Chewsday Review- Sunbites Snack Crackers with Quinoa

Today’s Chewsday Review is another pre-packaged cracker option. With so many out there, it’s hard to know which ones are the better options. So let’s see how these Sunbites Snack Crackers with Quinoa compare…

🔶Ingredients:
🔹Wholegrain cereals (70%) (corn, wheat, oats), vegetable oil, quinoa (3%), sugar, whey powder (milk), rice, cheese powder, salt, natural flavours (milk, soy), maltodextrin, onion powder, yeast extract, parsley, paprika extract
🔹When a product doesn’t clarify which type of vegetable oil used, it’s probably safe to assume that it’s a fairly cheap product like palm oil (no health benefits and negative environmental impacts).
🔹Common allergens include: wheat, milk and soy
🔶The positives:
🔹Saturated fat and sugar within healthy guidelines.
🔹The crackers are a source of fibre with one packet providing almost 10% of a child’s daily fibre requirements. This is thanks to the wholegrain cereals used to make the crackers (wholegrain have more fibre and nutrients compared to refined flours).
🔹Sodium (salt) content is within healthy guidelines at 305mg/100g, which is much lower than most rice crackers/chips/savoury snacks.
🔶The negatives:
🔹The fat content (22.5g/100g) exceeds healthy guidelines (10g/100g). This is more than double recommendations, which isn’t a great thing. However, the fact that the saturated (bad) fat is less than healthy guidelines, it’s not a massive issue in my eyes.
🔹At $29 a kilo (70c a bag), they’re not cheap, but they’re certainly not the most expensive snacks out there!
🔶The marketing:
🔹“With quinoa” These snack crackers technically contain quinoa, but with 0.7g in each pack, I wouldn’t be buying them for the quinoa content!
🔹 “Cheddar and Chives flavoured crackers” The cheese powder is an obvious ingredient, but the only herb I can see is parsley. The chives must come from the ‘natural flavour’ but it’s interesting that they don’t clarify this. My understanding is that companies can purchase natural ‘flavours’ to include in their products, and they don’t necessarily know what the flavours are made of (although they do have to be ‘natural’ if that’s what they claim on the packet). The flavour companies keep the content of the flavours to themselves.
🔹No other marketing or nutrition claims, which is interesting given this is a pretty reasonable product.
🔶The alternatives:
🔹These crackers have a high overall fat content but a lower saturated fat content than most other crackers (but possibly use a cheaper/more refined oil). The low sodium and reasonable fibre content are definite winners in my book.
🔹Overall, a decent option for a pre-packaged savoury snack.
🔹I always recommend Rice or Corn Thins with less than 420mg of sodium as an alternative for foods like this.
About Mealtime Building Blocks
Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia, where they help fussy eaters. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page. You can also email them.

I'm a paediatric dietitian working primarily with kids who find mealtimes difficult, or are considered 'fussy eaters'. I've spent 10 years working on a government funded Mealtime Management Team and I've just branched out on my own. I love the specialty area of mealtime difficulties. My blog is based on key questions that parents ask about childhood nutrition, feeding kids and managing fussy or picky eating.


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