When I first heard about Graze, the delivery service that sends snacks right to your door, I scoffed. I thought, "I can grab my own snacks from the store. I don't need this." And, frankly, after trying Graze for two weeks, that sentiment still rings true. However, I also can't deny that I loved it and will probably continue my service with them. They say variety is the spice of life, and with Graze your snacking will never be the same and will never be boring.
If you go to Graze.com, the order process is simple. You just put in your information and then you're presented with dozens of different varieties of snacks. Their selection is extensive. You can order things like "New York Style Everything Bagel Bites" and s'mores-flavored granola. One of their niftiest features is how they handle dietary needs. They give consumers the option to weed out snacks with soy, dairy, nuts, etc. Plus, if you don't like a specific type of snack, you simply mark "not interested" and they make sure that particular snack never ends up in your box.
If you need more convincing for how diverse Graze's selection is, allow me to state that in my two variety boxes I received snacks like: Thai Sweet Chili Bites, Cinnamon Pretzels, Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie Bites, and enough granola that my yogurt will never be boring again. Whatever your taste buds like, chances are Graze has an option for you. They include images of what foods you'll be receiving in your variety box online, so you're never particularly shocked to see the food in front of you. However, part of the fun is choosing as many zany options that interest you and seeing which eight they include. It's like Christmas, if your Christmas gifts were delivered to your door weekly and they were only snacks.
Another thing that impressed me about Graze was their packaging and timely delivery. I have tried other services that deliver food to your door and more often than not my packages either never showed up, or were delayed by days. Graze was prompt in their delivery, and their packaging is minimal. You'll receive one small box per week with eight different, small-sized snacks individually packaged inside. Each different snack is clearly labeled in its own plastic container, and the box it comes in includes a simple-to-read, nutritional fact sheet that lets you know all the information about each of the snacks.
Graze prides itself on using high quality and healthy ingredients in their snacks and they stick by that promise. The most high-calorie snack I received was 230 calories and filling enough to last me until dinnertime. If you're a snacker looking to be conscious about what you're putting in your body, then this is the service for you.
As for the food itself? Like every variety pack of anything, there will be snacks that you enjoy more than others. The beauty of the service is that the more you use it, the more familiar you become with Graze products and you're able to figure out which snacks don't wow you. The portion sizes leave a bit to be desired, owing to the fact that they're all single-serving. But, if portion control is something you think about a lot, then the sizes will not bother you at all.
In addition to many of the snacks not being high in calories, I was also shocked to find that a nutritionist works with Graze in order to create snacks that taste good and fill your body with nutrients. Each package shows which snacks are high in fiber, or ½ a cup of fruit, or even if they're a good source of protein. By clearly labeling every individual part of the variety pack, Graze has streamlined the process for people who are trying to add some flavor to their healthy diet.
Obviously, the decision to subscribe to these food services comes down to individual preference. If you're a light snacker who loves variety and wants more than just a bag of pretzels from your grocery store, or if you don't like to go food shopping and still want to eat snacks that are dominantly healthy for you, then Graze is a great deal. But if you're someone who likes things in bulk, or doesn't like frills and thrills with your food, you'll find this service frustrating.
In the end, Graze is for people who want to try it all and want to step outside their comfort zone when it comes to snacking. For those who love to personalize every aspect of their life, Graze is a delicious home run.