graze nibblebox

I signed up to ‘Graze’, a company who send out snack-boxes in the post so that you, I suppose, don’t have to worry about snacking. Snacking is pre-arranged. Now I must state from the beginning that I am not big on snacking – I don’t have crisps or sweets or biscuits in the house, and I’m not one of those people who will constantly be looking for something to nibble at. If I have some kind of crazy mid-morning low, then I’ll eat a banana. If, at three o’ clock, I can’t concentrate and have no energy, I’ll drink a pint of water, see how I feel after that, and then maybe have a bit of cheese or whatever is lying about in the fridge. I don’t ever ‘factor’ snacks into my diet and I don’t ever pop to the shops to pick up ‘treats’. That’s just the way I am – and it’s probably partly down to self-preservation because I can’t go gaining and losing weight all the time in my particular line of work. (I’m a model, by the way, for those who are new readers and who also happen to have missed the huge logo saying ‘A Model Recommends’ and the URL, which includes A Model Recommends.)

I think that snacking does somewhat destroy willpower and also your ability to properly gauge how much you have eaten throughout the day. On the other hand, the ‘grazing’ method works for many people and helps them to keep their blood sugar stable over the course of the day – I suppose it all depends on what you’re eating. If you’re eating small sections of a healthy meal, then great – if you’re eating crisps, chocolate and Twiglets, then not so great.

Back to the Graze box – I bought four boxes for £5 on Groupon a week or so ago and my first one arrived yesterday. I knew what was in it before I opened it because Graze emailed me – spoiler alert! – with a ‘sneak peek’. This wasn’t so much a ‘peek’ as a full-on exposé – you can see the screen-grab at the top of the page! I had a vague idea anyway because I had spent an enjoyable hour picking through the menu on the website, ticking things I liked the look of and crossing off things that I really didn’t. There’s plenty to choose from and you can go super-healthy (nuts, seeds) or not-so-much (flapjack, chocolate raisins) or a bit of both. I went for ‘a bit of both’ which could potentially spell disaster for my eating habits. But this is the plan: to eat the contents of the box over a number of days and to share them with Mr AMR, who enjoys a good snack. If I get just one or two boxes a week, I’ll be sorted for little emergency energy fixes.

I’ll admit that ticking ‘flapjack’ on the website was something of a rookie error – if it’s there, then it’s a temptation, surely? I may have to remove flapjack from the options for future boxes and keep it all strictly savoury. After I have donned my hair shirt and whipped myself with a length of knotted rope.

graze nibbleboxIf you’ll take a look at exhibit one (above), you’ll see a close-up photo of my actual Graze box. The Hot Mango Salsa compartment had already been devoured (I have no idea how that happened) but there are three to go. I’m putting the olives into tonight’s salad and saving the naughty flapjack for the weekend. The ‘Wasapeas’ (nice name!) will do nicely for a little Thursday afternoon pick-me-up.

I do think that the Graze boxes are a good idea – good value for money, really, when you work out how much you’d spend on something similar from Pret or M&S. Each box costs £3.49 with delivery and it’s brilliantly convenient. I like that I can constantly adjust my preferred snacks – I’ll perhaps try one of the nutrition plans next – and that each snack is self-contained so that you can pop it into your bag. Most of the snack options would last a while out of the fridge, too, so they’re quite good for picnics. For those who don’t snack, it’s possibly insane to begin snacking now (I’m doing it for research purposes, obviously!) but for those who find themselves reaching for the chocolate digestives in the afternoon, this is a brilliant alternative. So long as you have the willpower not to eat everything in one go – I’d say there’s some pretty hefty calories going down in a Graze box.

You can order a free Graze box by clicking here: FREE GRAZE BOX or using the promotion code TM48RT8

 

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25 Responses to Graze Nibblebox Review

  1. Tan says:

    Hey Ruth + followers, this is my snack routine whenever I don’t have work or uni in the morning, after breakfast i whip up the following:
    preheat oven to 200 deg C
    Mix in one bowl:
    2 eggs
    100ml milk (i use skim but anything will work)
    80mg of butter and 3 tablespoon of brown sugar melted together in or preheating oven and wait to cool a bit before adding
    1 tablespoon olive oil or any nut oil
    3 tablespoon of honey
    splash of vanilla essence or almond essence optional
    mix until it resembles something not quite so edible but smells nice
    then add the dry ingredients:
    1 cup rolled oats
    1/2 cup plain flour
    1/2 cup SR flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    pinch of salt
    Whisk for no more than 2 minutes or it willl become bready
    then fold through 3-4 cut up bananas and a handful of dark chocolate chips (and a bit more)
    spoon into 11 (I don’t know why it’s just one short of twelve but i’m too scared to alter the recipe to make 12) lined muffin tins and top with more rolled oats if you want.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes. I’m so used to making it that from the moment i get the mixing bowl out to getting the muffins out of the oven takes me about 3/4 of an hour or less. So if you start mixing right after breakfast you’ll have cooled lovely healthy muffins by morning tea time, and a batch will last you about 3-5 days in the fridge depending whether your housemate nicks them or not. x

  2. Mary says:

    HI Ruth, Thanks for sharing! Great snack to take to work or when traveling. <3

  3. Lee says:

    Ice just ordered my free first box and cant wait.. I have bad foody habbits like not eating breakfast abd always needing a sweet after a big dinner in the evening….. So the box for me will do 2 things 1)…make sure i eat breakfast using a punnet and 2)….use a punnet for my after eat-treat! Gotta be a good thing?!

  4. This is definitely a good idea in order to snack in a controlled manner. Halkidiki olives are really yummy by the way!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I think this is an excellent idea, I was ready to give it a try until I saw it is not for the United States. Does anyone know of a similar program for healthy snacks for US residents?

  6. I LOVE my Graze boxes, been getting them for a while and it’s helped to wean me off my daily chocolate habit!

  7. I have been getting this box for a few months now, I love it. I take a punnet to college every day with me to stop me going to the vending machines for some energy!
    I love your review on this. Everytime I get a flapjack too I think ‘oh no’ I might have to click bin to them (except the seeded one) which is my favourite. I’d love to try their new dips too!

    xxx

  8. Alex says:

    I’ve been using graze for over a year now… Every box is always a yummy surprise. Great concept! :)

  9. Rebecca pearson says:

    I had to sadly give up my graze boxes. No self control – both in ticking the ‘like’ boxes (hello flapjacks and chocolate drops!) and in lasting them throughout the week (day more like!)

  10. Natasha Bain says:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Ruth for this! I have ordered mine (for the full 6 days) and I will be getting my first one on Tuesday! Whoop Whoop! I am really looking forward to getting it! There are soooooo many items to choose from and love the fact that if there are any items you don’t like you can bin it so you never receive that item (I HATE sultanas & raisins! Yuck yuck yuck! Lol) I also love that the 1st & 6th box are free. I also love the fact that some of the items contain 1 of your 5 a day! So you could (if you ticked just all the items with 1 of your 5 a day) get 4 of your 5 a day!!!!! How healthy is that???!!! I also love that it all looks and sounds sooooo yummy and will actually (well most of it! Lol) do you good! I will let you know what I think of the box after I get my first one! Can’t wait! Plus it has cheered me up and given me something to look forward too (my doctor has signed me off work for at least 2 weeks today! So it has made me look forward to something and also know what I will be getting will be doing me some good) Once again Ruth Thank You sooooo much and I am excited to see what I will be getting in my first box and all the subsequent boxes! YIPPEE xxxx

  11. Alana says:

    I’m getting my Graze box on Monday – so excited! Thanks Ruth :)

  12. Kirsty says:

    I tried this out for a few weeks some time ago but unfortunately I had to stop as my willpower is limited and I did find myself devouring the box within ten minutes! Bonus points for impressing the ladies in my office though … it got to be a bit of a talking point!!

  13. thumbalins says:

    Interesting! Im a snack-freak: i eat 3 meals a day and have at least 2 snacks (fruit, a panini, a bowl of coco-pops, a greek spinach pie etc) and I really cant understand what you mean by saying that you dont snack. Do you mean that you just eat 2-3 times a day? If I dont keep eating frequently as I do, I start panicking and throw tantrums in front of the fridge!! (Im 24, 1.70m, 48kg).

    • admin says:

      @Thumbalins – as I said, each to their own! I TRY to have the three meals a day – if I start snacking in between then I’d never stop! xx

  14. Alexandria says:

    I wish I lived in the UK! The snacks look so appetising… Makes me wonder if there’s something like graze over here in the US.

  15. ella says:

    Sorry, still not sold on these. A friend of mine went through a ‘graze phase’ about a year ago and while its a nice concept i think its a tremendous waste of money on the part of the consumer. Whats wrong with just buying a nice big bag of walnuts and having a handful now and then when you feel a bit peckish? £3.49 a box?!! for that i could buy enough fresh fruit and veg at my local market to make myself at least three decent meals!
    still, the snacks are OK and i wouldnt say no to that groupon offer. which is why i MUST unsubscribe to groupon RIGHT NOW. it really is having an adverse affect on my bank balance! xx

  16. Kate says:

    Am back in the UK for a few weeks and have been using Graze boxes. I picked the nutritional plan option and was pleasantly surprised – lots of seeds and nuts, but done differently, although after seeing your tempting flapjacks I do wish I had been a bit less disciplined! Wish someone would start similar in France, would love Graze to deliver to my desk…

  17. sugarcoated says:

    :O I want this too! *hints at Graze to move to the Netherlands*

  18. LilyLipstick says:

    I love Graze boxes. I’m not big on snacking either – it wasn’t really allowed when I was a child and I never got into the habit since leaving home. I get box per fortnight which works out well both for my eating habits and financially. I love how it lets you try new things and be a bit more adventurous with new foods. x

  19. Sophia says:

    ooooh this looks fab! definitely something for people that are busy/on the go who don’t have the time to shop! xox

  20. hunaja says:

    I signed up to Graze a few weeks ago (Clubcard offer) and really love it! I picked the EatWell plan so I don’t get the flapjacks and such. But the majority of the things are delicious and I think it’s an amazing idea.

  21. Bailey says:

    Thank you so much, Ruth! I LOVE your posts, your videos, your tips & tricks, basically everything! :))

    I’m really interesting in eating healthy, staying toned etc. and I would LOVE to know what & how often you are eating to stay full and to have enough energy since being a model MUST be exhausting if you don’t have enough energy!?
    I think a lot of people do eat way more than they really have to, it’s just habit. I also try to avoid carbs but then often I don’t know what to eat to stay full other than meat and fish (and lots of vegies obviously).

    Whatsoever, I love your posts, thanks for everything! <3

    Love from Germany!
    xxx

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