I’ve been sent a lot of free food this month, the latest being a 3 day supply of lovingly prepared detox grub from Nosh Detox.
I chap came round on Sunday evening and presented me with 3 boutique style bags of food; Ocado never manage to make their deliveries look so chic.
It was rather exciting to unpack the sealed pouches of food and see what I had in store for the next few days. There was a fair smorgasbord and I struggled to find space for in the fridge. Whenever I embark on a DIY detox I very quickly run out of ideas and settle for the same old meals day in and day out. With the Nosh Detox program, there was an impressive variety of meals supplied, with only a green bean and onion snack repeated across the 3 days.
Nosh Detox was set up by Geeta Sidhu-Robb who was inspired by her success in helping her son recover from eczema and asthma by means of natural supplementation and clean eating. Now Nosh Detox aim to use natural wholefoods to rebalance the body’s nutrient deficiencies and provide their meal plans to high performance individuals from athletes to the stereotypical hard working city person as well as people looking for health solutions due to bad eating habits and nutrient deficiencies.
Nosh Detox offer a range of detox options, including juice detoxes and a variety of wholefood options. I chose the whole food No Sugar No Yeast detox option for my 3 days.
Day 1 started with a brown rice porridge which I had cold as I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to be eating everything cold and raw. Mid morning I had a green bean and onion snack and then moved quickly to the chick pea, aubergine and onion salad for lunch. The afternoon snack was an anti-inflammatory turmeric and cauliflower saute, followed by a chicken stirfry for tea. I couldn’t manage another cold meal at this point and opted to heat the stirfry over a dry frying pan.
There was plenty of food for one day!
A bit of a trend was noted across the 3 days for quite large portions of the same food. So with the chickpea salad it was a large bowl comprised almost entirely of chickpeas. While I’m never one to complain about a hefty portion I did find it a bit samey by the end of my meal. Over the course of day though, I found there was plenty of variety across the 5 meals.
The food pouches themselves weren’t labelled but each bag contained a menu for the day so I knew what to select as I left for work. The lack of labelling led to a few shocks. The vibrant green cocktail for my morning snack in Day 2 was very definitely pea green but tasted nothing like peas. When I got home I checked the menu to discover that it was actually a cucumber and mint cooler, not a pea in sight.
The food Nosh Detox produce is seasonal with menus developed on the day of cooking so you are unlikely to find that your menus would match those that I received. The photos should give you an idea of how fresh and vibrant you can expect the dishes to be though.
This seasonal approach probably makes it quite difficult to provide detailed nutritional information but as I’m used to studying the ingredient list and macronutrient content of my foods I found this a bit uncomfortable . The recipes are however gluten free, dairy free, egg free and mostly nut free so there’s not much left to cause concern. All Nosh Detox customers are open to having a complementary health chat on the phone with a health coach or nutritionist which can be either booked at the end or the beginning of their program and this is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns.
The food was obviously made with care and designed to reduce inflammation and generally enhance your wellbeing but it’s very expensive. For one person, a weeks supply of whole food dishes will cost in the region of £400 which is pretty hard to swallow.
However, if you have that sort of money you’ll probably be working all hours and might appreciate having someone take the stress out of finding healthy foods for your every meal. Even if you will end up cooking for yourself in the long run, this is a great way to increase your repertoire and get ideas for healthy new foods. You are likely to feel great after the first week of detox too.
I myself discovered the delight of coconut chip snacks and the satisfaction of a well cooked spear of asparagus. Nosh Detox sauté their asparagus so it has a definite crunch while I have been steaming mine to within an inch of mush. Never again, my asparagus days start over.