What is HelloFresh and how does it work?

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Despite being one of life’s greatest pleasures, eating can also be a stressful topic. Planning, shopping, prepping and cooking is no easy feat when you have chores, school, work and other responsibilities ahead of you. We often end up eating fast food or throwing together a simple sandwich. That’s why services like HelloFresh are becoming so popular.

What is HelloFresh and what makes it special?

HelloFresh aims to simplify meal planning, preparation and cooking. It offers planned meal packs that you can easily customize and have delivered to your doorstep. These weekly deliveries contain all the food you need for your specific meal plan, and the ingredients even come in portion sizes so they’re ready to cook.

HelloFresh will then provide recipes to prepare your meals. You choose the number of portions and recipes you want to receive per week. There is also a selection of diet plans for those with specific needs.

What makes HelloFresh special is that it focuses on all the right purposes. For starters, the meals are said to be quite healthy and the company will provide nutritional information for those who want to count it all. All ingredients are said to be fresh and high quality. Not only that, but HelloFresh also tries to be eco-friendly. The company claims each meal produces about 3.7kg of CO2e, which is significantly less than the 5kg an identical meal using ingredients from an average supermarket would produce. You can learn more about their plans to help the planet here.

In short, HelloFresh can help you eat healthier and tastier. It also saves you time when shopping, planning and even cooking. Not to mention there’s no need to constantly figure out what to eat next.

Which food does HelloFresh offer?

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HelloFresh has a wide variety of options to choose from. In fact, they are usually over 30, and they alternate on a weekly basis. These recipes are created by chefs and may vary in difficulty and cooking time. Either way, they’re meant to be much healthier and tastier than what you’d eat in a hurry.

Those with specific dietary needs need not worry as HelloFresh tries to accommodate everyone’s tastes and needs. For example, you can choose from popular diets right from the start. You can choose between ‘Meat and Veggies’, ‘Veggie’, ‘Family Friendly’, ‘Fit and Healthy’, ‘Quick and Easy’ or ‘Pescatarian’.

Those who want to get a little more adventurous can even try recipes that have been labeled “gourmet”. These may contain more unique ingredients, such as duck or tenderloin. Choosing this may also require more complex recipes, so save those for when you have more time.

Each recipe, which you get physically or accessed through the website, comes with nutrition and allergy information. Be sure to read these if you have any allergies. Also, many assume that HelloFresh meals are automatically healthy options. HelloFresh is very clear about this and indicates that not all meals are exactly healthy. However, it offers many healthy choices and you will know all the nutritional information in advance, making it easier to plan healthy eating habits.

How does HelloFresh work?

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Getting your HelloFresh meals is a simple process, and you probably already know more than half of them by reading the informative content above.

All you have to do is go to the HelloFresh website, choose a plan, fill in your details, choose your recipes and pay for that week’s service. You get a refrigerated box with all the ingredients, as well as recipe cards with diet and allergy information. You can get these online if you have lost the tickets. When you’re ready to cook, follow the instructions using the cards and pre-measured ingredients.

How much does HelloFresh cost?

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HelloFresh prices change depending on how much you order. At most, you’ll pay $12.49 per serving, if you only get two recipes with two servings each. This is the minimum that you can purchase from HelloFresh. Those who commit to the service can get up to 6 recipes per week, with four servings each. This would bring the price per serving down to $8.99.

No commitments or subscription fees are required. You can cancel at any time, as long as you do it before the closing date for the next shipment. This is usually five days before the next delivery is scheduled.

Frequently Asked Questions

HelloFresh assures us that the shipping box can stay out of the refrigerator for 24 hours after delivery. The ice packs and vacuum packs help keep the ingredients fresh.

HelloFresh does not currently accept EBT payments.

Some HelloFresh ingredients are organic, but not all. In fact, most of the food is not organic. You can opt for Green Chef if you want to eat organic.

HelloFresh’s rewards program is actually a bit confusing and only applies to new customers. You’ll find it under the New Achievements section. HelloFresh usually provides rewards after a certain number of boxes purchased. You can get small deserts, meal discounts and other free gifts.

You can change or pause your meal time at any time. Make sure to do this before the closing date, usually five days before the next shipment.

When selecting your recipes, you can read all the info about each meal. It is up to you to adjust the recipe or choose another recipe if necessary.