Meal Kits

Review: Foodflo (California Based & Expertly Crafted)

If you’re a fan of high-density protein enriched meals that are gluten free, vegan, plant-based, hand crafted with organic ingredients and only made using alkaline water, Foodflo may be the perfect meal delivery subscription service for you.

If you hadn’t guessed based on the sole usage of alkaline water and lack of gluten, this is California based company, so the main downside to this recently trending and newly expanding meal kit service is that while they are one of the trendiest and hippest on the market out of all the services and subscriptions we have tried so far- deliveries can only be shipped to California, Arizona, and Nevada at this time.

The company is currently working on growth and expansion into different states and regions across the country, but if you are based in a state that supports the service, this is definitely a great option with only the best gourmet chef prepared meals made with high-quality vegan proteins.

Rather than a lot of other vegan meal kit options, Foodflo does not overdo the carbs or pasta in an attempt to save on manufacturing costs. Rather, they prepare fresh and high-quality proteins that are delicious and still quite filling, and include entree, snack, salad, and dessert options.

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Foodflo: Meals and Menu Options

Foodflo offers soups and side salads, entrees and side dishes, and an array of assorted vegan snacks that rotate regularly so you never become bored. All of the meal options are filling and enriched with plenty of proteins and healthy grains that are 100% organic, so you never end up feeling like you’re paying for a vegan service that only provides carb-heavy dishes.

Soup and side options include Kale & Swiss Chard Vegetable Soup with swiss chard, kale, zucchini, squash, carrots, butternut squash, leeks, onion, celery, vegetable stock, spices, sea salt, Black-Eyed Pea Salad with black-eyed peas, fennel, celery, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, scallions, parsley, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and Roasted Beet & Carrot Salad with Tahini Dressing with beets, carrots, walnuts, miso, ginger, tahini, lemon juice & zest, rice vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, pepper. Calories usually range from 80-250 or so.

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Entrees and main dishes include healthy fresh dishes like Vegetable Napoleon with Cashew Cheese French Lentils Provençal with Butternut squash, fennel, bell peppers and cashews, Not Your Mama’s Meatballs with Tomato Sauce // Farmers Market Vegetables with Basil Oil (pictured), No-Noodle Lasagna // Green Beans with Tapenade, and BBQ-Glazed Quinoa Loaf // Sautéed Greens with Quinoa, mung beans, gluten-free oats, mushrooms, fennel, carrots, celery, onion, garlic tomatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes. Calories are light and tend to be around 350-500 per serving.

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Snacks include featured options like assorted nutritionally-dense Energy FloBars, and two free snacks are included with each box for every new customer.

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Foodflo: Plans and Price Structures

Foodflo has a few plans and packages to pick from depending on your needs and how you’d like to start out using the service.

The great part about pricing structures and plan options with this meal kit in particular is that while you can opt for regular subscriptions, you don’t have to and it’s only an option. However, if you do opt in for regular subscriptions you end up saving on a month to month basis. Here is a breakdown for new customer package options based on a single order basis:

If you’d like to start out with a single “Reboot” package, consisting of 1-12 ounce soup (1 serving), 2 salads (1 serving each). 4 entrees (1 serving each) with 4 side dishes (1 serving each) and 2 Flobars snacks, the price fee is $99, and the package serves between 4-6 meals and 2 snacks. This is a good option if you’re just looking to try out the service, or if you’re an individual, however you can get twice the amount of food for the price of $139- so if you like what you see, the better value option is Foodflo’s regular package.

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Foodflo’s regular or “double-care” option is $139, and comes with consists of 1-24 ounce soup (2 servings), 2 salads (2 servings each). 4 entrees (2 servings each), 4 side dishes (2 servings each), and 4 Flo Bar snacks. We found this was a better value than the first package option, with about a $50 savings for double the amount of meal options.

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If you would like to opt for the pre-paid 4-week subscription option, prices are set at $499 and include Four consecutive weekly deliveries of our Total Care package. Each week’s package consists of 1 24-ounce soup, 2 side salads,
4 entrees, 4 side dishes, and 4 Flo Bar snacks.

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It’s important to note that while you can certainly skip months with the service, all of the 4 weeks must be used within a 2 month period.

Foodflo: How It Works/Philosophy

Using Foodflo, you can place your order online before midnights on Saturdays, and receive the meals the following Monday. The service then does all of the fresh cooking and prep for you with no hassles involved, and all of your snacks, food, and menu options are sent right to your door in insulated packaging to ensure quality.

Every Tuesday, new menus are posted for upcoming week delivery menu options, and you can even subscribe if you want more recipe and food blog information (at no cost).

In terms of Foodflo’s general philosophy, it’s an all vegan service that sources only organic, non-GMO and 100% fresh ingredients. The company also encourages recycling plastic containers and practices sustainable and environmentally friendly efforts, all while ensuring the best and highest standards of food.

A large factor of differentiation between Foodflo and other meal kits we have reviewed and tested goes beyond the organic and convenience factors, and is heavily based in eating an alkaline based diet.

Eating an alkaline based diet (using PH based waters) helps to cleanse the body, increases intake of antioxidants (which some claim to even have anti-aging benefits), so the diet is heavily based in raw foods and fresh vegetables. This is also in an effort to reduce the acidity buildup in the body which can take a toll on the kidneys, lead to stress, and research suggests a diet high in processed foods that lead to acidic buildup can even cause disease and disfunction over time.

This may be a bit too “hippy” for some, but for those who are inclined to eating the healthiest and best sourced foods possible for optimal health, this California style diet plan may be the perfect meal kit pick.

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Foodflo: Worth It?

In comparison to cost per meal, taste factor, and certainly health- as this is definitely the only company we have tried yet that takes health and the vegan plant-based lifestyle to an entirely new level with the use of alkaline based foods and water- this is ideal for anyone looking for an extremely healthy and affordable (in comparison to shopping for the same types of ingredients with added convenience) meal kit service.

The only clear downside is the up and coming nature of the company itself, which has not yet expanded into different states and eliminates most delivery zones.

However, if you are in one of the three current states of delivery, Foodflo definitely gets a 5/5 in terms of taste and health, especially if you’re seeking a healthy vegan and organic style plan or looking for lower calorie options that are still filling and freshly sourced. You also really cannot find the price cost per serving in comparison to freshness and ingredients with any other organic vegan company competitor.

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If you are not located within a delivery zone, this is definitely a meal kit service to keep an eye on, as they are expanding rapidly and have plans on rolling out services this upcoming year to make the service readily available for those in all states within the U.S.

Beverly joined MFS with a diverse breadth of experience in writing and digital marketing. Throughout the years of placing recipes on MFS, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of “subscription boxes” for the cooking/food market. It was then that I decided to also include my own personal review of these subscriptions on MFS.

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