Though I’m not a fan of special K snack bars (think: an unsatisfying sugary cereal bar trying to post as healthy), I am sucker for crackers of all forms. I couldn’t resist the sale at Target (go figure) and after a quick scan over the “seems healthy to me” ingredients, decided I’d give it a go.

Welcome the Kellog’s Special K Multi-grain Cracker

Special K Crackers - Multi Grain

Special K Cracker Ingredients: WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, HONEY, SOYBEAN OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, TOASTED DEFATTED WHEAT GERM, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF SALT, BAKING SODA, MALTODEXTRIN, RICE FLOUR, WHEY, ONION, POTATO STARCH, NATURAL MIXED TOCOPHEROLS AND BHT FOR FRESHNESS, SOY LECITHIN.

Special K crackers Stats: For 24 crackers (1 serving) – 120 Calories, 3g fat (0g saturated), 260mg sodium, 22g Carbs (2g fiber, 6g sugar), 3g Protein

Posing with my flip phone to put some size into perspective here.

special k multi-grain crackers

At first glance, these crackers look like really skinny, pale Wheat Thins (which I like). Compare to the ingredients used in Nabisco Wheat Thins.

Special K Crackers Flavor & Texture: These crackers taste so similar to slightly sweeter, less salty Wheat Thins! I really enjoy the cracker plain, light, and crispy on its own. Though I have to say it is smaller and slimmer than a Wheat Thin, this has a great crunch and holds up very well to a dip (such as dessert hummus.) There are little bits of grains in the cracker itself, giving it a minutely gritty texture – kind of like the funny fibers you see in whole wheat flour. YUMMY!

Now compare to Original Wheat Thins…nabiscowheatthinsoriginal

Original Wheat Thins Ingredients: ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SOYBEAN OIL, WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, DEFATTED WHEAT GERM, CORNSTARCH, MALT SYRUP (FROM BARLEY AND CORN), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, MONOGLYCERIDES, LEAVENING (CALCIUM PHOSPHATE AND/OR BAKING SODA), VEGETABLE COLOR (ANNATTO EXTRACT, TURMERIC OLEORESIN), SOY LECITHIN. CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY.

Wheat Thins Stats: For 14 crackers (1 serving) – 140 Calories, 5g fat (1g saturated), 230mg sodium, 22g carbs (2g fiber, 4g sugar), 2g Proteinwheat thins

Ingredient Winner: Clearly Special K even though both crackers share very very similar ingredients. There is NO high fructose corn syrup in the Special K cracker, though it is sweetened with sugar and honey. Also, the first ingredient is whole wheat flour versus enriched flour in the wheat thins, giving the Special K cracker a little bit of a leg up.

Nutritional Stats Winner: As you can see, you get to eat a lot more Special K crackers for fewer calories and 1g more protein than Wheat Thins. However, you’ll also be eating more sodium and a little more sugar. However, the winning factor is that it has 40% (or 2g less) of fat than Wheat Thins. WT also has 2.5g of TRANS fats. Not good!

Overall: I am more a fan of these Special K crackers than Wheat Thins. I like that the cracker is sweet and a little salty, Crunchy and cute! You can eat a higher quantity of crackers (although they are smaller) than Wheat Thins, (but that’s okay with me since the ingredients make me feel a little more comfortable)! I would buy them again if I really craved a refined, sweet ‘n salty cracker. Unless someone wants to recommend another cracker to me!

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Second order of business – I wanted to share with you a NY Times restaurant critic’s advice on:

How to spend your dough WISELY at a “fancy” restaurant

Shrimp dumplings

According to him, the safest and best way to order (if you’re a Foodie that is) is:

1)      Scratch off the appetizers and entrees that are most like dishes you’ve seen in many other restaurants, because they represent this one at its most dutiful, conservative and profit-minded. The chef’s heart isn’t in them.

2)      Scratch off the dishes that look the most aggressively fanciful. The chef’s vanity — possibly too much of it — spawned these.

3)      Then scratch off anything that mentions truffle oil.

4)      Choose among the remaining dishes.

I have frequently made these restaurant “mistakes”, particularly #1. (Hello seared ahi tuna)😛

What’s your biggest restaurant menu vice?

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