One of my favorite Ritx Cracker" replacements is pita chips. Ritz has partially hydrogenated oils - and with a serving being just 5 crackers, I'm pretty sure the trans fats start adding up quick. World Classics Trading Company Sea Salt Baked Pita Chips have rocked my world, along with Stacys Simply Naked Bagel Chips, but I wanted to try something new, so I scooped up a box of the all natural Sensible Portions Original Sea Salt Pita Bites.
In comparison to Stacy's Pita Chips, I'd have to say that there is room for both of these crunchy snacks in my pantry. Stacy's satisfies a chip craving, while Sensible Portions offers up more of a cracker-like creation. In fact, my first impression was that these were more similar to Saltine Crackers than Ritz, but without overwhelming your taste buds with an abundance of salt. The pita chip acts as the perfect vessel to embody the subtle saltiness, providing a hearty, crispy, crunchy base. The characteristic flavor of the pita is allowed to shine through just perfectly. Furthermore, a touch of oil gives the crackers a little oomph in the flavor department and an appealing sheen.
These make for a great snack solo, but are also a prime culprit for any topping that your mind can dream up. Think of them as an open canvas. I would imagine that Tribe All Natural Hummus (Sweet Roasted Red Peppers) would be a nice addition.
"Crisps", whether they be soy, rice, or something else, are a love-or-hate affair for me. You either adore the airiness or loath it. Personally, I'm a fan of crisps (like Glenny's MultiGrain Sea Salt Soy Crisps and Genisoy Sweet Crisps Chocolate), but usually find myself hungry again about 30 minutes after eating them. For this reason, I eat them only as an occasional snack. Recently, however, I noticed Sensible Portions Multigrain Crisps on my store shelves. They are made with whole grains, all natural and baked not fried. Intrigued by the idea of a healthier, more filling alternative to white rice cakes, I decided to give these a try. I plucked a bag of the Parmesan and Herb Crisps off the shelf and headed home with my new find.
When I got home, I opened the bag and was met by what looked like thin rice cakes. Happily, most of them were intact - I don't know if they're hardier than your average rice/ soy crisp or if I just grabbed a lucky bag. I took a bite of one and ...yowza! They really mean it when they say "Parmesan and Herb"! These are potently flavored little suckers. The herbs almost taste fresh, and there's plenty of cheese flavor, too. They're crisp and surprisingly light, being even airier than most soy crisps or rice cakes that I've tried. I really enjoyed these, and found a serving to keep me full for about 2 hours - enough to survive the afternoon doldrums.