October 19th, 2016

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Graze Box #11

I have plenty of other things to write about, but I don't want to fall too far behind on these. As it is, I've already got the next box started. This box was almost all repeats, but there was one new snack.

Snack #1 – Chocolate Pretzel (repeat): I’ve gotten this a couple of times before and this mixture of lightly salted pretzel sticks and chocolate hazelnut dip (like Nutella) is still pretty awesome. At 140 calories and 8 grams of sugar, it’s not too nutritionally awful for a sweet treat. And it is amazingly delicious.

Snack #2 – Raspberry Coconut Muffin (repeat): Another sweet snack, with 140 calories and 11 grams of sugar, this consists of raspberry infused cranberries, almond slivers, amaretti drops, and coconut flakes. I have to admit I have never actually seen a raspberry coconut muffin, so I can’t say how convincingly this deconstructed snack tastes like one. What is interesting is how much the raspberry-infused cranberries taste like real raspberries. Overall, a very tasty combo.

Snack #3- Kettlecorn Kern Pops (repeat): These are partially popped corn kernels with a sweet and salty flavoring. The package says it has 150 calories, but the website says 130, which is more of a discrepancy than usual. I like the texture of these a lot, but I prefer the more savory flavors for crunchy snacks.

Snack #4- Protein Peanut Butter Dipper (new): This consists of peanut butter, with baked hemp sticks for dipping in it. It has 130 calories. The peanut butter is the good sort – unsalted, unsweetened – and the hemp sticks are also unsalted. This is a nice, high-protein snack, but it isn’t fundamentally any different from the freshly ground peanut butter I can get at Whole Foods or Wegman’s. I downgraded it from "like" to "try" just on the basis of not being exciting.

Snack #5 –Honey Drizzled Cashews (repeat): Yes, it has 15 grams of sugars, but 180 calories isn’t too bad for a serving of this sort of thing. That’s where portion control comes in very handy. This may be my favorite snack on the planet, or even in the whole solar system. (Though I hear they have wonderful snacks on Venus.) I suppose I could buy cashews with a honey glaze elsewhere, but I don’t since it’s best to save these as a rare treat. But what a treat they are. Yum!

Snack #6 – Vanilla Almond Protein Granola Topper (repeat): This is a mixture of oat and barley granola, almond slivers, vanilla pumpkin seeds, and soy protein crispies. It has 150 calories and 6 grams of protein. It’s really more about crunch than flavor, but it does go nicely with a cup of vanilla skyr.

Snack #7 – Sesame Garlic Crunch (repeat): This mix of garlic sesame sticks, oat bran sesame sticks, and multigrain soy rice crackers has 140 calories. It’s got lots of crunch and good flavor, at least for those who, like me, like sesame and garlic. This is the sort of thing that benefits from portion control, because it would be easy for me to nibble mindlessly on these all day.

Snack #8 – Lemon Drizzle Flapjack (repeat): Graze flapjacks are among my favorite things and this is one of the best of them. It’s 250 calories, but it is also as much a meal replacement as it is a snack. And it is certainly a lot better than a bag of potato chips from the vending machine. Chewy and lemony – what more could I want out of a granola bar equivalent?