Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Old London Snack Products Review & OPA Sweepstakes

Have I got some great snack products to tell you about today that come from Old London Foods! We had 3 boxes sent to us and they were:

1. Melba Toast in Rosemary & Olive Oil Flavor
2. Melba Snacks in Sea Salt Flavor
3. Bagel Chips in Garlic & Herbs

I decided to play it safe on the first try and picked the Melba Snacks in the Sea Salt flavor and I was so glad that I did. It was a great alternative to potato chips or alot of other loaded in calories snacks that I could have had instead. I loved just eating them plain but I also experimented with cream cheese, garlic & herb spreads, spinach and artichoke dip and several other spreads like regular hummus. I did try them with ranch dressing but wasn't too keen on that one.

I have to admit that my husband and I are not into the whole gourmet type thing where we try all these nice recipes that look like a professional chef did them. So, I can only tell you from a dip standpoint that these are great with just about any flavor or style of dip! On Old London's online store you can buy these either in two pack boxes or 12 pack boxes. You can also buy them in stores all over the country.

We both tried the Melba Toast in Rosemary & Olive Oil and they were actually quite good. Sometimes, like in the past, that flavor can go badly wrong if too much Rosemary is added but that was not the case here in these great tasting melba toast from Old London Food's! We also used a southwest sour cream based dip for this melba toast (well, mostly Mike as it has a kick to it, like in a really strong salsa), so I did not dip into his. I got out the hummus again and really loved this melba toast with just the regular hummus. It is also very good with feta cheese if you like feta cheese. Like I said, we stick to the basics. When I was younger I used to experiment with food, but since becoming sick in 2004, I don't do that much anymore because of the food limitations I have.

If you love hot or spicy foods, you will love the this one. The Bagel Chips in Garlic & Herbs really sounded good to me because I love garlic and herbs and I even have some cream cheese spread right now in that flavor but when I bit into the Garlic & Herb Bagel Chip it nearly choked me! Mike on the other hand kept right on eating them. I don't know what they put in there besides garlic or maybe a new kind of garlic or herbs, but whatever it was, it was very spiceful and the garlic almost took my breath away. I have never had that reaction before with anything with garlic or herbs. Hubby was happy to have that box all to himself! He dipped them into that hot Southwest dip that he had and talk about spicy overload! Wow, I could not believe he could eat both of them together like that, but he did. So, like I said in the beginning, if spicy and hot are your thing, you will love these.

I did not get to review these but Old London also makes bread crumbs in several flavors and if you are like me, and use bread crumbs in baking sometimes, this is worth checking out. I think either the Classic or the Seasoned would be the 2 I would pick out of this group. They also make something called JJFlats and I really could not tell from the site's images what they are but they come in 4 different flavors.

The things I liked the best about these snacks other than the flavors is that they are no cholesterol, no trans fats, range from 60 to 70 calories for about 3 pieces each and they have 5 grams of fiber, which is something I desperately need. I also loved the low calorie part also. But still, remember just because they are low calorie does not mean you can eat the whole box in one sitting. Try spreading it out and also watch what you put on them because that could undo the whole low calorie thing. That is why I usually eat mine plain like they are. I also liked the Sea Salt Melba Toasts for when I have an upset stomach and just need something plain with salt that I can nibble on until I get better.

Also, Old London is having an OPA, A Better You Sweepstakes where you could win a trip to Greece! All you need to do is go to their Facebook page and enter! You can also find some great recipes if you are more adventurous than me on their Facebook page or their online website. I did copy a picture of an example of something they made out of the Melba Snacks Sea Salt and they actually look pretty good so I might try this one called Chocolate Pistachio Crunch. You will find it on the link I gave above from the online website:

While you are there, also check out their Basic Fitness Tips to help you burn off some calories and they even have a chart up letting you know what 50 activities you can do that burn those calories off! You will also find their Top 10 Tips for Everyday Health. Now, here is one I really like and it is actually #2 on the list: Waltz yourself to bed and take naps! The more alert you are the better you will feel! Although, I don't have a choice, like today was a very bad day for me and every time I tried to get up I got sick at my stomach and light headed so I really didn't do much and did not really feel good until I was ready to get this review done so I don't get in trouble. But, you guys know it's my health issues that prevent me from doing alot but for those of you who are healthy and can do these, I sincerely recommend you try and follow at least half of them if you can.

I think if I had not been so active in working out and going out dancing every weekend and watching what I ate up to the day I got sick in 2004, I would probably be in worse shape than I am now. That is what my friend told me, she said what if you had been one of those couch potatoes who never did anything and you were overweight. She seems to think because I did live a healthy lifestyle while I was young up to my 40's that that helped all these illnesses that I have now more bearable and better equipped to handle it. I don't know but I do know that back then when I could exercise, I felt like I was on top of the world and unbeatable. Now, I am lucky if I feel like riding my stationary bike a few times a week. So, read what they have on their site and try to follow at least half if not all.

By the way, you can get Healthy Living Tips from Cheslie Hightower from Danicing With The Stars and Dr. Susan M. Kleiner. She is on board with this campaign and she and Dr. Kleiner had all sorts of valuable information to share about How to Live Healthier. That is why she recommends all those dancing moves like Waltzing to take a nap, going out dancing, and definitely dance with a partner to make it more interesting. And I do agree with the Shake Rattle and Roll, because I did that for years and always stayed slim without really having to diet alot. I was working 2 jobs also so I did not get much time to snack and when I did eat, I mean I really ate and still managed to stay around 110 for years and years. So, I know it works. Just got to believe it and don't give up!

You can also join their email mailing list to keep up to date about any new information or new products, promotions or giveaways that they are involved in for the future. And do make sure you enter the OPA Sweepstakes!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I mostly used my photo's with just a few from Old London's website. “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Old London. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate."


The Zoo said...

Greetings Mary!

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Regards, Sarah