People often frown when you offer them a healthy snack or if you tell them about all the wonderful healthy snacks you eat. I don’t know why but I have a feeling it has something to do with the word ‘Healthy’.
Ever since I changed my diet, I noticed everyone around me poking their noses into my food to see what I’m eating and when I offer it to them, they look at me with disgust. I’m not afraid in trying new foods and drinks, I’ll try anything.
I have decided to share parts of my lifestyle change with you, one of the main things being diet. There are so many new brands/companies I have come across since changing my diet and researching. Healthy eating isn’t boring at all, I enjoy my food now just like I did before when I was eating all the junk. The healthy snacks are great for when I’m feeling peckish (which isn’t as often as it used to be).
Womanish Affairs is starting a Healthy Snacks Series. Every so often, I will share healthy snacks that I have come across and that I am loving. The first snack to be mentioned in my healthy snacks series is from Yushoi.
The first time my mum bought these home, I wasn’t too sure about them but once I tasted them I fell in love. They reminded me of these crisps I used to eat when I was younger. The best thing about these Snapea Rice Sticks are that one serving is more than enough for me, it fills me up a lot more than regular crisps (Walkers, Mccoys, etc). I would choose crisps over chocolate any day and since I’ve started improving my diet, Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks are one of the tasty and healthy snacks I reach for.
The Background & Taste Test
The guys at Calbee had a vision and made it come alive. Yushoi snacks are influenced from Japan, healthy and are available in a variety of flavours. The Yushoi team sent me a box full of goodies to review and I couldn’t be happier as I am a huge fan of their Snapea Rice Sticks.
I sat down with my family to taste the different flavours that the Yushoi team had sent over and I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed tasting them.
Coconut and Chilli
The first thing I thought when I saw this flavour was I’m not going to like them because I’m not a huge fan of coconut. All I can say is, these reminded me of chip shop curry sauce, the coconut wasn’t too overpowering and neither was the chilli, it was calm and you just got a little hint of it. To my surprise, this flavour was my favourite.
Smoked Salt & Szechian Pepper
These had the strongest scent out of the lot; however, the taste was not too bad. A hint of smokiness and that is it. These were everyone’s least favourite, probably has something to do with the strong scent, however I had a friend over one afternoon and she enjoyed these very much.
Sweet Chilli & Lemon
Sweet Chilli & Lemon was one of the flavours I had tried before so I knew I would enjoy eating these. There is a slight sweetness to these rice sticks, I couldn’t really taste the lemon but that didn’t stop me from enjoying them.
Soy & Balsamic Vinegar
At first I thought these would be vinegary but they weren’t. My dad enjoyed this flavour, it has the right amount of seasoning on them too. My favourite flavoured crisps are Salt and Vinegar, so these flavoured rice snacks are an ideal alternative.
Lightly salted indeed! This flavour was the plainest out the lot. Great flavour for the small kiddies or for those who enjoy ready salted crisps and just want a light seasoned healthy snacks.
Healthy Snacks? How?
As you can tell from the little run down of the flavours, there flavours are not overpowering at all, you get a hint, great enough to enjoy the baked snacks, which are made using green peas. These make great healthy snacks; not only are they 96 calories or less per 21g serving but they are also high in fibre, nut free, no artificial colours, flavours or MSG, they are a great source of protein, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, except Coconut & Chilli as that flavour does contain milk.
Since decreasing the intake of meat in my diet, these snacks are a great alternative for the days I’m in need of some protein and another positive point is, if you are on a calorie based diet these Yushoi snacks won’t be taking much from your calorie goal.
Yushoi’s are available in four pack formats; 21g single serve, 6 x 21g multi-packs, 63g sharing packs and 105g sharing bags. I love the idea of the smaller packs as I can pop them into my lunch bag, and the larger packs for those family gatherings. If there’s one thing I could change about the packaging, I would suggest resealable packets. I’m currently using a peg to keep the opened big packs closed so they don’t get stale, other than that I’m happy with everything else.
Where can you find them?
You can find Yushoi from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Coop, Whole Foods Market, and Selfridges. You can also find Yushio online with Ocado and Amazon. How fabulous is that? No excuse not to try out these healthy snacks, you will find them somewhere.
My family and me decided to get adventurous and try these snacks out with some dips; sour cream & chive, hot salsa, and guacamole. (Have you read how to make homemade guacamole?) They tasted AMAZING! Now I’ve found a fantastic healthy party snack too.
Have you tried Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks before? What’s your favourite flavour?
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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes however, all opinions are honest and my own.