The 3pm workday munchies — everyone gets them. And if you’re like us, your desk is stocked with less-than-nutritious goodies. Well, we’ve found a solution. Enter Graze, the snack subscription service that focuses on helping users make “good swaps.” The idea is to swap out the junk food for one of their many delicious and nutritionist-approved snacks. With research showing that Americans really do love their snacks (seriously, it’s an $86.4 billion market), companies like Graze are helping people munch mindfully for $12 per box.
Unlike most food subscription services, Graze doesn’t send you pre-packaged snacks from a variety of companies. Each box can be delivered straight to your place of work so you never have to go snack-free. When I opened my box, took my first snack and found grass underneath — yes, GRASS — I already felt like a happy grazing cow, and I am saying that in the best way possible. All of their snacks are their own recipes created by their snack inventors (best job title ever? Likely, yes.), and they have over 100 different tastes to choose from. From berries-and-cream-gelato trail mix to crunchy super kale and edamame, Graze is all about variety.
Before you get your first subscription box, you’ll take a quiz about the sort of snacks you tend to gravitate toward. In the name of good swaps, the Graze ingredient hunters harvest the best ingredients from all over the world. Then an in-house nutritionist makes sure each snack gets at least one seal of approval — fiber, protein, vitamins and more are advertised with nutrition badges designating the benefits of each snack. On top of that, Graze guarantees no genetically engineered ingredients, artificial flavors or colors, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats. With a whopping 91% of adults snacking each day, and 48% actually replacing meals with snacks, these kind of healthy ingredient standards are exactly what we need to make sure our snacking habits are balanced.
And trust me — you can taste and feel the difference. To be honest, I have always had a bit of a problem with snacking. If it’s in front of me, I’ll eat it. And usually what’s in front of me isn’t as mindfully healthy as the wonderful stuff that Graze delivers. It totally changed my week to have easy access to nutritious snacks with incredible flavor. The herb bread basket mix totally satisfied my savory cravings, and my tastebuds are already begging for a refill of the salted fudge and peanut cookie (a great source of protein, unlike my go-to chocolate bar). The portions made it easy for me not to overeat, which is definitely an issue for me with snacking. But the best part? No sugar crash at the end of the day. Graze was able to help me finally make the transition to snacking for fuel and not just for fun.
So don’t mind me. I’ll just be over here tossing my Cheetos in the trash can and ordering my next Graze box.
So, what do you think? Are you ready snack swap?