Hi, before you get started with this review, I thought you’d like to know that you can now try a graze box yourself, for free! Click here and you’ll be taken to their site where you can place your first order. I hope you enjoy the review and your tasty graze box!
We first reviewed the Graze box back in spring 2010 and are now updating our review thanks to various changes that have gone on. Thanks to everyone who has commented on the post – it’s been overwhelmingly positive, with some constructive notes too.
To quickly summarize, Graze boxes are small boxes of healthy snacks that can be delivered to home or work once or more a week. The whole idea is that it’s an alternative to snacking on muffins and cakes, and for those at work all day without much of a lunch hour or people who don’t live near a health food shop, they are an excellent idea. They are also good for lazy bums who can’t be bothered to go out and buy healthy snacks for themselves…
You can decide what to have in your box on an individual basis or have it chosen for you at random; you have the choice of two types. Nibble boxes include flapjacks, yoghurt-dipped cranberries and cracked black pepper cashews. They are slightly more fun and you can choose anything to go into them. They cost £3.49.
Nutrition boxes allow you to choose an Eat Well or Energy plan, both of which are contain foods full of vitamins and minerals and omega fats. Energy boxes are the strictest, with a selection including nuts, seeds and dried fruits while Eat Well boxes may include the occasional treat. They both also cost £3.49 and as with all boxes, you get four items per box.
We’ve tried the boxes on several occasions now, and nearly everything has been really tasty. I loved the Korean chilli rice crackers – they were amazing – and the fiery wasapeas. The olives were good but very messy and oily (not what you want all over your keyboard) and the fruit, nut and chocolate selections like the Jaffa cake (roasted hazels, orange-infused sultanas and dark chocolate buttons) are heavenly.
We’d complain that they aren’t easy to nibble on throughout the week – you just want to devour them there and then.
Now to your comments. Some people have called them overpriced, but I’m not so sure. For £3.49, a price that includes delivery, you get a selection of four high quality nibbles. You could go and buy a packet of crisps or a piece of fruit at lunchtime for less, sure, but that’s not what they’re offering. These are premium nibbles and you’d be hard pressed to put something together of this standard for a lot less. The other thing, of course, is that they are all about convenience. You don’t have to poke around health food shops to find healthy nibbles, they just come straight through your letter box. That convenience for us is worth the small amount extra.
Are they healthy? It’s all relative, isn’t it? Snacking isn’t healthy, to start with, but if you need an energy boost, these things are more nutritious than a Mars bar. If you are chowing through boxes of flapjack and chocolate and dried fruit, you’re probably not looking after yourself as well as if you were choosing nuts and seeds. But the whole thing about this website and the way you build your own box is that it’s your call. It’s as healthy as you want it to be.
On their site they are offering the first box half price but if you go through our website you’ll get the first free – just use the button to the right. You can cancel at any time so why not try it for yourself? Every time you get an order, you get four tokens so some of your friends can get a free box too.
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