This post is about as real as it gets (sweaty post-gym attire included!) On a typical day I work 8-10 hours then head straight to the gym for an hour. When I’m done with all that (around 8 pm), the last thing I want to do is think about putting together a healthy meal, even when I’m starving. And that’s when I start making bad meal choices, because I am hungry and I don’t have a solid plan. I’ve tried meal kits before, but it’s been hard for me to find one that is friendly for gluten-free diets like mine. So when Purple Carrot asked me to try out one of their boxes, I looked over the menus first to make sure it was something I could feasibly make and eat. I was so happy to find that Purple Carrot is the only plant-based meal kit and most importantly, it was easy to modify for my gluten-free life.
From years of trial and error with diets and experimenting with how to fuel my body correctly, I learned that vegetable-based meals are what my body likes. For instance, when I try to fit vegetables into every meal of the day (yes, breakfast too) my skin is clearer, the cogs of my mind move more quickly, and my workouts are more efficient.
Another reason why I like Purple Carrot is because it makes me feel adventurous and allows me to try some new things I would never make. I typically get into ruts of eating the same exact vegetables all the time (spinach, arugula, asparagus, and cucumbers are my fave). This box had me eating mushrooms, water chestnuts, and leeks! I honestly wouldn’t even know what to do with a leek if you handed it to me.
In terms of the gluten-free swaps, one of the recipes had flour as an ingredient so I just switched it out for some almond meal that I had in my pantry and the recipe turned out just fine.
The portion sizes are really big, too. I ate about 3/4 of this tofu, mushroom, spinach stir fry meal for dinner, then saved the last bit for breakfast and a pre-workout snack for later on. It reheated really well! Each meal is technically two portions, so if you’re cooking just for yourself you can save half for later.
The recipes only take about 30 minutes to make (if you’re not stopping every second to take an Insta-story like I was, haha!) I saved all the recipe cards in case I want to make something again.
I highly recommend trying it out! Especially if you are determined to reach your health goals, but seem to constantly put them on the back burner because there are simply not enough hours in the day.
For a short time, you can get $30 off your first Purple Carrot order with code GLASSOFGLAM.