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Icon(ic) Meals

Hey. Hi. Hello. It feels like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve written a blog post. Not having a job makes the days all blur together, and not having a computer for a few days makes them go by even longer. BUT, ya girl got herself a job as a personal trainer today so that’s some exciting and aptly-themed news for this blog post.

Since moving to the city, I started meal-prepping every Sunday for my week ahead. I really got into this because it helped make my life easier knowing that when I got home from work I wouldn’t have to agonize over what I was going to cook. However, after the first two months, I literally started cooking the same fucking thing every single week, and I’ll be the first one to tell you that after six months of eating chicken for lunch and dinner every day, you get SICK of it.

The more I found myself cooking chicken, the more I started looking into meal-preparation companies that would cook the food for you, send it to you already prepared, and all you would have to do would be throw it into the microwave and you’d be good to go. However, the cost of paying for those services was significantly more per week of food than I was already paying, and as someone who has been trying to stay financially independent, I couldn’t see the benefit in paying for these services.

HOWEVER, New Year, New Me am I right? I got my credit card back, and since I’ve been waiting around my apartment for job interviews, I figured I would look into one of these meal delivery services. Like I mentioned before, the services I was looking into weren’t like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh where you would cook the meals yourself. Instead, everything would be already cooked and all my lazy-ass would have to do would be to heat it up.

After much research, I finally settled on Icon Meals, which I found out about through the legend himself, Steve Cook. Why I decided to go with Icon as opposed to some of the other services was each meal was about $7.00 per meal, whereas most other companies were averaging around $11.00. Secondly, Icon gives you the option of creating your own custom meals, utilizing basic ingredients like chicken, steak, salmon, quinoa, potatoes, broccoli etc.

For my first week of ordering, I placed my order on a Saturday and scheduled my food to be delivered that Tuesday. From Steve’s videos, I knew that the meals would come packaged in dry ice to keep them cool in case I wasn’t able to pick them up immediately when they were delivered. This happened to be the case, as they were delivered around 11:00am when I was out. I didn’t get back until around 1 that afternoon, and by then the dry ice had already melted, but the meals were still frozen.

Now, I don’t want to get into too much detail because I do plan on releasing a video about this – yeah look at me becoming a Youtuber – but I just wanted to hit on my first impressions of the overall service.

Firstly, two of the 14 meals I ordered came broken, but the other 12 looked perfect. I’ve gone through six meals so far and am happily impressed. At first, I thought the portion sizes looked too small, but I’m struggling to finish some of them at this point. I don’t feel starving after I have one, which is a big plus because I’ve started doing intermittent fasting and usually find myself to be hungry after my first meal of the day.

Secondly, they have a nice variety on the website of meals to choose from. I’m not quite sure the way it works, but from their chef’s menu it seems like they have a few “weekly” specials that will probably change per week, along with a plethora of options that are constantly there. I love the ability to have a custom meal because it gives you control over your macros per meal, along with featuring options that aren’t on the chef’s menu.

The one downside I noticed is that shipping is almost half of what you’re paying for the meals themselves. I spent around $90 on 14 meals, and paid $38-ish for overnight shipping. And, if you want to get any of their protein popcorn or cookie boxes, those jack up the shipping cost even more, even though they say the snacks ship separately.

Overall, after the first three days of trying Icon Meals, I’m really enjoying the convenience they’ve added into my life, and how easier they’ve made it for me to stay on my diet because why would I want to order Seamless when I’ve already paid a boatload for good meals?! I’m excited to share the rest of my thoughts in video format after my first full week of trying this service, so stay tuned for that. Until next time, xoxo.

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