Many thanks to Diet-To-Go for providing the products for this review!
Wouldn't you love to have yummy and healthy meals made just for you and delivered right to your door?
No more cooking every night after a long day. No more leftovers going bad in the fridge. No temptation to get takeout or have pizza delivered when you're too tired to cook.
Sounds great, right?
Recently I had the opportunity to give such a product a try!
Diet-to-Go is a meal delivery company focused on making healthy eating both easy and affordable. Their goal is to change perceptions of what it means to eat healthy and help our customers achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life. They want to help people establish a common sense approach to healthy eating, an approach that can be sustained so that making smart food choices becomes a way of life.
Working with some of the best chefs in the business and cooking in our USDA-certified kitchen, they provide their customers fresh, delicious, low-calorie, nutritionally balanced meals to help them lose weight or simply support an already healthy weight and lifestyle.
The folks at Diet-to-Go sent me a package with five days of meals. Most of the meals were packaged in a styrofoam cooler packed with dry ice; a few other items were delivered in a separate box. I received emails saying that the products were on their way - you'll definitely want them delivered when you expect to be home, so that you can refrigerate or freeze the food right away.
Once I opened the box, I was excited about all the different types of foods there - 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners, all different. In the Diet-to-Go service, there are five weeks of different meals and three different meal plans - low-fat, low-carb, and vegetarian. I know that since I cook very frugally, I often repeat meals every week or two. Going five weeks without repeating a meal sounds great to me! If you tried each of the meal plans for five weeks, that would mean you could go almost 4 months without repeating a meal!
And if you find you don't like a particular meal, you can substitute it for another one you do like when that week comes up again. What great personal service! And meals come with other products - breakfasts have juice or yogurt included, and lunches have fruit. Some dinner meals even include dessert!
I found that the breakfast and lunches were the tastiest meals. One meal I really liked was the Egg and Broccoli Pie. The egg was well-cooked, not mushy, and eating pastry crust on a low-fat diet definitely seemed indulgent!
Another one that I liked was the French Toast. French toast, on a diet? Again, it seemed really indulgent, but it was really diet food! But what really made this meal was the mango syrup that came with it. It tasted like it came straight from the tree!
One lunch I really loved were the Tuscan Boats. What do you get when you mix potatoes and pizza? These Tuscan Boats were potato skins stuffed with tomato sauce and cheese. It made me feel like I was eating appetizers at a themed restaurant - super yummy!
The dinners, though, were a little disappointing. A few were okay, and one I just had to throw out because I didn't like it at all. That was a meal that I definitely would have replaced in a future week!
So the meals were for the most part delicious, but did it help me lose weight?
Yes, it did! I lost 1.5 pounds over the five days of the diet! Woohoo!
Now, the elephant in the room... the cost. While on this diet, I still had to cook for my husband and children. Since I was still needing to shop and make meals, buying my own meals separate would be a burden on the budget. So I don't think this is a great idea long-term for people with children at home. But if you need to jump-start a diet, you might think about getting Diet-to-Go for a few weeks so that you start losing weight and learning about portion control.
For single persons or couples, I can see where Diet-to-Go could save you money. By avoiding eating out at restaurants or getting takeout, you'd save a lot! And you wouldn't need to do nearly as much grocery shopping - just enough to cover the two days a week where meals are not provided - so you'd save time and money there as well.
So if you're looking to lose weight but still eat delicious food, I heartily recommend Diet-to-Go. Give it a try!
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