I really really was so very excited when I first heard that TFD was creating a cookbook of their wonderful recipes so that those of us who didn't live in their delivery area (or like me couldn't afford to continue on the plan) could still follow along with their healthy recipes. I think the day it was available for sale ........ I rushed to purchase it. I sent my almost $25 dollars for the book (almost as much for the "cheapest" shipping as the cost of the book) and waited.
And I waited because of some changes that were being made, per the email I received but that it would be here before the holidays......... And it was JUST before the holidays that I received my copy. I did do a real quick look through and saw that it was signed by Chef Yos - was one of the "benefits" that was received for ordering early. I was really excited because as the cover says it has "99 recipes from the Fresh Diet kitchens that will please your palate and your waistline"
In the last week or so I have been going through the book and trying to decide if it was a joke or if they could really be selling this program as a "healthy" way of eating. To say I am upset is an understatement. They start out by saying that they have "coded" the recipes as "vegetarian", "gluten-free" or "favorites" - I found quite a few recipes that had "no" coding ..... or which, when you look at the facebook page you would think is a "favorite" .... but not coded as such. They have 3 cheesecake recipes ... but only one is coded as a "favorite" and its not even one I've seen noted anyplace as a favorite. I also believe this really needed a good proof-reading that it didn't get - or if it did .. some proof-reader needs to be fired.
There are so many recipes that should have been "expanded" instead of telling you to buy an ingredient at the store. For instance - the Toasted Granola with Diced Pears & Honey Almond Ricotta Cheese ...... NOT listed as a favorite, although it appears to be THE favorite of most Facebook Followers (and one of mine too, as this was my picture) and you are suppose to go buy granola that has less than 10g of sugar ........
Then we move on to lunch entrees.
I almost wish I had a picture of the "lunch" entree - Maple Glazed Ham Salad with Diced Pears, Toasted Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Baby Lettuce & Raspberry Vinaigrette ....... but then maybe not since the stats are 537 calories, 33g fat (more than 1/2 of your entire day), 1,168mg sodium (almost 1/2 of your entire day!) 21g sugar and 24g protein.
Oh and they also have a Crab Salad Sandwich on 9 grain bread that is 273 calories, 6g fat, 1,734mg sodium, 5g sugar and 27g protein. And THAT is for HALF a sandwich! Seriously?? The picture above, was one of the lunches I had from the NY kitchen when I first started in 2010 - as you can see it was a WHOLE sandwich. I did see pictures from the CA kitchen (probably from later in 2011 based on what was with it) that was also a whole sandwich but was actually on a bread that LOOKED like a grained bread ... this was looked more like a "soft white" whole wheat (MAYBE) that you can get in the grocery store (think Wonder)
The Philly Cheese Steak Whole Wheat Wrap with Sauteed Bell Peppers & Mozzarella is another favorite of many but again not listed as such in the book. This is one of the sandwich wraps I received when I was getting my meals, and was one of those that "sold" me on The Fresh Diet, although this is a picture after I had been receiving my meals for a while and was seriously deficient in anything in the way of filling. I seriously doubt there was any "meat" in this wrap, but that was the NY kitchen all too often. The stats say it has 406 calories, 16g fat, 842mg sodium, 0 fiber, 27g protein.
Now we go onto some of the dinner items.
Then we move on to snacks and desserts .... again a lot of OMG and missing ingredients.
Here we have Grilled Shrimp with Mango Salsa, is another one of those questionable ingredient/direction recipes. Again you make 4 servings with the recipe that calls for 2 shrimp per serving but only lists 6 shrimp in the ingredients. The stats are 20 calories, 182mg sodium, 2.8g sugar and 1.6g protein.
Mini Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherds Pie is another recipe that makes 8 servings (why?) that was never a favorite of mine to be sure. Sure didn't ever look all that appetizing either. Although I will admit this is one of the better looking ones. This is one I received early on in my meal delivery. And to add to the wonderfulness of this dish - it has 134 calories, 5g fat, 234mg sodium, 1g fiber, 2g sugar and 13g protein
accredited online schools, which should also be able to teach you how to make a low carb sugar-free truffle cheesecake. Now that does sound good doesn't it?
I took a long time to do this post. This review was in no way requested by The Fresh Diet, and they probably would have wished (if they see it at all) that I didn't post this review. I really didn't want to give it a "bad" review, but I have to say there really wasn't anything more I could do. There were so many things that proof-reading should have caught, way too many "store bought" items that gave no guidance, and then some of the stats were soooo bad I'm not sure how this could be touted as "Calorie Controlled meals with an added unique twist to healthy cooking" or even "anchors our belief that flavor and freshness are the fundamental ingredients in any healthy diet. That's what makes our dishes not only healthy but inspiring!" but way too much sugar and sodium from the look of the stats.
One of the things I may do, when I get a chance, is find a good program to recalculate these recipes and see if the stats are in fact correct or if this is another case of proof-reading gone bad.
Sorry Fresh Diet, this is a very sad "Fresh Take on Diets". I almost wish this had been a "free" book I was given for review since the $25 I paid ($15 for book/$10 for shipping ) was too much for this considering you can get much better recipes from Taste of Home Diet Comfort Foods ANNUAL book (380 recipes) for about what I paid before shipping.