Low-carb frozen and quick meal options that use quality ingredients that don’t cost an arm and a leg can be hard to come by!
Real Good Foods is one company that has recently launched a variety of new products ranging from microwavable lunches and breakfast sandwiches to even ice cream. They sent me some products to try out at no cost so that I could relay my perspectives on the taste, convenience, and from a diabetes management perspective. I did not receive additional compensation for this review and all opinions are my own.
Read on for my honest review.
Who They Are
Real Good Foods is a company committed to creating “REAL Food You Feel GOOD About Eating.” The family-owned business was founded in 2017 and today delivers a variety of convenience foods that are all:
- Made with real, nutrient-dense ingredients
- High in protein
- Low in carbohydrate
- Free of added sugar
Currently, the company carries food items in the following categories:
- Entrees, including enchiladas, as wells as a variety of bowls; Almost all of these items provide at least 15-20 g of protein per serving, and can contain as little as 2 g net carbohydrates (some are higher, but never over 11 g of net carbs). The enchiladas are made with a tortilla that is made from chicken and cheese, while many bowls incorporate cauliflower rice and non-starchy veggies to keep that carb count down.
- Breakfast sandwiches, which are made with a cauliflower and cheese bun, and boast 18 g of protein and only 4 g net carbohydrate per sandwich.
- Stuffed chicken and nuggets (mainly filled with cheese and vegetables) that often deliver over 30 g of protein and virtually no carbohydrates
- Pizza, which is made with several different types of crusts (caveat: the chicken one has a lot fewer carbohydrates than the other varieties!)
- Ice Cream, which is primarily sweetened with allulose, a newer sugar substitute that is naturally occurring and preferred by many to other alternatives
I tried out several products, including beef enchiladas, a chicken lasagna bowl, bacons and egg breakfast sandwiches, and finally, an array of ice creams. Overall, I enjoyed everything I tried, and it was very convenient to have a low-carb high-protein meal available when I am pressed for time. For me personally, I feel that the lunches I tried (enchiladas and bowls) were a little on the small side, although it could just be because I often skip breakfast, so tend to be more hungry at lunchtime.
I like to top the bowls and enchiladas alike with some sour cream and/or guacamole as well. I think the flavors were bold and the meals tasted quite good. Importantly, the ingredients were simple and so the meals were easy to bolus for and did not wreak havoc on my blood sugar levels. For instance, the chicken lasagna bowl was essentially just marinara sauce, ricotta filling, chicken, and cheese!
As far as the breakfast sandwiches, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste and texture. To be fair, the cauliflower and cheese “bun” does not taste anything like an English muffin, to me. But, it delivers a nice flavor and texture, and is a great breakfast or snack for me, on-the-go. My husband and daughter also agreed that these were pretty good!
Finally, the ice creams, which are available in a multitude of flavors, really were a hit with everyone in my family who tried them! They are:
- Tanzanian Vanilla
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Salted Caramel
- Mocha Java Chip
- Cake Batter
Truly something for everyone, and my four-year-old is especially partial to the chocolate. As I often say, it must be good if it passed the toddler test for what is an acceptable dessert!
The ice cream, of all the products, was probably my favorite as well. Is it particularly nutritious as compared to some of the other foods? Of course not; however, I think everyone needs a little ice cream in their life, and this line really delivered on that. You can’t go wrong with whole and simple ingredients when it comes to ice cream, and since it’s sweetened with allulose and a little bit of stevia, it hardly affects my blood sugar levels, even without any additional insulin.
In addition to enjoying the taste and feeling like these foods made it easier to choose healthier options for me, I was also happy with the price point. While not the cheapest convenience foods, this company strikes a very reasonable balance between quality and price. The entrees are right around $7, give or take; the breakfast sandwiches come in at right over ~$2 per sandwich, while a pint of the ice cream is typically priced at $7.99, on the company website. I also noticed they have some items on sale; for instance, last I checked, there were a few ice cream options that cost between $3.99 and $5.99.
You can purchase directly form the website, or use a mapping tool to find the distributor that is closest to you.
Overall, I was happy with the taste, effects on blood sugar levels, and the convenience of the foods I sampled, and was particularly impressed with the ice cream line. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for quick meals that are nutritious and blood sugar-friendly.
Have you tried any of these? What are your favorites?