We have been sent some new kids on the block, these three amigos, to try out and review.
After spending the last three weeks in sunny Italy having a daily dose of pizza and ice cream (literally), yummy cakes and Prosecco (OK that was just me) we were in need of reducing our calorie intake somewhat on our return to Blighty.
Walker’s Mighty Lights are a tasty. ridged crisp that come in three flavours – slightly salted, roast chicken and cheese and onion. They’re made from real potatoes with no artificial colours of preservatives and they are a source of fibre. All flavours are suitable for vegetarians and they retail at around £1.80 for six pack in most major supermarkets (although I have just spotted them on the Asda website for £1.00!). They have also 30% less fat than standard potato crisps on average which must mean you can eat more of them, yes?
As a family we do love a packet of crisps as a snack or with a picnic. Most crisps however, have huge calorific content and those that are lower in fat can also be sparing on the flavour and/or the ability to satisfy. I don’t worry about calorie content for the boys as they are still growing and need the calories as they are so active.
Noah had his first day at school yesterday so when I went to pick the boys up I took them both a packet to enjoy as a treat for an after school snack. They are always ravenous after a day at school, despite eating a cooked dinner at lunch! They were over the moon to tuck in after a busy first day back.
We each tried out a different flavour and shared them with each other. I had Cheese and Onion and being Walkers they were good. The boy gave the Lightly Salted and Roast Chicken flavours the thumbs up too so clearly a winner in the flavour stakes! This could perhaps be due to the high salt levels in the Mighty Lights (2.63g per 100g compared with 1.40g per 100g of Walkers crisps).
According to the NHS LiveWell website 2.63g of salt per 100g does categorise this food as being high in salt as it has over 1.5g salt per 100g so this is disappointing particularly as the product is aimed at children (suggesting it be suitable for a child’s lunchbox on the website).
Crisps are never likely to be the healthiest snack you can choose but the ridged shape captures the flavours making them a fulfilling and tasty crisp. Personally I wouldn’t let the boys have more than one packet of these crisps a week, just based on the high salt content being unsuitable for young children.
As a treat however, I may be tempted to tuck into a packet when the boys are in bed as a Friday night treat with a small glass of fizz!
Disclosure: We were sent three six packets of Walkers Mighty Lights and were financially compensated for writing this post but all views and opinions contained herewith are our own.