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Freshly Subscription Box Review + 50% Off Coupon – November 2015

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Freshly is a gourmet prepared food subscription service that is designed to help people eat more healthfully, and can be used as a weight loss solution.

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The subscription:  Freshly

The cost: Varies.  Starts at $69 and goes up to $229.00

COUPON: Use coupon code FRESH50 to save 50% off your first order!

Shipping is free and you can skip a shipment whenever you want.  You can also schedule to skip shipments, which is really nice!

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I ordered 4 breakfast items, and 2 lunch items.  The reason I did this is because I generally eat vegetarian and couldn’t find many options that were meatless – I am not a strict vegetarian, but I haven’t eaten meat regularly in about 17 years.  I eat meat maybe 1-2 times a year at the most.  I was a little befuddled when I couldn’t find any lunch or dinner options that were meatless so I chatted with a customer service agent.  The agent informed me that they do not offer many vegetarian options, and do not plan to, because their diet plan is based on the Paleo way of eating.  That’s all well and good, but I could not find that information anywhere on their website.  I also read through the materials they sent, and didn’t see anything referring to that either.  It’s like a mystery diet!  

The shipping is fast and all of my meals came still frozen.  Their packaging is eco friendly, and they give instructions on how to dispose of all of the packaging ecologically on their website. 

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Three Bean Ancho Turkey Chili

Pork Carnitas

Since I could only find 4 options that didn’t have meat, I ordered these two for my husband to eat.  

He hasn’t eaten the chili yet, but he ate the pork carnitas the other day, and enjoyed them!  The meat had bell peppers and onions mixed in (or so it looked to me), and then there was a side of cheesy beans and rice. 

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Garden Omelette

I don’t think I’m a fan of reheated eggs, particularly after they’ve been frozen.  The texture of this was a little off to me, which I expected a little, but I wasn’t too fond of it.  Both egg dishes I chose had quite a bit of water in the bottom after reheating, but maybe this is common with reheated eggs – I’m not sure!  The flavor of this was better than the frittata (below), but I still added quite a bit of salsa before I ate it!

Grecian Frittata

The Grecian frittata was suspiciously flavorless.  The description sounded fabulous: kalamata olives, feta, basil, and olive oil.  I’m not sure if I got something different by accident (the label said Grecian Frittata), but mine had no tomatoes (the picture sits on a throne of LIES!) and was filled with some sort of squash.  No olives, no discernible basil…just eggs and squash with some unidentifiable cheese on top.  I added salt and it was palatable.  One semi positive thing is that it kept me full all day.  Literally, I wasn’t hungry at lunch, nor dinner.  It was very filling!

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Homestyle Steel Cut Oatmeal

This wasn’t too bad.  It wasn’t as sweet as I generally eat my oatmeal (I’m sure you all have seen that I love sweets already!), but it was good.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the nuts in it, but I guess they’re there for protein.  I always prefer the texture of steel cut oatmeal and not having to make it is a huge plus.  I hate making any oatmeal that takes longer than just adding hot water…it’s a problem I have – called laziness!  This was my favorite of this shipment.  

Greek Yogurt with Berries and Nuts

I thought for sure I would like this one, since I do eat Greek yogurt with fruit (and honey), but as soon as I opened this one, I knew I was going to have a problem.  The yogurt separated and definitely was not smooth and creamy at all.  It did not look appetizing.  I’m assuming this is because they ship all of the food frozen, and then it defrosts in the refrigerator – yogurt isn’t always the best thawed.  I took one bite and couldn’t finish.  The nut/berry mixture was flavorless, the yogurt was sour and curdled.  I don’t think anyone would have enjoyed this, to be completely frank.

The Verdict:  I can see the appeal of the concept of Freshly, but I don’t know that this is the best execution for people who really enjoy eating.  I know people who really don’t care much about the flavor/texture of their food – as long as they eat and it is fast, they’re happy.  I am not one of those people, and that could be why I didn’t enjoy this shipment of Freshly…but it is also completely possible that their lunch and dinner options are just better than their breakfast options.  For my next shipment, I will switch up my order and see how that is!  I definitely can see the appeal of this, but for the price the food definitely needs to be good. 

Have you tried Freshly?  What did you think?

Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!
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  1. You mentioned you live steel cut oatmeal – me too! And I really hated making it because of the time it takes in the morning. If you ever decide you want to invest in a rice cooker-and the right one to buy truly is an investment-buy a zojirushi rice cooker. The brand puts out amazing quality. My mom has had hers for 11 years and it acts brand new. I finally invested in mine a year ago. The best part is many of their models offer a “keep warm” feature and I think all of them offer a timer. With those things I set steel oats to be cooked by the time I wake up, and I make enough for a few days and just keep it on the keep warm function. It’s fine for three days like that and piping hot at a moments notice! I of course use it for rice too as a side once night, use the keep warm til the next night and make stir fry or chicken and rice casserole or whatever. It’s one of my favorite lazy purchases! Just thought I’d share

  2. “… I don’t know that this is the best execution for people who really enjoy eating.” – This made me cackle so loud lol. Oh, the shade!

  3. I must say… it seems a bit unfair to have a vegetarian review a meal subscription that is very heavily meat oriented!

    That said, I have ordered dinners from Freshly several times over the past few months. I have been pleased with the quality of the food and the ease of preparation — a short time in the microwave oven for a healthy and tasty meal. They also frequently have a coupon available.

  4. Anyone know of a vegetarian-friendly meal subscription (premade or cook yourself) that is not full of MUSHROOMS? I can’t bring myself to eat them but so often, they seem to be substituted into dishes instead of meat. This has stopped me from signing up for subscriptions before.

    • Have you looked into The Purple Carrot? Their menu is vegan, I’m thinking about trying it out.

  5. (the picture sits on a throne of LIES!)

    Is my favorite line of the day!

    I don’t eat meat either (fish occasionally) and have to say these meals sound pretty drab and flavorless. I really recommend Hello Fresh, lots of creative and fresh veggie options. Yes, you do have to cook it yourself but worth the time. I do like Trader Joe’s for frozen meatless meal options when Im lazy:)
    Thanks for the chuckle

  6. Thanks for reviewing this! I had been curious about it as well but since I’m also vegetarian this sounds like a huge NO for me.

    I’ll stick to my time saving food boxes when I need to save time and am too lazy to shop.

  7. I am not paleo but have several friends who are and the examples you have aren’t sticking to a paleo diet even since beans are not a paleo friendly food (and are clearly in the chili you show above).

    • And neither are all the grains. Very odd.

  8. Not to mention, $11 for yogurt?

  9. While the idea of prepared healthy foods sounds nice, this totally wouldn’t work for me. I have been a strict vegetarian for 22 years. The Paleo diet is about as far from how I eat as it is possible to be. (Although honestly, it doesn’t take too long to cook eggs. But in practice my dinners can take 2-3 hours to prepare…it would be nice to save some time on occasion.)

    Agree they totally should have been clear about what to expect on their site.

  10. Loved the Elf reference! 🙂

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