“ Brand: Walkers / Bite size wholegrain snacks „
I havn't been buying these sunbites for that long;probably only about a year. Once again, it was my children who requested i buy these. I didnt like the look of them at first to be honest. Possibly it was the colour or texture of them that was off putting. They are oblong sort of shape with ridges, golden brown in colour, grainy looking. I couldn't really imagine how they could taste nice. Although, i know my son won't eat anything horrible! I think the packaging and description made me think of them as being very healthy and hence i thought they would taste awful. The packaging is lightish sky blue, with a green meadow and the sun rising in the background. There is a picture of a white pester and mortar with what looks like grains of sea salt next to it. It states on the pack that the sunbites have more than 1/3 of 'the suggested daily amount of wholegrains' per pack (per adult).
When i bought the first 6 pack of original sunbites, i didnt bother to even try a pack. It was only much later that one day i thought , oh well, these arn't too fattining, i'll see what they are like. I was really surprised at the flavour, just in these original ones. They are sort of almost sweet tasting, crispy and taste grainy (as they are an overall wholegrain snack). They really are nice, they are also light, don't get stuck in your teeth, like some crisps do and only have 118 kcal per packet.
Sunbites also have corn, oats, rice and wheat in them. They are prepared with sunflower oil; containing no preservatives, artificial colours or flavourings. The packets also state that they have 30% less fat in them than crisps.
These snacks are suitable for vegetarians and they may also contain some traces of barley. They have 1.1g of salt per 100g of the product.
Sunbites are also available in other flavours; sour cream and cracked black pepper and oven roasted onion and rosemary. I havn't tried the other flavours as yet but i should think they taste equally as good.
At the moment you can get two 6 packs for £2.50 at Asda.
These are a good little snack, reasonably healthy in my view, so long as they are eaten in moderation. Highly recommend for flavour.
Now I've got to be honest, I'm a bit of an old stick-in-the mud when it comes to crisp preferences. I've got my favourites - Kettle Chips, Walkers plain, Pringles and I generally stick to them.
I'd had disasters with flavoured rice cakes , remained unimpressed by rice crackers, and wheat crunchies / nik naks just didn't come up to scratch. Any of those M&S or Boots low calorie offerings are a taste nightmare.
Then one day doing our regular shop , I spotted something that seemed to stand out a bit from it's crispian peers. Spelled out in flowing white letters against an idyllic rural green picture of meadows under a clear blue sky, Sunbites immediately sent the messages to the brain that these might be a healthy alternative.
Then I noticed the Wholegrain snack label. Something different again, and bonus of bonus balls sour cream and black pepper flavour. Well Sour cream's my favourite Pringle variety, and Black pepper my favourite Kettle chip, looks like I could be on to a winner. To top it all the corregated creations presented on the front were just like Bacon Frazzles of old.
So the acid test. No not whether they would dissolve in glass of coke. Would they pack a punch with their crunch, would the flavours make me quaver, or would it all be just one more too good to be tasty option in a long line of crunching disappointments.
One bite was all I needed to know - they were absolutely delicious. Clearly once I'd munched my way through them in record time I knew we were going to meet again. The best way I can describe them is moreish.
Providing you don't manage what I did and put them in the front of your rucksack and proceed to drop the bag onto the floor you should get a good selection of large wavy tastebud ticklers. In contrast, when crushed under the weight of a laptop - they can pretty much disintegrate into a million pieces of mess - be warned!
So how do they stack up on the calories and fat front. Not too shabbily as it goes - 131 calories a standard 28g back 6.1G of fat, and only 0.4grammes of salt.
Multi-pack here I come!
I needed a snack that felt naughty but was actually reasonably healthy.
So I was glad to discover Walkers Original SunBites, a wholemeal snack which certainly doesn't taste like they only contain 118 calories for the 25g bag.
This bag of yumminess contains thirty percent less fat than an "ordinary" packet of crisps which together with the low calorie content ticks the right boxes for a healthier snack.
Not only that but these bites are bursting with fibre and nutrients.
The main ingredients are corn, oats and wheat prepared with sunseed oil, they contain in one bag a third of your suggested daily wholegrain intake, if that sounds too healthy to be tasty, then you would be mistaken.
They are not crisps, but if crisps are a weakness of yours and you need a healthy alternative - then these should definitely be on your next shopping list. I paid £2.50 for two six packs in Sainsbury, but when not on offer they are £1.56 per pack- which is good value.
They could easily be used with a dip, or on their own as a " I have got the munchies" snack. Great too, as a healthy lunch box addition.
Each bag contains
1.9g of sugar
5.6g of fat
0.6g of saturates
0.3g of salt
It's like having a packet of crisps, without the accompanying guilt.
I tried these crisps a few weeks ago as I won a voucher for a free multipack off a loaf of bread. I'm glad I tried them, as I was put off the price initially at around £1.50 for 6, because they are quite tasty snacks.
Sun Bites are a newer addition to the Walker's range and are advertised as being healthier snacks. Being made by such a popular and respectable brand, I expected these to be of good quality and I think they are.
There's been a lot of talk lately about healthy diets and the importance of whole grains. I think that if you take it all in though, you'll drive yourself crazy. The best thing to do is try to keep a balance, bear in mind what's supposedly good for you, and aim for a good variety from day to day.
Sun Bites are promoted as being a healthier alternative to regular crisps because they contain 69% wholegrains, and therefore are high in fibre. Fibre is something I think many people lack, and I was quite surprised at how much they recommend we take in each day, around 19g, compared to how much is actually in most foods. These therefore have, according to Walker's, more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount of wholegrains.
But what's the point in having something healthy if you can't enjoy the taste of them? Well, I'm glad to say these are actually quite tasty. They're made from corn, oats, rice and wheat, and so are not your average potatoey crisps.
They appear quite thin in appearance, with speckles over the surface here and there. Despite the somewhat thin appearance, they're crunchy and just the right texture; rough enough to satisfy the need for a crunchy snack without being too hard.
As these are made with sunseed oil, they're also higher in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates, which is basically a good thing. I also means they're not greasy, but neither are they too dry and boring. They have a slight taste to them which I can't quite put my finger on, but this means they're not as bland as I had expected.
I opted for the original version as I quite like plain foods most of the time, and I wasn't so taken by the sound of the alternatives: Sour cream & cracked black pepper, and oven roasted onion & rosemary. These other varieties may be better for those who want more flavour, but for me, the originals were tasty enough for me to want to eat again.
These are sold in a multipack of 6 x 25g bags and cost around £1.49 (Tesco). Price-wise, I think these are a little pricey for what they are, and I don't think I've seen any good offers on these, which is a shame. Therefore, I wouldn't necessarily want to be buying these regularly, but if you want something tasty to snack on and up your fibre intake, then these are a good way of killing two birds with one stone. With 118 calories and 5.6g of fat per bag, they're also a fairly light snack.
The bag is fairly light at 25g, but you do seem to get a reasonable amount of crispy bites in here. When I say bites, they're all different sizes, but are similar to crisps as opposed to bite-size squares (which is what I had thought they might be judging by their name). They go down well, and you may find them to be that little bit more filling too as the energy release and general substantialness of wholegrain is better than potato crisps.
Healthy, if not a little expensive, but tasty enough for me to want to buy more and recommend giving them a try.
We all know that crisps are not exactly the healthiest snack in the world and I don't eat them very often but when I was out shopping in the Waitrose store close to where I live I was passing the crisps section saw these and thought I would give them a go. Now I know these are not exactly a new product as I have seen them before but this time my crisps craving sort of got the better of me. I went for the six pack of 'original flavour' which are basically ready salted.
The bag does claim to provide 1/3 of your daily recomended amount of 'whole grains' and they claim that this product has 30% less fat than normal crisps so things were looking good so far. However, even with these they are still not the healthiest things.
Smell and taste
On opening the pack there was a smell of what I can only describe as slightly overcooked popcorn and very little else. The 'crisps' have a rather strange speckled appearance and are a combination of orange, brown and yellow. They are cut very thin and have a slight ridged appearance. They are also quite rough to the touch.
Ok, They smelt a bit odd, look even stranger so things were not exactly going well. However, still not deterred I went onto eating them, well I had paid for them after all. They are very crisp and have a good 'crunch' too them but they are slightly rough on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The main taste, all be it not much of one, is that of the corn used to make these 'crisps'. Again this is more of a popcorn like taste rather than a corn on the cob taste. There was also perhaps a slight nuttiness which I have put down to the oats and the rice flour used. They are quite salty but not overly so. The salt appears to have been used to draw out the taste of the whole grans rather than being used as the main flavouring. There is perhaps a slightly strange, sweet aftertaste. This I am not a fan of as I don't like savory things which taste sweet. For me the use of the sugar to make these is simply not needed.
One major plus for me is that unlike other crisps these are not greasy and my mouth does not feel like I have been using oil as a mouthwash after I have eaten them. They taste more like they have been baked rather than fried.
So how bad are they for me?
Nutritional info (per 25g bag)
energy - 118 Kcal
Protein - 1.8g
carbs - 15.1g (sugars 1.9g)
fat - 5.6g (saturated 0.6g)
fibre - 1.7g
salt - 0.3g
Despite all the claims they are still fairly high in calories but as with everything as long as you don't go mad on them they won't do you any harm. Also you only get 25g per bag so you don't get a lot for your money. (my pack of 6 bags cost me £1.67)
For me they were slightly disappointing, yes they make a change from regular crisps but they taste a little flat and they are not exactly filling either. The plus may be that they may be a good way to get your kids to eat whole grains but some children may not like them all that much.
As a girl who lover her savoury snacks buy also wants to stay in shape, Walkers Sunbites seemed like a good option. However, I have often found that super healthy snacks either look or taste like cardboard and their lack of flavour pushes me to something more calorific and flavoursome. Once again this weekend on a family shop, I shot these into the trolley after having enjoyed them many times before, except now I was home, the mother was footing the food bill (yay!) so I felt even less guilty! I have only tried the original ones, but I adore them!
They were purchased in a 6 bag multipack costing just over £1 for the pack. The packet is a baby blue colour on the bottom half, with an idyllic lush green field and bright blue, sunny sky above it. The field bears the Walkers logo, "Sunbites wholegrain snacks, bursting with the goodness of wholegrains." There is also a picture of 2 Sunbites overlapping on the packet and a white pessle and mortar with a pinch of salt underneath it.
Each 25g packet contains the following:
And it states that these Sunbites contain more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount of wholegrains. Altogether the Sunbites contain 69% wholegrains such as corn, oats, rice and wheat. They are prepared with sunseed oil (maybe a clue in their name?) because it is naturally higher in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates. You've got to love the healthy facts! Walkers also state that Sunbites have 30% less fat than regular crisps and they insist that no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives are used in the production of these beautiful sunshine snacks!
Now down to the actual snacks themselves.On opening the first bag, there was a really nice, healthy smell coming from the bag. I'm happy to say that they look exactly like their picture on the front of the packet, corrugated, grain filled, golen snacks. Some people might compare their appearance to that of cardboard, but whatever you compare them to, they definitely do not taste of cardboard! My greatest fear with "healthy" snacks that large manufacturers bring out is their alleged healthy appearance, but then you discover all of the hidden salts, fats and other nasty things in them. However, with Sunbites, what you see is what you get! They are foil packed for freshness, to ensure you get that instant crunch as soon as you put them in your mouth. Each crisp is filled with grainy bits and when you put them into your mouth, you get a really good crunch out of each of them and they have a nice taste of salt, but not too much and something about them reminds me of tortilla chips! They are soo moreish aswell, I can rarely stop at 1 packet, which kind of defeats the healthy aspect if you just keep eating them non-stop, but they are delicious! Even if you do end up eating 2 bags, you feel better because they are so much healthier and at the end of the day, that's what matters, right? Just a shame there aren't more crisps in a bag! I'd say there was between 10 and 15 per bag, maybe this is just me being greedy though because I could sit and eat them all day!
I'm a strong believer in the theory that if theres 3 reasons for you to do something, then you should do it. Walkers Sunbites are delicious, nutritious and moreish, there's your 3 reasons to go buy them, so away you go!
It seems quite difficult to find these original flavour Walkers Sunbites in individual bags in shops. Occasionally Sainsbury's have them but they're fairly expensive for one bag. And they're not much cheaper as a multi-pack either. However I've discovered that a cheap shop called Home Bargains often sells individual bags for 10 pence each! Whenever they've got any in I make sure I stock up on them!
Each crisp certainly looks healthy with all the little bits of grain clearly shown. They DO look like the picture on the front of the packet! They look a bit like mini corrugated cardboard pieces in my opinion! They tend to crunch into little pieces quite easily though so pack them on top of the rest of your shopping.
They have a crunchy texture and, even though they're made with grains, they're not 'bitty' in your mouth. The taste reminds me of salted tortilla chips. They're quite a plain crisp but being wholegrain makes them taste that little bit more special.
They claim to be healthier than other crisps and they are lower in fat but the calories are more or less the same.
They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans but may contain traces of barley.
My one other criticism of them is there never seems to be enough crisps for the size of the bag. There's probably the right weight of them in there so maybe Walkers should just cut down the packaging size so we're not fooled into thinking we're getting more crisps.
Wholegrains (whole corn, whole wheat, whole oat flour), sunflower oil, rice flour, sugar, salt.
(per 28g pack)
Energy 553kj/132kcal - 7% RDA
of which sugars 2.1g - 2% RDA
Fat 6.2g - 9% RDA
of which saturates 0.6g - 3% RDA
of which mono-unsaturates 4.5g
of which polyunsaturates 0.8g
Salt 0.3g - 5% RDA
of which sodium 0.12g
I bought these as a "healthy" alternative to crisps, in a bid to shed some weight and improve my health. I thought I was doing a good thing, until other people pointed out to me that they are perhaps not as healthy as I thought! They boast that they have more than a third of your recommended intake of wholegrains, and are made with Sunseed oil. Well, in one bag there are 118 calories, which is more than a standard bag of French Fries at 98 calories, or a bag of Weight Watchers crisps at 78 calories. Also there is a whopping 5.6 grams of fat per bag - no doubt this is down to the Sunseed oil, whereas Weight Watchers crisps there is less than 1g! Per 100g of the product, there are 22.3g fat. Diet advisors say for a low fat diet you shouldn't eat any product that has more than 5g of fat per 100g! they have an odd, salty taste, and the crisps are very rough in texture. They are nice, don't get me wrong, but if you're thinking of getting them for the health benefits don't bother - have a slice of wholemeal bread instead!!
The only reason that I know about these little treats was because my daughter randomly picked them up when we went shopping as something to try. I am amazed that Sunbites have had no advertising as I think they are the tastiest crisps around that are not as bad for you as some out there.
Sunbites Original is just that, basic crisps that are only salted and have no other flavours put in them. However they taste absolutely gorgeous. Upon first opening a packet of them you get s lovely smell that immediately lets you know that these taste good. They have the colour of soft brown and are square shaped about a few inches big. There are quite a few in a pack, enough to get rid of that snackish feeling you get when you come home. They taste just lovely, very crunchy with a salty taste, yet no too salty to make it horrible.
The best thing about these is that they are not that bad for you as they contain more than 1/3 of your wholegrain daily allowance. They contain approximately 117 calories each and have low fat which is very good for anyone wanting to diet.
The bad thing about these crisps is that they are more expensive than other varieties of crisps that are out there. A single bag of Sunbites costs 29p each while a pack of six costs £1.45 which is a tiny bit more than others. However for the taste and that they aren't that bad for you I would think that the price is completely acceptable.
Overall I love these and my whole family is obsessed with them. I have a packet every few days and forget how good they taste. Even though they are the original they have amazing taste and I would probably pick these over the flavoured versions.
I thought I was aware of all the snacks available ever made as a self confessed snackarama addict! So I was shocked in Sainsbury's when I come across these so I had to try, for research purposes of course!
What Are They?....
Well in case you haven't heard of them either just to clarify they are called Walker's SunBites and I purchased them in original flavour however they also come in Oven Roasted Onion & Rosemary or Sour Cream & Cracked Black Pepper flavours.
28g recyclable tin foil vacuum packed 'for freshness' pack. On the front tells me clearly who they are by and what they are 'snacks'. They contain wholegrain and they contain more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount of wholegrains. There is a photo of the snacks and an at a glance guide to the nutritional values. On the back of the packet gives me a bit of information about wholegrains etc, a full rundown of the nutitional contents, ingredients and contact numbers for Walkers and best before date.
What The Product Says About Itself....
Light, crispy and delicious - it's surprising how something that tastes so good isn't on the forbidden list!
SunBites are bursting with three wholegrains - whole oats, corn and wheat. In fact, you'll get more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount of wholegrain* in each bag of SunBites.
How Are They Made?....
Made in the UK, SunBites are a taste of sun-grown, wholegrain bliss. We combine our three wholegrains with rice (adding a nice crunchy texture) and a little bit of sugar, then cut and cook each wavy SunBite to tasty crispiness. We use SUNSEED® oil, which is naturally higher in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates than traditional snack cooking oils. Plus, SunBites have 30% less fat than regular crisps.
Finally they are lightly seasoned, and of course we insist they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
30% less fat than regular crisps.
I love them! Really yummy. They are quite large and in a bag there is about 12 of them thought I was too busy munching them to take a lot of notice. They are oblong, with 3 ridges on them. The are a golden yellow colour, slightly rough in appearance with little bubble ingrained.
The flavour I picked is original. They are slightly salty but the taste is mixed well with the wholegrain flavour. What you have is a really healthy snack that is so like a crisp only good for you. You wouldn't know by the taste that it is healthy at all! I was quite full after eating a bag and I didnt end up covered in grease neither. A grown up snack for kids at heart they really are good if your watching your weight!
Whole corn (39%), Sunflower Oil (19%), Whole Wheat (19%), Rice Flour (14%), Whole Oat Four (11%), Sugar, Salt.
Suitable For Vegetarians.
of which sugars 2.1g
of which is saturates 0.6g
of which is mono-saturates 4.2g
of which is polyunsaturates 1.0g
Equivlent as salt 0.3g