First of all, it has been way too long since I have posted on here. Life has been so busy lately that I've barely touched my laptop and therefore I have barely had time to blog. I'm back now though and I have a few posts lined up!
Towards the end of last year, I was contacted about a new brand called Exante Diet. I'll be honest, anything with the word "diet" tends to put me off quite quickly as it just makes me think of fad diets and starving yourself. However, having seen that Exante Diet also included actual food, I figured I'd give it a go.
These shakes* were what I was most apprehensive about because the thought of replacing an entire meal with a shake was just a little daunting, plus it made me hungry just thinking about it.... These are designed to be mixed with about 250ml of water. I tried this with the toffee caramel one to begin with and I have to say, it was hard to stomach. All I could taste was the soy protein and it wasn't great. I found that the trick with these is to mix them with almond milk instead of water, much more pleasant to taste! I also preferred to use these as a pre-workout drink as they definitely didn't fill me up and I'm not entirely convinced about replacing meals with shakes.
Food! I'm a major foodie so it was nice to see that there was actual food included in this package. The portion sizes are fairly small so I found that this was best eaten at lunch. The pasta carbonara* was lovely and creamy but perhaps a little bland in comparison to the real thing. The spaghetti bolognese* was also a little on the bland side but nothing a sprinkle of herbs and spices couldn't fix!
These soups* were far better than the spaghetti bolognese and pasta in my opinion. They came out nice and thick, perhaps a little too thick, but it's a bit of trial and error when it comes to the amount of water you add. They would also make a great sauce to pour on top of some fresh green veg.
These diet bars* were the products that I was most looking forward to trying out but I wasn't overly impressed by them. They all tasted the same to me and all I could really taste was soy protein. If you like the taste of soy protein then you'll probably quite enjoy these but they weren't for me and there was no way I could eat one of these as a meal.
Overall, I definitely don't think I'll be replacing my meals with diet products anytime soon but I'm all for trying new things to see what works. For now, I'll be sticking to my healthy meals and regular exercise.
Have you ever tried anything similar?