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PreFab Food: Weight Watchers Meal Delivery Review.

Posted by Seattlejo on January 28, 2017 in Deb, prefab, Weight Watchers |

PreFab Food: Weight Watchers Meal Delivery Review.

In my previous post, I explained about the Weight Watchers new meal delivery service. Details included cost, how to sign up and meal examples. It’s great to know the details, but if it tastes like cardboard or another over salted, under flavored freezer meal, why bother?

What I ordered.

When you sign up for delivery, Fresh Realms starts with 3 days worth of foods. That’s 3 breakfasts, lunches, Dinners and snacks.  I switched it up immediately.

Snacks were overpriced, at $5 for a container of cantaloupe chunks or grapes was ridiculous. I picked the two snacks that looked interesting, a turkey roll-up and a bean and cheese roll up.

Some Breakfasts were  dumb. Paying $6 for a bagel and fruit, also struck me as impracticle for how I eat. Other breakfasts caught my eye, I specifically added a pumpkin parfait to the cart, excited to try it.

Lunches & Dinners looked good. So I maximized my Lunches and Dinners. My goal was to have my box delivery cover a full week of lunches and dinner.

 

This meant I had:

Snacks:

Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups with Carrots and Fruit (8SP)
Bean and Cheese Roll-ups with Carrots and Fruit (6SP)

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs with Greens and Grains (5 SP)
Huevos Rancheros Wrap (6 SP)
Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait (6 SP)
Egg & Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwich (8 SP)

Lunches
Turkey, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Cream Cheese, with salad (8 SP)
Market Style Salad with Chicken (2 SP)
Island Salad with Chicken (6 SP)
Roasted Vegetable Soup (0 SP)

Dinner
Grilled Salmon with Citrus Butter (8 SP)
Curried Chicken over Jasmine Rice with Roasted (4 SP)
Chili Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry (4 SP)
Pork and Pintos Enchilada Casserole (8 SP)
Orecchiette with Bacon and Ricotta (10 SP)
Chicken Thigh Meat with Greens, Sweet Potato  (6 SP)

How it tasted (AKA, the Delivery Review)

 

The Good

The second day I had the meals, was the best day ever. Everything tasted awesome, and I was all excited. I told my boyfriend. “We’re eating these while I am in my pmp bootcamp and you have class”

What made me say that?

 

A perfect breakfast sandwich  that came with grapes. The grapes were so good, and so inspiring that I went out and bought grapes. I never do that!

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted vegetable soup that tasted like pizza in a bowl. I paired this with another of the dishes, and ended up with a turkey sandwich and soup. Yum.

 

 

 

 

 

An enchilada bowl with flavor and spice.While some cheese would have gone a long way, this was tasty. I served it over some wilted spinach. (I’m a huge fan of “more veg”

 

 

 

 

But the problems….

I had a choice of having the food delivered on Thursday or Saturday. I chose Saturday, hoping the food would cover my entire work week. In fact I was excited about this prospect.

See?? Look at the date

The food arrived and stamped on the front of each was the expiration date. Wednesday, January 18th. The food arrived Saturday January 14th.

Instead of having food for Monday-Friday. I had food for Sat-Wed. Not my ideal.
I contacted chat and was told “It should be fine”

In the end, it wasn’t. In fact I didn’t eat the following dishes because they smelled off, or were bulging at the seams of the plastic container when I went to eat. Disappointing.

 

Market Style Salad with Chicken (2 SP)
Grilled Salmon with Citrus Butter (8 SP)
Curried Chicken over Jasmine Rice with Roasted (4 SP)
Chili Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry (4 SP)
Bean and Cheese Roll-ups with Carrots and Fruit (6SP)

The Points? They don’t add up.

The program material was clear that the points wouldn’t be spot on, after all when fresh realm wrote up the nutritional information they don’t leave off the fruit and veg that WW gives you for free. So the number you scan with your barcode reader may be different then what’s printed on the top, and different then what you calculate on the back. It’s often just a point or two. Not a huge deal. With 1 exception.

The curious case of Pumpkin Parfait

Pumpkin Parfait

Pumpkin Parfait.

I had really been excited for this dish. In fact I added an extra breakfast to make sure I could try this one. The first disappointment was the flavor. Despite having pumpkin, spices and maple syrup in the ingredient list, this was bland and sour, lumpy and not pleasant to eat. So I didn’t finish it.

The points on it are curious though. The package reads 6 SP.  See:

6 SP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In fact, if you scan the picture, it pops up with it on the official WW app.
Then if you flip it over and look at the ingredients?

It doesn’t match. The calorie stats on the back are more then double what you expect. If you use the manual calculator it tells you it it 20 SP. Sure WW leaves off the good stuff like fruit and veg. There isn’t 14 SP worth of pumpkin in this dish.
So clearly, there is reason to second guess and not trust that what you’re getting is going to match up with what you need to stay on plan. Eating 30 SP a day, I can’t afford a 20 SP breakfast dish that tastes bland and gross.

 

How did everything else taste?

 

Snacks:

Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups with Carrots and Fruit (8SP) One of my favorite items, loved the fruit, the turkey and cheese was tasty. Should be a lunch at 8SP.
Bean and Cheese Roll-ups with Carrots and Fruit (6SP)  Went bad before I could eat it.

 

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs with Greens and Grains (5 SP) Gross. No real flavor. The greens were stems of kale, hard to eat. Needed salsa, cheese, and something else to put it into the tasty zone.
Huevos Rancheros Wrap (6 SP) Good. I’d eat it again happily.
Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait (6 SP) Gross. See above.
Egg & Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwich (8 SP) Good! Lots of cheese, maybe even too much? A little high on the SP, but it fit.

Lunches:

Turkey, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Cream Cheese, with salad (8 SP) The sandwich was awesome. I’ll be making something similar. The salad was wilty, and didn’t appeal. The balsamic dressing didn’t bring much flavor. I tipped the chickpeas into the soup and left the rest.
Market Style Salad with Chicken (2 SP)  Went bad before I could eat it.
Island Salad with Chicken (6 SP) Was good. Not amazing, not terrible. I didn’t like the croutons but the rest was good.
Roasted Vegetable Soup (0 SP) Was good. Tasted like a bowl of pizza. I tipped the chickpeas into it from the turkey sandwich meal and that made it even better.

Dinner:

Grilled Salmon with Citrus Butter (8 SP) Went bad before I could eat it.
Curried Chicken over Jasmine Rice with Roasted (4 SP) Went bad before I could eat it.
Chili Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry (4 SP) Went bad before I could eat it.
Pork and Pintos Enchilada Casserole (8 SP) Good! I liked this. I would spend a few SP on cheese or sour cream to make it better, but it was a solid choice. 
Orecchiette with Bacon and Ricotta (10 SP) Good! I wanted more veg, but beyond that this was tasty and reheated well.
Chicken Thigh Meat with Greens, Sweet Potato  (6 SP) Gross. The greens were kale stems again, and fennel. The chicken thighs were tough, gritty, fatty lumps.  Never again.

The Bottom Line:

I won’t be ordering again. It’s too expensive, and unreliable to have to go out mid week to get more food. I also had a week where the delivery didn’t come at all, because of a winter storm in Memphis. (The box was traveling from Sacramento to Seattle, tell me how Memphis fits in, it got as far as Oregon before the delivery was scrubbed)

I also don’t trust the points. If I want to use this to stay on plan, I expect to be able to trust point counts. It’d be different if it was simply filling where you were just focused on what was in the food and the portion size you were eating.

Some folks have seen success in freezing the meals when they come in and reheating them from frozen. If I’m ordering something called Fresh Realm, I don’t expect to have freezer meals.

Questions? Please reach out to me via comments!

All of the pictures

Curious about what something looked like? Here are all the pictures I took for this.

 













































 

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