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Gone Crackers for Mary’s

Posted Jan 13 2011 10:33pm

When I first started reading healthy living blogs, so many people mentioned and raved about Mary’s Crackers ! So much in fact, that I knew I had to try them myself. Unfortunately, my local store didn’t have a big selection so I was only able to try the original flavor.

When I approached the people over at Mary’s about possibly doing a review for them, I was so happy that they said yes and were so generous with their samples!

I received a box of each of their 5 cracker flavors as well as 3 bags of their Stix & Twigs pretzel-like snacks!

With 5 flavors to try, I had lots of cracker filled snacks the last few days…but hey I’m not complaining. :)

The base for the crackers as well as the Stix & Twigs, is an organic blend of brown rice, flax seeds, quinoa, and sesame seeds. This awesome and nutrient filled mix is not only vegan, gluten free, and full of whole grain, but it combines to create one of the crispy , crunchy crackers I have ever had! I love the nutty flavor that the crackers had and the whole bits of seeds and grains adds such great texture.

For having so simple an ingredient list, each variety has a really robust, delish flavor! In taste testing, I started with the original so I would have a basis to compare the others to. But I discovered that aside from having similar texture and crunch factor, the crackers all had really unique tastes.

My favorite would have to be a tie between herb (loved all the different seasonings, all had really noticeable flavor!) and onion (had a REAL onion taste, definitely not artificial tasting). But don’t get me wrong, ALL the varieties were good! I enjoyed mine with soups, crushed on salads, spread with humus, dipped in nut butters, and tons of other ways that were equally yummy!

I was really excited to try the Sticks & Twigs because I haven’t been able to find them any where near me. The flavors sounded amazing, so I had high expectations for these “pretzel snacks”. I was sent Tomato basil (my favorite variety> a really great zesty tomato flavor with hints of fresh tasting basil), Curry (smelled like an Indian dish…yum!), and Sea salt (the most pretzel like…simple deliciousness). Despite being labeled as pretzel snacks, the only similarity I found between the S&T’s and pretzels was there rod like shapes. They basically seemed like rolled up versions of the crackers (not a bad thing!) but with new flavors. I liked that they were a bit more delicate and thinner than the crackers and their rod shape made them perfect for dipping. Again the flavors, like the crackers, were very strong and I was happy to see that they didn’t fade into the background while I ate them with different accompaniments.

Thanks Mary’s for your generosity! I love your crackers (they really are like ‘crack’ like so many other bloggers say lol!) and your slogan  ”Peace, Love, and Crunch” fits perfectly with your company (and my love for all things crunchy :) )!

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Aside from a the product review, I wanted to share with you all one of my go to oatmeal recipes for cold winter mornings.

Big Bowl of Winter Oats

1 huuuge serving

a little less than 1/2 cup oats, old fashioned

2 tablespoons oat bran

1 cup water

cinnamon, a tiny bit of nutmeg and cloves

2/3 cup pumpkin puree ( I like a lot of pumpkin and the more you add the bigger the bowl of oats)

Toppings:


~2 tablespoons of galaxy granola

~2 tablespoons of ezekiel cereal

~2 chopped dried figs

~1 tablespoon golden raisins

~ 1 heaping tablespoon dried diced apple

First cook oatmeal with water and oatbran in a microwave safe dish for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, watching carefully so it doesn’t bowl over.

Add pumpkin and cinnamon.

Stir to combine and layer with toppings!

finale!

SO good with such great wintery flavors! Definitely a staple for winter breakfasts at my house.

Well, I hope you all get a chance to try the new crackers and possibly a new breakfast meal!

Tomorrow’s Friday! So get ready for a fun weekend!

~Kaila


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