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Overview of Green Chef and My Other Favorite Meal Delivery Services

Meal delivery services continue to gain popularity as people become busier but still desire to eat healthy meals at home. A meal delivery service allows you to avoid fast food and other unhealthy options. These services also help you avoid the rushed trips to the grocery store to get everything you need to make a healthy meal at home. Companies like Green Chef, Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, and Plated, all provide gourmet meal services that bring everything you need straight to your door. The following are my family’s favorite meal delivery kits that we’ve tried so far. Hopefully, this information can help you choose the best meal delivery service for your needs.

Green Chef

The meal delivery service from Green Chef is ideal for those who prefer organic foods as everything they offer is made from organic ingredients. They use seasonal and sustainable foods in their meal selections to help eliminate stress and strain on the environment. Those who use Green Chef can choose meals based on personal preferences and they also offer vegan selections. The meals are designed to be easy and quick to prepare so that you aren’t cooking a complicated meal in the evening after a long day at work. Some of their recent meals include Cherry Balsamic Pork, Middle Eastern Flatbreads, and Southern Fish ‘N’ Chips.

Plated

This easy to use site allows you to choose the meals you like from their large selection of tasty, but simple to prepare, meals. Plated has a culinary team that works to develop meals that anyone can prepare on a weeknight when time is limited. All the ingredients are precisely measured which helps even the inexperienced cook prepare a chef quality meal at home. They create seasonal meals based on what’s fresh and the meat used is always antibiotic free. Plated also allows you to easily adjust your delivery days during the week based on preference.

Hello Fresh

Those who use Hello Fresh can choose from several different meal plans, including classic, veggie, or family. The classic plan includes a huge variety of ingredients that allows you to sample foods that you may not have tried otherwise. The veggie plan works well for those who prefer meat-free protein options and lots of fresh vegetables. If you have picky kids at home, the family-friendly plan always includes some kid-friendly ingredients in meals that are very simple to prepare. Each box includes all the ingredients needed for the meal, pre-measured to save time, and a quick recipe card to show you exactly to prepare the meal.

Blue Apron

This meal delivery service was created to help members find joy in cooking healthy and simple meals in their own kitchen. They offer farm-fresh ingredients and seasonal menus that are created to take advantage of the freshest foods year-round. You can choose from meals designed for two people or family meals for those who have more mouths to feed. The meals can be delivered at your convenience and deliveries can be skipped and rescheduled as needed. Blue Apron also allows you to easily personalize your meals based on dietary needs.

 

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Best Healthy Snacks to Curb After School Hunger (Without Spoiling Supper)

A common, modern-day problem is the after-school hunger conundrum. Your precious children are asking for food after a grueling day at school, but you still want them to eat a good dinner. What’s a loving, responsible mom to do? Have a plan of tried and true after school snack staples on hand that will be quick, filling and delicious without spoiling their appetites, of course! Here are some ideas, perfect for tweaking to the tastes of your own sweet kiddos.

1. Trail Mix

A hearty trail mix is fill of protein from nuts and seeds, and the addition of dried fruit and chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter morsels doesn’t hurt, either. Great varieties are on grocery store shelves, but feel free to make your own or encourage your kids to help create their own, unique mix.

This hearty trail mix is easy to put together on your own. Just toss together some apricots, hazelnuts, raisins, and walnuts, and voila! You have a salty-sweet mix that fills up rumbling tummies.
This hearty trail mix is easy to put together on your own. Just toss together some apricots, hazelnuts, raisins, and walnuts, and voila! You have a salty-sweet mix that fills up rumbling tummies.

2. Fruits and Veggies with Dip

Dipping food always makes eating it more fun! Sliced apples or pears with caramel cream cheese dip is a perennial favorite (not just for fall), and fresh vegetables match well with hummus, Greek yogurt dip or ranch dressing. Add a favorite cheese to the plate for an extra protein kick.

3. Smoothies

You can bill these as healthy “milkshakes” for even more fun, and let your imagination take flight. Typically, a milk or juice/milk base works well with whatever fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables you may have on hand, but the addition of peanut butter or Greek yogurt gives a smoothie staying power. Some favorites are the Green Monster spinach smoothie or Martha Stewart’s cucumber blueberry smoothie.

My kids love Martha Stewart's blueberry cucumber smoothie, which is refreshing and packed with antioxidants!
My kids love Martha Stewart’s blueberry cucumber smoothie, which is refreshing and packed with antioxidants!

4. Energy Bites

These little, no-bake energy bites pack a protein punch. They can also be custom-made for your preferences and for what’s in your pantry. The basic recipe consists of oats, sweetener (honey, molasses, agave), binder (peanut or almond butter, date paste, Nutella), dry ingredients (cocoa powder, coconut), add-ins (M&Ms, sprinkles, raisins, craisins), and flavoring (vanilla, cinnamon).

5. Tortilla Roll-ups

Tortilla roll-ups can be either sweet or savory and eaten whole or sliced like sushi for a fun presentation. Some favorites are smearing a tortilla with nut butter and wrapping around a banana, sliced apple or other fruit. Cream cheese with strawberries is another great combo or cream cheese or goat cheese with veggies, ham, and cheese. The possible varieties are nearly endless!

Who doesn't love chowing down on a bowl of popcorn? At our house, we make it ourselves on the stove top for a healthy snack!
Who doesn’t love chowing down on a bowl of popcorn? At our house, we make it ourselves on the stove top for a healthy snack!

6. Popcorn

Whether you buy premade, microwave popcorn or freshly pop your own, it’s delicious to kick up the fun by sprinkling with parmesan cheese, butter or favorite seasoning blends. For a sweet tooth, make some crunchy caramel corn with or without nuts. Either way, popcorn provides whole grain, fiber and antioxidants sure to keep your kids healthy and happy.

Even better, you can tailor portion sizes to the ages of different children as well as how long the snack needs to stretch until dinnertime. Kids may even learn to help to create some of their own, unique snack creations to share with your family.
 

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