Sunday, March 8, 2015

Brussels Sprouts Salad With Roasted Garlic and Meyer Lemon

Red leaf lettuce with brussels sprouts, roasted garlic, and the juice from a meyer lemon. Good stuff.

22 Days Nutrition

I was reading the latest Money magazine a few weeks ago and read about meal delivery programs. This got me thinking about vegan meal plans and vegan meal delivery programs. I was considering the idea as a way to kickstart my health journey. This was actually a couple days before I wrote my blog post about being super healthy again. While spending a few hours researching different vegan meal programs, I came across 22 Days Nutrition. The meals are all organic and full of great ingredients.

Surprisingly, I decided to try it. Unfortunately, I had to wait two weeks for the delivery, but I finally got the box on Friday.

Before ordering the meals, I'll tell you what I was thinking.
  1. These meals could be crap, full of salt, and a waste of my money.
  2. Why aren't the ingredients listed on the website????
  3. Beyonce's name is mentioned in every Google search for 22 Days Nutrition. The website says the program "recently guided Beyonce and Jay-Z on a 22 Day Vegan Challenge." This was all off-putting to me.
  4. The program is new and I can't find many reviews...
  5. According to the website, the meals are all: 100% plant-based, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, environmentally conscious, and made with love.
  6. What do I have to lose? Especially since I had a coupon code to use: TWITTERLOVE.
So, here's the box and my thoughts. I ordered the "2 Meals a Day for 5 Days" plan. As I mentioned before, the meals were delivered 2 weeks after I placed my order. I guess you have to order by Wednesday to get it the following Friday.

Ok, so nice looking box.

Yay, styrofoam. 

Some information.


More Beyonce.

Ok, thanks for the tip. 

The food was still cold. That's good. The box was delivered at 3pm and I got home at 4:45pm.

Hmm...lots of mushed food that obviously moved around while it was shipped. Are there 2 of each? Nope, each pack of two has different meals. That means 10 different meals. That's good.

I put 5 in the freezer and kept 5 in the fridge. With the exception of today, I plan to only eat the meals for dinner. I like to have big salads for lunch, plus I'm not willing to microwave the meals at work.

Great ingredients and meals that I wouldn't usually make (but that I like!). The sodium content is low. That's a good sign.

I was surprised to see 845 calories. That's high. Oh wait, the print is way too small. All the 6s look like 8s. That's better.

So my first meal was the French Vegetable Ratatouille with Pesto. Not bad, but pasta isn't that exciting to me especially when the pasta was breaking apart in the saucepan. 

I had the Montecito Mushroom & Pea Risotto with Black Kale for lunch today. I really enjoyed it!

I will try either the Adzuki Macro Bowl or the Israeli Aubergine Ganoush on Turmeric Veggie Rice tonight. (The company should fix the "tumeric" misspelling.)

Would I try 22 Days Nutrition again? Probably not, but you never know. It's pricey and I'd rather make my own meals. I do appreciate trying new things and getting ideas for my own meals. This week is particularly busy for me, so having these meals on hand has been a definite plus.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunset and Spring Rolls

I've been locked away for most of the weekend writing a paper on systems theory. You can imagine my need for a break after submitting my paper this afternoon. I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up some spring rolls and broccoli salad and drove to the beach to watch the sunset. It was a great evening. :)