Finding a Healthy Balance

I can work pretty long hours and something I really struggle with is making sure that I eat healthily while I am at it. I try my hardest, I really do. I stock up on fruit and healthy snacks from Holland and Barrett so that I have healthy snacks to hand, I try and batch cook my meals at home and, if I can’t do that, I make sure I go to Pod or Itsu to pick up something healthy. Sometimes though, it all goes to pot.

I’ll end up being so busy that I can’t get out to get anything (this happened on Friday) and then I end up so hungry that I make bad choices, or I’ll go for meals with work and sometimes end up just choosing what everyone else chooses rather than going for the healthy option for fear of ridicule (peer pressure is real). I know these things are completely within my control but I am human and, when there’s a whole load of stress in my life, I find my discipline slipping with my eating.

What I do know is that a lot of this can be combatted with preparation. This week I had the pleasure of trying out the Chop’d “Healthy Balance” daily meal plan, which gives you all your daily meals for a set price. Healthy Balance includes a breakfast, lunch and dinner from Chop’d, plus a coffee and two bottles of water. It costs £12 a day, or £55 for a 5 day week (or £11 a day). I thought this was a super awesome idea; all the perks of being prepared without any of the preparation. A busy girl’s dream.

Picking up a big bag of food first thing in the morning is beyond satisfying.

Picking up a big bag of food first thing in the morning is beyond satisfying.

Picking up your Healthy Balance is a pretty satisfying experience. I chose to pick mine up all at once, but you can choose to collect your meals at each meal time too if you prefer. You pick out everything you want and walk out with a big bag of healthy food, which made me probably happier than it should have done.

For breakfast I chose the Mango and Banana pot, with oats, mango puree, raisins, coconut, mixed seeds and orange juice. It was absolutely delicious and really filling. I also went for a white coffee which was surprisingly good.

Mango and Banana oat pot, 252 calories

Mango and Banana oat pot, 252 calories (plus white coffee – 50 calories or so?)

Lunch was a jerk chicken salad, which had a generous portion of chicken, slow roasted red peppers and roasted sweet potato. I also chose a mango dressing, which was recommended and went with it really well. Delicious and also pretty filling, which is important when you’re working long days!

Jerk Chicken Salad - 269 calories (plus mango dressing - 176 calories)

Jerk Chicken Salad – 269 calories (plus mango dressing – 176 calories)

I chose a thai red prawn curry with coconut rice for dinner. I had a week of working late and it was great to have something that felt like a proper hot meal; I threw it in the microwave for five minutes or so and it was delightful.

Thai red prawn curry with coconut rice - 415 calories

Thai red prawn curry with coconut rice – 415 calories. Yes I sometimes have a horrible life where I eat all of my meals at my desk *plays small violin* 

I did need a few snacks to get me through the day (total calories from the food I got was 1165, way below my BMR of 1400 and recommended calories target of 1800) – I usually have granny smith apples, bananas, nakd bars, rice cakes and bounce balls to hand on any given day! I think on this day I had an apple and a nakd bar (strawberry crunch FTW).

Having fresh food all packaged up and ready to eat was great, and everything I had from Chop’d was super tasty and felt really healthy. I think £12 for all three meals (plus the coffee and two bottles of water) is a bargain too. When I buy food out I typically spend £4 on breakfast (Pod’s Superfood Scrambled Eggs forever), plus £2 on coffee, then around £6 on lunch, so that’s £12 before I’ve even got to dinner. I think that Healthy Balance is a cost effective convenient way to make sure you have healthy, fresh meals on hand and I will definitely be doing this again – the busy girl’s best friend!

Thank you to Chop’d for inviting me to try out your Healthy Balance meal plan without charge. All opinions are my own! 

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  1. tessietickle
    February 16, 2015 / 9:08 am

    That is actually great value, is it double that for 2 people? I guess it’s only in London too?

    • February 16, 2015 / 9:55 am

      I think they only have stores in London at the moment but worth checking their website? I think yeah just buy 2 lots and it’ll be £12 per person!

  2. February 16, 2015 / 10:41 am

    This is a great idea, especially when working late means there is no time for shopping or food preparation (ignoring that when I’m busy I have an inability to decide what I want to eat and like you mentioned, end up making poor choices as a result). I wonder if other cities in the UK have enough demand for something like this, though – I know that Lincoln could definitely do with a couple of healthy (and good value) lunch time choices so I stop buying cheese filled paninis or cheese covered jacket potatoes to keep me going.

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