For quite a while I have known about graze, an online company that is on a mission to revolutionise snacking by replacing our the sugary, salty, and processed snacks with healthy alternatives.
At first I was reluctant to sign up because it is one of those things where you can send off for a box, but then have to cancel if you don't want them to send you anymore. When a friend gave me a code voucher for a free box, however, I thought I might as well give it a try.
Graze was set up by seven friends who love food, but whose waistlines were suffering from the average snack. Wanting to ditch the crisps and chocolate bars, they started inventing their own delicious snacks.
They currently have 157 snacks to choose from, but their taste and nutrition experts are always coming up with new ideas. Made from good quality, natural, and wholesome ingredients, the range includes things such as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, and olives. But they also have a few things that you might not expect to see as part of a healthy diet, such as cake, brownies, popcorn, flapjacks and puddings.
These too are surprisingly angelic. The Graze Brownie, for example, replaces wheat flour with ground almonds, butter with rapeseed oil, and uses beetroot to enhance the flavour of the dark chocolate.
There are a variety of snack boxes to choose from, including a breakfast box (cereals, muesli, porridge), kids box (includes a game in each box), and nibble box (standard, savoury, chocolate, light, boost, sustain, sugar count).
Once you have made your selection, you can then decide how often you want your box delivered, which can be as frequently as twice a week or as long as once a fortnight. If you want more boxes, you can oder one offs, and if you want less, you can cancel orders or schedule a holiday break.
Boxes are £3.99, but you get your first, fifth, and tenth half price. If you have a voucher code then you get your first, fifth, and tenth box completely free.
Now all that is sorted, here comes the fun part: customising your box. While you cannot decide exactly what you get each week, you can have strong influence using the rating system.
Under each snack are a number of tags, including 'Bin', 'Try', 'Like', 'Love', and 'Send Soon'. If there are any foods you don't like or have allergies to, you can bin them, and they will never be sent. If there is a snack you are eager to try, tick 'Send Soon'. If you request several to be sent soon, not all will necessarily appear in your next delivery, as they try to balance the snacks out to make the best combinations.
After trying each snack, you can then say where you like or love it, and those with a higher rating will be sent more frequently.
When you get your Graze box, you will get a little booklet that tells you all the nutritional information about it, including how many calories each portion has. You get four snacks in a box, and so far my boxes have ranged between 500-600 calories in total. The 'light' box will be less.
The snacks come in fully recyclable handy little containers, which are useful if eating on the go. There is also a napkin hidden underneath, which I did not actually discover until my second delivery.
So far my favourite snack has been the rhubarb & custard, which is dried rhubarb with apple rings, and custard coated raisins. I wasn't so keen on their herby bread basket, which I didn't think was quite seasoned enough.
Graze delivers to anywhere in the UK. If you are interested in signing up, I have a friend code voucher that will get you your first box free. This voucher can used by anyone, so it is not a question of first come first serve; it will work no matter how many people have used it: N33HGLVNB