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I used to joke with my dad that his favourite Ryvita was made from the cardboard we put out for recycling. I just didn't like the taste at all, and I found them dry and boring. So much for the Original, and Dark Rye Crispbreads, but the flavoured ones are much nicer in my opinion. Not only can I bear to actually eat them, but I actually look forward to doing so! The pumpkin seed and oat version is my favourite and it is the one that I am reviewing today. It costs around £1.59 for 200g at full price but I have always managed to get it for £1 as it is one of those products that always seems to be on offer somewhere. I know that they are on offer for £1 currently in both Waitrose and Sainsbury's as I saw them on today's shopping trip. (26th Feb)
I have to admit that first impressions aren't great. These aren't going to win any beauty awards as they are brown and the rough underside reminds me of chip board. They do look a bit more appetising to me than the usual Ryvita because the generous sprinkling of pumpkin seeds on top. Thankfully they taste better than they look.
I like the crispbreads because they provide a savoury snack that isn't too high in fat or salt and I like the taste enough not to absolutely need a topping of cheese as is my downfall with something like crackers. The rectangular crispbreads are the same size as other Ryvita - in order words considerably bigger than those crackers which means you are spoilt for choice about what you can pile up on top of them. I don't like the taste of rye at all normally, in whatever form it takes, so normally I would wince at the thought of eating something that has that as the main ingredient. I can't be off from tasting and smelling it in these Ryvita, but somehow it isn't as strong as in other products. It also combines well with the added pumpkin seeds in particular, making a combination taste that is rather moreish. What my taste buds can't detect is the added oats. They are one grain I do really like the flavour off so for me it is a shame they aren't more apparent. The pumpkin seeds are in large pieces and stuck into the top of the crispbread so you can notice those. I think they are the key to a much more interesting taste and they are the reason I can now happily snack on the Ryvita without even a smidge of butter. I do not always eat them plain, but add a variety of toppings according to my mood. The pack gives a serving suggestion of prawns and avocado slices which is not for me as I am a vegetarian and a avocado hater, so I stick to cheese, chutney or marmite. I used to have to have a spread on these as well as I found them too dry otherwise but now I miss that out and don't notice it. I also like to break the pieces up and dip them in hummus. The crunchy seeds contrast well with the smooth dip but some will probably fall off into it as you go. They can be a bit crumby overall in fact. The other downside is I am left with a bit of a salty aftertaste. So it is surprising for me that each slice only contains 0.07g of salt which is 1% of an adults RDA according to the pack.
As they are nice and crispy in texture I can munch my way through a slice slowly and that means they are good for grazing on. They would take the edge off my hunger and keep me going for a while but if I am really hungry I couldn't say that they really fill me up. Most of the time I just want a light snack though and they are perfect for that.
The crispbreads come foil wrapped and so they are nice and crunchy when you first open the pack. They don't stay that way if you leave them exposed to the air though, so I store mine in air tight box. My dad has a posher Ryvita brand tin which you can order direct from the company. If you do leave them out they are still edible but become chewier and not nearly as satisfying to eat.
Overall I would recommend giving these a try if you like pumpkin seeds, even the original Ryvita isn't a favourite of yours. At 0.9g of fat per slice, and as they are a source of wholegrains, you could do a lot worse for a snack. How good for you they are ultimately depends on what you top them with of course. They aren't perfect as I think some people will definitely find them too dry, and they taste salty even if they are not high in sodium. I would also prefer it if they were less messy to eat but they are a good size and have a nice crispness. I certainly enjoy them much more than I imagined I would.
I'm always keen to try and eat a healthy balanced diet, with lunchtime meals during the week posing a bit of a problem as I have to prepare something rather basic that I can eat in my lunch break at work. I saw these Pumpkin Seeds & Oats Ryvita crispbreads recently, and thought they would be handy to keep around in my desk for when I need a healthy lunchtime snack. A 200g packet cost me £1.00 from Tesco, and this contained 18 crispbread slices so each one costs just over 5 pence which is good value for money.
Product description: "Wholegrain rye crispbread with pumpkin seeds and oats.
+ Low in saturated fat.
+ High fibre.
+ No artificial colours or preservatives."
These crispbread slices have a rough appearance with a rugged top layer covered in oats and pumpkin seeds. They are fairly pale in colour, and unfortunately look most unappetising in their plain state, resembling the bottom of a budgie cage covered in sand and seeds! Despite the unattractive appearance, these Ryvita crispbreads are a versatile snack and I have eaten them both with and without toppings. They come in a basic plastic wrapper which does not have a resealable section, but they do seem to keep well even without being moved into another secure container.
The crispbreads make a great accompaniment to soup, and provide a welcome bit of solid substance when I have soup for lunch. I always eat the crispbreads plain in this case, so that there are no other flavours to detract from the particular soup that I'm eating. Without a topping the crispbread is notably dry and very crumbly, with bits flaking off and likely to drop all over clothing and nearby surfaces. They also seem to taste incredibly salty. I turned to the information on the packaging to see if they were particularly high in salt, but it turns out that each slice contains only 0.07g of salt so I was reassured by this, but still find that the flavour comes across as being overly salty.
The picture given on the packaging recommends to try topping your crispbread with "slices of avocado and juicy tiger prawns for a fresh and tasty lunch". This seems a bit extravagant to me, and not something I can prepare given the limited facilities available at my office. I usually only go as far as to top them with soft cheese such as Philadelphia, in particular the garlic and herb version is a favourite of mine and also has the added bonus of covering up all the crumbly seedy bits so they don't fall off when I'm taking a bite out of it.
They are a healthy option for lunchtime or snacking, and I usually find that I will eat three of them as one serving to make sure that they have a filling effect. They are a good source of fibre as well as being low in sugar, fat and salt. Overall I would recommend these Ryvita crispbreads, as the added pumpkin seeds and oats do help to give a tiny boost of nutritional value above and beyond the original version, as well as adding flavour.
Typical nutritional values per slice (approx 12g):
Energy - 168kj - 44kcal
Protein - 1.3g
Carbohydrates - 6.7g - of which sugars - 0.6g
Fat - 0.9g - of which saturates - 0.2g
Fibre - 2.2g
Sodium - 0.03g - equivalent as salt - 0.07g
Ryvita are a brand of cracker associated with healthy eating and people trying to lose weight. They as a principal are low in fat and calories and have two sides, one flat and smooth and one pitted. The smooth side is for the true dieter as the amount of covering per slice is much lower than the pitted side which allows your low fat cheese spread into the pits, allowing more spread per cracker.
Ryvita originally only had there original rye-crispbread, they are only 32 calories per cracker and have less than 1% fat, sugar and salt. Since then there have been different versions and one of them is the pumpkin seeds and oats, they are as the traditional cracker base with embedded pumpkins and oat seeds. The seeds give the cracker a more substantial feel, with the large pumpkin seeds giving the eater far more crunch per bite. The ryvita is lighter in colour than the traditional dark rye crispbread and costs more per pack than the original.
The pumpkin cracker is higher in calorie than the original coming in at a whopping 45 calories per cracker, it does have 1.2g of fat. The product is suitable for vegetarians, and comes in a box with approximately 20 crackers costing about £1.
My favourite toppings for Ryvita
Low fat spreadable cheese with grapes, apples or orange slices.
Strawberry jam, so wrong in some ways but jam goes great on a cracker slice.
Tuna fish and cucumber, works really well.
and the real off-road suggestion is to have the cracker as a base for a very low fat quiche or pudding, you can soak the crackers in fruit juice and will become soggy. The soggy ryvita can then be placed in the base of a low fat desert with some low fat yoghurt and fruit on topm of it. Place it in the fridge and leave for a couple of hours before eating without the sinking feeling.
Ryvita is great for anyone wanting to lose weight with a low fat topping, they hold there composition after the pack is opened and have a great crunch to them.
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 'Pumpkin 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 73% wholegrain rye flour, 11% oats and 15% green pumpkin 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 45 calories and .8g sugar and 1.2g of fat from the seeds themselves...
For allergists they may contain traces of sesame seeds and soya.
There is 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 pumpkin 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 green coated chewy 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 :)