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Healthy Meal Kit Delivery Programs

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It’s no secret that Instagram is a mecca for foodie pics. I can spend hours scrolling through my feed ogling at fruit smoothies, avocado toast, wowing waffle creations, and “too pretty to eat” creations. But one of my favorite ways to utilize Instagram is for meal prep ideas. Thousands of fit foodies post #mealprep photos with their weekly meals to show off their hard work (seriously—that took hours) and tips for healthy eating. 

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During prep for my second Bikini competition I spent a ton of time searching for bodybuilding meal prep ideas. You’d be surprised how much you can create with oats, grains, egg whites, veggies, beans, fish, and chicken. Planning, cooking, and packaging a bunch of meals for the week at once took major effort and planning. But, it was totally worth it. I stayed on track with my nutrition goals, and when I came home from work, dinner was already made. Easy peasy.

Nowadays, my husband and I pre-make proteins, grains, and veggies for the week on Sundays, but like to have a little experimentation in the kitchen during the week (thank you Instagram!). Lately we’ve been looking at San Diego healthy meal delivery companies and meal kit delivery companies (ingredients and directions provided, but you still need to prepare) to simplify the dinner time dilemma.

Keto Meal Delivery Kit

We recently had the opportunity to try three Keto meals from Green Chef, an organic meal kit delivery company. They offer meal plans for every type of foodie and palate: paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore, and keto. Seriously, meals for everyone. I love that the their team works with local farmers to source sustainable, non-GMO ingredients. I could taste the freshness in every bite of veggies.

The box of three meals (two servings each were enough for both my husband and me) was jam packed with carefully labelled ingredients (yay for color coding) and step-by-step instructions to whip up a meal in 30 minutes or less. Every recipe also included photos and chef’s tips. I’m a visual person, so the pictures were a huge help.

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Meal 1: Salsa Verde Chicken

Winner winner chicken dinner. The pan-seared chicken topped with European-style salsa verde was a crowd pleaser in my house. I loved the fresh arugula salad and lemon-roasted cauliflower with toasted almonds. The veggies were my favorite part of this dish, and I’ve since prepared the cauliflower with the same step-by-step instructions for other meals.

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Macros: (400 calories: 14g fat / 10g carb / 50g protein)

Meal 2: Sesame-Crusted Tuna

My husband and I LOVED this dish. Yellowfin tuna steaks coated in sesame seeds, then seared to a tender finish. Served over a bed of baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, red cabbage, carrots, and snap peas, we were both eyeing the pan for seconds. The veggie portion size is more than enough for two, a staple with Green Chef keto meals (bring on the greens!).

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Macros: (450 calories: 12g fat / 24g carb / 51g protein)

Meal 3: Lamb Shakshuka

Shakshuka is one of my husband’s favorite meals. On our trip to Paris this summer he ordered it a few times (that fresh french bread was perfect for dunking). Needless to say, I was proud of myself for getting this recipe right!

I’m not much a meat eater. In fact, I think I’ve only eaten lamb once before. But I decided to stick to the original recipe and give it a try. Honest feedback: I’m not a huge fan of lamb, but the shakshuka tasted amazing otherwise. For my next attempt with the recipe I’ll likely stick to ground turkey. Veggie friends have no fear! Lentils, tofu, and eggplant are also delicious substitutions. What differentiated this recipe for me was the incorporation of cauliflower rice (my latest obsession), a fantastic rice alternative. Your taste buds won’t know the difference. Speaking of taste buds, go easy on those jalapenos (My mouth was on fire). 🙂

This picture looks a bit prettier than my dish  🙂 

Macros: (500 calories: 26g fat / 20g carb / 37g protein)

The Final Verdict

Thumbs up! I loved all three meals from Green Chef. Although I do not follow a Ketogenic diet, I am impressed with the creativity of their team to drive down carb content, increase fat content, and keep meals tasty and hearty. #Ketodelivered

Healthy meal kit delivery helps answer the “what to make for dinner” question, while also helping you stick to your nutrition goals. The only catch? Carving out 30 minutes to cut, peel, roast, and prep your next meal. Some may find that healthy prepared meals are the way to go instead. Just microwave and dig in.

A few things to consider when doing your research:

  • Meals per week: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Consider what meals you’d like covered.
  • Bulk discount/cost per meal: Most companies will discount when you purchase in bulk, or in tandem with your partner. It doesn’t hurt to ask 🙂 
  • Delivery Zone: Will the company deliver to your home or will you need to pick up from a local kitchen? 
  • Food allergies: Be VERY clear in your order request. If the allergy is severe, ask to speak to a customer service team member.
  • Shelf life: Prepared meals are meant to be eaten that week.
  • Sourcing: Where are the veggies and ingredients sourced?

 

My husband and I have gone back and forth on meal delivery. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

This post is sponsored by Green Chef. As always, all opinions expressed are genuinely my own.

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