On any normal day for lunch, I’m usually eating a pasta/quinoa salad, soup, vegetable salad or a sandwich. Same old, same old (unless I get lucky with leftovers from the night before). What I’m not eating is lobster ravioli, turkey burgers or chicken pizzas. But those are exactly the types of meals I’ve been eating since discovering Diet-to-Go.
As part of my partnership with Diet-to-Go as an ambassador, I received a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners to try out for myself. Before I tell you what I thought of the meals and how the experience went, I must first say that I didn’t eat the meals continuously for 5 days. When I got my shipment, I put a few meals in the fridge and left the rest in the freezer to take out as needed. As a food writer, I’m constantly testing recipes for articles that I’m working on, hence no need to prepare meals myself. And since we live in a two-person household, sometimes one dish can last awhile, like a vegetable salad dish I made last week and had 5 servings of throughout the course of three days.
The good news is, I still have a bunch of my meals left to try. But since I’ve already eaten about half of what I was sent, I’m still confident I can give you, my readers, an accurate depiction of what the program is like. To make things easier, I’m going to do my own Q&A featuring questions I’ve received about Diet-to-Go since Tweeting, Facebooking and blogging about them a few weeks ago.
How do the meals taste? Are they good?
Yes!! As someone who’s eaten frozen entrées in the past, I was expecting something similar to show up at my door. But I was surprised at how fresh and real everything tastes once you heat it up. Everything is prepared fresh and then it goes through a flash freeze before being shipped to your house in a cooler full of ice packs. They recommend placing your meals in the freezer right away if you’re not going to eat them within a few days, which is what I did.
Although I’m not a fan of ground turkey, one of my favorite meals was the turkey chili with a cornbread muffin and artichoke pasta salad.
This meal kept me full until dinner. And the muffin was so good! Another one of my favorite meals was the chicken pizza. At first I thought it was just pizza topping on top of a chicken breast, but I was surprised to find a soft, whole wheat crust underneath.
There was only one meal I wasn’t crazy about, a portobello pizza made out of a mushroom cap with a side of vegetables. I was starving a few hours later and didn’t feel as satisfied as the other meals. But other than that one, I genuinely liked everything else that was served.
Is it expensive?
If you’re worried about your budget, you can find sales and specials through Diet-to-Go. You can check out their pricing plans here. Right now they are running a 20% off special for new clients (or visit my previous post for a $50 off Diet-to-Go coupon code). A 5-day plan starts at $95.99 for 10 meals (5 lunches and 5 dinners). If you’re still worried about cost, I would suggest just getting lunch and dinner. Although some of their plans offer breakfast, picking up yogurt or eating oatmeal on your own is an easy way to cut costs. But I have to warn you, their breakfasts are pretty tasty. I was thrilled to dig into these blueberry pancakes one morning.
Who would benefit from Diet-to-Go?
Anyone who’s busy would benefit from a meal delivery system. I always pack my lunch for work and I loved just throwing a Diet-to-Go meal into my lunch sack and not worrying about it if was balanced or if I would have enough food. I didn’t have to think about it, which was nice for a change. Also, people who don’t have time to grocery shop or those trying to lose weight would benefit greatly from portion controlled meals.
What kinds of plans can you get?
In their plans, you can choose between 1,200 and 1,600 calorie plans. You can also pick a traditional, vegetarian or low-fat option. I chose the 1,600 traditional plan. I would have loved a 1,400 calorie plan, but they don’t offer one. I figured I would rather have extra food and not eat it (like an extra juice with breakfast) than being hungry. Most of the meals have calorie counts on them, and they range from about 350-600 calories.
What’s the best part about Diet-to-Go?
Having ready-made food in the fridge! I felt when I was eating the meals I was more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day. Also, I tend to get stuck in meal ruts, so it was nice to try new foods.
Question for you: What do you think is the biggest benefit of a meal delivery system?
Disclaimer: Diet-to-Go has given me this product to review. I was not given the product in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own.