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While you might think of a resolution right after ringing in the new year (and after a couple of glasses of champagne), your promise probably isn’t the first thing on your mind after waking up the next day with a headache. It might not even make it to your top ten thoughts for the first week of the new year, either.
But if you’re hoping to make some changes for yourself in 2020, it’s all about starting small. That’s why you might consider making some sustainable swaps to your life or eating a little healthier through the week with the help of meal kits.
That way it won’t feel like you’re completely restructuring your life because of a midnight promise.
Whether you might have committed yourself to some changes already, like trying out healthy meals that are delivered straight to your door or making some adjustments to your favorite recipes, you’ll be happy to know that Blue Apron, a meal kit delivery service that we’ve previously reviewed, just announced that they’ll be adding some healthier options to their menu for the new year.
This past November, the brand partnered with WW (formerly Weight Watchers) to launch WW x Blue Apron meal kits. These recipes had points assigned to them and pre-portioned ingredients that could be cooked up into healthy meals. These kits are being phased out right before 2020.
Instead, for 2020 Blue Apron is offering some new recipes on their menu with a “WW Approved” badge.
The first of the new WW-approved recipes are slated to be on Blue Apron’s menu on the week of Dec. 30, 2019. The lineup includes recipes like parmesan-crusted cauliflower steaks, ancho beef and black bean bowls, and shrimp and veggies on brown rice.
A recipe that has the “WW Approved” badge follows certain guidelines, according to an email from Blue Apron, including making vegetables the star of the meal, using lean proteins, keeping calorie counts in mind and using nutritious ingredients.
And Blue Apron’s menu will expand, too. Rather than eight recipes to choose from on their two-serving signature plan, there will be 11 recipes each week. Of these new recipes, at least half of them will emphasize lean proteins, fruits and veggies.
Plus, recipes will have new labels so you won’t have to second guess if you can order it if you follow a special diet. These labels will include the WW stamp of approval, “vegetarian,” “carb conscious,” “plant-forward” and “500 calories or less.” In an email, Blue Apron said that they will be adding more labels later on.
With these new recipes, you won’t have to worry about losing out on a meal kit that’s healthy and easy to cook after a long day at work. And that way, you’ll definitely be starting out the new year right.