Pickle Healthy Meal Delivery: A Review (Part One)
Picking a Pickle Food meal plan
Earlier this month, Pickle Healthy Meal Delivery (Pickle Food Inc.) emailed and asked if I’d be interested in a one-week trial of their healthy meal delivery service in exchange for a review. I’ve been thinking about nutrition these past few months and how practical (read: affordable) healthy eating is for the typical Filipino, so the offer seemed providential. I said yes. 🙂
You can check their Facebook page’s About section for the different meal plans they offer. For this review, I chose their Premium 1500 kilocalories meal plan. 1500 kcals because I work out 3-5 times a week and thus thought that I needed the extra kcals, and premium because I wanted to try their all-natural cold-pressed juices. I also requested for a non-dairy diet. If you’ll check out their Order form, you’ll note that they’ll base your meal plan on factors such as food restrictions, lifestyle, and age.
They’ll also enclose a letter in the paper bag with tips on how to make healthy eating work for you on your first day. I tried to follow the exact times indicated in the suggested eating schedule, but doing so didn’t assuage my hunger pangs, so I nixed that and just committed to eating every 3 hours. That did the trick.
My main concern about trying their meal plan was the possibility of feeling deprived. I mean, it’s calorie-controlled, right? I hate diets and I don’t diet precisely because of the notion that dieting equals deprivation equals misery. I wondered if I’d be able to handle a 1500-kcal/day diet.
So without further ado, here’s what happened that week I tried Pickle Food’s meals. I’m going to review this plan based on taste, convenience, and affordability. Head over to part two of this post if you want to read the verdict right away. (By the way, don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post for a special discount for my readers!)
Disclosure: This was a free one-week trial. I received a complimentary one-week trial of their premium 1500-kcal plan in exchange for an objective review.
May 8, 2017 Monday
Beer Braised Chicken Wraps
422 kcal. P28. C47. F14.
The flavor of the beer braised chicken was way too subtle for me; it’s a good thing that this was compensated for by the red cabbage strips generously sprinkled in the wrap. Is red cabbage normally tasty? If that’s the case, then I need to stock up on red cabbage. 🙂 The portion was adequate.
Also had a cup of coffee with a teaspoon of brown sugar.
Cucumber, Pineapple, Lemon, and Ginger Juice
76 kcal. C19.
The juice of the day was a concoction of cucumber, pineapple, lemon, and ginger. It was refreshing and surprisingly very sweet. It totally helps that I love lemon and ginger.
Honey Balsamic Pork with Grapes
455 kcal. P27. C70. F7.
I made a mistake and interchanged lunch and dinner. So instead of the seafood jambalaya, I ended up eating the honey balsamic pork with grapes. I appreciate its taste. It was sweet, and it didn’t leave the type of aftertaste that makes you go, “That was good, but now I need something sweet just to counteract that taste.” We call this particular practice “tanggal umay” in Filipino.
Hunger pangs by 2:30 p.m. Yikes!
Note: My energy levels are very high in the afternoon. In fact, most days I feel like doing jump squats right after lunch just to expend some of the energy I have. I kid you not. I think that’s why my hunger pangs are also at their highest levels in the afternoon.
101 kcal. P2. C18. F2.
A serving of Eggnog cookies. Yes, it’s the local brand you can buy in the grocery.
We had visitors, so we did some entertaining. Result: my plan for the day kinda got derailed. (Okay, scratch the kinda.) Had one half of a big macadamia cookie, a madeline, and two bite-sized donuts from Go Nuts. Oh, and I had a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a dollop of Nutella too. Uh-oh.
Capped that off with a cup of English Breakfast tea. No sweetener.
Lessons: If you don’t have superhuman self-control, don’t keep stock of cheat treats in your fridge or pantry. Avoid temptation. Save these treats for the weekend for when you go out with friends. Also, we should continue to do our best even if life gets in the way of our best-laid plans. (Wait. That sounds like that line from Of Mice and Men, haha! But I digress.)
476 kcal. P30. C70. F9.
I must admit, it wouldn’t have killed me to skip dinner at this point ‘coz I wasn’t hungry anymore, but I ate my seafood jambalaya anyway. It was filling but the texture was mushy overall.
Yes, I work out either in the afternoon or in the evening. This was a bit late for me, though it was just a light routine. I showered and called it a day soon after.
May 9, 2017 Tuesday
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
431 kcal. P21. C59. F12.
Breakfast was chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce. Surprised at the quantity of the viand; you’re not gonna feel deprived. If you’re used to eating a lot of rice though, you’ll need to adjust to the serving. The viand itself was tasty but not spicy at all like what the label indicated.
Had a cup of coffee with a teaspoon of brown sugar.
Note: On average, the amount of rice I had for all the meals amounted to around ½ cup.
Orange Chicken Salad
433 kcal. P42. C11. F25.
Worried a bit that lunch consisted of only veggies and chicken. I’m Asian. I like my rice, LOL. It therefore surprised me that the portion size of their orange chicken salad was filling enough for me. There seemed to be so many meat pieces! I also enjoyed the combination of cherry tomatoes, orange, and peanuts.
Note: It wasn’t super duper filling, but I felt that it was definitely enough to tide me over at least 2 hours (or 3, if you’re preoccupied).
Ate an additional banana.
Choco Peanut Energy Ball
89 kcal. P2. C15. F2.
Snack was one big chocolate peanut energy ball. How can you go wrong with chocolate? I like sweets so much I wouldn’t have minded trading half a serving of my dinner for more of this energy level. Seriously. 🙂
Had a cup of coffee with a teaspoon of brown sugar.
Irish Beef Stew
443 kcal. P18. C59. F15.
I was again surprised at the quantity of the viand; you won’t feel deprived. As for the flavor, it’s beef; it doesn’t take much for beef to be flavorful. Again, if you’re used to eating a lot of rice, you’ll need to adjust to the serving.
Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Juice
128 kcal. P2. C30.
Treated the carrot, apple, and ginger juice as my post-workout fuel. On regular days, I just have a glass or two of water and maybe a Latundan banana. I love ginger, and this juice tasted like ginger candy, so I really enjoyed the drink.
May 10, 2017 Wednesday
Indian Chicken Tikka
424 kcal. P35. C53. F8.
Had breakfast as soon as I took photos of the food (haha!). I like Indian spices so, yes, I liked this dish. The serving was adequate.
Sichuan Pork and Tofu
408 kcal. P34. C50. F8.
The portion size was adequate. I must admit I wasn’t wowed by the taste of this.
Note: I keep mentioning the portion sizes since my number one concern was that the 1500 kcal restriction might make me feel deprived.
Super restless at 2:30 p.m.
I’m restless, so I feel like munching something. I decide to hold off a few more minutes.
Mixed Nuts with Raisins
136 kcal. P3. C24. F5.
I savor my nuts with raisins.
Still kinda restless. I have a cup of coffee with a teaspoon of brown sugar. I know, I know. What a way to deal with restlessness!
Grilled Chicken and Shiitake Mushrooms Wraps
440 kcal. P17. C65. F12.
This was post-workout sustenance. Pretty good. Might be one of my fave meals.
Pineapple, Green Apple, Lemon, and Mint Juice
I wasn’t keen on consuming anything since I wasn’t hungry anymore, but it would’ve been a shame to not have the pineapple, green apple, lemon, and mint juice. It was refreshing and less sweet than Monday’s juice. In fact, I like it better than last Monday’s juice.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! What do you normally eat during weekdays? Do you meal prep? Do you buy food at the company canteen?
Read part two of this review here.
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