Walkers Mighty Lights Review

Crisps: A potato chip (known as a crisp in British English and Hiberno-English, and as either a chip or wafer in Indian English) is a thin slice of potato that is deep fried or baked until crunchy. Potato chips are commonly served as an appetizer, side dish, or snack.

Crisps are a firm favourite in this house, but like many parents I try and restrict the amount my children eat as I feel they’re not always the healthiest of snacks. As a parent I try and ensure that my children are well nourished and are growing up learning to make healthy choices about the foods they eat and enjoy, but with so many delicious unhealthy foods out there it can feel like fighting a losing battle at times. And whilst I’m usually more of a sweet toothed person myself, recently I have switched to savoury, and crisps (especially with dips) are something I regularly crave. (however I’m not quite as obsessed as a very good friend of mine who once wrote to Walkers as a child thanking them for bringing such delicious crisps into her life, I kid you not!)

So when Walkers Crisps offered to send me some packets of their new crisps Mighty Lights, with 30% less fat than standard crisps, I thought it sounded like a good idea to try something we all enjoy that wouldn’t be as bad for our health as usual. I thought it would be amazing to have an essentially ‘naughty’ snack which wasn’t actually that naughty. (if someone could now do this with chocolate that would make me very happy!)

I was sent the crisps in three flavours; Ready Salted, Cheese and Onion and Chicken. (yes, I was slightly disappointed there were no salt and vinegar packets) Luckily in this family we all like different flavours so there was no fighting over the packets! My four year old loves ‘red crisps’ (which is handy seeing as he is on a strict dairy free diet at the moment) my twelve year old loves meaty flavours and I, as you will know if you are a regular reader of my blog, am cheese obsessed so quickly opened a packet of cheese and onion.

As they are lower in fat I was worried they’d be a bit thin as low fat varieties of crisps sometimes are, but no….ridges! Thick lovely ridges! Made me feel like I was eating a real crisp and not a skinny imposter!

The flavour was good too, not too overpowering at all, which again can be the case with low fat varieties attempting to add something that’s just not there. They are suitable for vegetarians, contain no MSG, artificial colours or preservatives and are a source of fibre! Plus they taste great! Perfect!

Needless to say that the crisps were so good that only a week after they were delivered all eighteen packs have been eaten; on picnics, for snacks and even as ‘pudding’ one day! I shall definitely be buying some more for the children’s pack lunches when they are back at school…safe in the knowledge that if the crisps are the only thing they eat at lunchtime (I hope not!) then they’ve eaten something that’s not too bad for them at all!

This is a sponsored review for Walkers. All opinions are my own.



Slinkiness: sleek and sinuous in movement or outline; especially : following the lines of the figure in a gracefully flowing manner (a slinky evening gown)

So, as I am writing this post I have returned from a weekend at my mum’s. A weekend that started with a hangover and a Macdonalds for breakfast and continued with a birthday party and family Sunday lunch. Not a weekend for losing weight at all, and as always I exerted absolutely no willpower and stuffed my face so full that by Sunday I felt physically sick. Like a child in a sweet shop my eyes were bigger than my stomach and by the end of the weekend my stomach was bigger than pretty much anything else.

Now I’ve been meaning to link up with the new linky in town for a couple of weeks. The #slinkylinky where two lovely ladies @ladyemsyand @Mrsfinn86have started their baby weight loss adventures and are blogging about them, encouraging others to join in. However…I have been coming up with many excuses, like; I’m going to France (today!!) so there is no point in starting before then or…I’ve had a bad day I deserve a treat or…I’ll just eat all the bad stuff in the house so it’s not here anymore and then I have any temptation, before going out and promptly buying yet more unhealthy food. Food has always been my comfort and ever since I put on over four stone with my first pregnancy, going from 9 stone to 13 stone, I have battled with my weight and regularly yo-yo up and down. I have tried all sorts, intolerance diets (which worked but was bloody hard work) Weightwatchers, South Beach, Slimming World, 5:2 (for about three hours before realising it is ridiculous!) and whilst I am very good at losing weight, I am not very good at keeping it off and it always creeps back on again, usually along with some more! Each time I have had a child I’ve ended up at 13 stone again and now I know I am not having anymore (probably) there is no excuse!

So….this slinky linky has come along when once again I am at my upper limit for being happy with my weight. I am not happy. Whilst I am not ridiculously huge my BMI is 27, which is classed as overweight, and my clothes are all far too tight. I can’t stand to see myself in photos and generally feel very uncomfortable. My tummy still very much looks as though there is a baby still inside it!

So…today is the day I am finally going to link up and start. I can’t promise I will be any good at this when I am in France, for cheese is my greatest weakness and I cannot ever resist it, even though I am properly lactose intolerant! But I shall try and when I get back I will endeavour to kick some lardy ass!
Starting weight…11st 2 and a 1/4lbs

Target weight: 9 stone 7lbs (Oh how I hope I get there lol!)


Thank you @ladyemsy and @Mrsfinn86 for inspiring me! X