Charge On

Life has been crazy lately. Between a half-marathon, changing jobs, traveling, co-hosting radio shows and more, it’s been busy. For that reason, this blog is far overdue but actually fitting because the last month has really given me a chance to try (and I mean really try) the product I’m about to share with you.

Let me introduce you to the Charge On protein bar. The awesome folks at Complete Nutrition had heard I was on the hunt for a good protein bar and reached out with the Charge On bar. Here’s a little more from them directly:

The Charge On™ Protein Bar is designed for people who want real nutrition from real food! This naturally sweetened healthy protein snack includes ingredients such as almond butter, coconut oil, cherries, and cashews. With 20g of protein, only 5g of sugar, and real, delicious whole food ingredients, this protein bar is stacked.

First and foremost, I’ve tried both the Dark Chocolate Cherry and the Salted Caramel Cashew and they are good. I mean it. Some protein bars are tolerable and you convince yourself that you don’t mind them (but in reality, you hate them). That’s not the Charge On bars at all. They don’t taste like protein bars, which means I’ve been using them quite a bit on the go.

Co-hosting a radio show? Charge on. Running errands over lunch? Charge on. Need a boost before a run? Charge on.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Why? Because I’m giving YOU the opportunity to win a box of the Dark Chocolate Cherry Charge On bars (8 bars, $20 value). All you have to do is head over to my Instagram, find the photo of the Charge On bars, like the photo and tag a friend. I’ll randomly draw a winner on Friday, June 9.

With that, I’m off. Charge on, y’all.

Erin

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Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Complete Nutrition for testing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hello Fresh: A Review

You know what’s better than food? Free food. And thanks to my friend Jamie, I was able to try Hello Fresh free for a week. It was delightful.

I’ve never subscribed to a food delivery service so I was intrigued. I’d helped cook a Blue Apron meal once before, but I’ve never actually tried one of the services for myself. I figured I’d give it a go, learn a few new recipes and see what all the fuss was about.

The box arrived on Wednesday, March 15. I immediately liked how everything was separated, so I knew exactly what items went with what meal. It also made storing everything super simple in my fridge. The one note I’d make for the future is to take a quick inventory of everything. I didn’t think to go through each box and I ultimately ended up missing out on an item (more on that later).

So, what did I think about the meals? Without further adieu:

Meatballs on Top of Cavatappi with Broccoli and Pesto Cream Sauce

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This had the most calories per serving of the three meals I received (950kcal) but it tasted really fresh. It had pesto, cheese and fresh-squeezed lemon, so the flavors were really nice. I didn’t do an amazing job with the meatballs so they turned out a little less round and more random looking, but still very good. Overall, I’d eat this again.

Grade: B+

Dukkah-Crusted Cod with Cranberry Couscous and Roasted Veggies

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This had to be the favorite of the three meals. Despite missing the cranberries (which honestly wasn’t a huge deal), this dish came together really well. The fish was flaky, the vegetables roasted perfectly and the couscous cooked really well. It was also the simplest to make, oddly enough. I’d recreate this again, no question.

Grade: A

Chicken Under a Zucchini Blanket with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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So, my mashed potatoes were more chunky than I think intended and I blame myself for that. I should have cooked them longer (but I’m always impatient with boiling potatoes). I also probably piled too much zucchini on the chicken, but that’s not a bad thing I suppose. Overall, this one was good. It wasn’t my favorite, but it would be easy to make again and I liked the idea of a vegetable bake on top of chicken vs. bread crumbs.

Grade: B-

Overall, I thought Hello Fresh was great. I loved the way their product is packaged and their customer service is great. When I let them know I was missing an ingredient, they responded within minutes and credited me for a future order. Their response time was seriously impressive.

I don’t think I’d order something like Hello Fresh every single week, but if there’s a week I’m feeling uninspired with my own cooking? I’d definitely let Hello Fresh do the work.

Now I’m hungry.

Erin

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