Hassle-free, no grocery shopping needed, and no dirty dishes. Nutrition Kitchen delivers meals every morning for a seamless healthy journey. Question is, how is it really?
There are numerous ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle – be it hitting the gym, switching to a plant-based diet, or even minor lifestyle changes to boost your physical activity without fitness equipment. But maintaining a healthy diet can get tricky, especially when we’re always on the go. Nutrition Kitchen makes it all easy and hassle-free with their healthy meal plans delivered straight to your door. I tried the vegetarian meal plan for a week and here’s what I think.
An honest review of Nutrition Kitchen
First of all, a little bit about Nutrition Kitchen.
There are three different meal plans you can choose from; regular, flexitarian, and vegetarian. Nutrition Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and you need to pick at least two meals a day for a plan. Each package further breaks down into how much carbs and protein you want in your meals. The boxes are all delivered at once every morning and they have to be reheated before consuming.
The three different meal plans include; one week, two weeks, or four weeks. I tried the vegetarian option (all three meals a day) for one week (five days).
A bit about my usual diet
I haven’t been a very conscious eater, but lately I’ve been cutting down sugar and am incorporating more healthy snacks. My worst meal of the day is breakfast, where I put minimal effort – some days it’s literally just coffee. And, well, most days, it’s cereal with Greek yoghurt (this is me putting in “effort”) and coffee. As for lunch and dinner, I never follow a strict diet or calorie count and dinner ends up being my heaviest meal (which isn’t ideal).
So you could say I was a little excited to actually have a balanced diet for a week with Nutrition Kitchen!
Day 1 – oh boy, that’s a lot of mushrooms!
My day started with three poached eggs and quite a ton of roasted portobello mushrooms – I’ll be honest, I couldn’t finish all the fungi. I was stuffed but not in a bad way, I felt quite energised to get some work done. The vegetable paella with artichokes (don’t suppose I’ve had artichokes before) was fragrant and filling. But just having BBQ jackfruit for dinner didn’t satisfy my usual hunger that hits just before dinner time.
Day 2 – the omelette was egg-cellent!
The dishes I had on Day 1 may have left me a little unmotivated to continue, but Day 2 started with a hearty omelette with cream cheese! I brought my Beyond Beef moussaka to work and realised how convenient it was to not scroll endlessly on food delivery apps or go to restaurants during lunch hours only to find them all full. As for dinner, the cha ca la vong tofu alone may not have been enough, but you can bet I was pretty darn happy to find pickled veggies and vermicelli noodles underneath!
Day 3 – vindaloo or biryani? Also, I found a new love for scrambled eggs!
I’ve always loved scrambled eggs and this mixture with zucchini, feta, and oregano just made it divine! Lunch came with vegetable buffalo style patties – which I enjoyed – but I did wish the broccoli and cauliflowers were more seasoned. Perhaps, I was just too used to stir-fried vegetables (you can’t blame me, folks!).
And then my Indian side was slightly confused with my dinner – vindaloo on top of biryani? With steamed okra on the side? That’s new! The rice portion was rather small and I just wished it had a spicy kick as vindaloos have me sipping water after each bite (usually). But I’m not here to be a food critic. I liked how I never felt too full to move after a meal; it was a good balance of energy and calories.
Day 4 – an OmniPork delight?
Seeing the sea of green (shakshuka) with the three sunny side eggs made me a little skeptical but I liked my breakfast better than I thought I would! However, lunch (OmniPork meatballs with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and braised cabbage) and dinner (white bean cassoulet with beyond sausage) were underwhelming. I’d have preferred either one to include OmniMeat, not both as they end up tasting similar.
Day 5 – can I have frittatas for breakfast every day, please?
Let’s just say that my love for frittatas only grew after having it for breakfast on Day 5! It was amazing to notice the difference of having a filling breakfast, I didn’t snack before lunch! So yes, I sat and wrote another mental note to myself to actually make breakfast every day (I’ll let you know when that happens). And I couldn’t help but smile seeing falafel and hummus in the buddha bowl for lunch (I was one happy gal that day!). The penne primavera for dinner was delicious and it felt like forever since I had pasta (okay, I’m exaggerating) but my meal plan definitely ended with a bang!
My final thoughts
I realised the importance of having a hearty and healthy breakie in the morning. After my meal plan ended, I missed having a proper breakfast every morning. I am back to my morning coffee and I am not proud of it. But there’s no option of buying just breakfast so I’m on my own now for a morning frittata.
I have a rather small appetite so the portion size wasn’t an issue for me, but I will say it may not be enough for a lot of people out there. And for someone whose dinner was always the heaviest meal, adjusting to a much smaller portion was a little tricky (I got hungry around midnight!).
In terms of taste, some dishes were hit and miss, but mostly they tasted pretty good (and they all definitely all smell good!). The meals all use less salt than what I’m used to but it grows on you quickly. I do wish some of the vegetables were cooked in more unique ways to offer more variety in the vegetarian meals, instead of most of them being braised, boiled, or steamed.
Is it worth it?
And of course, it all comes down to one question, is it worth it? I would say if you’re the type who gets takeaway meals or dines out almost every meal of the day, it’s more worthwhile to spend your money on Nutrition Kitchen than elsewhere. You don’t have to line up or wait for your meal, you simply reheat it. As for myself, I have home cooked meals every day (thanks, mum!), but trying Nutrition Kitchen was a reminder to be mindful of healthy portions and ingredients.
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