I don’t know if you’ve heard of Graze before but I think it’s a fantastic idea! Graze is a website which was set up by people from LoveFilm and it’s a similar idea but this time with food – they send a box of healthy but tasty snacks straight to your door. You can update your profile by rating the food they send you so that they begin to learn your preferences and can send you personalised boxes. The boxes fit through your letterbox so there’s no signing for deliveries or missing the postman. It’s a very convenient way to make sure you eat healthily and I really wish I’d thought of it!
All of the food Graze sends out is free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. When I heard that they sent out healthy snacks, I immediately thought seeds! But don’t worry, there are plenty of other snacks to choose from – nuts, dried fruits, focaccia, olives and even some flapjacks and chocolaty fruit and nut mixes.
The box I received contained four snacks and a personalised card telling me exactly what was in each snack with all of the nutritional information so I could see exactly what I was eating. I really enjoyed three of the snacks included in my box but wasn’t so keen on the ‘Beach Bum’ which includes banana, mango and coconut. This isn’t a problem though as I can update my profile to say that I don’t want to be sent it again.
Graze boxes cost £3.49 each and there is no delivery charge. There are a few different delivery combinations and you can cancel your boxes at any time. It is also really easy to move your deliveries around if you are going away or just want to change your delivery schedule. Anyone who finds themselves snacking on rubbish throughout the day should definitely consider trying a Graze box!
Choc Chic is a company which sells kits to make your own healthy raw chocolate. Raw chocolate is healthier than commercial chocolate as it has less saturated fat, less process sugars, less soya, dairy products and additives. It is known as a super food as it contains lots of antioxidants.
The Choc Chick Starter Kit contains the ingredients you need to make raw chocolate as well as a recipe card with instructions on how to make plain chocolate, truffles and cocktails. There are enough ingredients (according to the pack) to make 32 chocolates and over 30 healthy truffles. After reading through the instructions, everything looked really simple so I couldn’t wait to get started!
First I made the plain chocolate which was very easy – all you have to do is melt the ingredients and mix together. I’d bought some chocolate moulds but only had enough mixture to make 15 chocolates so the instructions must be for much smaller moulds! The chocolates were set after about 2 hours in the fridge but the first one I tried tasted really odd and sweet. I thought I’d put too much sweetener in but the second one I tried was very bitter so I must not have mixed everything well enough. I decided to melt the chocolates down and re-mix. This time the chocolates were much nicer but still didn’t taste that good – there wasn’t much of a taste at all which was weird as they looked like chocolate and had the right texture. There isn’t really that much that can go wrong in making them so either I did something quite stupid or they actually don’t taste great. Hopefully the healthy truffles will taste better…….
………I much preferred the taste of the healthy truffles! There were really easy to make and you didn’t feel guilty when eating them! I would definitely make these again but I’m still not too sure about the plain chocolate.
On the website, you can also buy all of the ingredients in the kit separately so I think in future I’d do this so that I could just make the truffles and I’d really like to try some of the other recipes on the recipe card as well.