The number one question we get asked is: “After I finish cleansing, can I go back to eating what I used to eat before I started cleansing?” We have to counter that question with a question of our own: “Does it make sense to return to what you were eating if you diet led you to cleanse in the first place?” Rather than reverting to old, unhealthy dietary habits, we hope that you take what you learned about the raw foods diet while cleansing and incorporate that into life after cleansing.
We don’t expect people to continue eating a raw foods diet, but eating more plant-based foods is the encouraged idea. Plant-based eating may be out of the norm for a lot of people, which is why meal prep or meal delivery services can be beneficial if you want to eat a healthier diet. In an effort to provide our customers with healthy options after cleansing, we contacted to Fresh N Lean to try out their meal delivery service.
What Is Fresh N Lean?
Fresh N Lean provides healthy meals that are prepared from scratch, and the company delivers prepared meals, which come in eco-friendly and microwave-safe containers, straight to your door. The meals are already cooked and you just have to warm them up, which makes Fresh N Lean different from the Sun Basket meals we recently reviewed. They source their ingredients from local vendors and they have a variety of plans to best accommodate your dietary needs. They had vegan and vegetarian options, so we tried two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners, all of which are reviewed below.
Raspberry Coconut Loaf
This is a perfect portion for those who don’t want to eat a lot in the morning. Accompany this gluten-free, dairy-free loaf with a banana and you’ll be fully energized. If you want to keep your sugar intake down, this is the breakfast for you. If you need a little extra sweetness, drizzle a little grade A maple syrup on top.
Golden Raisin Almond Oatmeal
This fiber-rich bowl helps to keep you satiated for hours! The golden raisins add a touch of sweetness and you get a surprise crunch in every bite from the almond slivers. The inherent flavors of both the almond and coconut milks come through as well. We doctored it up by mixing in a little cinnamon powder, grade A maple syrup, sliced bananas, and some strawberries and blueberries.
Green Pasta Salad
The creamy dressing on this pasta salad complemented the freshness of the ingredients quite nicely. We loved the different textures, from the crunchy tartness of the apple to the softness of the thinly sliced cabbage. This dish actually is reminiscent of coleslaw. The only downside was that the pasta was undercooked and crunchy.
Summer Squash Cauliflower Quinoa
This is a perfectly portioned meal to fill you up for lunch. Don’t worry about a lack of protein because you will get a healthy dose from the quinoa and broccoli. Quinoa is a tricky ingredient because it demands seasoning to avoid blandness. This dish had seasoning, but it would be improved with more spices or a sauce.
Mushroom Aioli Brown Rice With Tofu
You have to love tofu in order to enjoy this meal. The mushroom rice was flavored nicely, but the piece of tofu was a little too large for the amount of seasoning that was on it. It may have also benefited from being marinated or having its own sauce.
Sweet Bean Curry
This was our favorite dish of the ones we received from Fresh N Lean. The sauce packed bold flavors and it proved to be a satisfying meal. If you are new to chickpeas, this dish will help you learn to love them.
If you need help planning your meals and want meals that are pre-made and ready to go, Fresh N Lean may be a great option for you. They use healthy ingredients and the meals are perfectly portioned for those who are looking to watch their waistlines.
All Dherbs customers can get 10% off their first order from Fresh N Lean, and 10% off each recurring week that you remain a member, by using code DHERBS. Note that this meal prep is not raw, so you cannot eat these meals while you are cleansing. They can, however, be beneficial in your transition to a healthier diet after you finish cleansing.