love yourself:

performance diet

£115 for 5 days via

loveyourself.co.uk

Is your life 100mph and food shopping is a chore rather than something that peaks your interest? We're surrounded by on demand food delivery services and we have used a couple in the past just to see what difference it would make with some degrees of success. Love Yourself got in touch and offered one of their diets for a daily trial so we went for the performance diet. Thought that would be appropriate seeing as we're in recovery at the moment so we need all the help we can get to get back to fitness...

The Plan

So I was sent a day example of what a 5 day plan might look like. The meals changes week to week (there is a subscription option) but unless you have dietary/health requirements, it seems set in stone what meals you receive. All 5 meals I received had a best before date for the next day so you don't get a chance to chop things around. Granted, the weekly plan has probably been created to spread the nutrition around so your body is receiving what it needs but looking at one of the meal plans on their site, there are 3 meals with chicken breast on a Friday and this Saturday has the same menu as Friday. So in essence, 6/10 of your meals will be chicken breast.

The boxes came in strong card sleeves with plastic lids. Liking the recyclable card but could we not have a plastic pop off lid to recycle or use again? Honestly, the portions do not look huge (turned out portion sizes were spot on for a single person) and some dishes didn't aesthetically look great. Some dishes had ingredients we don't really eat but we currently have a mindset to give everything a go. So here's our take on the meals with the nutrition information along with it. We've also given each meal a NITP rating out of 10. 10 being Michelin star quality, 1 being our turtles would refuse to eat it!

Egg and Chicken Sandwich

Thought I would start with the one ingredient I've avoided in my life - boiled egg! As I mentioned before, portion sizes are deceiving because as I was assembling my small sized sandwiches, I was also looking at what else I could add to the meal but it turned out to be quite filling, The bread though was very dry and when it comes to sauces/dressing, you're on your own so on went a slab of green pesto. Plenty of boiled egg but a bit skimpy on the chicken. Overall, not bad, let down by the dryness and it must be said, it's a meal that wouldn't be hard to make at home.

 

NITP Rating: 5/10 

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 280g

Calories: 302kcal

Fat: 10g

Carbohydrates: 29g

Protein: 24g

Oats and Banana Mousse with Chia Seeds

The one dish that didn't look appealing to me. We're a massive fan of porridge (we have it religiously!) and we were expecting something similar but we were nowhere close. It's quite sloppy, had to remind myself it's mashed banana mixed with oats and chia seeds but we didn't like the texture. The banana had a bitterness to it which in our experience, you can get with bananas. This was not our favourite by a long shot, we only managed a couple of mouthfuls.

 

NITP Rating: 2/10 

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 175g

Calories: 384kcal

Fat: 6g

Carbohydrates: 36g

Protein: 42g

Chicken and Vegetable Tortilla

This looked interesting and turned out to be. The tortillas though were more pancakes than your usual wraps, it worked but the texture was really thin and if you overload with your filling, it'll fall apart, something you want to avoid if you lunch with others! With the veg, you get some sweetcorn and black beans in a tomato mix. There's flavour to it but I needed something extra so added some Nandosaise (yes, that's a thing!) which just up-levelled it. All in all, not a bad dish.

 

NITP Rating: 6/10 

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 420g

Calories: 465kcal

Fat: 8g

Carbohydrates: 60g

Protein: 35g

Cheese Pasta Salad

Who doesn't love a bit of pasta?! We have been trying to implement more vegetarian based meals in our diet with the family with a lot of success. We find it really is all about seasoning and spices and you don't miss the meat. This pasta dish was very simple; wholemeal linguine, mozarella, cucumber, tomatoes and feta cheese which you get a lot of. I was worried I needed to add a sauce again but ploughed on and happy to report it wasn't needed because the cheese overpowered any dryness. I couldn't help thinking this was something I could of easily made myself...

 

NITP Rating: 7/10 

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 245g

Calories: 444kcal

Fat: 19g

Carbohydrates: 42g

Protein: 23g

Boiled Potatoes with Cottage Cheese

As it was past the best before date, we wasn't sure whether to go through with it or not especially as the cooking instructions was a bit misleading as the information had an oven symbol with 'enjoy as is'??? What does that mean? Don't heat? Do heat? Perform a ritual?! I took the chance cold and in fact, probably the nicest dish of the lot which was surprising when you look at it because it was potatoes and cheese. It must of been the chives which we will be adding it into our cooking!

 

NITP Rating: 8/10 

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 340g

Calories: 310kcal

Fat: 5g

Carbohydrates: 38g

Protein: 28g

Verdict

It's hard to come down one side or the other whether it's something we would invest in. It really all depends on your lifestyle. If like us, you have a partner and child/children, it's not for you. The portions are designed for a solo lifestyle, I can't be sharing 2 small slices of chicken with another adult and a hungry toddler! The portion sizes are misleading, you think it's not enough but even the small sandwiches filled us up (don't be piggy now, listen to your body!).

But although some of the dishes had their moments and we mean no disrespect to the chefs/caterers who created them, it wouldn't take us long to make a carbon copy of the menu and add ingredients we like in our food. Plus and it is a big plus, one 5 meal day will work out roughly just over £20 for the day - around £4 a meal. £4 meal doesn't sound too bad but if you weigh it up and made your own pasta dish on a budget of £4, you could cover a dinner and probably the next 2 lunches. 

On the flip side and maybe we're being too harsh, it is a performance diet and Love Yourself is a health focused brand. There are other diet plans you can choose from such as a Keto Plan and a Juice Cleanse so if you're looking for a help in the kitchen because you don't have the time to cook/prep food and you're into your fitness, you might get more out of your investment than we did...

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