Product Type: Tesco Snacks
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Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes
Member Name: rockinrach08
Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes
Date: 28/05/11, updated on 22/08/13 (116 review reads)
Advantages: healthier than crisps, great taste, very filling
Summer is approaching and suddenly everyone* is trying to be healthy and active. Unfortunately, a claim that I am exempt from this would be a lie. Diet wise, my main downfall is crisps. I love them. I could live off of them. They are, unfortunately, not the most healthy of foods. Which is disappointing because if I could lose weight on a diet of crisps I would be in heaven! So, in order to reduce my crisp intake I made the decision to swap crisps with rice cakes.
(*slight exaggeration maybe)
-- Health benefits --
It doesn't take much to assume that rice cakes would be a bit healthier for you than crisps; a lot of things are to be fair. Even then, comparing their nutritional values was an eye opener. I'm not going to recite both lots of nutritional values for you (that would hardly be an exciting review) but I will compare the fat content to give you an idea:
Rice cracker (per 100g) - 2.5g (0.5g saturated)
Example bag of crisps (per 100g) - 26.2g (2.1g saturated)
(Plus, 100g of rice cracker is far more filling than 100g of crisps)
This was enough to cement my decision to make the swap.
They are also made from wholegrain rice for that extra health kick. They may not have the nutritional value of fruit or veg but as an alternative to crisps it definitely works! A great tool if you are just starting on your weight loss journey or like me can't live without a savoury snack.
-- The cakes --
As for the cakes themselves, they are about half an inch thick and slightly larger than my (albeit rather small) palm. They are smaller than the more well known brands but it does make it better as a small snack. I'd consider them to be a decent size, anyway.
As they are flavoured you can add toppings to them or eat them on their own as a snack. I decided to just eat them on their own as I prefer my food that way.
As you bite into it, it is initially quite crispy but as you continue down and as you chew it is a lot more fluffy and smooth. They are quite light but they also leave your hunger satisfied. I was quite surprised by how filling I found one cake to be. Considering I could eat mountains of crisps and not feel that much more full. I also found them more filling than other brands of rice cakes on the market.
I was quite surprised with the taste as I thought the salt and vinegar would be nearly non-existent. Instead there is a very strong flavour when you first bite into it. Obviously it disappears as you continue to chew but the rice cake themselves do not have a horrible taste. It is hard to describe but it is not unpleasant, just as you would expect a 'rice' cake to taste. I was definitely impressed with the flavour of the cake.
-- The boring stuff: Packaging and Price --
One thing I have found with these cakes is getting them out the packet can be tricky if you don't want to rip down the bag. It takes a bit of manouvering and use of the nails to get them out.
As for price you can pick up a 132g pack (each cake is 8.8g) for £1.15.
-- Overall --
I will definitely be buying these again, above the larger brand counterparts. The flavour is just right for me. The cakes are a decent size and are very filling without leaving you feeling too stuffed. Also they taste great and the salt and vinegar flavouring satisfies my crisp cravings which is perfect. Plus they come at the very reasonable price of £1.15. They are a perfect replacement for crisps for me.
I have no reason not to like these rice cakes.
Summary: Thanks to them I don't miss my favourite food: crisps.