Healthy Ways to Top Your Crackers + A Nairn’s Giveaway

September 12, 2014

You guys know I’m a snacker. Usually of the sweet variety but on occasion the savoury snack-monster kicks in. When it does it is a toss-up between popcorn and crackers for how I am going to satisfy the craving.

I cannot keep popcorn in the house because I have ZERO self-control around that stuff, so lately crackers have been my go-to. This was pretty convenient timing thanks to a very large shipment of whole-grain oat crackers from my friends over at Nairn’s.

nairns-4boxesI’ll be honest with ya, I’m not particularly observant when it comes to crackers, mainly because I see them as a base for some other kind of food and not really a stand-alone snack. That being said, I would prefer if the cracker didn’t taste like crap? Not a hard feat I do believe.

Fortunately, Nairn’s Oat Crackers tasted great on their own, but more importantly made a great base for all sorts of dipping options. They come in four varieties Light & Crispy, Scottish Organic, Roughly Milled and Cheese. My personal favs were the cheese (duh!) and the Scottish organic.

with crackersThey definitely have a more “earthy” taste since they are made entirely from whole-grain oats and also aren’t jacked up with all sorts of artificial ingredients and sodium. They are not certified gluten-free so for those of you who are sensitive to gluten or Celiac, you may want to avoid.

Of course I had to make my rounds through all four, which resulted in quite a bit of cracker variety. Subsequently, I discovered many new ways to top my crackers while still keeping things healthy. Whether it be with veggies or protein or healthy fats, when combined with the whole grains from Nairn’s oat crackers you’ve got yourself a wholesome snack. They also have a line of oat cookies if you find yourself wanting a healthier sweet treat.

5 healthy ways to top your crackers // thehealthymaven.comNow let’s not limit crackers to snacking! They also make the perfect side for soups and salads when you need to fill out your carb intake. I try to eat my veggies, protein and carbs with every meal. It helps me to fill up and give my body and brain some carb-loving fuel. Sorry, I can’t live off of veggies and chicken…

Here are some other healthy recipes to top or dip your crackers with/in from around the web:

Almond Joy Butter
Autumn Harvest Chili
– Nosh & Nourish
Blackened Broccoli Bisque
– Spabettie
Chicken Quinoa Soup – Fit Foodie Finds
Cucumber & Feta Greek Yogurt Dip
– Aggie’s Kitchen
Fresh Corn Salsa
Fresh Homemade Pico de Gallo
– Beauty & Bedlam
Gingered Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted Eggplant Dip – Running to the Kitchen
Rustic Tomato Vegetable Soup – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Shrimp & Mango Guacamole 
Sundried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Hummus – The Housewife in Training Files
White Bean Kale & Artichoke Dip

Nairn’s has agreed to send one lucky reader a prize pack with an assortment of oat crackers and their oat cookies to try! This giveaway is open to CANADIAN residents only (sorry International folk!) and the winner will be picked on Monday September 15th. Good luck!


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Nairn’s Oat Crackers and Cookies. I was provided with free samples and was compensated for this post, however all opinions are strictly my own. Sponsored posts allow me to continue creating delicious recipes you love while also putting food on my table. Thank you for supporting The Healthy Maven!

How do you top your crackers? Are you a topper or a dipper?


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    Susie @ SuzLyfe
    September 12, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I have no self control around popcorn, either, but I still keep it in the house because it is necessary to my existence 😀 Crackers are actually harder for me to keep my paws off of!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
    September 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Mmmmm total snacker right here! And I could live off crackers (or graham crackers!) and peanut butter. Thank you for featuring my hummus and for the awesome giveaway! Happy Friday, Davida!

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    Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit
    September 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    LOOOOOOVEEEEEE your topper ideas!!!! Isn’t it NICE to have a bunch of topper options around the house?! Even for not cracker things…like dips for your vegetables.

    Thanks, what a fun post!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    September 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I love crackers by themselves…sometimes I wish I didn’t, but I do! That being said, crackers+guac=amaze, always!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    September 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Haha! I had to look twice when I saw this – such a shock to see a local Scottish product over the pond! We call them oatcakes and the Nairn factory isn’t far from where I grew up – it’s quite small so I am shocked to see it here!

    Oatcakes are a staple in Scotland and traditionally eaten with stews etc. it’s not something I eat now but definitely something I, and everyone in Scotland grew up on!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    September 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I’m most definitely a dipper, which is why I prefer to eat crackers in the comfort of my own home where I can double dip to my heart’s content 😉 And there’s no way I’d be able to choose a favourite topping! Guac, hummus, salsa, chocolate pudding… give me ALL the dips!

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    September 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Could serve these at a tailgate party!

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    Mary Frances
    September 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I used to top my crackers with cream cheese, but now I like mayo and turkey. And Mexican dips! An earthy oaty chip cracker sounds incredible. You and me both, snacking is the death of my self control!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    We have Nairns here too- I actually really like these with vegetmite and butter (on the plain ones) but even by themselves they are prettttty good.

    I could eat the guac separately though.

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    September 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Those look delicious! Crackers are hands down my favorite snack can’t wait to try a new one!

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    September 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I would love guacamole, baba ganoush, egg salad (healthy style), quark/yogurt herbs dip on crackers. Oh and that smoked salmon is a great idea too! And maybe soft brie cheese or goat’s cheese… I’m starting to salivate 😀

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    September 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I’m pretty plan with crackers – some cheese and I’m perfectly happy.
    My youngest son and husband both like to have crackers with lots of meals – they scoop their food onto the crackers.

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    September 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    This is the best post ever! I’m not totally a cracker person but sometimes I just want a crunch? I topped a ton of tortilla chips with salsa and guac today and would take nut butter to the face if I wasn’t trying to save my starving appetite for dinner. I’m delirious. I’ve slept 3 hours. xoxo

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    September 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I’m waiting for my homemade pizza to come out of the oven, and you’re making me want to snack on some crackers! I’m all about crackers with hummus yummmmm.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Hummus and smoked salmon with cream cheese are two of my favourite ways to top my crackers! Also cheddar cheese. Well, any cheese really. 😀

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    September 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The Hubby likes to crush his crackers and add them to soup.

    I’m thrilled the cheese cracker was your favorite. As it should be. 🙂

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