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I tried to go on a diet again but I really struggle with lack of chocolate and biscuits so whilst wandering around a supermarket I was looking for a low-calorie alternative. A promotion on offer on Weight Watchers Cranberry and Sunflower Seed Oaty Biscuits caught my eye. Even though I had no idea what Weight Watchers scheme was, I picked them up thinking 'that must be healthier and low-fat'. Well, I am not quite sure whether it actually was worth it.
First of all, these biscuits come in a cardboard box. It has 'Weight Watchers' written in bold letters in the front. It also has a clear number of points it contains (1.5) and even though I did not know what it meant at the time I actually found out later. Each box has 8 individually packed biscuits that are quite big. I really like the individual wrapping - I can pick one biscuit and put it in my bag or I can simply stop myself from eating the whole pack at once (my excuse is usually that the biscuits will go bad unwrapped...).
Each biscuit has a rectangular shape. At first, I was really craving for something sweet and I tried it. The biscuit was extremely dry (I almost choked) so I made myself a cup of tea to go with it and tried again. Well, this time it was better (especially when I dunked it) but I found it a bit tasteless. And has anyone mentioned anything about cranberry and sunflower seed? Because I can see some of it, but I cannot taste it at all.
They are quite sweet (but not excessively which I guess is a good think) and quite crunchy.
Not suitable for nut or milk allergy sufferers. It also contains gluten.
A single biscuit has 103 kcal and contains 0.8g of saturated fat.
One box normally costs £1.39 but I bought mine for £1 on promotion. I do not recommend them - there are many better, cheaper biscuits.
Its that time of year again--the body is going to be exposed on the beach or round the pool and unfortunately there is a little more of it than I would like! In a desperate attempt to lose a few pounds before my holiday I tried to stick to a healthy eating plan but I do have a bit of a sweet tooth so I like to have the occasional sweet snack in the cupboard that won't ruin my diet. I picked up this WeightWatchers product whilst in Tesco but I presume it is available in most large supermarkets.
Weightwatchers is a name I know well and I have enjoyed many of their products in the past (with the exception of the yogurts--Ughh!). When I saw these Cranberry and Sunflower Seed Oaty Biscuits on the shelf I thought they sounded very tasty.
The cardboard outer box shows golden biscuits surrounded by seeds, juicy cranberries and a golden sunflower. This box contains 8 individually wrapped biscuits. The pack informs me that each biscuit contains 1.5 WW points (103 calories and 0.8g sat.fat). On the reverse there is all the usual information about nutrition levels and also about WeightWatchers :
The ingredient list made for interesting reading. The fourth ingredient is sugar (not so healthy!) and the cranberry content (7%) is actually made up of Sweetened Dried Cranberries which contain even more sugar and further down the list there is Invert Sugar Syrup as well! When I read the small print on the front of the package it does actually say "Sweet oaty biscuits with sweetened dried cranberries and sunflower seeds" so I should have looked more carefully before I purchased them.
This product contains gluten and is also not suitable for people with allergy to nuts or milk.
Having paid over my £1.39 and taken them home it was time to try one. I made myself a cup of tea and looked forward to my treat. Each biscuit is packaged in clear plastic with a red pull-strip to allow for easy opening. The pack opened easily and the biscuit is about 2"wide by 3" long and a third of an inch thick. I must admit mine did not look as "oaty" as the ones on the box but I bit in all the same.
What a disappointment!!! I was expecting a slightly chewy, satisfying texture beacuse of the oats. However the biscuit was simply breakable so it was very quick to eat. The cranberries and sunflower seeds didn't seem to add any flavour at all and I love both of these ingredients. In fact I think this was the most amazingly bland biscuit I have ever tried. It was sweet but not in a nice way. Due to the lack of flavour and the boring texture I have still got several left and have even given some out to some friends on the WeightWatchers diet and no-one has been very impressed.
If you are looking for a tasty treat these are probably not your best bet. For 1.5 points there are a lot more satisying snacks around with a chewy texture which I think makes you feel like you have eaten more. I thought they would be a healthy snack as the title suggests they are full of nutritious ingredients which I like but I feel that is not the case. In fact the calories count seemed very high to me for what I was eating.
I think next time I should just eat the box they came in--it probably tastes better!