Products and Sourcing

We have fun cooking, but we’re very serious about our responsibility to provide high quality, healthy meals to our customers.

About our Recipe Kits

Our kits combine fresh, whole, nutrient-rich ingredients to provide delicious and nutritionally balanced meals.

Health
Most of our meals are between 500-700 calories per portion, with balanced amounts of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables and fats. We provide nutritional information so you can make informed choices.

No “extras” in our ingredients
We don’t use ingredients with preservatives, fillers or added color. We also don’t use products with artificial ingredients produced in laboratories such as high fructose corn syrup or MSG.

Local and Organic
We make sourcing decisions based on quality, methodology, and values. Because we aim to support food systems that are healthy for both people and the environment, each Tomato Sherpa recipe features local, organic produce as well as organic spices and herbs. We source all ingredients locally as much possible.

Responsibly Sourced Meat

  • Animals are hormone and rBGH free, free of antibiotics, and free of feed that contains animal byproducts.
  • Animals are processed in a State, County or USDA approved facility.
  • Seafood sourced according the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guidelines

Our Nutrition Guidelines: In More Detail

We work hard to create deliciously healthy meal kits for you. To us, wholesome meals use ingredients that are nutrient dense, minimally processed and seasonal.

Leveraging these ingredients’ inherent nutrition and flavor, we thoughtfully create balanced and satisfying meals. We are also transparent about the ingredients included within our kits so that you can make decisions that are right for you.

To ensure that we provide you with meals that are filling and nutritionally balanced, we worked with nutritionist Bethany Hendrickson to create the following standards for our meals.

Every meal provides between 500 to 700 calories

Carbohydrates represent 40-60% of the meal’s calories

Protein represents 10-35% of the meal’s calories

Fat represents 20-40% of the meal’s calories (Read more about fats further below!)

Every meal provides at least 7 grams of fiber

At least two meals per week contain a maximum of 700 milligrams of sodium*

The table below displays nutrient ranges for 500, 600 and 700 calorie meals.

Nutrient: (% of calories)\ 500kcal/meal\ 600kcal\ 700kcal
Carb: 40-60%\ 50-75g\ 60-90g\ 70-105g
Protein: 10-35%\ 13-44g\ 15-53g\ 18-61g
Fat: 20-40%\ 11-22g\ 13-27g\ 16-31g
Fiber: 14g per 1,000 calories\ ~7g\ ~8.4g\ ~10g

What’s the deal on fats?

In general, fats fall into 3 categories: unsaturated, saturated and hydrogenated and trans fats. Most foods that naturally contain fat will have a combination of unsaturated and saturated fats but depending on the source, they will contain one type of fat in higher levels.

Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temp and are largely derived from plant sources, like vegetable and olive oils and found in foods like avocados, nuts and seeds.

These are the best types of fats you can consume as they are associated with reduced heart disease risk and with lowering the bad (LDL) cholesterol and raising the good (HDL) cholesterol. Mono and polyunsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids are types of unsaturated fats.

Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and are largely found in meat and animal derived foods like butter, lard, cheeses and milk. Coconut and palm oil also contain saturated fats.

Diets high in saturated fats have been found to be associated with inflammation and higher risk of heart disease so are recommended to be consumed in lesser amounts.

The key is to replace some of your saturated fats with mono and polyunsaturated fats (not to eliminate them in favor of starches or carbohydrates). Though coconut oil is very high in saturated fat, its mix of fatty acids is different than those found in animal fats and can be a great oil to use in cooking due to its high heat capacity.

Hydrogenated oils are vegetable oils that have been made solid or semi-solid through an artificial conversion process known as hydrogenation and contain trans fats.

These types of oils and fats are found in foods like margarine and shortening and in processed and packaged foods like crackers, snack cakes, cookies, fried foods and pastries.

Consumption of trans fats is highly associated with increased risk of heart disease, increased LDL cholesterol and decreased HDL cholesterol. These fats should be avoided at all times; Tomato Sherpa will never have hydrogenated oils or trans fats.

Packaging and Food Safety
Our top priorities are food safety and freshness, so we use appropriate packaging to ensure this. Our insulated bags, ice packs, glass jars, compostable cups, and plastic ingredient bags preserve your fresh ingredients while they’re in transport.

Meat and perishable dairy products are packed to remain at a safe temperature for up to 10 hours upon leaving our facility.

Just as you would when shopping at the grocery store or market, preserve ingredient quality by keeping your kit in a temperate environment during the day and transferring all perishable components to cold storage as soon as it is convenient.

Our deliveries go out no earlier than 10am, so we recommend getting them to a fridge by 8pm.  As a rule, always wash produce before cooking.

Reusable Packaging Program
We sanitize and reuse all insulated bags, ice packs, cool shield bubble mailers, and glass jars. Please return your reusable packaging to the bins provided. We are constantly researching new packaging to continue to reduce our impact while providing the most convenience and best quality to you. Please let us know if you have any questions.