October 20th, 2017

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Graze Box #35

Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie: This is a mixture of salted peanuts, redskin peanuts, vanilla fudge, and miniature chocolate cookies. It has 230 calories and 7 grams of protein. There are a lot of peanuts, compared to cookies and fudge, so it is harder than usual to eat all of the components together. This is tasty but could be better balanced.

Lightly Salted Popping Corn: This is really straightforward – 130 calories worth of microwave popcorn. It pops up well and the serving size is very good as far as I’m concerned. Not exciting, but a perfectly good snack.

Sweet Rhubarb Jam: This is a mix of dried fruit – rhubarb slices, apples slices, and cranberries. It has 110 calories. It’s an excellent mix of sweet and tart. This is one of the more interesting fruit snacks Graze offers and I am always happy to get it.

Apple & Cinnamon Flapjack: This is a soft oat granola bar with dried apple and cinnamon. It has 240 calories. I like all of the Graze flapjacks. This is one of the ones I like less, which means it is still good, while others are absolutely spectacular. It’s filling enough to be handy when you know lunch will be delayed (if eaten at all).

Active Nutrient Blend: This is a mix of walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chopped dates. It has 170 calories. This is a very tasty and reasonably well-balanced snack. The only issue I have is that the walnut pieces are rather bigger than everything else, so it’s hard to eat all three components together. I should note that I really like dates, but I hardly ever eat them. I should do something about that.

Sweet & Spicy Beet Crunch (new): This is a mix of beet chips, jalapeno chickpeas, and sunflower seeds. It has 100 calories. I was looking forward to trying this, but was also apprehensive since the reviews on Graze’s website were decidedly mixed. I’m relieved to say that I liked it a lot. The beet chips (which are dried, not fried, by the way) were crunchy and tasty. The chickpeas were not super spicy but were nicely crunchy. The sunflower seeds were the least interesting part of this, but mixed well with the other ingredients. This is, admittedly, a bit weird, but it worked for me. I should note that beets are something else that I like but don’t really eat often. There seems to be something of a pattern here.

Caramel Apple: This consists of dried apple slices and a caramel sauce to dip them in. It has 80 calories. The caramel sauce is incredibly delicious, probably because it is heavy on the golden syrup. Yum.

Louisiana Wild Rice and Reans: This is a mix of wild rice sticks and chili broad beans. It has 140 calories. It doesn’t really have anything to do with Louisiana since wild rice is actually a northern Plains thing, but who cares? It’s nicely crunchy and spicy, which are pretty much the primary attributes of good savory snacks as far as I am concerned. Very good,

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