review: blue apron

Ohhhhh, Blue Apron. You make dinners so fun!

Blue Apron Review | A Nutritionist Eats

What is Blue Apron?
Blue Apron delivers all the ingredients you need for three chef-inspired meals to cook at home. (Enough for two people.) So they plan the menu, they send you the ingredients and you cook some really delicious meals at home.

How does it work?
Each week (that you don’t opt out of) you are sent a box of three meals (for two people, though I’ve heard there is enough for small kids too) and recipe cards to go along with all of the ingredients. They literally send every single ingredient you need (with the exception of olive oil, salt and pepper). Have no fear, it’s all kept cool in an insulated box with freezer packs so even meat and fish are kept cold.

Pros | Blue Apron:

  • You can opt in or out of poultry, pork, beef, lamb, fish and shellfish.
  • You can also opt in or out of weeks as you like. There is no commitment.
  • It comes in a cooler box that keeps things at a safe temperature. My first box arrived when it was over 90 degrees in LA and I was a little worried about the salmon, but it was cold enough and the freezer packs were still frozen solid.
  • Every meal has a fresh vegetable component, which I love.
  • Ingredients are all ‘mise en place’ meaning everything you need is either ready to go or needs only a small amount of chopping or prep.
  • No waste: because you are receiving the exact amount of ingredient needed, there is nothing extra that can go bad in the crisper drawer.
  • It brought us out of our dinner comfort zones and was so fun to just spend time cooking in the kitchen.
  • I wouldn’t ordinarily buy numerous fresh herbs for one meal, but they make such a huge difference!
  • Oh, and everything was absolutely delicious.

Cons | Blue Apron:

  • Lots of packaging. I know there really isn’t away around it, but I cringed at the amount of packaging that was used. I was able to save a lot of the baggies and I’ll reuse them, but I still felt a little guilty.
  • The meals take some time. These are not 15 minute meals. We tried to embrace the multiple steps and pans by cooking together and making it an event, not just a chore. (Which worked pretty well!)
  • Price: $9.99/person/meal seems like a lot, but it actually helps us not eat out as much so in actuality it might save us money? We’ll see.
  • I would love to see the exact nutrition facts. Or at least something a little more specific. They give estimates, but they seem a little on the low side to me.

Would I like it?
If you are someone who is new to the kitchen or needs some new cooking inspiration, I think you would love it! It’s also a great way to have date nights at home – you and your love can cook together!

What did we eat?
The first week, I opted for only vegetarian + fish meals only and loved them, but felt like it was a better use of money to opt into the meat options as well so in our second week we had a chicken, salmon and a vegetarian meal.

Sample Meals:
These are the meals we received our first week.

Pizza Panini with Green Lettuce Salad:

Blue Apron Review | A Nutritionist Eats

This vegetarian meal was so cheesy, comforting and filling! It’s definitely not something I would normally make (Richie says that I never buy bread…) so it felt like a treat. The fresh oregano added so much pizza flavor and though our paninis were a little soggy, they were still delicious!

Coconut Curry Salmon Steaks with Celery & Bok Choy over Barley:

Blue Apron Review | A Nutritionist Eats

I was a little nervous about this meal…only because we had recently returned from Thailand, and I just figured it wouldn’t compare. I was wrong. Was it the best curry I’ve ever had? No. But it was so good. The salmon was crispy, the sauce flavorful and the barley chewy, it was a fun departure from rice.

Braised Heirloom Carrots & Crispy Goat Cheese:

Blue Apron Review | A Nutritionist Eats

I’m sorry that this is the worst picture (late dinner) …because it was one of our favorite meals! Every component was better than the last, it’s definitely something I want to make again.

This week was another Blue Apron week (yay!) and we had Salmon Rolls with Baby Beet and Pea Shoot Salad, Chicken Supremes with Sautéed Ramps, Sugar Snap Peas and Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Fried Green Tomatoes with Cajun Rémoulade Sauce and Boston Red Leaf Salad on the menu. So far, the salmon rolls left us both saying, “So good!” no less than seven times throughout dinner.

Want to try Blue Apron?

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new product favorites (april)

JustMayo-RetailJar

hampton creek just mayo. I bought this because I thought it was real, homemade mayo. Turns out it is vegan mayo. I contemplated taking it back to Whole Foods because I’m not usually a huge fan of vegan mayo, but figured I’d give it a try. It was DELICIOUS. And sorry honey, I never told you it was vegan. I’m pretty much counting down the days until I can buy their chipotle version, I love the packaging, the flavor, the texture, blah, blah, blah! I’m obsessed!

Favorite New Products | A Nutritionist Eats

wildbrine sauerkraut. I tried this a few years ago at Expo, and am so glad it’s in stores now. The Dill Pickle is by far my favorite and it is such a delicious way to get in some fermented foods in on a daily basis. (Side note: Has anyone made their own raw sauerkraut? I’m tempted!)

Favorite New Products | A Nutritionist Eats

everlane frozen wheat grass shots. These come frozen (like an ice cube) and can easily be tossed into a juice or smoothie. I love that I can add a bit of concentrated wheat grass without the hassle of dealing with wheat grass. I don’t really care for the flavor of straight wheat grass, but these are really mild and per the website, this is because it is grown outside instead of indoors like most wheat grass. 

Favorite New Products | A Nutritionist Eats

shell-n-all fried peanuts. I found a bag of these at World Market and after trying shell-on peanuts in Napa, I’ve been trying to find something similar. They are crunchy and delicious – and the nutrition stats are similar to regular roasted peanuts. Score! (7 Facts You Want to Know about Peanuts)

Favorite New Products | A Nutritionist Eats

vega one vanilla. I’ve been loving Vega’s “all-in-one nutritional shake” which is full of protein, fiber, greens, enzymes, probiotics and a slew of vitamins and minerals. (Both the chai and vanilla are fantastic!) I keep things simple and love vanilla vega one + frozen strawberries + spinach + coconut/almond milk.

Favorite New Products | A Nutritionist Eats

chipotle garlic sauce. We found this line of spicy sauces, rubs and snacks at a local LA event, and man the Chipotle Garlic Sauce is so good. I loooooove it on chicken drumsticks. (Even more so than buffalo sauce which was my favorite!) They also have some fun popcorns but beware, even my spice-loving brother couldn’t handle the ghost pepper candied popcorn! 

Have you recently tried a new food that you love and/or I NEED to try? 

amazing grass review

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

One of the most amusing things to look at when checking out my google analytics stats is the search terms by which people find your website.

can i drink a mojita and champagne in the same evening? Yes, you most definitely can, and this champagne mojito recipe is a great way to combine them into one delicious drink.

are drunken noodles healthy? Hmm, at home you can control the amount of oil used, but it also depends on how you feel about pasta.

i want to work in a hospital as a nutritionist what kind of schooling would i need? So you want to be a Nutritionist? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

addicted to eating out. Me too, I feel your pain.

how many calories in burratta? Doesn’t matter. ;)

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

It’s actually inspired this updated post about Amazing Grass (affiliate!). SO many people come to my blog by searching “amazing grass” “amazing grass flatulence” “amazing grass meal” “amazing grass gas” “is amazing grass any good?” (I’m serious with all of these!) And the original post needed some updating. So it was time for a revamp and full review on the full Amazing Grass product line.

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

I set off to Whole Foods (West Hollywood!) and picked up every single Amazing Grass powder they had.

And then we drank a lot of greens. Going into this, my favorites were the plain wheat grass and original and it remained that way throughout the tasting. I prefer to mix the greens with a few ounces of water and a splash of orange juice while Richie preferred some of the flavored varieties. In all honesty, I found all of the flavors too fake and artificial-tasting so it all depends on your personal preference.

Nutritionally speaking, I think greens like this have a time and a place, especially if it is difficult to get the recommended fruits and veggies in on a daily basis. I’ve used them when I’m traveling or when eating vegetables isn’t always easy and in that sense, I think they are great! If they are in addition to a veggie-filled diet, more power to you. If you eat great and hate them, don’t feel bad! If they cause you gas, I would probably skip them. Different bodies digest things differently and if yours isn’t a fan, listen to it!

Flavor:

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Wheat Grass variety was in my top two favorites but Richie thought  it was “awful,” even though he likes fresh wheat grass! (I think the gritty texture is the reason.)

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Original is still my favorite and the one I would buy first (I would also buy the wheat grass).

 

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Pineapple Lemongrass was probably Richie’s favorite of the flavored varieties. I didn’t love it, but liked it more than most of the other flavors.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

Lemon-lime was also one that Richie didn’t mind too much, not surprisingly, it reminded me of flat sprite – not in a good way.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

We couldn’t tell a ton of difference between the berry varieties…

 

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

…but did prefer the Raw Reserve a little more. I also like that it is made with E3Live which is an amazing algae supplement.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eatsWe were both terrified to drink the chocolate greens. Because…well, chocolate + greens? But, surprisingly, this was my favorite of the flavored versions. Richie didn’t agree and his only comment was, “Gross.”

Buy Amazing Grass (affiliate!) here:

review: journey bars {and giveaway}

I’ve been doing fewer and fewer product reviews, but sometimes I come across something, or something comes across my inbox and I’ve just got to try it – and subsequently – share it with you all!

I’m definitely a savory/salty snacker and when the afternoon rolls around, its not sweets that I’m craving. Truthfully, I usually want cheese but I definitely don’t bring cheese to work with me. (That would NOT be a good idea). Ideally I’ll have something a little salty and hopefully crunchy.

Journey Bars are essentially a savory “granola/nutrition” bar with flavors like Coconut Curry, Pizza Marinara, Rosemary, Parmesan Romano and Hickory BBQ. They are made with grains like oats, buckwheat, flax, amaranth, and definitely fit the bill for a delicious, crunchy, savory and healthy afternoon snack.

You can currently find them at these retailers in your area or buy them online. They are also available on amazon!

Like:

  • made with whole grains
  • simple ingredient list
  • savory flavor without too much salt
  • nutrition stats: 200 calories, 8 grams fat, 4 grams fiber, 6 grams protein
  • no GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)

Wish:

  • there was a bit more protein in them, although I know that would affect the flavor/taste (in a perfect world!)
  • they were in thinner pieces (I guess more like crackers) but I guess that defeats the purpose of a “bar” :)

 

Want to try Journey bars yourself?

Comment below on your favorite savory snacks and I’ll choose two winners on Sunday July 1st.

(For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway – “I want to try @journeybar from @nutritionisteat http://www.anutritionisteats.com/?p=10728″ ,  like them and me on facebook, and then enter a separate comment letting me know you did so for each additional entry) US Shipping addresses only, please!