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CF Blog August 22

Strength:IMG_5218
Barbell Single Leg RDL
4 x 6 reps/leg

WOD: 5 Rounds
45 sec Wall Sit
8 Hang Power Clean ​155/105
10 T2B
18/15 cal row
*90 sec rest b/w rounds
*can add weight to Wall-Sit

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In case you missed it, Barbend.com did a review of The Good Kitchen last week – so cool!  Check out what they had to say (TGK did score a 9 out of 10!!):

The Good Kitchen Review 

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PROS

  • Consistent Taste
  • Unique Meal Options
  • Fair Bulk Order Pricing
  • Straight Forward Nutrition

CONS

  • Pricey Minimal Orders
  • Smaller Sized Meals

The Good Kitchen is a food delivery service oriented for the health conscious consumer. They offer ready-made meals designed to provide you with organic and locally sourced ingredients. In addition, they offer you the option to add on various a la carte items to meal plans, and have a children’s meal plan.

All of The Good Kitchen’s Meals are non-GMO, and free of food additives, so they’re a good option for the health driven strength athlete. We compared The Good Kitchen to other healthy food delivery services and assessed their meals in taste, appearance, nutrition, convenience, customizability, and price.

Taste

We received five meals from The Good Kitchen, but for brevity purposes, we included two meals within our review. The meals we included were the Primal Italian Chicken Sausage & Eggs With Cheese Grits and Beef Barbacoa With Chili Dusted Sweet Potato. To keep this review consistent with our others we heated these meals up in the microwave, per the packages instructions.

The first meal we tested was the Italian chicken sausage & eggs with cheese grits. Chicken sausage can go either way with flavoring, but I thought their sausage did a good job at capturing an Italian taste without losing the bite of the chicken. Additionally, the texture was pretty consistent and the meat didn’t have an overly chewy taste like pork sausage can get when microwaved.

Next, we tried and the eggs and cheese grits alone and in combination with each other. As I suspected, the eggs were good, but somewhat bland alone. It’s hard to keep an egg’s original texture and bite after being reheated. But if you combine the eggs with the cheese grits, then they had a good texture and flavoring. If you’re not a fan of mixing foods, then you’ll be pleased with the flavor and texture of the cheese grits alone. They have a nice cheesy bite, and a dense texture, so they capture the true essence of what grits should be.

The second meal we tested was the beef barbacoa with chili dusted sweet potatoes, and we found it had similar attributes in taste and texture as the first meal. I liked the beef barbacoa for it’s texture and composition. Beef barbacoa can sometimes get rubbery when reheated, but I thought The Good Kitchen’s beef did a good job at staying true to it’s form. My only beef with their beef was the flavoring, I thought it was somewhat bland, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

If you combine the beef barbacoa with the chili dusted sweet potatoes, then you’ll find that their flavors complement each other very well. The subtly blander taste of the beef mixed with the spicy chili dust did a good job balancing each other out. Stand alone, the sweet potatoes were great, and the chili dust gave them a unique bite that left your mouth watering.

The Good Kitchen Appearance

When it comes to appearance, I thought The Good Kitchen did a fairly good job at packaging their meals. The meals arrive in one single plastic container and have a plastic film that’s vacuum sealed over them. When meals are packaged like this I have two immediate standout features I look for. First, how does the company do at separating ingredients. Second, are they packaged in a way that prevents them from getting messy while traveling.

The Good Kitchen’s foods all make contact with each other, so the picky eater may have some issue with foods mixing. Otherwise, I thought they did a pretty good job at keeping the foods in their respective space for coming one container. Unlike some companies that utilize one container packaging, their packages have a vacuum seal, so the meals traveled well and didn’t become overly messy in transit. Whether plated or in their tray, I thought the meals looked appetizing before and after prep.

The Good Kitchen Nutrition

The Good Kitchen’s meals did a good job at providing you with easy to read/find labels, but lacked in some respects. On the back of every meal, you’ll find nutrition facts with caloric and macronutrient breakdown, which is a positive for athletes. Also, this is ideal for anyone tracking calories/macros for a specific goal in mind. In addition, they list each meal’s ingredients, so there’s no guesswork behind where macros/calories are coming from.

The only issue I had with The Good Kitchen’s nutrition was the variance in total calories and meal macro totals. Every meal is pretty consistent, but does vary slightly. We found (from the five meals we received) calories varied between 250-410, and macros respectively of meal composition between 5-15g. While these aren’t huge margins, athletes who need very specific meals may have trouble remaining consistent with The Good Kitchen’s options.

The Good Kitchen Calories

As mentioned above, The Good Kitchen’s total caloric values varied slightly between meals. From our meals, we experienced a variance of 250-410 calories, which is a small degree of difference between them. This is good for those who need somewhat consistent meals, but don’t need to be pinpoint accurate in their tracking.

The downside to these sized meals is that their caloric totals are a little low for the athlete that needs ample calories on a daily basis. I think putting on weight, or maintaining a higher bodyweight would be difficult with this service.

read entire review here…

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