Hello Fresh: A Healthy Delivery

by Alysha Kaye Mendez on July 18, 2016 in Food+Drink, Lifestyle, Home,
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Do you always buy the same old boring groceries every time you shop, making the same meals over and over in rotation? It’s hard to be a culinary queen — especially if you’re also trying to be health-conscious. I only know how to make a handful of healthy meals, switching out the protein and vegetables, but basically doing the same thing each time. It’s lame — my stomach agrees, eventually leading to me breaking the diet for something greasy and fatty, just for a more interesting taste!

Each meal comes in an easy to read and easy to store box. Photos by Alysha Kaye Mendez
Each meal comes in an easy to read and easy to store box. Photos by Alysha Kaye Mendez

Recently, Hello Fresh has been my saving grace, ever since my coworker told me she’d lost 15 pounds by eating out of a box. I was intrigued. Fresh ingredients for three meals (for two people, so six meals for me!) are delivered to my doorstep every Monday, ready for me to prepare. I choose to receive lighter options, under 650 calories, but they are still so varied — pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, fish and vegetarian recipes are available. Everything they’ve sent me has been delicious. 

I don’t have to deliberate at the grocery store or look up recipes — everything’s included. Plus, each ingredient is portioned. For example, if a meal calls for one tablespoon of paprika, that’s what if gives you — you don’t have to go to the store and buy an entire container of the spice that you’ll never use again.

I don’t have to feel guilty about eating frozen, sugary, or carb-heavy food. Hello Fresh meals are always super flavorful — complete with savory sauces and bright sides. I’m never bored — every box contains ingredients that I’d never give a second glance at the store, things I’d never buy and never think that I’d be skilled enough to cook anyway. That’s been the best part of my experience — I’m a better cook now! The Hello Fresh recipes are really easy to follow and make me feel like a skilled chef! I’m also a pretty great foodstagrammer (check out the #HelloFreshPics hashtags floating around, chosen posts can receive retweets or prizes!).

I never thought I could make a dish this delicious and beautiful.
I never thought I could make a dish this delicious and beautiful.

Joyful Walters from Alexander City, AL contacted me on Twitter after I tweeted about this article. She chimed in with her Hello Fresh experience, explaining, “I chose HF because I had a free box gifted to me. I kept choosing HF because I like the way the meals are packaged. I like that there are separate boxes for each meal and that the protein is separate from the box ingredients. I like the interaction with HF via Twitter and Facebook. It makes me feel a little like a celebrity chef because my dish always turns out deliciously and I get recognition from the company itself — even if it is just a like or RT.”

Also, if you want to cook for more than two, Hello Fresh offers a four-person box and a family plan with two adult meals and two child meals! The vegetarian option is obviously cheaper, coming out to about $9 per meal. The classic box, which is what I get, comes out to about $11 per meal and worth every penny. This week, I cooked shrimp lo mein with udon noodles, carrots, and green beans, Argentine-spiced steak with scallion chimichurri and spinach cous cous salad, and char-broiled BBQ chicken with potato salad. YUM.