Fresh Food Delivered?! 

If you didn’t already know, Freshly creates pre-made, fresh, chef prepared meals that are delivered straight to your doorsteps. The brand was kind enough to send me four meals to test out on my own and review if I so choose. I just finished the last one tonight and I’m ready to give you all my feedback!

Before I start I’d like to announce I’m a giant lean cuisine fan. I mean huge. I love how easy it is to pop one in the microwave and be done with dinner or lunch. It’s quick, tastes good, and I feel like I’m still staying a little healthy. It’s tough to say but my new alternative, Freshly, has taken this concept and turned it upside down.

The food made is packed with protein and filled with vital nutrients for your diet. The meals are larger and never frozen. Everything even has expiration dates that coincide with how long the meat and ingredients can stay good for! That’s exactly how fresh they actually are! The choices to choose from are super delicious too with meals perfect for anyone.

I’m sure I’ve rambled enough but I’d like review each meal for you today and give you some more insight on this amazing company! Let’s get started!

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”

Southwest Veggie Bowl

This was a meal I wasn’t expecting to enjoy. I chose it so I had a reason to move out of my comfort zone. I didn’t want to stick with what I knew or the experience wouldn’t be accurate or fun! I found that the vegetables tasted flavorful and the spices really bumped up the dish. I did think the serving size was a bit large though! I definitely couldn’t finish all of this and had to put the rest in the fridge for later. If you grab the Southwest Veggie Bowl, know that this can feed two people with no problem!

Roasted Turkey 

Another great dish I just couldn’t get enough of! This one most likely racked in second place because I got such Thanksgiving vibes from it. The gravy that coated the turkey complimented the meat well and tied everything together nicely. The green beans were prepared casserole style and instead of a heavy stuffing, the dish came with a quinoa based mash. This was a healthy alternative to what would’ve been a very heavy dinner.

Peach Balsamic Pork Chop 

As soon as I removed this from my microwave, the house was filled with an aroma of deliciousness. The peach wasn’t overpowering and created a smooth glaze over the pork. Previous pork chop meals I’ve eaten had been extremely chewy, to the point where I couldn’t even finish it! This option was easy to cut into and effortless to eat. Loved this!

Soy-Ginger Chicken With Fried Rice  

This was probably my favorite out of all the meals I ate! The chicken was very moist, the rice was light, and the vegetables weren’t soggy like I would expect them to have been. I was impressed with the charred marks on the chicken too! It reminded me that the food I was eating was prepared by hand, in a kitchen, with a real chef! So good!

Have any of you ever tried a food subscription service? Let me know in the comments below or on my other social platforms! I’d love to hear about your experiences! Out of the four I spoke about, which Freshly meal was your fav?

Foods I’ve Been Loving

Hi guys! In today’s post I wanted to highlight some of the foods I’ve Been absolutely obsessed with lately. The majority of these options are quick, simple, and so tasty! I knew I had to share them with all of you to enjoy with me! What’s been your favorite snack?

Stiggi’s Yogurt 

This non fat, low-calorie, protein packed snack has been my fuel every morning. Not only does it fill you up, it also tastes amazing! My two favorite flavors have been Vanilla Bean and Spiced Pear. These go real nicely with chopped strawberries, sliced bananas, blueberries, a little honey or agave, and crumbled nuts. Give it a try when you’re on the go and want something a little different!

Bagels

Continuing on with breakfast foods, I’ve really been obsessed with Einstein! A majority of their bagels are fluffy and light which I love. It can be difficult to find good bagels that aren’t too doughy or thick. These are just right. My must-have order has been a honey whole wheat with veggie shmear. But honestly, everything on their menu is so delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Lean Cuisines

Recently, I’ve been trying to branch out by finding new ways to cook at home and make meals for myself without doing anything fancy. Some nights I don’t have any left over energy from my work day to take the time and prepare something. With that said, Lean Cuisine has been my life saver and it’s becoming super easy to stay balanced with my food choices!

I’m not saying this should be an everyday option. But LC’s have really stepped up their game. Most of their meals are filled with key nutrients everyone needs in their diet. The entrees are light yet full of flavor. My recent favorites have been the sweet potato mash with turkey and stuffing, white cheddar mac and cheese, butternut squash ravioli with veggies, and all of their single serve pizzas.

Smoothies 

I’m definitely evolving into a fruit and veggie addict. Specifically snap peas, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, and raspberries have been a daily part of my diet. These are great to throw on top of a salad or eat sliced. Another way I like to eat these little guys are through the blender! I’ve taken ingredients like kale, frozen fruit, and a little almond milk to create one delicious smoothie or bowl. It’s quick, easy, and tastes good.

Avocado Toast 

The holy grail of all breakfast foods. You can never go wrong with some avocado toast. I’ve been expanding my toast taste buds to the limit lately and have been loving throwing things on top of my breakfast. To really make the flavor pop, try experimenting with different varieties of bread. Multi-grain is perfect for this! I also like to top mine with a little garlic salt, pepper, hot sauce, sliced cherry tomatoes, and an egg. This simple breakfast turns into so much more once you add extra ingredients.

Wraps And Roll-Ups

Pinterest is to thank for this newly discovered obsession of mine. I found some recipes recently for chicken, turkey, or veggie wraps and thought I’d try them out for myself. It’s so much less expensive to make wraps at home rather than buying pre-made ones from the store. I’m saving money and I’m able to customize what I’d like to go in them! 

Roll-up snacks are just as great! One of my favorites have been sliced fruit with Nutella or peanut butter. You lay your chosen spread base down, add fruit, and roll. From there, you can choose to take it on the go or cut it into bite sized pieces like a sushi roll! So easy, so cute, so different and fun to eat! 

Out With The Old 

Welcome to the New Year! 2017, we were ready for you. This year has been full of ups, downs, accomplishments, realizations, leaps, bounds, and a whole lot in between. As amazing as this past year has been, I couldn’t wait to press the reset button.

It’s time for a fresh start. I’m kicking off the blog by re-branding and focusing solely on the things I am passionate about. A new slate. Clean, organized, and emphasized on the things I love. One of those things are…smoothie bowls.

My small obsession has recently been taken to a new level. Seriously, I’m researching boosts, powders, fruits, veggies, anything I can blend together and scoop into a bowl. These wonderful little treats are full of nutritional value. They’ve virtually opened new doors for my diet. Because of this, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes with you all.

Things We Need-

Frozen Strawberries

Frozen Blueberries

Unfrozen Blueberries

Blackberries

Bananas

Kiwi

Almond Milk

Granola

Agave

White bowl (optional for those of you who want the perfect Insta pic) 

Blender, Nutri Bullet, or Ninja (I find the ninja works the best out of these options)

To make this process easy, fill your blender of choice with solid ingredients first.

Begin, with 1/2 frozen strawberries and 1/2 frozen blueberries. Slice 1/2 the banana and add to blender. Set aside the other sliced half.

Cut and scoop kiwi out of skin. Set aside.

Pour Almond milk over fruit until covered. Secure lid, blend until thick and smooth texture starts to form. Add additional almond milk or frozen fruit as needed.

Shake mixture into bowl. Top bowl with prepared sliced kiwi, banana, blackberries, and unfrozen blueberries.

Garnish the bowl with your favorite granola and a small amount (or large amount) of agave for sweetness.

Take your beautiful breakfast outside for the perfect photo. Enjoy!