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December 5, 2010 4:18 PM
As I started to track my calories, I decided to have whole grain crackers,
with cheese or hummus like:

-- Wasa - Whole Grain Cracker: 1oz = 91cals
-- Ak-Mak - Cracker: 1oz = 110cals

in the store last night I decide to check my former loaf a bread, an
organic, locally made, whole grain bread.

-- Vital Vittles - Flax-Seed Oat Bread 1oz= 75cals

Of course I had to do all the math for servings sized to get them
to one uniform number 'Ounces"

1 slice(52g) Vital Vittles - Flax-Seed Oat Bread
1 slice(14g) Wasa - Whole Grain Cracker
5 crackers(1 oz) Ak-Mak - Cracker

I'm sort of surprised, a loaf of good bread is both cheaper per ounce
than these crackers, but calorically bread gives me more bang
for the buck. Again, I'm surprised.

I guess the downside is that a slice of this loaf is probably what I'm
going to eat and it is 140 calories and a slice of was is 45. I usually
have two Wasas which still less than the bread.

But I think with discipline, I am going to try getting off these crackers
(which are expensive) and try to have slices of fresh bread.
December 5, 2010 4:25 PM
try wholefoods whole wheat small sandwich organic bread. they taste good and are just 80 calories per slice
December 5, 2010 4:35 PM
I am also a big cracker fan and they are very expensive. I like a couple slices of toasted bread in the morning and by the way I find your bread really high in calories at 140/slice. All the ones I've had are around that much for 2 slices.
So for me, the calories per portion is approximately the same, but I find the crackers much more versatile and eating 3 Ryvita crackers also satisfies me more than eating 2 slices of bread - which might be more psychological than anything else but whatever works, right?
As for the price issue, I think the Melba toasts are the most reasonable of the healthy crackers. I like the way they're packaged in 8 slice portions too.
December 5, 2010 4:39 PM
Gotta say my wholemeal bread is 75 cals per slice but actually I am reducing my intake and are intending to look for a low calorie cracker as a snack.
December 5, 2010 9:03 PM
I'm just not sure there is a "low-cal cracker" substitute...that's sort of my point.

Ounce per ounce I think good bread wins out on calories.

As someone else wrote the psychological difference between 3 wasa flat-breads
and a single slice of bread is something to consider

BTW, I calculated the cost differences:

$0.48/oz - Ak-Mak
$0.39/oz - Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread
$0.21/oz - Vital Vittles bread
Edited by mfpchris On December 5, 2010 9:15 PM


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