My least favorite word.
And yet my favorite excuse.
I'm busy alright... I exercise like crazy! But my food intake is sloppy and inconsistent. I love, love, love healthy fresh foods (really, I do!), but my busy-as-a-bee lifestyle makes it difficult to find time for proper food prep. Add in my hatred for grocery shopping and we've got ourselves a real problem. I can go all day without eating (bad, bad, bad) and then I'm starving by late-afternoon. Typically, I end up grabbing whatever is quick and easy in the house. Several nights a week, I don't get home from the gym until late. I'm famished and looking for something quick. My track record of "choices" is not stellar. I'm not the only one who gets sucked into this routine, right?
That is exactly why I was excited when asked to review Diet-to-Go, a diet meal delivery service that was recently ranked #1 by Epicurious. A couple weeks ago, I came home to find a styrofoam box on my doorstep... packed with individually wrapped frozen meals amongst dry ice.
I selected the "Traditional" diet meals, but there is also vegetarian and low-carb options as well. I received an assortment of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to sample. While all the food was neatly organized in packages, I would have liked to see a printed "menu", outlining what to eat each day and the nutritional totals for that day. Instead, I just grabbed whatever sounded good each day.
|Cranapple Muffin with cream cheese sauce|
- Wheat French Toast Bake
- Egg with Spinach, Chicken Sausage and Asparagus
- Tomato Veggie Pie
- Chicken Salad Sandwich
- Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich
- Wahoo Fish Burger
- Black Been Soup & sides
- Stir Fry Chicken Dinner
- Creole Dinner
- Chicken Fajita Dinner
My favorite was the Stir Fry Chicken Dinner (pictured above). Real vegetables, chicken breast meat with sauce and brown rice. It was both yummy and filling.
My least favorite was the sandwiches in general. I'm a carb gal... I seriously know and value fresh bread. I was not a fan of the bread used with these lunch meals. With the Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich (pictured above), I ended up scooping out the inside "chicken mix" and eating it atop a bowl of spinach.
• The convenience of course! Instead of digging for food or tempted by the drive-thru on the way home in the evening, I knew exactly what was for dinner... with no shopping or prep work. Most meals slid straight out of the freezer into the microwave and were done in less than 6 minutes.
• I found all the dinner creations were quite tasty and filling. Several times, I added extra veggies that I had in the fridge. I just prefer an abundance of vegetables on my plate... more filling with little added calories.
• Diet-to-Go offer no cancellation fees or gimmick pricing. There is no commitment or contract, and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can pause, stop or restart your diet meal plan at any time. I like the control factor of that.
• Should you find certain meals that you don't care for (like I did with the sandwiches), Diet-to-Go's online customer tools make it easy to do meal substitutions.
• New meal flavors without wasting time searching and analyzing recipes. Diet-to-Go is like your own personal chef. Best of all, no pots and pans to wash!
• I thought the calorie counts were a bit high for a diet. The Wahoo Fish Burger was a fairly small dish that I had for lunch one day... 710 calories is a bit much for me. To see weight come off, I usually need to keep each meal under 500 calories, especially if I'm to allow for snacks. I also thought the sodium was high in most dishes... but that's coming from a girl who basically quit using salt (and doesn't miss it). Even my mom thinks I'm weird.
• The backside of each meal had ingredient information, some of which were quite long with too many words that I can't pronounce. I was kinda puzzled that only about half of my meals had nutritional information listed. How do I log this meal into my tracker without knowing the calorie count? Eeek! A dieter's nightmare.
The cost can be a PRO and a CON. When I grocery shop, I buy so much more than I'm suppose to. In the end, I spend more cashola... on things I shouldn't have. So a meal delivery service can help me in that respect. However, I still have to feed my family. Thus, I still have to make that dreaded trip to the grocery store. The Diet-to-Go meals average $6-8 per meal. Depending on your lifestyle (how much you eat out and what you're currently eating), that may be a lot or right in line. I think it varies based on your current situation and how you place value "service" in your lifestyle.
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Have you ever tried a diet meal delivery service?
If you'd like to try Diet-to-Go,
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and receive 20% off any meal plan.
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.
Reviewed By: Jess McMullin
Reviewed By: Jess McMullin