If you didn’t get a chance to read my other meal service reviews, you can find them at these links: Blue ApronPlatedHello FreshHome Chef, Green Chef, Sun Basket and Peach Dish.

Now for my Purple Carrot review!

Ordering: Big lesson learned (x2) this week- when you order 10 different meal service subscription boxes and try to have them all set to skip you will eventually mess up and have extra food delivered! Not good! I had Home Chef delivered to my home while I was in Santa Fe and now I have Purple Carrot coming again to Santa Fe while I'll be at home! So if you are ordering from a couple of different services I recommend only doing 2-3 at a time so you can keep track of the deliveries.

That issue aside, the ordering process is more simple than other meal services but has fewer options for modifying based on preferences. There are 3 plan options:

  • "1-2 person plan" with 3 preselected meals for $68

  • "3-4 person plan" with 2 of the meals from the 1-2 person plan for $74

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Is motivation lacking? Are you suffering from a case of the too much to do and no drive to do it? In this series I will go through some tips that I've found helpful in my own life to work towards a successful, healthy and balanced life. Today I will start with tips for your home life and in the following weeks I will cover work, food/kitchen, fitness, finances, vacation and making big life changes or decisions

1. Set up a System. Organize everything from physical belongings to your schedule in a simple and intuitive way. If you need help figuring out what system works best for you for belongings, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is a great read! As for your schedule, make sure you spend some time considering your priorities and let your schedule reflect those priorities. I find making detailed lists and rearranging them in the order to be complete and by category. I use the app AnyList, which allows me to share my lists with my hu...

You have a big project due at work so you get there at 7 am to get a head start. You look down at the clock a few minutes later and all of a sudden it's 3 pm and you haven't had a thing to eat all day! Most likely once you get to this point you'll go for anything and everything that crosses your path. After you over indulge you're likely to feel bloated, uncomfortable and fatigued. How can you help build a system of healthy eating when you have a heavy workload and the only convenient foods near your office also happen to be less nourishing or filling? Stocking up on these mini office pantry staples will help you stay nourished and feeling good all week.

1. Nut Butters: Peanut butter, almond butter (good for those with peanut allergies) or sunflower seed butter such as Sun Butter (good for those with both peanut and and tree nut allergies). Any of these selections will give you filling nutrients including protein, fat and fiber.

2. Whole grain crackers...

If you didn’t get a chance to read my other meal service reviews, you can find them at these links: Blue ApronPlatedHello FreshHome Chef, Green Chef and Sun Basket.

Now for my Peach Dish review!

Ordering: There are different prices for each meal (10 meal options and a dessert) that range from $25-62 for 2 servings. They also have special cook out meals for July that are only available for 4 servings and are $24-82 for 4 meals. The dessert options are $21.99 for 2 servings. My delivery came out to $60 ($70 for 3 meals for 2 people with

$10 off with a discount code). You can also save $10 on your order using this code: 8MKJESU5 at their website The cook time is prominently displayed when ordering and ranges from 10-60 minutes. You can select different menu categories at the top of the page including: All, Meat, Seafood, Vegetarian, Quick Fix, SuperFood, Ribbon, Special Kits, Sweet, No Gluten and Summer Cookout.

Website: The website is easy to navigate and make y...

May 31st came and I was both excited to have finished Project 333 and confused about what to do next. Spending 3 months wearing only 33 items including shoes, jewelry, purses and clothes made it very hard when the day came that I had to think more about what I was going to wear again. If you aren't familiar with Project 333, you can read more here: You can read more about how it works here. I also highly recommend watching Minimalist on Netflix (it's how I first heard about Project 333).

Here are some lessons learned from my Project 333 experience:

1. Having a separate section of my closet where I kept my 33 items included in the challenge made getting ready in the morning a breeze and much less stressful. I should add the importance of regularly doing laundry does became more imperative or you literally have nothing to wear. Since I had to do laundry more often I didn't have as much to fold and put away each time I did which made the task smaller and more manageable each time.

2. The off...

If you didn’t get a chance to read my other meal service reviews, you can find them at these links: Blue ApronPlatedHello FreshHome Chef and Green Chef.

** Side note: You might have noticed a big gap between my Green Chef review and this one. Since finishing Green Chef, I had to take a break while I was working hard to finish studying for my ACE Personal Trainer exam to become a certified personal trainer. I successfully passed and am now both a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. I'm in the process of finishing my new business website, Balance 52, and will be transferring the blog over to the new website this weekend! I also finished my Project 333 challenge on May 31st and will be adding a blog post soon about my experience with that. I will continue the blog as I transition into a full time role as a nutrition consultant and worksite wellness coordinator/consultant. I will be accepting both virtual and in person consultations and am working on accepting...

If you didn’t get a chance to read my other meal service reviews, you can find them at these links: Blue ApronPlated, Hello Fresh and Home Chef.

Now for Green Chef!

Ordering: This was the first meal delivery service that had a distinctly different ordering process. Instead of being able to choose from 6-12 menu options, it selected 3 for you based on your preferences. This is also the first one I've tried that accommodates for multiple special diets. The options they have are omnivore (standard plan), carnivore, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and paleo. Each of these selections has slightly different prices ($10.49-$15.99 per meal) but I found that when I made certain adjustments to the plan it sometimes gave the exact same meals but one option was cheaper than the other. I ended up going with the omnivore option which had a chicken, pork and veggie meal versus the chicken, pork and fish in the carnivore plan that was $1.50 more per meal. 

Website: The website...

Home Chef was great fun to try and added some unique extras that the other meal services don't offer! If you didn’t get a chance to read my other meal service reviews, you can find them at these links: Blue ApronPlated and Hello Fresh)

Ordering: I used an online coupon code and it was fairly easy to set up the ordering to whichever meals you prefer. There are 11 options that you can

put in any combination and they add helpful icons including calorie conscious, carb conscious and vegetarian. You are also able to add a breakfast, smoothie and a fruit basket. I decided to try all three to get the full feel for the service. You can get $30 off your order by using this code. You can select which meals you would like to receive, but when I changed my selections it didn't save and it reverted back to the default meals and I ended up not receiving the meals I had picked. When I contacted them they said it was too late so I was stuck with what I got. That was frustrating but *spoiler* al...

If you didn’t get a chance to read my Plated and Blue Apron reviews, you can do that here (Blue Apron Link and Plated Link)

Ordering: I used my friends $40 off code and it was very easy to set everything up using the link she sent me. You can also get $40 off using the code LMBAXTE. Once you have an account they promote ‘Give $40, Get $20’ where by sharing your link you can give a big discount and receive $20 off your next order. If you order more boxes, you are also given the option to give entire boxes to friends for free.

Website: It was easy setting everything up and the website is simple to navigate. I had some connectivity and loading issues when I tried to look at my order after it was placed. 

App: The app, like the website, was sometimes slow to load or wouldn’t load. When it did load, you were able to track your order, look at upcoming weeks, pick your meals and skip weeks.

Packaging: HelloFresh really stood out with the packaging in comparison to Plated and Blue Apr...

In case you didn’t get a chance to read my first meal service review (Plated), I am writing a review of each of the available meal service companies that ship to my area. I have located approximately 10 and will be writing a review of each. My next review will be of HelloFresh.

Ordering: We were lucky enough to get a 2-week meal plan as a wedding gift, so I clicked on the email code sent from our registry (Zola) and then selected the date we wanted the service to start. I highly recommend a meal service as a wedding gift, it was great! Plated and Blue Apron were very similar with some slight differences. The main difference is Plated gives you 16 meal choices whereas Blue Apron only gives you 6. For Blue Apron, it will only let you pick certain combinations from the 6 meals. I'm guessing this is to balance out the higher cost meals but when you only start with 6 options it makes your choices very limited. You can also add wine pairing or order what appears to be almost anything you wo...

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