Finally gave up and ordered meal prep service

posted 2 weeks ago in Wellness
Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper

hiphoprex :  I have a full time job and a kid. I totally look like I’ve got it all together but I can assure you I don’t. Neither do most other people. We all drop balls and have to prioritize! 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

 

lakebee :  My husband and I do Crossfit 5x per week in addition to working two very busy full time jobs and we also use Clean Eatz.  Fast and free shipping with a rotating menu – it’s a great way for us to know that we are properly fueling our body for hard workouts without having to cook anything ourselves.

+1 for this company!

Post # 19
Hostess
3872 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

hiphoprex :  I am big on meal prepping (I track macros) and do not think you should be ashamed at all!  It’s important to stay healthy, and you and your husband are doing what works best to accomplish that goal.  One of my coworkers works insane hours and has meal prep delivered – I certainly don’t think less of him for it.  You should be so proud that you’re being healthier! 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

hiphoprex :  My husband and I had Hello Fresh for a good while, for us it was the perfect thing because we have opposite schedules and both not really cooking people (him even less so than me). It took the hassle out of deciding what we were going to do about dinners because otherwise we would just eat crap food every night. At that time I was trying to get in shape too so I was really desperate to find healthier ways to eat at home. It was pricier than just buying groceries, but for us it was less than we spent on takeout. As time went on, it taught me so much about cooking and meal planning, I’d save all the recipes and then just do my own shopping. At that point I just cancelled the service cuz I didn’t need it anymore! I think go for it if it fits your needs. It really helped us. 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

Yooo do what you need to. What YOU need to. Your friend works full time, is super mom, home cooked meals every night, hits the gym every morning, more power to her! Everyone ain’t about that life. It’s perfect for YOU and that’s what matters. Good on you guys for making a change! And for deciding that making this change for the better is worth the extra money. Your health is important! It should be a priority and you’ve made it one! Honestly I’m jealous that the meals are totally made already lol me and boyfriend are trying a bunch of the home chef type services and we love it. Totally worth it if you can manage it. And a big part is that we’re learning HOW to make meals. I’ve never used wine, different vinegars, broccoli before. I didn’t even know what a caper was! I’ve eaten an apple vinaigrette over chicken thigh salad. Stuff that sounded GROSS together and it’s amazing. So you do you! And share some meals that you’ve tried! 

Post # 22
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

hiphoprex :  

Sounds awesome to me.  I’d love to find a vegetarian service.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

missmollybee :  I was following this thread hoping to hear a testimontial like this about Hello Fresh. I see all the damn influencers and some celebs using it with their coupon codes and was super intriguied by it. 

I feel like I spend SO MUCH in groceries and run to the store all the time for ingrediengts or stuff I forgot from my big trip, so I was wondering if it would be any cheaper… guess its good to know it isn’t, but I still was tempted to try it and see the cost effectivness and save the recipes! 

 

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

I use Blue Apron (and sometimes Hello Fresh). They’re very similar, 60 bucks for three recipes that serve two. Sometimes the portions are generous enough that I can put some aside for lunch the next day, especially with the pasta recipes. 

Personally, I love it. I found that when I was buying groceries we would end up with extra leftover ingredients A LOT, which we would then fail to use and they would go bad. Since Blue Apron only sends the exact amount you need, there’s no waste. I feel like I actually spend less money because of that. As an example, if a recipe calls for two carrots, they just send two carrots, and we don’t have to figure out a bunch of carrot-inclusive meals for the rest of that week to use up a whole bunch. This is also helpful when it comes to sauces and spice blends – they just send a few tablespoons or whatever, instead of you having a whole open bottle of a very specific sauce. EVENTUALLY I do hope to get off BA and organise my own meal plans. I have a giant stack of recipe cards saved. 

Post # 25
Hostess
3872 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

kmbumbee190618 :  My husband and I occationally order HelloFresh (I pause it the weeks we don’t need it) and it’s really tasty!  We also tried Blue Apron, and while I loved them too, they were more calorie dense than Hello Fresh.  I will say that depending on your goals, even the healthy menu options for HelloFresh were hard to fit into my daily macros without having low cal breakfast and lunches (think egg white omelette with veggies, chicken breast and veggies).  Definitely like them though, and D.H. and I are foodies who love to cook fwiw. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I agree with everyone that you should do what you need to do! Healthy changes = good no matter how “lazy” they are. For me personally since our budget doesn’t allow for meal delivery I meal prep. I usually end up making a dish in the Crock-Pot and a dish in either the instant pot/sheet pan/dutch oven. I also do this on a day I’m not working. Then I usually have enough to get through most of the week! This gets kind of boring, but I try to pick two meals that are somewhat different from each other at least like a soup for one and an Asian dish for another. There are tons of Crock-Pot recipes that are super easy to throw together like salsa chicken, chili, etc. If I run out then I usually grab salmon, steamed veggies, and rice/sweet potato. Either way, do what works for you and be proud! You’ve officially made a change in your life for the best and there’s nothing to feel guilty about 🙂 it’s so hard to be motivated after long work days!

PS for anyone else reading this thread who enjoys meal prepping or is interested the app “Mealime” is really cool and allows you to pick recipes, look at the shopping list, and eliminate items you already have so you can just look at the app while you’re shopping. You can also sort by different diets like vegetarian and low carb and eliminate things like dairy

Post # 27
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Helper bee

hiphoprex :  Nothing yo be embarassed about, you’re trying to eat healthier, who cares how you do it? 

The one thing I would suggest if you find that it’s costing you too much, try spending some time on Sunday meal prepping everything for the week rather than using the meal delivery service. I’m doing Whole30 right now, and I’ve never been a meal prep type person but this has definitely forced me into it. I work all day, go to the gym after work, and am usually too tired or too hungry to wait and cook something, but now I’m getting almost everything ready on Sunday and I’m set for the week minus maybe some chopping for salads. 

Just a suggestion if the financial aspect becomes too much. Good luck!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

kmbumbee190618 :  It’s definitely cheaper than eating out every night for sure. $50~ week for 3 meals (sometimes you have leftovers from each meal too) is about the equivalent of one meal out for both of us so it was worth it. Over time you’ll see that a lot of their standard meals tend to be really similar, so sometimes it does get old but it’s never bad. You definitely get really good at making the meals too. 

If you do one big “stocking” trip to the grocery store to get some basics that are in a lot of their recipes (rice, sauce bases, etc) you can make a shitload of meals if you just buy the fresh produce and meats from the store every week. Which you can easily keep under $100 for sure with your other shopping if you’re on a budget.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

hiphoprex :  May I ask what service this is? I struggle with the cooking thing as well

Post # 30
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

slomotion :  

But, you still have to unwrap all that shit.  It’s ridiculous.

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