In the midst of summer flying, I had made more bad eating decisions than I would like to admit. With summer traveling comes heightened stress, and I have a tendency to be a stress eater. While I broke the cycle last summer, clocking in an average of 100 flight hours per month (not including commuting to and from Atlanta, sitting in airports, going to layover hotels, and boarding/deplaning) resulted in one of my long-shattered, old habits returned with a fury. Man, am I spitting mad at myself for letting this happen. Enter graze.
I’m a snacker. Sadly, I never manage to pack healthy treats when I am flying. It’s been a while since I have regularly traveled with pre-portioned snacks, and I firmly believe that graze may have re-inspired me. While chatting with my gal pal, Meghan, I learned of graze, a mail order snack company that packages a wide selection of healthy treats. While I am typically traveling half of the month, I figured that what better way to try out new combinations of snacks than by someone taking the guess work out of the process for me.
Why should I pay top dollar at convenience kiosks to pack on weight with bad decisions? Isn’t going to the airport stressful enough? I love my Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups just as much as the next girl, but over the course of the summer, I was paying the airports to make my uniform get tight! Some might wag a finger at the $6.49 per box price tag, but that includes shipping. With four pre-packaged portions inside the costs roughly $1.63 per piece. When you take into consideration the cost of purchasing snacks (read: junk food) at airports, it’s beyond reasonable. The nibbleboxes tend to have a 50-50 ratio of sweet and savory choices available. Plus, the slim, eco-conscious packaging packs well in both a carry on or suitcase, and all packing is completely recycylable. I have yet to take smaller containers out of the flat packaging. I simply chuck the whole thing into my carry on. With dimensions of 9.5″ x 6.5″ x 1″, it’s roughly the size of a tablet and thinner than most paperbacks!
Week One nibblebox (Venice) – My first box arrived a couple of days prior to my first trip to Venice as a flight attendant, and more importantly, my first visit to Italy since 2005. My intentions were to enjoy the snacks while exploring the canals of one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. However, the excitement to try out my first nibblebox, I devoured half of it before I even boarded the aircraft. I was making room for souvenirs, I swear!
- Rock the Casbah (160 cal) – Without hesitation, I started my graze experience with a quick trip to across the seas and enjoyed the chewy goodness of the dried fruit. This by and large, my absolute favorite. Consider this Casbah properly rocked, baby!
- Key Lime Pie (110 cal) – Meghan’s reaction to this particular treat pushed me into investing in graze, and one bite of KLP solidified this Florida Girl’s understanding. Low calories and yummy? Yes, please!
- Sour Cream & Onion Cashews (220 cal) – I’m nuts for these nuts. I have a critical weakness for sour cream and onion potato chips and cashews, so this deletes the potato making it healthier and a more fulfilling treat.
- Pomodoro Rustichella (120 cal) – It was not one of my favorites, but I think had I paired it with something to drink aside from water, I might have liked it more.
Week Two nibblebox (Madrid) – I packed my second nibblebox
- Garden of England (70 cal) – Despite being slated to fly to Madrid, as I prepared for work, I lost myself in this treat. The black currants were an acquired taste, but they balanced the sweetness of the mini strawberries and apple pieces.
- Whole Grain Banana Caramel Dippers (150 cal) – After eating dinner in the concourse, I enjoyed this little treat instead of gravitating toward an ice cream sundae or dessert crepe. This was quite the sweet treat, and I felt far less guilty afterwards.
- Twist of Black Pepper Popcorn (130 cal) – I enjoyed this treat after returning to the US, but in the middle of a domestic trip. I nuked it for 1:45 and most of the kernels popped.
- Jalapeño Fiesta (210 cal) – I’m not a fan of jalepenos, but I agreed that when I signed up for graze, that I would give every item I wasn’t allergic to at least one tried. I tried it, and if I loved spicy heat more, I am certain I would have loved it.
graze’s School of Farming (Registered Charity #110274) is an outreach program in Kabbubu, Uganda is designed to help locals “grow themselves out of poverty” by teaching them farming and harvesting skills, providing tools and seeds, and supporting their “students” through their first few seasons of growing. Until I read the details and update in my second nibblebox, I was completely unaware of their philanthropic activity.
After returning from Madrid, the middle of August blurred past me and after being away for nearly two weeks, I dropped by my house to find two nibbleboxes waiting for me. En route to the airport, I did a fly by at the house and my mom kindly left the boxes outside for me to pluck up and chuck into my suitcase. With six days of on call ahead and the potential for an inordinate amount of bad snacking, I was thankful to have a stash to get me through what could be best described as Scheduling Roulette.
Though, I did notice a pattern. When it came to selecting the first choice from a nibblebox, without fail, I pick one of the sweet items first as I tend to have the first snack in the afternoon around tea time. The savory ones I prefer pairing with wine or beer at the end of the night. These last two boxes made their way to Raleigh-Durham, Los Angeles, and all the way down to Santiago, Chile in one whirlwind of a week.
- Raspberry & Coconut Muffin (140 cal) – I enjoyed, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. It was a little drier than I expected, but tasty nonetheless.
- Black Pepper Pistachios (100 cal) – It has been quite a while since I enjoyed pistachios, but I couldn’t tell how these seasoned ones varied from ones I would get from the market. It was nice to rekindle my relationship with this particular nut.
- Cherries & Berries (110 cal) – I think of how Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson describes light-bodied red wines. I loved the addition of the lingonberries and jumbo raisins to the cranberries and cherries. I would love to have these again.
- Seedsational (200) – the combination of soy sauce roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds were a great salty snack. This particular package has volume, so it felt like I was grazing for a long while. I believe I took a break halfway through.
- Fruit & Seed Flapjack (230 cal) – I enjoyed this treat as part of my breakfast on the first day of my on call. With a Cancun turn and then a jaunt up to Raleigh, I needed to kick start my morning with some power.
- My Thai (80 cal) – One spicy treat! I loved the soy sauce rice crackers and how they paired with the chili sauce. Definitely need a glass of water with it or in my case, a juicy pear.
- Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie (230 cal) – It satisfied my sweetness craving, but the caramel bits were a little tough to chew. I should have paired it with a nice cup a tea to soften up some of the heartier pieces.
- Elenor’s Apple Crumble (120 cal) – A fruity mix of apples, raisins, and honey almonds. The only thing that bummed me out about this one was how fast I ate it. I love dried apples.
Week Five I picked up before heading away on a shorter, two-day trip. I beat snacking boredom with a stick with this mixture of sweet and salty. The only thing that bummed me out was how quickly I polished off the whole thing.
- Summer Berry Flapjack (230 cal) – Perfect for a fulling breakfast item, especially in the early morning with my body clock completely flipped.
- Lightly Salted Popping Corn (130 cal) – While I love the single-serving size of graze’s popping corn, trying to time it in the microwave is a little tricky. While the lightly salted popping corn is nice, I prefer the Twist of Black Pepper.
- Herby Bread Basket (100 cal) – Savory, but not one of my favorite items. The tricky thing about HBB is that it’s quite light, so I needed to nibble on something extra after.
- Hot Cross Yum (130 cal) – My will power vaporized when I saw this gem in the box. HCY was vanquished in record time. My tea wasn’t even cool enough to drink!
While I am kicked back on my porch, thoroughly enjoying my two weeks of vacation. Trying not to immediately dig into my next set of nibbleboxes is killing me. I have been taking note of the contents of each box, and found a couple of old friends waiting to catch up over tea time or happy hour.
- Nature’s Immunity Nuts (230 cal) – I love nuts, and I may have jumped the gun and nibbled on these while working on my review. It’s research, I swear. Healthy, delicious, research….
- Smoky Chipotle Dip (100 cal)
- Chili & Honey Almonds (210 cal)
- Key Lime Pie (110 cal; repeat)
- Yaki Soba (160 cal)
- Triple Berry Smoothie (110 cal)
- Whole Grain Banana Caramel Dippers (150 cal; repeat)
- Jalapeño Fiesta (210 cal; repeat)
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It’s not like sharing a tub of popcorn at the movie theater, as each package is preportioned just for you! (Now that I think of it, why haven’t I grazed at the movie theater?!) I would love to compare notes on what they love about graze. I love the portability, healthy selection, and socioeconomically forward thinking they possess. If you’ve joined up, let me know how you’re enjoying your reinvented snacking!
The product review is my personal review of the items I’ve sampled with my graze mail order subscription. As a courtesy, graze provided me with a complimentary nibblebox for taking the time to review their product, but it did not influence my product review.