The importance of wholegrain in our daily food consumption has grown tremendously lately. The major increase in obesity , diabetes and other related diseases especially in children have lead to understanding the crucial importance of eating a balanced diet for an healthy lifestyle.
As my child's school promotes healthy eating, I am just allowed one treat either in form of a crisp, biscuits or juice in my kid's lunch box along with an healthy balanced food. So, it becomes easy for me to select different available possible treats in less quantity but if that treat becomes a part of a balanced diet , you must know how glad a mom like me can be.
Just few hours ago, I tried the New Walkers 'Hoops & Crosses' which is a brand new product thats perfect for kid's lunchboxes. And its nutritional information includes of about 36 % less fat than a typical potato crisp and made with 56 % wholegrain with no artificial colours or preservatives.
It comes in three flavours : Salt and Vinegar, Roast Beef and Prawn Cocktail . The cheeky monkey package I tired and tested had one such flavour - the roasted beef and this is what I found.
PACKAGING : Professional!. As you can see from the above image , the packing was done in a cardboard box with a cheeky monkey cover which included one Walkers Hoops and Crosses (roasted beef), a booklet and a lovely cheeky monkey toy.
Fun criteria : My kids told me that the shape of the crisp reminds them of a famous Tic-Tac-Toe game. With X’s and ‘O’s already in the crisp bag, eating can never be so much fun for us .We took turns to play in a 3x3 square grid and the winner who scored all the three rows eats them all .
SMELL : I opened the package expecting some funny smell. But, I was surprised of the smell the crisps had. NO violent beef smell but I can smell the sunflower oil.
TASTE : The crisp are baked (not fried) and so there was no oily stuff on the fingers while eating it. Normally, I avoid beef stuffs in chips/crisp since I don't like the taste of it. But, this one differs. The taste is just right. A beef crisp could have never tasted better.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (as mentioned on pack) : Each bag of crisp has about 85 calories and the crisp are made from wholegrain corn meal. They have no artificial colours or preservatives.
What I think can be included : As for me, I find the flavours too restricted with only Beef , Prawn and Vinegar. So, more options of flavours like tomato, cheese, sweet chilli, or mint is also welcomed.
My kids loved the flavour that we tried. With all these mind, I may use this crisp as a treat in my kid's lunchbox twice a week when compared to other crisp without wholegrain. It seems to be an healthier option compared to a typical potato crisp. And at home, as a part of the evening snack with a small Tic -Tac -Toe game.
Disclosure : I received the above product for the purpose of a written review. All opinions are my own written ONLY after trying and testing the above product. No false information is provided to the best of my knowledge.