"What's for dinner?" is a question that I, and many others, are often left asking ourselves at the end of a long day. Luckily, when you're not in the mood to cook, you can still enjoy a healthy and flavorful dinner thanks to meal services like Freshly.
According to a press release, FreshlyFit meals are "designed for consumers looking to command their health and fuel active lifestyles." These gluten-free meals focus on clean, whole-food ingredients while being lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein. Some of these meals are also compatible with Keto and Paleo diets. I was able to sample six of the new menu options—here's how they tasted.
This meal was all about the vegetables. The onions and peppers had a nice bite to them and provided a good contrast of textures with the cauliflower rice. While I thought the sausage itself was a little bland, it was coated in a delicious tomato sauce that helped up the flavor.
A serving includes 460 calories, 33 grams of fat (7 of which is saturated), 13 grams of sugar (2 of which is added), 21 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, 27 grams of carbohydrates and 890 milligrams of sodium.
This meal was my favorite of the six and I would definitely eat it again. The creamy mashed cauliflower was packed with chives, Cheddar and bacon making it the perfect low-carb swap for loaded potatoes. The chicken was also moist thanks to the Buffalo sauce on top.
A serving includes 450 calories, 27 grams of fat (13 of which is saturated), 4 grams of sugar, 40 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 14 grams of carbohydrates and 890 milligrams of sodium.
This veggie-packed meal was full of zucchini, mushrooms, kale and butternut squash. I was impressed that the butternut squash spirals weren't mushy, and it inspired me to eat more veggie noodles. Plus, the meatballs were moist and worked well with the veggie ragù.
A serving meal includes 390 calories, 20 grams of fat (7 of which is saturated), 8 grams of sugar (1 of which is added), 34 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 30 grams of carbohydrates and 780 milligrams of sodium.
This meal had both my favorite protein and my least favorite side. Unlike other versions, this creamed spinach was tasty but didn't feel heavy with cream or cheese and I wish there had been more of it to sit atop the chicken. Meanwhile, the vegetable medley of eggplant, zucchini and peppers was mushy.
A serving includes 430 calories, 25 grams of fat (8 of which is saturated), 7 grams of sugar (1 of which is added), 36 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 750 milligrams of sodium.
While this wasn't the most visually appealing option, I enjoyed the slight spiciness of the mushroom, kale and tomato sauce. With the addition of tender cauliflower and bits of sausage, this casserole was hearty and filling.
A serving includes 460 calories, 33 grams of fat (9 of which is saturated), 10 grams of sugar, 19 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 24 grams of carbohydrates and 1,020 milligrams of sodium.
The smell and appearance of rosemary was clear as soon as I heated up this meal, but the flavor of the herb was harder to taste. Compared to the other chicken dishes, this meal lacked a sauce so the chicken was a little dry. However, the mix of kale and white beans was tasty and it was definitely a combination that I would try again.
A serving includes 390 calories, 16 grams of fat (2 of which is saturated), 6 grams of sugar, 40 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 21 grams of carbohydrates and 770 milligrams of sodium.
FreshlyFit is a great option if you're looking to try a meal service that delivers pre-made meals, rather than a kit that you need to cook. According to registered dietitian and senior digital nutrition editor at EatingWell Lisa Valente, "I typically don't recommend the keto or paleo diets because they can be restrictive and eliminate lots of healthy foods. However, we know that lots of people are looking to cut back on their carbohydrate intake and eat more vegetables and protein and these meals can help you do that in a more convenient way. Like most prepared foods, they are a little bit high in sodium, so keep that in mind if you're watching your intake and focus on other ways you can cut back on salt throughout the day."