Factor 75 Prepared Meals

A few weeks ago I signed up for Factor 75 and I’m loving it!

What is Factor 75?

It’s a prepared meal delivery service. Each week you get to pick your meals for the following week.

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Why Get Delivered Meals?

I get extremely lazy when it comes to cooking and I end up getting fast food or take-out for nearly every meal, especially during the summer. Not very healthy! After hiring a housekeeper a couple of years ago I’m a firm believer in paying for the things you don’t want to do. I’d rather spend my time and effort doing other things I enjoy.

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Why Choose Factor 75?

When I compared a bunch of these services there were 3 things that made me try Factor 75 first.

  1. Tuesday delivery. Several of the other services delivered on Friday, which seems pretty dumb. Anytime you’re going away for a weekend you basically have to skip an entire shipment.
  2. Pricing and meal counts. Most of these services are about the same price, but Factor 75 was slightly cheaper. They also offer a bigger selection of the # of meals per week you select. I started out with 8/per week and have already increased to 12 for next week.
  3. Flexibility and control. On their website you get full control of your account. You get to select exactly which meals you want next week and you can plan out several weeks ahead. You can pause for a week (or more) if you’ll be away. You can change the number of meals every week.

A few years ago I was getting a monthly shipment from Pre-Made Paleo (which is True Fare now). Each part of every meal was individually frozen in bags and you’d get 4 or 5 of the same meal with each shipment. The meals weren’t very exciting and the lack of flexibility was a big negative of their service.

After eating Factor 75 for almost 3 weeks, every single meal has been great. Nothing is frozen. Think of them as fancy TV dinners made with fresh, healthy, and quality ingredients. When I’m hungry, I pop a meal in the microwave and it’s ready in 2-3 minutes.

If you want $20 off your first order, use my Factor 75 referral link.

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Every meal has heating instructions for the microwave and oven. There is also full nutrition info.

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Paleo Strawberry Banana “Ice Cream”

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Yummy!! The recipe comes from a book by Nom Nom Paleo, but I found it online (here, at the bottom).

I made a big batch of the awesome Sausage N’ Cabbage “Noodles” with Fried Apples for dinner and to feed me for a few days, so I had leftover coconut milk. I used what was left of the can (at least 2/3). Ate a little bowl of the ice cream tonight and probably have enough left for the next two nights as well. I bet it’ll taste even better after a day in the freezer.

Taco Salad

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Taco Salad

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground beef/turkey/chicken
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Taco seasoning
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (I bought a can which also had jalapeños)
  • 4 oz can of diced green chiles
  • Romaine lettuce
  • 1-2 Avocados

Instructions

  1. Throw your protein in a pan over high-ish heat.
  2. While the meat is cooking, dice up the onion.
  3. When the meat is browned and cooked through you can drain out any grease if you want. I leave it in.
  4. Add some minced garlic, taco seasoning, and the diced onion. How much? Up to you. 🙂 I have a big container of taco seasoning so just sprinkled some around. Most people will probably use a packet from the store. I have minced garlic in a bottle, so I gave it 3 little squirts, which was maybe a teaspoon.
  5. Add some cayenne pepper and/or hot sauce if you want. I didn’t measure.
  6. Mix it all together and cook until the onion becomes translucent.
  7. Add the tomatoes and green chiles.
  8. Cook for another 5-7 minutes to let all of the flavors combine.

I ate mine on a bed of romaine lettuce with half of a mashed avocado on top.

Dessert Before Dinner?

Yes please! Paleo chocolate chip cookies.

I got this recipe from Kevin at the gym.

  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix almond flour, salt and baking soda. In another bowl mix honey, coconut oil, water, and vanilla. Combine all ingredients and then add the chocolate chips. Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Bake 10-14 minutes.

Paleo Burgers

After a weekend up in northern Michigan at my parents, I didn’t get home until almost 10 last night. There was not enough time to defrost any meat to cook meals for today. I needed to make a quick trip to Kroger to buy fruit for breakfast anyway, so it gave me a chance to buy some meat.

As I arrived in the meat section, a guy was putting out a case of “Manager’s Special” ground sirloin at $1.99 for each one pound package, since they had a sell by date of the 18th. Perfect! I bought 3 pounds and picked up some other items with the plan to make burgers today during lunch.

Ever since we had a Paleo BBQ at Survival Fitness on Memorial Day and I had Tara’s burgers, I was looking forward to giving them a try. I took out my food processor and started throwing stuff in. It started with one jalapeño (should have used 2) that I cleaned the inside out of and cut up into a few big pieces. Then I did the same thing with a red pepper. Chopped up a medium Vidalia and finally about 1/2 to 3/4 of a package of button mushrooms, which I also bought as a Managers Special. I pulsed everything together really well.

I got a big bowl, threw in the 3 pounds of meat, added the mixture I just created, and put on some cayenne pepper and regular pepper. Time to get the hands dirty! Oh, I also threw in the last of the almond flour I had (maybe 1/4 of a cup) in an attempt to bind everything together a bit more because the mixture I made was pretty soupy.

Then I formed some big hamburger patties. Next time I won’t make them so big because I had a few issues with them on the grill. Grilled them up and they turned out great. Some of the outsides were a bit charred, but the insides were cooked perfectly.

I immediately plated 2 of these bad boys for lunch with sliced tomato and avocado inside lettuce wraps.

I’m going to freeze a couple of packages each containing 2 burgers, which leaves me enough leftovers for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.

You could use ground turkey, ground round, or probably anything you want and these should turn out amazing.

A Week of Strict Paleo

We’re doing a 30 day Paleo challenge at Survival Fitness. If you aren’t sure what Paleo is, check out the beginner’s guide. It officially started last Wednesday, but I starting eating strict on Monday to get myself going. In the first week, I’ve lost 5 pounds and dropped about 1% body fat (according to my Withings scale). I think this is the first time I’ve been under 175 pounds in a decade. I don’t want to go any lower though, because 175-180 is a good range for me. I do want to lose more body fat and put on muscle to replace it. It’s extremely difficult to do both at the same time though, especially with where I’m at. It’s going to be interesting to see how the numbers shake out over the next few weeks.

I was asked to post about what I ate during the week, so here goes. I starting logging my food on Wednesday because that’s when the official challenge started. Monday and Tuesday meals would have been very similar.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Lunch: Beef roast and broccoli
  • Snack: Sweet potato
  • Dinner: Chicken breasts and broccoli

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Lunch: Beef roast, broccoli, and coffee
  • Snack: Raw almond butter
  • Snack: Sweet potatoes
  • Dinner: Chicken breasts, beef roast, and green beans with slivered almonds

Friday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Snack: Raw almond butter
  • Lunch: Salmon and broccoli
  • Snack: Raw almond butter
  • Dinner: Salad (it had some croutons and cheese), grilled white fish, and broccoli

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Lunch: Salmon, green beans, and blueberries
  • Snack: Almond milk
  • Dinner: Pork chops and broccoli

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Snack: Sweet potatoes and almond milk
  • Lunch: Pork chops and green beans
  • Dinner: Beef roast, green beans, coffee, and an egg-turkey burger-spinach muffin

Notes

  • I do CrossFit about 5 times a week, but that’s nothing new.
  • I’m drinking 90+ ounces of water each day.
  • I don’t weight or measure my portions. I generally keep my meat, chicken, and fish portions to the size of a fist, but it’s not something I watch closely.
  • When I eat eggs I usually have 4.
  • Wherever you see sweet potatoes as a snack, that’s what I eat as soon as I get home from a CrossFit workout.
  • The almond milk I buy is unsweetened. I also put some of it in my coffee, which isn’t mentioned above.
  • I’m a big fan of frozen steamable vegetables because of the convenience. I frequently eat an entire 12oz package with a meal.
  • For the week, the only thing I ate off-plan was some croutons and shredded cheese that came on my salad Friday night at dinner. The amount was so small it’s hard for me to even call it a cheat.

If you have any questions, leave a comment.

The 3 Month Hump

I started doing CrossFit and eating Paleo on October 31, 2011. Today puts me over the 3 month mark, which has been a brick wall for me when I did programs like P90X and 4HB. I’d get close to 3 months and switch off the program for whatever reason. With CrossFit and Paleo I’ve found the magic combination. I love each workout (even when my body hates it) and look forward to going to the gym.

Now that I’ve passed the hump I don’t see an end. I plan to do this for a very long time. Today at the gym I did 3 reps of 260 pounds in the deadlift and it was a great feeling. I’ve never moved that much weight in my life. It was almost easy.

If you want to know more about my story starting CrossFit, read CrossFit: Open Source Fitness. If you want to learn about the Paleo diet, check out The Beginner’s Guide. If you want to check out my progress head over to my CrossFit WOD blog where I keep track of everything.