As a nutritionist people often come to see me for weight loss, glowing skin or extra energy. These might be a measure we can see on the outside but I believe it is far more important to invest in your internal health and do everything you can to reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, including silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. I wrote about pre-diabetes and insulin resistance here. With more than 100,000 Australians having developed diabetes in the past year it is likely that you know someone living with diabetes.
I first came across Hit100 when researching a university assignment looking at strategies for managing diabetes and insulin resistance. Hit 100 is a meal delivery service catering specifically for people living with diabetes. The meals have been developed by dietitians and prepared by chefs and are aimed at improving blood sugar levels. Hit100 were kind enough to offer me a few frozen meals to try.
chicken tikka marsala
hearty beef stew
pumpkin and ricotta lasagna
There are plenty of other choices on the hit100 website including some great looking breakfast and lunch options like corn fritters and oat and berry pikelets.
What are they?
The Hit100 meals are based on the latest healthy eating guidelines containing non-starchy vegetables, good quality carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean proteins. These are the guidelines we all should be following - whether or not we have insulin resistance, diabetes or not.
If you have diabetes you don't need to avoid carbohydrates - carbohydrates play an essential role in your diet as they are the main source of energy your bodies rely on to function optimally. Many carbohydrate based foods are also a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, which all act together to keep us healthy.
How did they taste?
I heated the dishes in our oven (microwave for 5 mins is also an option) for 35 minutes and tried the meals with my two teenage kids. We enjoyed all the meals with the favourite being the hearty beef stew closely followed by the chicken tikka marsala. What I loved was the generous serve of veggies on the side. I was concerned that the veggies would not heat up well in the oven but they had a delicious lemon salsa on them and were all eaten up.
I liked that the meals had a decent amount of protein (17 for the lasagne to 29 for the beef stew) and you could see real pieces of chicken and beef. The sodium levels are less than 120mg/100g which means they are considered as low in salt. The portion size was ideal for a woman, an active teenager or man might like these for lunch or need some extra veggies at dinner.
When would I use these?
While I am a big fan of cooking and believe you can put together a quick healthy dinner in less than 20 minutes, I realise not everyone likes cooking and also sometimes even 20 minutes is too much to ask. These are a great option to have in the the freezer and much much healthier than takeaway pad-thai. I also think they would be a great option to get for an older parent or friend who might not enjoy cooking for themselves.
Want to know more?
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* As mentioned Hit100 provided these meals free to me for my review. I only post reviews of products that I like and am happy to use. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.