NEW! Plato's: Flavored GRAIN Crisps @ Dischem
Product Review: This week I picked up a pack of Plato's - yes, that's the name! - and from the get-go I knew this was a different kind of 'chip', produced here in South Africa.
I spotted three flavors and selected the 'Visionary SMOKED BBQ' flavor with its bold reddish display of the famous Greek philosopher it was named after.
Plato's are made using spent grain, a by-product from the brewing industry. By up-cycling the spent grain (barley) the company reduced food waste , and the carbon food print. It is high in fibre and contains at least 50% less fat than regular potato crisps.
My first Impressions of Plato's
From the minute I picked up the pack of Plato's from the Dischem store (currently on sale at R40 for 2 packs!), I could tell there is a difference - not only does it feel heavier, but Plato's also stands out against the better-known brands. It's slogan: ReGrain. ReClaim. ReCycle. ReThink. caught my attention as I am fairly environmentally conscious and believe that we have a responsibility to produce food in better ways, given the challenges the world faces.
Philosophy of Taste
I was NOT disappointed by the taste of this extraordinary flavored grain strip. Not only does it bring a texture of grain to the palette, it also delivers a slight punch with its tangy BBQ flavor.
I would suggest this option any time as your snack of choice before barbeque with friends, or at the TV with a good movie.... and yes, combined with one of the popular B-well dips, such as the B-well Roasted Onion one - it is a WIN!
Substance versus Air
I understand that this may be a very different shape and taste and even consistency than the chips we grew up with - but we live in a very different world where we need to ReThink processed foods for the sake of our own wellbeing and health. This is EXACTLY what is happening with Plato's - with an open mind, I bit into the 'crisp' (good word!) and tasted the depth and weight of its grain-base. Felt transported from airy, salty nothingness with little nutritional value back to a more solid organic origin. If ever there was a time to reThink how we eat and what we choose when we shop, then it is now.
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
With this product, Plato's, we are reminded to make wise choices. I was wondering what the great philosopher would make of it if he knew a 'chip' in South Africa was named after him. Then I realised - "Among other philosophical concepts, Plato's works are imbued with the fundamental principle of moderation. This spirit is characteristically evident in his references to human diet. According to the philosopher, a moderate and thus a healthy diet, consists of cereals, legumes, fruits, milk, honey and fish". (Source: PK Skiadas, JG Lascaratos 2001)
So this product would probably make perfect sense to Plato in this age!
Get Plato's at Dischem or select stores and tell me what you think?
I was not bold enough (yet) to try the 'INVENTIVE Jalapeno Chutney' flavor, but the 'WISELY Mature Cheddar' flavor is definitely on my list to try next! Would I choose this one over another - Yes, for special occasions. Absolutely.
Paid-for Review, but have not held back any Thoughts.
Author: Dee @iAmnotMany