Like most families, we snack around here. Ideally, snacks are convenient, tasty, moderately healthy, and free of bad ingredients (hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial food dyes, to name just a few).
The problem is, when someone wants a snack, they often don’t want to have to think too hard about what to grab. Often, we eat fresh fruit as a snack, but there are plenty of times we want something else. Then there are times when we need a portable snack that can be thrown in a bag.
Ideally, I wanted to find snacks that the whole family would be willing to eat – not just me. I tried Graze because I had a coupon code for a free 4-snack box. I like the idea of individually portioned shelf-stable snacks that range from savory to sweet. They aren’t organic, but they are completely non-GMO, and they do not use artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or hydrogenated oils.
You can customize what types of snacks you get in the preferences of your account – you can choose to have only vegan snacks, or gluten free, or dairy free, for example. Also, there is the option of going through the snack list one-by-one and choosing whether you want to “trash” a snack, try a snack, like a snack, or love a snack. This helps customize snack boxes to fit your desires. In short, you don’t actually get to hand pick the snacks you’ll be receiving, but you essentially narrow the field down to a list of items you are happy with receiving – so the actual box you receive it a bit of a surprise.
As far as frequency of boxes, you can choose to receive a box once a month, every two weeks, or every week. I currently receive a snack box every two weeks.
I know boxes like Vegan Cuts are quite popular with a lot of people, and I’d like to try that snack box, too – but the month to month subscription is $22.95. An 8-snack Graze box is $11.99. So for now, I’m going to stick with Graze.
One complaint I have is that Graze sends a separate Nutritional Information sheet in the snack box for just the snacks included in that particular snack box. That means that individual snacks don’t have nutritional info or ingredients listed on the packaging. For me this is annoying, as I attempt to monitor my calories every day and would like to see the product info on the actual snack, not on a separate piece of paper.
The majority of snacks in the Graze menu contain nuts, seeds, crackers, beans, dried fruit, or some “healthy” sweets, like “flapjacks” aka granola bars, peanut butter dippers and oat & spelt cookies. I like the variety of flavors and spices, as it helps to keep snacks interesting instead of eating smoked almonds or plain pretzels for the 1000th time.
Another very nice focus the company has is that each snack has some kind of nutritional benefit. Snacks are either listed as 150 calories or less, high in protein, high in fiber, or high in vitamins and minerals – every snack has a positive nutritional aspect. I really appreciate that. Sometimes I really need protein, but other times I just want something to munch on that isn’t too high in calories. The snack boxes give me a little of everything. I also like that there are some sweet treats available that are healthier than typical grocery store kid snacks. My daughter likes sweet treats, and it’s nice to be able to give her a pre-portioned Graze snack that I can easily see is 120 calories and contains no bad ingredients.
Overall, this snack box is a really convenient addition to my family’s food options. My daughter, husband, and I all enjoy the snacks which is saying a lot – we are all picky in our own ways and we’ve all had snacks we’ve enjoyed. So far, not one of our snacks has been thrown away because it tasted bad. Some items we’ve enjoyed more than others, but overall I’ve been very happy with the selections. Even if we were to receive a snack that we didn’t like, it’s simple to mark that snack as “Trash” on my Graze profile and I will never receive it again.
Do you subscribe to any healthy snack boxes? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments!