Have you been tempted by meal delivery services like Blue Apron and Sun Basket, but afraid the food wouldn’t fit your diabetes meal plan? Curious, I tried Diet-to-Go’s Balance Diabetes program for three days. Here’s what happened.
Let me say upfront that, in general, I’m not a huge fan of prepared food. I rarely eat frozen dinners or premade meals from containers. I’m too much of a control freak (or a food snob), I guess. However, Diet-to-Go offered me some meals to try while we were remodeling a bathroom and the house was complete chaos. Not cooking amid the mess for a few days before heading off to Washington, DC for Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) training sounded pretty good.
The Diet-to-Go Box Arrives
FedEx delivered my box of Balance Diabetes (Balance-D) meals on the date I requested. Lined with bubble wrap and filled with ice packs, the cardboard box contained three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners. It also had information about how to contact Diet-to-Go’s health coaches, how to join their Facebook group, and how to reheat the meals. Also included was a Snack Smart card with ideas for savory and sweet between-meal snacks. So far, so good.
I decided to check my blood sugar before each meal and two hours afterward to see the impact of the meal on my diabetes management.
The first day of Diet-to-Go meals featured:
- Breakfast: Cinnamon Walnut Cereal and Chobani Less Sugar Greek Yogurt (Gili Cherry)
- Lunch: Blackened Salmon on Spinach Cauliflower Purée and Brussels Sprouts
- Dinner: Turkey Picadillo, Brown Rice Pilaf, and Apricot-Glazed Asparagus