Product Type: Ryvita Snacks
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Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats Crispbread
Member Name: jo@145
Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats Crispbread
Advantages: Good source of fibre anad low in fat
Disadvantages: Not as good as slice of lovely fresh bread!
Mmm? Yes I have, well at least with the Sunflower seed and Oats variety. I admit I still won't buy the plain variety!
My eldest daughter was on a diet and left part of a box of the sunflower Ryvitas when she went home, so I tried one as she said they were lovely. I finished the box and one day bought another all for me.
Bright yellow oblong box with lots of sunflower seeds and a picture of some Ryvitas with soft cheese and chives on top. The name Ryvita is quite small in comparison to the box size but is easily recognisable. There is a fairly long shelf life, but I admit mine is past its best before date although still tastes fine and is still very crisp. On the back of the box is some details about the Ryvitas and the nutritional information which I will write about later. The box I have contains 200grams. There is a guarantee and a website address and telephone number for queries and comments.
*Inside the Box*
The box opens fairly easily and can be re fastened but the inside packet can only be folded down once opened, they will keep fresh for a while but I suggest storing in a sealed box or tin. The inside packet is made from waxed paper.
They are 10 x 6 cm and about 0.5cm in depth. There is a smooth side which is the bottom and a lovely bumpy side which I think of as the top and that is covered in sunflower seeds and oats. There are 17 Ryvitas in the packet. Because they are made from Rye the Ryvita is brown in colour, but the topping of oats and seeds is lighter. They have a smell all of their own, and one I find hard to describe, almost earthy and quite strong. If you are on a diet the smooth side uses less butter or spread the bumpy side needs a lot more! Your choice of course.
*The Taste and Texture*
I said I used to think eating Ryvitas was like eating cardboard, and that Ryvitas were tasteless, but the baked oats and the lovely sunflower seeds make this Ryvita taste delicious and almost nutty. The texture as you bite into them is crisp, quite hard but as you get the taste you want to chew more, so it becomes a more pleasurable experience. Sometimes the seeds fall off as you bite them but they are big enough to pick up, and I don't waste them as they are delicious!
The box says that it has all natural ingredients. There is 74% Wholegrain rye flour, 14% Sunflower seeds, 11% Oats, and some salt. Simple and plain list of ingredients, nice not to have loads of things you have never heard of.
Each slice of Ryvita has 41kcals, 1gram of fat, 2grams of fibre, 0.1grams of salt and they also contain a little Vitamin E - 7% of allowance and some minerals namely Phosphorus and Iron. In fact each Ryvita has 3% of the recommended daily allowance of iron, so although not a lot it may be a valuable source in some people's diets depending on how many they eat daily. I have tried increasing my fibre intake with more fruit and vegetables but if I eat 4 Ryvitas a day that means I have eaten 32% of my RDA of fibre, but only 8% of my calories.
I have been eating mine with a thin slice of cheese and an apple, but I think they would taste even better with butter and more cheese! Cream cheese or Cottage cheese is good on top, and peanut butter really blends well with the sunflower seeds. I like some Smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese. If you like sweet things, strawberry jam and slices of banana work really well.
Much better than I had imagined and something I will eat from time to time especially if I am cutting out bread. But they are quite hard and can hurt the roof of my mouth so care is needed when eating. Not suitable for everyone if people have an allergy to Rye and Oats, fortunately I seem to be able to eat more oats now without the terrible effects I used to have! They are suitable for Vegetarians too.
Currently about £1.18 in Tesco so that is nearly 7pence a Ryvita crispbread.
Also on Ciao under my name jo145
Summary: Low fat alternative to bread