Putting together a week’s worth of meals for yourself or your family is far from easy, and it gets even more difficult if you’re trying to eat healthily. Fortunately, meal kit services like Hello Fresh have made it easier for busy people to manage to get a delicious meal on the table each night.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at one of the most popular meal kit providers to see if the Hello Fresh low calories meal kits are worth all the hype.
The Hello Fresh Low-Calorie Plan
Hello Fresh only offers three plans: vegetarian, classic, and family. So, while there isn’t a low-calorie plan per se, they do offer a plethora of low-calorie options in each of their three plans, which makes them a smart choice for anyone who is watching their calories.
Each week, a new menu arrives offering fifteen different classic or family choices, and three vegetarian options. Here’s how their different plans break down:
- Veggie Plan – $5.66 per serving for two, $5.32 per serving for four
- Standard Plan – $4.99 per serving for two, $6.49 per serving for four
- Family Plan – $5.37 per serving for four, twice a week, $5.82 per serving for four, three times a week
Each plan fluctuates slightly based on the number of meals per week you get from Hello Fresh. Shipping is $6.99 per box, but that shipping charge is often waived depending on what promotions Hello Fresh is running at the time.
Beyond the food itself, Hello Fresh also offers a wine club. You answer a few questions about your wine preferences and each month; you receive a delivery of six wines for $89. They have white, red, or mixed options.
Benefits of Hello Fresh
Tasty food is, of course, the major selling point of Hello Fresh and other meal kit companies. However, there are many more benefits beneath the surface.
For one, Hello Fresh makes it easy for you to make smart choices based on your dietary needs. Each menu has several low-calorie options available, so you’ll never have to worry about a lack of choice if you’re counting calories.
Then, there’s the time you’ll save. Hello Fresh eliminates the need to make multiple trips to the grocery store each week to do your shopping. When your box arrives each week, you’ll notice all of the prep work has been taken care of for you as well. All you’ll need to do is read the recipes and whip up a delicious meal, which usually takes about a half hour.
Finally, Hello Fresh makes it easy to reduce the strain you place on the environment. Each order is shipped in completely recyclable packaging, and the ingredients are perfectly portioned to eliminate waste. The suppliers Hello Fresh works with are also industry leaders concerning their farming and herding practices.
Our Experience with Hello Fresh
We placed our first order with Hello Fresh and waited patiently for our meals to arrive. Like clockwork, they showed up right on time in a neatly packed box.
As I unpacked the box, I was impressed by Hello Fresh’s commitment to sustainability. Every aspect of their packaging, down to the ice packs, are recyclable. Every aspect of the process was easy to follow, and in a few minutes, I had everything unpacked into my refrigerator, ready to cook.
We tried three different meals, and here’s what we thought of Hello Fresh’s fare:
Grilling Cheese & Veggie Jumble
We were beyond excited for this dish as it allowed us to try grilling cheese, a supposedly delicious ingredient I’d never encountered before.
The meal came together easily, and in about forty minutes it was on my table. As for the flavor, it didn’t disappoint. The vegetables all played off each other beautifully while the grilling cheese offered a delicious and savory flavor that sent the dish to the next level. It was almost hard to believe that this rich and flavorful dish contained only 610 calories.
Honey Pork Tenderloin
Our next meal from Hello Fresh was this honey pork tenderloin dish. After seeing what a picture of the prepared dish looked like, I had high hopes for a tasty dinner.
This meal was exceptionally easy to prepare. It was truly as simple as throwing some diced sweet potato and green beans onto a baking sheet and roasting them, and searing the generous pork tenderloin on the stove while the vegetables did their thing.
About a half hour later, dinner was on the table. The tenderloin was juicy and flavorful, and the vegetables were perfectly roasted with just the right amount of char. Altogether, this dish was very impressive and came in at only 550 calories, which is perfect for my diet.
Shrimp & Zucchini over Rice
Finally, we arrived at the tasty and fresh looking shrimp & zucchini over rice dish. We were excited to try this dish as it offered an interesting new take on a vegetable that my family loves: the humble zucchini.
This dish came together with lightning fast, and it was on the table in about 25 minutes, which was music to my ears. Once again, we were pleasantly surprised by this interesting and flavorful preparation, and we’d love to try it again. At only 600 calories per serving, it fit perfectly into my diet as I watch my calories.
Meal kit services like Hello Fresh make it easy to make delicious home-cooked meals in less time, with less prep work. Thankfully, there’s also plenty of options for those of us with specific dietary needs, such as low calorie or low carb.
The Hello Fresh low-calorie dishes we tried were all delicious, and come highly recommended. At my house, we can’t wait for our next Hello Fresh box to arrive.