As diets and weight-loss programs go,The Fresh Diet certainly looks like a winner, albeit an expensive one. Established in 2005 by a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, The Fresh Diet is a food delivery service that provides gourmet food in tasty calorie-controlled portions.
Based on the tenets of the Zone Diet, Fresh Diet provides 3 freshly prepared meals and 2 snacks daily that equate to 40% carbohydrates, 30% proteins and 30% fats and range in daily calorie count from 1200-1800 calories. The food is not frozen, not freeze-dried or powdered. Fresh Diets uses high quality ingredients and offer special menus for both diabetic and vegetarian clients. Cost can range from $35 and up per day, with the cheapest option based on monthly subscriptions and Fresh Diet is only available in select markets at this time (South East & West Florida, Chicago, Indianapolis, NY Tri-State area, Southern & Northern California, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore, Virginia, Philadelphia, Houston, and Toronto, Canada.
Fresh Diets allows offers two programs:
- Premium Choice provides 3 meals + 2 snacks daily, 4 or more choices per meal and unlimited dislikes
- Chef’s Choice provides 3 meals + 2 snacks daily and up to 8 dislikes
The sample menus are mouthwatering. For breakfast, Hawaiian macadamia nut whole wheat waffles with fresh strawberries and bananas; lunch is a corned beef deli wrap; for dinner you can start with tri-color heirloom tomato salad topped with mozzarella balls, followed by grilled asparagus topped with parma ham-wrapped chicken breast. And for a snack there is granola with yogurt and berries. Certainly sounds filling enough as well as tasty.
Food delivery services are not new. Nutrisystem has over 170 food items, but only their Nu-Kitchen out of NYC can compare to the quality of the Fresh Diet. Jenny Craig offers 17 breakfast choices, 21 lunch choices, 28 dinner choices, and 25 desserts and snacks., but meals arrive frozen, not fresh. eDiets offers a Healthy Living Program where the food is delivered fresh or frozen. Medifast is primarily freeze-dried, more like camping food that a 3-star meal. Diet to Go does offer freshly prepared diet meals, along with all the little extras like fruit, juices, side items and condiments. BistroMD is similar, taking freshly prepared meals and quick freezing them for FedEx delivery to your home.
By Susan Brady