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Posted Aug 10 2010 12:00am
Kashi Toasted Asiago
I often have a hard time in the grocery store finding a good cracker.  Take me to the chips aisle, and that's a different story.  I always find myself staring at the neatly lined boxes staring back at me, triscuits, saltines, rice crackers.  It's not that those crackers aren't tasty, because they are, but one needs a change once in a while from his or her ordinary ways.  If you think about it, a cracker is such a beautiful thing.  I mean come on, it's a tool in which I can get cheese to my mouth.  Crackers are the ideal snack, great to take on a picnic, have the ability to sooth an upset stomach, go delicious with wine and cheese, and can be super healthy (if not deep fat fried in trans fat).  Crackers have come a long way since I was a child, crumbling my saltines into tomato soup or enjoying ritz crackers topped with pickles and cheese.  Crackers are now ultra sophisticated and deserve the same respect that I give my aged cheddar or 2007 bottle of merlot. This is why I give great pleasure in honoring 2 crackers I have recently stumbled upon, the toasted asiago cracker made by Kashi and Beecher's original.  The toasted asiago is bite size, loaded with asiago taste, doesn't crumble while spreading with cheese, and has a crisp toastiness like it just came out of the oven. 
Beecher's Original

The toasted asiago is made with 7 whole grains, contains 2 g fibre per serving (15 crackers), low in calories (only 130 cal per serving), low in saturated and trans fat, 3 g protein, and only 200 mg sodium making them a healthy choice.  The Beecher's original cracker is buttery and crisp and tastes like it was just hand made by your grandmother.  They have 130 calories per 6 crackers, 2.5 g saturated fat, 280 mg sodium, 2 g protein, and 1 g fiber. Both crackers share the same great taste.  My dog Ody especially loves these crackers, which must indicate they are good, because he is an extremely picky eater ;)  Beecher's crackers are only available in Seattle, but can be purchased online while the Kashi cracker can be purchased at most major grocery store chains in Canada and the US.  Please stay tuned for more cracker fun, as I will be attempting to make my own crackers.
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