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A Snacking Revolution


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The website Graze.com delivers healthy snacks and fruit to people's desks and homes weekly for a low price. The site enables the customer to choose and rate their favourite munchies so the buyer can snack with pleasure and no guilt.

Benefits of Snacking

Believe it or not, there are benefits of eating between meals, provided the snacks eaten are healthy and nutritious. It gives busy people energy throughout a tough working day, helps to prevent overeating at meal times, and provides people easy opportunities to achieve the tough goal of eating five fruit and vegetables a day.

Graze.com was conceived by managing director Graham Bosher, also the man behind Lovefilm.com. The aim of his company is to improve the working person's eating habits, so to avoid that horrible post-lunch slump at the desk. Their are over 150 snack packs to choose from, and the firm is delivering over 80,000 boxes per month.

Range of Snacks

The range of snacks the website offers is extensive. There are the unusual packs of fruit and desserts, ranging from delicious oily olives and earthy nuts to the sweet and sugary crystalled ginger (one for acquired tastes and developed taste buds).

The basic dried fruits -- raisins, bananas, and apricots -- are there in abundant supply, and juxtapose nicely with the salty pistachios, slightly bitter almonds and moreish cashews, and even the occasional cheeky dark chocolate buttons.

Customer Service

Like most successful franchises, Graze.com is customer driven and focuses on the clientele's needs and wants. Each snack box is delivered first class in compact cardboard boxes with each snack tightly sealed in its own plastic, clear container. The boxes can comfortably fit through letter boxes and are easily recyclable.

In a week of postal strikes, Graze still has the customer at heart, offering a four snack pack as opposed to the normal three until the strikes abate, and restricting the delivery of fresh fruit to avoid wastage if the fruit goes "off."

At £2.99 for each weekly delivery, the service offers great value for money as dried fruit can often be expensive in major supermarkets. The boxes can be delivered to workplaces as well as the home, and buyers can choose which weeks the packages can be sent.

An introductory offer means that snack fans can have their first pack for half price, and the consumer can "rate" each individual snack on the website. If they don't like a certain food, the low rating given will mean that Graze will not send the food in future, and people can even design their packs according to their lifestyle needs.

The fun, healthy and succulent choice of snacks and treats means that office workers need never slump at their desks again.
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Eat to Boost Your Energy


Oats are one of nature's super foods. They're low on the Glycemic Index (GI) scale, which means they don't cause a fast sugar high and then a dip that makes you feel tired, plus healthy amounts of protein and fiber.Like other wholegrains they contain high levels of B vitamins, magnesium, selenium and iron which all are important for energy production.
Energy Boosters
Nuts are high in energy - 50g/2oz of mixed nuts provides you with 300 calories of energy, and over half of that 50g is fat. But don’t worry about fat, because the fat is the heart-healthy unsaturated kind, and the mixture of ‘good' fats and protein in nuts means they're a low-GI, slow-burn food. Grab a packet of unsalted nuts instead of a Danish pastry as a snack. They contain about the same quantity of calories, but the nuts will keep going for longer.
Energy Boosters
Dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas provide strong sweetness without the blood sugar spike-and-crash you get when you guzzle chocolate and sweets. All the secret is in the fiber because it slows down the digestion of the fruit, keeping you full for longer.
Energy Boosters
Brown Basmati rice is the variety of rice with the lowest Glycaemic Index as brown rice is always lower-GI than white. So brown basmati is the lowest of the low, which is what you want for sustained energy. Brown rice is also a great source of B vitamins, which act as catalysts to spark off the reactions needed to liberate energy from your food.
Energy Boosters
Lean red meat (and especially liver) is rich in iron. While iron doesn't actually give you energy, if you don't get enough, you'll end up very weak. Your body needs iron in order to make hemoglobin - the chemical found in red blood cells that ferries oxygen around your body. It you haven't got enough hemoglobin, you'll end up anemic, with symptoms like sleepiness, lethargy and a lack of energy
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5 Methods to Rejuvenate your Heart


Persons with low HDL-cholesterol levels can have three times greater risk of heart disease. The key to increase HDL levels with routine changes is to respect the following strategies of living:

Drink Beer. Perhaps it is not the best for your abs, but it certainly has its benefits. Dutch researchers found that men who drank two pints a day increased their HDL levels by 7% after 10 days, and by 12% after three weeks. And this effect has been noticed over and over again.

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Use Calcium Supplements. The stronger your bones are, the stronger is your heart. People who took a daily 1,000-mg calcium supplement had a 7% rise in HDL levels, according to several studies. Calcium interferes with assimilation of fat from the diet and decreases fat mass in the body, both of which may help increase HDL.

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Do Squats Exercises. A research studied the impact of weight training on older men and its was proved that men who did lower-body work – squats, leg extensions, leg presses – twice a week for 16 weeks, raised their HDL levels by 19%. It is advisable to do three sets of six to eight reps of the half squat, leg extension and leg press, with a resting break of no more than two minutes between sets.

HDL boosting

Eat Nuts. In this case make sure you’re consuming out on macadamias, which Australian scientists found could increase HDL levels by 8% (eating 12 to16 nuts a day). Since macadamia nuts contain the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat of all nuts, this degree of HDL-raising effect may be unique

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Go for White Fish. Salmon and other oily fish are always good for your health, but white fish such as cod and haddock is also good. Researchers compared a diet of white fish with regular consumption of beef and chicken and the fish-eating persons experienced a 26% increase in HDL2, a protective form of HDL.

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Get Lean With Peanuts


PeanutsEating peanuts can save your life and help you lose weight at the same time. Several studies found that men who ate peanuts four times a week were 50% less likely to die from both a heart attack and sudden cardiac death syndrome, and lowered their 'bad' cholesterol levels by 10 to 15 points. Another study at in Indiana State, found that 500 calories of peanuts a day provided heart-healthy folates, fiber and magnesium, and a higher satiety degree than other foods to stop you snacking and improve your metabolism.
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