When I was younger, it didn't matter if I ate pizza and cheeseburgers all week. My weight never really fluctuated, so I ate whatever I wanted- whenever I wanted. In the past few years, my metabolism has changed but my eating habits haven't. Now that I work in HR and sit in an office chair most of my work day, I'm not as active as I used to be and it's had an effect on my waistline. My husband surprised me with a trip to the Bahamas for our 5th wedding anniversary, and while I'm really excited for warm weather and pina coladas, I'm dreading throwing on a bikini. I decided I wanted to lose a few pounds but didn't want to go on some fad diet or two-month meal plan of gross, frozen foods. My friends have gone on crash diets and I've seen first hand how hard it is for them when they yo-yo the weight right back on.
One of my coworkers recently lost a dress size right before her friend's wedding, so I decided to ask her for some tips. She said she uses Splendid Spoon and loved it. I told her I wasn't interested in eating diet bars or using weird point systems, but she promised it was different. So, I looked into it and found out that Splendid Spoon is a subscription meal plan that sends plant-based, ready-to-eat soups made of fresh ingredients right to your door. They're not a weight-loss plan: their focus is on creating the most nutrient-dense and delicious soups and smoothies possible for people that want to eat cleaner. But, the soups and smoothies are calorie controlled, low sugar, and low fat (not to mention totally vegan) so a ton of people (like my coworker) lose weight without feeling like they're on a diet. The soups are chef and dietician-designed, so there's no doubt the meals are both healthy and packed full of flavor.
Splendid Spoon's menu is full of all sorts of cuisines, and the cool part about it is that you have complete control over your plan, so you can choose what soups you get sent. Immediately, I knew I wanted to try the Cauliflower Tikka, because cumin is my favorite spice, and the Lentil & Kale, made with organic carrots, kale, red and green lentils, and rosemary, sounded too good to pass up. All the soups are plant-based and made with superfoods, like turmeric, kale, and bok choy, and are loaded with the nutrients your body needs to boost its wellbeing. The soups arrived chilled and ready-to-heat, so all I had to do was warm them up in the microwave. I started taking the soups to work and substituting my regular lunch for a Splendid Spoon meal, which made a huge difference in my steady energy levels throughout the day.
By substituting my breakfast and lunch for Splendid Spoon, I eat fewer total calories during the day. I do a low sugar smoothie for breakfast, and their plant-based soups are only about 400 calories each, so they're a lot healthier than my usual lunch. My usual steak burrito clocks in at over a thousand calories. Just by switching out my lunch with Splendid Spoon, I've lost about 5 pounds in a month. I've noticed the biggest difference around my stomach, and I think that getting rid of all the excess sodium and processed junk in my diet really helped me lose several inches from my waistline. Plus, if I'm craving steak, I can still have my Chipotle bowl for dinner. That's what I love about Splendid Spoon: I can lose weight without having to totally change the way I eat. Dinners and weekends are still totally my own. Plus, with the subscription plan, each meal only comes to about $9, so my wallet is loving it just as much as my tummy. I'm going to keep eating Splendid Spoon for breakfast and lunch next month before I go to the Bahamas, and am really looking forward to feeling my best and rocking a new swimsuit with a flat tummy.
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