I have always been a relatively healthy eater. I like to try all the new “trendy” health foods that come onto the market and I love going to health food stores. It’s disappointing we don’t have whole foods here. I would LOVE to grocery shop there. I don’t even know if it’s expensive but I would still buy everything and regret later 😉
Recently I have been reading up on additives and the effects it can have on children. So I have decided to do a little experimenting. I know I have posted about things getting “easier” with Noah (read here and here) but I also have my concerns and worries so I thought it couldn’t hurt to do some experiments. Along with the general idea of keeping the whole family healthy!
I bought the I quite sugar book a few years ago and embarrassingly, I made maybe one thing out of it and it sat neglected with my other cook books on the kitchen bench, basically just for show. Even though I bake and cook a lot, my go to is usually always Pinterest. Follow me here if you like! I just find it easier. Anyway, I made sugar-free Nutella. OMG, if you love Nutella or hazelnut anything, do yourself a favour and make this, I love it, the kids love it, and mostly, I love it 🙂 I also made quite a few really yummy things from the book, some good, some were a complete flop. I am currently in the process of making my own cream cheese, which is SO EASY. If you would like to know what else I made that were sugar and additive/junk free then let me know!
In addition to all my healthy baking and cooking I have done this past week. I also signed us up to hello fresh. I have seen a lot of bloggers and YouTubers talk about hello fresh and once I found out it was actually available here in Canada and Alberta to boot, I had to try it! Plus there was a discount on the first box. Around $50 for 3 meals instead of the regular $73 (rough estimates from the top of my head) If you haven’t tried hello fresh yet and would like to then use the code SARRAM to get $50 off your first box! Way cheaper than what I purchased mine for!
I chose the pronto box, which includes meat, for our first meals but I have chosen veggie for our next. I would like to see the difference, plus I would like to eat less meat, the only meat we do eat is chicken and beef and occasionally fish. But I am a little scared we may get meat that I never eat or cook. Some people would love the opportunity to try something new, so it would be fantastic for them. But I am just not adventurous with meat! However, I believe there are options to tick your preferences. Anyway, the meals we got the first round were Steak au Poivre, Herbed Pork and Pesto Penne and Dukkah-Roasted chicken. They were all really yummy and soooo easy to make! Our favourite was easily the steak.
My initial reason to purchase hello fresh was to help us eat healthy and spend unnecessary money on the weekend. I think we would easily spend more than $70 on ingredients we have no plans for. Maybe that comes down to good meal planning? Although, I do already meal plan for monday to friday. So on the weekend I just never can be bothered, despite having Joe home. Either way, this completely unsponsored post (hey, I’m totally ok if they want to sponsor us ;)) was something I wanted to write about because I am excited for the new change of eating to our family and the addition of having 3 meals already planned and prepped ready to be cooked.
I know that cooking everything from scratch will be a hard thing to maintain and really, besides packaged yogurt and goldfish the kids don’t eat that much processed or junk food anyway. By the way, there is no judgement here on packaged food either! I totally get why it is easier to give your kids something in a packet when your on the go, at daycare or at someone else’s house – I do it too! but as I mentioned it’s something I would like to trial to see if it makes any difference in the overall health and wellbeing of my children.
We plan to trial Hello Fresh for a bit longer to see if it really is a good fit for us. So look out for updates!