Walkers Mighty Lights Review

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.

Walkers Mighty Lights

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.
They are available in 3 delicious flavours – Cheese and Onion, Lightly Salted, and Roast Chicken. As mentioned above, they are all vegetarian, which suits our family well, as four of the five of us are veggies! But are they tasty?

Walkers Mighty Lights

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!

Of course with young children like Syd, who has just turned two, you have to be careful of salt content. A packet of crisps can contain a third of their daily recommended salt intake, but I do let him pinch a few of mine, and as you can see they are a big hit! You still need to be aware of salt intake with older children too, so it worth keeping an eye on how many higher salt snacks they have- don’t forget lots of sweet treats contain lots of salt too! 

Walkers Mighty Lights

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!

You can find more information about Walkers Mighty Lights on their website here. I have the crisps ready for next week, but now I need to buy some new lunchboxes, ours seem to have all vanished over the summer!

Love Miss Cisco XXX

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this review, and received the crisps free of charge.

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13 Comments

  1. Tas D
    August 26, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I love love love walkers crisps. Especially ready salted ones. Being a source of fibre sounds great. I’m going to have to look out for these!

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 26, 2013 / 12:31 pm

      Enjoy! They are as good as the full fat ones! 🙂

  2. Emma T
    August 26, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    We dipped, and they are very good for holding the dip!

  3. August 27, 2013 / 9:04 am

    Walkers crisps take me back to childhood – good to see they are keeping up with the times and looking for lighter alternatives x

  4. August 27, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Oohh brilliant! From the get go I have been ALL about packed lunches but now the time is upon me I’m starting to panic about what to actually send Noah in with! Will absolutely check these bad boys out 🙂

  5. BavarianSojourn
    August 27, 2013 / 10:27 am

    They sound good… You have no idea how valuable a packet of Walker’s crisps is to an expat! 😀

  6. Pinkoddy
    August 27, 2013 / 11:04 am

    I think you are dead right, it is about balance. I love Walkers crisps and are glad to see they’ve made them healthier without losing the flavour.

  7. August 27, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    Currently 7am but I want these for breakfast, they look fabulous!!!

  8. SarahMummy
    August 27, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    These went down very well with my brood too! Like you, I can’t believe only 1% of lunch boxes are healthy. My kids’ lunch boxes are better than mine was growing up. I’ve seen some pretty bad lunch boxes, but they don’t make up 99%!

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 28, 2013 / 11:54 am

      Mine all adore guacamole- go easy on the chilli tho! 🙂

  9. I Heart Motherhood
    August 28, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    we liked these too! And I am a big fan of crisps and dips!!

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