Readers' Healthy Finds: All Whites, Wasa and Lemon Pepper Pasta

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The votes have been cast, the surveys have been tallied, and we're listening to what you said. You like food, especially cheap, good and healthy food. You don't have time, energy or money to waste on food that doesn't taste good, so we're asking readers to share their favorite healthy finds. Today we bring you three foods submitted by readers. These are staples in their kitchen, and soon they might be staples in your own!

ROHEIS: Wasa Crackerbreads ($3.59)
Please spread the word about Wasa Crackerbreads--they are awesome! They are in most grocery stores, in either the cracker aisle or the gourmet food aisle. There are many varieties, so the nutrition info varies. But all are versatile and make a great addition to most diets.

As an example, Wasa Crisp'N Light 7 Grain Crackerbreads are 60 calories a serving (that is 3 crackerbreads, each a little smaller than an index card), 0 Fat, 0 Cholesterol, 95 mg Sodium, and 2g of Fiber, plus 8g of whole grains!

I put a little fat-free cream cheese and a teaspoon of all-fruit spread on them for a sweet snack. My husband puts sliced turkey and low-fat cheese on his, and microwaves them for a warm, filling lunch at work. We also love them with chicken or tuna salad; most of them are sturdy enough to hold chunky toppings. The possibilities are endless!

RAMPANTPANDA: All Whites ($3.79)

Calories (in 1/4 cup): 30, Fat: 0g, Protein: 6g, Fiber: 0g, Sodium: 95mg, Carbs: 1g
I bought All Whites because I wanted to cut down on fat in my diet and I decided it would be wasteful to buy whole eggs when all I really want to use are the whites. I love that there is one ingredient in All Whites - egg whites.

All Whites are honest-to-goodness eggs without the yolk. They're naturally fat free and full of protein, and they can easily be used for most things you can use eggs for (scrambling, baking, thickening sauces, dessert topping, etc.). They're pasteurized, so you can eat them raw (in smoothies or homemade mayonnaise) if you are so inclined. They're also naturally low in calories. This is a minimally-processed food that you do not have to worry about eating.

Unlike egg whites that come in shells, these do not whip well. Don't try to use these in meringue. All Whites are nutritionally wonderful, but I wish the chickens that laid the eggs were happy and healthy.

I had these scrambled with green onions, mixed into tomato sauce, in muffins (replacing whole eggs), and in macaroni and cheese. Like egg whites that come in shells, these are very versatile! If you want some more ideas, the product website has a collection of recipes using All Whites, mostly in smoothies. Basically, All Whites will work in almost any situation in which you'd use whole eggs or egg whites from shells.

I will buy this again because it's too easy and cost effective to pass up right now. When I can afford to buy cage-free eggs, I'll go back to separating the yolks from the whites.

NOTABOUTHEFACE: Trader Joe's Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta ($1.99)

Calories (2 oz): 220, Fat: 1g, Protein: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Sodium: 0mg, Carbs: 42g

What I like: The amazing lemon taste that is fresh and clean tasting but not overpowering. It is truly flavorful enough to be eaten on it's own tossed with a little olive oil. The price is right for a gourmet pasta. $2 for 4 servings. Who wouldn't love that? I also like that there's no sodium. It can be pretty hard to control when you're looking at "convenience foods" so this was a welcome surprise.

What I don't like: That an unending supply doesn't magically appear in my pantry. There's not a single thing I don't like about this product.

How did you eat this product? With a fork. HA! I tossed it with enough of Trader Joe's Alfredo Sauce to coat it and topped with southwest chipotle sole. Fish is the perfect complement to this pasta (our faves are orange roughy and mahi mahi due to the meatier texture of the fish). A garlic chicken would be great with this too or even an herbed turkey breast. Red meat definitely wouldn't be a good fit with this particular pasta.

Would you buy this again? Just try to stop me! (That means 'heck yeah' in my world!)

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I am swedish and I grew up on this stuff Love it.
In Sweden it is sold in 1kilo round packs,as well as little squares. Here in Florida Ikea has the larger round kakes in 1lb packs. Great taste too (fewer trips to the store.)
Love crisp bread, be it Wasa, Ryvita, Finn Crisps or own brands. Ryvita makes a raisin and honey one that is just delicious (satisfies a sweet tooth with much less damage than biscuits!), but all of them have fibre and little calories.
The sesame or multigrain varieties are much less bland than the original one...for the people who think it tastes like cardboard :)

I love mine with low fat cream cheese and ham and a side of salad or homemade soup for a light nutritious lunch.
i saw the crackers as the grocery store the other day and i was contemplating buying them, but now that i saw this review about them i am even more tempted to get them. i think i would like them with a crunchy tuna sandwhich for less calories but almost the same nutrition! Report
I eat mine for breakfast with fat free cottage cheese, grapes, strawberries and kiwi. YUM! Report
I like the Wasa crackers with natural peanut butter and all-fruit spread or with hummus and feta...prefer All-Whites to real eggs...unfortunately there isn't a Trader Joe's near me and I miss their food. When I lived in SoCal and Vegas, I shopped at TJ's regularly for their greek yogurt, prepared salads, dark chocolate, and black bean and corn enchiladas...among many other items! Report
The lemon pasta is great with good-quality tuna in olive oil, a couple tablespoons of capers, fresh parsely, and grated parmesean. Report
I love Wasa crackers too. I'm going to try the pasta from Trader Joe's. Report
If any of these products are gluten free, i am game! Report
I love Wasa or Rivita. For a treat, I melt harvarti cheese and add a dollop of hot sauce. Report
In regards to the Allwhites.
I can buy large eggs for as little as 99 cents a dozen. Seldom over $1.79, It isn't that hard to separate the whites. It only takes seconds. If you are worrying about wasting those yolks, feed them to your pet. He will make that furry friend have a shiny coat.

I might consider some of the other products.

P.S. I also know chicken farmers.
Uncaged chickens are at risk of smothering each other. That life isn't necessarily the greatest either. No matter how they are raised, they are very well cared for. I don't think the description of cages fits reality. Report
ok I guess i need to go try these wasa crackers. Report
"How does someone know that the chickens aren't "happy and healthy"? Come on, give me a break. I know someone who is a egg farmer and they take very good care of their chickens."

If the hens are kept in cages so small that they can't stand up, spread their wings or do any of their natural behaviors, they AREN'T happy OR healthy. Simple as that. All battery egg farmers keep hens in cages that are too small. The industry standard size that is "approved" by the United Egg Producers is too small for the hens to stand up or spread their wings. That is a fact. Each hen has as much space as a letter sized sheet of paper. Also a fact.

Unless the egg farmers you know do range fed hens (not 'cage free' in an equally cramped barn but genuinely outside in rotating pens that are directly on grass so the hens can forage, dust bathe, flap their wings, feel the sunshine and fresh air, etc.) they aren't raising happy hens nor are they taking "good care" of their hens. It's that simple.

I do agree that free range (and cage free) means nothing as far as how happy the hens are, really. It DOES mean the hens aren't in battery cages but being "cage free" can mean being in a cramped barn with a tiny door open to the outside that no hens ever use. The egg industry is notoriously abusive. IMO, it's the least humane of all animal production industries - right up there with veal. If you want eggs, adopt a pet hen or support a local farmer who does range fed hens. Go visit to make sure the hens aren't debeaked and are being treated as you'd expect. Report
I will try the wasa crackers sometime. I love crackers, but really have to limit myself. I may try the pasta sometime too, if I can get my family to try it out. As for the all whites, probably not. Report
Big WASA crisp bread fan here !! I buy them in bulk when they are on sale.
I love wasa with some hummus or fat free cheese for an afternoon snack. I buy egg whites in the carton as well and there's no Trader Joe's around here but I'll have to try that pasta some time. Couscous and quinoa are some healthy grains I like and I always have some light string cheese around for snacks. Report
Love Wasa! A great way to get fiber in, and they have a nice variety of flavors as well. Report
I've been eating Wasa type bread all my life. Coming from Europe where it is very common .
Will try the TJ Pasta next, have seen them but was not quite sure about them :) I do not indulge in eggs to often and prefer the whole egg. Report
I have eaten Wasa crackers. They're not bad, but won't get them unless the price is reduced a lot. (Yes, they're less at Big Lots, but I'm even more of a cheap-skate than that when it comes to snack food. Which is good because it keeps most of it out of my house!)
All Whites - wouldn't touch them, because I believe in the WHOLE egg! I'm not about to throw out the nutrition in that yolk! When the price of regular eggs skyrocketed to the point where the 'premium' eggs were about the same price, I tried some that had extra Omega-3 thanks to a better diet. They really do taste better and for anything that showcases the eggs I definitely still purchase them. Don't think it matters quite so much for baking - but I don't do a lot of that anyway.
Would love to try the pasta, but haven't seen it in my area, and unfortunately don't have a Trader Joes around. Too bad, since they'd be good competition for Whole Foods! Report
I love Wasa crackers too! Two of them are only one Weight Watchers point and they come in several flavors. I have been using the egg whites as well for my morning veggie omelet (onion, pepper, mushroom, zucchini, broccoli, whatever) but didn't know about adding an egg yolk to get a complete protein. I usually use one whole egg (2 WW points) plus 1/4 cup whites (O points) and it gives me room for a little 2% cheese (1 point) on top. With the two Wasa crackers or rolled into a high fiber tortilla (1 point) I'm set to go until lunchtime and don't hunger for something I shouldn't mid-morning. Report
Wasa has a sourdough crackerbread and it's only got 35 calories! Yahoo for Wasa!!! Report
Love wasa......wonderful suggestions here! Report
Wasa crackerbreads I have tried. They do make a good, low calorie/low carb alternative to bread. The other products I haven't tried. We don't have a Trader Joe's in our area. Report
Wasa + tuna + salsa = I really like it. I use the crackers w/ just salsa or my favorite Pico Pica. I should try them w/ a little cheese. I don't like the light & crisp ones. There is no substance to them. I prefer the multi-grain or the hearty ones that still have chunks of bark in them, LOL. I like the seasoned Rye Crisp also. Report
Wasa crackers have been part of my diet for many years. They are great and give you lots of crunch. thanks for letting me know about a new flavour. Report
I grew up with wasa crisp bread my mom would put peanut butter on them for a snack for us i love them .. I will look at a T.J. for the pasta it sound great thanks Report
I guess I should clarify: I did some research that confirmed that Crystal Farms, the supplier of eggs that make All Whites, raises battery hens. In that environment I can't imagine that the birds have a great life! I really want to buy local (I've visited the local farm, and those chickens are really cage free, not just let out sometimes) but those eggs are $4 a dozen, so I can't justify that (especially since I'd have to buy twice as much since I'm only using the whites). Sorry for the confusion! Report
I'm not a fan of Wasa; I'll stick with my Triscuits and cheese, thanks.

I would not buy AllWhites. I'd rather have a two-egg-white, one-egg-yolk omelet that I make myself, anyway.

Papardelle Pasta sounds good, but I'd prolly try the whole wheat garlic (that someone else mentioned on here) first, or the tomato basil. I'm trying to stay away from the enriched flour products, and go with whole wheat products only. I will have to check the ingredients. We do have a Trader Joe's here, and they have some great products, so this is one I'll definitely check out. Report
I think I will give it a try Report
How does someone know that the chickens aren't "happy and healthy"? Come on, give me a break. I know someone who is a egg farmer and they take very good care of their chickens. If someone tried to tell me that our cattle weren't healthy and happy I'd be furious. Just last night my husband said how he enjoyed watching the cattle munching away looking so happy.

Does that writer know that free range chickens only have to be out of their cages 20 minutes a day to be considered "free range"? I learned that from the chicken farmer I know. How about that Angus beef doesn't have to be Angus, just all black and meet certain meat requirements? Report
I love Wasa crispbread! They have several different varieties, & I often have a few as a snack, with peanut butter or cheese on them. Very satisfying, low cal & low carb. Report
WASA -and Kavli! - is always in my kitchen cupboards. Kavli is very fragile, although their new 'thick' variety has enough substance to hold add-ons.

WASA's taste is subtle. I can't imagine anyone who eats mostly spicey foods eating it. People used to high-sugar, high-fat, high-sodium crackers and breads are less apt to appreciate the flavor. My grandson thinks WASA smells like the dog's bisquits. My d-in-l didn't like WASA because she didn't like the taste (she drinks a lot of soda, cooks with tons of butter and salt ...) but loved it in one way I enjoy: a bit of nonfat cream cheese with a little dab of pepper jelly. (I also like to have lingonberries instead of the pepepr jelly, but not everyone is keen on the 'berries) WASA can be topped with sandwich fillings and eaten with soup as a low-calorie crispy open sandwich. And instead of a meal I have had a salad, and as a side dish put warmed refried beans on WASA (not hot!) topped it with a little salsa.

Since I frequently am under my carb range I love the nutrient density of WASA and appreciate the benefits of its fiber content.

I am sorry but I have tried the Wasa crackers. I am not a fan. They do not have any flavor. They do have a lot of fiber, so much that it bloats me. It is almost like eating cardboard. I would much rather eat the Akmak crackers. They have a much better flavor. Report
There has always been WASA Crackers in my kitchen, even back when I was living in France. I am a long time fan! :-)

I wish there was a Trader Joe in Maine, those Papardelle Pasta look good. At first sight, they remind me of the pasta my Maman use to make at home. I can easily imagine them served with a delicious homemade Pesto sauce... Hmmmm

Thanks for some great reviews, Stepfanie! ♥ Report
Wasa breads are available at Big Lots for about half that price. :-) Report
Bread is enemy number 1 for me- b/c it triggers cravings for more and b/c of the sugar and x carbs that are associated with anything more than a half-one slice for me. So WASA are a great and delicious BREAD SUBSTITUTE for me (WASA light rye are 30 cals, another variety is a 45 cal, per slice).
Great with mustard and turkey slice, with low fat cheese, with peanut butter.......
They are my go to carb when in a hurry. ANd each cracker (~2 1/2 in x 5 ish inch) is less than 1/2 the cals of a slice of bread. Report
I haven't tried the Trader Joe's pasta, but we recently discovered the Pappardelle's Pasta line at our local farmers' market, and it is to DIE for! All whole wheat, and none of their basic pastas are over 180 calories per 2-oz. serving. Coincidentally, we tried their Lemon Chive pasta last week, and thought we were in pasta heaven (and only 160 calories per serving, compared with your report of the Trader Joe's at 220). We've also tried their Tomato Basil and Whole Wheat Garlic pastas, which were equally good. They also smell so good that you can hardly wait to sit down at the table and get started! We topped these off with an easy homemade organic tomato pasta sauce recipe we created ourselves (which we put into the SparkRecipe database as "Tal's On-the-Fly Pasta Sauce"), and ended up with a hearty, healthy dish for just a little over 200 calories a serving.

According to their website, Pappardelle's Pasta is only available through restaurants and farmers' markets, but you can order from them online. However, they are about 3 - 4x pricier than the Trader Joe's brand as you've reported it. Report
I have tried WASA bread and my first impression was "OH MY GOSH, CARDBOARD!" but it is a snack that you can get use to, just like rice cakes. I like, have and eat the light rye. I eat it with Laughing Cow cheeses spread on top.
I don't have a Trader Joes (still) where we live, so have no idea about the pasta, but sounds intriguing!
As far as the egg substitute - I've tried both the EggBeaters and AllWhites, but the fact is that DH has HBP and T2 Diabetes and both have more sodium than natural egg whites, and bottom line, a dozen eggs cost $1 - $1.25 and to ME that cost is much less than the processed whites. Egg Beaters have 25 cals, 75 mg sodium and 1 carb. A natural egg white has 17 cals, 0 sodium and .24 carbs. Seems to me that the difference in time between measuring out that 1/4 cup or 3 Tbsp of the AllWhites or EggBeaters and the dividing of the white from the yolk is the same, and 1 less dish to wash. HOWEVER, I don't use egg whites in smoothies (wouldn't anyway) so for those who use them uncooked, I think they are a great product. Report
I've been eating the Wasa Crispbreads since I was a child, Yum! Report
I tried that pasta once before. Not bad, but not something I would go out of my way to buy all the time. Same for the WASA crispbreads. Haven't tried the All Whites, but how are they different from Egg Beaters? Report
I grew up eating "wasa" or crisp bread. It is called, in Finland, "hard bread" and comes in packages of large round circles (similar to that sold at Ikea). I always have some at home to use. You can even get some that are made without yeast. It is also good with a spoonful of cottage cheese and fruit spread - great way to ease those sugar cravings. I don't think the other products are available in Canada. Report
Wasa's are great! Found them years ago and love them!
By the way Chas1949 they are low carb! Report
I wish they would show carb count in all the foods...wasa crackerbread sounds good, but it doesn't show carb count...diabetic,,,it's important to me Report
Good to review all of these products as lots of different people try them. I'd not buy them, but that doesn't mean others don't. I laugh when I'm in the store and see all the products people have in their carts that I never ever spend money on, since I'm much to frugal, but that is their decision. Report
I've been eating Wasa since I was just a young it! Report
All whites sounds like a terrible trade off money wise. Especially considering your bent on the ethics of egg farming mentioned here. Based on the idea that $3.79 gets you the same as 8 eggs (16 oz container, 1/2 cup = ~ 2 eggs), not 12 that means you are paying around $5.69 a dozen. I was not aware free range eggs had gone up so much to make this such a bargain to throw out one's ethics over.

My budget still makes the $.98 a dozen, self separated, a clear winner. It really doesn't take but a moment once you have a knack for it.

Wasa crackers are a staple in our house. I like to add a medium chilled shrimp with BOOKBINDERS cocktail sauce and a smidgeon of roasted garlic. Chase with a bite of Gala Apple. Olfactory Bliss! Report
We eat All Whites. We have tried other brands over the years and All Whites are definitely the best. Report
I've been eating one version of wasa or another my whole life... (everyday food in europe)
as for the egg whites; it's my natural choice no matter where the chick came from as I can't stand the yolk in any form... yolks stick...literally.... the lemon pasta? I've got to think about it.... what is it made of anyway?
I have been eating All Whites for quite some time. I love them with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. Report