Hello Fresh Review | Americas favourite meal-kit service

Hello Fresh Review | Americas favourite meal-kit service

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We’re always trying to come up with new, creative and delicious meals to cook but also want to keep it clean fresh and as healthy as possible.

It can be even harder when we’re busy working long days and have to come home and think about cooking, when most of us would just love to relax and have it made quick and easy! 

I know for me this often results in grabbing something quick but not necessarily the healthiest option.

Simply because, well.. i’m hungry and haven’t planned a meal, or highly likely haven’t been to the grocery store to stock up.

I’m sure many of you can relate to this also, and a lot of you readers will have not only yourselves to feed, but an entire family. 

This is where HelloFresh has you covered.

I have done loads of research and reviewed America’s most popular meal kit to see what the hype is all about.

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    What is HelloFresh?

    HelloFresh is a meal-kit delivery service founded in November 2011 by Dominik Richter, Thomas Griesel, and Jessica Nilsson in Berlin, Germany.

    It is currently the largest and most popular meal-kit provider in the United States and also operates in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Western Europe, United Kingdom and Canada.

    Dont worry, i’ll break this down a lot more throughout the article but in a nut shell, HelloFresh is a service where you choose your meal plan online from the available plans, HelloFresh source the exact right amount of fresh ingredient for all your meals, package it up inclusive of delicious recipes and deliver it right to your door.

    What are the available plans?

    Depending on the country you are based, the meal plan options will vary slightly. This review is based on HelloFresh US.

    There are currently 4 meal plans to choose from:
    The Classic Plan, Veggie Plan and Family Plan and Calori Smart.

    Classic Plan: This is filled with seasonal produce, fresh meats, fish and balanced whole grains. The recipes include good old traditional favourites to newer more adventurous cuisine recipes. 

    With this plan you can choose for 2 or 4 people and the option of 2,3 or 4 recipes per week.

    Classic Veggie plan: This plan comes filled with fresh seasonal vegetables, whole grains, cheeses and vegetarian proteins, along with creative recipes. 

    This plan is for 2 or 4 people but only has the option of 2 or 3 recipes per week.

    Family Plan: This is filled with fresh, natural ingredients, meats, fish, and whole grains. The recipes are easy to follow and are creative twist on classic dishes. 

    This plan is for 2 or 4 people and have the option of 2 r 3 recipes per week. 

    Calorie Smart Plan: You’ll get a wide selection of dietician-approved meals that are around 650 calories each.

    This is for 2 or 4 people with the option of 2 or 3 recipes per week.

    An example of some of the recipes that have been included  in the different plans are Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos, Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas, Crispy ChickPea Tabbouleh Bowls, Creamy Mushroom Gemelli, and Lemon Butter Trout. Sounds pretty good to me! 

    HelloFresh have over 2500 meals created by their chef. For full list of recipes and cuisines check it out here.

     

    HelloFresh are currently giving $80 off in total for first 4 boxes plus free shipping. Take a look here to get started or clink banner below.

    Can I choose my own meals?

    If you are on a Classic Plan or Family Plan you have the option to choose from a wide variety of menu options after going through the signup process.

    But be sure to select which meals you like by 11.59 pm PST 5 days prior to your next scheduled delivery.

    Classic Plan and Family Plan customers can select up to 6 meals per week for either 2 or 4 people. This is done in your account through “My Menu”.

     

    How does the plan payment work?

    Once you sign up and order your first plan you will be billed on a weekly basis.

    You can make changes to your plan but this needs to. be done 5 days prior to delivery.

    You are in full control of your plan so you can skip a week if. it is not going to fit with your current schedule. To do this you just need to log into your account, click on “My Menu”, and select the delivery date of the week you would like to skip and click “skip week”.

    Just keep in mind you need to let them know by 11.59pm PST 5 days prior to your next scheduled delivery so suppliers can be notified.

    People with special dietary requirements

    HelloFresh has a range of menus that could potentially contain an allergen. All ingredients is segregated by packaging protecting them from cross-contact.

     Most ingredients come through HelloFresh and delivered to the customer sealed in the packages they were received in.

    The Classic Plan can be customized via the following preferences: beef-free, pork-free, seafood-free, Veggie, Calorie Smart, quick, or variety.

    Currently they don’t offer the option to. tailor your plan for specific allergies.

     HelloFresh’s Nutrition Team reviews all ingredient for any of the major 8 allergens: wheat, milk, soy, eggs, nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish.

    They then disclose if any recipe contains any of these allergens. Information about any potential allergens in any recipe is posted to the website under each meal including the specific allergen.

    Pros of HelloFresh

    • Fresh ingredients and delicious recipes delivered to your door each week 
    • Save time not having to worry about planning meals and rushing to the grocery store to get ingredients.
    • You are in control of your plan each week – change meals, skip weeks change delivery day etc
    • Vegetarian option available
    • Healthy recipes
    • HelloFresh App
    • Specially designed insulated and lined boxes to ensure your food stays fresh during delivery process
    • Date Night Box option
    • large selection of recipes (2500+)
    • Most popular meal delivery-kit in America
    • Available in many countries worldwide

    Cons of HelloFresh

    • No vegan option available 
    • Plan options only available for 2 or 4 people (This might not be ideal for solo people)
    • No specific options for special dietary requirement plans, but that is pretty standard in the majority or meal delivery services

    To sum it up, this HelloFresh is an awesome meal-kit delivery option. Being a kiwi myself, I have used the service here in New Zealand and really loved all of the recipes in my plan. 

    I love cooking but even for someone who doesn’t or isn’t so experienced, the recipes are easy to follow, different and full of fresh nutritious ingredients. 

    To get yourself a plan, you can check out HelloFresh options here.

    If you’re truly ready to lose some weight, change your lifestyle and learn how to manage your weight long term, the 21-Day Weight Loss Plan & Wellness Guide will teach you just that…and loads more!

    This article does contain affiliate links which I do receive a small commission on when purchases are made. The information in this article is my honest opinion of the products and services reviewed. For more information please see my disclaimer page.

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