For the last 6 months we have been using Sun Basket for 3 meals a week. I can’t believe the number of times its saved dinner for us. We got it at first to try new things after getting stuck in a rut of the same old dinners. We don’t eat out often because honestly, it’s expensive and not usually worth it. We also live in a town that doesn’t have the BEST options for Organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, gluten free, soy free shopping. Therefore, I do a ton of online ordering. PLUS, we are both so busy with work that we don’t have time to grocery shop. I only see this getting harder now that were expecting our first baby in October.
We do enjoy cooking together, especially in the winter when it gets dark early and there isn’t much else to do. As we go into summer with it being light so much later, it has saved us in a whole different way. We have an old farm house with chickens, goats, bees, a barn cat, our dog and a large garden. There is always work to be done outside and now that the suns out and the rain has (mostly) stopped, my husband is outside from the moment he comes home till when I call him in for dinner, then of course he goes back out until the sun goes down. I make dinner in less then 30 minutes (ALL their meals are 30 min or less) and most of the time they are only 1 pan recipes, meaning I only have to clean 1 pot or pan after! Another awesome benefit is there is no waste. They only give you what you need for the recipe so long gone are the days of throwing out left over veggies that I needed for a recipe. How many times do you buy random ingredients at the store, just to end up throwing them away half used?
Not only are they convenient, quality ingredients delivered to your door, but they also check all my boxes for dietary restrictions. I am allergic to wheat and avoid most conventional dairy and totally avoid soy. The fact that we can try diverse meals weekly and my husband who doesn’t have to avoid those ingredients, doesn’t feel deprived is a huge plus. No one misses out on taste with these meals!
For so many families with different eating restrictions Sun Basket makes it easy to accommodate everyone. You can even add meat onto vegetarian options and cook it separately to add into someone’s meal who might want the meat, while the others can pass! We do this often with dairy for my husband, he can enjoy all the cheese while I just omit it from my portion.
As a nutritionist I recommend this for many families who are trying to solve the “what can we have for dinner?” dilemma. I recommend having three go-to breakfast options you know you can make quickly, prep lunches for the week on one day and then BAM Sun Basket for dinner! No more stopping for fast food out of convenience, no more buying heavily processed frozen meals to heat up because it only takes 20 minutes.
I also can’t tell you how many nights this saved us while I was going through my first trimester of pregnancy. If I wasn’t DEAD tired requiring a 3-5 pm nap, I was having serious food aversions that made cooking impossible. My husband picked up the slack and made dinner most nights. I didn’t have to think about food, I could nap and wake up to dinner that always went down fine even if I didn’t love the idea of eating (ladies you know what I am talking about).
The biggest issue I hear from people when I tell them how much I love Sun Basket is the price. Do you have a realistic food budget? Does it include groceries, dinners out, delivery food, quick stops at the grocery store for a last-minute dinner? Do you account for the amount of food you waste? I have a serious budget and we SAVE money using Sun Basket. With food waste, random trips to the store and in general buying ingredients for fun new recipes I was spending a ton of money. Just in spices alone, for all the different flavors we get in these meals, I know we save money! More importantly, how is your health? Is convenience making it hard to reach your health goals? Are you getting in diverse sources of protein, veggies, fiber, healthy fats and herbs/spices? I can tell you most people aren’t. In the end, time is money, your health is number one and your taste buds matter when it comes to sticking to your health goals. Make your health a priority while you save time and money!
To make it worth your time reading my thoughts about Sun Basket. Here are a few links for discounts on your first order! Just click the links below:
$35 off coupon
$50 off Family Meals
$45 off 18 meals
You can check out their website to see menu options and to see what the hype is all about just click here: Sun Basket
Here is a slide show of a few of our dinners recently! I have never had a meal I didn't like and have many that we repeatedly order when it comes back up as a menu option.
Well that was a little dramatic but I stopped grocery shopping for MOST things. I still pick up a few things, here and there but I don’t set time aside each week to grocery shop like I use to. The biggest complaint I hear from people about maintain a healthy lifestyle is the lack of TIME.
They don’t have time to grocery shop, they don’t have time to meal prep or cook healthy food. I get it. Believe me. I am thankful that I get to create my own schedule and have flexibility since I own my own business but that doesn’t mean I have time to grocery shop or cook anymore then you do.
Luckily, we are in a time where convenience is key and we can order everything online! What I do in order to maximize my time is set up auto deliveries of food to my house. Now this isn’t just for the convenience of time. It also guarantees that I get the highest quality food that I can. I will not eat foods that aren’t Organic/non-GMO. I refuse to eat meat that isn’t pasture raised or grass finished from small batch butchers. We have chickens for this same reason. Believe me it matters. Meat that has fear hormones running through it's body from being treated poorly and killed inhumanly, passes those stress hormones to you when you eat it. On top of that they are pumped with hormones and antibiotics that are not good for you. So my top priorities are high quality, convenient foods delivered to my door.
For our family we have prioritized our food budget to be what we spend the most money on. We luckily don’t need to have antacids, cold or flu medications and pain medications on hand. We don’t need them because we support our health with nutrition first.
All that being said I have tried a lot of different companies for food delivery and am limited where I live (being in the country on a peninsula isn’t easy). You may have other companies that deliver, specially if you are in a city. For me these are the best companies I have found.
Our monthly food shipments include:
We purchase our meat and bone marrow from Crowd Cow. I use the meat to crock pot our weekly lunches or makes dinner one or 2 nights a week. Usually I only make one crockpot meal on Monday, put it in Tupperware in portions for the two of us for the week. We also use this meat for our weekend meals if we cook at home. Here is a discount code for your first order!
Bone broth from Osso Good Bone Broth here is a link for a discount off your first order. I wrote a blog about its health benefits and even the benefits in incorporating it into your nightly routine for better sleep. I drink it daily, usually before bed and add it in place of stock or water in recipes.
Our nightly dinners come from Sun Basket, they provide Organic meals and we choose their gluten free/dairy free options for our dietary needs. You can get a 50% discount for family meals with this coupon or $35 off meals with this coupon. We use this for our weekly dinners.
I get monthly shipments form Perfect Keto also. From their site I get MCT powder and collagen peptides. I use them in my shakes or baking to add healthy fat and protein. I put the MCT powder in my coffee each morning, it is so much less messy then MCT oil and great to travel with. It makes my coffee creamy, gives me energy and mental clarity. It is the perfect pre workout!
We keep non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free meal replacement shakes on hand, along with a greens powder, natural pre- workout, natural post workout recovery BCAAs, non-toxic coffee, snack bars and a few other natural supplements from an online health and wellness company. Comment below if you want more information on that company and what they offer. I can get you set up with a wholesale account so you can purchase from their site also. If you use any of the products above I wouldn’t use other brands, I believe in their ingredients and integrity as a company. I spent a lot of time trying to find quality products I personally trusted.
Our eggs come from our back yard (yes, we are lucky to live in the country for that reason). Otherwise, once a month or so I go to Costco to stock up on pantry items, home essentials and bulk veggies for our weekly lunches.
The key to this is minimizing the time I spend shopping but also the time I spend cooking. Cooking dinner only takes us 20-30 minutes to make and crock pot meals are so quick and simple for lunch. Here is a link to my Pinterest to check out the quick crockpot meals or what else I am cooking!
I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator and Primal Health Couch. Essentially I am a women's health nerd. I have struggled with Autoimmune issues for the last 10 years, and more recently fertility issues. This along with my birth work, has driven me to self research. I have added a blog to my site in hopes of giving resources to clients or those interested in these topics. I would love feedback and comments.
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