It's not that I haven't had a routine the last few months, it's that my routine has resembled that of a college freshman, without all the partying. I was fed up with feeling "ugh" every day so I decided to get back to a healthier routine for my mind and body.
I needed to get out of my apartment more, so a short walk a day is a good start. Plus I ordered some books to substitute all the time spent lazing at screens. Next thing I wanted to tackle was my " eat what I want when I want" habit. Food had definitely become my comfort, in a bad way. I enjoy healthy meals, but I kept reaching for the frozen pizza, share bag of chips, and of course, the take-out menus.
If I could get into a good routine with my meals, it would be the key to structuring my whole day. But cooking and meal planning was never my strong suit, so my sister recommended trying a meal kit. She tried Green Chef and said it not only helps her cook tasty, healthy meals, but also cuts down her time spent cooking, and her trips to the grocery store.
I checked out Green Chef and I was impressed, the meals looked yummy and really healthy and only $6.66 per serving. Exactly what I needed to be putting in my body. To kickstart my new routine, I signed up to Green Chef to see if it was really that good, plus their plans are flexible, I can pause, tweak or cancel at anytime. Here's how my first week trying my new routine went;
Day 1: My Green Chef box arrived at my door right on time
They offer four meal plans, Keto, Plant-Based, Carb-conscious, and the one I opted for, Balanced Living, which offers plenty of choices including meat, seafood, and vegetarian dinners.
My new plan even inspired my new goal for my routine; Balanced Living. Everything in moderation.
Now that the fresh ingredients for my four meals are in my fridge, I'm getting a little nervous. Will I be able to cook them properly? Will they even taste good? On a brighter note, I got my morning walk in before work.
Day 2: Time to get stuck in
I had my oatmeal and berries for breakfast, got a productive workday done, and now it was time to see if I can make Sesame-Ginger Salmon and Cauliflower rice with roasted green beans.
As I was placing all the prepped, pre-measured ingredients on my kitchen counter along with my step by step recipe card, my confidence started to build. My ingredients are all ready to go and the card made it look so easy.
30 minutes later I was sitting down enjoying my first home-cooked meal in a very long time. And compliments to the chef, if I do say so myself! All Green Chef's ingredients are organic, as they are a certified organic company so that also helped with the freshness and taste. And I loved how all their packaging was recyclable, even the insulation they use in the delivery box.
Day 3: Time to add more to my balanced routine
After my day was done I took a brisk walk around my neighborhood. It felt good to get in some steps and with dinner only taking less than half an hour to cook I had the extra time to myself in the evenings to read my true-crime thriller.
On the menu this evening was a Chickpea and Veggie Couscous bowl with roasted zucchini, grape tomatoes & feta cheese. The picture on the recipe card had my mouth watering the whole time I was cooking, so it was no surprise I dug straight in the second it was in the bowl. I didn't even know I was a fan of couscous, but it tastes amazing with the roasted veg and chickpeas.
Day 4: Loving the structure of my new days
Knowing exactly what I was going to have for dinner was helping ease my mid-day stress levels. I found myself looking forward to cooking my next Green Chef creation all day. And just knowing I was going to be eating a fresh nutritious dinner was making me opt for healthier choices when it came to my breakfast and snacks.
Green Chef was even covering my lunches sometimes with leftovers from the night before. The meals stayed good for a day or two in an airtight container in the fridge so I can mix and match my lunch and dinner throughout the week. I also was delighted with the zero food waste, I only received the exact amount of each ingredient I need and it tastes so good.
Day 5: Feeling the benefits
After leftover Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto crostini for lunch I was able to get some in steps and fresh air during my lunch break too.
When I got home I was ready to cook my final Green Chef meal of the week, Mushroom and Swiss Burger and Roasted sweet potato fries with scallion, and lemon aioli. Kept the best for last - it was so good I wanted to eat the two burgers, but I didn't.
Week one down and I can't wait for week two, especially if it tastes this good. Who knew having fresh organic ingredients with set recipes set right to my door would help structure my days, and help me get into a healthier eating and lifestyle routine? My head and body are in a better, stronger place after only one week of my new routine with Green Chef.
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