Graze

I recently came across an ad for graze, a subscription-based healthy snack delivery service. It was very unlike me to actually click an ad, but I was very intrigued. Besides, they were offering a free box of snacks. Free food? Yes please.

I explored the site (and the snack offerings) and realized that graze could be a great snack option for me! Each box is just $6 (including shipping) and is “nutritionally balanced with a great mix of sweet and savory, healthy and tasty food.”

After signing up for the service, I went through some of the snack options to rank things I knew I wouldn’t like. For example, I don’t like pistachios, so I “trashed” any snack that included them.

My first graze box arrived last week.

Graze box delivery

I love all the details on the packaging! I especially love that the box is made using wood from a sustainable forest and that it’s 100% recyclable! Even the plastics used for the snack packs is recyclable!

Graze Box

All the little details and personalizations were a nice touch.

graze box details

I was excited to see what surprises awaited me in my box!

graze box contents

I received the cheese board, sour cream & onion cashews, fruity mango chutney and toffee apple.

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My only complaint with the cheese board (above) was that I wanted seconds immediately.

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I also tried the fruity mango chutney (above), which I didn’t really care for. It’s spicy in a black pepper – savory kind of way and just didn’t appeal to me.

Oh, and did I mention you get a card detailing all of the nutritional information for your box? It even includes “best by” dates for each of the snacks.

nutrition

I brought the cashews in the car for last weekend’s road trip. They were AMAZING. I’m going to take the toffee apple to work this week for a snack!

Overall, I am very pleased with graze – for its variety of healthy-yet-tasty options, its sustainable practices and its value. There’s no way I could get a comparable variety of healthy snacks at the store for this cost!

Wanna try graze?

If you click the link below (or visit graze.com and use my friend code: AMYK1774P*), you’ll not only get your first box free – but your fifth box will also be free

https://www.graze.com/us/p/AMYK1774U

 * When you sign up using my friend code, I’ll get $1 off my next box, or the option to donate $1 to the graze school of farming. I’ve been doing a one-for-one with the referrals. So, if two people click the link and sign up, I’ll save $1 off my next box and I’ll donate the other $1 to the graze school of farming!

Easy Fruit Sorbet

Fruit sorbets are super tasty.  If you have the right equipment in your kitchen, they are also very easy to make. One advantage to making your own sorbet is you control the ingredients and the type of sweetener you add. I used my Vitamix to create this sorbet, but any high powered blender should work.

This recipe is easy to alter to your tastes. I start with 2 cups of frozen fruit, coconut almond milk and agave nectar. Any frozen fruit will work, however my favorite fruits to make sorbets are berries, mangos, and peaches.

sorbet ingredients

The agave nectar is optional, only add if you want the added sweetness. I find I often don’t need to add it, especially if you have the right combination of fruit. Above I have peaches and blueberries, however mangos and blueberries are my favorite sorbet combination.

You only need to add a small amount of milk, just enough to smooth out the sorbet (and to help out your blender just a little). You could also substitute some greek yogurt instead.

Put all the ingredients in the Vitamix, blend it up until it has the right consistency. This should take less than a minute. 

Bam! You now have an easy dessert that you can feel good about eating. This sorbet is super refreshing on a warm summer day. However, if you are in the Midwest, that seems very far away right now. Don’t worry, it is also delicious on a frigid spring day!

sorbet

It was hard to get a “good” photo of the sorbet, but I can assure you it sure is tasty!

 

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Mango Chia Pudding

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I have a huge sweet tooth and am always looking for treats that don’t make me feel terrible after I eat them. Don’t get me wrong, I love to have a huge piece of cake or a whole pint of ice cream from time to time, but I can’t (well I can, but I shouldn’t) indulge in treats like that daily.  My new favorite treat is chia pudding. It is super easy, but also not too bad for ya. Really it is not bad for you at all, especially if you make smart milk and sweetener choices. I have made quite a few rounds of chia pudding, and I have found this to be the best (at least to my taste buds).

The bonus to this pudding is the benefits of the superfood, chia. Chia is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and they are high in antioxidants. Not to mention, chia makes you feel full, since it can absorb a ton of liquid. Trust me, chia seeds are the bomb, just google “health benefits of chia seeds,” and a ton of info will pop up, as there are many more reasons to eat chia. Chia seeds are also great in oatmeal, smoothies, and on top of a ton of foods!

Here’s how you make this delicious chia pudding.  You will need milk, chia, cinnamon, vanilla, sweetener, and a mango.

chia pudding ingredients

Combine the chia seeds and milk in a bowl.

milk chia pudding

Once combined, add cinnamon, vanilla and stevia. Stir until combined. (I sometimes stir with a fork, as it combines the chia and cinnamon a bit better into the milk.)

stevia chia pudding

Cover the milk/chia mixture and place it in the refrigerator. While your pudding is chilling, dice up mango.  Set aside in the refrigerator, until pudding is ready.  

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After one hour in the refrigerator, stir your pudding.  It should have already started to gel. Then, refrigerate 2-3 more hours, until the mixture has fully gelled and is pudding-like.  Stir right before eating, and top with mango. Then,  enjoy! 

mangochiapudding

You really can top this pudding with any diced fruit.  I can’t wait until summer when berries and stone fruit are in season! Oh, the delicious possibilities!

Mango Chia Pudding

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