HelloFresh Stories: A Retiree Finds the Secret to Saving Time and Eating Healthier March 3, 2016

by Genna Our Stories

Remember Amy? She shared her HelloFresh story with us last week. And then there was Holly, too. Your stories really make all the hard work completely worth it. We love hearing that our boxes, recipes and ingredients are actually having a positive impact on our customers’ quality of life. So, we couldn’t resist – here’s one more story from Cyndi. She’s a retiree from beautiful Colorado and she’s got lots to say about HelloFresh!

Before HelloFresh, my husband, Mike, and I typically prepared and ate our dinners separately. He’d usually just have a frozen meal or soup and I’d eat cheese and crackers or popcorn, whatever was on hand and quick. We also ate out or picked something up 2-3 times a week. But thanks to HelloFresh’s boxes, this has changed drastically.

Time for a change

About four months ago, I found out about HelloFresh. I was very aware that we were eating unhealthy meals and spending a lot of time and money on eating out, so I was on the lookout for something better. HelloFresh has great prices, interesting recipes and it’s convenient and easy – so we gave it a try.

When our first box arrived, we were impressed with the packaging and how fresh everything was. The individual boxes don’t take up a lot of space in the refrigerator and the recipe cards are a single page. Easy peasy! We were beyond thrilled and thought we had found the answer to our struggles with preparing yummy, healthy and inexpensive meals. I remember turning to my husband as we were eating our very first meal, creamy avocado linguine with coriander shrimp and tomatoes, and saying: “This tastes like something you’d get in a fine restaurant!” He absolutely agreed.

Discovering a new passion

I used to despise cooking and having to come up with something to make. Hated it! Hated the planning, the grocery shopping and the ridiculous amount of time I had to spend in the kitchen. So funny that I now kind of enjoy the whole process. With HelloFresh, the meals have been selected, the ingredients are at hand, they are easy to prepare and I know they are going to be delicious. I have even gone so far as to replace my antiquated grater, peeler and other kitchen utensils because I feel like a real cook now.

A part of our lives

We are still using HelloFresh and I anticipate we will be for many years to come. Such a great solution for retired couples who don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing meals and want to eat healthier. I have told so many friends about the service and I know of at least one who has subscribed. We haven’t had a single meal yet that we felt was just so-so. We couldn’t be more pleased with HelloFresh.

Ohh, we’re blushing! It’s so great to hear our customers say such wonderful things about the HelloFresh experience. To make it even easier for everyone to try it themselves, we’re offering new customers $35 dollars of your first box. Put your feet up and let us do the hard work for you!

Do you have your own HelloFresh story to share? Write to genna@hellofresh.com, we’d love to feature your story on our blog.

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32 comments

Janell says:

What states do u service

Genna says:

Hi Janell! HelloFresh delivers to all states in the US except Alaska and Hawaii, hope you’re in the area!

Kay says:

Do you provide the carbohydrate count for each meal? Or do you provide meal options that are easy on carbs for pre- diabetic diets? We have enjoyed another boxed meal program but it is too heavy on rice, potatoes, pasta.

Genna says:

Hi Kay! We provide full nutritional breakdowns for all of our recipes both on the website before you make meal choice, and on the recipe cards themselves. All of our meals are analyzed and approved by our full-time registered dietitian. For more information, feel free to email nutrition@hellofresh.com!

Linda Costantini says:

What is the cost of this service for one person?

Genna says:

Hi Linda– Unfortunately, we do not offer boxes for one at the moment, but we are always working on expanding our product offerings.

Our normal pricing is listed below:

Classic Box- 3 Recipes
– For Two People: $69/week
– For Four People: $129/week

Classic Box- 4 Recipes
-For Two People: $84.90/week

Classic Box- 5 Recipes
-For Two People: $99/week

Veggie Box- 3 Recipes
– For Two People: $59/week
– For Four People: $109/week

Family Box- 3 People
-2 Recipes: $79.95/week
-3 Recipes: $105/week

Let us know if we can help with anything else, and check out our upcoming menu options here: http://bit.ly/1JuFYrc

Timothy Brumbaugh says:

How do get this?

Genna says:

Hi Timothy! Here are some instructions on how to sign up :
-Click here: http://bit.ly/1hjskuw
-Choose whether you’d like to receive a “Classic Box (For Omnivores)” or “Veggie Box (For Herbivores)”.
-Choose your box size, enter your zip code and click “Next”.
-Choose your first delivery date and click “Add to Cart”.
-While in “My Shopping Cart”, confirm you order. Also, if you have a promo code/referral code/gift card enter it on this page next to “Promo Code” and then click “Apply”. Once the coupon is applied and all the information is correct, click “Continue”.
-Fill out all of your email info, shipping details, credit card information and, if you hadn’t entered it in “My Shopping Cart”, enter your promo code/referral code/giftcard, (“Promo Code” is located on the right side of the page between subtotal and total). Finally, accept our “Terms and Conditions.” Click “Checkout” and you’re set!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions, and check out our upcoming recipes here: http://bit.ly/1JuFYrc

Gwen Reed says:

hw about cooking or one?

Genna says:

Thanks for asking Gwen! We don’t offer a box for one yet, but I like to make the 2 person meals and split them so I have dinner one night, and leftovers for lunch the next day!

Amy says:

How do you handle food allergies? I am deathly allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. I’m okay if baking with imitation extracts, but cannot do the real deal!

Genna says:

Hi Amy! Right now, I’m afraid we don’t offer any plans tailored to specific dietary requirements or allergies, but we do list all allergens on each recipe before you make meal choice or check out.

Melinda K Montgomery says:

Are these products organic and natural?

Genna says:

Hi Melinda– Right now our focus is on providing nutritionally balanced recipes with high quality, regionally sourced ingredients. That said, most of our ingredients are not organic.

Sara Soudani says:

Our family does not eat red meat however; we enjoy fish and chicken. Do you offer a box that does not include red meat but does have poultry and fish?

Genna says:

Hi Sara– Yes, with our classic box, you always choose between 6 recipes each week (we have plans with 3, 4, or 5 recipes). On top of your weekly meal choice, you can select our “Beef Free” preference, and we’ll never send you beef or steak (eliminating most of our red meat options). Hope that helps!

john says:

no thanks rather eat what i want here and spend less money need this kind of service for people who like real food like MEEEEAAAAT tastes better anyway nothing beets a grilled ny strip steak or a fillet minion slathered in butter and bbq sauce

Genna says:

Hi John– Sorry you feel that way! Just so you know, our classic box contains 3, 4 or 5 meat dishes (typically including a steak or beef dish each week) to satisfy your craving for MEEEAAAAT.

Virginia Hubler says:

Are these meals automatically sent each week or can they be ordered as needed. Not always at home.

Genna says:

Hi Virginia! We are a weekly delivery service, so once you receive your first box, you will automatically be set into a weekly subscription and you will then receive a box every week at full price. That said we offer an extremely flexible subscription option, where you can edit your delivery calendar to receive boxes as often or as infrequently as you like! You can pause or cancel your account at any time as long as you let us know by Wednesday at 11:59pm EST the week prior to your next delivery, for weekday deliveries, and by Monday at 11:59pm EST, the week before for Saturday deliveries! We have no minimum orders or commitments, and you can cancel at any time! Please let us know if you have any other questions, and check out our upcoming menu here: http://bit.ly/1JuFYrc

Veronica says:

Are there discounts after your first box?

Genna says:

Hi Veronica! Yes, you can get $15 off your first box when you sign up for our newsletter at hellofresh.com!

Darlene Bodnar says:

I am very interested in your meal plans. I live alone and need a system where I can handle your meals without throw aways. I understand that you do not have plans at this time for “meals for one” and that I can have one meal for two days, etc. Please give me info on how this can be accomplished. I also need the financial end of it. Many thanks,
Darlene Bodnar

Genna says:

Hi Darlene– Yes our smallest plan serves two, but our meals tend to reheat well, so you’ll have yummy leftovers. Our normal pricing is listed below:

Classic Box- 3 Recipes
– For Two People: $69/week
– For Four People: $129/week

Classic Box- 4 Recipes
-For Two People: $84.90/week

Classic Box- 5 Recipes
-For Two People: $99/week

Veggie Box- 3 Recipes
– For Two People: $59/week
– For Four People: $109/week

Family Box- 4 People
-2 Recipes: $79.95/week
-3 Recipes: $105/week

Let us know if we can help with anything else, and check out our upcoming menu options here: http://bit.ly/1JuFYrc

Tami says:

We absolutely LOVE Hello Fresh. We tried several different services and this was our favorite so we stuck with it. My husband and I both work full-time outside the home and have a 1 and 2 year old so it’s so helpful having a subscription. Not to sound lazy but I really cannot spend lengthy amounts of time in the kitchen after work preparing meals for my family and it has been a god-send to have Hello Fresh. My husband and I both love cooking the meals and feel like “real” chefs zesting, mincing, etc. Not to mention the food is absolutely delicious.

Genna says:

Hi Tami– That’s amazing. We’re so glad to hear that HelloFresh has made a positive change in your life. We aim to take the stress out of mealtime, and it looks like we’ve helped to do that for you! Cheers!

Iyonne Gallmon says:

Is your food freeze dried or fresh?

Genna says:

Our food is sent fresh in a chilled, insulated box. Often times, your HelloFresh box spends less time in transit than what you’ll get at the grocery store.

Dorothy Virgadamo says:

Are your fruits and veggies already washed?

Jacqueline says:

Hi Dorothy! Nope, they are direct from the farm so you’ll have to give them a quick wash! 🙂

STACIE says:

This is my family’s first time at trying a food delivery service to our home. I am excited as I read the reviews from current customers. I am hoping this is a much more less time consuming event, and more efficient means of preparing my “gourmet meals”-
without the hassle of going to my local grocery store almost daily to pick up ingredients for my meal of the evening! I look forward to any feedback from current customers.

Jacqueline says:

Hi Stacie – Welcome to the Fresh Fam!!! We’re SO happy you’ve joined and can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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