I have been playing around with the idea of signing up to Graze sometime now and have had so many free promotional codes for it yet still couldn’t bring myself to use them. Last week, I finally decided to put one of my many promotional codes to good use. Unfortunately I can only use one but I have the rest left, so if I’m happy to give others a code if they so wish. I also have friend codes to give away that entitle you to free boxes!
So, this is how the box looks on the outside. It uses minimal packaging and looks to be quite eco-friendly which is nice. There no fancy, unneeded packaging, it just simply shows their logo. There are many different types of graze boxes to choose from. Mine is the nibble box in which you will receive four snacks per box, chosen from over 100 of their recipes. They also offer a breakfast box, “Big” Box, Savoury box, Goody box, Chocolate box (I need to try this soon) and a flapjack box. More details of these can be found at their website.
Within my first Graze box, I received four snacks as promised. Included was the herby bread basket, chilli and lime pistachios, triple berry smoothie and the Graze brownie. Each of these all have small symbols on them for example, the brownie has a “graze light” symbol meaning it contains 110-150 calories. A few of them also have an F on them which shows the snack is a high source of fibre. You are able to choose which snacks you are sent by rating them online and you can also choose wether or not you want to be sent a snack as soon as possible.
I’ll start off with the bread basket. I was quite looking forward to this one and is a great little snack for anytime of the day. Inside it contains mini basil breadsticks, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers. The rice crackers had to be my favourite, they had a slight subtle hint of spice to them and the texture was lovely and crisp. I feel as though the crostini was perhaps a bit hard but I think it worked well with the rest of the basket. I would definitely recommend trying this when you can, the flavours work well together and as I said, it is perfect for any time of day.
This triple berry smoothie punnet includes dried bananas, strawberries, blueberries and cranberries. I used mine on top of some porridge and found them to be sweeter than I imagined. I have never really tried dried fruit before as I expect it to not be as sweet and to have an odd texture but I did quite like this mix. The only thing that let it down for me was the dried banana which felt a little chewy and had a really odd texture, I think I’ll stick to regular bananas on top of my porridge. Although this wasn’t completely to my liking, I imagine it could still taste good within a smoothie or as a quick snack throughout the day if you are a fan of dried fruit.
This may be my favourite item from the pack. When you think of brownies, you think of sweet, sugary, fatty, but oh so good slices of heaven. I always see them as something bad for me and when on a diet, I tend to avoid them. However, a slice of this brownie comes in at just 110 calories! The butter and wheat flour where replaces by ground almonds which admittedly, made it slightly more drier but not too much that it was unforgivably dry. I think for the amount of calories in this, I can deal with it not being as moist as a usual brownie. It’s very light and airy and still has a slight fudgy texture like a usual brownie. Again, this is definitely one to try and is great for chocolate lovers on a diet (aka me)
The chilli and lime pistachios were probably my least favourite item from my first graze box. Although I did eat them all, I have chosen to put this particular item into my “bin” which means I won’t be sent it again. Some of the pistachios did taste just like normal pistachios, which wasn’t a bad thing. The lime and chilli flavours did work well together too however, I thought it was sometimes too overpowering. Don’t let my judgement throw you off though, I think they’re still worth a try, as is everything by graze. I think the best part of graze is that it allows you to try new foods and decide wether you like them or not. If you do like these pistachios, I came across a big bag of them recently in holland and barratt so you can satisfy your cravings for them.