Monday, January 11, 2021

New Year's Resolutions/ Goals/ Plans {+ Daily Harvest Discount}

#RealTalk - I don't "do" resolutions. Some years I make a list of goals (which seem totally different than resolutions), but this year I decided to pass. Don't get me wrong, there are still things I want to accomplish in 2021 (and beyond), but I didn't put them down in any official way on January 1st. Even though I may not be drastically changing things right now, I know many people use the new year to tackle new things - whether that be personally, professionally, creatively, etc. The clean break of a new calendar year can inspire folks to take on new challenges, and, if that's you, more power to you! I will be cheering you on as loud and proud as I can as you conquer new heights (whether that's figuratively, literally or both ;)). 

Now, with that said, I know there is a large chunk of the population who put forth resolutions/ goals that relate to their health around this time of the year. Maybe it's general like "get in shape" or "walk more", maybe it's specific like "lose 5 pounds" or "drink at least 64 ounces of water a day". Whatever the case may be, health related goals tend to be a common theme with folks at the beginning of the year. I am NOT here to either encourage or discourage this. Getting and staying healthy is something I will always try to champion, but I know the diet culture that permeates society and I want no part in THAT. I want people healthy (physically, mentally and spiritually) HOWEVER that looks to each person individually!


I am not here to push some snake oil or magic pill. Getting and staying healthy takes work, a lot of it. Believe me, there is no quick-fix or magic potion that will get you to healthy overnight (no matter what an ad on the InterWeb tells you). Being healthy is a lifelong goal that may look differently at different parts of your journey. Embrace it, embrace yourself!

With all that being said, I did want to mention Daily Harvest. Again, they are not an end-all, be-all sort of solution (nor do they claim to be). They are food delivery service that tries their best to pack tons of delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies into frozen meal options that often take less than five minutes to prepare. #HealthierFrozenFastFood 

It's always a HAPPY day when my Daily Harvest delivery arrives!

I have been working with Daily Harvest for a while now and they contacted me to see if they could "stock my freezer" for the new year. Uh, YUP! Let's be real, the hardest part of agreeing to the shipment was narrowing down my options.

Good thing our freezer was EMPTY before this delivery came because it filled us to the brim!

If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen my meal prepping posts. Since I'm working full time, meal prep is something that has come in super handy for me. Normally, once a week, I will take a chunk of time and prepare lunches for the hubby and I so we will have something quick (and nutritious) to eat. When Daily Harvest reached out, I thought it would be perfect to snag some of their bowls to use for lunches so I could switch up my go-to food. I grabbed a couple of the Lentil + Cremini Soup bowls and Lentil + Mesquite Chili bowls to mix in with my normal lunches. I made a box of veggie noodles, split it into four tupperwares and then added half of each of the bowls to each pre-made lunch. So for eight lunches I used two boxes of veggie pasta, two Lentil + Cremini Soup bowls and two Lentil + Mesquite Chili bowls. You could easily just do a single soup or bowl for a meal, but I love my carbs (not to mention the veggie pasta adds more veggies into my daily intake) and thought this was also a way to make the Daily Harvest products go longer.

PS For the soup, I used about 3/4 cup water instead of the full cup so it wasn't as "soupy" when I added it to my pasta.

I also snagged some of their Scoops (plant-based ice cream) and decided to make a pie. I bought a pre-made graham cracker crust at the grocery store, let a pint of the Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote sit out on the counter to melt a bit, spooned it into the crust and then put it into the freezer to refreeze. Despite it being winter, it felt like a very summery treat. The hubby and I both gave it two thumbs up. (The hubby actually likes this flavor of Scoops the best because he said "everything just tastes and feels right". Sometimes he isn't the biggest fan of non-dairy ice creams because of their texture, but he thought this would stand up to any strawberry dairy ice cream.) I'll be honest, I have no problem eating a full pint of the Scoops on my own, so making it into a pie helps turn it into multiple desserts rather than just one ;)

Whether you have a goal for 2021 to "eat more fruits and veggies" (done and done), "meal prep more" (check and check), "have more time" (with less time in the kitchen you will have more time for other things), etc, Daily Harvest may be able to help you out. Like I said, it isn't be a quick fix (although you can fix up some Daily Harvest deliciousness real quick ;)), but it might help jump start you in the right direction or be a great resource while you are on your lifelong journey.


And, in case one of your goals in 2021 is financial, I might be able to help with that ;) If you use code "CARLEEMCDOT" on your first order you'll save $25! BINGO BANGO! {#RealTalk: I do make a few dollars anytime someone uses my code, but, as you better know by now, I only share about products and brands I use and believe in.} PS My American Express also has an offer where I get $25 back if I spend $75 with Daily Harvest, so check your card to double up on savings!

Do you "do" New Year's resolutions/ goals/ plans?

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