Nutrichef and Soulmatefood, two of the UK’s leading healthy meal delivery companies, have joined forces to deliver meals from the ground-breaking anti-cancer ‘Rainbow Diet’ direct to customers’ doors.
Nutrichef is the longest running diet delivery company in the UK. Starting as a supplier of sports nutrition for athletes, they moved into pre-made diet meals, delivered to people who want to lose weight as well.
The Rainbow Diet gets its name from the fact that consumers eat a wide variety of different coloured vegetables (in addition to moderate quantities of fish, meat and other sources of protein).
As Barbara Cox, head nutritionist and founder of Nutrichef explains, “Different coloured fruits and vegetables certainly make a meal look more appealing, but it’s the pigments that give the foods their colour that are really important. They’re all amazing sources of antioxidants – natural chemicals that help ward off illness. There’s lycopene - the red pigment in tomatoes; carotenoids that cause the yellow and orange in peppers, pumpkins and carrots; and there are the blue-coloured anthocyanins of blueberries and grapes. All of these are really essential elements to a healthy diet. Research shows that people who eat a wide range of pigmented fruit and vegetables are less likely to suffer from a range of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.”
Soulmatefood CEO, Christian Coates, explains, “I’ve long admired Barbara for her close association with Chris Woollams, who wrote ‘The Rainbow Diet’ and founded the charity Cancer Active, so I suggested that we work together to create a Rainbow Diet meal plan for people who are too busy to source the ingredients and prepare the meals themselves”.
We have tried out the rainbow diet, and the first thing to know is that deliveries come on a Monday for 3 days and then there is another delivery on Thursday for the rest of the week. There is a polystyrene cool box that is packed with coolants and you have to transfer the contents to your fridge. It is easy enough to know what you have to eat and when because there are large numbered stickers on each item of food packaging. Thus 1 equates to Monday breakfast, 2 to lunch and 3 to dinner. Therefore there will be 9 items in the first package.
Your meals will be delivered between Midnight and 9am, ours came at 00.30.
Your daily menu included with your plan details your daily meals
Your daily menu contains individual cooking instructions. Remember cooking times may vary depending on the power of your oven. It is actually a sheet of paper divided into 9 squares with brief details of the food for each meal and a key which refers to brief cooking instructions.
Nutrichef meals and containers are microwaveable. Although they do not recommend that method of heating some of the cooking instructions refer to 2-3 minutes in a microwave and they came out fine.
All meals are prepared in a kitchen that handles nuts.
Our first day comprised of a breakfast which was Banana yoghurt with cocoa and Pecan granola. Lunch was chicken with Quinona, fennel and pear and finally for dinner there was Oriental Salmon and Broccoli tray bake. The dinner was the pick of a very good bunch as the broccoli and other vegetables which included spinach merged together so well. However this is not to say that the fennel and pear combination wasn't a really good combination that brought out ther best of the chicken.
The second day began with a power vegetable frittata (a sort of quiche-come omlette), with a lunch of baked sweet potato with bean chilli and dinner comprised of a chickpea, vegetable and orange stew. The frittata had hints of onion and chilli and was very tasty. The lunch was baked sweet potato with bean chilli. Filling and with a strong taste. The dinner was a chickpea, vegetable and orange stew where the taste combinations certainly tantalised.
The third day started with a strawberry cheescake yoatie. So what is a yoatie? Basically oats covered in yoghurt which comes across as a cross beween a meusli and a cheesecake with a separate section which contains strawberries in sauce. this was slightly stodgy but nonetheless palatable. This was to be a turkey day as lunch and dinner were variations of the gobbler. Lunch was celeriac and vanilla soup and followed with roast turkey and cranberry wrap which included blueberries. Finally dinner was Honey and mustard turkey with spiced apples and pears and red cabbage.
The notes say let us know if you want smaller portions. Initially this was scoffed at with the thought that possibly larger portions might be a better option, but to be honest they are right. The meals are enough and at times you do feel that you might be able to handle a lesser portion.
Orders and info at www.nutrichef.co.uk
£16.00-£21 per day for the delivered diet food, depending on the length of time that you sign up for.
So does it work and assist you to lose weight? Well the answer is yes, in that our test subject was taking moderate exercise (a home based power walker) and stuck to the diet with just water and one cup of coffee and tea during the day and did lose a kilo over 3 days. Obviously you need to devote a longer period to the diet but the positives are that the menu is well thought out, tasty, filling and has plenty of variety. There is no preparation time and even the longest cooking time is around 10 minutes. Normally diets are boring and leave you still hungry. This wasn't the case here and indeed each meal was looked forward to.