I've been doing my best to cut down on unhealthy snacks lately, using my forthcoming wedding as motivation for making better food choices and cutting down on empty calories. Well, that's the plan anyway. I am a big crisp lover, but thought if I substituted them for Ryvita Minis then I could limit the other food sacrifices I had to make (chocolate, cake, fast food, alcohol....you name it I'm addicted!)
I've tried the sweet chilli ryvita minis in the past, but thought I'd go for the cream cheese and chive ones for a change. I bought them in the local supermarket in a pack of 6 as they were reduced in price and therefore worked out no more expensive than a multipack of crisps (after all, I'd like to tone up but I don't really want to have to pay more for the privilege of missing out on my favourite foods).
The packaging on the ones I bought is a little different to the picture on this site - the pack is bright green (bit brighter than the dark green shown) and has a bit more writing rather than wasted space. The front of the pack fills you with smugness as it reminds you that they are only 3% fat, and the nutritional content is pretty good. For a 24g bag the stats are: Calories 82, sugars 2.1g, fat 0.7g, saturates 0.3g (get in!), fibre 2.8g and salt 0.5g. They are packed with "wholegrain goodness" so you don't feel at all guilty eating them as they are actually quite good for you.
I have to say in comparison to the sweet chilli flavour, I was very disappointed with these. They pong when you open the packet (to be expected I guess) and the aftertaste left in your mouth makes you want to brush your teeth immediately. The minis don't look particularly appetising, probably because they're not covered in a reddish powder like the sweet chilli ones so they literally look like chopped up ryvita in a bag. They're very browny-grey in colour, and you only get a bit of the taste of cheese and chive over the ryvita.
These minis taste a bit like cheese covered cardboard, and they do leave your mouth very dry. They come in 24g bags which doesn't really fill you, so you'll probably find yourself reaching into the cupboard for chocolate eventually anyway. I would suggest if you're trying to lose weight or be healthy, there are tastier alternatives to this.
I first saw these Ryvita snacks a few months ago when I was trying to lose a little bit of weight to try them and see if I liked them as I love the original Ryvita crisp breads and thought these looked a little different and I bought them for only £1 in a multi pack of 6 bags on special offer and the original price is around £1.80.
Each bag is 24g and inside they are a tiny square crisp bread of around and inch square and they sandwiched between a tiny amount of cream cheese and chive paste, the paste is not thick, it can hardly be seen in my opinion but the taste is very apparent when eating them.
They taste absolutely delicious and they have a really nice texture to them and they are very crunchy indeed, they are easy to swallow and I found them to be very filling too and they took away my hunger until my main meal time too.
They are packed with wholegrain goodness and they contain 3% fat, which is excellent if you are on a diet plan or trying to just keep the fat content you eat down a little and I found them to be a very enjoyable little snack too.
I think they are ideal for lunch boxes or for a picnic if you are out for the day and I took a bag in my handbag for a snack when I went out for the day and I think they are ideal for those occasions.
Each bag of 24g contains only 82 calories, 0.7g fat of which saturates 0.3g and 2.8g of fibre and the fibre content is good if you are on a fibre diet as the amount of fibre per day is recommended to be between 18g and 30g to have a healthy life style.
These are also available in 3 other different flavours, Salt and Vinegar, Cheddar and Onion and Sweet Chilli and I have yet to try these other flavours but I will soon as I found the one I am review an excellent one.
The quality of these is very good indeed and I highly recommend them for anyone to give them a try as I do not think you would be disappointed at all with them and they are very filling too and very good quality for the price.
I cannot remember how many were exactly in the bag but there were around 10 or so and I think that is just the right amount in my opinion.
I give these 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
What are Ryvita Mini's?
Ryvita Mini's are mini wholegrain snacks packed full of flavour. They contain 100% Rye, usually all Brititsh but dependant on our crops and weather. They are high in fibre and wholegrain goodness and suprisingly contain only 3% fat ! They are suitable for vegetarians.
i purchased a 6 pack, 24g each bag for £1 at my local supermarket.
Nutritional Info (per 24g bag)
82 calories, 0.7g fat, 1.9g protein, 17g carbohydrates
wholegrain rye flour, cream cheese and chive flavouring (celery, milk and wheat) dried glucose syrup, rye flour, trehalose, salt, vegetable oil, soya lecithin.
I like the crunchiness of Ryvita so enjoyed these tasty treats.. The mini's are aprox 2cm in length by 1cm in width so are similar to other snacks such as Walkers Sunbites. They were very tasty and I liked the Cheese and Chive flavouring. they are very more-ish but i felt one 24g was enough to satisfy my craving. I really enjoyed these and love how low calorie and tasty they are.
If you are the type of person who turns there nose up at things before your even try them then do not try these. I have seen people screw there face up before the mini even touches their lips. It is just silly.
If you want a healthy snack that is both crunchy and tasty and you are willing to try it open mindedly then this treat is for you!
Ryvita Mini Cream Cheese and Chive Flavour...........
I am a big fan of things that taste good, fill you up and contain hardly any fat or calories and these Ryvita Minis are a good example of that.
They are sold in single packets for just over 35p but can be bought quite often on a multi save for 3 for £1 in most top supermarkets. There are a few different flavours such as the cheddar cheese or the chilli but this Cream Cheese and Chive flavour has got to be my favourite.
Okay so they do pong a bit and when eating them at work it doesn't please my colleagues. However I find both the smell and the taste very appealing.
The packaging is good and very fitting for Ryvita as you can instantly tell that they are from the company and indeed what they are. The bag is just like any other crisps bag and is easy to open and also to tear apart so I can lay them flat on my desk.
Inside the bag there are a good few mini Ryvitas and they look as you would expect just like the Ryvita originals but miniature versions. They are not the prettiest of things to look at but the taste does make up for this fact. They are greyish in colour and have a bumpy texture. You can see sprinklings of the flavouring over each mini but nothing that gives you an idea as to how good they will taste.
The taste is a strong one and they are very cheesy and you can also really taste the chives too. They are extremely crunchy but this can mean they are also a little dry so I would advise always having a drink handy when eating a bag.
Per packet they only have 103 calories in and 0.3 grams of saturated fat which is far better than eating a packet of regular crisps. I do find as well that after eating a bag I feel far more satisfied than I would do if I had eaten a packet of crisps which is always a good thing in my book.
On the whole I think these are a great buy and I will continue to buy them and eat them for as lng as they are around. They are perfect to take out to work or even to school and are priced at a reasonable rate. I think they are a top product worthy of a 5 out of 5 star rating and a high recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Price wise these are about the same price as a standardpacket of crisps which is what they are intended to replace as a convenience snack food and for me it is nice that theyare the same flavour as my favourite flavour of Pringles, cream cheese and chive flavour and while they are not as moorsih asPringles are these are basically nice for a change especially as they are less calories than a bag of crisps, the only real downside that I find with them is that they really do dry your mouth out and you will need a bottle of water to drink with them.
The bag is dark green with a mixture of yellow and white writing and a picture of one of the mini ryvita.
These are classed as a whole grain snack and certainly they are rather tasty without being addictive, they are quite filling a well and you can taste and smell the cream cheese and chive flavouring on them which is both sharp and slightly tangy. They area a golden brown colour with a slightly rough dimpled texture. They are also quite crunchy when you bite into them.
Apart from needing a drink of water the nice taste does not translate into a nice smell on your breath so the other essential when eating this is a mint for afterwards or some other form of breath freshener.
When it comes to snacking I'm the worlds worst for it! Just today I've had a big mac meal from Mcdonald's, a Sunday roast, a bag crisps, a kit kat chunky and a bag of crisps...oh and an apple and packet of Mcvities caramel digestives (yes I stuffed the whole packet!). For this very reason I try not to walk in the 'unhealthy' aisles of supermarkets and stuff and try really hard to pick up healthier options usually.
I love ryvitas and munch the plain ones all the time and have recently really got into the fruity ones so it was only a matter of time till I found these handy packets of mini ryvitas that are portable and ready to eat on the move!
Very dark green squarish bag with a photograph of one of the ryvita minis on the front. I'm told they of course are Ryvita Minis 'Squeeze of cream cheese and chive flavour' that they contain 3% fat, there is a nutritional at a glance chart on there and the size is stated (30g). On the back of the bag I'm told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is listed, contact details for ryvita are given, there is a full nutritional chart show, size is again stated, the best before date is clearly displayed and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice quality bag with a nice overall appearance and it's highly informative.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bag:
The substantial mini wholegrain snack, with a full-on cream cheese and chive flavour kick. Did we mention that Ryvita Minis are only 3% fat? We have to keep reminding you because they taste too good to be only 3% fat.
Our aim is to source 100% British Rye (but sometimes we just can't squeeze enough out of the harvest thanks to the good old British weather). We buy as much as we can from our British farmers and bring it to ryvita in Poole, Dorset where it is milled and baked.
Full of wholegrain goodness and high in fibre, Ryvita Minis are a simple step to making it that touch easier to be that little bit healthier. Wherever, whenever. You can with Ryvita.
As soon as I opened the bag I was rather impressed. There was a distinct waft of creamy cheese and chives coming from my bag and whats more is that there were alot of ryvitas, all oblong in size and a darkish brown in colour with dimples to them and a slightly rough texture.
Taste wise I simply loved them! If you, like me are a ryvita fan as a rule anyway well these are the usual good quality just with adding flavouring. They are wholegrainy and slightly malty, well seasoned and deeply fresh and crunchy. Dry, yes they are rather so have a drink at hand if necessary because after all in effect they are dry crackers. Well seasoned, that flavouring is ingrained into each cracker not only making them all highly flavoursome but also not at all messy to eat in the way you get covered in a powder as you eat them and although crunchy I found them just the right size to shove in my mouth whole so no crumbs!
These really are a pleasant change from crisps though I feel more filling. Crisps I tend to eat because I'm a pig and fancy a bag where as these are crackers that fill your tummy up and are a good food to tide you over with. I like the flavour being not too strong but strong enough and think they are great for on the move snacking. They are really great for if your watching your figure and low in fat and in calories for what they are. I shall certainly buy them time and time again!
Contains: Rye, celery, milk, wheat, soya and may contain sesame seeds.
Nutritional Information Per Pack:
Available in all good supermarkets and corner shops etc priced around 49p a packet and available in other flavours.