The GoodBox: Healthy Meals Delivered to Your Doorstep

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Diet and exercise should make me fit and lean. Easier said than done! After packing on quite a few pounds from 3 pregnancies and I have to admit my love for sweets it’s been tough getting back into shape. When an opportunity to try The GoodBox healthy meals appeared through Mommy Bloggers Philippines I eagerly signed up.

I’ve been hearing about this sort of diet program where healthy meals are delivered to your doorstep. I have a friend who has tried this and she and her husband are doing great which was another reason I was encouraged to try it!

The GoodBox is made up of a team of chefs all from Enderun Colleges, one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the Philippines. The meal program offers you 6 different meal calorie menus depending on what you want to achieve. You may be wanting to lose a few pounds, maintaining your current weight or even want to gain some pounds. The GoodBox can help you by providing you healthy meals 5 days a week.

Now just because these are healthy meals doesn’t mean they sacrifice flavor and taste. They offer a wide variety of food and as in my experience some that I have never tried before but was happy to be exposed to.

My Meal Plan:

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Eggs Italiano with Fruit and Fresh Juice

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I started off the day with Eggs Italiano, fresh juice and and orange. I really enjoyed it especially the juice. Looking at it, it didn’t seem filling but it was. I don’t own a microwave yet so everything had to be steamed. The Eggs Italiano had zucchini and onions. First time for me to try something like this. 
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Popcorn Balls

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Breakfast was pretty good because I wasn’t looking for my snack yet. I had eaten breakfast at around 7:30am and ate my snack of Popcorn Balls at 10:00am. It was alright and I liked it because it had marshmallows which I love!

 Shrimp and Coucous with Yogurt-Hummus Sauce and Salad 

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Lunch time came around and I was starting to feel the hunger pangs. I ate the salad first and the dressing was tasty. I’m not a salad kind of person but I found this to be alright with a big help from the dressing.

The Shrimp and Coucous with Yogurt-Hummus Sauce was very interesting as I had never tried Couscous before. It’s similar to rice but with a lot more flavor of spices. The shrimp was delicious and the Yogurt- Hummus sauce made the whole meal better. It was a bit spicy there for a moment! Whew!

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Cookies

I had a PM snack which I ate at about 4:00pm. I was so hungry though that I forgot to take a picture and just gobbled it all up! It was 2 cookies, very plain. At this point, I was realizing that maintaining this kind of diet would definitely be a challenge. It seemed like I was waiting from meal to meal. However, if stuck to it would result in a leaner and meaner you.

Vietnamese Tofu-Noodle Lettuce Wraps with Jello

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Dinner was really light with Vietnamese Tofu-Noodle Lettuce Wraps. I’m not big on just having veggies for dinner but this was quite tasty.  The noodles were still alright and not soft or soggy. Dessert was orange Jello.

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Overall, my experience with The GoodBox was a good one. Some suggestions I would make are:

  • Deliver items in paper bags and not plastic. Since we’re going healthy we should also go for green!
  • Indicate the instructions per meal. Though there were labels indicating Heat and Chill, more specific instructions would help.

The meal choices were fine and really gave me a broad spectrum because from Cuscous to Vietnamese Tofu Noodles it made for very interesting meals. I felt quite well-rounded actually.

Definitely, this a service to explore for those like me looking at a more healthy diet. It can be quite costly but computing the meals you cook and the takeout you buy it makes more sense to spend for healthy food.

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Swish Mouthwash

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Dental hygiene is a must in our household. Even though I’m the primary decision maker when it comes to our household I also take into account my family’s preferences. I was given a chance to try these Swish Mouthwash products and I made it a family affair by asking them to try out the different flavors.

Swish Mouthwash is a Unilab product and is distinct for being alcohol-free. It has SureFresh which helps fight bad breath, plaque and gingivitis while giving you long-lasting fresh breath. Since it is alcohol-free, it’s safe and healthy even for diabetics, children above 6 years old and pregnant women.

 I was provided 3 flavors of mouthwash, a breath spray and even given a toothbrush and kits and bags.

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Swish Mouthwash currently has 6 refreshing flavors to choose from. The 3 that we got to try were Arctic Chill, Mangosteen Mint and Peppermint Fresh.

Oliver is particular to Arctic Chill while Sebastian, Kianna and I like Peppermint Fresh. I also had my mom try it and she liked Mangosteen Mint. There’s a flavor for every member in the family to enjoy! Just a gargle of Swish and you can start your day off right with fresh breath.

We all liked that it didn’t burn our throats. My mom was especially happy about this as she used to use a well known mouth wash that smelled great but was hard on the throat.

Oliver has a bottle at the office he uses after eating lunch.

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The breath spray was a bit of a concern because Bastian and Kianna each wanted to have it. There being only one, I told them to share it.

They really like this and Bastian even used this right before his report to give him some more confidence. Looks like I’ll have to stock up so they each have their own breath spray!

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Mouthwash and breath sprays can be a quick fix for moments when you’ve just had lunch and need to rush off to a presentation.

Also, I can imagine when either of my children see someone they like approaching them a quick spray of Swish will make them feel confident.

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There are different sizes and variants and you can easily bring these in your bag or on a trip.

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Sample Room Goodies for April 2014

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I had quite a good haul this April from Sample Room.

I’m loving these in particular because they all have a purpose in my every day life and are all great products.

I’m so enamored by the SkinWhite Whitening Body Wash that I’m buying one today! Only available at Mercury Drugstore outlets though. Luckily, I’m going to Fairview Terraces this afternoon for an event launch of Active Fun where they have a Mercury Drug Store.

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I make it a point to bring hand sanitizer or alcohol with me whenever I’m out and I’m definitely getting a lot of use out of the Hygienix Anti-Bacterial Hand Spray. In fact I’m almost out and will have to buy more soon.

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I don’t really use whitening products nor do I have a preference since I’m pretty fair-skinned but I like this Gluta – C Underarm and Bikini Skin Whitening which can also be used for elbows, knees and other problem areas.

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I’m also enjoying Nivea’s Deep Cleansing Mud Foam which I use every other day.

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The Zen Zest Anti-Mosquito Fragrance has been effective both by keeping the mosquitoes at bay and giving our rooms a nice lemony scent. I’m not as big a fan of the Zen Zest Cabinet Deodorizer because I find the smell too masculine but it definitely works and keeps your closets and cabinets smelling nice.

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If you’re not a Sample Room member yet I highly encourage you to join. You get to try quality products for free (you only need to pay for shipping) and you can give honest reviews.

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