Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

This week we launched a new Instagram contest and could not be more excited to capture how our Eat Well family incorporates our meals into everyday life! If you’re still looking for some photo inspiration, check out our current top 3 favorite pics!

1. @liawentwhere

Feet up + grub in hand: this could have been your lunch break.

 

2. @shannonkoleen

#tfw your kitchen is your gym… Get it, girl.

 

3. @terrence615

Might be too early to put a label on it – but we love you too, Terrence.

 

Remember: Share your pics on Instagram + tag @eatwellnash for a chance to win free Eat Well Nashville meals weekly!

The Hungry Games: Eat Well Nashville vs. Fast Food

Look, we get it: fast food is TEMPTING. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s cheap, and even though it usually leaves you feeling like you need a serious nap afterwards, it sure beats cooking.

But here’s the thing… Even though it’s easy, it’s greasy (goodbye, arteries). Even though it’s quick, you’re basically pumping your body full of sugar, fat, and a whole slew of chemically-enhanced ingredients (hence, the involuntary nap). And even though it’s cheap, you’re really not even getting that much bang for your buck – or that much bang for the calories.

We did a little experiment to see how our food measures up to your fast food faves and, well, we’ve gotta say… If you’ve become a fast food regular, you’ve been totally cheated. For the same number of calories, you can dig into an Eat Well Nashville meal and have basically double (if not more) the amount of food compared to your usual grab-and-go.

Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself!

Meet Eat Well’s Dietitian

Cookin’ This Week: Top 4 Customer Favorites

Earlier this month, we more than doubled the number of dishes on our menu! From savory meals such as the Chimichurri Flank Steak to flavor-packed dishes such as the Szechuan Tofu Stir-Fry, you are guaranteed to find your next favorite meal!

If you’re having a difficult time picking which new dish to dig into first (Pro Tip: try them all), we’ve got you covered! Check out our current top 4 most-ordered customer favorites:

Chimichurri Flank Steak with Cauliflower Rice & Seasonal Vegetables


Think about it: How often is a lean, healthy, flavorful steak delivered right to your door? As often as you’d like, now that we’ve added this savory new dish to our menu!

Cauliflower-Sweet Potato Medallions with Mashed Parsnips & Steamed Carrots

From handcrafted medallions to savory tomato gravy, there’s no question as to why this paleo (and vegan!) dish follows as the next customer favorite new item. *Tomato gravy served on the side*

Thai Peanut-Crusted Tilapia with Coconut Jasmine Rice & Sautéed Bell Peppers & Onions

A fresh, crispy filet excellently paired with fresh sautéed veggies and toasted rice. Want to change it up with different sides? Head over to our custom menu, and pair this tilapia with any side item you’d like!

Tea-Brined Roast Pork Loin with Fingerling Potatoes & Green Beans

After taking a full day to prepare, this twist on a classic recipe will crush any appetite and leave you satisfied! Perfectly paired with German-style fingerling potatoes seasoned with whole grain mustard, and crisp green beans.


Hungry yet? Grab these customer favorites along with our other new menu items
here!

P.S. Don’t worry – we know picky eaters need love too! Check out our customizable menu to build your own meals.

3 Nashville Gyms To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

The second month of 2017 is fast approaching, and you’ve committed to creating the best version of yourself: a healthier, happier you. Now that we’ve helped you eliminate your meal prep time with our fresh and healthy meals delivered to your door (along with our new customizable menu!), you’ve got some extra time on your hands. So… What’s next?

As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy.” Whether you’ve spent time crushing weights at the gym, pushing your body to its limits during yoga, or seeing just how far you can go during a morning run, there’s one thing we can all agree on: exercise, no matter how tough, makes us feel great.

The second step to a healthy, happier you? Find a workout routine that you love! For me, I found my routine in the last place I expected: fitness classes/group workouts. And before you completely rule out a group workout, hear me out: I get it! Fitness classes can seem daunting. I had the same thoughts most people do: “I’m not in shape enough for a group class! I’ll go when I’m more in shape”.

PSA: Getting “more in shape” is literally what a fitness class is for! Fitness classes are made up of people at various stages of their fitness journeys.

If you’re ready to get in shape and crush your health goals this year, we’ve got the inside scoop on a few of Nashville’s hottest workout studios. Each studio has an incredible team, a state-of-the-art facility, and a workout that will prove to be intense, rewarding, and leave you craving more.

Title Boxing Club: http://titleboxingclub.com/
Studio Locations: East Nashville, Cool Springs, Church St., Green Hills
Class Times (including warm up/cool down time): 30 Min, 60 Min, 75 Min
Why I Love It: Title Boxing Club offers a full-body workout that stimulates your mind, body, and spirit. Per Title Boxing Club’s mission, Title strives to be the “best hour of your day,” and they never fail to achieve that goal. Pro Tip: Your first class is free!



Barre3:
http://barre3.com/
Studio Locations: Paddock Place, The Gulch
Class Time (including warm up/cool down time): 60 Min
Why I Love It: What is the one thing all fitness goals have in common? You MUST strengthen your balance and core to be successful! Barre3, simply put, starts with balance and core strength. During class you will move through isometric holds, small range movements, and large dynamic movements.  Pro Tip: Make sure you dress in yoga-like attire that you will be comfortable in a variety of poses!

 

Barry’s Bootcamp: http://www.barrysbootcamp.com/
Studio Location: The Gulch
Class Time (including cool down time): 60 Min
Why I Love It: Barry’s says it best: The Best Workout in the World ® Barry’s Bootcamp is a high-intensity workout that consists of about 25-30 minutes of treadmill routines and 25-30 minutes of strength training. Pro Tip: Looking for less cardio? Book a “Double Floor” spot! Instead of splitting your time between strength and cardio, you will only strength train!

How to Eat Well and Live Better in 2017

Let’s get real for a second: Eating well is REALLY hard sometimes. Maybe you’re like me and you’re just busy every hour of every day. Or maybe your Netflix-binging is getting in the way of cooking (been there). Or you just suck at cooking (also: me). Or the idea of meal prepping sounds like way too much work and it’s not even worth the kickass Instagram pic you get when you’re done.

Either way, I feel you. I LOVE food, especially when it’s healthy and tasty at the same time, but I also hate wasting hours every single week wandering around the grocery store and cooking food I don’t even really want to eat.

That’s why we created Eat Well Nashville. We’ve done all the hard work — shopping, chopping, and cooking —  to prepare healthy, ridiculously yummy meals for you, and then we deliver them directly to your door. All you have to do is heat and eat.

Still confused on how it works? Let me break it down for you:

  1. Visit our menu and pick whichever meals makes your stomach growl the loudest.
  2. Proceed to checkout. (Pro Tip: Delivery is FREE when you order at least 5 meals.)
  3. Pick your delivery location + date. Want delivery for Tuesday? Order by 11:59pm on Saturday. Want delivery Friday? Order by 11:59pm on Tuesday. (P.S. Delivery 5 days a week is coming soon!)
  4. Work up an appetite. (As if you even needed to try.)
  5. Check your doorstep on delivery day. Our meals are delivered in insulated, ice-packed bags that will keep your meals chilled for hours, so no need to be home for delivery.
  6. Your meals will last up to 5 days, so when you’re ready, pop it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and DIG IN!

Hungry yet? Check out our menu + get ready for some grub!

In wellness,
Alyssa McCord
Director of Marketing

What it Means to Eat Well, Nashville

For years, making healthy meals for my family went a little something like this:

Spend countless hours scouring the internet for “low-carb, gluten-free, low-sugar recipes”, only to go to three different grocery stores — spending way too much money — looking for that perfect mayo substitute.

Get home and start cooking what should be a healthy, delicious dinner.

Two hours later:

The kitchen is a mess and my family is chomping at the bit for dinner to be ready; when I finally sit down with a nice glass of wine to enjoy the fruits of my labor, the food tastes like cardboard and my husband suggests: “Honey, why don’t we just order some pizza?”

Sound at all familiar?

If you’re like my family or countless others, it’s a struggle to maintain balance between healthy eating habits and the convenience of pizza or takeout.

I’m glad to say Eat Well Nashville can help!

When I joined the Eat Well Team, I was introduced to a new concept: a world without grocery shopping, cooking dinner, or meal planning, and — most importantly — a world without doing dishes.

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Wrong!

Here at Eat Well Nashville, we believe it doesn’t need to be hard to make healthier choices. In fact, all you really need is internet access, a refrigerator, and a microwave (utensils, while recommended, are optional).

We’ll handle the rest.

We’re a Nashville-based fresh meal delivery service that brings delicious, healthier, restaurant-quality meals right to your door. Starting at just $7, meals are always fresh, never frozen, and taste great for up to five days in the refrigerator.

Here’s how it works:

  • Step One: Review our menu items and select the type and quantity of individual meals you’d like. Order for this week, or up to 30 days in advance.
  • Step Two: Meals are prepared, packaged, and delivered to your doorstep twice per week.
  • Step Three: Take meal(s) out of refrigerator, heat each for 2-3 minutes in microwave, and enjoy!

That’s it — no mess, no stress!

Order at least 5 meals, and we’ll even waive the delivery fee.

Let Eat Well Nashville do the prepping, cooking, and cleaning so you can spend your time doing what you want to do — even if it’s just knocking out item #4981 on your gigantic to-do list.

You won’t sacrifice quality or nutrition for your family’s meals — or break the bank!

My family is now an #EatWellFamily. Is yours?

Want to learn more? Check out our FAQ page or Contact Us at hello@eatwellnashville.com

Meet the Eat Well Chef: Ryan Slattery

We are Eat Well Nashville: a fresh, affordable, and convenient way to eat well and live better. That’s not just a catchy slogan. We make it easier to make healthier choices; instead of ordering greasy pizza, MSG-laden Chinese takeout, or hitting one of Nashville’s many drive-thrus, you can enjoy a delicious, balanced, and affordable meal in just minutes.

Our food philosophy — meals should be wholesome, hearty, and easy — shapes who we are and all that we do, as does each member of our team. No one embodies our motto — eat well, live better — better than our executive chef, Ryan Slattery.

Born in Connecticut, Ryan has been cooking professionally for 17 years — 10 of those right here in Music City. Drawn to Nashville by the “great food scene” and welcoming nature of its residents, he’s seen the city change quite a bit in the last decade, but despite all the changes, there still aren’t enough affordable, healthier dining options for the ever-increasing population. He joined Eat Well Nashville to make it easy for everyone to eat well and live better.

A graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, Ryan has held kitchen leadership roles at Nashville’s Music City Center, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville Hilton Downtown, New Hampshire’s Balsams Grand Resort and Hotel, and North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort. Today, he lives in East Nashville with his wife, Lauren, and when he’s not in the Eat Well kitchen, you’ll find him enjoying Music City’s food, entertainment, and Southern hospitality.

At age 27, Ryan had just returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he’d served as a non-commissioned officer on a tank crew. He was fifty pounds overweight, a smoker, and knew that he needed to make a change. He reached out to schedule a check-up with his doctor, and while there, discovered just how urgently change was needed: without quitting smoking, having open-heart surgery, and cleaning up his diet, his doctor gave him just two months to live.

“I knew change was necessary, but I had no clue where to start,” he said. “Obviously exercise is a big part of recovery from heart surgery, so I made time for that, but making better choices about what I put into my body while being constantly surrounded by all the decadent food in a working kitchen was hard.”

To accommodate his non-traditional work hours, Ryan began to meal prep — or prepare, portion, and package meals ahead of time — taking a full day in order to make sure he and his wife had healthy, delicious meals available to them for lunch and dinner each day of the week. “Anyone who has meal-prepped knows how much of an undertaking it is — and I was only doing it for a family of two,” he said. “I shudder to think how I would have prepped enough meals in my tiny home kitchen to feed a family of four or more.”

By cleaning up his diet and increasing his physical activity, Ryan was able to drop over fifty pounds, which he’s kept off for over two years. He also successfully quit smoking, and while you may occasionally find him enjoying decadent roasted beef marrow bones with sourdough crostini (his favorite recipe), most of his diet consists of “lean proteins, fresh vegetables, and starches like quinoa that are high in protein.”

“Cooking healthy is easy,” he says, “the hard part is worrying about the prep, portion control, and cleaning up afterwards.” He hopes that sharing his experience with getting fit and making healthier food choices will help Nashvillians eat well and live better.

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Want to sign up for Eat Well Nashville? Check out our menu! Simply pick your meals, delivery day, and pay, and we’ll take care of the rest.