This New Low-Carb Line Will Change the Way You Think About Meal-Delivery Services

Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
·4 min read
Photo credit: FreshlyFit; Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Photo credit: FreshlyFit; Caitlyn Fitzpatrick

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On Trial: FreshlyFit, the low-carb meal-delivery service

Tester: Caitlyn Fitzpatrick, who loves to cook, but sometimes doesn’t have time to

The Brief: Chances are that you’ve heard of Freshly, one of the leading fresh-prepared meal-delivery services that simply requires you to heat up a meal in a microwave, skillet, or oven. At the end of 2020, the brand announced that they'd be launching FreshlyFit, a low-carb version of its service, in the new year.

One of the things I was most excited about when I moved into my new home with my fiancé last year was that I would have my own kitchen to stock with my favorite foods and appliances to create the ultimate meals. I guess you could say that I show my love by cooking and baking for people. As much as I love rattling those pots and pans, however, sometimes I just don’t feel like it after a long day of staring at a screen. So I jumped at the chance to test out FreshlyFit.

The meals available in the new line — and there are quite a number of them — have an average of 14 grams of net carbs, over 30 grams of protein, and 550 calories or less. Plus, more than a third of the meals contain zero added sugars. They were formulated by nutritionists and chefs and inspired by keto, paleo, and plant-forward principles. All of that sounded good to me, so the next step was choosing my meals.

I don’t eat red meat or pork, so I was initially worried that I wouldn’t have many options to choose from. I was quickly relieved when I saw all the ones that I could eat. I went for choices like the Baked Turkey Meatballs with Butternut Spirals & Eight-Veggie Ragù, which was my favorite of the bunch and similar to other offerings on the regular Freshly menu. I also enjoyed the Keto-Friendly Chicken Bowl with Super Greens Pesto & Cauli Rice, as well as the Wholesome Chicken Sauté Bowl with Pad Kee Mao Sauce.

For those who do eat more than just chicken and turkey, you have even more options — like the Carb Swap Cauli & Sausage Casserole, Crave-No-More Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef & Cauli-Butternut Mash, and Ultra-Umami Turkey Meatloaf. There are over 25 single-serve entrée options that you can order at four, six, 10, or 12 meals per week starting at $8.49.

“Our goal with FreshlyFit is to give customers a wide variety of meals and range of choices so they’re set up for success in achieving their health goals for the long-term. Fad diets can only be maintained for so long, and the new year is a great time to shift away from this mindset and instead focus on a proactive, flexible, and sustainable way to accomplish resolutions,” Brooke Scheller, doctor of clinical nutrition and director of nutrition at Freshly, said in a press release.

I certainly don’t have the patience (or time) to utilize the skillet or oven directions, so I always stick with the microwave. It’s as simple as sliding the meal out of the cardboard packaging, pulling back the film for ventilation, and heating it up for 3 minutes. Then, you wait 2 minutes for it to cool a bit and you’re ready to eat. Those 5 minutes of “cooking” is much easier to fit in my schedule than making something from scratch, but without sacrificing a hot bite. Oh, and the meals are damn good. I’d opt to have those turkey meatballs and butternut spirals every day for lunch if I didn’t love cooking so much. But on those days where my schedule doesn’t permit it, FreshlyFit has come to the rescue.

Closing Argument: Whether you have a super busy week and need dinner completely covered or just need a few meals in case your cooking schedule doesn’t go as planned, you don’t have to succumb to quick, unhealthy eating. Why not let FreshlyFit do the work for you?

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