I was asked to review the Ion Nutrition Meal Delivery service and I was elated! I have had a lot of time away from blogging but I cannot refuse such a tempting offer.
What is Ion Nutrition?
In their own words-
"Organic, gluten free, chef prepared meals delivered weekly straight to your door!
Every meal is when you order. IONutrition only uses natural ingredients, free range chicken, wild fish, and grass fed beef"
A real chef makes your food, and they meals are sent to you with regard to your allergies and dietary requirements.
As I was poking through their website, I was pleased to see that it was a site with a heart. If you order through their charity links a certain amount is donated to the cause you pick. There are currently 2 listed the Breast Cancer Fund and Heal the Bay.
What was our experience with the food?
First- they delivered Fedex, in a styrofoam cooler packed in a cardboard box. There were 4 big blue ice packs enclosed, which I will be re-using for lunches and such. Hooray! The cooler is meant to be disposed of as well, but MAN I wish I had had that when I cleaned out my old fridge/freezer this week. I did not have enough space.. lol
The food is meant to be placed in the fridge and heated up before eating. There are instructions for microwave, stove and oven. I am lazy and hungry, so I nuke everything.
I did not specify any particular dietary needs, so I was sent a few "standard" choices.
They have examples of their menus online.
I was sent 2 breakfast entrees and 3 meals.
The first meal I dug into was the Dual Mushrooms & Garlic Yams with Cod. The nutritional profile was really great for me- a lot of protein and a decent amount of calories. Filling and healthy.
This is how it looked after I prepared it in the microwave. I was really impressed with the flavor of the cod. I am a bit of a fish snob, and it is hard to impress me, but this cod tasted SO good. It was buttery, light and flaky and full of flavor.
The yams were mixed in with mushrooms and I think kale. It was flavored with garlic as noted. I thought it would be an odd combo, but it really worked. It was completely satisfying. I thought the portion was about right for a healthy meal. To be honest- I could eat about 10 more pounds of that cod!
I have to admit, I have had a chia meal before to try and did not feel brave enough to even taste it.
I bribed the man of the house to try this, because I was afraid again. I just didn't know if the texture of the swollen chia was going to be good for me.
So the man of the house prepared it and sat down with his spoon.
He was prepared to make faces. He is super picky, not really a vegetable or fruit eater, but with my pleading he was willing to give it a go.
He took a bite and then another. He decided that he wasn't in love with the texture on its own. He decided to try it on a cracker.
I decided to try it. If HE could eat it, I could too. It was sweetish, but not overly so. It was warm and pretty satisfying on a cracker. I think it was like a raspberry jam consistency but with berrys and blueberries added.
We somehow ended up having a little picnic in the kitchen with the toddler. We all had a grand old time dipping crackers into it and giggling. She also brought some "other snacks" to the party. Toddlers.. lol.
We decided that we could not sit and eat it with a spoon, but the cracker situation was a good one. For me- even without crackers, that would be a pretty carby meal at 44 grams. For most people it would probably be ok.
For work I ate the chicken with eggplant at lunch. Everyone was asking what I was eating! It smelled wonderful. The chicken was very juicy. It had a little skin on it, which really kept the moisture in. It was sprinkled with pepper and good flavor. The rice and eggplant were also very flavorful and tender.
I really love the way the veggie portion of the meal had so many interesting things included- yams, the rice, the eggplant.. and a bunch of great spices. It was the right balance of protein and carbs for me and I was very satisfied after eating it.
I did not get a picture- I was too eager to chow down!
Finally, the last meal in my selection was the 2 bean chipotle with beef.
It was a really tasty meal. The textures were satisfying, and there was a lot of meat in the meal. I loved all the protein and the clever mix of flavors.
Overall, I was very pleased with all the choices that I was sent. There are tons of interesting recipes on their site so the menu is varied. Whether you like meat or the great veggie dishes, I am pretty sure you will find something you like.
Thanks so much for letting me try the meals from Ion Nutrition Meal Delivery service .
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