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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Editor's Pick: Laiki Rice Crackers

With restored interest in ancient grains and discoveries of the antioxidant-rich contents, red and black varieties of specialty rice have been on the move into store shelves across the country. With the hopes of capitalizing on not only the trends, but also the natural goodness and benefits of the grains, Bay Area food start up Grains of Health has created Laiki Rice Crackers.

At first glance, one might assume the texture and taste to be similar to that of sand paper—the look and feel both promoting such a thought. (I don’t hesitate to try many things, and I didn’t here either, but I can’t deny my second glance when I opened the package.) But these are anything but. 

The crackers are small and dull in color, but are filled with flavor. Truly. And with only three ingredients—black or red rice, palm fruit oil and sea salt—nothing else, it’s a refreshingly light salty treat. The flavors of the black and red rice, both vaguely different, really do shine through. It’s a low calorie snack—each small package only 100 calories—that won’t have you reaching for the potato chips. They’re wholesome; they’re minimally processed; and, as mentioned before, zero allergens.

I’d imagine the snack packs to have an incredible reception with everyone looking for the next flavorful way to make it through the snacking day. And these did the trick. Laiki Crackers are available online at in two pack sizes: 3.5-ounce resealable stand up and portion-controlled, single-serve 100-calorie snack packs.