Freshly Subscription Box Review + 50% Off Coupon – November 2015
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
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Shipping is free and you can skip a shipment whenever you want. You can also schedule to skip shipments, which is really nice!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?