Bariatric Review Hello Fresh

Steph Wagner

December 18, 2020

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Bariatric Review: Hello Fresh

 
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Can meal kits like Hello Fresh be a good option for Bariatric patients?

 

Testing meal kits is a little fun

 
For years I have been asked what meal kit might be a good fit for bariatric patients. I would review the websites the best I could but it was always hard to truly tell if something would be worth the investment for a post-op. I will review a few companies and to start, will cover Hello Fresh.

Truth be told, it is a super fun project to order meal kits and find out if it could work! First up for a review is Hello Fresh.

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Hello Fresh Website Ease and Pricing

 
The website itself is quite user friendly. I was able to follow the prompts easily.

I particularly appreciated the ability to view the choices before putting in card information. Other sites have you sign up before you have seen the selections.

They also allow you to cancel immediately after your order. If you are like me and just want to try a box but not ready for a full subscription, this is a nice reassurance you won’t get charged again. (Other sites make you wait for a certain date and it’s easy to get charged for the next box.)

For pricing, there are always promotional deals going on! I have an extension for my browser that searched for coupon codes and was able to get my total to $15.93 for three meals for two people.

Ordering

 
The first step in the process was to select my preference from these options:

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The downside for bariatric purposes…there is not a low carb option. This means the meals will come with buns, potatoes and pasta.

If you are cooking for a family that will eat bread, pasta or potato items and you are okay with skipping them or making an extra vegetable on the side, it could work. If you are cooking for one, or for others who want to avoid starchy foods, I wouldn’t recommend.

The website does have some add on items if you wanted to add more meat to your order. I noticed most meat items ran $4.99 for 10 ounces which is likely higher than your local grocery store.

The nutrition information is a little tricky to find on the website. When you are viewing recipes click on ‘view full recipe’ and scroll down to a bit for a nutrition label.

If a recipe has a starchy item you are going to skip (potatoes for example) it is safe to assume the carbs will come down quite a bit. If it has a high fat content, you would ideally want a different meat option (can you change pork for chicken?) Some meal kit companies will give you the chance to swap out the meat. I don’t believe I saw this option on Hello Fresh but may have missed it.

Cooking Experience

 
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Of course it is fun to have your meal in a little bag with all these prepackaged ingredients. Meal kits are so fun!!!

This particular recipe that I photographed was for “Tostadas Supremo with Pork.”

This recipe was particularly bariatric un-friendly :) Ground pork is a higher fat meat and it would be ideal to skip the tortilla therefore it would be a bowl of ground pork! Tasty but not ideal.

The recipe cards included are very easy to follow with a photo for each step. It does not include any nutrition information on the card which would be quite helpful.

Other recipes in my box included:

Steakhouse Pork Chops with Creamy Shallot Pan Sauce and Lemony Green Beans

Meatloaf with Peppercorn Sauce

Overall review and rating of Hello Fresh for Bariatric Patients

 
Nutrition aside I found the experience to be great! The website, the packaging, the instructions. It was great to have all the thinking taken out of the equation.

Nutritionally, however, I would not recommend these particular meals for bariatric surgery patients. They all include a starch of some kind and use quite a bit of high fat ingredients. Most every step uses oil or the sauces they include are creamy.

If someone wanted to try it, I would look for the recipes that seem most focused on a protein and look for options that do not include a sauce. Substitute for a lean protein if available. I would skip or greatly reduce the oil and skip the starchy ingredients.

After all those changes and skimping, it does not seem worth the price to me personally. Feel free to try it and see what you can make work with it!

 

Would you like to see another Meal Kit company reviewed? Leave a comment and let me know!

I have also tried Home Chef and will be sharing remarks on them next :) Sign up for the email list to stay informed! 

6 thoughts on “Bariatric Review Hello Fresh”

  1. I’ve been interested to try Noom. As a single person, meal boxes are not actually a good choice for me, unless I want to be eating the same thing for days. But Noom touts that they are meals for weight loss. I’d love to hear your opinion

  2. I have been using eMeals by Walmart and it makes grocery shopping and meal planning a lot easier. I love the recipes and how I barely have to do much but choose a recipe plan, then a recipe, and after that add all ingredients to my list to buy the groceries. It has made life after surgery a lot easier.

  3. Thanks Stef for doing this. I was wondering about one of these services for me since I only cook for one. And my sister, who is diabetic was thinking about it. I would love it if you could give your opinion on the other services out there.

  4. Hi Lora! I believe Noom is for weight loss coaching but not aware of any meals that they make themselves. If I am mistaken let me know if you find any information I can look over!

  5. I just ordered a box for January and will let you know! It seems like a good option so far if you drill down which ones have less fat!

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