We’ve been dieting/eating healthy properly for the past 4 or so months. I’ve been on the lookout for some snacks that are interesting but “cheap” in regards to calories.
As you know there are 8 million different sub boxes, snack boxes etc. So I wanted to try and find something relatively healthy but interesting enough that we’d enjoy the occasional snack and not feel restricted.
I happened upon the grocery store snacks Graze has been selling lately and my husband commented that it was a sub thing and he had tried them years ago in the UK, only to stop because he “ate them all”.
Lo and behold when I get home for some reason my facebook/google ad algorithm kept showing me ads for Graze (conspiracy theory about my phone microphone picking up that convo :P) so I thought what the heck let’s give it a try.
It’s a semi weird system as you can order individual items but don’t have access to the store unless you sub. I learned afterward that once you cancel you continue that access to the store, I wish I had known because I’d probably have forgone the sub and picked a few other random treats I was interested in.
A sub is $13.99, you can receive deliveries weekly or monthly. The box comes with 8 random treats that you can vote up or down to sway your preferences. If you order items separately they vary from $3.99-$8.99 per pack of snacks (6-8 snacks per) or you can order share bags and a few other things.
I ordered ours right before that crazy mid-west snow storm so while not delayed I feel like it took a little longer than usual. It came in a cute little package, and the random treats I received this month were: Kern Pops, Sweet Mustard Ranch, Honey Nuts, Grilled Cheese, Jelly doughnut, Vitamin E Defense, Peach & Rhubarb Pick-Me-Up, and Snickerdoodle Dip.
I also ordered separately some Jelly Doughnut, Cheese Board, Snickerdoodle Dip and the Billionaires Shortbread.
They came in grab and go display cases with a card out the top that has the nutritional information displayed on the back. These worked really well for me since we have a little keurig/tea counter setup and they fit right in!
Onto the snacks!
These varied calorically from around 90-250 calories, with an emphasis on treats under 150. You can sort the store to only show you those treats and each store page has the nutritional info.
I deeply appreciate treats that are single serving, nothing worse than reading the back of something finding you’re only supposed to eat a third. This was one of the reasons I chose Graze to try as we’re really focusing on our macros but also looking for low stress solutions. Like sure, I could probably buy/make the ingredients for similar snacks, but do I want to bother with all that weighing and math? I do enough of that for meals.
Peach & Rhubarb Pick-Me-Up
- 110 calories
- rhubarb slices, pear and peach fruit drops
Holy crap I love rhubarb but I’ve never had it dried. It’s SO good. I really liked this one, sweet, slightly tart, the fruit drops are sort of like gummy candies so it makes it feel like a real sweet treat.
Kettlecorn Kern Pops
- 130 calories
- sweet and salty half-popped corn kernels.
I’ve never been a fan of kettle corn, these were just okay. I liked the texture, they remind me of Cornnuts in a sense, but since they’re loose and crunchy bits a lot of this snack becomes a powder and is just messy to eat.
- 130 calories
- raspberry fruit strings, almond slivers, raspberry infused cranberries and vanilla cookie drops.
This one was both of our favourite. The mini cookies are sweet with the tiniest amount of chew, the tart cranberries and fruit strings compliment it beautifully. The almonds just kind of exist there though, easily replaceable. I would order this one in a pack again for sure.
- 120 calories
- hickory smoked almonds, cheddar bruschetta and mustard breadsticks
I wasn’t blown away by this one but it was tasty enough. Savoury and carby, can’t really go wrong. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat this.
- 150 calories
- snickerdoodle cookie dip with cinnamon pretzel dippers
Another favourite! Like adult dunkaroos with cookie butter. While you have to mindfully ration out the cookie butter so each stick gets one, I feel like it was still generous enough. Definitely a satisfying sweet treat with a low enough calorie count.
The Cheese Board
- 120 calories
Similar to the grilled cheese but I like this one a lot more. The cashews are cheesy and creamy, and the baked herb bite is a slightly sweet rice cracker.
Sweet Mustard Ranch
- 130 calories
- pretzels, sour cream & onion cashews and mustard breadsticks
I’m actually eating this one as I review, while I had enough time to try all the snacks without going over my calories, we kind of gravitated to the boxes of our favorites <_<
*chews while thinking* This is okay, the breadsticks and pretzels are a bit dry for me (reminds me of airplane snacks) but the cashews are tasty. This would be better with a tea.
- 210 calories
- chocolate chips, almonds, cranberries and fudge
I really loved this one. Mostly because it allows me to eat some chocolate and fudge and it feels like such a lovely treat. I have to be more mindful with this one as it’s higher in calories than most, but it’s worth it to save up if you’re really having some cravings. The cranberry and almond also feel like they belong with this pack and make it really delightful.
Vitamin E Defense
- 190 calories
- roasted hazelnuts, redskin peanuts, jumbo raisins and cranberries
This was fine but again nothing to write home about. A pretty average trail mix of sorts. Still tasty and super useful if you’re looking for a quick on the go portion of nuts/dried fruit.
- 200 calories
- honey drizzled cashews, with pumpkin seeds and baked salted peanuts
I like this but it’s a little too high in calories to justify in regards to how much I enjoy it. The cashews are lovely and very sweet (almost too much for me) and the rest of the nuts compliment it well. If I was to “spend” 200 calories I’d probably choose something with chocolate or much more substantial.
I think, that’s that?
- Relatively cheap if you take the effort of prepackaging and unique treats into consideration, each snack in the sub box is under $2, the ones I ordered separately were under $1.
- Easy to keep track of calories
- Interesting flavours and combinations
- I’m a little too picky for random boxes, even if you can “vote” I’d still have to work through the duds. And sorting through the site there’s a lot I can tell I probably wouldn’t enjoy or justify calorically.
- Not all of the packages have the calories listed on them, some have the small white bubble on them which is lovely. My Fitness Pal has a lot of incorrect info so trying to remember how many calories were in a pack, then googling and trying to find the right one is tedious, but I guess that’s cause I’m being a little more strict.
- The carb heavy boxes are tasty but a little dry.
All in all, I like it. There are a few treats I think I will continue to order manually but I don’t think I’ll go with a sub. Maybe periodically (you can order one offs if you wish) to have some random things but I’d rather pick and choose what to try!
Have you tried Graze or any other snack sub? What was your favourite? I’d love to review more if I can find some good ones!
This is not a sponsored post. This review is my complete unbiased honest opinion.