Munchery Review

img_5549Hope you had a great 4th of July! We spent ours relaxing by the pool and watching the fireworks on TV. It’s a shame the fireworks are not on the Hudson River anymore.

As promised in last week’s post, here is our Munchery review. Around the same time we tried Eat Clean Bro, we also tried Munchery. Munchery’s business model works a little different from that of Eat Clean Bro. If you’re in the membership area, you can order from the daily menu for same day delivery or for a week in advance. There is a monthly membership is $8.95 a month or $85 a year or in our case, the fee was waived for the first month as new clients, as well as a delivery charge of $3-5 depending on your location.

img_5552The menu changes daily and in addition to the shipping subscription fee, there is a cost per meal which ranges from under $10 to around $18 for a steak dish. There are main entree options as well as sides, dessert, and drinks. The menu does not have as much variety as Eat Clean Bro but there are still a range of options from seafood to different proteins, and vegetarian. Through our experience, the Munchery model is meant more for eating same day rather than purchasing in bulk and freezing.

img_5551There was a 2 hour delivery window that you can select and when the driver is nearby, you’ll receive a text. The food arrives chilled but since we were not ready to eat it for a couple of hours, we put in the fridge and reheated per instructions before eating. In our first delivery, we tried the Thai-Style Chicken Drumsticks, Pan-Seared Albacore Rice Bowl, and Spice Roasted Potatoes. When selecting the meal, there are additional details about the prep, ingredients, and nutrition for each item. This information is also available on the packaging when the food arrives.

img_5556While we generally enjoyed our meal as it was flavorful and fresh, we found that it was a little fancier than we would cook ourselves or would want to eat on a daily basis and see the menu options as a pre-made version of cooking kit services such as Plated (which we have tried) or Blue Apron (we haven’t tried this ourselves but did gift this service before). In fact, Munchery also offers cooking kits as well – known as their Plaid Box, which is priced differently than that of their pre-cooked meals.

img_5554All in all, Munchery seems a little pricier (especially with the shipping subscription) and the food more elaborate and gourmet than what we are looking for in a meal delivery service post-baby but it is a good option for when we want to add variety.

You can read more about how Munchery works in your area here. If you’re interested in trying the service, use this link to receive a $20 credit.


Has anyone else tried other food delivery services that they would recommend?

**This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. I received no compensation to try and review Munchery.

Pregnancy – 36 week update

We’re down to the last 4 weeks. Time sure really feels like it is flying. I have a feeling a full 3rd trimester recap may be much delayed (or non-existent) so here is a 36 week update.

Anxiety has certainly started to sink in. Since we moved about 4 weeks ago, I felt behind in many things pre-baby – nursery planning, getting the car seat ready and inspected, baby classes, and generally getting all of our ducks in a row before the baby arrives. I’m feeling excited to meet our little one, but also nervous about the responsibility and the labor process.

I’ve been fortunate that I have been able to sleep relatively well despite the 3-5 bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. I can generally fall back asleep without much trouble. Also, without a work schedule, I am fortunately able to take naps in the middle of the day if needed.

Hunger, Cravings, and Nausea
Still no cravings but I am finally getting my appetite for sweets back and I am eating a little more food than I did in the 2nd trimester, but still not as much as I was eating pre-pregnancy/marathon training. I am not tracking calories so much of this is a perception based on how many snacks I eat between meals and the size of my portions.

I’m still drinking one cup of coffee a day and trying very hard to not give into my sweet tooth too much. I had my glucose screening test at my 28 week appointment and fortunately, passed. However, when we moved back, I switched back to my doctor in Manhattan and they have a stricter guideline on the glucose levels, so I had to do a fasting blood test which fortunately came back normal. Despite wanting to eat ice cream and chocolate again, I am trying to be more conscious about how much food I am consuming that has added sugar.

Fortunately this trimester, the nausea has stayed mostly at bay. However, occasionally if I eat too much or too fast, I feel nauseous and I’ve relied on ginger beer or sparkling water.

DSC01674Baby Kicks and Movement
We learned at our 28 week appointment that the baby’s head is facing down, which is great news! Since she’s stayed in roughly the same position since then, I’ve felt her in the same spots and she is generally more active throughout the day and even more active in the evening when I am relaxing on the couch and getting ready for bed. The movements have changed rhythmically though due to her growth. Our doctor in Connecticut had a good analogy on how the baby feels – at 28 weeks, she has a 2-bedroom apartment, at 32 weeks, she has a 1-bedroom and at 36 weeks, she has a studio.

Tingling Arms, Leg Cramps, and Swelling
I started wearing a wrist brace on both wrists at night to help with support and the tingling. My arm is not as bad but my fingers experience the sensation when I am doing any repetitive motions. As for leg cramps, they have generally subsided. Since I am up so often in the middle of the night, I make sure to stretch out my calf if I feel a cramp coming on.

I started experiencing swelling in my hands and feet towards the later part of the 2nd trimester. I can measure how much my hands are swelling each day by how my ring fits. I can no longer wear my wedding band or engagement ring and now opt for either no ring or one that Josh purchased for me that is 1.5 sizes larger than my old rings. My feet are also getting gradually worst. My already wide feet can now only wear these Birkenstock sandals.

Pregnancy/Baby Classes
We started taking classes after we moved back to Hoboken. We went to two childbirth classes through the hospital and our pediatrician. We also took an infant CPR class as well and next week, I’m attending a breastfeeding class. We wish we were able to get in a newborn care class but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we will be able to fit one in the schedule. However, Josh has done some reading throughout the pregnancy and most recently, the Baby 411 book we received as a gift.


The most traveling we’ve done this trimester is between NJ and CT for our move! However, we’re fortunate to celebrate our baby shower in early May with many of our friends and family who traveled the distance to join in our festivities.

This trimester, I was primarily on the hunt for clothes to keep me cool in this warmer weather and nursing products. Also, since I have exercised more since moving back to Hoboken, I needed to stock up on extra sports bras for barre and yoga. One of my favorites is from Old Navy. I love seamless sports bras and you really can’t go wrong with the price. I’ve invested in a handful of summer maternity dresses and non-maternity tops that are looser so I can wear them now and post-baby. Some of my favorite recent purchases are from Anthropologie during their weekend sale – check these out (they’re super cute!): linen tee, buttondown tee, and this beach haven tee.

I ran my last race of this pregnancy at 29 weeks and it was a memorable one helping celebrate Coach Brian’s 50th state marathon in Providence. I continued to run without walk breaks until around 32 weeks. Around that time is when I started feeling more pressure in the pelvis and could only run/walk comfortably. I would run for about 5 minutes and then walk for a short while and continue to do this for around 30 minutes. This is also the same time I switched to going on the elliptical more. Starting last week, I switched exclusively to the elliptical for cardio. In addition to the elliptical 3-4 days a week for 30-40 minutes, I am also taking barre and prenatal yoga classes. I’m glad to be back in Hoboken and continue with some of my favorite exercise routines. My goal these days is to exercise at least for 30 minutes each day (per my Apple Watch) including walks. I really miss being able to run easily without discomfort, but in the meantime, I am living vicariously through my running friends and building a marathon training plan for my cousin.

I have a couple of races post-baby that I am already signed up — NYRR Bronx 10-miler and the TCS NYC Marathon. Both races, I know, are aggressive to train for especially given the timing, not knowing what recovery will be like, and how different life will be with a newborn. While none of these races are intended to be PRs or even ones I train for aggressively, it is nice to have something on the calendar to work towards but I am going into it consciously aware that if I am not ready, I will not force myself.

(Do not read this next section if you’re not ready for too much information)
Bowel Movements
Some of the same issues I suffered from in the 2nd trimester continue to bother me. However, I am learning to manage the discomfort better especially since I am at home and can manage accordingly.

Finally, I am not a doctor or a medical professional. Everything written in this post is based on my experience. Please always check with a doctor first on any topic. However, I am happy to commiserate with others in similar situations!