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An easy way to eat better
Member Name: lexx
Advantages: Helps with your 5 a day, lots of variety, convenient, tasty, good quality
Disadvantages: Some people might consider it expensive
I like to eat healthily so when I was offered a free trial box from Graze I of course ordered straight away. That was 5 months ago and I've been getting a weekly box ever since.
The idea behind Graze is that for £2.99 they will deliver a box of healthy nutritionally balanced snacks that are personalised for you straight to your door. When you sign up you simply choose what day (or days) you want your box delivered, what kind of box you want and then start rating foods so they know what to send you. Simple! Boxes can be delivered Monday to Saturday and fit through a letterbox so there's no worries about missing it if you pop out. It's easy to manage holidays or change the delivery day through the website too.
So, what are your choices?
Firstly you can pick from a fruit box or a nibble box. The nibble box contains 4 equally sized punnets whereas the fruit one contains 2 and a larger fresh fruit punnet. The punnets are all individually sealed so you can save them to eat throughout the week and they'll still be fresh. They also come with an insert featuring all the nutritional information, how many of your 5 a day the box contains and the use by dates on each punnet.
Once you've chosen your box type you then need to pick how they'll balance it for you. I simply picked the basic setting where they send a nutritionally balanced box from the whole range, but you can also choose a low GI box to keep your blood sugar stable all day or one with foods designed to boost your immune system.
Next we come to rating the foods. All you do here is go through the categories and select love (send frequently), like (send sometimes), try (would be willing to try) or bin (never send) for each item. Usually if you bin a few things containing an ingredient such as peanuts, it'll offer to bin all the selections containing that ingredient which I found really useful and time saving.
And now onto the interesting bit, the foods themselves:
As you'd expect, this is their range of fruit. There are a number of citrus options, grapes, apples, pineapple and cherries, although the cherries always seem to be unavailable which is disappointing. The fruit is freshly prepared and has always been high quality, juicy and delicious. If you have fruit in your box it comes with a cooling strip and a bamboo fork to eat it with so you don't get covered in juice.
They have a selection of olives in different marinades. A portion works out as about 7-10 olives depending on size which I've found an appropriate amount. Again, they've always been high quality although I did once find an unexpected stone so watch out.
The nut range is extensive, ranging from plain single nut punnets to mixed punnets, to roasted and flavoured nuts. There's something for everyone, but watch out as some of the mixes, particularly the honey coated ones are rather calorific.
Just like the nut range, the fruit range is wide. There are very few single fruit punnets, with the emphasis being on exciting mixes. Usually the mixes contain raisins, green raisins and another fruit but this isn't the rule - there are raisin free mixes too. I especially like the more unusual selections offered such as dried figs, pineapple, mulberries and physalis.
Dried fruit and nut mixes:
This is pretty self explanatory. Here you get mixtures featuring both dried fruit and nuts. All the ones I've been sent have had well balanced flavours that complemented each other well, and it's obvious a lot of thought has gone into these selections. My personal favourite is "Bear Necessities" a mix of strawberry, apricot and macadamia.
These come in punnets of flavoured and unflavoured seed mixes, and selections featuring seeds with dried fruit and/or nuts. Personally I find the seed choices a bit less interesting than a lot of the other categories, although they've been tasty enough when I've been sent them.
These are a newer addition to the range featuring a selection of Oriental cracker mixes. I can't really comment on these as I'm not a fan of spicy things so haven't had any of them.
Finally, we have the naughtier section of the range. These are fruit and nut mixes that feature either chocolate buttons or a chocolate or yoghurt dipped item. As a vegan I was delighted to find out that the dark chocolate is dairy free so I'm able to enjoy this part of the range too. The balance between fruit/nuts and chocolate is excellent with enough to make it feel like a treat without it being so much it becomes too unhealthy and the combinations have been worked out very well. Some feature the rather unusual chocolate coated cocoa beans which I recommend.
My overall opinion?
Well, after weekly boxes for 5 months I've thoroughly impressed with Graze. The cost may seem a little expensive since you could go out and buy a big pack of nuts and raisins for less, but I think it's worth it as it allows you to sample a much greater variety. I think if I bought in bulk I'd get bored of eating the same mix every week and some of the more unusual items could be hard to find in the supermarket. I look forward to this as a treat every week and considering it costs about the same as a glass of wine and is much better for me, I think it's a justifiable little luxury.
The website itself is very user friendly and I've never had any problems with the delivery- my box always shows up before 9am on the correct day in perfect condition. A friend of mine did have a box go missing once, but the customer service team were very helpful and sent a replacement box immediately. I've found the web based support friendly and polite- I've sent in a couple of suggestions for new products and received a prompt personal response.
I can't think of a single thing I don't like about Graze and I would recommend it to anyone. If you want to try it out yourself, you can get your first box free with this code: 39FHBT3
Summary: A healthy snack box delivered to your door