fauxklore (fauxklore) wrote,

Graze Box #8

I have other things to write about, but I don't really want to fall behind on these. So the rest will wait until a bit later, possibly even later today.

I'm now at the point where I am getting mostly repeats. So I am noting for each snack whether it is a repeat or a new one.

Snack #1 – Twist of Black Pepper Popping Corn (repeat): Microwave popcorn is a good filling snack. In this case, I had a meeting that was going to delay dinner, so wanted something fairly substantial. This is a small bag as popcorn goes, making it 130 calories. And, assuming one likes pepper, it is tastier than plain popcorn.

Snack #2 – Peachy Orchard (repeat): The previous time I got this was before I discovered the trick of making sure I ate bites of the various components of snacks with dried fruit together, rather than separately. That makes a big difference, as the chewiness of the dried pear is offset more by the tartness of the rhubarb and the sweet intensity of the peach fruit drops. The biggest downside of this is that, while this is just 110 calories, it is high in sugar at 20 grams. That’s okay once in a while but not frequently.

Snack #3 – The Cheese Board (new): This consists of cheese-flavored cashews, cheddar cheese bruschetta, and baked herb bites. It has 120 calories. The cheese flavoring on the cashews is mild, but the bruschetta do have a stronger flavor. The herb crackers were my favorite part of this, but there were only a few of them. Overall, I thought this was just average as savory snacks go, but then I am not a big cheese eater.

Snack #4 – Thai Tom Yum (repeat) Despite being only 50 calories, this soup is surprisingly filling and made a reasonable lunch substitute on a day when I knew lunch would be delayed. The dominant flavors are tamarind and citrus (lime leaves, lime juice, lemongrass). It’s slightly spicy but not unbearably hot. Rice noodles and zucchini slices give this a bit of substance, which is helpful, since I think just broth would be unsatisfying.

Snack #5 – Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Topper (repeat): Sprinkled on yogurt (in this case, tangy plain yogurt from the Mennonite farmers at our local farmer’s market), this provides lots of crunch and an interesting flavor. It’s 150 calories. I’d prefer there to be more cherries, since the cocoa granola dominates the flavor. (There are also chopped hazelnuts and soy protein crisps.) Of the protein granola toppers I’ve gotten so far, this is my favorite.

Snack #6 – Pumpkin Spice Flapjack (repeat): Ah, Graze flapjacks, how I love thee. This is probably my least favorite of the ones I’ve tried, which still makes it better than 95% of the soft granola bars out there. It’s 230 calories, but it is filling and tasty, with dates and golden syrup, along with the sweet spices.

Snack #7 – Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake (new): This is a deconstructed snack which contains cranberries, miniature cocoa cookies, strawberry fruit drops, and miniature vanilla marshmallows. It’s allegedly 120 calories, which is impressive for this sort of thing. I can’t say it really tastes much like cheesecake, but it is pretty tasty. The strawberry drops are particularly delicious.

Snack #8 – New York Everything Bagel (repeat): Graze describes these as poppy seed onion sesame sticks. I describe them as delicious. This is one of my favorite savory snacks of all time. It really does taste like an everything bagel, though, of course, the texture is crunchy and not chewy. It’s well worth the 150 calories. I appreciate the portion control because I could easily see myself mindlessly munching on an entire large bag of these.
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