We were sent a menu and my husband picked a day's worth of food to try. All the food sounded yummy in my opinion and my hubby eventually plumped for treacle and pecan granola (breakfast), spicy tomato and beef soup (lunch), mild chicken tikka masala (dinner) and an apricot and orange bar (snack). If I'm honest, that sounds like more food than I currently eat so I was pleased that my husband was trying this out instead of me!
Breakfast: Treacle and pecan granolaI was a bit disappointed when I poured the cereal into the bowl and added the milk. It didn't look like much of a serving and it was true, it wasn't. But, I've never really eaten much for breakfast anyway, so found the portion more than enough. It wasn't that tasty; it was quite bland but then again, it was pecan granola and it's difficult to make that taste any different.
All in all, I felt this was what I expected it to be - no different to one of the healthier cereals available in the supermarkets.
Lunch: Spicy tomato and beef soupBy lunchtime I was peckish but held off having the soup until 2pm. Now, being honest, I wasn't expecting much. Although the packaging of the food is very good and looks very smart, it is at the end of the day soup in a packet, or even a thick sauce. But, once I realised this is diet food and hey, the portion's are going to be smaller, I actually liked it.
It was a quick microwave job and once it was warmed up it smelt good and looked like an appetising soup. It was tasty (I could definitely taste the beef) and compared to packet soups and even some cheaper brands of supermarket soup, this was nice. It didn't fill me up, but I guess I'm used to more.
Snack: Apricot and orange barI had my afternoon snack at 4pm. Again, it's difficult to make these types of bars any different to the hundreds of others available in shops. They're all low calorie so you know from the outset you won't be getting a chocolate fix and there's no indulgence here. It was chewy and fairly tasty. I like apricot so chose the right flavour and it was enough to fill a gap.
Dinner: Chicken tikka masalaGiven what I do for a living and the hours I work (I'm a freelance broadcast journalist available 24 hours a day), I was still in the office when I had my dinner and I was really hoping for something substantial. At first look though, in the packet, the masala didn't look great. It looked like more soup, but I guess it's difficult to put chunks of chicken into a packet. I felt slightly better once I had decanted it into a bowl though; the packet was deceptive. There were pieces of chicken in there so I was quite looking forward to it and the curry was nice. As I said, I was relieved it did have some chicken in there, but disappointed no rice found its way into the recipe.
Other than that, as a diet dinner goes, it was surprisingly tasty.
OverallIt must be difficult to make good diet food but I think Diet Chef has done a good job; the packaging on this was classy; the portions were to be expected; I'd say it was better than average in terms of taste; and the range seemed quite vast.
I can't say I lost weight as I only did it for a day, and I'm not the kind of person who skips a meal and loses 4 pounds so I'd be lying if I guaranteed it worked. If you can afford to do it though, and have the commitment to a weight loss programme, then I would say give this a go. Don't be expecting Weight Watcher style dinners with lumpy potatoes and chunks of chicken; this is food in a packet that you can store in a cupboard and take to work. But, if you get past that, it's probably better than you think.
Please note: My husband was given a day's worth of Diet Chef products in exchange for writing this review. All opinions, as always, are 100% honest.