When it comes to eating healthy, my biggest hurdle is convenience.
I love neither grocery shopping nor cooking, and I don’t want to spend my limited free time deep-diving into (often contentious) online nutritional resources to construct balanced meals each week. But I do want to eat healthy foods that are good for me. So when I heard about Hungryroot through a colleague, I was intrigued.
What is Hungryroot?
Hungryroot is a plant-based service that’s equal parts grocery store and meal kit service. After you take a short quiz to determine your food preferences and how many servings of food you want, you’ll get a grocery list of food and snacks, along with recipes on how to use them together. Or not — one of the benefits of the service not being a traditional meal kit is that you can mix up ingredients however you want.
Prices start around $59 for six servings or three recipes a week, but each plan is personalized so prices will definitely vary. The one constant is that each takes less than than 10 minutes to prepare.
The foods are plant-centric and free from artificial ingredients, including preservatives, trans fats, or refined sugars. The meals are packed with nutrients, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, cashews, almonds, and avocados. Together, healthy fats and complex carbs like sweet potatoes, cauliflower, quinoa, beans, and oats can help keep you energized and satisfied without the pitfalls of “bad” fats and carbs, which can help raise your cholesterol and spike your blood sugar.
Generally, I’m willing to spend a bit more than I would on the ingredients for convenience. Hungryroot is more expensive than buying these ingredients in bulk, but you could make the argument that anyone buying single-person groceries may find that it’s not altogether that much more expensive.
What I appreciate about Hungryroot is that it aims to make truly healthy foods convenient and inexpensive, since affordability and convenience are what make people (myself included) settle for unhealthy options packed with trans fats, sodium, and preservatives.
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