REVIEW: HOW HEALTHY IS BLUE APRON?
When it comes to the kitchen, I’m not so adventurous. I like my routine of recycling the tried and true healthy recipes that require little time and little effort, like my four breakfasts. It’s also another way I monitor my caloric intake. If you’re
boring like me, you need to spice things up in the kitchen and one way to do that is Blue Apron, a meal subscription service that delivers fresh ingredients and new meal ideas weekly. I was thrilled to try some new recipes but nervous about how healthy the food would be. Here’s how it turned out…
Blue Apron showed up exactly when it said it would…unlike your local cable provider. I was SUPER impressed by how neatly packed the box was with all ingredients pre-measured, individually wrapped, and labeled with Blue Apron stickers. There was even a nice welcome letter and recipe cards for me to keep. This week’s recipes included:
– Fresh ingredients.
– Easy-to-follow instructions.
– All ingredients are used (don’t you hate buying a whole head of lettuce, only to use half of it?)
– SUPER convenient.
– Restaurant quality food without restaurant prices. Each meal is $9.99 per person.
– Large portions.
– Recipes are printed and shared so you can recreate meals later.
– Recipes are shared ahead of time so if you don’t like a particular item, you can skip that week.
– You can cancel any time.
– Even though the packaging is recyclable and bio-degradable, it seems really wasteful. I’m uncomfortable with the carbon footprint I leave with each delivery and the amount of cardboard and plastic used.
– Not great for those with dietary restrictions. Your only options are meat vs no meat. If you’re gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, halal, or just have specific food preferences, this may not be for you.
– Six day cancellation notice.
I wasn’t too thrilled with my first round of recipes. The spaghetti and enchilada recipes were mediocre compared to my own; however, the quinoa shrimp “fried rice” was amazing! The aromas of fresh cilantro, ginger, and garlic were intoxicating. That combined with the hoisin, sesame oil, and sambal oelek was unbelievable. It was by far the best thing I had made in my subpar NYC kitchen.
Most of the recipes fall between 600-800 calories per serving. After seeing that, my biggest concern was how healthy Blue Apron is as I typically keep my meals 400-500 calories. But as I previously mentioned, the Blue Apron portions are large. Each serving could actually serve two people. I had left overs every time. Even though the shrimp quinoa “fried rice” is 690 calories per serving, I consumed only half (around 350 calories) and was full…although, I was seriously tempted to eat the entire dish because it was so good!
Blue Apron includes a variety of vegetables in every dish and opts for healthy choices like whole wheat pasta, low-fat milk, and olive oil. And when the recipe calls for cheese or butter, you can use sparingly. Just because the recipe calls for it, doesn’t mean you have to use it! Replace butter with olive oil, or sour cream with greek yogurt.
Would I do it again? Absolutely, but I would limit my Blue Apron deliveries to once per month or every other month to limit my carbon foot print.
Have you tried Blue Apron? What did you think?