Pickle Healthy Meal Delivery: A Review (Part Two)

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Pickle Healthy Meal Delivery: A Review (Part Two)

 

This is part two of my Pickle Healthy Meal Delivery review. Part one can be found here. 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.

 

Day 4 of my Pickle Food meal plan: spicy Cajun seafood stew, lemon chicken pesto salad, spicy Mexican meatballs, a couple of digestive biscuits, and a beets, carrot, cucumber, and apple juice.
Day 4 of my Pickle Food meal plan: spicy Cajun seafood stew, lemon chicken pesto salad, spicy Mexican meatballs, a couple of digestive biscuits, and a beets, carrot, cucumber, and apple juice.

 

May 11, 2017 Thursday

 

Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Spicy Cajun Seafood Stew

411 kcal. P41. C48. F6.

 

Spicy Cajun seafood stew.
Spicy Cajun seafood stew.

 

The dish was spicy but mushy. Good portion size.

Had a cup of coffee with one teaspoon of brown sugar.

 

Lunch

1 p.m.

Lemon Chicken Pesto Salad

426 kcal. P38. C22. F21.

 

Lemon chicken pesto salad.
Lemon chicken pesto salad.

 

Flavorful! Two thumbs up! I almost forgot that this didn’t have any rice in it. I felt that there were so many chicken pieces too, like there was one for every forkful.

Had an additional banana.

 

Snack

4 p.m.

Digestive cookies

The menu printout says honey almond jelly, but I was given 2 pieces of digestive cookies instead. Maybe they substituted my jelly for cookies because I’m lactose intolerant. I prefer the cookies anyway.

 

5 p.m.

Restless, although what’s new. Thought about having that juice. Decided against it.

 

Dinner

7:00 p.m.

Spicy Mexican Meatballs

450 kcal. P28. C46. F17.

 

Spicy Mexican meatballs.
Spicy Mexican meatballs.

 

Very yummy!! Might be one of my fave meals. If this was a restaurant meal, I’d probably get a second order, LOL.

 

Juice

9:30 p.m.

Beet, Carrot, Cucumber, and Apple Juice

112 kcal. P3.C25.

This beet, carrot, cucumber, and apple juice is the most vegetable-tasting juice I’ve ever tasted. Maybe I’m not just used to the taste of beet.

 

Day 5 of my Pickle Food menu plan: grilled chicken tenders with buttermilk sauce, savory pork and healthy pasta in tomato sauce, chicken and shrimp gumbo, red velvet cheesecake, and apple, kiwi, and basil juice.
Day 5 of my Pickle Food menu plan: grilled chicken tenders with buttermilk sauce, savory pork and healthy pasta in tomato sauce, chicken and shrimp gumbo, red velvet cheesecake, and apple, kiwi, and basil juice.

 

May 12, 2017 Friday

 

Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Sauce

443 kcal. P14. C75. F10.

 

Grilled chicken tenders with buttermilk sauce.
Grilled chicken tenders with buttermilk sauce.

 

Reminds me a lot of last Tuesday’s breakfast. This one’s better. I wonder if they substituted the buttermilk sauce with something more lactose intolerant-friendly, though?

Had a cup of coffee with one teaspoon of brown sugar.

 

Lunch

1 p.m.

Savory Pork and Healthy Pasta in Tomato Sauce

401 kcal. P40. C40. F9.

 

Savory pork and healthy pasta in tomato sauce.
Savory pork and healthy pasta in tomato sauce.

 

Happy that I got to eat pasta this week, though this dish made me consider adding lots of pepper to it. It was kinda bland.

Had an additional banana.

 

Snack

3 p.m.

Honey-Coated Roasted Peanuts

The menu printout says Red Velvet Cheesecake, but I was given peanuts instead. I like peanuts, but oh no!! Cheesecake? Who can say no to that? Ugh. Started thinking of the weekend.

Note: I’m lactose intolerant but I do indulge in treats like cheesecakes and other sorts of pastries.

 

5 p.m.

Thought about having that juice. Decided against it.

 

Workout

6:30 p.m.

 

Dinner

7:00 p.m.

Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo

435 kcal. P38. C43. F12.

 

Chicken and shrimp gumbo.
Chicken and shrimp gumbo.

 

This was again my post-workout sustenance. This was a good meal.

Note: I should’ve eaten earlier, since one should ideally eat every 2-3 hours. This is what happens when I get preoccupied, though. I forget about food.

 

Juice

9:30 p.m.

Apple, Kiwi, and Basil Juice

104 kcal. P1. C25.

Refreshing and with a citrusy aftertaste. I liked it.

 

Cold-pressed juice from Pickle Food Inc.
Cold-pressed juice from Pickle Food Inc.

 

Verdict

Energy levels – My energy level is pretty healthy, and this is one of the things I thank God for. It’s also one of the things I hope to maintain. I maintained healthy energy levels all throughout the week, so I’ll give Pickle Food a thumbs up for that. (FYI: one’s energy level isn’t entirely dependent on nutrition. There are other factors to consider too, like sleeping habits.)

Taste – Before I give my verdict, let me just say that taste is important to me. Healthy food should taste good at the very least, ‘coz what’s the point of feeling like you’re torturing yourself with nutritious food that tastes like dust, right? Nourishing yourself should be a pleasurable experience, so I’m glad to say that the taste level of Pickle Food Inc.’s meals is good.

Convenience – Excellent. Delivery is free in most Metro Manila areas, and their friendly and efficient delivery guy will text you when he’s already delivered your paper bag. You can easily text or call if you have any questions. Here are some other pluses: you don’t have to go to the grocery as often ‘coz you know your weekday sustenance is already fully taken care of. You don’t have to set aside time to meal prep and can use the extra hours for other tasks instead. You don’t even have to count your macros ‘coz they’ll do that for you upon request. That’s all your nutritional needs for the week solved.

Affordability – Hmm. Frankly, it depends on your definition of affordable. To give you an example, their basic 1500-kcal weekly menu is Php 2200. (or Php 440. a day) and comes with 3 meals and 2 snacks. One way to find out if this is feasible for you is to add up all your grocery- and cooking-related expenses. Include gas money and the amount of electricity you use to bake or cook your food. If your total costs amount to the aforementioned rate or more, then you might as well give this service a try.

 

Beets, carrot, cucumber, and apple juice from Pickle Food Inc.
Beets, carrot, cucumber, and apple juice from Pickle Food Inc.

 

Additional notes

You’ll be advised to drink lots of water. Fortunately, this is something I’ve always done. I drink a glass of water before anything else upon waking up. I also typically drink between 6-10 glasses of water a day.

I wasn’t bloated all throughout that week.

I had an intense craving for bread all throughout that week. I forgot to ask if it was possible to include bread in my non-dairy plan.

My favorite meals were the Spicy Mexican Balls, Lemon Chicken Pesto Salad, Indian Chicken Tikka, and Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo.

My favorite snack was the Choco Peanut Energy Ball.

My favorite juice was the Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Juice.

The delivery guy, Francis, showed up at my doorstep shortly after 4 a.m. on the first day. I know that for a fact ‘coz he texted around that time and then texted again to say that he’d just come back. Apparently, no one was awake when he first dropped by! I had to text him later that day and say that there was no need at all to be there that early. 🙂

 

Peppy affirmations.
Peppy affirmations.

 

Questions

Will you feel deprived?

Not if you remember to eat something every 2-3 hours. Eating every 3 hours keeps your metabolism in high gear. Admittedly, this is something I need to work on. I tend to not eat for several hours especially when I’m focused on a particular task.

Caveat: The exactness of the portions might take some getting used to especially if you’re used to munching snacks every now and then.

Can you eat or drink something apart from what’s allotted in a given day?

You can have unlimited glasses of water. You can also have unsweetened tea, coffee with stevia (I didn’t have stevia the week I tried the Premium 1500-kcal plan), a banana, a few apple slices, or a few carrot sticks. Personally, I feel that munching on a banana feels less restrictive than nibbling on carrot sticks. Like I said, I hate the idea of dieting.

Are their meal plans appropriate for everyone?

If you have a medical condition and/or if you have health concerns, please do consult your doctor first.

What – for you – was the hardest part of following this meal plan?

Following it to a tee. Note that I had a lapse the first day.

Did you ever feel hungry during that week that you tried Pickle’s 1500-kcal plan?

A couple of times, yes. It was a case of mind over matter at times.

Note: Sometimes we eat for reasons other than hunger. I’ve learned that it’s helpful to pay attention to your body and check if you’re really hungry or if your wanting to eat that moment is just a response to something else (like, say, avoiding an unpleasant task like answering difficult emails). Trust me. That sort of thing happens to me too.

 

 

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts! How did you find this review? Do you have any questions you’d like to ask? Have you ever tried any meal delivery services? Are you open to trying such a service?

Read part one of this review here.

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