Not sure if Meal Mentor meal plans are right for you? Read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you’re still not sure about something, search additional FAQs, or drop us a note at support.getmealplans.com
No way! While members who follow their weekly meal plan closely do often lose weight if they want to, Meal Mentor is designed for anyone who wants to access the many benefits of a plant-based, vegan diet made easy. That includes weight loss, weight maintenance and more general health benefits like better cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and a decreased risk of coronary heart disease (University of Toronto, 2018).
If weight loss is your goal, you’ll want to pay attention to macronutrient and calorie details provided with each recipe, along with our lighter portions and substitution suggestions, and omit extra snacks, desserts, and drinks.
And if weight loss isn’t your goal, don’t worry. You’re still going to love being a Meal Mentor member. You’ll experience all the incredible health benefits a WFPB diet provides, plus you’ll benefit from regained hours of your precious time, less stress, and a lower weekly grocery cost.
The number of meals you get depends on the Meal Mentor plan you select. All Meal Mentor plans include a nightly dinner recipe that has been expertly taste-tested to make for great next-day leftovers. While we do not include specific lunch recipes, we recommend that you double your normal serving size when cooking dinner, saving one serving for lunch the following day.
For example, if you’re just feeding yourself, you’d make two servings: eating one for dinner and and the next for lunch. If you’re a couple, you’d make 4 servings for dinner, rather than just two. If you’re a family of 4, you can just double the recipe.
The Basic Meal Mentor membership covers lunch and dinner only, so you get 56 planned meals per month (or 14 meals per week). The Standard and Premium Meal Mentor memberships also include breakfast, helping you prepare up to 84 planned meals per month (or 21 meals per week). Please visit our Plans & Pricing page for more details on the differences between membership plans.
Meal Mentor Standard and Premium plans are billed annually. With the Meal Mentor Basic membership, you have the option to be billed annually or monthly. The standard and premium plans offer the full range of Meal Mentor membership benefits, including exclusive access to Happy Herbivore ebooks and resources. Members on these plans also have access to the Meal Mentor community Facebook groups and forums. By offering annual memberships, we can better ensure a certain level of engagement in these communities necessary to make them great by avoiding an influx (or outflow) of members each month.
Depending on your choice of plan, you will be automatically billed for the entire year or month until you choose to cancel your membership. Please visit our Plans & Pricing page for more details.
Batch cooking, or what many people refer to as ‘meal prep’, involves preparing your weekly meals ahead of time. For example, some of our members like to set aside a few hours every Sunday afternoon to settle on their weekly plan, grocery shop, and prepare their lunches and dinners for the week. It’s an easy way to make sure you can enjoy healthy, wholesome, home-cooked meals all week, no matter how many unexpected to-do’s spring up.
You only have to batch cook if that’s what you prefer! Most Meal Mentor recipes only take 5-20 minutes to prepare - perfect for weeknight express cooking.
Absolutely. In the Meal Mentor app, simply swap out the recipes you don’t want with others in our database that you’d prefer. Your in-app grocery list will be automatically updated to reflect your customized meal plan. Because Meal Mentor lets you shop for your own ingredients, you can also customize your meals based on personal preferences and dietary needs. Don’t like spinach and want to swap it out for lettuce? No problem! Just make the note in your grocery list and shop accordingly.
Our recipes also serve 1-4 people, so they work for individuals, couples and families — plus the variety of delicious meals will be loved by everyone (yes, even your non-vegan partners, friends, and kiddos).