We all know that crisps aren't something which should be consumed regularly, or even sparingly, with packets adding very little nutritionally. But like some of you, I'm sure, crisps are my guilty pleasure!
I'm also quite a finicky eater and this extends to junk food, meaning on the rare occasion I did indulge in some crisps I would be brushing off the salt (seriously). I'm also not keen on greasy crisps which coat a sticky film of oil and seasoning on your fingertips (you know the ones I mean!)
That's why I was so pleased when Walkers introduced Walkers Lights. The 24g bags are Simply Salted; Sour Cream & Chive; and the flavour I'm reviewing, Cheese & Onion and contain 115 calories or less. This is considerably less calorific than a standard bag of Walkers. However, it is important to note that Lights are actually a smaller bag than standard too!
Nevertheless, what I love about these crisps are that they mean I don't end up brushing off salt (which frankly is time consuming), and vitally, do not compromise on flavour or crunch. They also contain the simple ingredients of Potatoes, Sunflower Oil and Cheese & Onion Seasoning (which contains no E numbers). And if you want an even healthier option, the Simply Salted variety, which is my favourite, has even fewer ingredients. I only buy these multipacks (6 bags) when they're on offer (£1 each from ASDA or 2 for £2 at other supermarkets). Be aware that the deals fluctuate and 2 for £3 isn't as good as it gets!
The only negative for me is that Walkers Lights are a bit, well...light. It's only too easy to eat multiple bags as the bags aren't filling (but what crisps are?) Due to this, I would recommend reserving these for a treat rather than a regular snack.
Finally, ultimately we can't deceive ourselves; crisps are not a healthy and nutritious option. But if you want a great treat unaccompanied by great guilt (that is if you can eat them in moderation) then give Walkers Lights a go. I don't think you'll be disappointed!
You may notice my reviews changing from all cosmetic based products to diets foods, this is because I'm trying to lose weight in preperation for what I'll put back on over Christmas. So with my diet diary in mind I went in search of lower fat crisps on my most recent shopping trip.
Walkers is a name I know and have grown up with, no matter what supermarkets try telling us about how good their own brands are I never find they compete with the flavour in Walkers. This was probably the reason I walked right past all Tescos own low fat crisps and grabbed the Walkers Lights.
Priced at £1.36 for a pack of 6, slightly more than the regular packs as they were on offer, however this is still a reasonable price if you consider a corner shop or vending machine usually asks about about 50p per bag.
Usually when I open a bag of crisps advertised as having less calories I find that you get half the amount of crisps, however this wasnt the case with these. They appear very similar to regular Walkers crisps, unless you compared the two you wouldnt notice, I just found their appearance more matte (hard to explain) Now the most important bit...the taste, I have to admit i was surprised at how strong the flavour was, they taste practically the same as regular cheese and onion , I just found they werent as crunchy.
Per 24g lights bag theres 113 calories and 0.5g saturated fat, in comparison the regular bag has 131 and 0.7g. For the tiniest amount of difference in flavour and testure I think this is a good difference in nutritional values. They still are arn't healthy and should be eaten as a treat but at least they're not as sinful!
I would definately eat these again and am going to experiment with the other lights flavours :)
I'm a big crisp lover, unfortunately my stomach isn't and in a bid to be healthier I picked up the lights version of cheese and onion flavoured Walkers crisps when I was shopping. A multipack of 6 should have cost me £1.60, luckily for me the multipack bag only cost me 40p as they had a relatively short date on them.
I've just eaten a pack and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice they are, actually they might even be nicer than normal crisps! (shock horror!)
The only difference I could tell was they were slightly dryer, just not as greasy but being the low fat version this is quite obvious really. However these still contain 115 calories in a bag compared to around 145 I believe in a 'normal' bag. (based on 25g gram bags) which is still quite naughty really.
Overall I would recommend these, the flavour is just as strong and intense they just leasve you with less of a greasy feeling and are better for you.
Available to buy from all supermarkets in multipacks but I haven't seen any single bags for sale yet.
Light crisps from Walkers.