Super Healthy Kids meal plan review
*Updated December, 2017* -the original post here is from last year, and though the information is still relevant regarding the meal plans, the delivery method for SHKs meal plans has changed.
The super healthy kids meal plans are now available on their mobile app PREPEAR, which I have been lucky to use during the beta testing phase, and can tell you it’s awesome.
It is a FREE app that anyone can use to meal plan, and if you’d like the meals planned for you, you can upgrade to the gold membership and the same meal plans which are reviewed below will come to you via the app each week, along with the grocery list!
You can read more about my experience with the prepare app here.
Motherhood rule number one:
Your child will be “starving, mom!” beginning exactly 30 minutes before supper time. Sometimes 25 if you’re lucky.
Coincidentally, it’s about the same time Pinterest hasn’t come through with a ‘quick and healthy meal idea for kids’ that you have ingredients for, and the delicious looking recipe photos from your cookbooks are all paired with directions that smugly say ‘Prep time: 1.5 hours’.
Has anyone else been there? You can insert a girl waving hand emoji beside mine…
This is precisely why I’ve started meal planning. You know- sitting down at the beginning of the week before I go grocery shopping, and writing down what my meals will be for each day. Then adding what I don’t have to a neat grocery list so I can buy them while my three boys sit quietly in the cart.
Ok, fine. The last part doesn’t happen.
But meal planning has been extremely helpful in getting healthy meals onto the table most days without it becoming a huge stress!
This led me to be curious about meal planning subscriptions. What are they all about? Are they helpful? Who should use them?
For the past month, I have been trying out the Super Healthy Kids’ meal planning system. I’m going to share here what my experience was like, as well as the particulars of this system for anyone else considering subscribing.
And for anyone considering trying out the SHK meal plans, you can now get a 30 day trial for free!
(Just FYI: After trying the SHK meal plans, I applied to become an affiliate- Everything I share here is from my own experience with the program.)
So… what is the Super Healthy Kids Meal Planning System?
An online program where a mom (or dad, caregiver…subscriber?) has access to:
-A new, dietician-planned menu every week
(Breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner suggestions x 7 days)
This is what an example menu looks like. You can ‘x’ any of the meals and replace them as needed.
-A grocery list creator (printable or access on phone)
-Email tips suggesting ways to prep ahead for every meal/snack on the plan
-1 weekly video showing how one of the Super healthy kids team preps the week’s plan for her family, sharing time saving tips
-Super healthy kids’ collection of over 3000 recipes
(This can be used to customize your meal plan to your family’s tastes. Remove a recipe that you’re not crazy about and select one from the recipe collection. Easy.)
-‘Ask the dietician’ video collection of Q&As
-Private Facebook support group
-Premium memberships also includes a video course ‘fast & fresh’, teaching systems for organization in the kitchen, meal planning, grocery shopping, and lots of tips for running an efficient kitchen. (My pantry has never looked so tidy!)
Adding here- My pantry has now been tidy for 3 months! The system laid out in the fast and fresh course works really well for me!
Categories in the ‘fast & fresh’ video course
What are the meals like?
-SHKs focuses on including lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, & healthy protein in the meal plans. No food groups are eliminated (some recipes are gluten free/ dairy free).
-Meals focus is on ‘simple & nutritious’, often with easy ways to prep ahead
-Realistic, with not every ingredient made from scratch. For example, a salad dressing or hummus may be included in recipe ingredients, so it’s up to each individual to choose store bought or homemade.
-Below are some photo examples of meals/snacks I made from the plans and recipe collection on SHKs.
Is SHKs meal planning system for you?
While I think meal planning will definitely benefit everyone, I don’t think any subscription program will be perfect for everyone.
SHKs meal planning system is ideal for a mom whose main obstacles to getting healthy food on the table for her family are time and ideas.
These meal plans are put together with time saving at their core.
-Support for how to prep meals ahead is sent every week
-The email and Facebook group support are very prompt
-Many recipes are crockpot meals
-The majority of the recipes have multiple steps that can be prepared ahead, speeding up the process when it comes time to make dinner. (The fast & fresh course teaches tons of these tricks, as do the weekly email & video)
A snippet from one of my weekly emails suggesting what can be prepped ahead
On the ideas side of things, the recipe collection that members can access has scads of healthy kids’ food inspiration!
Here is a screenshot showing part of my personal recipe box inside SHKs meal plans members area
Breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinner recipes all available (x3000 or so).
If you work out of the home and return with little time to prepare a healthy meal
if you’re a stay-at-home mom with young kids, homeschooling, or any number of responsibilities
having access to this system as a meal planning system would save you a lot of time!
On the flip side, the moms I wouldn’t recommend it for are:
A) Moms who are primarily looking to greatly reduce their grocery spending through meal planning.
-My grocery costs stayed about the same while following this meal plan. That being said, we eat out seldom, so if you’re replacing take-out or restaurant meals with groceries for SHKs meal plans, I predict your overall food costs would decrease!
-What did decrease with meal planning is the amount of ‘oops- forgot about this’ veggies in my bottom fridge drawers, so I had less wasted food. Score!
B) Moms whose favourite part of meal planning is the time spent looking through cookbooks or Pinterest to decide what meals to try.
-If you are in this camp, having someone prepare your menu for you is likely not the way to go. Simply getting into the habit of spending the time every week to plan your menu yourself would be more beneficial.
My favourite benefits and questions answered:
Without a doubt, having this resource at my fingertips made meal planning much easier!
-It arrives weekly, prompting me to get my plan in order
This is huge for me, since I tend to have a billion things on the go at once.
-Preparation so it’s not a last minute scramble
Knowing my meal ahead of time means prep can be done in my less busy mornings, and I know what meat to pull out 1-2 days ahead of time!
No more last second scramble while 3 hungry boys wait for supper:)
With new meal/snack suggestions arriving weekly PLUS a huge collection to browse, I tried many new foods with my kids that I hadn’t considered trying before! …And apparently, teriyaki quesadillas are far superior to the #sameingredients teriyaki stir fry that i’ve been valiantly trying time and time again. Who knew?
My questions answered:
Will my kids like the meals?
-My 3 boys (kindergarten, 2.5 years, and 1 year old) all enjoyed most of what I made from the meal plans. Just like with any cookbook, there were some recipes they weren’t crazy about. Luckily, the customize option makes it easy to ‘x’ and replace with ones I knew they’d enjoy!
-It also introduced new flavours and foods that I haven’t typically cooked with, which is good for them!
Are the meals easy?
-The meals are simple to make, and the tips provided by the SHKs team will give extra tips for success
Are the ingredients familiar?
-Most of the ingredients are things I typically cook with, or am at least familiar with even if they aren’t ones I always have on hand. I was able to buy everything at the chain grocery store I shop at. Whole wheat pastry flour was about as crazy as it got for new ingredients in the recipes I tried!
Is there support for questions?
-The SHKs team always promptly answered my emails and the Facebook group offers feedback as well!
My tips for success with SHKs meal plans:
Stock your recipe box!
I browsed the recipe collection at the beginning of the month for meals that sounded delicious & that I knew our family would enjoy. Then, if there was something I wanted to swap, I had a quick, ready option.
Don’t expect overnight change
I found that I wasn’t able to follow every single one of the meals/snack suggestions (and the welcome email from SHKs will actually tell you to expect this). I found it most effective for me to choose 5 supper meals/week (dinner, if you don’t live north of the border) as well as 2-4 ideas for each breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
This way, I wasn’t trying to keep up with the meal plan all day long, but had ready ideas to use when it works.
I also found it helpful to write down what could be prepped ahead of time. Just being aware of this was awesome for saving minutes right before supper!
Aim for what will be reasonable for you and your family!
If you’re brand new to meal planning & cooking home cooked meals, maybe 2 meals per week is a good goal in the beginning!
Small changes are huge.
Start by adding in veggies instead of swapping an entire snack or meal. Cookies and carrot sticks for snack are a step in the right direction if it was only cookies before!
If this planning system sounds like something you’re interested in trying, pop over to take a look at the subscription page at Super Healthy Kids! The ladies there are amazing and so good about answering any questions you may have as well, so don’t be shy in asking!
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