5 Reasons I Love Hungry Harvest

Hungry Harvest

Mini Harvest + 1 sweet potato and 1 block of cheese

If you’ve met me in person or read some of my blog posts (or any social media posts..), you’ve probably experienced my ranting and raving about “Hungry Harvest.” It’s pretty much my favorite thing to talk about (and participate in). In this post I will be sharing some of my favorite things about Hungry Harvest as well as a discount code for your next Harvest! : )

1. Hungry Harvest is making a difference.

Hungry Harvest is an amazing non-profit that sources trash unwanted food from farmers and grocery stores and delivers it to your door. It is AMAZING to see the quality of the food that is considered “trash” – just look at the picture above. That’s the delivery I received today.

“We believe that no food should go to waste and no person should go hungry. That’s why we source 🍐, hand pack and securely deliver delicious boxes of rescued produce on a weekly and bi-weekly basis. We currently deliver in Maryland, DC, Northern Virginia, Philly, South Jersey, and South Florida. For every delivery, we empower a family in need by providing access to affordable fruits & veggies through our Produce in a SNAP program and through donations to local community organizations. To date we have delivered over 3,000,000 pounds, provided access to 50,000 pounds of reduced-cost produce and donated over 500,000 pounds more to our partner organizations!” – Hungry Harvest

It is seriously so mind boggling that the food I receive is considered to be waste. The produce is always delicious, fresh, and BEAUTIFUL. Sure, some might be oddly shaped or a little scared. But who really cares? You only have to look at it for like 1 second before chopping it up. What’s really cool is that Hungry Harvest’s website describes why each and every item has been discarded. Some of the reasons will amaze you.

In addition to being able to pat myself on the back once a week for participating in a solution to food waste and hunger, I love Hungry Harvest for many other reasons…

2. Hungry Harvest helps me try new foods.

Growing up, I was one of the pickiest kids ever. Fish sticks, pizza, chicken nuggets and french fries made up the majority of my diet (in addition to the occasional carrot – if I didn’t have the chance to throw them behind the couch when my mom wasn’t looking). I didn’t even like PASTA. Weird, right?

As I got older, my horizons expanded and I now eat a diverse range of foods. Hungry Harvest is helping me expand my diet even more because you don’t exactly get to choose what comes in your box every week. Sure, there are some customization tools available for harvesters to use, but there really is no way to ultimately control which fruits and veggies will be recovered each week – so sometimes you are thrown some curve balls.

For example, I have received some really unique produce in my box, like dragon fruit and chayote. Those are things that I would never typically purchase (or even see) at the grocery store, but ended up being super tasty and fun to eat.

Hungry Harvest has also helped me learn that I don’t dislike some of the foods that I thought I hated! The best example of this is eggplant. A year ago I would have told you that those giant weird looking purple things were disgusting. Now I get excited when I see that I’ll be receiving one in my order. My favorite eggplant dishes to create are Eggplant Dippers (whole 30 compliant) and Roasted Eggplant Spread.

Harvest from June 2017

Harvest from June 2017

3. Hungry Harvest makes me HEALTHIER.

There’s really no way to avoid eating veggies when they are delivered to my door every week. It is so much easier to avoid eating take out, fast food, or icky pre-prepared meals when you have fresh, healthy ingredients on hand at all times. Your body will thank you for the nutrients.

Because I always have so many – seemingly random – veggies on hand, I often have to search for recipes online for inspiration. In doing so I have discovered several diets and lifestyles that have totally changed my relationship with food. Some of these include the Whole30 and Paleo diets, and the clean eating and real food lifestyles. I’ve never had any issues with health or weight, but implementing this way of eating into my life has me feeling and looking better than ever.

4. Hungry Harvest encourages me to be creative.

I have always enjoyed cooking, but Hungry Harvest has brought my love to the next level. Each week I am presented with food and am challenged to utilize it in meals throughout the week. It’s like perpetually living in an episode of Chopped, and it’s the BEST.

Harvest from July 2017

Harvest from July 2017

5. Hungry Harvest is CHEAP.

Hungry Harvest isn’t expensive. It’s actually cheaper than the grocery store when you break down the items in your box. I don’t know about you, but I love eating healthy for cheap.

Lucky for you, I have a discount code for 5 dollars off your harvest if you’d like to have some fresh veggies delivered to your door for EXTRA cheap.

I’m proud to be a #hungryharvesthero and hope you will be, too. Just here and insert the code HERO5 for $5 off your order.

 

Happy Harvesting! : )

**I am a Hungry Harvest and Amazon affiliate. This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase something from one of the links above, I will receive a small percentage, at no additional cost to you. I will only ever recommend products that I use myself and totally approve of. Thank you! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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