Dietbon, healthy and gourmet diet ready-made meals delivered to you!
Well….. I tried it. Here’s what I learned.
Have you seen the ads for food delivery services? Some deliver fresh food and one has to do the cooking; some deliver prepared food and one only has to do the eating.
A lot of them are geared toward weight loss as well as convenience. The idea is that the service will provide all of your food for a week or a month or the rest of your life. It will be calorie-controlled and nutritionally complete and by following the program you can lose weight healthily.
I’ve always been curious but the ads I’ve seen have always been English and I live in the middle of nowhere, France.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Dietbon, a provider of diet ready-made meals and asked if I would like to try their diet plan.
As neither I nor mon mari want to or need to lose weight I responded with a polite ‘no thank you’.
Because I was curious I then offered to taste a few of their main courses and give my opinion on the food.
To be honest, I didn’t think they would go for it….
Actually, they sent me 3 days worth of meals, which included breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and teas.
I was overwhelmed.
I was also very pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect the food to be bad but I didn’t expect it to be really good, either.
It was – well, mostly, really good.
First let me say that, while I am not dieting at the moment, I have in the past…. Often.
I know what it’s like to be on a diet, to be hungry and to feel deprived.
Even though I’ve only sampled their meals I could actually imagine being on the plan.
The food was good, there seemed to be plenty of it, and the support was (or would be) wonderful.
I was sent food from the French division and, apparently, they were not told that I wasn’t really on the plan. I got emails telling me about new foods and new recipes for the ‘free’ day. The plan is for all meals for 6 days with the 7th being a free day – to go out with friends or to cook at home. The recipes are to help you cook healthy meals..
I also got a phone call from a dietitian wanting to know if I had questions or needed help.
For me, though, it was about the food.
This is what was in my box: 6 main courses (I shared with mon mari) a box of pear-applesauce pots, a box of lemon cakes, a box of pancakes, 2 bags of tea and a book outlining the program and with lots of recipes and charts to help me succeed.
These were the main courses – all using 100% natural ingredients:
From the top on the left are the ones I ate:
- Pasta with Salmon and Spinach – it was good, but my least favorite. It wouldn’t be a repeat for me
- Goat Cheese Ravioli – Really good. The tomato sauce was very flavorful with just a hint of spice and the ravioli were perfectly cooked.
- Veal Provencal – Fantastic. This was as good as a dish I would serve at a dinner party.
- From the top on the right are the ones mon mari ate (I sampled).
- Pasta with Meatballs – He liked it, the sauce was good but the meatballs were a ‘little boring’.
- Sauté of Pork with Bacon – Really good. There was a surprising amount of bacon flavor and decent chunks of pork. He was most pleased.
- Chicken Tikka Massala – I didn’t taste this one as I could smell the heat and spiciness of it. He said it was fantastic and he would have been very happy to be served that at a proper restaurant.
The snacks / breakfast items were all good.
We enjoyed the lemon cakes for dessert. I had the pancakes warmed in the toaster for breakfast with some pear-applesauce – both good. And for one of my own treats – the pear-applesauce on top of a peach on top of yogurt….. Yum!
Lastly, the tea.
I’m not a big fan of infusions, which these both were rather than actual tea.
But I like both of these. They both had strong, but not bitter flavors, unlike many infusions which I find to be rather insipid. There were berry and citrus tones which I do like.
One thing I found interesting was that nothing required refrigeration and everything had a ‘best by’ date of at least a year in the future.
If I was dieting I could do this quite happily.
And it was fun learning about the program.
Oh yes….. if you are interested in checking this plan out they are offering my readers “for the very first order of a diet plan, they
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