Monday, April 15, 2013

The Fresh 20- A Better Meal Planning System


Disclosure: This blog post is completely independent of any connection to The Fresh 20. I bought my very own subscription out of pure curiosity. I would love it if in the future they would like to provide me a years membership (so that I can check out the archives and their lunches) and a giveaway for you all? Just puttin' in out there that that could be fun! 

   I first heard about The Fresh 20 from the girls over on The New Orleans Moms Blog. I am privy to a lot of the behind the scenes planning and conversations that go on and when I first heard about The Fresh 20 on our message boards I wasn't that excited. I am just not a fan of things where you pay but don't receive a tangible item. I am also very wary of programs and services that make promises of making your life better, easier, and healthier. I was pretty convinced that this was just another diet-like fad going around. That is until the girls really started discussing how much they liked The Fresh 20. Then I got curious....

   I decided to buy a three month membership.....why?  Well, because I need help. I am just plain sick of running to the grocery store (with no list) and trying to wrangle Weston while attempting to dream up a few meals and grab their respective ingredients. This has proved not only hard, but impossible. Instead of having nicely planned out meals with all the ingredients I always forget something and generally the week ends in some wasted food, a frozen pizza, and/or eating out.

  I have to tell you, at the time of writing this I am only on week 2 of The Fresh 20, but my life is kind of changed. For the better. For just $15.00 (for a 3 month membership) I receive 5 planned out meals and a grocery list per week. The lists are kind of a life savor. They provide me with direction and are not overwhelming. Like the namesake of the program, the list is for 20 fresh ingredients plus some pantry staples.

   Not only are the lists wonderful but the instructions for prep and night of cooking are great too. If you can put in an hour of prep work per week you can get the majority of the prep done in advance for your meals. It seems like a lot of work when you are doing it but every night of the week I am so grateful that the majority of the work is done. With the prep done it is then quick and easy to throw together my healthy fresh meals. Even my husband got in on the prep one night (we bartered: I dealt with the baby and he did the prep work for the week).

   You can choose a classic meal plan (what I chose), a vegetarian meal plan, or gluten free. So that you can get a feel of what the meal plan looks like, this is what we are having for dinner this week:

Monday- Chicken dijon with peppered egg noodles
Tuesday- Ginger shrimp lettuce Wraps with spicy peanut sauce
Wednesday- Chicken fajita burritos
Thursday- Turkey and black bean burritos with cheese quesadillas
Friday- Edamame rice noodle salad with peanut dressing

Sounds good right?

   I love the program so far but I do have a couple extra wishes, things that would really make the program amazing. I wish they posted pictures of the food online. I for one eat with my eyes and I also like to have an idea of what things should look like when they are done. I wish they provided some extra guidance on food storage. For example how to keep lettuce and herbs fresh for the week. I also wish they provided a crockpot option once a week. Cooking fresh for us has been so much fun and so delicious but it is a LOT of work. A crockpot night could help. 

  I would love it if you would share with me! How do you handle shopping for the week and prep? Have you come up with anything better? Or perhaps have you tried The Fresh 20?



  1. You are definitely making me want to check this out for myself! I'm with you about the difficulty of planning and going to the grocery store- it's one of my most dreaded chores!

  2. I'm with Kim - I'm curious about this now! I've started using Plan To Eat to help me make my weekly meal plans. That still requires work, though, and some weeks I wish it was all laid out for me with no effort on my part!

  3. this sounds like a great idea.


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