Finding A Healthy Snack Cracker

ozery multi-grain and seed lavash
photo credit: gourmetsleuth
lavash crackers and cheese

I'm not a big bread eater (well, sure, I can plow my way through a crusty baguette) but as a general rule, I keep my intake of wheat flour to a minimum. That said, I do like crackers, but I have a tough time finding one that I want to serve with cheese that is at least "healthyish."

Although table water crackers are a classic cheese accompaniment, they are composed of mostly white flour, water and some salt (and a little fat). For the sake of accuracy, here are the actual ingredients: wheat flour, palm oil, salt, maltodextrin, ferrous sulfate, niacinamide, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid.

I was looking for something with some seeds, and grains, something a little healthier and didn't contain an outrageous amount of calories. As my quest continued, I received an email from a publicist introducing a line of Organic Lavash Thin Grain Crackers. I only try things out I think I might like so I requested a few samples.  In a week or so I received a pile of them!

ozery lavash multi-grain crackers

The first (and still favorite) are the Multi Grain & Seeds. I'm just a big fan of seeds. I toss seeds on my salad, I eat them for snacks, and my favorite bread is Dave's Killer Bread Whole Grains and Seeds. So, of course, this became my go-to thin cracker.

Other Ozery lavash thin grain crackers included an Apple & Quinoa which I honestly did not care for maybe because apples have never been a favorite fruit.  A surprise was the Organic Cranberry & Grains.  In fact had they not sent me a packageI'd have never purchased it. To my surprise, I really liked the cranberry. My favorite combination was the cranberry lavash with Monterey Jack cheese and a dollop of Lingonberry jam.  I also tried out the Spelt lavash which was pretty similar to the multi-grain version.

What's In The Box

The box contains 4 individual snack-packs each containing 8 crackers/one serving.

Ingredients

I was a little disappointed to see that the first ingredient in most of the crackers was plain wheat flour but the ingredient list improved from there.

Multi Grain & Seeds Lavash Nutrients

Organic Unbleached Wheatflour [Wheatflour, Niacin [Vitamin B-3], Iron [Ferrous Sulphate], Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B-1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B-2], Folic Acid], Organic Whole Grain Wheat Flour, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Cracked Rye, Organic Durum Semolina, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Wheat Bran, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Oat Flakes, Organic Millet, Organic Cracked Wheat Organic Cracked Spelt, Organic Khorasan Wheat Organic Rosemary Extract Mixed Tocopherols, Filtered Water.  Made With Organic Cracked Kamup Khorasan Wheat.

Nutritional Review

8 crackers = 180 calories

A serving size is is 52 grams or almost 2 ounces which is 8 crackers.  This seems like a really large serving size to me but that's just my opinion.  Those 8 crackers total up to 180 calories, 2 grams of dietary fiber and 26 grams of carb and 5 grams of protein.  Personally I would consider 4 crackers a good size for me.

plate with ozery lavash crackers, egg, cheese

Ozery Spelt Lavash, deviled egg, Laughing Cow "light" cheese and bell pepper strips.

Fun Fact about Finding A Healthy Snack Cracker

Bottom Line

I believe the line of thin lavash crackers provides a convenient way to add healthful grains and seeds to your diet. They are a great addition to your cheeseboard or as a simple snack. They're easy to pack in your child's lunch or tuck away in your desk for a quick afternoon snack.

ozery thin cranberry lavash crackers

Simple Snack Plate

spelt lavash cheese and toscano on plate
Afternoon snack for 2 (no ,we did not eat all that cheese!).  These are the spelt crackers with cheese and Toscano salami.

lavash-laughing-cow cheese on plate
Ozery Lavash Thin Grain Crackers and Laughing Cow Light Cheese

Where To Buy

You can check at your local well-stocked grocer.  Whole Foods Markets sells some of the Ozery products.  You can also purchase them online at Amazon.com. Ozery Bakery Organic Multi Grain & Seeds Lavash Crackers

Related Reading

Grain Cooking Chart - Use this handy Grain Cooking Chart to select the grains that fit into your healthy meal plan.
Whole Wheat Pasta - A nutritious alternative to higher glycemic, semolina pasta. Learn about how to buy and cook, recipes.
Quinoa - Learn about (keen-WAH), the highest protein grain with many uses.

About Ozery Bakery

This family-owned company is located in Ontario, Canada.  They first opened in 1996 and have been growing ever since that time. They feature whole grain and seed products, all of which are non-GMO with no artificial ingredients. In addition to their line of snack crackers they also produce some healthy alternatives to sliced bread. Check out their One Bun line on their website.

Ozery Bakery
11 Director Court
Vaughan, Ontario L4l 4s5 Canada

Note: Ozery Bakery provided me with products to sample for this article with the understanding I would provide my honest, unbiased review.

author

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.