What to Expect and FAQs
What kind of food will I be eating?
Menus are seasonally inspired and use whole foods. Ingredients sourced for our dishes are local and organic or naturally grown* if at all possible – at a minimum 80% of all ingredients in a dish. Occasionally dishes will incorporate out of season items for variety and sufficient micronutrient content – especially during winter months when fresh items are more difficult to obtain. Since most menu items are based on the season, you will find more warm dishes in the cooler months and cold dishes in the warmer months. Both raw and cooked dishes are included each week to maximize bioavailability of nutrients.
Animal products are sourced with animal welfare practices and sustainability in mind. Generally, what’s good for the animal, is good for us! This means grass finished beef, pastured poultry products, pastured dairy, and certified sustainably sourced seafood. Sources are prioritized for Certified Animal Welfare Approved certification. These guides for our animal products result in superior nutrition, and flavor!
What if I can’t eat something?
Please let us know if you have any food allergies or intolerances – we will do our best to accommodate! If there is any reason that the request cannot be accommodated, we will let you know and provide other options.
How many meals do I get?
Perfect Week Plans: see plan options under the Menu/Ordering – Meal Prep Plans options on the main menu at the top of the page.
Individual ordering: feel free to order meals and snacks individually! Please note a delivery fee of $15.00 will be incurred for orders under $100.00/delivery.
How do I heat the meals?
Heating instructions for each meal are included as needed with each meal delivery. Meal containers should not be placed in the oven or on the stovetop. Many people prefer to re-plate the food prior to heating.
*Why are microwave heating times not included? Microwaves vary quite a bit in time required to achieve the same level of heat. We recommend you start with one minute, and add 30 seconds as needed until your dish is heated as you like.
How many calories are in the meals?
Calories vary per meal, but are generally around 350-450 calories/meal. If you consume 3 meals per day with a veggie snack pack and 2 superfood bites, daily calories will average out to approximately 1500 - 1600 calories per day.
Macronutrients include protein, fats and net carbohydrate. Most of the calories in the meals will come from protein, slightly less from fat and the least amount from carbohydrate (this varies by meal). Including more healthy fats allows you to feel satiated after a meal, and ensures that your body can utilize fat-soluble micronutrients. Modern research shows that good fats are essential for brain function, can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation and help with weight loss.
What if I’m hungry?
Please consult your physician if you are unsure of your daily calorie needs.
Sometimes the feeling of being hungry may indicate another issue:
- Are you dehydrated? Try to make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water every day to ensure proper hydration. If you engage in exercise or tasks resulting in perspiration, you may require more.
- Are you getting enough sleep? Most people require 7-8 hours of sleep each night for their best health. Inadequate sleep may result in your body craving quick energy through carbohydrates to try to make up for the lack of rest.
- Are you bored? Many people turn to food when feeling boredom. Make sure especially during the first few weeks of the meal plan to stay busy and have plenty of things you enjoy doing planned to keep your mind occupied.
- Are you stressed? Stress may cause you to turn to food in order to attempt to alleviate the feeling. While we all encounter stress in life, there are many ways to help relieve it. Meditation and exercise are both great ways to relieve stress. Remember: alleviating stress is an active process!
How do I make changes to my order?
Since we work with several small, local farmers and vendors, we are unfortunately unable to make changes to orders after 6PM Fridays (or 7AM Fridays for subscriptions renewing for the week). Before this time, if you have placed an order for the week that needs to be adjusted, please email us at info@ConvenientlyNourishedKC.com and we will be happy to help. **For subscriptions- please log into your subscription under the menu tab 'Manage Plan Subscription'. You will be able to make any adjustments needed from this page. Please be sure to make adjustments for the upcoming week before your subscription renews (7AM Fridays).
When do I receive deliveries?
Deliveries will be made on Monday evenings, typically between 5:30PM and 8:30PM. Please see our scheduled holidays, and be sure to sign up for our menu email list for updates. You are NOT required to be home for delivery. In order to avoid interrupting your evening, we will simply drop the bag by your front door (or specified location) for you to pick up when convenient. If you need special arrangements (ie – bag cannot be left out, etc.) please let us know.
What’s included in the deliveries?
Your meals will be delivered in an insulated bag. Ice packs are included in the bag as well to maintain a safe temperature for the food during transport. The bags/ice will maintain a safe food temperature for at least three to four hours, dependent on external conditions.
What do I do with the black insulated bag and ice?
Please be sure to place the black bag and ice from the prior delivery in the delivery location prior to 5:30PM on delivery nights. The bag will be picked up and replaced with your new bag containing fresh meals!
What do I do with the food containers?
The meal containers are recyclable and reusable! We use recycled products when at all possible in our effort to do our part to help maintain the planet we all share.
When will I see results?
The short answer: it’s entirely up to you! Sticking with the plan consistently will yield results much faster. Remember, every body is different. Many people see or feel results within the first week if they stick with the plan!
Should I take any supplements?
Discuss supplementation with your doctor. Supplementation is not required for the meal plan.
Should I exercise?
Exercise can be helpful, and is certainly healthy, but not absolutely necessary. A good general recommendation is to get 30 minutes of exercise daily. Consult your physician regarding your exercise needs.
*what does naturally grown mean? Small farmers are sometimes not able to meet the financial burden of becoming certified organic, but still follow organic growing practices.