Meal Kit Services...
There are so many different meal kit companies out there these days, it's sometimes difficult to pick one that is healthy and just right for you. I decided to write this blog post to offer some tips on finding the right meal kit service, if you're thinking about looking for one. Make sure you read all the way to the end, because you will be provided a coupon for a local meal kit service as well as a free recipe. Enjoy!
#1: High Quality Ingredients
When trying to assess whether a company uses quality, fresh ingredients, you can look for things like no preservatives or additives, homemade sauces and salad dressings and spices and toppings packed with quality ingredients. You can also keep an eye out for locally sourced or "farmer to fork" ingredients. You can read about the benefits of integrating locally sourced food into your diet in my recent blog post here.
#2: Blood Sugar Balancing
Keep an eye out for ingredients like whole grains, the right combination of carbs, proteins and healthy fats.
#3: Environmentally Friendly
Personally, I would highly recommend using Zesty Kits, a wonderful, Regina-based meal kit company that I have worked with extensively. Keep reading, because I will be providing a coupon and a free recipe from Zesty Kits at the end of this post!
#4: Food Guide Approved
This brand new version of the guide had added in more plant-based protein options, increased the amount of vegetables we should be eating and encourages people to spend time together in their kitchens, develop basic cooking skills and bond as a family. Meal kit services can be a great way to get cooking with the kids!
#5: Options, options, options...
Some meal kit services even offer different size options, for example, for couples or larger families. You want to make sure that the company offers something for everyone depending on different nutritional needs and preferences!
My Recommendation: Zesty Kits
Lucky us, because they have provided me with a discount coupon to offer all of you. If you enter HEALTHCOACHCHERYL at the checkout, you will receive $20 off your first order. Give them a try today! Keep reading to check out one of their awesome recipes.
Recipe Time: Blueberry Chicken Bowl
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Makes 4 large servings
This beautiful superfood filled bowl is the perfect dinner to compliment a sunny day. This blueberry chicken wild rice power bowl is topped with a zesty blueberry vinaigrette and filled with 3 recognized superfoods: blueberry, almonds and spinach! This delicious bowl will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
-1 cup brown rice
-1/3 cup wild rice
-2 2/3 cup water
-1 tsp. lemon pepper spice mix
-400 gr. chicken breast
-4 cups spinach
-1 cup blueberries
-1/4 cup sliced almonds
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/8 tsp. papper
-1/2 tsp. oil
Blueberry Dressing Ingredients:
-3/4 cup blueberries
-1/2 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
-1/2 tbsp. maple syrup
-1 clove minced garlic
-1 tsp. dijon mustard
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/8 tsp. pepper
-Turn on the oven to 375 F for the chicken. In the sink, place the rice in a strainer and rinse it well. In a pot, add the wild rice and brown rice, 2 ⅔ cup water, about ¼ tsp salt and a pinch pepper. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook 35 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside.
-While the rice is cooking, place the chicken breasts on a non stick lined baking sheet, coat the chicken with lemon pepper spice blend, about ½ tsp oil and ½ tsp salt. Once the oven is hot, bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes. Let rest for about 5 minutes and cut the chicken in 1/2 cm slices.
-While the chicken and rice are cooking, cut the cucumber in 1/2 cm slices. Cut the orange in slices: Start by slicing off the ends of the orange. Place the orange on one of its cut surfaces, then insert the knife blade into the space between the flesh and the skin at an angle that matches the contour of the fruit. When all the skin is removed slice the orange in 1/2 cm slices.
-In a blender, add all the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
-In individual bowls place the cooked wild and brown rice, the spinach, cucumber, orange, blueberry and lemon pepper chicken breast slices. Drizzle each bowl with about blueberry dressing. Garnish with almond slices. Serve.
Let's Talk About Meal Kits!
Have any questions about what to look for in a meal kit service, or meal planning more generally? I would be happy to provide you with additional tips if you book a FREE 30 minute health coaching call with me. Just click here, or on the button below.