How I Used HelloFresh To Change Up My Diet
I can't be the only one when I say, I can't even remember what it's like to have a somewhat healthy routine. The last few months have been so unpredictable and stressful, that I have just been taking every day as it comes. But that led to zero planning and no organisation in my days.
I finally got fed up with lazy and unproductive days, and so did my mind and body. I needed to revamp my routine before this year was over. I started getting up earlier and at the same time every day, planning my work days and evenings with actual to-do lists. I got into the swing of going for a walk once a day, even if it was just for 20 mins. Once 9pm rolls around my phone and TV are off, and I truly unwind before bed with a book.
There was just one last part I still needed to change: my diet. I was never amazing at cooking at home, I usually order in or eat from the frozen aisle. This needed to change if I was serious about my new wellness routine.
I started searching for easy dinner recipes online, but there was no way I was going to be able to make them, plus the ingredients list was so long. Just as I was about to give up I found a recipe from HelloFresh. It only took 30 mins and the recipe looked doable, even for me. I noticed HelloFresh was a meal kit delivery service, so they send you all the ingredients along with the recipes for the meals you choose, and all you have to do is cook them at home.
It looked great, but how would it taste? Would the meat and vegetables be fresh? And would it really only take 30-40 minutes to cook a whole homemade meal? As always I jumped to the reviews and I was surprised to see families, couples, and housemates loving their HelloFresh delivery.
The recipes sounded like exactly what I wanted to eat and it would save me time going to the supermarket, not to mention if it was as good as everyone says, it's the perfect solution to meal planning and having home cooked meals in my new routine.
The meals start at only $7.99 per serving and I could cancel or pause the subscription at any time, so I gave HelloFresh a shot. I opted for the Meat and Vegetable plan for 2 people with 4 recipes. Every week, HelloFresh has up to 25 recipes for me to choose from, so I knew I'd never get bored.
In a few days my HelloFresh box was at my door. The box was insulated with ice packs, and all the ingredients for each recipe were packed into individual brown paper bags. I loved how all the packing was reusable or recyclable and I learned getting your food delivered from HelloFresh instead of going to the grocery store is better for the environment too.
HelloFresh cuts out the middle man so their food has a lower carbon footprint and they source many of their ingredients from local farmers and producers. This also means their food is fresher and gets to you quicker.
That evening after a crisp walk to clear my head after work it was time to test the first HelloFresh recipe; Pan-Seared Salmon with Chermoula Couscous & Dijon Yoghurt.
It sounded amazing and the picture on the recipe card did make my mouth water, but with my cooking skills and not knowing how good the ingredients were my expectations were low.
As I took out the meat and vegetables I started to smile, all the ingredients were pre-portioned and in the exact quantities I needed. No messing around, it was straight into the cooking, which was surprisingly not that bad. I followed the recipe card step-by-step and there was nothing I couldn't do.
In as little as 30 minutes, I was sitting down eating a delicious home-cooked meal. I really couldn't believe I made it and the best part, there were leftovers so that was lunch sorted for tomorrow.
The next three nights I found myself really enjoying cooking my meals. HelloFresh makes cooking dinner so stress-free that it has become my new way to unwind and switch off in the evenings.
A month into my new routine with HelloFresh and I'm really feeling the benefits. My mind and body feel clearer and refreshed and I feel organised, extra productive, and prepared for everything. HelloFresh is convenient, better for the environment, and better for me.
Update: The team at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get over 40% off on Your HelloFresh Order