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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

Linda kaldor says:

I like the newsletter idea. Plus the recipes as well. Here’s a suggestion. What about putting in some kind of dessert ( not a piece of fruit) in the boxes? I’m a sweet eater and I know millions of us are out there! Just a thought! Give us a few more selections to choose from if you don’t like the upcoming meals. Other than that you already do a great job!

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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!

Rebecca Lindner says:

I really love it that you are sharing some dairy free alternatives. I have even made my own almond milk/flour cheeses.

Jordan Schultz says:

Great to hear you’re enjoying our content, Rebecca!

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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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These healthy eating tips can be very beneficial for you.

Riya Panday says:

Hey, Thanks for the sharing your informative article on healthy eating. Right now I am pregnant can I eat everything from here or I need avoid some items from this list? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Jordan Schultz says:

Glad you enjoyed the article! We recommend consulting with a medical professional if you have any doubts about what to eat.

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What’s in Season: Winter Edition

Eat December 14, 2016

Come summer, it’s all about the berries. And fall? Apples. But what’s in season now? Continue reading to discover three unique winter fruits and veggies we love.

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Pamela says:

Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables so I’m glad to see this combination. Can’t wait to try it out! Perhaps an addition to our Christmas dinner!

Jacqueline says:

Pamela – Brussels sprouts are one of our all-time favorites, too! That would make an AMAZING addition to your Christmas spread. Happy holidays!!

Marylou Clark says:

This is the best freshest and delicious food. We are learning to cook again a new way. We are both 80 years old and have no trouble following recipes.

Jordan Schultz says:

Such wonderful feedback, Marylou! Thanks so much, and welcome to our family!

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Difference Between Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Behind the Scenes November 22, 2016

Think all oils are created equal? Think again. Continue reading to learn the difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil.

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Gina Davis says:

Can you do more education on oils? I use grape seed oil for everything.

Jordan Schultz says:

That’s great feedback to hear, and we’re glad you found this content useful! We’ll certainly pass that along.

Scott says:

Your recipes commonly say to use Olive oil for high heat oven cooking and pan searing, but make no mention of this distinction that it should not be EVOO. You should say something like “Olive Oil (not EVOO)” in your recipes, as most of your clients probably have not read this blog/do not know the difference, and are using EVOO instead.

Jordan Schultz says:

Jordan here, from our community team. Thanks for the feedback, Scott! We’ll pass that along to our team.

A Lockamy says:

I agree! I did not know that there was that much difference between Olive Oil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – nor did I know the abbreviation for it!

Jordan Schultz says:

It’s a little distinction, but it makes a BIG difference when cooking!

Ellen DuBois says:

Am trying to reach someone to change plan to once a month. Need a way to contact on Web site/app

Jacqueline says:

Hi Ellen – feel free to give our awesome Customer Care team a call at 1-800-733-2414!

Unless I missed it, there’s no mention that it’s also WASTEFUL to use EVOO for cooking as the cost is MUCH HIGHER! I always keep BOTH kinds on hand for that reason.

Sharron says:

I can’t sign up for this until Sept but I love your site and I can’t wait to cook your food. We’re going to have a cook-off.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

LOVE THAT IDEA!!! Can’t wait for you to join the HelloFresh family, Sharron.

Caroline says:

Very interesting. Things you don’t know. Thanks.

Kay says:

What regular olive oil do you recommend?

Jordan Schultz says:

We love Colavita!

Pat says:

I love the service and concept of Hello Fresh and as a fan of miniatures and cooking, I am making Christmas Tree decorations out of the little bottles of Oil and Vinegar that come in my packages.
Now if only we could figure out a way to repurpose the freezer packs, Do you know anyone who recycles them? I think I’ll bring them to our veterinary clinics for the distribution of RX. I’ll let you know if that works out.

Anne says:

Would love to get a comparison from your chefs on what they think of olive oil vs avocado oil. I use avocado oil for everything!

Terri says:

Very interesting article. I did not know the difference in the two oils so glad I read up on it. Thanks

Diane says:

Some months ago I read that the Italian olive oil producers were mixing other ingredients into their olive oil and were sending this diluted olive oil and especially evoo to us in the US. Have you read this too?

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Deliciously Simple Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Eat November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving menu ideas guaranteed to please everyone. Yes, such a thing IS possible. Continue reading to learn more. 

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Austin says:

I am so excited for Thanksgiving! The maple sweet potatoes looks delicious!!

Fern says:

Be sure to remove the giblets. Funny

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Are All Sugars the Same?

Eat October 24, 2016

Hi everyone! This is Rebecca, HelloFresh's in-house Dietitian, reporting for blogging duty. You may have seen me cooking up a storm live on Facebook, but today I'm here to talk (...)

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7 comments

Lindsey says:

Thanks for the Great info. Can you provide the recommended daily amounts for children, too?
Thank you!

Rebecca Lewis MS RDN says:

Hi Lindsey – Glad you found the information helpful! The Dietary Recommendations of Daily Sugar Intake for children are:
Children 1-3: less than 25g
Children 4-8: less than 30g for females and less than 35-40g for males
Children 9-13: less than 40g for females and less than 45g for males

Sara says:

What about coconut palm sugar. Is it really better?

Rebecca Lewis MS RDN says:

Hi Sara,

Coconut palm sugar is basically sap extracted from the coconut tree. Like honey, it contains small amounts of vitamins & minerals and it also triggers a delayed insulin response, giving the body more time to respond to the sugar. You’ll still want to read the label though, as sometimes coconut palm sugar is mixed with cane sugar.

Everyone should really care. A recent study shows that increase in sugar intake is more dangerous than increase in fat intake. We even ditched white table sugar years ago and used brown sugar from sugarcanes instead since they contained small amounts of vitamins & minerals.

Rebecca Lewis MS RDN says:

Hi Tim,

I couldn’t agree more! Be on the lookout for updated nutrition labels which will show “added” sugars in any food items that require a label. Manufacturers will need to use the new label by July 26, 2018.

B says:

Great post! I haven’t searched the site yet, but it would be nice to have an expert weigh in on dried fruit versus fresh mostly because my Dad eats dried fruit like candy (it kind of is candy), and I keep warning him it is chock-full of sugar. I’d like to be able to show him something that explains it.

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