Fresh thinking with HelloFresh

Welcome to my review of Hello Fresh.

I first heard of Hello Fresh through my sister who had began ordering the classic box for herself and my dad, I thought it was a really clever idea! So when the opportunity was presented to me to try a box out for myself, I was delighted.

What is Hello Fresh?

Hello Fresh is a weekly food subscription box, which delivers great recipes along with the ingredients to cook them! You can order for two to four people with two to four meals each, costing from £4.00 per meal.

You can choose from a classic, vegetarian or family box, each comes with recipe cards and the necessary ingredients minus salt, pepper & oils.

Each box is well packaged and insulated using ice packs and styrofoam, with meats vacuum-packed. Pantry and produce items are separated by recipe into into paper bags and colour coded.

What did I like about Hello Fresh?

I am a person who absolutely loves taking some time to cook adventurous meals for my family, I enjoy being in the kitchen and learning new skills. For beginners or those who find it hard to be creative in the kitchen, Hello Fresh is your answer.

Even with my enthusiasm for cooking, I can sometimes stumble for ideas and concepts. I found the experience of Hello Fresh to be quite thrilling, having shopping delivered where I did not have to think about what I was going to cook and what I needed to buy.

I loved that all the ingredients were fresh and locally sourced in the UK, you can even read about the suppliers on the Hello Fresh website.

I was worried that my children would be fussy about some of the ingredients, however in order to give a fair review I stuck to the recipe. To my delight they absolutely loved it and asked for seconds!

I think it is a resourceful way of injecting healthy, family friendly meals in to your week – or even impress at small dinner parties.

What did I think of the meals?

I tried the Family box for four which included Steak Tagliata with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes & Peppercorn Sauce, Pork Meatballs, Thai Style Coconut Curry & Basmati Rice, Creamy Gnocchi with Chorizo, Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes and Shanghai Style Chicken Stir-fry Noodles.

Each meal came with it’s own recipe card that included a step-by-step guide. The meals take from 15-30 minutes from start to finish and were super easy to follow.

The meals were actually very delicious and innovative, it got the approval from my five and seven year old which is super positive. As already mentioned I feared some spices might be too much for the children however was pleasantly surprised.

The quantities I found to be generous and good for those with hearty appetites, overall I was very impressed.

 

What are my negatives?

I feel there are a few negatives to the subscription one being the price.

As much as I love to cook, I have to be realistic when it comes to the weekly shop. Whilst I found Hello Fresh to be a fun experiment for us all, I would not be prepared to pay £64.00 for four meals.

The average weekly shop for a family of four is around £80.00 and I assume for many this includes household essentials and covers more than four meals. There is also no option to order a one-off box.

Secondly I noticed there is no option if you are a single person although a positive to that is the idea of bulk preparing meals.

I also noted whilst looking through the website there were not options for individuals on restricted diets, such as gluten free or lactose intolerance.

Lastly, unlike your supermarket delivery service, you can not select a time slot to receive the box and if you are not around during the day there is a chance you will miss the delivery.

 

Overall Response

I personally found Hello Fresh an exciting experience and would not be deterred from trying them again as a one off should the option become available.

The concept is refreshing enabling you to be that inner chef and have some fun in the kitchen.

You can see me unbox and prepare my first meal here

 

Would you like to try Hello Fresh?

For those of you who would be interested in trying a box, I am able to offer £25 off your first order using code HFJUICY – enter this in the promotional code box at the checkout.

www.hellofresh.co.uk

 

x Thanks for reading x

 

 

 

 

A beginner’s guide to Smoothies & Weight Loss – Smoothie Recipes

First and foremost, Happy New Year!

I guess like me you are thinking, New Year – New Me? Well I believe you are in the right place!

Last year I was introduced to world of Smoothies/Juicing and I absolutely love it! I believe it is a sure-fire way of injecting essentials nutrients into your body quickly and efficiently, whilst aiding a healthy weight loss.

So what’s the difference between a smoothie and a juice? A smoothie is made with a blender which retains the pulp and a Juice is made with a Juicer which removes the pulp. Either way, they are just as good.

I began my journey last spring, whereby I replaced at least one meal per day with a smoothie/juice and the remainder of my meals were “clean” by that I mean fresh, unprocessed and organic as much as possible.

Alongside this I exercised for at least one hour per day five days a week, I lost 14 lbs within 4 weeks, need I say more.

In those 4 weeks I experimented with all different types of ingredients to create the perfect smoothie. I invested in a Nutribullet which allowed me to create perfectly smooth well smoothies.

The aim is to make sure you get a variety of nutrients into your smoothie and always aim to have one type of green for every creation. I began with Spinach and slowly worked my way up to Kale etc. You then add either water, coconut water or almond milk and most importantly ice cubes to make your smoothie cool and palatable. Bananas and Avocado make for a creamier smoothie.

I have listed a few of my favourite smoothie recipes below:

Berry & Peanut Blast:

  • 1/2 cup Spinach
  • 1 cup of Frozen Summerfruits
  • 2 tsp of Organic Peanut Butter
  • 250ml Almond Milk

Tropical Punch:

  • 1/2 cup Spinach
  • 1 medium Banana
  • 1/2 a medium Mango
  • 1/4 of a fresh Pineapple
  • 250ml Coconut Water

Green Nutrition:

  • 1/2 cup Spinach
  • 1/2 cup Kale
  • 1 medium Celery stick
  • 1 medium Apple
  • Juice of half a Lime
  • 250ml Coconut Water

Choco Hit:

  • 1/2 cup Spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen Strawberries
  • 1 tbsp Dark Coco Powder
  • 250ml Almond Milk

Join me next week when I share an exciting new healthy subscription box! For now, Happy Blasting!

*I would like to say most importantly, I am Not a Health Nutritionist and I do not hold any qualifications along those lines..What I put on here is my personal experiences and views*

 

x Lucy x