Friday, October 2, 2015

Review: Freshly Meal Delivery Service

*Disclosure: I received these products to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

I think it's been very well documented on this blog that I 1) do not like to come up with meal ideas and 2) am not terribly good at cooking food even when I do have a plan. So when people offer to feed me and I don't have to do anything except push a few buttons on the microwave, I'm always quick to accept the offer. My most recent food sender was a delivery service called Freshly.

Freshly offers pre-made breakfasts, lunches and dinners, with recipes prepared by experienced chefs, using all natural ingredients that are free of gluten, artificial sweeteners, added sugar and hormones. The meals are portion controlled and high in protein and nutrient-dense veggies. Everything is delivered fresh to your door in packaging with dry ice. All you have to do is heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes!

We received one of the Freshly Flex 6 plans, which consisted of 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. Meals included two types of omeletts, pecan pesto chicken, orange ginger beef with broccoli and brown rice, toasted almond chicken with risotto and lemon garlic salmon with peppers and broccoli. The shipment arrived just before we headed out of town for my father-in-law's funeral. Understandably, we hadn't had time to shop for food before we left and when we came back a couple of days later, we were too tired to deal with grocery store crowds. So it was great to have meals waiting for us, especially meals that were healthy.

I was impressed by the portion sizes and the quality of meat and veggies.  I've eaten a lot of frozen meals in my day and these meals from Freshly are nothing like that. They looked like something that came out of a restaurant kitchen. My particular favorite was the Lemon Garlic Salmon with Roasted Peppers and Broccoli. Being from Seattle, I'm pretty particular about my salmon, but this dish was great. My husband liked everything that we got- he's a big fan of the Freshly meals too! He bikes to and from work and is preparing for a half marathon, so I like the idea of these meals for his lunches at work- much more balanced than something he could grab in the cafeteria, so that he has the energy he needs for all his exercise.

Freshly offers a Freshly Fit Plan (designed to help you lose weight) or a variety of Freshly Flex plans. You can choose the meals that you like, and avoid the ones that don't meet with your dietary preferences. I think this is a great meal service and one that we will definitely use again in the future!