The past couple of months has been one of the busiest periods of my life. On way-more-than-one occasion between October and December, the only thing I did at home was sleep and, if I was lucky, eat. With ClassPass and physical therapy and dance and the holidays, I just did not have free nights. I fell in love with the concept of cooking a big meal on Fridays and/or Saturdays and freezing the leftovers for weeknight dinners a couple years ago, but lately I haven’t had time to put together a meal on Friday or Saturday, either. My leftover stash quickly dwindled, but on most of those busy busy nights, I didn’t want to take the time to even boil water for pasta, meaning dinner often looked like Subway or a woefully expensive trip to the Whole Foods hot bar. When Factor 75 contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their service, I jumped on the opportunity. I had heard of Factor 75 before (I believe I even sampled some of their food at the 2013 CARA Super Clinic before marathon training), but I had never actually used the service for myself. Factor 75, if you haven’t heard of it, delivers healthy, fresh meals to your doorstep (if you live in Illinois or certain areas of the Midwest, that is.) Using high quality protein, low glycemic carbohydrates and heart healthy fats, Factor 75 creates meals designed to help you perform at your highest level, whether that be at work, in fitness, or just in life generally. The meals arrive at your home all ready to be eaten — you only need to warm them up. I tried three meals: the tostada bake, Factor chili and the ever-popular butternut squash lasagna. Like I said, meal prep could not be more straightforward: Just popped that (minus the top and condiments) in the microwave and voila! Dinner! This was the tostada bake, and I’ve got to be honest: it defeated me. WHOA BABY does this have a kick! Granted, I have barely any spice tolerance (I can’t do anything more than mild salsa), so if you happen to love spicy food, I imagine this tostada bake would be right up your alley. The Factor chili, made with ground turkey, was much more my speed. Absolutely delicious! Plus it came with cornbread (not may-as-well-be-yellow-cake cornbread, but cornbread nevertheless), and there aren’t many food combos I enjoy more than chili and cornbread. I’ve gotten the impression that Factor 75’s butternut squash is its “classic” dish, and I can see why. I’ve made no secret of the fact that squash is pretty high on my list of Foods I Don’t Like, but this business was delicious. I actually ate the butternut squash before my dance graduation back in December. I often have trouble during dance as a result of whatever I ate during dinner, and based on the volume and vegetable-y nature of this dish, I really though I was setting myself up for disaster. Much to my surprise, I had no problems getting through dance class or graduation afterwards (well, at least not from a tummy perspective. I had a lot on my mind in relation to graduation which made class a disaster of choreography forgetting on my part, but that had nothing to do with dinner ;) ). Overall verdict: Factor 75 is great. I will say that the meals are a bit $$, but the price is equivalent to what you’d probably spend on dinner if you went out in Chicago, and if your options are going out or eating in with Factor 75, I imagine most of the time your Factor 75 meal would be fresher and/or healthier than what you’d find at a restaurant. Interested in trying Factor 75 for yourself? Sign up here (<–affiliate link), and order at least five meals to receive your free meal! Hooray free things!
*Disclaimer: I received three Factor 75 meals (and one snack of Superfood Bites due to delivery confusion — they were also delicious) for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, etc. etc.