Thursday, 12 January 2012
Graze is an online delivery service of healthy snacks and nibbles. You need to set up an account online and then specify how many snack boxes you'd like a week and on which days you'd like them. Each box comes with four different 'snack packs' weighing about 40grams on average (obviously light things like rice crackers weight a bit less than the olives and nuts) and costs approximately £3.50 including delivery.
Pros - The boxes have a good variety of unusual and tasty snacks that are also generally nice and healthy. The website is really easy to use and once you have an account you can cancel a one off order or stop the deliveries completely.
On the website you can rate the snacks you prefer and bin any items you know you don't like or don't want included. I personally have really enjoyed the olives which seem nice and fresh and good quality and had the stones removed. It even came with a little napkin and cocktail sticks to make life easy.
Graze also supports the 'school of farming' charity for the village of Kabubbu in Uganda.
Cons - The boxes typically contain things like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, olives or breads. These are nutritionally very good for you in small doses but each pack can be up to 200 calories, that makes each box up to 800 calories in total if all four snack boxes are eaten at once (and yes I'm guilty).
Basically I'm enjoying the graze snack boxes at the moment and the novelty of not really knowing what snacks will arrive next but I'm aware that by eating one two of the small packs a day, I'm adding about 400 calories to my diet. Yes I know not all calories are equal and the nuts and seeds are full of 'good' fats and vitamins and minerals but even so I really don't need any encouragement when it comes to 'grazing' throughout the day. Also at £3.50 they aren't expensive for what you get but if you had 2 delivered a week that could add up to £28 a month (£3.50 x2 = £7 a week x 4 weeks).
If anyone is interested in signing up to Graze, this code might work for you and will mean your first box is free ...
Value for money 7/10
Would I buy again: Yes (for now I'm having one a week delivered)
Overall score 8/10