Be a better mom. Make your husband adore you. Live longer/ Be healthier. Feel more energized. Release your inner Julia Child. Serve balanced meals that your family will enjoy. Let go of the pit of dread in your stomach when the clock hits 5:00. Puff out your chest when you're at the grocery store 'cause your shopping cart is so full of healthy choices...
I'm not over selling this. This is as wonderful as I claim. It has CHANGED MY LIFE.
About a month and a half ago, I decided to try theFresh20.
OH. MY. GOODNESS! I went from serving frozen perogies and frozen pizza every night (...unless someone else was feeding us or my husband was home to cook...) to whipping up delicious, gourmet meals almost every night. I'm not exaggerating. I don't think about dinner until my internal clock says "BING! I'm HUNGRY. MUST EAT NOW!". That is when I walk into the kitchen, stare at random ingredients, feel the hunger monster threatening, and promptly grab something out of the freezer. If we're lucky, I'll also pull out hummus and baby carrots. I'm that bad.
So, when I stumbled upon theFresh20, I was intrigued. I had been googling "freezer meals", but those seemed like a lot of work and my husband has a one-casserole-a-month limit (what a snob!). I debated for about a month, what a waste of time. We're talking $5 a month for a professional to give me a gorgeously organized grocery list consisting of A MERE TWENTY FRESH INGREDIENTS and 5 delicious recipes EVERY WEEK.
So, in exchange for my $5 (which even my extremely tight budget can handle), I get a nutritious, DIVERSE menu for my family. I am actually saving quite a bit of money because it's only 20 ingredients for the whole week and I'm using all the produce I purchase. No more slimy bags of herbs or half decayed squash found in the bottom of my produce drawer! That's worth 5 bones alone!
I've been talking non-stop about my love for this service since I started. (that's why I emailed Melissa, the creator/GENIUS and organized this GIVEAWAY).
I still don't think about dinner until 5:00. But now, when I walk into the kitchen, I look at the recipe for the day and WONDER OF WONDERS... I have all the ingredients I need to whip the meal up in time for our 5:45 dinner bell (5:45 EXACTLY. If my husband is a minute late, the hunger monster overtakes me and he does not have a pleasant homecoming. However, if he is on time... bah da bing bah da boom... we are both so happy with our dinner and our evenings are so pleasant. Guess that's what happens when you stop carbo-loading. WHO KNEW?)
I will say, it's an adjustment for me to eat less bread. Melissa says that you shouldn't always feel full when you leave the dinner table. I want to do that, retrain my brain and SHRINK my stomach. However, I still have to break the nasty evening snack habit. Other cons: ummm... theFresh20 doesn't wash the dishes for me. That's it. There are no real cons. Just me craving chocolate and whining about dirty dishes. There is simply no reason not to try this!
Did I mention that theFresh20 offers VEGETARIAN and GLUTEN FREE menus? Personally, I'm using the CLASSIC PLANS. Sure, there have been a few meals that were "meh". But those are very very rare...and probably only because my grocery store doesn't always carry the right cuts of meat/fish (last week I was supposed to buy beef ribs, yet I came home with pork chops. I thought I was buying pork ribs... these types of things happen to me... remember this? sigh.). However that recipe was AMAZING with pork chops!). More often, I'm BLOWN AWAY with these ideas. For example: never will I ever steam broccoli again...oh no...roasted broccoli is SO MUCH BETTER (now, even if a recipe calls for steamed broccoli, I pull out a former week's recipe and roast it. YUM!).
I could keep going and say more, like how you don't need fancy kitchen gadgets, but I really must stop... and go eat a cookie (whoops!).
THE GIVEAWAY: 2 chances to win a 6-month subscription
I simply want every person in this country to join theFresh20. We'd be so healthy and happy that world peace would probably be achieved. Michelle Obama would have to find a new hobby, but she's a bright girl, she'll adjust.
To win a 6-month subscription to theFresh20, simply LEAVE A COMMENT! I'm doing this Giveaway out of my love for you and my dream for world peace (as opposed to being compensated by the company and/or promoting my blog)... so you don't have any assigned tasks, just leave a comment. However Father's Day is coming, so if you don't know what to write in your comment, tell me your dad's favorite meal! (I'd also love to know if you're gonna purchase this if you don't win. It won't increase your odds of winning... I'm just curious)
Melissa from theFresh20 is also giving a 6-month subscription to one of my readers! I told you she was wonderful. (Melissa, consider yourself warned: if we ever meet, I will kiss your feet). To win Melissa's giveaway, you MUST LEAVE A COMMENT HERE (your comment from above is all you need) and FOLLOW HER on facebook and/or twitter. Personally, I would follow her to the ends of the earth. You'll find the links to her facebook and twitter on theFresh20 homepage.
GOOD LUCK and BON APPETIT!
da nitty gritty:
Winner will be chosen by random.org. Only one entry per person will be counted for my giveaway (Melissa will count one for each facebook follow and one for each twitter follow. That equals two chances from her). All entries must be completed by 11:59 EST on Thursday, June 23rd. Winner will be announced here and via email if it is included in your comment. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner is chosen.