Snacking has been a guilty pleasure of mine ever since I could remember,
When I'm bored or stressed or simply hungry I would snack on pretty much anything that looks appetizing.
So when I saw that Narin's was offering an opportunity to review their line of Scottish oat crackers I could not wait to sign up.
Since receiving the product samples, I have gone from snacking on instant noodles and junk food to nibbling cookies and crackers from Narin's. They have a great selection of crackers and cookies that contain oats (for those who don't know, oats are a great source of fibre which we all need in our diets, more benefits listed below). I have never been a huge fan of vegetables, especial those with little to no sauce or dressing so these crackers and cookies is a wonderful substitute for me. And the only time I eat oats is in oatmeal raisin cookies, or granola bar.. you se the trend.
BENEFITS OF OATS
According to The Whole Grains Council, Some benefits of oats include:
OATS MAY REDUCE ASTHMA RISK IN CHILDREN
OATS MAY BOOST NUTRITION PROFILE OF GLUTEN-FREE DIETS
OATS INCREASE APPETITE-CONTROL HORMONES
OAT BETA GLUCANS IMPROVE IMMUNE SYSTEM DEFENSES
OATS HELP CUT THE USE OF LAXATIVES
OATS MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
OATS MAY IMPROVE INSULIN SENSITIVITY
OATS LOWER BAD CHOLESTEROL
OATS HELP CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE
OATS #3 OVERALL, #1 FOR BREAKFAST, IN SATIETY INDEX
Information above was taken directly from The Whole Grains Council website. Read more about this in detail here.
INITIAL THOUGHTS Opening the box, I noticed that Narins products were packed in smaller portions, I really love this as it is so convenient to take out and share with the people around me. This is also a good way to prevent your snacks from going stale if you forget to eat it and can help in portioning your snack size so you over eat (or so I don't over eat).
TASTE The cookies came in three different flavours: - Dark Chocolate Chip - Mixed Berries - Stem Ginger They were not too sweet and made a perfect afternoon snack. I did not put any toppings on this as it had enough flavouring, but you may add jam or cream cheese if you like .
There were four kinds of crackers: - Scottish Oat Crackers Organic - Scottish Oat Crackers Cheese - Scottish Oat Crackers Roughly Milled - Crisp Baked Oat Crackers with Sunflower Seeds These did not have overpowering flavours, which makes them the ideal candidate to put toppings on.