How My Kitchen Got Its Groove Back

If you're stuck in an unhealthy eating pattern, you're certainly not alone. Life gets busy, and it's sometimes difficult to find time to prepare healthy meals. Half the time I'm so hungry when I get home from work, I'll grab the first thing I see in my fridge, and I'm proud if I bother to even put it on a plate. When there's nothing left to eat, I resort to ordering online, but that gets really expensive…and caloric! So why not stop at the grocery store, pick up ingredients and start cooking? For me, it just wouldn't happen. I couldn't seem to break the cycle, until I got a little help from what I discovered to be an awesome service.

My friend Lauren told me how much she loved HelloFresh, the meal-delivery service that caters to busy people like us looking to make fresh and healthy meals without having to run errands. Once I signed up, it got me to stop making excuses and start cooking delicious home cooked dinners that changed my lifestyle. I found it to be a nice change of pace from eating a turkey sandwich most nights in front of my laptop!

HelloFresh does a great job at making the whole experience enjoyable and convenient: step-by-step instructions with tons of photos, and simple recipes that turn into delicious meals with just a touch of something special I probably wouldn't have thought to add. My HelloFresh delivery comes to my door each week with 3 meals ready to go packed in slim boxes that fit perfectly in my fridge. On top of HelloFresh's food being health-conscious and delicious, it's a fun cooking experience, and allows me to get a home cooked meal on the table in only 30 minutes.

It feels like I'm doing things the right way, but for once it's actually easy. I love flipping veggies in a pan while listening to music and making the house smell like home cooking. Also, knowing that my meals are nutritious without having to think about counting calories takes a lot of the stress out of keeping up my healthy lifestyle. HelloFresh has even helped me kick my snacking habit before dinner. Now, instead of snacking before my food delivery arrived, I'm in the kitchen enjoying the fun parts of cooking.

HelloFresh allows you to select 3 meals from a menu of meals each week. They've got gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options too if you have dietary restrictions. I'm a big meat, fish, and veggie eater, and they've got a ton of that good stuff, too, like one of my favorites: a juicy sirloin steak with Yukon potatoes (which I learned to slice in 1-inch thick wedges to make steak fries), red cabbage and Balsamic-Cranberry Pan Sauce. It came with everything – right down to the last sprig of rosemary – and even included mustard seeds to sprinkle on the red cabbage. The whole meal only had 535 calories!

One thing I learned is HelloFresh will use a variety of custom spice blends to keep flavors interesting instead of sodium, fat and sugar.

Whatever your food preferences, HelloFresh has a plan that can work for you. If you're looking to spice up dinner and spend less time thinking about what to eat, it's the perfect option. The energy in my kitchen is now superb, and when the house smells like home cooking, it's just a wonderful feeling.

Update: The team at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get your first 3 meals free!

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