Is Hello Fresh Good For Weight Loss?
Answer is no, but they are perfect for other important reasons
HelloFresh offers a new way to eat delicious, organic, homemade meals without the need to do grocery shopping. Unlike prepared meals (ready to eat services), HelloFresh lets you enjoy cooking at home with ingredients and recipes sent to your home. One of popular question asked on Google is “Is HelloFresh good for weight loss?” In this post, I will answer this question and cover the following:
- Health aspect of HelloFresh
- Dietary Requirements
- Price Comparison
- Discount Codes (40% off)
- My Cooking Review of HelloFresh
Not designed for weight loss, but fosters home cooking for busy family
Short answer is no. HelloFresh is not specifically designed for weight loss, but designed to cater families with healthy meals, especially for busy mums and dads (and kids). The most rewarding aspect of using HelloFresh is that it fosters culture of home-cooking for busy people, which is foundation of healthy lifestyle. What you are really paying for is “time” and “convenience” through getting wholesome, home-made meals that requires no shopping and no hassle. Did you know that Australians on the average spends 3.3 days (78 hours) per year in the grocery store, selecting ingredients? (mccrindle 2017) Now, that’s crazy!!
While you might not achieve weight loss, HelloFresh meals are indeed healthy and offers following services to ensure you are getting healthy quality meals.
1. Each recipe comes with nutrition values
Each recipe includes information on the amount of calories, carbs, protein, and saturated fat. They are included in the recipe card or alongside the recipes online. HelloFresh uses nutritional calculator called Foodworks. The nutritional information they supply is based on the average intake of kilojules for the Australian adult.
2. Meals are portion sized for your health
Each meal contains about 2,000-3,000KJs and is calculated based on an average recommended total of 8,700KJ day over three meals.
HelloFresh and Dietary Requirement
It’s important to note that HelloFresh meals are not Paleo, Vegan, or Halal at this stage.
Halal – At this stage, HelloFresh is not completely Halal certified. Some of their suppliers are, but this is not the case across the board.
Paleo /Vegan – At this stage HelloFresh don’t have a paleo, vegan or gluten free option for customers but they are always looking for new boxes to introduce. But remember, HelloFresh does offer Vegetarian Plan.
Naturally Gluten Free available for Classic Box
This is only available for customers receiving a Classic Box, three times per week. When selecting this preference, customers will receive 3 naturally gluten free recipes. This means that no ingredients in these recipes should contain gluten (e.g. rice does not contain gluten, so it is naturally gluten free). However, some suppliers may pack ingredients containing gluten for other customers, so we can’t guarantee that there will be no cross contamination.
Keep in mind, the ingredients are separately packed and clearly labelled, and you always get a weekly sheet with the ingredients list and recipes in advance. This means you have the opportunity to omit or substitute any ingredient that you can’t, or don’t want to, eat.
We are first going to compare prices for HelloFresh. As per price comparison table below, HelloFresh cost is very similar to its main competitor, Marley Spoon, but slightly cheaper. Compared to budget service provider such as Dinnerly, the cost is much higher for HelloFresh and Marley Spoon. This is because these two services are high end provider that provides customers with higher quality meals and options. You will see in our review below why HelloFresh worth it.
The cost for Two People Box (couple) is consistent across the high end providers. Marley Spoon has recently increased its prices, so HelloFresh is now on average $5 cheaper than Marley Spoon. What I like about HelloFresh is that they have been consistent with their pricing over the years, while other services have been increasing their prices.
Our Exclusive HelloFresh Discounts
If you are interested in giving HelloFresh a go, we can offer you exclusive discounts! Check this out:
My Cooking Review
Next, I’m going to answer your most important question… “is it tasty?” Drum roll please… I’m gonna show you Mexican Smokey Fish Tacos I cooked. Also, just a quick but important reminder that you will need to have essential pantry items such as flours and cooking oils for any meal box services (these are always mentioned in your recipe card).
Pull up next to a beach in Mexico and you’ll undoubtedly smell the delicious aromas of fish tacos. This homemade version might be missing the ocean breeze, but still maintains the spicy, zingy and fresh flavours of the original creation.
Nutrition per serving
Energy (kJ) 2790 kJ, Fat 28.8 g, Protein 39.3 g, Carbohydrate 57.8 g.
Fish, Gluten and Fish
Ingredients (what you will be getting)
Prep the fish by cutting them into small-medium sizes and season with Mexican Fiesta spice blend… you can almost smell the beautiful spice from the pic!
Combine the vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the shredded red cabbage and grated carrot.
Boombayah! Here’s our HelloFresh’s Mexican Smokey Fish Tacos!
I must say that cooking process was really simple to follow. All you had to do was prep the veggies, marinate the fish, cook them and plate it all together! What I enjoyed most about cooking HelloFresh was trying out different spices and sauces. The smokey aioli was especially tasty and kids would love it. The meal looked just like the recipe card and tasted like I was eating at local restaurant.
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Other Promo Codes
If you are looking for something else, then we strongly recommend you check out our meal service reviews. If cost is most important to you, then check our Dinnerly (most affordable meal box). For those who loves food and wants highest quality, then I would strongly recommend Marley Spoon.
If you are looking for other exclusive discounts check our exclusive promotion codes:
> Dinnerly – C3BSTMEAL15F (Exclusive to Bestmeals, $10 off the first three boxes – total of $30 off)
> Marley Spoon – C3F15EEVIE10F total of $35 off for first 3 boxes ($15 + $10 + $10) exclusive to Bestmeals