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This Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself This Time Of Year

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This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.

This time of year is always hectic for me and the rest of the OGT Team. There’s always so much to do in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, and that often makes it difficult to stay on top of things at home.

So this year, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to help keep my home and my sanity intact in the coming weeks! One thing that is already helping simplify my life in a major way is my meal subscription from Blue Apron.

But I’m far from the only one who could use a little help managing the hectic pace of life this time of year, right? So I wanted to share some of the things I love about Blue Apron with you today, so you can see exactly how it could help simplify your life too! :-)

5 Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription When Life Is Hectic

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1. You’ll Eat Better

While my diet has never been horrible, there’s certainly room for improvement! I’ve been trying to eat better, but planning and preparing healthy meals takes time that I sometimes can’t find!

Blue Apron makes it so much easier for me to incorporate healthier meals into my diet. I get their easy-to-follow recipes and pre-portioned ingredients shipped right to my door, which saves me so much time and effort.

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But perhaps most importantly, Blue Apron meals are always flavorful and satisfying! It’s a health-conscious choice that doesn’t make me feel like I’m giving anything up.

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2. Perfect For Empty Nesters

Even though I’m not technically an empty nester yet, my husband and I find ourselves on our own during dinnertime more and more frequently these days. And I’m learning firsthand that cooking for two can be harder than it seems!

Blue Apron meals are perfect for nights when it’s just the two of us. The serving sizes are perfect, and we aren’t left with a fridge full of leftovers afterward!

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3. Dinner’s Ready In 30 Minutes Or Less

I enjoy cooking for the most part, but I rarely enjoy spending hours cooking one meal. But most Blue Apron meals take just a half an hour or less to prepare, and they don’t require any last minute trips to the grocery store!

Even when I’m getting hungry, it’s much easier for me to pass up the drive-thru knowing that I have everything I need to make a quick and delicious meal at home.

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4. Order On Your Own Schedule

Normalcy and routine are hard to come by at our house. Every week is different, but the flexibility of Blue Apron makes it easy to fit their meals into our often hectic schedule.

With the Signature plan, I can choose to order either 2 or 3 recipes depending on how busy the week ahead will be. And if I won’t be home at all during the week, I can just skip that week’s delivery altogether!

The flexibility that Blue Apron offers makes my life just a little bit easier, and it’s something I truly value and appreciate!

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5. No Contracts Or Commitments

While Blue Apron is a subscription service, there are no commitments involved. You can cancel and/or renew your subscription whenever you want!

With as unpredictable as my schedule can be this time of year, flexibility is crucial. Having a flexible subscription to Blue Apron is perfect, because it’s dependable when I need it and easy to cancel whenever I don’t!

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Special Offer For OGT Readers!

Want to give Blue Apron meals a try for yourself? With the help of the generous folks at Blue Apron, I’ve arranged a special discount just for OGT readers!

The first 50 people to sign up for a meal subscription will get $60 off over their first 3 weeks of Blue Apron! Just click here to get started. Valid for first-time meal plan subscribers only. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

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    • Yes, they do. I’m sensitive to both gluten and dairy. On Home Chef, you can set up your account by omitting what you need to. It may severely limit your choices. They automatically send you 3 meals unless you say not to or unless you choose to switch what they will send. If you’ve chosen to omit certain foods, they will choose other meals to automatically send. I tell them not to send anything with gluten, but I don’t mention the dairy. Then I leave out the dairy when it’s in a meal, substituting ghee for the butter they enclose, coconut or almond milk for cow’s milk, avocado oil-based dressings for dairy-based sauces, etc. That way I have more choices.

  • My mother uses their service and loves it! I have something else i wanted to share. PLEASE READ FRIENDS..on Alkaline Diet newsletter the article was about the chicken we buy…may very well be CHLORINATED WASHED. Its to wash the chicken clear of bacteria but…the chicken sits in the wash too long..then thrown in a bin with other chicken in SUPPOSEDLY clean water ( maybe all day?). Its disturbing to read this because chlorine is not good for our bodies and its damaging the food and not really clearing the bacteria. Organic is a shorter , more sanitary wash but handled qui ckly and more sanitary. Thought i would pass this horror on. Look into what kind of meat you are buying.

  • This type of system works well for me. I use Home Chef, and skip weeks frequently to keep the cost down. But like you, Jillee, it’s great during busy weeks to have all the ingredients for a few healthy meals already measured out and ready to cook, and the instructions are right there, too. It’s not as cheap as fast food, but it’s a lot healthier and tastier!

  • It’s all good and among the good, I prefer electing and shopping for my own groceries, planning my meals and saving all that money for something more important to me. i have a lot of pluses on my side, I live in the city of cities, New York, we have grocery stores galore so shopping is not an inconvenience. I think what would annoy me the St is someone else picking and packaging my food and what if something in the portion box is not fresh, or of the best quality, I am sure the meal plan will replace it but that would be a big annoyance when I am hungry.

    I guess this system would work for some person who doesn’t know how to cook and take out has been a staple to them, but to me, this is an expensive way to learn. They would do better hanging with someone that does know and take the lessons and offer the money to them or at least part of it after they purchased the ingredients.

    I live in an apartment building and the number of food delivery people that fly in and out of here since so many young people have moved in is insane. A high waste of money as well as nutritionally poor. I have seen a few food delivery food services drop off boxes of food in the mail room and in front of people’s door all day. Could you imagine?

    No takers here.

    • I understand this may not be for everyone. However, if both spouses are working full time and they want to eat healthy and don’t have time for grocery shopping, meal planning and preparing. This works for them. You can still set a budget for food/groceries and integrate the food delivery into your budget.

  • Meal subscription plans not for me. If you really want to know what your spending your money on, take a $100 a month subscription or $1,200 and multiply times 10 years – $12,000 would rather put that into savings with SS in jeopardy. Do the same with manicures, designer coffees, and cellphones . . . it’s absolutely mind boggling.

    • I agree that a service like this would add up in cost; but of all things to invest in, food would be one of the most worthwhile. Just buying organic produce, grass-fed meat, “real” ingredients etc. and cooking it yourself gets expensive even without a delivery service like this. We all sacrifice a combination of time, money and our health when it comes to what we eat. Pick two.

  • I could see the value in services like this…so many households have couples that both work outside the home, and it seems that many resort to takeout, freezer-food etc. on weeknights. We live too far “out” for this kind of delivery but I don’t work outside the home and I receive a share bag from a local farm once per week – so we at least have lots of fresh produce in the house (sometimes too much) 3 seasons out of the year. I just have to figure out what to do with it all! Things do get busier around the holidays so I need to get better at meal-planning, especially as I like to try new recipes and don’t keep a weekly “rotation”.

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