Have you been tempted by meal supply companies like Blue Apron and Sun Basket, however afraid the meals wouldn’t suit your diabetes meal plan? Curious, I attempted Diet-to-Go’s Balance Diabetes program for 3 days. Here’s what occurred.

Diet-to-Go Balance Diabetes box contents

Let me say upfront that, generally, I’m not an enormous fan of ready meals. I not often eat frozen dinners or premade meals from containers. I’m an excessive amount of of a management freak (or a meals snob), I assume. However, Diet-to-Go supplied me some meals to strive whereas we had been reworking a toilet and the home was full chaos. Not cooking amid the mess for just a few days earlier than heading off to Washington, DC for Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) coaching sounded fairly good.

The Diet-to-Go Box Arrives

FedEx delivered my field of Balance Diabetes (Balance-D) meals on the date I requested. Lined with bubble wrap and crammed with ice packs, the cardboard field contained three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners. It additionally had details about the right way to contact Diet-to-Go’s well being coaches, the right way to be a part of their Facebook group, and the right way to reheat the meals. Also included was a Snack Smart card with concepts for savory and candy between-meal snacks. So far, so good.

I made a decision to verify my blood sugar earlier than every meal and two hours afterward to see the influence of the meal on my diabetes administration.

Day 1

The first day of Diet-to-Go meals featured:

  • Breakfast: Cinnamon Walnut Cereal and Chobani Less Sugar Greek Yogurt (Gili Cherry)
  • Lunch: Blackened Salmon on Spinach Cauliflower Purée and Brussels Sprouts
  • Dinner: Turkey Picadillo, Brown Rice Pilaf, and Apricot-Glazed Asparagus

Diet-to-Go Balance Diabetes - Turkey Picadillo
Diet-to-Go Turkey Picadillo, Brown Rice Pilaf, and Apricot-Glazed Asparagus

You might serve the breakfast cereal sizzling or chilly; I opted for chilly given the 90+°F temperature outdoors. I discovered the cereal to be too candy however I used to be excited to find a fruit-flavored “less sugar” yogurt that didn’t contain a sugar substitute.

Lunch got here with a lemon wedge to squeeze over the salmon after heating. Unfortunately, the lemon was bitter and I needed I hadn’t used it. I wouldn’t have referred to as the salmon “blackened,” however it was moist (not overcooked) and I’d positively eat it once more (with out the lemon). The Brussels sprouts tasted recent and I liked the purée.

For dinner, I mixed the turkey along with the rice pilaf. The outcome was a sloppy joe-type combination with raisins offering a touch of sweetness. The vibrant inexperienced asparagus was scrumptious, however I trimmed off the ends as a result of they had been a bit woody.

At the tip of Day 1, I used to be pleasantly stunned that the meals had been higher than I anticipated. I ate some pistachios within the late afternoon and had just a few walnuts and a few prunes after dinner. My bedtime BG was in direction of the decrease finish of my vary.

  Calories Carbs (g) Fiber (g) BG change*
Breakfast 250 39 3 +four
Lunch 420 19 9 -46
Dinner 350 39 6 -3
TOTAL 1,020 97 18  

Day 2

The second day of Diet-to-Go meals featured:

  • Breakfast: Kale and Swiss Frittata and Chicken Sausage
  • Lunch: Turkey Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Green Beans
  • Dinner: Chicken Fontina, Green Peppers and Onions, and Broccoli with Almonds
Diet-to-Go Balance Diabetes - Chicken Fontina
Diet-to-Go Chicken Fontina, Green Peppers and Onions, and Broccoli with Almonds

The breakfast frittata was heavy on the kale, however that’s a superb factor. The sausage didn’t look very appetizing however had good taste. I felt just like the meal wanted some fruit, so I ate just a few apple slices too (that are not mirrored within the dietary data under).

After microwaving the lunch meal, the turkey wasn’t fairly sizzling throughout. I heated it extra and the inexperienced beans overcooked. Oh properly. It was nonetheless tasty and I’d eat all of it once more. The mashed potatoes did make my blood sugar spike, however I nonetheless stayed inside my vary.

I didn’t eat the entire Chicken Fontina as a result of it featured mushrooms (which I don’t like). The broccoli, nonetheless, was completely crunchy and I inhaled it. There’s nothing worse than mushy broccoli. (Except mushrooms.)

Snacks on Day 2 included a few Date Almond Energy Bites after breakfast and some pistachios within the afternoon.

  Calories Carbs (g) Fiber (g) BG change*
Breakfast 250 Eight 1 -Eight
Lunch 380 33 5 +24
Dinner 460 18 6 **
TOTAL 1,090 59 12  

Day 3

The third day of Diet-to-Go meals featured:

  • Breakfast: Sunny Breakfast Box with Chobani Less Sugar Greek Yogurt (Gili Cherry), Peaches, and Almonds
  • Lunch: Chicken Pesto Salad and Whole Wheat Roll
  • Dinner: Thai Turkey Tenderloin, Stir Fry Rice, and Green Bean Medley
Diet-to-Go Balance Diabetes - Chicken Pesto Salad
Diet-to-Go Chicken Pesto Salad and Whole Wheat Roll

The “Less Sugar” Chobani yogurt was featured a second time for breakfast, so I’m glad I appreciated it. The peaches tasted like grade-school fruit cocktail (minus the maraschino cherries) and added pointless carbs in my view. I’d have been completely pleased to sprinkle the almonds on the yogurt and name it breakfast, skipping the fruit totally. My blood sugar spiked afterward and I blame the peaches.

I liked the hen salad at lunchtime. Featuring olives and peas, which I didn’t anticipate, it supplied a pleasant change of tempo from my go-to Pesto Chicken Salad with Grapes. I’d have most well-liked just a few crunchy Nut-Thin crackers to the mushy roll.

My husband ate the Thai Turkey Tenderloin meal as a result of I wasn’t house for dinner. He stated it was a lot spicier than he anticipated.

My afternoon snack on Day 3 was string cheese plus just a few walnuts.

  Calories Carbs (g) Fiber (g) BG change*
Breakfast 330 29 5 +21
Lunch 390 27 four +14
Dinner 400 36 5 ***
TOTAL 1,120 92 14  

* Difference between BG measured earlier than the meal and two hours afterward.
** Meal had substances I didn’t like, so I didn’t eat all of it or check my BG afterward.
*** I had a enterprise dinner and my husband ate the meal.

Summary

While the Diet-to-Go meals had been higher than I anticipated them to be, I don’t see myself turning into a ready meal junkie. I prefer to prepare dinner and like to have extra management over what I eat. I additionally are inclined to eat extra fiber than these meals present. However, I’ll say should you eat loads of frozen dinners anyway, you would possibly need to give meal supply a shot. Not having to consider what to eat can alleviate stress, that’s for certain. Also, should you don’t prepare dinner or hate grocery procuring, delivered meals would possibly work properly for you.

Disclosure: I obtained 9 free meals from Diet-to-Go’s Balance Diabetes program for evaluation functions. All opinions are my very own.



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