Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Green BEAN Delivery

Disclosure: I received a $35 credit to try Green BEAN Delivery in exchange for my honest review of the service.  All opinions are my own!  You can get a discount from them using the promo code in this post.

Green BEAN Delivery reached out to me about their produce delivery service available in my area.  I will tell you, I initially hesitated, because I'm not known for purchasing a lot of produce or healthy food, and when I do I often don't get to use everything.  That said, I was willing to give it a try, because I am trying to do more food prep and cooking at home.

Green BEAN Delivery is easy to use if you have any online shopping experience at all.  You schedule your deliveries, including the size of your bin.  For me, the Combo Bin was the one I preferred, because I could also add some grocery items beyond produce.

The store is easy to browse, and I really liked how picky you can be!  There are just two of us in our household, so being able to order just a couple of apples or potatoes appealed to me... no more 5-lb bags that take up my counter space!  There is a huge organic offering, and the produce is sourced as close to you as possible.

Your Green BEAN order comes in a reusable green plastic tote, with a styrofoam container within that with cool packs to ensure freshness.  My box as delivered on time and as promised!

My favorite thing about the products that arrived?  Freshness and quality of produce.  I sometimes used a grocery delivery service locally, but I'm always disappointed in the lack of care that goes into choosing the best produce for my order.  Everything from Green BEAN looked like it came from a farmer's market haul!  The apples and potatoes were in brown paper bags to minimize impact on other produce (they give off a gas, from what I've read), so I appreciated that care.

I think one of the best perks of using Green BEAN is that it really pushes you to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time.  This can benefit you financially in terms of sticking to a budget (no impulse purchases in-store!) as well as encourage healthier eating.  I have a MAJOR takeout food habit, and it was doing my waistline no favors.  With my Green BEAN delivery, I felt pushed to use the produce and cook.

I packed healthy snacks for work, added BBQ pulled pork to some delicious baked potatoes, had breakfast wraps (using tortillas and avocado from my bin) and fresh apples, and even made my orange chicken using fresh juice and slices from oranges in the bin.

The only thing I did not like about Green BEAN was the bin itself... you leave it out when you place your next order, and they swap it in for the new one.  But since I live in an apartment, having to keep the bin someplace was a little bit of a predicament.  Where to put it???

Overall, I found that Green BEAN Delivery would be perfect for someone trying to plan their meals, stay on a budget, and perhaps is a bit too busy to hunt down fresh, local produce at the farmer's market or local stores.  This solves for all of those situations, and it's really very easy to do!

Interested in trying Green BEAN?  You can use the code "Aubreyland" to get $15 off your first order!  (It expires 2/16/2016.)

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