New Food Stuffs Tried at Whole Foods Market, #96 Tamari Rice Crackers

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Japanese rice crackers– can be a tough sell. Many people associate them with rice cakes, which taste like salted styrofoam. But rice crackers have just the right amount of salt and crunch to make them highly addictive. They are perfect for an afternoon snack, a tortilla chip alternative. I recently discovered that you can get a variety of rice crackers at WFM for just $2 a package. What’s not to like? The result is in the rating– goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).

365 Everyday Value Tamari Rice Crackers
Verdict: 5

Appearance: thin and crinkly; round; iridescent; light yellow, orange color
Flavor: There are few different flavors to choose from, including Tamari, Wasabi, vegetable, and black sesame. My favorite variety is seasoned with Tamari (natural, soy based). Note, if you don’t like the flavor of soy sauce, than you most likely will not like the Tamari flavor.
Texture: light and crispy, so they break easily
Health: Virtually no fat, and fewer calories than most crackers and chips. Each serving (15 crackers) of tamari rice crackers has only 1.5 g of fat, 120 calories, 130mg of salt, and no sugar. Keep in mind, since they are lower in fat than most crackers, they are also not as satisfying.
Cost: A package costs $1.99 at WFM.
Recommendation: No dip required, but these crackers do go great with savory dips, such as hummus, especially delicious with baba ganoush (eggplant dip). The best part: the rice crackers stay crispy even when topped with spreads. You can also try breaking them up into salads and soups for some extra crunch. Note: I wouldn’t recommend serving the crackers with hard cheeses, stick to soft cheeses and dips.
Resolution Stats: 10 new food stuffs tried, 95 more to go
Final Verdict: Great guiltless nosh. The rice crackers are a nice change of pace from tortilla chips, and they are a great way to satisfy a craving while avoiding lots of fat and calories. My biggest complaint is that they are highly addictive, and not as satisfying as a wheat-based cracker.
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