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Triscuit and Wheat Thins Roll Out Some Crazy Flavors

Triscuit and Wheat Thins Roll Out Some Crazy Flavors

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Triscuits and Wheat Thins have long been dependable, "eat right out of the box" snack foods, no-frills crackers with flavors that are hard not to like. And while the tried-and-true classics aren’t going anywhere, Nabisco, the company that produces them, has rolled out a line of some truly unique, and occasionally bizarre, variations.

First, the Wheat Thins. They’re already available in flavors including ranch, Buffalo, salsa, and barbecue, and now chili cheese and honey mustard have joined the roster. These aren’t just mild flavors; they actually pack quite a punch. The chili cheese has a strong cheese flavor with a hint of spiciness, and the honey mustard most reminded us of those Snyder’s honey mustard flavored pretzel bites that you find in vending machines.

The new Wheat Thins are tame by comparison to the new Triscuit varieties, though. They’ve rolled out five new flavors, all of which incorporate brown rice into the mix. There’s the tomato and sweet basil, which tastes like it got a dunk in marinara sauce (not a bad thing), and sea salt and black pepper, which was our favorite of the bunch, simple and refined. There’s also a new roasted sweet onion flavor, which incorporates both brown rice and sweet potato into the formula, and roasted red pepper and savory red bean flavors, which are baked with red beans. The sweet onion flavor is certainly sweet and oniony, more similar to Subway’s sweet onion sauce than, say, sour cream and onion potato chips. The roasted red pepper variety really tastes like it’s topped with roasted peppers, and the savory red bean is a bit more subtle, with a flavor resembling that of a bowl of red beans and rice. The texture of these new Triscuits also appeared as if the formula was tweaked; they seemed a bit denser, with a more pronounced crunch than their unflavored brethren.

While not every new flavor will make it into the Snack Food Hall of Fame, we certainly applaud Nabisco for thinking outside the box. We must admit, we never expected to see savory red bean brown rice Triscuits!

Healthiest Crackers for Snacks and Parties

Whether they’re dressed up on a party platter, served with soup, or eaten straight out of the box, crackers are a perennial favorite. Ninety-two percent of consumers said they bought them in the previous six months, according to a survey from the market research firm Mintel. Versatility is part of their appeal, but 65 percent of those polled also think crackers are an easy, healthy snack, and 56 percent think they’re healthier than chips or pretzels.

Little wonder that manufacturers are working to muscle more cracker choices onto retail shelves. Uncommon ingredients such as chickpeas, hemp seeds, millet, teff, and triticale are touted on packaging. Flowery phrases—such as “Barley and flax explode with good-for-you-nutrients”—abound. But are these new crackers any healthier than the old favorites?

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It depends on the cracker, CR found after its recent tests. “A serving of healthier crackers could actually amount to one of the three to four servings of whole grains you should have in a day,” says Ellen Klosz, a member of CR’s food-testing team. “Some crackers supply more fiber than chips or pretzels, so they may also be a more filling snack.”

But you have to read the labels carefully. “A cracker’s name or claims may make you think it contains 100 percent whole grains when it doesn’t,” Klosz warns. “And even whole-grain crackers can have as much sodium—or more—as chips, or contain added sugars.”

Charcuterie Board

I know, a lot of the online images of charcuterie boards are these really epic builds of amazing foods. I’m here to say that you can build a charcuterie board in any size, to feed any gathering. Most likely, you’ve been presenting your own version of a charcuterie board without even knowing it ( especially if you host family or holiday gatherings )!

My charcuterie board presented here includes a meat selection of dry salami, hard salami, genoa salami, pepperoni, smoked sausage, and Proscuitto-wrapped mozzarella sticks. For cheese, there is a combination of cheddar, colby-jack, pepper jack, swiss, and baby mozzarella balls.

Other assorted items include carrot and celery sticks along with French onion dip, red and green seedless grapes, blackberries, raspberries, and Medjool dates. Plus, smoked almonds and pistachios, kalamata olives, dill pickles, pickled cherry peppers, Triscuit crackers, cheddar cheese whisps, and grissini breadsticks.

I try to keep the snacks on my charcuterie board pretty family-friendly. However, you can upgrade for more adult tastes very easily!

Thai Takeout

Thai food is spicy and delicious, but it can raise your cholesterol if you don't choose carefully. The secret ingredient? Coconut milk. It makes curries smooth, and it's high in saturated fat. Scan the menu instead for stir fries or noodle dishes, and ask to have your dinner steamed or made with vegetable oil. Choose chicken rather than beef, throw in some extra veggies, and enjoy your takeout guilt-free.

12 Best Healthy Crackers to Buy for Snacking, According to Dietitians

If you could see the crumbs on our keyboards, you&rsquod know that the Prevention team cannot function without copious snacking. So when it came time to taste test healthy crackers, there was zero trouble finding volunteers. &ldquo&lsquoI need to crunch&rsquo&rdquo is something I hear fairly often,&rdquo says Lauren Slayton, M.S., R.D., founder of FoodTrainers in New York City. &ldquoIt makes sense&mdashcrunching is stress-relieving and a little bit of an activity.&rdquo Perfect office procrastination break!

What qualifies as a healthy cracker, you ask? The answers are right on the box&mdashnot the front, with the confusing claims, like &ldquoall-natural&rdquo (which means different things to different people) or &ldquomade with,&rdquo written in mouse type, and then, in a bigger font, &ldquoREAL VEGETABLES.&rdquo Instead, check out the side panel for the real deal.

&ldquoWhen it comes to choosing a healthy cracker, the most important place to look is the ingredients label,&rdquo says Stefani Sassos, M.S., R.D.N., the Good Housekeeping Institute&rsquos registered dietician. &ldquoIdeally, you want as few ingredients as possible and no refined grains.&rdquo Then peruse the nutrition data. &ldquoTry to choose an option that is high in fiber (3 grams or more per serving is ideal) but low in sodium (140 milligrams or less per serving) and minimal-to-no added sugar.&rdquo

You also want to make sure the cracker that earns a place in your mouth has a little protein, adds Slayton, which will help you stay full. And do your best to avoid refined oils, such as canola, soybean and corn oil. &ldquoThese are stripped of their nutrients,&rdquo Slayton says.

Luckily, there are lots of healthy cracker options that meet most, if not all, of the above criteria. &ldquoI&rsquom actually surprised at how good they are,&rdquo said one tester, who walked back to her desk trailing crumbs like Hansel and Gretel, even though there was no risk of losing her way. Because people&rsquos tastes are so subjective&mdashone person&rsquos &ldquojust the right amount of salt&rdquo is another person&rsquos &ldquoOMG too salty!&rdquo&mdashwe&rsquore including the ones upon which most people commented favorably, and that no one thought tasted, as one tester commented about one sample, &ldquolike corrugated cardboard.&rdquo (Everybody&rsquos a critic.)

Check out the results of our healthy cracker-fest, in no particular order&mdashthese are all winners.

How to Create a Winter Cheese Board

The Cheeses

You don’t have to go crazy with the cheeses here. Stick to about 5 or so options and consider including various texture (soft, firm, crumbly, etc.). It’s better to buy several small cheeses to create more variety for your guests, opposed to buying only a few cheeses in larger amounts. This can also help you balance the price of your board by including both inexpensive and pricier options. Everyone still loves a good cheddar!

Cheeses to consider:

  • Blue
  • Brie
  • Cheddar
  • Firm (Gouda, Manchego, Jarlsberg,Taleggio)
  • Soft (Burrata, Camembert, Ricotta)
  • Melting (Fontina, French Raclette)
  • Goat
  • Sheep
  • Smoked/Flavored (Smoked Gouda, Drunken Goat, Dill Havarti, Smokey Blue)

The Crackers

I stick to the crowd favorites here! Triscuit, Wheat Thins, and GOOD THiNS. I love their texture and flavor options and combinations.

Triscuit Rosemary and Olive Oil is a favorite for any winter charcuterie board, and I love the bright pop of color GOOD THiNS Beet provides.

Plus, Triscuit always offers tons of creative ideas for fun toppers. I created their cheddar cheese, green apple, and cinnamon sugar cracker and the girls loved it!

  • 1 sun-dried tomato, 1 small mozzarella ball, 1 grilled shrimp, topped with cocktail sauce
  • 1 smear of cream cheese, 1 slice of cucumber, thin layer of sliced fresh salmon, sprinkled with chives
  • 1 spoonful of guacamole, 1 spoonful of corn salsa, sprinkled with fresco cheese and cilantro
  • 1 thin slice of cheddar cheese, thin slice of green apple, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar

The Meats

The Fruit

Think beyond grapes and include some beautiful, seasonal fruit in your winter charcuterie board.

Winter fruit in season includes:

  • Apples
  • Blood oranges
  • Clementines
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Tangerines

Also, don’t be afraid of including some dried fruit. I love throwing in some dried figs and apricots for my board.

The Accompaniments

We’re almost there! But as we know, it’s all in the final details.

  • Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, candied nuts, spiced nuts)
  • Jams (seasonal and/or spiced preserves and jams)
  • Honey
  • Spicy mustards
  • Olives (Castelvetrano, black, mixed)
  • Herbs (rosemary, sage)

Now that you have all the pieces for the perfect winter cheese board, let’s get creating! What are your favorite charcuterie board additions? Let us know in the comments below.

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EAST HANOVER, N.J. , March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- What began as a breakfast staple has turned into the world's most talked about piece of pork. From the 6.4 million Facebook fans, trumping even cats, to the 65 percent of Americans who want to make bacon our national food[1], it's clear that bacon is a savory treat with staying power.

Today, RITZ Crackers is joining forces with the savory flavor of bacon to create America's ultimate new snack—RITZ Bacon flavored Crackers. On shelves now, RITZ Bacon flavored Crackers combine the classic taste of RITZ, black pepper seasoning[2] and the savory flavor of bacon[3] everyone loves. Without the unnecessary grill, grease and prep time, the new snack allows you to satisfy your hunger for the taste of bacon - anywhere, anytime.

"RITZ recognized America's love for the taste of bacon and wanted to help take bacon flavor to places it's never been before," said

, Senior Brand Manager of RITZ, Mondelez International . "RITZ Crackers are an American favorite, and pairing them with one of America's most popular, savory flavors is an exciting new step for snacks."

RITZ agrees that life is better - and tastier - #withbacon. Whether it is on the bus, at the beach or in the boardroom, fans are encouraged to join the conversation and share where they are taking the new RITZ Bacon flavored Crackers #withbacon.

RITZ Bacon flavored Crackers also taste great with your favorite toppings! Inspired by the new cracker, RITZ has developed some mouth-watering recipes to help savor the bacon flavor:

My 9/23 Publix Trip – $62.40 for $25.18 or 60% Off

Last Wednesday morning Hurricane Sally blew through this area and we were without power, Internet and cable until last night. Now that the freezers and refrigerator are all clean and bare I really need to work on refilling them but the stores are just now restocking so I took what I could get. Today at Publix I bought $62.40 worth of groceries for $25.18, or 60% off after coupons and $10 gift card for getting a flu shot at the pharmacy. Here are the deals:

Colgate MaxFresh or MaxClean Toothpaste, 6 oz, BOGO $3.69
-.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 09/13/20 SS (exp 9/26/20) [3-oz.+ Excludes 2.8-oz., 2.8-oz. bonus or trial/travel size]. (I used two of these)
–$1/2 Colgate Total Toothpaste 3.4-5.1 oz or 2 pk, Maxfresh 6 oz or 2 pk or Total Mouthwash 500mL or 1L, Publix Coupon Family Celebrations Booklet Vaild 8/29 – 9/26 (I used one of these)
Final Price: 85¢ each

Publix Bakery Danish Coffee Cake Strips, 14 or 15 oz, BOGO $4.99 or $2.50 each

Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Cookies, 7 to 15.25 oz, BOGO $3.59
-$10 Publix Gift Card wyb $50 of eligible products (up to 12 per household) Publix Stocking Spree Rebate Exp 12/31/20 (A1 steak sauce, Capri Sun, Classico Suces, Cracker Barrel Mac & Ch, Heinz Ketchup Mayo and Mashups, Kraft BBQ sauce Mac & Ch and Salad Dressing, Maxwell house coffee, Riserva Sauce, Velveeta mac & Ch, Chips Ahoy cookies, Nabisco Multipack crackers or cookies, Oreo, Ritz, Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Always, Aussie, Bounty, Cascade, Charmin, Crest, Downy, head & Shoulders, herbal Essences, Mr Clean, Olay, Old Spice, Pampers, Pantene, Secret, Tampax, Tide, Aunt Jemima, Bubly Sparklin water, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, lipton ready to drink, Propel, Pure leaf ready to drink, Quaker Oats, Starbucks Frappaccino)
Final Price: $1.80 each

Progresso Broth, 32 oz, BOGO $2.59 or $1.30 each

7UP Products, 12 pack 12 oz cans, B2G1 $5.79 or $3.86 each

Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers or Snack Mix, Grooves Cracker Chips, or Snap’d, 7.5 to 12.4 oz, 2/$6
-$1/1 Cheez-It Baked Snack Product (7oz. or Larger, Any Flavor) 850 points each Kelloggs Family Rewards Limit 4 Like Coupons per shopping trip
Final Price: $3 each

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I Love Food but not Diabetes

You can see that all the posts up until now have been dated Friday, July 22nd. I didn't get the idea to start a blog until last night when I realized that putting this in writing would make me feel much stronger about this. I also realized I'd enjoy reading back over my journey once I'd gotten a clean bill of health.

But what really got me thinking is that there are so many women (and men) out there who - like me - just keep putting off what they know they need to do. I knew I wouldn't live forever but I kept ignoring it.

"But I'm happy". I say. "I feel fine".

But what's happy about not being able to take a long walk with your husband and dog because you're so out of breath? Do you really feel fine when your stomach is bloated from overeating again? Doesn't it piss you off when your clothes don't fit or your feet hurt?

I hoped that by writing on this blog I could also speak to just one other person who maybe is afraid to face what's happening.

Maybe you don't know where to start. Find a doctor and just tell them you want to live. They'll get you started on the right path.

Maybe you don't have anyone to stand beside you. I do have a support group but sometimes I don't want them. This is my personal battle and they don't really understand, do they? So for now, my support group will be the pleasure of typing my frustrations and accomplishments.

Maybe you're embarrassed. Well, no one can see your face or what you're wearing on a blog. If you're crying, you can type. It keeps your hands busy and your mind fresh.

Maybe you can't imagine life without fried chicken. It's my best friend. Yeah, well I really sympathize with this one. I love my food. I love tastes and textures. Sweet and sour. Spicy and salty. Hot and cold. I'm sure eventually that nasty toast and I will become friends (but just yet).

I am determined to match the foods that are good for me with the foods that I love. I think that list is probably longer than I realize.

Then I'm going to take the rest of the foods I love and figure out if they can work with smaller portions or if they just need to be special occasion foods.

I will not be afraid of the Holidays.

I won't trade natural sugar and fat for chemicals.

Chicken Salad

On Monday morning, I let out Toby while I ate my Cheerios with blueberries. I put the dreaded dog-fur bread in the toaster and turned it up high (hoping the semi-burned taste would add flavor). Experimenting on Sunday had already told me that 1 tsp of peanut butter helped the taste much better than butter or blackberry jam. I got all the way to the last bite and knew that if I swallowed, I'd puke. Toby loved it.

I downed my Chantix, my blood pressure pill, and my multi-vitamin (which smells like gym socks) with a swig of unsweetened grapefruit juice. I then drank most of a glass of water to wash away the peanut-butter-dog-fur-gym-sock-sour taste in my mouth.

On the way to work (which for some reason does not affect my smoking cravings. I think I'm just asleep), I rather worry about my first day of diet lunch. I usually hit the Chinese buffet or head to the deli. I do eat a lot of veggies at the buffet but any benefit from them is drowned out by spring rolls and Kung Pao chicken. I've also made some good choices at the deli but their blue cheese burger often calls my name. Also, I have to announce to both places that I absolutely cannot have a Diet Coke.

So, knowing that the buffet is too risky, I head to the deli. I immediately tell the waitress, who - dang it - already has a Diet in her hand, that I need to switch to water. She pats my back sympathetically and brings me a bottled water "on the house". After thanking her profusely, I tell her that tap will be fine from now own (I cannot ever bring myself to pay almost $2 for a bottle of water). She sits down next to me and we go over the menu (is this a great place or what?). When I tell her what I can/can't have, she suggests the chicken salad on whole wheat. Now, I don't know what you call "chicken salad" but when I make it, it's got grapes, toasted almonds, celery, onion, KFC breasts with the bones and skin torn off, lots of mayo and a bit of sour cream. Not here. Their's is a shredded chicken with very little mayo (just enough to hold it together), shredded carrots & celery, chopped walnuts & raisins. It was really good and plenty filling. It came with a side of coleslaw that I skipped because I knew it would have too much sugar. I wolfed down the pickle, salt be damned.

I felt really good about my choice, again knowing the portion size was probably too big and the contents not ideal, but it sure beat what I would've normally had. It wasn't as pretty as the salad I make but I'd definately make this at home.

For dinner, we had the leftover black-eyed peas. I still can't believe that even though I didn't use country ham or regular chicken broth, it had plenty of flavor and didn't seem to need any salt.

What's for Dinner?

After unloading all the groceries, I realize I'm kinda hungry. I normally don't eat breakfast and realize I'm going to have to change that habit pronto.

I make my first bowl of Cheerios with blueberries instead of sugar. The blueberries aren't the greatest (but so much easier than slicing peaches or strawberries) but they're just fine.

I pop in a slice of this yummy-looking bread and inhale it's toasty aroma as I spread a very thin layer of butter. I put it in my mouth, take a chew.

Yes, it's the Chantix but seriously, this bread tastes like my dog's fur. It is so devoid of any flavor except for this underlying bitterness. I am so disappointed that I simply start bawling.

I'm willing to work with this. I'm willing to change my diet, my habits, my everything. But FAT TASTES GOOD!
It's not freaking FAIR!

My poor husband (bet he wishes every day that he married someone a little less neurotic) tries to console me by saying, "Screw the toast. It's all about baby steps. If you don't want to eat it, throw it away. But personally, I like the taste". I remind him that he has the taste buds of a beaver. Did I mention that my husband is about 30 pounds UNDERweight, thinks Nature Valley Granola Bars in Oats'n'Honey taste as good as candy bars, and doesn't add sugar to his Grape Nuts? What did I see in this dork?

But I choke down the toast, reminding myself that I'll get used to it and that these carbs are really good for me. I vow to try some All-Fruit or a slip of peanut butter the next day instead.

The rest of the day goes smoothly. I eat some Campbell's Hearth Healthy soup and just 4 Saltines (GASP) for lunch. For dinner, I decide to make black-eyed peas. I use real beans (I usually use canned but the salt is pretty high), fresh greens (again, the canned probably has too much sodium), and turkey sausage (the kielbasa-type). I didn't add any salt and used low-sodium chicken broth. I also used brown rice. They were fantastic.

Now I just need to work on the portion sizes.

Hitting the Grocery Store

My husband, THRILLED that I am going to be taking this journey so he can have his svelte 20-year old wife back (HAH!) offers to take me out for "whatever I want" on Friday night. I opt for Taco Mac so I can get my favorite burger and suck down some ranch dressing with a straw. Kind of a "last supper".

Ironically, without even thinking about it, I order a burger which comes on a whole grain bun with avocado and buffalo sauce as the garnish. I'm sure there's lots of sugar in the bun and sauce but it beats white bread and mayo. And truthfully, I prefer the avocado to cheese anyway. And even though there's a big bowl of ranch dressing in front of me (their's is soooooo good), I resist dipping my fries in it (yeah, I had fries. it's the last wish of a dying woman for crying out loud). I also order a CF Diet Coke. For an extra special treat, we head to Rita's for custard downtown. I suggest walking while we eat it and, of course, quickly get out of breath.

Anyway, so now it's Saturday morning and I need to go grocery shopping. Obviously I need to make some changes but I can't contact the dietician until Monday. So I start searching the web on my iPhone for some ideas on recipes and what to avoid. My husband wisely suggests that rather than empty the entire freezer and pantry and fill it with foods I've never tried before, that I pick a few things each week and work them into my diet. Less chance of bingeing that way.

So, I've already got it in my head that I'm going to start off every day with a bowl of Cheerios (I watch enough TV to know there's only 1g of added sugar and that it's made from whole grains), a few slices of banana, and a slice of toast with a thin schmear of butter. Beats a McDonald's #10 any day (steak, egg & cheese on a bagel).

The web says that ripe bananas are not such a great choice. Very high in sugar. Now I'm sorry but I do not believe the good Lord made anything that grows on trees that's bad for me. I believe this with my whole heart. But this web site says "no". Instead, it wants me to eat apples. Apples on cereal? I assume Apple Jacks isn't a good substitute so I go farther down the list. blueberries. Not my favorite but it'll do. So I add blueberries and Cheerios to the list.

Okay, now onto the milk. I get about 4 cups of milk in my diet A YEAR. I do not like milk. If I'm pouring it over my Frosted Flakes or Lucky Charms, it's awesome. Otherwise, it's something to cook with. The website only wants skim or 1%. Ever tasted that stuff? It's just plain horrible. Doesn't taste a darn thing like milk. Might as well pour water on your cereal. Some people say, oh I love the taste. That's crap. You've just forgotten what real milk is supposed to taste like. Anyway, the best I can do here is 2%. My husband is game to try this as well (he usually uses whole milk on his cereal and in his coffee). A half gallon of 2% milk is added to the list.

I don't need to worry about whether butter is good for me or not. I don't care how many calories it has much less how many are from fat. I eat a whopping TB of butter a week, if that. I do bake with it around the holidays (and with Crisco, too) but this isn't about special occasions. I am absolutely unwilling to compromise on trading 1 tsp of butter a day for 2 tsp of margarine. The chemicals in the margarine seem much more deadly to me than good old-fashioned butter.

I like wheat bread. Sometimes good, Italian or French is best but for ordinary sandwiches or toast, wheat is just fine. I add this to the list. Mmmmm, maybe I can find one that looks like an Everything Bagel but made out of whole wheat!

I also decide to give my newly-discovered favorite "it's not going to kill me as fast" dessert. Greek yogurt. I've never really cared for those runny yogurts or the ones with the strawberry jam on the bottom. To me, yogurt is supposed to be slightly sour and thick. My favorite was Yoplait Custard Style in Vanilla (while not sour, at least it didn't have jelly in it). Then, someone recommended Greek. So, I bought one of each flavor of Dannon's Greek (now it has a different name, Oikos, I think). The strawberry was particularly good, the fruit at the bottom wasn't too gooey. Ditto for the blueberry. But I loved the honey. What a comforting flavor! The vanilla had a bit of a bite, which I loved. So when I found out that Greek yogurt if a very good choice for a low sugar diet, I was thrilled. You still have to read the labels but I found that the Dannon plain is perfect (and can be mixed with a teaspoon of your favorite no-sugar jam or honey) and the vanilla isn't too bad. So I add this to the list as well.

Finally, I decide to pick one other thing and replace it with something better for me. What to pick? Crackers. Surely there are crackers better for me than saltines. After all, they're white and well, the very name gives you a hint of the best part of it.

Off I go. I buy little Del Monte fruit cups with no sugar (and only 40 calories). I buy a tub of the plain Greek yogurt so I can mix my own flavors. I get a jar of blackberry Polaner All-Fruit (which has no added sugar) to replace my almost-empty one at home. I buy the biggest box of Cheerios they have. I buy a huge on-sale box of blueberries. I buy a bag of brown rice (thank goodness I don't particularly care for white rice and rather like the nuttiness of the brown). I buy squash, onion and zucchini. I find a fabulous whole grain wheat bread that meets all the dietary requirments I'm needing. And I buy the dreaded half gallon of 2% milk. Now I head over to the cracker aisle.

This is not a good aisle. This aisle requires a degree in nutritional fantasy. On one side you have Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Pretzel Flips, Ritz, and Saltines. And on the other side you have their bastard children. May I introduce you to Cardboard Baked in Kelp or perhaps Shredded Straw Crisps Flavored With 3 Grains of Salt or my personal favorite, Petrified Laundry Lint.

I just want a cracker that tastes good and won't kill me! I'm not looking to eat Chicken in a Biskit crackers here (no offense but I'm guessing not too much real chicken in those crackers), I just want something with low sugar, not too much salt, and a decent taste. So I turn away from the wrong side of the tracks and compare labels of my top 3: Triscuit, Wheat Thins and my beloved Saltines. Wanna know the truth, they're all 3 about the same in carbs, sodium and fat. Basically, none of them are good for me. That just plain sucks. So, I decide that I'll ditch the Saltines simply because "white = bad" and go with the Triscuit. I'll just be sure to eat less of them. like not downing a half box with a bowl of soup.

I finish off the rest of my shopping (dog food, beer, tampons, laundry detergent, ground turkey, etc.) and head off to the car. I call my husband to brag about how well I did reading the labels and thinking about what I bought. He asks me where I've been all this time. "At the grocery, silly".