Healthy Habits Kitchen

Healthy Habits Kitchen

August 17, 2010

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The thing about life these days is that everyone’s almost always on the go. Events to attend, loved ones to spend time with, kids to drop off at after-school activities, dentist, doctor, bills to pay, and the list goes on as your head continues to spin out of control. And sometimes, through all of this chaos, we somehow manage to forget about the most important things, like a properly planned dinner. And goodness knows what happens when dinner is forgotten. We order takeout, start snacking, or begin to raid the cabinets and refrigerator attempting to whip something up and before you know it it’s 10pm and you’re eating your arm. Insanity, really.

This is where Healthy Habits Kitchen comes into play, since it’s the solution to fast, affordable, and healthy meals. The real beauty about Healthy Habits is they’re taking the prep work out of cooking. You still have the homemade meal since technically you’re doing the cooking, but all of the local veggies from the farmer’s market, sauces, and toppings are measured out, chopped, and pre-packaged. I personally enjoy the prep work sometimes and find it to be relaxing, but if you’re in a rush it can definitely save you time to have it done beforehand. All you have to do with the Healthy Habits meals is cook, serve, and devour.

Last week Sues and I had the pleasure of making a visit to the Healthy Habits Kitchen in Wellesley, Massachusetts. We sat down with owner, Sue Schochet, who started the company in December of 2008. All of the meals that leave the kitchen are restaurant quality, must be under 400 calories per serving, both kid and adult friendly, and approved by a dietician for proper portion sizes and nutritional values. Each meal is packaged in a “kit”, which averages about $5/serving, and contains all of the ingredients necessary to prepare your dinner. Each kit is labeled with the exact contents, expiration date, freeze date, and serving size.

We toured the kitchen where the magic happens and visited the stations where the kits are all prepared.

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The freezer and fridge are what dreams are made of, really. Check out the organization!

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Sue was so kind and let us select three meals to take home. The menu changes seasonally every month and I started to form a little crush on the August menu. We chose the Bloody Mary Steak Tips with Brown Rice, Mahi-Mahi with Lemon-Butter Granola Topping, and Cherry Burgers. We actually had a sample of the cherry burger while we were chatting with Sue and decided life couldn’t go on if we didn’t take the full portion home 😉 DELICIOUS.

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We headed back to Sues’ apartment and got to cookin’ and tastin’. We figured since Chris would be home between the 3 of us we could easily eat and sample all of the food. It’s research, folks 😉

Steak Tips:

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Mahi-Mahi:

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(There were two pieces of mahi mahi, we did one with the granola and one without since it contained nuts)

Cherry Burgers:

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Final:

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As we were enjoying the final product of our “family dinner” we all thought the food tasted incredibly homemade and fresh! We even said we could definitely make all of this from scratch but imagine how much more time it would have taken and how much more expensive it would be to buy all of the ingredients individually. I think these meals are the perfect solution for people who have unpredictable weekly schedules and are always on the go. If you buy a handful of these meals a month and store them in the freezer for the nights you don’t have the time to run to the grocery store, they can definitely save the day.

Here are three simple ways to order Healthy Habits meals:

• Place an order on Healthy Habits website to pickup at their location in Wellesley
• Farmer’s Markets:
Newton Farmer’s Market on Fridays between 1:30-6pm
Wayland Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays between 12-4
or Natick Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 9am-1pm
• Schedule a delivery

Healthy Habits also offers an variety of events, private functions, and healthy living workshops, including the August 25th Eating Out, Quick Cooking and Exercise presentation by nutrition expert Janel Ovrut, our lovely blogging friend!

What’s your essential “last minute” go-to dinner plan? Would you be interested in a company that offers fresh, restaurant quality food that takes the prep work out of your meals?

[Chels]

19 Responses to "Healthy Habits Kitchen"

  1. I’ve heard a little bit about Healthy Habits Kitchen and I think is a great alternative for people who are super busy but don’t want to resort to the blah Lean Cuisine (which are also high in preservatives)! BTW, unrelated but LOVE your outfit!

  2. Chels says:

    Hi Michelle! Definitely a better alternative to the high sodium/high preservative microwavable option! Thanks about the outfit! Dress: J.Crew, Cardi: Madewell Belt: Forever 21. 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    Great review! We tried the steak tips too, and they were delicious. I’m really curious about that granola topping. I seriously think Healthy Habits is a great source for busy, on-the-go people who want to eat right.

  4. What a neat concept! We have a company similar to this in Orlando called Let’s Eat.

  5. Ashley says:

    This is so cool!!! I don’t live in Boston but wish we had something like this in Chicago. I’d get a few meals a week to help me eat right on busy nights instead of eating chips or takeout.

  6. That’s pretty cool although if you keep the stuff in the freezer, isn’t there the whole defrosting issue?

  7. Oh, I forgot to mention – I’m hosting a couscous giveaway – check it out if you’re interested 🙂

  8. Chels says:

    True! I suppose you can defrost it in the fridge while you’re out and about it will be ready to go when you get home!

  9. Kelly Alesso says:

    Sounds like a fun option for people who don’t have time to cook. It reminds me a little bit of super suppers and those various places where people go to assemble meals, but I love the healthy food spin.

    As a side note, I’m not sure if you have/had my blog in your RSS reader, but if so you may need to update the feed. I didn’t realize when I switched over to feedburner that my old subscribers would no longer be updated so just wanted to send out the FYI. I have the link to the new feed at the top of my blog. Shows you how much I suck at technology. 🙂

  10. Simply Life says:

    what a great idea!

  11. Velva says:

    This was a really nice twist on the meal prep industry. I like it! This is really great when you don’t have to time to cook and you want to watch your portion sizes.
    My husband and I came very close to purchasing a Super Supper franchise several years ago. I love the concept.

    Thanks for sharing this review with us.

  12. Joanne says:

    It’s nice to know that such a healthy option exists for those on the go. Thanks for reviewing it!

  13. Great to learn about Healthy Habits, thanks for the informative review!

  14. Good review! I usually keep frozen veggies so it’s easy for me to whip up a quick and healthy dinner. And eggs are always a good last-minute meal!

  15. Faith says:

    Always good to know healthy tips to keep food in a good condition. Thanks for sharing with us.

  16. DianaHayes says:

    There was a business like this near me, but unfortunately due to personal circumstances it’s no longer in business. I liked the food though, it was tasty and convenient.

  17. Corinne says:

    Wow, that really is a great idea! Such a better alternative to frozen processed meals in the grocer’s freezer. I sort of picture Mrs. Doubtfire when reading this…when she/he is learning to cook and has to prepare the FIRST big dinner and results to a fancy “take out” 🙂 ha

  18. huh… a very interesting idea.

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