hungryroot review time. (tl;dr eh, good enough.)

my last post led to some lively chatter on facebook. (who knew y’all were such foodies!) sticking with that focus, here’s a review of my trial week of hungryroot vegan food delivery.

i spent $35 for a week’s worth of snacks and meals. (this is half off the regular price. if you’re interested in trying it out, i can hook you up with a promo code.)

since i feel like i’m going to do a few of these (i just signed up to try graze) i decided to come up with a score card:

order placement and fulfillment – 3/5

super easy to subscribe and specify the meals i wanted. nothing i wanted was out of stock. this all being said, when i received my order, there were a few items missing.

delivery – 5/5

on time and delivered as expected.

packaging – 4/5

visually pleasing, recycled packaging! 3 ice packs and recycled cotton insulation kept everything cold until i came home at 8pm. only con was two of the dishes were a bit on the oily side and this caused the packaging to leak.

size of portions – 3/5

once i unpacked everything, i was a bit surprised. the portions were smaller than i would have expected, especially given the fact that i signed up for a week for two people, and i was planning to just eat everything by myself. (oink oink.)

variety of meals – 3.5/5

i didn’t realize that some of the meals i chose were actually two separate, smaller items combined. for example, a succotash was a combo of a quinoa dish and a salad. so the ingredients weren’t as varied as i initially thought.

freshness of ingredients – 4/5

excluding the items that were compromised by bad packaging, the ingredients seemed fresh.

ease of preparation – 4.5/5

the most i ever had to do was microwave, mix, bake, or boil water. basically, given my culinary level – perfect!

tastiness – 4/5

the food was tasty, if a bit over-seasoned. i would have loved if the overnight oats came in a banana optional flavor, if the dressing was on the side for the salads, and if the brussels came whole, not sliced. also, the avocado crema threw me off with how sour/vinegary/salty it was.

customer service – 5/5

when i contacted customer service about the damaged and missing items, they credited me back for the week without any fuss. i would have been happy if they had just sent me a mini-order of replacements.

would i recommend? – 4/5

overall, i think this might be one of the most cost effective, plant-based, ready-to-eat meal delivery subscriptions. i’m excited to explore other options and see whether i stand by this in the future. as the first review, i’m sure i’m either being too hard or too easy on them.

total score – 40/50 – 80%

here is what i got (and whether i’d reorder or pass):

roasted corn edamame salad – fairly delicious and filling. reorder.

italian herb chickpea medley – this was the dish that leaked everywhere. i also found it to be a bit over-seasoned. pass.

red pepper edamame succotash – i guess this was supposed to be the red pepper quinoa bowl and the second roasted edamame salad mixed together, but i ate the two parts separately because i don’t follow directions – whoops! the quinoa bowl was quite good. reorder.

crispy sprouts brussels bake – i was missing the cashew cheddar, so i just baked the brussels (disappointingly, not whole sprouts) and ate them and the cucumber corn bean salad separately. the salad was ok, if a bit mushy and there are onions – beware! pass.

banana bread overnight oats – delicious, but a bit too sweet, and i would have loved if the banana flavor was optional. reorder.

diy simply seasoned carrot chips – easy peasy, and the grocery store sells these, so i’ll be sure to bake them again (at most likely a cheaper cost). pass.

lemon artichoke quinoa bowl – my favorite meal of the entire package, it was perfectly flavored, if a small portion size. reorder.

avocado chickpea noodle bowl – consisting of sweet potato ribbons, the italian herb chickpea medley, and avocado crema, i ate the chickpeas separately, put the avocado crema on crackers… and now i’ve got to figure out what to do with the sweet potato ribbons. pass.

if you were thinking of trying hungryroot, hopefully you find this helpful! again, i have a promo code if you want to judge for yourself. if you order the chickpea cookie dough, make sure to save me a bite, as this was another item i ordered but did not receive.

going into february and i’m still eating healthy!

xo

intentionally shawna

p.s. i started analyzing my spending habits. at a glance, my food and drinks spending was way out of control in 2017. i’m so interested to see how this compares to 2018!

let’s talk food.

i made my first appointment with a nutritionist at the apple wellness center.

the resource has always been there, but i’ve hesitated for years to take this first step.

partially because i didn’t think i needed it. partially because i didn’t want to feel like i was trying to lose weight or adhere to some fad diet. partially because – let’s be honest – i was afraid of being judged for my absolutely embarrassing eating habits.

our first conversation started like this:

“so, why are you here today?”

“i want to eat like an adult. right now i skip breakfast, eat out for lunch, and order in for dinner. if i eat dinner at all. sometimes i just have wine.”

and ended with:

“let’s try to get you to a grocery store once a week.”

(bless her heart, my nutritionist is the least judgmental soul on this planet.)

“ok. i’ll try to track what i eat, too.”

(i quickly realized i’ve been overeating (read: over-drinking wine) by about 2-500 calories most days. oops!)

my nutritionist also had me talk through my last 24 hours, so she could get a feel for how much time during the day i had for meal prep (very little), how active i was (think sloth), how often i ate (rarely), and what (whatever was in arm’s reach) in order to make suggestions.

here are the changes i made the first month:

breakfast: hard boiled eggs + fruit + black coffee

lunch: ready-mix salads (i know, i know, all that plastic is terrible for the environment, the ingredients aren’t as fresh, they’re over-priced… baby steps! stop judging me!)

snack: string cheese, carrots, celery, hummus, fruit

dinner: something frozen, something to-go from a restaurant… or wine (again, not the best, but i haven’t had drive-thru or delivery in weeks!)

bonus! i actually cooked a few times! i’ll wait while you pat me on the back.

long story short, i saved an extra couple hundred dollars and i lost 4 pounds just by eating differently.

stupid. why didn’t i do this sooner?!

xo

intentionally shawna

 

no giftcards, please. (or: how i started cleaning and found $252.50 of forgotten money.)

i set a new year’s – not resolution, but – challenge for myself: to see how long i could go without buying anything new.

(and i might have already completely failed. but more on that in my next post. mainly because i’m too embarrassed to own up to it yet.)

as part of my effort during the first couple weeks of 2018, i quickly realized that the first step to not buying anything is to use what i already have. and the best way to use what i already have is to know my options. so i started to get organized and put everything in its rightful place.

in case you want to join along, i present to you (drum roll please):

shawna’s 7 step process to getting your shit organized

  1. empty out all of your shit (pockets and bags, boxes and catch alls)
  2. sort all of your shit by category (i.e. clothing from shoes from makeup)
  3. sort your shit again to create subcategories (i.e. separate your lip shit from you eye shit)
  4. realize how much shit you have
  5. rediscover shit you forgot you owned
  6. celebrate and be thankful for alll of your shit
  7. but, mostly, realize how much time and money you waste collecting shit

tl;dr – i have far too much shit.

i found three sticks of deodorant. one in the bathroom. one in a purse (for that b.o. on the go). one in a box of junk. (and i’m convinced i have at least one more in my car. four sticks of deodorant, y’all. at least i smell good.)

i also found a stack of old cards. business cards. customer punch cards. hotel key cards. things once valuable, now destined for the trash.

until i saw the gift cards.

at first, i figured they were all balance-free junk that was never tossed. but on a hunch, i called to check the balances.

here’s what i found:

  • trader joe’s – $10
  • chipotle – $.39 (not even enough for a side of guac – heartbroken)
  • peet’s – $20
  • in’n’out – $1.73
  • jamba juice – $5
  • bevmo – $10
  • nordstrom – $49.13
  • macy’s – $100
  • macy’s – $31.25
  • itunes – $25

$252.50 in forgotten money! imagine!

it’s one more indication of just how unintentionally i had been living my life. to have that amount of value just sitting around like trash in a forgotten bag in a forgotten corner of my room. what a shame.

it’s nice to be rewarded with treasure as i start down this path of intentional living. but there’s definitely some guilt attached.

while my new year’s challenge was a big fat fail, i’m still going to keep trying to use what i have before i buy anything new… after i redeem these gift cards. they’ve waited long enough for their chance to shine, don’t you think?

cha-ching!

xo

intentionally shawna

p.s. shoutout to all my exes’ parents for the gifts that keep on giving. (my family doesn’t shop at macy’s, and they definitely don’t do gift cards.)