So I spent a week enjoying fresh food that I did not cook, calorie-count, weigh or measure, delivered to my door on a daily basis.
Can you say WINNING!
Ok - so about the food: most of what I ate on The Fresh Diet was delicious. Things I might not otherwise eat; turkey meatballs that were very tasty and nicely textured, steak & egg burrito with pico de gallo and sour cream that was a breakfast treat, even a small steak one night that fixed my craving for red meat. Most of the food was great.
Since so many Twitter folks have asked me about it, I'm going to go into more detail than I might have otherwise, but the idea is to honestly share my thoughts and if it means anything, I'm continuing The Fresh Diet even though my free trial is over. I've lost over 7lbs over the past 3 weeks and I have to attribute at least 1/3 of that to the fact that I looked forward to my next meal during my week on TFD.
- Salad - I love a good salad and some of my salads were great. I loved the citrus glazed chicken
salad with honey ginger dressing, loved the "classic" cobb (sans egg), loved the horseradish dressing but did not love any of the salads topped with steak. They were simply beef on greens, no veggies, etc. and they didn't satisfy me. Going forward, I plan to stick with chicken topped salads.
- The dips were worthy of dipping. What's better than freshly made hummus or olive spread? I wasn't nuts about the minuscule pieces of pita that accompanied them, though.
- Wasn't wild about anything called "bruschetta" which was like salsa, or the mini egg salad pita hors d'ouevres as their size just made me hungrier HOWEVER the chicken tenders hit the spot as did the chicken satay. What can I say - I'm a protein girl.
- Loved the omelettes and breakfast burritos (pictured) - artichoke and brie cheese? Goat cheese, sun-dried tomato and spinach? Yes, please!
- Desserts - butterscotch chip cookies rocked, as did the coconut brownie. I LOVED the berries with ricotta cheese (I added sweetner - yum), and the chocolate chip bread pudding, but didn't love the artificially sweet tasting regular chocolate pudding.
- Presentation - While the food was mostly really above average for this type of thing, I thought TFD could separate the sides from the main courses. As a result of the transportation, the meals sometimes had to be prettied up (who doesn't style their food prior to eating??) but I am aware that it would not be very environmentally friendly. So maybe comparmentalizing the different foods could be an idea TFD might consider in the future.
Portions were, well, "weight-loss" portions. In other words, while portions were size-challenged, I never walked away from a meal hungry. Being not a large woman, I selected the lowest caloric range so there were days I was hungry between meals and found myself adding a 100 calorie yogurt, or a small, low-calorie soup. I also added veggies and salad with low-cal dressing to the days I ate sandwiches for lunch. I would say that it would be nice if the meals came with the salad since anyone knows that salad is the Joanie to the sandwich's Chachi.
In conclusion - TFD food was there every morning, was never late and made no excuses. Better than a dinner date, that's right! For details about delivery options as well as pricing, visit The Fresh Diet. For now, can receive 3 days free with the purchase of a 31-day plan at $29.99 per day. Use promo code SEMOMMAR29.
Like I said, just because my free trial is done doesn't mean I am. I'm on-board as a paying customer for the next while at least and you should try it too, if you are looking for a simple way to shed a few for Spring without deprivation.
I may even blog about it.
“This post is sponsored by The Fresh Diet. I also received a week’s supply of The Fresh Diet food to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.”