Made by Mel Review
It's been some weeks since you've heard about my 7 in Seven weight loss challenge, my goal to lose my last 7lbs in 7 weeks. Well as I was blogging about the 20+ fitness studios and events that I visited, and all the meals I enjoyed, this minor thing called hurricane Harvey came through. With that I also had to essentially start over on our signature event #GirlsNightOut, with only 30 days to relaunch. To give you some perspective, the last #GNO event took 3 months to prepare. In other words...life happened. This is actually the perfect intro to eating well and staying healthy when the storms of life throw you totally off track.
Before all the distruptions I had the pleasure of trying Made by Mel, an individual meal preparation and delivery service here in Houston. The creator, Melanee has been in the Fitness industry for 12 years. In 2013 she prepared for her first bikini body building competition, which had a huge impact on her perspective of the role food plays in creating a healthy body. Now she uses her meal-prep skills to help others eat healthful, easy, and accessible meals. Here's what was on the menu.
Chunky Monkey Proatmeal ( Protein + Oatmeal)
Cold-soaked oatmeal made with chocolate protein powder, peanut butter powder, banana, coconut, and almond milk
Oriental Salad with Peanut Dressing
Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, carrots, edamame, peanut dressing, and chow mein noodles
Balsamic Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Brussels Sprouts
Pork tenderloin in a balsamic-shallot vinaigrette paired with roasted Brussels sprouts and brown rice
Cajun Shrimp Boil
Shrimp, turkey sausage, potato, and corn on the cob, boiled in a Cajun spice mix
Total disclosure, I wasn't sure that I'd like the Chunky Monkey Proatmeal, and yet this was one of my favorite items. It was flavorful without being too sweet, and the banana contrasted well with the graininess of the oatmeal. I loved it! My other favorite was the Oriental Salad. I love Asian-inspired food so I am very partial to this dish. The Cajun Shrimp Boil was seasoned well with a little kick, and I love, love, loooved the balsamic-shallot vinaigrette that came with the pork tenderloin.
All of her meals are made assuming that you'll be eating 4 meals each day, and they come in 3 different sizes.
- SMALL meals are based around a 1500 calorie/day diet and contain 350-400 calories each.
- MEDIUM meals are based around a 1800 calorie/day diet and contain 425-475 calories each.
- LARGE meals are based around a 2000 calorie/day diet and contain 475-525 calories each.
More Reasons to Try Made by Mel
- Meals are delivered right to your door on Sundays, ready for the week ahead.
- You can order from a menu of options OR you can build your own meals.
- Meals are fully cooked and individually packed, ready to go in the microwave
- No calorie counting, all your meals are pre-measured.
- Low Carb Options
- Very Affordable