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Why Colorful Food Makes You Happy (and lets you taste with your eyes)

Lifestyle May 3, 2017

On today's edition of 100 Days of Happy Cooks, we're talking about the scientific relationship between colorful food, mood, and flavor. Our brains have evolved to associate the flavors of sweet, (...)

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MJ May says:

My first! Lovely. What do I do with the nice packaging?

Jacqueline says:

Hi MJ – welcome to the HelloFresh family!! The honeycomb paperboard is 100% curbside-friendly (same with the separators and meal kits). Take summer liners to a nearby recycling center. Trash winter liners. When it comes to ice packs, use scissors to cut a small corner and empty water soluble contents into the trash before recycling this plastic pack. And for the HelloFresh box – fold and discard with the other household recyclables.

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Spring Strawberry Rhubarb Salad With Spinach, Mint, and Pistachios

Eat April 19, 2017

Step aside, winter fruits and vegetables. There’s a new seasonal power couple in the house that dominates with flavor: strawberry rhubarb. Continue reading for a quintessential spring salad recipe that tastes just as delicious as it looks. 

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7 Spring Vegetables That’ll Make You Happy This Season

Eat April 7, 2017

We’re kicking off 100 Days of Happy Cooks with spring vegetables! Discover which seven top our list and why cooking and eating with the seasons will make you happy. 

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Donna Slaughter says:

I would love to try everything you have it looks really different and unique! I’m diabetic i need to eat different foods! I hate cooking i need foods with less potassium!

Jacqueline says:

Hi Donna – you’ll have SO much fun cooking HelloFresh meals and will definitely fall back in love with cooking (and want to do it again and again)! In terms of nutrition, we provide information for calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, sugar, fiber, protein, cholesterol, and sodium on the website next to each recipe. The nutrition information is based on a per serving amount. Also, you’ll find an FDA-compliant nutrition insert inside of the HelloFresh box that is shipped to your home.

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Say Hello to Spring With Leafy Greens

Eat March 22, 2017

You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but what about spring greening? Let the transition of the seasons be the inspiration to clean up your diet by adding more leafy greens to your plate.

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Great info! I’ve been loving microgreens lately to get my green quote in! 😀

Jacqueline says:

YUM – we love microgreens, too!

Rhonda says:

I love salads and different greens. This would be great to add to your meal choices.

Jacqueline says:

We’re with you, Rhonda! Keep an eye out for some delicious greens on future menus. In fact, during the week of 4/8 – 4/14, we’ve got baby spinach, arugula, snap peas, zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, and a whole lot of herbs in our recipes. SO MUCH GREEN!

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Easy, Better-for-You Brownies

Eat March 9, 2017

Easy brownies that are also better for you? Yes, such a thing is possible! Get the recipe below…

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Sarah says:

Is there a version of this recipe adjusted for high altitude?

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi there! Jordan from our community team here at HelloFresh. Here are a few general tips for you:
– Baked goods take longer to rise at high altitudes – be patient!
– Increase baking temperature by 15 to 25 degrees F
– Decrease the amount of baking powder
– Decrease sugar by 1/4 cup

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Top 10 Foods for Heart Health (Hint: Think Red!)

Lifestyle February 8, 2017

What better time to talk about your heart than February? Now we know what you're thinking: Valentine's Day! But what most people don't realize is that February is also American (...)

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Easy Ingredient Swaps for Dairy-Free Meals

Tips & Tricks January 25, 2017

About 65 percent of the world's population lose their ability to produce lactase enzymes after infancy, which means there's a whole lot of people out there seeking dairy-free meals. Continue reading (...)

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Sheree says:

There are some things we can’t eat. like pork shell fish and fungus. I can not seem to find how to set that up. Is there a place in the web site that I can do that?

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Sheree! Jordan here, from our community team at HelloFresh. We do have pork free and fish-free (including shellfish) preference options in your account. You can select this when you check out. Unfortunately, there is no fungi-free option, although this would always be included in the ingredient list when picking the meals each week, and honestly we don’t use them all that often.

Monica Kulander says:

I have been with U for a very long time. Just lately I noticed that I could cook for 2 or 4 people but there are only ingredients for 2. Does that mean I have to purchase my own outside of my box if I add 2 people??

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Monica! Jordan here, from our community team. We have both 2 and 4 person subscriptions, and you can change your subscription type as often as you like, up to 5 days prior to delivery. You can do this in your account page, or by emailing us at hello@hellofresh.com.

dale goodloe says:

I am dairy intolerant. I notice that many of your meals have cheese. Can I ask for a substitute like soy or rice cheese?

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Dale– Jordan here from our community team. Unfortunately, we’re not able to make substitutions for specific ingredients as of now. However, ingredient transparency is very important to us, so you’ll always see a full ingredient list before checkout. You’ll always be able to see which items contain dairy, if any.

Beverly says:

I am interested in vegan/gluten-free. Is there a lot of variety in that category?

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Beverly. Jordan here, from the community team. Ingredient transparency is incredibly important to us, and we set out to make sure you know exactly what’s in your food. While we don’t offer a Gluten Free or vegan plan, we do try to include 2-3 Gluten Free meals per week. Many of our veggie recipes are dairy-free as well. All of GF and DF recipes are clearly marked as such, and you’ll have access to this information as well as the full recipe itself even before checkout. Otherwise, substituting and omitting is super easy, as everything is packaged and labeled separately. You’ll also see a full ingredients list and nutritional breakdown for each recipe on our website before you choose your meals.

If you have further questions about how HelloFresh can work for your dietary needs, please feel free to reach out to our Dietitian/Nutritionist at nutrition@hellofresh.com!

A Lockamy says:

Hello,
I have been reviewing your website and a few questions have come up. I hope it’s OK to write them here. If not, please let me know the best place to ask to get a quick response. Thank you for your time.

1).   Do you have anymore up to date or even later/ealier dated comments?
2).  Also, I know you say that your company is not quite ready to handle specific allergies,
but I am allergic to sour cream & cream cheese, I get bad migraines from eating
them. Only those 2 ingredients. I noticed a few of your meals possibly had one or the       other in it., Could you suggest a substitute for those in a recipe?
3).   If I am going to be out of town for a a week or more, is it possible to have my meals
sent to my temporary address & then back to my home address?
4).   What do we do with the containers you ship the food to us?
5).   Are the containers recyclable?
6).   If we return them to you, is there a rebate/refund for the packaging? Can the refund
       be put toward our next purchase?
7).   If they are returned, who pays shipping?
8).   I noticed all your meals are dinners. Do you think you will be adding lunches or
breakfast anytime soon? I could use some serious help for breakfast!

Thank you for your time.

Regards,

~A Lockamy
Austin, TX

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab® S

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi there– Jordan here from our community team at HelloFresh. Our head dietitian has reached out to you by email to address your questions. Get cooking!

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Easy Ingredient Swaps For Gluten-Free Meals

Tips & Tricks January 5, 2017

Get this: the number of Americans eating gluten-free has recently tripled. In fact, currently 1 in 5 people state that they actively include gluten-free meals in their diet, which isn’t as difficult as you may think…

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Andrea Mediate says:

I appreciate this post, but isn’t the whole idea of HelloFresh to simplify our lives by including every ingredient for our meal? What’s the point of subscribing to this service if I have to toss and substitute several items each time? Until that day comes when there is a true gluten-free box available, I will not be able to purchase. It’s simply not worth my time, energy, and money. Thanks for listening.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Andrea– This is Jordan, our community team lead at HelloFresh. Thanks for sharing your feedback. We are always working on expanding our product offerings to better serve our customers, and we’ll definitely pass your feedback along to the culinary team. In the meantime, we usually try to include 2-3 gluten free recipes per week.

Louise says:

Instead of us making the swap for a gluten free item on our end can you make the substitution on your end? If I have to do it I’m less likely to keep the service. If you recognize that gluten free eating is a key trend it would be great to offer a box type that catered to it.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Louise– Jordan here, our community team lead at HelloFresh. Sorry for the inconvenience. We hear your feedback, and we will definitely pass it along to our culinary team. We’re always looking to expand our product offerings so that we can better serve our amazing customers.

Joe says:

It’s too bad that gf is a trend. It shouldn’t be. It’s a medically-necessary diet for people with celiac and grain allergies. No one else should be eating a gf diet. Without a lot of planning it can readily become a very unbalanced diet, lacking in several necessary nutrients and heavy on the fats and sugars added to gf foods in the attempt to make them more like their non-gf counterparts. I wish you would provide the necessary ingredients for people who need it, but please don’t encourage the orthorexic crowd who think it’s somehow cleaner or healthier.

Jordan Schultz says:

Jordan here, from our community team at HelloFresh. Thanks for the feedback, Joe. The aim of this post was to make things a little easier for our customers who require gluten-free recipes.

Cindy says:

Hi, I am interested in purchasing but my daughter has celiac disease and I am concerned about cross contamination. Are your GF items prepared in a separate area to avoid that?

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Cindy! Jordan here, from our community team at HelloFresh. One of our RD’s will reach out to you by email with more info.

Laura says:

I appreciate this article… but people who are gluten free are already making these substitutions. What we are looking for is a service that will make our lives easier and more convenient.. like yours. Sounds like this it’s for me… too bad I was really hoping. 😄 I’m sure would be very difficult to do fro your end!

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Laura! Jordan here, from the HelloFresh community team. Thanks for sharing your experience. We are definitely sensitive to the various dietary needs of our community, and we’re always looking to better serve our amazing customers (and future customers). We’ll pass your feedback along to our team, we hope you’ll check back from time to time to see if we have anything better suited to your needs.

Mallory says:

Hello,
I can’t cook to save my life, so this seems like a great option. I have Celiac however, and am concerned with the preparation process and cross contamination. Is there a place that I can find out those procedures?

Jacqueline says:

Hi Mallory – feel free to reach out to our dietitian Rebecca at nutrition@hellofresh.com. She’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

Cat says:

As someone who has Celiac, I’d like to know what I’m buying ahead of time. Is there an option to do that? I’d rather buy your meals that are naturally GF rather than having to throw away regular gluten ingredients and have to buy my own substitutions. This makes it more costly to me and produces more waste. However, if you say there are 2-3 gf meals each week then I’d be interested in signing up if I can ensure I can select only the gf meals beforehand. I also don’t eat red meat so same scenario applies. Please let me know if this is an option. Thanks!

Rebecca Lewis MS RDN says:

Hi Cat,

HelloFresh has a team of dietitians that review every ingredient in every recipe every week. We list out next to each meal choice if the recipe is gluten-free or not, and we also list which specific ingredients contain wheat. This information is available on the website for all the meal choices up to 3 weeks out at a time. While we currently can’t guarantee that we will always have 3 completely gluten-free options each week – we do have full transparency so that our customers can make the meal choices that work best for them. Sometimes this may mean a swap at home is necessary. If you have a moment, HelloFresh was recently reviewed by a gluten-free blogger and here’s what she had to say about her experience: http://myglutenfreemiami.com/hello-fresh-gluten-free/

Regarding red meat- in your account settings, you can set your preferences to be beef free. This will ensure you don’t receive any beef from HelloFresh if you forget to make your meal selection. Hope that helps and Happy Cooking!

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Guide to Gluten-Free Grains

Eat January 3, 2017

Remember when people couldn’t even pronounce quinoa, not to mention cook with it? Yea, us too. But nowadays, gluten-free grains are popping up everywhere, and it’s easy to see why.

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10 Healthy Eating Tips for a Holiday Party

Lifestyle December 21, 2016

Although we set our best intentions when attending one holiday party after another, somehow we find ourselves feeling guilty after eating and drinking more than we should have.  

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