these.
Fantastic product, tasty, well I think so anyway, and good for the diet. Its worth a try.
As someone with an eating disorder I tend to go through phases of what I will eat and what I wont. I try to stop doing this as I know I'm just limiting myself all the time and I'm in recovery and this is not the plan! However I rarely eat meals and I don't have much of an appetite and if anyone here has an eating disorder or knows someone with one then they will know we have 'safe foods'. It's the same as when your on diet (I've done that too lol).
Rivita is something I will always eat and I don't have any fears about them at all. My friends and family think I'm mad with my obsessive love over them and say I'm eating sawdust but I am a genuine fan! I love them, particularly these Rivita Dark Rye and I will happily munch through quite a few in a sitting as they are so versatile to my taste buds and simple to prepare. I can have them with low fat spread if in a hurry, Dairlea, Pate, Peanut Butter, Banana and Jam, Cheese and Pickle the list is endless and I just don't get bored lol
What The Product Says For Itself:
SOURCE OF IRON. Which is necessary for the normal function of the immune system.
Eating Ryvita crispbread is an easy way to help you stay healthier. Ryvita Dark Rye crispbread is made from wholegrain rye, is high in all-important fibre and made with all natural ingredients. It is also less than 2% fat and only 31 calories a slice. So that makes it an ideal choice as part of your healthy, balanced diet.
The Packaging Of Ryvita Dark Rye Crispbread:
Slightly different from the photo on the top of this review and a standard packet certainly contains more than 10! It's a dark brown packet and with no orange colouring in it either! We are told who they are by and what they are and we are shown an at a glance nutritional chart and it is stated that they are a source of Iron and are high in fibre and we are told the weight of product which in this case is 250g. I've never counted how many there are in a packet but I'm guessing at about 24ish I shall count them when I open my next packet and update this review lol. On the back of the pack other information listed includes the ingredients being given, nutritional information, a bit of information on the product and contact details for Ryvita are all listed. We are also told how to store them (in a dry place.
Well as I said I love them! They are brown, smooth one side and bubbled the other. They have a fabulous deep crunch and a malty, fibre taste. They are gently salted and not over powered by it so can go brilliant with sweeter toppings. They are not at all greasy and are light but extremely filling all at the same time. They are not so light they cant hold there own though and can take a good heavy topping without crumbling everywhere. I love the fact they are so simply made and good for you but still delicious.
I think you either like this sort of thing or you don't! Do make you you store them well though. In an air type container is the best and if you do that they last me ages, well over a week but I've eaten them by that time!
Wholegrain Rye Flour, Salt.
May contain traces of Sesame Seeds and Soya.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Nutritional Information Per Slice (approx 10g)Energy
Energy: 31 Kcals
of which is sugars: 0.3g
of which is saturates: Trace Fibre:1.8g
Equivalent as salt: 0.1g
I buy these in my local Sainsburys at about 56p a packet however they are usually available at all other at good supermarkets.
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