Monday, November 14, 2011

Wasa Crispbread/Flatbread Review and Giveaway

I have been looking forward to writing this post all week!

If you know me at all, or have been reading my recipes, you know that I use Wasa Crispbreads a lot.  I eat them for breakfast, and at lunchtime, and often when I am looking for a filling and healthy snack, I will opt for a piece of Wasa with peanut butter or a wedge of Laughing  Cow Cheese.  We often have Wasa Crispbreads in place of breads and croutons.   I cannot recall the last time I didn't have at least one package of Wasa Crisbpreads in my galley lockers.

When Kelly offerered to send me a few varieties to sample and review I was thrilled. A large package finally arrived on Monday.  And inside, along with a lovely note from Kelly, were 5 packages of Wasa goodies.....  4 different Crispbreads: Whole Grain, Fiber, Multigrain, and Sesame... and a package of Wasa Thin and Crispy Flatbreads, Original flavor.

This is what I read on the Wasa web site about their products:

"Wasa Crispbreads are the healthy alternative to bread. They have the delicious, crisp texture of a cracker, are made with whole grains and low in fat and they'll leave you feeling satisfied. Wasa Crispbreads form the foundation of a nutritious diet and, when eaten with other nutrient-rich health foods, can help you work toward achieving a healthy diet that is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients. Available in a variety of flavors, Wasa Crispbreads are versatile, healthy and delicious and can be eaten instead of bread at breakfast, lunch and dinner, or as a light snack. Or use Wasa to replace crackers with soups, salads, or your favorite toppings. When you combine the crunch of Wasa Crispbread with savory spreads, meat, cheese, or fruits and vegetables, the delicious and healthy recipe options are endless."


The Captain and I have thoroughly enjoyed sampling them all week long!  The first thing I did was to figure out the Weight Watchers Points Plus values for each, according to the suggeted serving size. 



Wasa Whole Grain

Whole Grain was the first package we opened because I had not tried them before.  This Crispbread is quite thick and has a definite crunch.  The top is somewhat smooth. Whole Grain is a wholesome and filling combination of whole grain rye flour, water, yeast and salt. I do like the flavor and find that this Crispbread holds up well when the topping is 'wetter'.

Per serving of 1 slice.
Weight Watchers P+ = 1.
Calories 40; Protein 1g; Carbohydrate 10g; Fat 0g; Fibre 2g.



Wasa Fiber

Fiber is the Captain's favorite Wasa.  The texture is a bit softer than the others and it is a bit thinner.  This Crispbread contains the goodness of wheat germ, bran and whole grain rye with a sprinkling of delicious, toasted sesame seeds and oat flakes.  It has a nice, slightly nutty flavor and goes well with all kinds of toppings.

Per serving of 1 slice.
Weight Watchers P+ = 1.
Calories 35; Protein 1g; Carbohydrate 8g; Fat .5g; Fibre 2g.



Wasa Mulitgrain

Multigrain is my favorite of the bunch.  It has an extra-crunchy texture.   It contains four perfectly blended, wholesome grains (rye, wheat, oats and barley), and these Crispbreads are topped with oat flakes and rye bran.  They take a lot of chewing, and I like that!

Per serving of 1 slice.
Weight Watchers P+ = 1.
Calories 45; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 10g; Fat 0g; Fibre 2g.



Wasa Sesame

Sesame are a lovely pale golden color and they are topped with sesame seeds.  They are a thick and very crunchy Crisbread and the toasted sesame flavor is distinct and delicious.

Per serving of 1 slice.
Weight Watchers P+ = 1.
Calories 60; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 9g; Fat 1.5g; Fibre .5g.



Wasa Thin & Crispy Flatbread - Original

This was an exciting find for me!  I had not seen these Flatbreads before.  They are very thin and need to be handled with care or they will break easily.  But I do really like them and will definitely be looking for them in the future.  Thin & Crispy Flatbreads are made with just a few simple, all-natural ingredients, delicately seasoned and oven baked for a unique texture. In addition, the "Stay Fresh" packs make them a great on-the-go snack solution.


Inside the Thin & Crispy Flatbreads package.

Unlike the Crispbreads, which are packaged in a single sealed wrapper, the Flatbreads are divided into 2 sealed wrappers.  That way you can easily take one along in your lunch or on a picnic... leaving the other half of the package intact.

Per serving of 2 slices.
Weight Watchers P+ = 2.
Calories 72; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 12g; Fat 1.5g; Fibre 1g.

One of the main reasons I am such a fan of Wasa is that these products are made with only a few natural ingredients.  They are low in fat, reasonably high in fibre, very tasty, very portable, and easy to store as well. 

When we are out cruising on the sailboat in the summer, I can easily duck down below into the galley and get a package of Wasa and some cheese, or peanut butter, and we have a filling and nutritious meal on the go while underway. 

Or if we have an impromptu get together, which often happens, I can open up some Wasa packages, some cream cheese, a jar of chutney or jelly, and I have a nice snack to offer up...  easy and convenient, and everyone loves them!

Here are some of the ways that The Captain and I enjoyed these Wasa samples this week:

Pear Slices and Laughing Cow Cheese on Fiber


Salmon and Fat Free Miracle Whip on Whole Grain


Cucumber, Tomato, and Laughing Cow Cheese on Thin & Crispy Flatbreads


Peanut Butter and Honey on Fiber


Peanut Butter and Banana ... and Nutella and Banana, both on Muligrain


Laughing Cow Cheese with Crumbled Bacon on Sesame


Canned Pumpkin with Splenda and Spices with Laughing Cow Cheese on Sesame


Mulitgrain and Fiber crumbled on top of Tomato Soup


Homemade Guacamole, Tomato, and Crumbled Bacon on Fiber


If you would like to try these 5 Wasa products yourself, you can!  Kelly has graciously offered to send one of my lucky readers, a gift box of the same 5 Wasa products she sent me to review.... the 4 Crispbreads: Whole Grain, Fiber, Mulitgrain, Sesame, and the Thin & Crispy Flatbreads, Original Flavor.  You will receve 5 full-size packages of the Wasa products - the same ones you would buy yourself at your favorite grocery store.

Here is how to enter:

You must be a follower of this blog through the Google Friend Connect function on the right hand size of the screen, and leave a comment on this post that you are a follower. You do not have to have a blog of your own but you will have to create a Google account if you do not already have one.  This only takes a couple of minutes.  This is the only mandatory entry and must be completed or none of the others will be counted.

If you want to get additional entries to this giveaway you can do any/all of the following and leave me a separate comment on this post for each that you do:
  • follow @WeCanBegin2Feed on Twitter, and tell me your Twitter name in your comment
  • Tweet this giveaway and include @WeCanBegin2Feed and @Wasa-NA in your Tweet and tell me in a comment that you did
  • Blog about this review and giveaway and leave the link in a comment
  • Visit the Wasa web site and tell me, in a comment, about something interesting you found there.
That gives you a possibility of having 5 entries into this giveaway.

It is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.  You have until Monday, November 22nd at 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to enter. I will be choosing a winner via a random number generator and announcing the winner in a blog post on Tuesday. 

Good Luck!

Even though I was given these 5 Wasa products to review at no cost to me, the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

25 comments:

  1. I love Wasa crackers! I am a follower!

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  2. I'm a follower of course! I used to eat these all the time, and I love the crunchy texture. However, I haven't tried them in a while, I should!

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  3. I just learned that the name WASA is after a Swedish king! Who would have thought?!

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  4. I follow you and would love to try these!

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  5. Of course I'm a follower!

    What a great write up!

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  6. @JennsAdventures follows @WeCanBegin2Feed =)

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  7. I follow you on twitter - @RunningMom 6

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  8. Added your giveaway to my blog giveaway sidebar

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  9. I liked their recipe ideas on the Wasa website --- especially the one with yogurt and berries. Looks festive and delicious!

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  10. Follower! I love these. I keep a package of them in my desk drawer when I need crunchy snacks!

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  11. Following you on Twitter! @momvsmarathon

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  12. Checked out the site -- never thought of putting cream cheese and jam on them. YUM

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  13. I follow you on twitter
    @carotabi

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  14. I follow you on twitter - runningwtg

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  15. I shared on my blog sidebar!

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  16. I am following @WeCanBegin2Feed on Twitter too! @wordstorunby

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  17. I visited the WASA website and learned that the whole grain flour is made from the entire grain and contains all the valuable parts of the grain, including the bran and the germ - all great things for your body!!

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