Monday, August 10, 2009

Sandwich Crackers Make Us Happy!

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Lance Snacks.

With four growing children, a lot of food gets consumed in our house. We eat healthy (mostly), filling meals three times a day. But kids are kids and growing bodies tend to need a lot of nourishment at random times throughout the day.

As a result, I'm always on the look out for wholesome snack options that will fill them up and keep them full until the next meal time rolls around. They love fruit, and I love giving it to them as a snack, but sometimes they just need something more substantial.

So when I was given the opportunity to sample and review a new line of products from Lance, I was pretty excited. This is one kind of snack that definitely fits our family. And with Lance's new line of whole-grain crackers, it's a convenient snack option that I can give the kids without feeling guilty about.

Since we homeschool, we rarely have to worry about packing a lunch for the kids. However, we do have many times through out the school year when we are running out the door to run errands or go to an activity with our homeschooling group. Those are times when I really appreciate having a quick snack that we can grab and go.

Lance Sandwich Crackers contain no preservatives, no trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup. I was definitely pleasantly surprised to learn that. The new whole-grain crackers come in three different varieties:

  • Real peanut butter on whole grain crackers
  • Real sharp cheddar cheese on whole grain crackers
  • Real cheddar cheese on whole grain crackers

The kids couldn't get enough of these. I suspected that would happen, but what I didn't expect was how much my husband and I would enjoy them. The whole grain cracker adds a whole new element of flavor and texture to traditional sandwich crackers. We thought the crackers were the perfect complement to the cheese and peanut butter fillings.

We also all really enjoyed the 100 calorie snack packs. Lance offers these in three different varieties also.

ToastChee® Peanut Butter
100% Lance-made creamy peanut butter layered on mini-baked cheese crackers ·

Toasty™ Peanut Butter
100% Lance-made creamy peanut butter layered on mini-baked, butter-flavored crackers ·

NipChee™ Cheddar Cheese

Real cheddar cheese layered on mini-baked, cheese-flavored crackers

I am prone to skip meals and then mindlessly snack throughout the day. This is not a good habit for sure. So I really appreciate the built in portion control of the snack packs. For the kids, they loved the novelty (for them) of eating crackers out of bag.

I think we'll be stocking up on these products in the future for sure. I'm thinking I might even keep a few extra packages in the van for those times when hunger hits while we're out on the road somewhere.