Note: All products reviewed here were purchased with my own money.
Hungryroot popped up on my FB feed one day as a sponsored ad. So of course I clicked on it and got to the business of checking it out. Before I knew what had happened, a new addiction had been born.
Let me explain.
What is Hungryroot?
Hungryroot is a meal service of sorts. It’s not like other meal services where you get a set number of meals per week and what you get changes from week to week. With Hungryroot, you select what you want, they send it to you, and you cook it (for the most part).
The bulk of what you can order from Hungryroot are skillet-ready meals made with fresh-sliced vegetables. Ever heard of a spiralizer? That’s basically what we’ve got going on here. Each meal is roughly 500 calories or less, and a lot of them are vegan. You also get sauces and add-ins for each meal. They also have some side dishes and desserts.
Hungryroot did not seem cheap to me. The average price of a meal appeared to be 10.00. However, with your first order you get one meal free PLUS you always get free shipping if you spend more than 40.00. I was intrigued. I had long been interested in the concept of spiralized veggies as a meal. I was in.
I ordered three meals and two sweet treats (more specifics on this in a moment). Hungryroot lets you pick a delivery date. I selected a Thursday and then proceeded to sit around and die waiting. My order showed up promptly with no issues. Everything is fresh and has an expiration date on it. Most things are good for about 10 days. You store everything in the fridge.
My Week With Hungryroot: Meal One
To get a sense of what this was like, I’m going to walk you through how I approached each of my meals and what I thought about them. First up: Carrot Noodles with Tangy Sriracha Peanut.
I was super excited going into the first meal. I ordered this without the chicken. Although my items arrived on a Thursday, I did not get to try my first meal until Friday. I was working from home so decided to make the carrot noodles for lunch.
Everything looked super fresh and awesome. I cooked it all up without a problem and then dumped it into a bowl to eat. As I sat down on the couch I took a careful look at my plate and had the following thoughts:
- This is weird. I’m getting ready to eat a giant bowl of carrots for lunch.
- What am I doing eating a giant bowl of carrots for lunch?
- I should go make something else. This is just stupid. Who eats this many carrots and calls it a meal?
- I’m eating this unless it’s really, really bad. I paid a lot of money for this bowl of carrots.
And with that last thought, I dove into it and all doubt was removed. That was it. I was in love with Hungryroot. Never in my life could I have imagined how divine something like this could be. I swooned. I was ready to go order 1000 more carrot bowls.
And then I became very, very paranoid.
I was planning to take a 90-minute hot asana class that evening (6:00-7:30). There was no way this bowl of carrots would be enough. But, to add to the paranoia, I didn’t even eat the whole bowl! One bowl was 357 calories (with chicken it’s closer to 500). I ate half the bowl and was full. I ate the other half before class.
Then, I went to class convinced I would keel over and die on the floor from lack of nutrition or something silly like that.
That’s not what happened at all. I had a great class. I felt fabulous. I had tons of energy. It was fantastic! I was so excited by the results of my meal that I could not wait to get to Meal #2.
Woke up this morning and did research in spiralizers. After one meal, I have decided that I need to buy one and figure out what to do with it….Then I decide that this is premature and move on to my next meal.
The sweet potato noodles allow you to add roasted falafel for an additional 2.00. I did this making this meal 12.00. I liked this meal better than the carrots! The roasted falafel were so delicious. I thought they were worth the 2.00.
This meal had 540 calories calories in it. Again, I could eat only half. I ate the other half for lunch the next day. With my first meal, I just left the carrots sitting out at room temperature and came back through and finished them off later. For this, I decided to save it for the next day. It heats up just fine in the microwave. Takes about a minute. Still awesome. I was so excited about this meal that I forgot to take a picture.
I bought a spiralizer before I went to bed.
If I’m being honest, I have to tell you I ordered this without having a clue what I was eating. I think I was like, “Oh! Salsa!” and then I ordered it. I kept telling myself to go look it up and finally, as I was opening the box, I did.
The boniato is a cuban sweet potato. It is loaded up with potassium and magnesium (actually, all of these meals were a good source of both of these). It comes with a cashew lime cream that you mix in at the end. I did not get the chicken (optional for 2.00 more) so this was vegan (there’s also a note on the description saying this meal is dairy free which helps to clarify the vegan thing).
This was, without a doubt, my favorite meal. My only desire was to have more salsa. I could have used one more container (dear hungryroot, please let me add additional containers). Now, I initially didn’t think much of the beans and salsa. I was kinda like, “Yep. Beans and salsa.” But then I tried them!!!! I have never had fresher beans and salsa in my life. And the cashew lime cream? DIVINE. My biggest challenge was not eating all the cream and salsa before I finished cooking the meal.
This was so good that when I went to place my second order (which is on its way as I write this), I made two out of three meals this one. For the third, I opted to try Turnip Noodles.
The Sweet Stuff
Hungryroot offers sweet treats. How could I say no? I ordered two: Almond Chickpea Cookie Dough and Coconut Carrot Cake Bites. These were both absolutely amazing. You can eat the cookie dough raw (which I did). I also baked the cookies. I used one tablespoon of dough per cookie and found it to be a good size. I got six cookies out of my dough, but probably could have gotten about 10 given what all I ate before I cooked it.
The carrot cake bites tasted wonderful and also like they were good for me at the same time! I do not like coconut, and I did not taste coconut in these. They do taste more on the carrot cake side. My only critique here is that I would have liked an extra container of frosting. I love me some frosting!
My Final Take
As you know, I have a second order on the way – so clearly I was ok with spending more. This stuff is not cheap. 10-12.00 per meal adds up fast. For me, what makes it worth it is that one meal is more than I can eat at one sitting. So now I’m really spending 5-6.00 per meal, and I can deal with that. But for roughly 30-ish dollars I can order three meals and have six lunches that are extremely healthy and very fresh. If you tend to buy pre-packaged meals for lunch or dinner, you might want to take a look at Hungroot. It may or may not cost you more, but it will likely be better for you.
I also felt amazing on the days when I ate my Hungryroot meals. Take a look at any of the packages I linked to, and you will see they are loaded up with vitamins and minerals. They tend to be full of potassium and magnesium, and I am always, ALWAYS trying to load up on those two things. This may have been one reason why I felt so awesome.
Some Final Bits of Info
- Hungryroot is not available everywhere. Take a look at this map to see if they deliver in your area.
- Shipping is free if you spend 40.00 or more.
- Currently, they are offering 10.00 off your first order. That means you can try a meal for free! And FYI: If you spend 40.00 on your first order and then get 10.00 off (because it’s your first order) you should still get free shipping. I did. That’s awesome!
- You can sign up to get a reoccurring order. I’ve got one coming every two weeks. You can easily change what you have sent to your house, and you can cancel without penalty at any time.