Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Triscuits 100% Whole Wheat Crackers for Holiday Parties

These whole-wheat crackers with only 3 ingredients are a healthier holiday nibble.

The season of over-indulgence is upon us, and this year more than ever I'm hoping to enjoy some holiday foods without completely overdoing it on sweets and other treats I'd prefer to avoid.  (I'm guessing lots of you are with me on this, right?)   One way I make things easier on myself during the holidays is by having on hand "diet-legal" foods that are still something of a treat.  I don't normally eat a lot of crackers, but Triscuits crackers made with 100% whole wheat are something that I'd happily munch on at a holiday gathering.

If you're trying to stick to an eating plan that avoids white flour, you'll quickly turn into a label reader.  That's how I found out that Triscuits are one of the best crackers for South Beach Dieters, containing only "whole grain soft white winter wheat, soybean oil, and salt."  It's a definite plus for me that Triscuits don't contain sugar as so many other whole grain crackers do.  And since woman cannot live on celery sticks alone during the month of December, I'm offering Triscuits as a suggestion for holiday party munching, and making them officially one of my Kalyn's Kitchen Picks.

Three things I might eat on Triscuits are Hummus, Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese, or Peanut Butter.  If you'd like something a bit fancier, here are some Triscuit-topping ideas:

Roasted Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Holiday Spread
Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade with Garlic and Herbs
Tuna Mousse or Spuma di Tonno
Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Feta and Mint
Heart-Healthy Shrimp Dip
White Bean and Artichoke Dip
Sweet Potato Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac
Green Garbanzo Hummus
Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac
Slow Roasted Tomato Hummus
Parsley Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita Chips
Julia Child's Brandade á la Soissonaise (Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs)      

Blogger Disclosure:
Triscuits are made by Kraft Foods, who don't know I'm alive and have never paid me or given me samples to write about their product.   All items featured as Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I will happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind.  

See the list of other Kalyn's Kitchen Picks if you'd like to see what other products I've liked well enough to feature them on the blog.
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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love these so much that I can't keep them in the house unless I'm having a party the same day!

Kalyn said...

Lydia, I have a weakness for them too, but I at least I don't feel too guilty if I eat them once in a while.

joyce dalzell said...

I love them with muenster cheese and a slice of tart apple!

Karen@WaistingTime said...

I love Triscuits, especially the "thins." I have a problem eating them in moderation so don't keep them at home anymore. But they are my "go to" cracker if I am buying them for a party or travel or something where I am not going to be sitting home with my hand in the box!

Kalyn said...

Joyce, that sounds good (and healthy too!)

Karen, I can relate to the problem eating them in moderation. I rarely buy crackers, but when I do these are a good choice.

Little Fish Girl said...

Ahem. When I first buy the box, I remove the bag and divide all the crackers into snack bags. Then I put them back into the box. This has solved three problems for me:
1. I am a student, and it's easier to pack my snack when it's already packed.
2. Having things already counted out makes me want to preserve the little packs and prevents me from taking "just one" cracker out while I'm impatiently waiting for dinner to get done.
3. It is instant portion-control.

Also, aside from portion-control for dietary reasons, pre-packaged foods are expensive, and I try not to eat a lot of them because I can't afford to buy a box of whole-wheat crackers every week just to mindlessly snack on them all the time.

Kalyn said...

Little Fish Girl, sounds like you have a very good plan for making these work for you! And anything that prevents mindless snacking is good!

Zesty Cook said...

I do love Triscuits. I'm glad I read this post, because I had previously stopped buying them because they used to have hydrogenated oils. They must have a new recipe now.
I'd love a good spinach dip recipe to go with my Triscuits...any recommendations? :)

Kalyn said...

Zesty, mmmm, spinach dip. I don't have a great recipe for it, but I'd recommend using food blog search (http://foodblogsearch.com)

Lyn said...

The four cheese Thin Triscuits (triangles) are awesome!! Also whole wheat, just thinner and crispier. My little girl loves them! They are great with hummus.

Lyn said...

oh, and spinach dip is great with thin Triscuits! I make mine with the recipe on the back of the Knorr soup box (and probably on their website); however, to make it yummioer AND healthier, I cut the mayo/dip ingredients in HALF and also DOUBLE the amount of spinach. It is sooo good!

dogladydi said...

Thanks, glad to know these are rather OK. I really appreciate your "blogger disclosure."

Kalyn said...

Lyn, thanks for both those tips. Love the idea of more spinach, less fatty ingredients for the spinach dip.

Dogladydi, thanks for that feedback about the blogger disclosure. I realize that other bloggers have different thoughts about accepting samples, but over time I came to realize that this was the only policy that felt right to me.

Sarah said...

I love that Triscuits have only three ingredients, but I have never been a big fan of the texture. I'm currently in love with lentil crackers, which I think might be SB-friendly too? But they have a few more ingredients.

Kalyn said...

Sarah, not sure I have had lentil crackers, but I'm betting I'd like them and they would probably be SBD friendly as well!

Barbara Bakes said...

I started eating Triscuits when I was doing the South Beach diet and it's one thing that's stayed in my pantry ever since. Great pick!

Cajunlicious said...

So happy I found you on another foodies blog, you've got yourself a new follower! xo Jessica @ Cajunlicious

Kalyn said...

Barbara, that's fun hearing that you picked them as being SBD friendly too!

Cajunlicious, thanks!

FabFrugalFood said...

These are my very favorite crackers of all time. Seriously. I crave them constantly. So, we are cracker kindred spirits!

Cheers! Donna

Kalyn said...

Donna, and kindred spirits in quite a few other ways I'd say!

Jeanette said...

I've been eating these since I was a kid, they were ahead of their times making something 100% whole wheat.

Kalyn said...

Jeanette, so true and I think they have refined the recipe sometime in the last few years so it doesn't have trans fats any more, even better!

dogladydi said...

I had forgotten how much I like Triscuits--flavor, texture, everything. So glad I can pick them up at our Costco. Thanks for all of your "favorites."

Kalyn said...

How I wish I could get them at Costco! For some reason my Costco never has them, although they have plenty of other crackers. Maybe I need to request them.

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