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To Graze or not?

March 1, 2011




Snacking or grazing

Like many of us who sit down to make a living, I have reached an age where I cannot maintain health and energy on the mere memory of earlier active years as an aspiring teenage racing cyclist and later bombing up and down the Oxford Road in Manchester on a pink bike to university or the Hacienda.

And so, now I find myself as a newly signed up member of a local gym and spa, busy rowing away the early mornings. A month in, I feel much healthier. But sadly I realise that exercise alone might not be enough. I have a terrible ‘one-to-two-a-day’ cake habit, which I’m pretty sure I need to tackle if I’m to see some results in the weight department.

After avoiding the issue and enjoying the pain au chocolates in my favourite cafes and constant homemade cakes at home (hard to resist the Pear and Chocolate cake), a possible solution presented itself to me this weekend. While reading the Guardian, a tempting special offer from the healthy snacks company, Graze was just too good to ignore. These Graze people understand us: office workers whose healthy eating ambitions are foiled by being surrounded by sweet and salty snacks; women who don’t have time to feed themselves properly, having spent the morning making breakfasts and packed lunches for their children. Graze also pay attention to sourcing and sustainability – saving you the bother: ‘suppliers range from small family run businesses to award winning organic producers.’

Marketing people take note: The simplicity and customisable nature of their offer and the easy online process are a model in how to entice customers and encourage them to take action. A fun half hour sitting up in bed with my i-Pad scrolling through all the many nutty and fruity options (possibly too many?) and I’m almost there. I can rate my favourite snacks (that’ll be the brazil nuts and chocolate buttons then) and reject others for all time. The order form is ridiculously easy and the means by which you can cancel or suspend your future orders appears quick and accessible (usually a stumbling block for me with special offers).

My snack box appeared through the letterbox a few days later. The cleverly designed letterbox-shaped wholesome-looking buff box works brilliantly. Open it up (exciting) and you’re faced with four individually packed, surprise snacks. All packaging is recyclable. I love the grass image printed on the inside base of the box. The snacks all look visually appealing, which is important when you’re competing with the more obvious charms of a pecan brownie. The personalisation is really well thought through with a nutritional information leaflet included for the chosen snacks.

The first delivery consisted of fruit and seed flapjack (really delicious and fresh-tasting and helpfully carved up into 3 pieces) at 223 calories; a tray of actually pretty tasty savoury roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds (203 cals); 4 very juicy medjool dates (166 cals); and last but certainly not least, their Copacobana mix of brazil nuts and 8 giant milk and dark chocolate buttons at 262 calories. The calorie count is just under most other snacks, but the difference is that these will make you feel fuller and keep your energy levels up far longer than a chocolate snack. It’s an easy way to retrain your tastebuds.

Will I set this up as a regular order? They are not cheap at £3.49 a box (incl. p&p), but then this is a great time-saver and all the thinking has been done for you. A key benefit, apart from sheer convenience, is the wide range of food included here – to replicate these you’d need to raid a health food shop and invest in 20 large storage jars.

TIP: Order a box  a week and take one snack to work each day, working out at a very reasonable 87p a day. I’m trying out a Monday and Tuesday delivery to keep me stocked up for the week.

FREE BOX: Try Graze out with a free box and a second one half price. Order using this code:  32181K4

2 Comments leave one →
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