Freshly Reviews

Published on June 26, 2020
Last modified on July 28, 2021

These Freshly Reviews contain affiliate links and if you make a purchase we may be compensated.  All opinions are our own.

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By Alison Chew

Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN

Freshly

Freshly is a weekly prepared meal delivery service that brings fresh, not frozen, meals to your door.  They believe that eating right should be easy for everyone.

Freshly’s prepared meals are fully cooked, so all you need to do is reheat and enjoy.  They are also packed with healthy and nutritious whole foods leaving behind artificial ingredients, preservatives, gluten, and added sugars.

In addition to prepared meals, Freshly also offers sides and proteins to customers starting with their second order.

Read on to see how our meals tasted, how much Freshly costs, and get a coupon to save on your first order.  Get $60 OFF >>

What We Like

  • Convenient!  Reheat in 3 minutes
  • Most of the packaging is curbside recyclable
  • No refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, or MSG (also gluten and peanut-free), and each meal is between 300-650 calories

What We Don’t Like

  • 4-5-day shelf-life in the fridge
  • Portion size can be small for some
  • Shrimp texture can become rubbery in the microwave
  • Sodium can be high for some meals so be sure to check the nutrition labels before ordering if you are on a sodium restriction.

How much does Freshly cost?

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Freshly has 4 meal plans for you to choose from:

  • 4 single-serve meals a week is $11.49 per serving + Shipping
  • 6 single-serve meals a week is $9.49 per serving + Shipping
  • 10 single-serve meals a week is $8.99 per serving + Shipping
  • 12 single-serve meals a week is $8.49 per serving + Shipping
  • Get $60 OFF >>

In addition, Freshly offers around 5 “Premium Meals” every week.  These meals are an additional $1.49-$2.99 each and include premium proteins, like bison, and other upgraded ingredients.  *Any applicable sales tax will appear at checkout.

Where does Freshly deliver?

Freshly delivers to most areas within the Continental United States.

Shipping fees are calculated at checkout and are based on order size and delivery location. Get $60 OFF >>

Freshly Meal Reviews: #2

For our second Freshly review, we ordered the Sausage Baked Penne, Steak Peppercorn, Chicken Tikka Masala, Homestyle Chicken with Mac & Cheese, and the FreshlyFit Naked Bison Burger and Protein-Packed Chicken Parm. Get $60 OFF >>

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Since our first review, Freshly has come out with new packaging and has combined websites and menus with FreshlyFit.  Meals are still healthy and gluten-free, around 13oz each with between 300-650 calories, last around 3-5 days in your fridge, and are heated in the microwave in around 3 minutes. Get $60 OFF >>

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We really enjoyed the Sausage Baked Penne the last time we ordered it and it was a winner again this time as well.  Our son really loved the large piece of sausage.    The Steak Peppercorn was good and the cauliflower rice surprised my husband as he thought it was white rice.  The Chicken Tikka Masala had a wonderful warm curry flavor and was packed with chicken. Finally, the Homestyle Chicken with Mac & Cheese was one of our favorites with breaded chicken, cheesy mac & cheese, and garlicky green beans.  I would definitely order this one again. Get $60 OFF >>

FreshlyFit Meal Reviews
Freshly launched FreshlyFit as a separate site and then decided to combine meals with the Freshly site to give customers more options and make it easier to find the meals you want for you and your family.  FreshlyFit meals are carb-conscious and packed with protein to provide you with clean fuel for your day. Get $60 OFF >>

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We tried the FreshlyFit Naked Bison Burger and Protein-Packed Chicken Parm.  The Protein-Packed Chicken Parm came with a side of garlicky broccoli and tasted wonderful.  For me, it needed a little salt and pepper, but the flavor was really good.  The broccoli wasn’t soggy out of the microwave and the chicken parm, while not crisp, had a nice crust with a cheesy tomato sauce taste.  This meal was plenty for me for dinner and would be a bit large for lunch.  At only 380 calories and 42 grams of protein, this was a tasty, filling, and healthy meal that I would order again. Get $60 OFF >>

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Freshly Meal Reviews: #1
For our first Freshly reviews, we tried the Korean-Style Shrimp, the Lebanese-Style Beef Meatballs, and the Sausage Baked Penne.  We ordered 2 of each meal so that my husband, son, and I could give each a try.  Each meal is a single adult serving, around 13 oz each, and ranges in calories from 300 to 650.

I love that Freshly meals, in addition to being full of healthy ingredients, are all low in calories.  I just hate seeing a meal that looks tasty only to find out that it has 1200 calories.  The second thing that I love is that the meals are a single serving.  This is perfect for when our son has a sports practice and needs to eat at 4 pm or if my husband or I am working late and we want to eat something healthy, but don’t want to make a big dinner. Get $60 OFF >>

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Unlike frozen prepared meals, Freshly meals are fresh and therefore only have a shelf-life in the fridge of 4-5 days.  This can be good and bad.  It’s good because they don’t use preservatives, but it can be bad if you purchase meals and for some reason are unable to eat them quickly.  Freshly does say that you can freeze their meals and add more cooking time in the microwave when you are reheating.

Reheating Freshly meals is quick and easy.  Just 3 minutes in the microwave and you have a healthy dinner, or lunch, ready to enjoy.  We recommend stopping halfway through the time in the microwave for a quick stir as it helps more evenly cook the meals. Get $60 OFF >>

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You’re probably thinking, but how do they taste?  Great question!  We loved the Sausage Baked Penne.  It was everything that you would want and expect in a pasta dish, flavorful sauce and sausage, minus the gluten and sugar.  Our second favorite was the Korean-Style Shrimp, as the flavor was delicious.  One thing we found was that the shrimp became a little rubbery in the microwave and I would recommend taking them out earlier than the rest of the meal if possible.  Finally, we tried the Lebanese-Style Beef Meatballs.  This dish was again packed with flavor, we just didn’t care for the spice blend.

All of the Freshly meals that we tried were very tasty, but the portion size was on the small side for my husband who is a big eater.  He said that he could eat two of some of the meals.  I would keep your appetite in mind when ordering. Get $60 OFF >>

Freshly Reviews: Menu

The Freshly menu of 35+ weekly rotating dishes caters to a variety of dietary preferences, with all meals free of gluten and peanuts. In addition, meals are free from refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, and MSG with Freshly opting for whole foods that are less processed and more nutritious.  Each meal that we received was between 12-13oz.

On average, the Freshly weekly menu includes:

  •  20+ low-cal meals (under 500 calories)
  •  8–10 low-carb meals (under 35 grams of carbs)
  •  8–10 dairy-free meals
  • ~ 5 Premium Meals

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Freshly Reviews: Bottom Line

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Freshly believes that eating right should be easy for everyone.  They make it easy to enjoy a healthy prepared with less sugar, fewer processed ingredients, and no gluten in minutes.

When we finished the 6 meals for our Freshly reviews we were pleasantly surprised with the overall taste, quality of ingredients, and environmentally-friendly packaging.  These freshly prepared meals are super convenient, easy to reheat in the microwave, and the weekly menu offers something for everyone.

And while the portion size can be small for some meals and the shrimp was a little rubbery, the meals tasted great.  Before you order, remember that meals will last in the fridge for around 5 days.  Be sure to order what you can eat during that time.

Compared to other prepared meal services, Freshly is in the middle of the range for price (depending on how many meals you order each week).

We would recommend Freshly for anyone looking for gluten-free prepared meals, those looking for quick, healthy lunch or dinner options, and those who want to eat less sugar and fewer preservatives.  Give Freshly a try using the new customer coupon so that you can enjoy Freshly meals for yourself!  Get $60 OFF >>

Enjoy!

Looking for more prepared meal services?  Check out our Prepared Meals Directory >>

This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
rebecca-housh-ms-rdn-ldn-registered-dietitianRebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.

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