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what does the graze nutritionist do?

24th January 2018 by Sophie

Our mission is to make good exciting! This means every graze snack will meet these promises: No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives; portion-controlled punnets; always open about nutrition. In this blog post we go into what this actually means, and how you can use nutritional information to find the right snacks for your health goals.

Jess

meet our nutritionist

Jess is our fully qualified nutritional therapist (trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition) and a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy.

I make sure the nutrition of every graze snack is clear, so that you can confidently choose the snacks that are right for you.

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always open about nutrition

With Jess around, every graze snack is rigorously inspected to make sure it's perfectly portioned with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

To help you choose the right snacks for your health goal, Jess makes sure each snack ticks at least one of these boxes:

  • Less than 150 calories
  • Source of protein
  • A portion of fruit
  • Source of fibre
  • Source of vitamins & minerals
  • Made with whole grains
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Under 150 calories

Just because you’re watching your portions doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy snacking! You'll be able to easily spot every graze snack with 150 calories or less, so you can confidently support your healthy lifestyle without missing out on flavour.

Our range of snacks under 150 calories is perfect for when you’re just fancying a nibble on something delicious, but you don’t want it to ruin your appetite or weigh you down afterwards.

Lots of low calorie snacks you might find in supermarkets and convenience shops tend to shout about “0% fat” and “no added sugar”, when they’re actually making up for those missing ingredients with artificial flavours and sweeteners. Read more

In the graze kitchen we think it’s important to avoid artificial sweetners, so instead we carefully portion our snacks to give you exactly the right amount of what you fancy.

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source of protein

Protein is a macronutrient needed by our bodies, along with carbohydrates, fibre and healthy fats. It’s made up of amino acids, the building blocks of our entire bodies and an essential part of our overall health. Read more.

Protein is a vital part of a balanced diet for everyone, not just for bodybuilders! Our nutritionist Jess recommends getting enough protein everyday to help maintain healthy muscle growth. The good news is there’s loads of tasty natural ways of getting protein in your diet, without relying on powders and shakes. Read more.

Here in the graze kitchen we love to use ingredients that are a source of protein, like edamame beans and chickpeas. Some of our other favourites are seeds and nuts like almonds and peanuts, which also provide healthy fats and minerals.

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a portion of fruit

Fresh fruits are natural nutrient powerhouses. They contain the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and fibre to drive all of our billions of chemical reactions going on every second in our bodies. They are also amazing sources of energy, helping fuel our every move. If you’re feeling sluggish, and like your body just needs a vibrant boost, you might want to introduce more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Read more.

We love using real fruit in the graze kitchen. From our real apple crisps dusted with cinnamon and a drop of lemon juice, to our naturally sweet and wax-free gummy chews made with apple puree, carrot and orange juice. We like to think of fruit as nature’s candy!

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source of fibre

Our nutritionist Jess is a big believer in the benefits of dietary fibre, which is why you’ll find her “source of fibre” badge on many of our exciting snacks.

Fibre is a macronutrient found in many of our ingredients. Some of our taste experts’ favourite sources of fibre are dried fruit like dates, cranberries and raisins, as well as the rustic rolled oats in our flapjacks and the wholegrain flour in many of our little bakes and puds.

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vits & mins

Did you know there are 13 vitamins and 14 minerals, known as micronutrients, needed to keep our bodies running at their best?

Our modern diets often cause us to be deprived of key micronutrients, and our bodies can end up crying out for more vitamins and minerals. As always, our nutritionist Jess is here to make the nutrition of each of our snacks clear, so you can see which ones are a source of vitamins and minerals.

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made with whole grains

Whole grains, where the bran and germ remain, contain 25% more protein than refined grains, such as those that make white flour, pasta and white rice.

As well as the taste and health protective benefits, we also love oats because they are high in manganese which we need for energy and to protect our bones and cells from stress.

Oats also contain phosphorus and copper, two important minerals which are again needed for energy, as well as strong bones and teeth, but we also need copper for a healthy immune system and for a healthy nervous system. Read more.

The whole grain oats in our flapjack not only means each one tastes delicious, but they're also a source of fibre and manganese!

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Snacking can help people maintain a healthy lifestyle, as long as they're snacking on foods that they love and their body loves back! I always suggest keeping a healthy snack on hand to enjoy when your body needs a pick-me-up between meals - nobody ever made a wise meal choice when they were 'hangry'! A combination of protein and fibre makes for a more satisfying nibble, so try and include these nutrients into your daily snacks and meals.

Jess, graze nutritionist
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By Sophie, graze blogger.

Sophie is our London-based blogger, queen of content and all things writing at graze HQ! She loves working with the taste expert team to bring their recipes out into the world.

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