HelloFresh Is The BEST Way To Get Your Food

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I HATE COOKING and I hate meal prepping. It is one of my worst features. I would do anything to get out of it if I could. I am not the healthiest eater since I do not like to cook so I eat fast food or carbs. 

Since all this pandemic has happened, it has been near impossible to get groceries. I typically order my groceries online, and it takes WEEKS to get them now. I was thinking of how to get the food that I need. I was doing local carry out for a little while as well, but I just felt like something was missing and it was getting repetitive. When you are stuck in quarantine you constantly want to eat and eat junk. 

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My brothers sent me a text and said here you go, we ordered you HelloFresh.   I knew about it before, for sure but never tried it. I was only on the fence because I had to still cook and didn’t know if I would like it and thought it was pretty pricey as well. 

It seemed like it is was the perfect time to try out HelloFresh now. I have to say that I was quite impressed with it. I was in love with how the packaging was, the instructions were so easy. I really enjoyed cooking for once. The food was quite tasty of course. I had three different meal options for the first round and each one was delicious. 

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There are so many options for meals and I love how diverse they are. It fills you right up and you have so many healthy options with it. The best thing is there is also no commitment you can skip or cancel weeks if you have other meals in mind. 

The best benefits of HelloFresh: 

  • Easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info
  • Fresh food and affordable 
  • High-quality ingredients sourced straight from the farm
  • Convenient meal kits that fit perfectly in the fridge
  • A fun cooking experience that makes you feel unstoppable

Another great thing is I love how there are leftovers and super easy to make; it makes me feel productive and like a great cook. I can eat the leftovers days later and it is still as delicious as ever. 

Go ahead and give it a try 

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Family Meals On The Go

By: Marla Bautista Ever wanted to find easy ways to survive busy days and maintain healthy eating habits for your family? In this article, I will give you a few tips that I use to feed my family on the go, stretch my family’s grocery budget, all while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  I have a typical family size, five people; myself, my husband, two sons and a daughter. We are grazers.  We like to eat small portions of food throughout the day. Which mostly keeps us satisfied.  I do cook dinner every evening.  On a normal week, our family’s activities include five days of therapy for my son who has Autism and gymnastics for my daughter. My normal is probably most peoples, busy. 

I use Sundays to meal prep for the entire week.  I juice fruits and veggies for my husband, make breakfast sandwiches, and snack items for the children.  I have not started to meal prep dinners because… I have no clue why.  For lunch during the weekdays my husband takes a juice that I prepare in our swanky Breville Juicer.  I love this juicer because it is easy to use, easy to clean, and it is durable.  I purchased it on Amazon along with glass bottles to store the juice. I use a simple recipe that includes kale, spinach, apples, lemon, cucumbers, ginger and celery.  I prepare enough for the week, freeze them and take them out daily for his lunch.  The items cost about $20, which is less than eating out daily.

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  • For breakfast meal prep, I make a variety of foods. Today I’m going to talk about breakfast sandwiches.  I usually make breakfast sandwiches with English muffins, every now and then I use bagels, but I feel like they are often too heavy to eat every day. I use a recipe called Morning Muffin Makers from Allrecipes, it is easy and cost effective. You can swap out the items as you please, this recipe is fail proof. Check out the link below!
  • I love prepping snacks, it’s my favorite, and the options are endless! My children will pretty much eat any snack food you put in front of them! The meal prep containers I use are small and colorful.  I purchased them on Amazon.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I kind of an Amazon Prime mom! When I prep the kids’ snacks for the week, I rotate between cold and room temperature snacks. Our refrigerator space is limited, I try to do all cold snack items one week and all room temperature items the next.  Cold items are usually a yogurt or cheese, some pepperoni or salami and a fruit or veggie.  Room temperature snacks consist of crackers or Chex Mix, Raisins or Prunes, and beef jerky. These are a great after school snacks, it’s budget friendly and will suffice their appetites until dinner time.
  • Although, I currently do not prep my dinners for the week, I do try to plan what I will cook.  Some days I will put a frozen London Broil in the crockpot with some veggies and make potatoes or rice as a side dish.  I am sort of envious of all the Instant Pot hype I’ve been seeing. What do you think? Should I dive in, or will I have an Instant Pout?
  • A few tricks or alternatives when grocery shopping can often save some families hundreds of dollars per month.  Using coupons, I believe, is the number one way to save during your shopping trips.  You can get coupons from your local Sunday Newspaper, Coupons.com, and many stores have a loyalty card that can be used for increased savings. Make a meal plan prior to going shopping.  If you have a visual note of exactly what you need, you’ll less likely buy junk food or other random unneeded items. Try to limit your shopping around the 1st and the 15th of every month.  My husband gets paid around those dates and the price of food is usually a little higher at this time.  I like to shop on the weeks outside of payday, unless we absolutely need something during that time.

There are endless meal planning and prepping options.  Try a few and choose what works best for your family. Your meals can be whatever you want them to be. If they are nutritious and convenient for you and your family, that’s what matters. Conquer your family’s busy schedule and mealtimes without a fuss!

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  1. Morning Muffin Makers http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20682/muffin-morning-makers/
  2. Meal Prep Containers for Kids 
  3. Meal Prep Containers For Adults 
  4. Digital Food Scale 

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HELLOFRESH: HEALTHY & DELICIOUS MEALS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

All meal subscription boxes are not created equal, and HelloFresh rises to the top by providing healthy and delicious meals that your whole family will enjoy. Whether you are a vegetarian, on a low-calorie diet, or looking for something quick and easy for the whole family, HelloFresh has recipes that you’ll love.

Their dedicated team of chefs works alongside dietitians to create 15 new recipes each week. Whatever plan you pick – Veggie, Classic or Family – only order what you want, when you want it. You can skip weeks, swap recipes, and cancel anytime. Now is the perfect time to try HelloFresh, because you can get $30 off your first box. Use code HF30NOW at checkout to take advantage of this great deal.

With recipes like Quick Beef Ragu Spaghetti, Sweet Apple Port Tenderloin and Parmesan Chicken Dippers, you’ll always have a balanced meal on hand that’s adult and kid approved.

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How to Meal Budget

We are in the process of meal budgeting, yes this is such a thing. Budgeting has to be broken down and has to be a science. You have to figure out how much is left over after bills and really set your grocery shopping budget.

Here are a few quick ways to help you get started with this..

  1. First you need to find out if you can eat out at all during the week, if so how much can you spend? Find out how many days a week you will be eating left overs based on your food prep menu.
  2. Are there things that we are buying and not using? We cut back on getting frozen vegetables, it was such an added expense. I miss them because it was super easy and simple, but buying fresh is better and cheaper. Plus we have a garden, so it seems like I can just get them in my backyard.
  3. Find out how much your favorite meal is eating out and how much it would cost you to make. Do the math to see how much you are saving… are you saving time and money or just money? Sometimes it is easier to just order out, but have a budget so that you can do this! It is okay to live a little!
  4. How much do you want to spend on groceries for the week? How much do you want to spend on eating out during the week? These are all things you have to weigh in and consider to make an effective meal prep budget.

What are some ways that you have found that worked for your meal budget?

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