To associate Ryvita with the 80s?

(47 Posts)
tinsheddy Wed 24-Aug-16 16:29:12

I don't know whether the proper plural for 'Ryvita' is Ryvitas or 'Ryvitae' - (goes to sit in pedantry corner)... but that could be the start of a whole new thread!!

Anyway, in the 80s when as a 12 yr old I'd already started dieting (I know) it seemed as if Ryvita as a foodstuff had a much higher profile. To give the context of the time - circa 1985 - back then the F - Plan diet was in vogue and Atkins and the 5-2 diet, low carbing had barely been heard of.

Nowadays, this food seems to be hardly on anyones radar and it might be just me, but it seems to have wholly slipped out of fashion. Back then it was the go - to food of any dieter....

Theimpossiblegirl Wed 24-Aug-16 16:32:08

I always have a packet of Ryvita and some Philadelphia at work as my go-to lunch, as do many of my colleagues. They do a lot of different types, with seeds etc. I am a child of the eighties though...

harderandharder2breathe Wed 24-Aug-16 16:35:38

I think they're healthy extras on slimming world?

And now they have horrible cardboard crisps as well I think they're still seen as healthy choices

tinsheddy Wed 24-Aug-16 16:37:55

I think in the 80s they must have had far fewer varieties of Ryvita than now. Is it me or is the packaging and variety etc much more 'jazzed up' these days?

tinsheddy Wed 24-Aug-16 16:39:01

I think there was a lot of be said for the F- plan diet personally derails own thread

High fibre food almost by definition is low calorie.

ImperialBlether Wed 24-Aug-16 16:39:25

The sesame Ryvitas are lovely and go really well with a low carb diet.

acasualobserver Wed 24-Aug-16 16:42:59

They've been going a lot longer than the 80s.

Oysterbabe Wed 24-Aug-16 16:43:47

I love ryvita but almost never have it as low carb.

Oysterbabe Wed 24-Aug-16 16:44:20

I meant to say I eat low carb.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Wed 24-Aug-16 16:45:19

My mum used to eat lots of Ryvita in the 70's/80's, just reading up on it, they started in the 1930's. I read the F plan diet book, I agree, some good tips in it.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 24-Aug-16 16:48:03

Yes. Ryvita and grapefruit.

The cornerstones of any 1980s weight loss diet.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Wed 24-Aug-16 16:50:27

Yes, my mum did grapefruit too, the thing is, she didn't need to lose any weight!

gastropod Wed 24-Aug-16 16:58:23

Definitely something I associate with the 80s too. Don't forget the low-fat cottage cheese on top!

Catsrus Wed 24-Aug-16 16:59:05

Just had a couple with lashings of full fat butter, all those lovely little holes to fill! grin

We always have ryvita in the cupboard - I've been eating them since the 70's and my dds all like them. More "convenient base for other stuff in a reasonable size" than diet food these days ....

x2boys Wed 24-Aug-16 17:15:39

Ryvitas in the 80,s were vile as were those horrible cracker bread things my mum used to get sad

Lara2 Wed 24-Aug-16 17:58:59

Definitely grin
I remember going to stay with my GP's in the 1960's and my GF always had Ryvita - even had the tin to keep them in.
We also had a slosh of whiskey in our cup of tea every morning with breakfast - but that's another thread........grin

Shyposter Wed 24-Aug-16 18:01:23

We used to have really really thin ryvitas. They were plain and smooth not seeded or anything and they were amazing. Used to break when you buttered them without fail.
Haven't seen them for years.

littleshirleybeans Wed 24-Aug-16 18:03:46

I remember Cracottes from back then, they were lovely!

mollie123 Wed 24-Aug-16 18:06:52

ryvita dates pre Second world war - apparently there was (before the war of course) a chocolate coated version of it - so my mother told me - sounds yummy to me or maybe not.

chough Wed 24-Aug-16 18:07:50

OP, Ryvitas are still in fashion!
They're on the Slimming World plan, and I see quite a few non- SW colleagues eating them at mealbreaks.

RattataPidgeyRattataPidgey Wed 24-Aug-16 18:08:09

I eat them loads and so do loads of people but then I am in Scandinavia. The popular brand here is called Wasa, though. They're really tasty with some cream cheese or pate and sliced cucumber on top.

JellyBelli Wed 24-Aug-16 18:08:50

The decade before had ryvita but they weren't as popular as slimmers bread. There was Nimble, and Slimcea with an awful jingle - 'Show them you're a Slimcea girl'.
Then Ester Rantzen outed the breads on thats Life. Theywere normal bread just with smaller slices, and thats why they only had 60 calories a slice.
Ryvita jumped in the market gap and tarted up their range.
I've worked in food retail a lot. Does it show? [worried]

mollie123 Wed 24-Aug-16 18:10:36

it was during the 2nd World War - so Mother you were right!
During the war Chocolate Ryvita was manufactured so that people could eat chocolate without using up precious ration coupons.

MachiKoro Wed 24-Aug-16 18:13:19

I associate ryvita with DH- he loves them! Also, they're good as they're wheat free, for people that are intolerant. We get the wasa ones too sometimes. They're lovely, and last for ages.
I liked cracquottes too! (?sp)

MouseholeCat Wed 24-Aug-16 18:17:59

mmm Ryevita... I've got sesame ones for work this week. Topped with mackerel pate Mon and Tue, cream cheese today, and guacamole tomorrow and Fri. They are a great alternative to sandwiches.

Not dieting, I just really love the crispiness...

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