It is the school holidays, and I swear my children must be part locust, as I keep restocking the cupboards, but they are constantly bare! Therefore I was delighted to receive a box from Walkers containing 18 packets of their new Mighty Lights crisps to review. This new range from Walkers is intended to offer a healthier crisp option, and therefore be particularly suitable for lunchboxes.
Healthy lunchboxes have been a hot topic in the news lately, with some claims that only 1% of lunchboxes are healthy. I cannot believe this is true! What are people putting in lunchboxes? Pots of neat sugar? lard sandwiches? crack cocaine? I genuinely think that the majority of parents are not daft, and therefore we are choosing to provide a selection of healthy foods alongside a treat or two.
When I was a kid we mostly had a sandwich, a bag of crisps and a chocolate treat. These days my kids take fruit for break time, a sandwich, some carrot or cucumber sticks, and either a bag of crisps or a cake or equivalent, and a fromage frais. I will not apologise for the inclusion of a less healthy option, I believe it is about balance. But I do look for healthy versions of treat foods where possible. This is where Walkers Mighty Lights come in.
Here comes the science bit :-
- Mighty Lights contain 30% less fat than the average standard potato crisps
- No artificial colours or preservatives.
- No MSG
- They are a source of fibre.
- Suitable for vegetarians.
- Made from real potatoes.
The crisps are ridged, but unlike some ridge crisps they are still thin and crispy. I find some other ridged varieties too thick and over flavoured, but these have the right balance for me. The cheese and onion taste very similar to the standard Walkers cheese and onion crisps, which suits me as they are one of my favourites. The lightly salted have slightly more of a tang than a standard ready salted, like a subtle hint of vinegar, but it is very subtle, and they are the best for making a traditional crisp sandwich with in my opinion. I have not tried the Roast Chicken flavour personally, as a lifelong vegetarian I am not a fan of meaty flavours, but the teenager and resident chicken fan gave them the thumbs up!
All that said, I do not believe in good foods and bad foods, I believe in a balanced diet. I will quite happily be including these in my kids lunchboxes come next week, and am delighted to have found a healthier version of one of their favourite treats, and importantly they still taste great. The ridges on the crisps make them ideal for dipping, so I am thinking of sending them in with some homemade salsa, or guacamole, which they can then dip their crisps into, along with some vegetable crudites. This is a really tasty way to get some of the all important five a day into them, and makes a nice change from endless sandwiches!