While I was cruising around Swagbucks last month, I noticed there was an offer to sign up for Freshly, a company who promises to deliver healthy meals right to your doorstep.
In exchange for signing up for this service, you’d get 2,000 Swagbucks (equivalent to $20).
Despite being a corporate dropout and currently unemployed, I still only cook once or twice a week., so I’m always looking for food subscriptions that require minimal effort on my part. I’d already been a satisfied subscriber of Munchery for the past year, so I was eager to try the new kid on the block.
By signing up through the Swagbucks offer, I received an additional 35% of my first order of 12 meals. My total for all 12 meals was $70 and some change.
That equates to approximately $5 per meal. At that price point, I thought it was a heck of a deal.
What IS Freshly, you ask?
Freshly is a weekly meal subscription where you can choose up to 12 meals to have delivered per week.
What initially intrigued me about Freshly was that they have 30 dishes to choose from, so there’s plenty of variety that will appeal to every palette.
Once you order your desired meals, they are cooked and shipped to you frozen. Pretty straightforward.
My Freshly Experience:
- Plans: Freshly has four plans to choose from, ranging from 4 to 12 meals per week. Please note that the prices in the graphic are PRE promotion code, and will change based on the code you use. (This link will save you 50% off of your first 4 meals. Let them know I referred you.)
One particular feature of Freshly that I like is that you can pause your subscription anytime, so you’re not obligated to purchase a ton of meals, nor are you stuck with a freezer full of food if you decide to cancel.
- Initial Thoughts: As mentioned earlier, one of my first observations on the Freshly site was the variety of meals they offer. You can order breakfast and lunch/dinner entrees so that you’re set all day.My issue with most meal subscriptions is that it’s typically hard for me to find meals that I would actually want to eat. If you’ve been told you’re a picky eater, like me, you’ll likely find several dishes that appeal to you.
I chose the 12-month option and ordered a good mix of breakfast and dinner entrees so that I would get a comprehensive sampling of their offerings.
- The Good:
- Lunch/Dinner– Unlike most frozen meals that you’d buy at the grocery store, Freshly lunch and dinner entrees are substantial enough to satisfy your hunger, assuming you’ve eaten everything in your meal. (Also assuming you aren’t regularly eating portions the size of a small child.)
- Low Calories: Most of the meals I tried were less than 500 calories.
- Great options for those with a limited diet. Every meal is gluten free, “packed with protein”, free of added sugars, and all natural.
- Flavor: Surprisingly, I’d say 75% of the meals I tried were flavorful, which is not something I associate with a meal I heat in the microwave. My 2 favorite meals were the BBQ Chicken with Butternut Mash, as well as the Paleo Beef Chili.
- That chili though! It had a ton of flavor and the right amount of spice to give it a kick without overwhelming the palette. I would order this dish again several times over!
- The Bad:
- Eggs/Breakfast: It became very clear to me that the breakfast meals, in my opinion, were a flop. Of course, this is subjective; my boyfriend actually liked the breakfasts he ate.But for me? Microwaved eggs are just not okay. Ever. Just…NO.In general, the flavors were there, but a microwaved omelet just isn’t up to snuff. I couldn’t get past the texture and taste. If you don’t mind eggs heated in the microwave, there’s a good chance you might like the breakfast meals, but it just wasn’t for me.
- Lack of texture: Sauteed peppers and onions = good. Sauteed peppers and onions heated in the microwave = bad. (Me talk like caveman.)Condensation from the plastic covering often made the peppers/onions watery and limp. There is just no substitute for pan sauteed vegetables. Dishes like the Shrimp Fajitas fell flat because of this.
- Moderate to High Sodium: On average, the daily value percentage of sodium, per meal, hovered around 45%. So many of the foods we eat are high in sodium, so this might not be a huge deal for some readers, but it’s something to keep in mind if you require a low sodium diet.
As with every meal subscription service, some of Freshly’s meals are hit or miss. But once you figure out which meals are hits, it’s well worth the price and convenience of quickly reaching into your freezer and pulling out a tasty meal that keeps you full.
If you’d like to try out their service, you can sign up for 50% off of 4 meals.