CategoryNutrition

Oh My SALAD!

I’m a firm believer that there is no excuse for not eating healthily.  It just requires a little organisation and preparation.  Yes, yes I know we all lead busy lives, have jobs, kids, husbands, wives, partners, pets and what have you but if we want to be able to perform at our best and be able to juggle our busy lifestyles then we need to fuel our bodies with quality food.

I’m putting the spotlight on lunch in this post.  It can be so easy to make a poor decision at lunch time.  There’s work cafeterias with their huge servings of hot greasy food, cafes with seemingly innocent but ENORMOUS white bread sandwiches and focaccias, fast food restaurants emitting the scent of salty, fried, heart clogging burgers and chips… It’s easy to choose these things when you’re in a rush and under prepared.

To avoid grabbing an unhealthy lunch on the go I buy all my healthy lunch items for the week on Monday or over the weekend and keep them at work.   If you can’t keep these at work then you will need to set 5 minutes aside out of your day to prepare your lunch and bring it from home.  5 minutes!   You CAN do it.

My typical shopping list looks like this:

  • Eggs
  • Tins of tuna or salmon
  • Fresh vegetables for salads and omelettes
  • Fresh seasonal fruit
  • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressings
  • Low fat greek or natural yoghurt
  • Low fat fetta cheese
  • Olives
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Nuts and seeds (unsalted and natural)
  • Natural muesli (not toasted)
  • Honey
  • Green tea
  • Multigrain corn thins (I’m still trying to locate brown rice cakes!)
  • Lite hommus and cottage cheese to have with carrot sticks
  • Small tins of four bean mix

Once you have all of these items on hand you will find your options are endless and exciting!  It will blow your mind. ;-)

I also am a big fan of making extra grilled chicken at night (I did grill chicken on the sandwich press at work a couple of times but to be honest it’s a real pain in the ass to clean the thing) so that I can bring it the next day to put in my salads.  Examples:

 

Grilled chicken (in olive oil, salt & pepper) with brown rice & olive salad

AND…

 

Basil, garlic, chilli & lemon marinated chicken with cannellini bean salad

Looks delicious, yes?  And it is!   You too can have a healthy yet EXTREMELY delicious lunch if you just prepare.

Please share!  What’s your favourite healthy lunch recipe?

These Are a Few of My Favourite Teas!

When hunger strikes, when workouts sting, when I’m feeling saaaaad, I simply drink one of my favourite teas and then I don’t feeeeel sooooo baaaaaad!” (yes, I made that up.  Catchy, yes?  You love it!)

I love tea!  I love drinking it, brewing it and smelling it.  ‘Green Tea’ by Elizabeth Arden is one of my favourite scents!  I like to browse tea sites and fantasise about teas I might like to try.  Yes, I’m that into tea.

Let’s start with my FAVOURITE tea right now.

Chai Latte

Chai is a traditional Indian tea (‘chai’ means ‘tea’ in Indian) and has many health benefits. The usual base for chai is black tea to which spices are added (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg).  The tea is then blended with milk and honey or sugar to make a sweet, creamy drink.  You can also buy the chai spice blend and have it without black tea for a non-caffeinated version.

The spices in chai have been used in Eastern medicine for centuries :

  • Ginger is excellent for a variety of ailments including sore throats, cold and flu symptoms, upset stomach, nausea and aches and pains
  • Cloves are good for promoting proper circulation
  • Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels and is also known as a stimulant
  • Cardamon is used for easing indigestion and has calming properties
  • Pepper aids digestion
  • Nutmeg helps lower blood pressure and sooth a stomach ache as well as stop diarrhea and (in low doses) helps detoxify the body

Chai is definitely better for you if you blend it yourself rather than buy from your local Coffee Shop so you can control the sweetness.  Look for the chai spice blend in health food stores and have it with skim milk to save calories.

Green Tea

Read this.  Nuff said.

 

Chrysanthemum Tea

My friend Nat and I tried this at work the other day.  One of our Asian colleagues swears by it and made a big pot for Nat to try so she poured a cup for me.  It’s naturally quite sweet and very herbal tasting.  It’s really refreshing and has a truckload of health benefits!  I’ll definitely be adding it to my tea rotation!

The following are the health benefits attributed to chrysanthemum tea:

  • May help lower blood pressure and consequently also help in the treatment of other related ailments, i.e. angina and other heart problems
  • May help relieve headaches
  • May help in the treatment of colds, fever and the flu
  • May help in the treatment of tinnitus
  • May help in the treatment of such skin problems as acne, boils and sores
  • Is believed to contribute to clear vision
  • May help in the alleviation of dizziness
  • Is believed to contribute to alertness

(source)

Ginger Tea

 

Source: tankitchen-dessert.blogspot.com

I touched on the benefits of ginger in one of my earlier posts however to recap:

Ginger is good for:

  • Upset stomach
  • Cleansing the colon
  • Keeping menstrual cramps under control
  • Improving circulation
  • Regulating the metabolism
  • Regulating blood sugar levels
  • Improving mental alertness

You can buy ginger tea in tea bags from your local supermarket however it’s so much nicer when you make it yourself!  Want to know how?  Read this.

Peppermint Tea

Source: buzzle.com

Peppermint tea is so delicious.  I love how it’s an instant mouth freshener too (especially good after meals containing onion!).  It instantly perks me up and livens my senses.  Just inhaling that zingy scent gets me all revved up! Woo hoo!  (Too much?  Sorry.)

Peppermint tea is great for digestion issues and soothes a bloated belly.  It’s also known to be an appetite suppressant so it could even aid in weight loss.

It has a wide variety of uses which includes anything from stress relief to boosting immunity.  You can read more about the wonderful benefits of peppermint tea and how to make your own by clicking on the image above.

 

I also love black tea which is choc-full of antioxidants (as are most teas).   Most teas are generally good for you and I find they are a great hunger distraction.  Whenever I feel the usual afternoon peckishness come on I reach for one of my many packets of tea and I forget that I was hungry in the first place!

Are you crazy for tea too?  What’s your favourite tea?

Cheering for Sour Cherry Juice!

About a week ago I posted the following on my Facebook page (you should totally press ‘like’!  You won’t regret it, I swear!)

A recent study found that insomniacs who drank two 235ml glasses of sour cherry juice a day for 2 weeks fell asleep 20 minutes faster and slept more soundly through the night.

Of course, being the health nut that I amI have been on the lookout for sour cherry juice ever since.  I was lurking around in my local fruit and vegetable shop yesterday (you know, admiring the lettuce, smelling the coriander, as you do) and I noticed they had it for $1.99 for a liter. I wasn’t sure if that was a reasonable price or not but all I knew was that I was going to buy that juice and by god I was going to blog about it.

First comes the research.  I did a little Google on the interwebs thingy and it told me many interesting things about sour cherry juice besides the fact that it is good for insomniacs!  I shall present a few of them to you in bullet point for your reading pleasure and ease:

  • Drinking a glass of cherry juice a day offers the same health benefits as eating 23 portions of fruit and vegetables!
  • 250ml of the juice contained more antioxidants than five portions of peas, tomatoes, water melon, carrots and banana!
  • Sour cherry juice may offer relief to people suffering from arthritis or gout!
  • Drinking sour cherry juice immediately before and after exercise can alleviate muscle pain!

(Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1062831/Cherry-juice-hailed-superfood-equivalent-23-portions-fruit-single-glass.html#ixzz17brFme99)

So after reading all the fantastic benefits it was time to pour myself a glass:

Firstly, I love the gorgeous deep read colour.  Made me think I was drinking a glass of True Blood.  I felt incredibly vampire-ish for a good moment there.

Taking the first sip I noted the tartness.  Not quite as tart as cranberry juice but still a lovely sour taste.  Sour yet sweet.  A nice balance of flavour.  This is beginning to sound like a wine tasting!  “Mmm yes yes, full bodied yet not too heavy on the nose.  Lingers on the plate.  A sensory delight!”.

What I’m trying to get across here is that I love the taste.  Kind of like a cross between apple juice and cranberry juice.  Delicious.  Could even make a great accompaniment to vodka!  Not that I encourage or endorse drinking but I don’t mind the old celebratory tipple! Moderation is key!

I’m not sure if I am feeling any benefits yet, this is only the second day I have been drinking it, but I will try drinking it before and after my training session in the morning and will advise you all if I see any difference.  Even if I don’t notice any benefits I will still continue drinking it!

Have you tried sour cherry juice?   Noticed any benefits?

Fantastic Flaxseed Oil!

Source: www.dietriffic.com

 

I’ve started adding a tablespoon of flaxseed oil to my morning smoothie (I’ve ditched my omelette breakfast in favour of the easy and super convenient breakfast smoothie – 1 banana, ½ cup of lite milk, 2 tablespoons of organic non-fat natural yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of LSA, 1 teaspoon of honey) and I have decided, for your own benefit, that you should too.  I’m always looking out for you!  And don’t you forget it!

You don’t HAVE to have it in a smoothie, you could drizzle it over a salad or over vegetables.   You could mix it in water or freshly squeezed juice and gulp it down.   You can even get it in capsule form.   Whatever way you take it doesn’t matter but you SHOULD take it.   And here’s why:

  • It shortens muscle recovery time which means less pain for you – yippee!
  • It increases the body’s production of energy and increases stamina – look at you go!
  • Assists in the weight loss process – that’s what we are after!
  • It stimulates brown fat cells and increases your metabolic rate making it easier to burn fat – yes please!
  • It improves the absorption of calcium – hence why it’s great in a smoothie!
  • It may improve the function of insulin – stay away diabetes!
  • It helps in the healing of bruises, strengthens nails, improves eyesight, improves liver function, keeps dry skin at bay, treats dandruff and dull hair and may even relieve some cases of PMS – yes, yes and yes!
  • Plus many more benefits! Have a Google yourself!

I’m not sure why I haven’t got on to this sooner.   I was definitely aware of its existence but had not thought to purchase it until I saw it sitting on a shelf in the health food aisle at my local Woolworths.  “Ah yes” I thought, “that stuff is good for you! I must have it!”.  Hence, my love affair has started.  Even if it does only HALF the things it claims, I will be happy.  Who wouldn’t be!

Do you take flaxseed oil? How do you take yours?

Mighty Marinated Chicken Thighs

Many people steer away from chicken thighs because they are told they contain too much fat.  True they contain more fat than their leaner counterpart the chicken breast but the truth is chicken thighs only contain 9g of fat per 100g serve.  That’s less than what is contained in the same serving size of beef, lamb or pork.

What’s more, a medium thigh contains only 117 calories and has a whopping 24.5g of protein.  They do contain a moderate amount of cholesterol though (about 12% of your RDI) so if you are watching your cholesterol levels, limit your intake of chicken thigh.

Dark chicken meat also has zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamins B6 and B12, amino acids, iron which are all essential if you are leading an active lifestyle.  (Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_white_or_dark_meat_better_for_you#ixzz1Edsvw8k1)

Chicken thighs are also usually cheaper than the breast and you can buy them without the skin which is better for you.  They are wonderfully juicy and do not dry out as easy as breasts do.  They hold flavour remarkably well and are perfect for marinating, stir frying and using in soups and stews.

 

Marinated Chicken Thighs

4 x boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Small handful of fresh thyme, squashed and roughly chopped

Juice and zest of one lemon

Dried chilli flakes (to your taste)

2 cloves of garlic (crushed)

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Place the chicken fillets in a flat dish.  Combine the thyme, lemon juice, lemon zest, chilli and garlic in a small bowl.  Pour over the chicken and season with salt and pepper.  Cover and leave in the fridge for at least 30 mins (longer for better flavour).

To cook, heat a non-stick grill pan over medium heat.  Cook the thighs for about 5 – 7 minutes each side or until cooked through.  Take out of pan and leave to rest on a warm plate, covered, for a few minutes.

I served this with baked sweet potato and grilled asparagus but you could slice it and serve over a bed of quinoa with a side of steamed vegetables or accompany it with a simple garden salad.

Have you changed your mind about chicken thighs?

Healthy Diet Additions

Just like Charlie Sheen, I have one speed – GO! (Are we over him yet? Or are we all still winning?)

Your faithful road-tester is at it again! I’m constantly on the look out for new and exciting things I can add to my diet and last week I purchased chia seeds and agave nectar. Look out yo! I’m on fire!

Chia Seeds

There’s been a lot of buzz around chia seeds lately but I have to admit, I didn’t really know what they were all about. Bad, BAD health blogger! Slap on the wrist!

My trainer gave me a sample to try and it was at that point that I did some research on what these little seed’s benefits were.

After Googling (pretty much my favourite thing to do in the whole wide world), the first thing that stood out to me was that these little suckers hold up to 12 times their own weight in fluid. So you can add them to juices, smoothies and even water and they will thicken and form a gel like consistency. For this reason, when you ingest them, they make you feel fuller than what you actually are. That’s a real positive when it comes to trying to lose weight! Banish hunger for good!

There are also packed with:

  • Omega-3′s
  • Antioxidants
  • Fiber
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Phospherous
  • Potassium
  • Protein

I bought 1kg of chia seeds from CHIA Life for $20 + postage. I considered that quite a reasonable price compared to other online sellers! They arrived within 3 days too – speedy!

Apart from adding them to juices, smoothies or water, you can also sprinkle them on salads, stir-fries or cereal. In fact, because they take on the taste of whatever they are paired with, you can add them to almost anything! Apparently you can bake with them in place of butter! Goodbye saturated fat and clogged arteries! I won’t miss you in the slightest! Maybe I’ll get around to baking more cakes and slices? Probably not, let’s face it, it’s not really on the ‘Lose these last pesky kilos’ plan that I’m currently on!

Agave Nectar

This deliciously sweet and golden sticky nectar comes from the agave (uh-gah-vay) cactus and can be used in place of sugar or sweeteners. It is made up of 90% fructose sugars and 10% glucose sugars. Honey has 33% glucose sugars so I have been using agave in place of honey in my morning smoothies.

It has 16 calories per teaspoon, the same as granulated sugar, but because fructose is 42% sweeter to the human brain than granulated sugars you only need to use the smallest amount to get that sweetness hit.

Also, because agave is mainly fructose, and not sucrose like granulated sugar, it does not result in huge spikes in blood sugar levels therefore it has been reported as being a suitable sugar replacement for diabetics and the insulin resistant (although no conclusive studies have been conducted).

Like most health food products there has been a fair amount of debate around the benefits of agave nectar as, after all, it is still a sweetener and we all know too much sweetener leads to weight gain and other health problems. I recommend buying organic, good quality agave nectar and use sparingly for the best results.

Have you tried chia seeds or agave nectar?  What do you think of them?

LuckyYou Juice Cleanse

Last year I wrote a post about detoxing. The reason I wrote that post is because I wanted people to understand that many of those detox diets that we see on TV or read about in magazines are marketed at people as quick weight loss solutions. One diet, for example, asks you to consume nothing but a water, lemon and cayenne pepper drink for a certain period of time in order to shed kilos. Ths is an unhealthy and dangerous approach to weight loss. Do we know this? Good.

But not all are like that which is why I was initially attracted to LuckyYou. LuckyYou is a juice cleanse program that claims to:

Rebalance the body
Oxygenate
Alkalize the system
Give digestion a rest
Remove acidic build – up in the colon, to encourage proper nutrient absorption
Re-hydrate the system
Create better eating habits

For about 3 weeks now I have hit the weight loss game hard. I have trained like a demon and I have eaten a diet rich in protein but probably lacking on the fruit and vegetable front. I have definitely felt the strain of this (fatigued, dry skin, bloated… blocked up *cough*) and wanted to do something special for myself, take a bit of time out, pump some goodness into my body and veg out – you know, lay like vegetables, be still like broccoli (10 points if you guess the movie quote!).

LuckYou’s juices are live (meaning raw and un-pasteurised) – they retain MORE vitamins and minerals, and contain enzymes. This ensures that you are drinking a product packed with power versus just another liquid.

Most of the juices are chunky and thick (not to mention delicious) so it definitely does not feel like some crazy liquid fast. LuckyYou also encourages you to CHEW your juices like you would food as chewing is what begins the digestive process.

I chose to do just a one day mini cleanse but I will definitely be following LuckyYou’s recommendations of slowly introducing meat, dairy and grains after the cleanse is over. Tomorrow I’ll stick to luscious, seasonal fruit and colourful vegetable salads. The next day I will start adding grains like quinoa and brown rice. The following day I will be adding back animal products like chicken, fish and dairy.

I’m really looking forward to feeling the benefits of this cleanse which include feeling clear, light and full of energy. Many people experience physical and mental rejuvenation, clearer skin, restful sleep, elevated mood and sex drive. Wink wink. Grrrr.

Here’s how the day went down:

8:30am – I wake up. I go downstairs and have a class of water followed by a warm glass of water with the juice of one lemon. I resolve then and there that I will be doing this when I wake up every morning from now onwards as it immediately makes me feel hydrated and awake.

9:00am – I take my aloe vera shot. This is supposed to help cleanse the colon and blood stream.

10:00am – I have my first juice which is a delightfully thick and filling green smoothie.

11:00am – I take a walk to the fruit and vegetable market to stock up on fresh produce for the next few days. I don’t know why but this makes me EXTREMELY excited. BROCCOLI! PUMPKIN! BEETROOT! OH MY! Note: the excitment subsides as I realise my tummy is grumbling and I’m feeling hungry…

12:00pm – I have my second juice which is labelled Green B. It fills my belly and makes me feel full.

2:00pm – I have my third juice which is a spicy lemonade. It is zingy and refreshing. I do have a bit of a headache by this stage but it’s all good as I’m just chilling on the couch watching back-to-back episodes of American Idol that I have recorded!

4:00pm – I’m really quite hungry now and the headache is full throttle. I slurp (I mean chew) my fourth juice which is vibrant red. It’s delicious and satisfying. The headache starts to ease almost immediately. I decide to have a bath to unwind.

6:00pm – After my bath I am absolutely exhausted and collapse in a heap on the lounge. I think the combination of a very hot bathroom and no food was a bad idea. I make Justin fetch my Green A juice from the fridge and a few sips in I start to feel better again. I CAN get through this!

8:00pm – It’s cashew milk time baby! And my goodness it is delicious. Blended cashews and medjool dates – who knew the combination would be so amazing!

8:45pm – I actually hop into bed. I snuggle up with my pillows and doona and read a book until I doze off at about 9:30pm. I’m hungry but not starving and today has definitely been doable. I’ve surprised myself!

6:15am – I wake up feeling light and relaxed. My tum feels nice and flat and my head is clear. The whites of my eyes are gleaming and my skin looks clear and plump. I’ve been cleansed! Hallelujah!

I’ve really enjoyed the LuckyYou cleanse and would recommend it to anyone. Heidy, the owner, is so helpful and gives you plenty of advice before, during and after the cleanse. They also have a firm focus on being kind to the environment which is an added advantage over other cleanses.

I’ll definitely be doing this again in the future! Thank you LuckYou!

What’s In My Fridge?

Happy Fridge Day Dudes & Dudettes!  Oops, I mean Friday! ;-)

The most important part of losing weight is nutrition so I always make sure my fridge is stocked with lots of  goodness so I can quickly and easily prepare healthy meals.  So, I thought I would do a short post on what you can usually find lurking in my fridge!

This is riveting business people, strap in your seatbelts and feel the G’s!  Or is that the cheese?  I’m never quite sure…

Top shelf – butter, lindt dark chocolate

Second shelf – ham, salad I prepared for lunch, parmesan, light tasty cheese, pre-made quinoa g

Third shelf – apples, strawberries, margarine (Justin’s!), fresh ginger & garlic, mini frittatas

Fourth shelf – grapes, cucumber, tomatoes, bag of lettuce, fresh thyme, cherry tomatoes

Crisper – oh god, where to begin… asparagus, more lettuce, baby spinach, carrots, capsicum, avocado, sweet potato, pumpkin, plums, zucchini, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot… Just a whole bunch of fresh fruit and veg!

Fridge door – olive tapenade, low-fat whole egg mayonnaise, horseradish, dijon mustard, hot english mustard, wholegrain mustard, capers, bottles of low alcohol sparkling wine (I bought a whole box about 6 months ago and I have barely made a dent in it!), flaxseed oil, lemon juice, jam, pizza sauce, satay sauce, rice milk, sparkling water, still water

Freezer – chicken breast, chicken thigh, chicken tenderloins, lean cuts of pork, beef and lamb, lean mince, frozen soups, frozen berries, puff pastry

What are your healthy fridge staples?

Project Tighten Up

I’m baaaaaaaaaaack! Did y’all miss me? I had a wonderful Easter break – I ate whatever I felt like for a week (risotto? Yes please. Chocolate mousse? Oh, why not. Pizza? Pass it over brother) and just relaxed. absolutely zero exercise. Let me tell you, I didn’t feel great by the end. I felt so sluggish and bloated so I’m glad I got back into my usual routine today.

Except, it’s NOT my usual routine.

Dun.

Dun.

DUNNNNN.

That’s right people – Project Tighten Up has commenced!

What is Project Tighten Up?

After losing 15kg I am now at a healthy weight of 68kg. And I’m incredibly happy with that, don’t get me wrong, but my body fat is still quite high (around 25 – 26%) and I haven’t hit that size 10 figure that I feel I will be most comfortable at.

So, I’m taking my journey to a whole new level. Over the next 12 weeks I am going to smash the following goals:

– fit into size 10 jeans

– reduce my body fat to 19 – 20%

– enter maintenance stage

It’s all about getting fit and toned all over. I’m not concerned about how much I will weigh at the end of it. I’m all about looking strong yet womanly. And definitely NOT skinny! Skinny is so 2010.

Why am I doing this?

A lot of people may wonder why I am continuing my journey. Maybe they think I should just be happy with how far I’ve come or maybe they think I have severe body issues and will never be happy no matter what size.

Well, I’m going to squash those thoughts before they arise because understand this – I work this hard at my body because there is no high in the world like it. I feel good both physically and mentally (which is so important to me as I have suffered anxiety and depression in the past – we’ll leave that for another post!). This translates to a happy home life and work life. I am also kind of considering figure competing eventually. Maybe. We will see. Have to see what kind of shape I’m in at the end of all this!

What does it involve?

The Diet

Calories: 1300 – 1400

Fat: 40g

Protein: 100 – 120g

Carbs: 110g

Fibre: 30g

Breakfast:

Smoothie with 1 medium banana, 200ml rice milk, 1 tablespoon of LSA and scoop of Double Barrel Nutrition Protein Powder

Morning Snack:

1 tablespoon of Natural Peanut Butter with 1 medium green apple & cup of green tea

Lunch:

300 – 350 cals of chicken and veg soup/stew/stir fry or salad

Afternoon snack:

200g of natural non-fat yoghurt with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds & cup of green tea

Dinner:

300 – 350 cals of chicken and veg soup/stew/stir fry or salad (with or without sweet potato)

The Exercise Plan

Mon – upper body + 8.5km road cycle

Tue – group PT + 8.5km road cycle

Wed – group PT + 8.5km road cycle

Thurs – one on one PT + 8.5km road cycle

Fri – upper body + 8.5km road cycle

Sat – bootcamp

Sun – REST

Want to join Team Tighten Up?

Well, guess what? You can! I’d love you to take this challenge with me. Even my trainer is taking it on!

The Rules:

– Weight training: needs to be performed 4 – 6 days per week. 4 – 5 sets of 10 – 15 reps of weighted exercises of your choice. Work upper body one day and legs the next then back to upper body and so on. Always add core and foam rolling and/or stretches each day.

– Cardio: needs to performed in the morning on at least 2 – 3 mornings of the week at high intensity (running, skipping, plyometrics etc) on an empty stomach.

– Diet: follow a plan similar to what I have outlined above. Do your research and find out what calories and macro-nutrients are right for you.

– Check in: I’ll do a weekly check-in blog post where I will display my results and you can comment and do the same!

– Start date: Official start date is Monday 2nd of May but I’ve already started to kick things off so by all means start now!

I’ll also be posting lots more healthy recipes to help you (and I) along and will even be putting up some workout videos on the blog! That’s new and exciting! Oh… and… uh… a bikini pic is coming (dreading this) so that I can document a proper before and after comparison. No lolz, k?

So who’s in? :D

Review: Dietlicious

Recently I was contacted by Dietlicious who asked me if I would like to try their meal service.  My response?  Hell yes I would like to try your meal service!  So they VERY generously sent me a weeks worth of lunches and dinners to try.

What I love about Dietlicious is that it’s not a DIET.  There’s no heavy restrictions, just good quality real food that has been portion (very important!) and carb controlled.

Their meals taste absolutely delicious (hence their clever play on words – ‘dietlicious’) and very gourmet.  The philosophy they stick by is that you shouldn’t need to sacrifice taste to lose weight, you can still eat tasty (but healthy!) food – it’s just all about the portions in which you eat it!  I think this is very true for successful weight loss.

The meals are conveniently delivered straight to your doorstep and on top of frozen meals they also provide you with fresh salad ingredients and airlocked bags of fresh vegetables which you can add to any meal as you see fit.  Everything is labelled clearly and has heating instructions.  The ingredients and nutritional values are also clearly displayed.   You can read about what plans Dietlicious offers here.

Now, about the food!  My favourite meals were:

Chicken Cacciatore (373 calories)

Baby lamb fillets marinated in lemon, garlic + sumac, ready to grill (137 calories)

Honey Soy Chicken Noodles (429 calories)

I also had a couple of gorgeous curries that I can’t seem to find pictures of on the website, but trust me, they make a GOOD curry!  Even though the above were my favourites, I did thoroughly enjoy every meal they gave me.

The smaller serving sizes were a little hard to get used to at first (I’m used to a more generous serve of protein) but by the end of the week I was absolutely fine with it and even felt full at the end of each meal.  I have now carried over the smaller portion sizes into my own diet.

You can pick and choose the meals that you want delivered or you can just ask them to send you a variety, it’s up to you.   There’s also snack packs, fruit and breakfasts’ that you can add to your order.

Another thing that I found really cool is that they have husband/partner meals, larger serves of the same meal that you can order along with your meals so that your partner isn’t missing out and you get to eat the same thing at meal times!

Having tried another meal delivery service in the past, I can honestly say that this was far more superior in terms of taste, freshness, nutritional value and convenience.

So, if you are looking to lose weight yet still get to eat delicious and nutritious food, then Dietlicious is where it is at!  Give it a go.  You will not be disappointed.  :)

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