Health and fitness haven’t always been an obsession with me. My idea of a good workout used to be trying to make it through a six pack of beer and some extra hot wings without crapping my pants. So trust me when I say I haven’t always been a wealth of fitness minded information.
When I decided to get into shape, I did things the old fashioned way of trial and error. I had no idea where to start, so I would grab meals that boasted claims of low fat, low calories and so on, not knowing what I was putting into my body and wondering why I remained sluggish, and out of shape despite my best efforts. When it comes to exercise, I have learned there is no perfect workout. It largely depends on what you will stick with and what your goals are. Again, I learned this the hard way. I fell into the trap of listening to every other fitness guru who’s intention was to make a quick buck off of me, and assured me godlike results as long as I followed their plan. Sorely disappointed that doing the “300 workout” didn’t have me looking like Leonidas, I learned quickly to weed through the crap and focus on real life results.
Workouts and fitness plans are one thing, but the crime that plagues the fitness industry the most in my opinion, is the misinformation spread about what we need to put in our bodies to see results. You’ve got people prepping a months worth of bland chicken, plain broccoli, and brown rice who swear that it’s the only thing you need to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. You have other crowds who rely on nothing but plant-based protein and routinely omit the most noxious of farts due to their overconsumption of hemp protein at every meal. If you aren’t hip to the fitness world, you’ll be surprised to see that there is a whole group of people that insist that you can get jacked eating nothing but donuts, washed down with extra strong black coffee. Though these plans might work for some, the misinformation that there is only one certain way is astounding.
Quite frankly, I don’t have time to ingest the newest fad, chalky powders, or candy bar shaped items that taste like the way hamster bedding smells. Some of my favorite fitness gurus, and those that have become friends, like Danny Kavadlo, show what is possible by eating real food, omitting the gimmicks and having fun with training.
Now, I have come to agree that real food is the solution to good fitness. Granted the old adage of calories in and calories out still applies, but real food is vital. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to cook a seven course meal every time I get the munchies. Sometimes I just want to toss in a TV dinner and say to hell with it. Until recently, I thought that by going that route I would be throwing all my hard work away. That was until I saw a Stouffers Fit Kitchen in my frozen food aisle. Now I did my research, and found quite a few reviews that were bought and paid for by PR companies that represented Stouffer’s. No fault in that, but I have a hard time trusting people that are paid to tell you something is good. So let me be very clear right now, I am writing this because I am pleased with the product and because I think it is something important I can share with my readers. These meals are good and good for you. They cook in about six or seven minutes, they taste great, and the macros are listed on the front. These high-protein meals fit in exactly with what my fitness goals are. They taste like an absolute indulgence, while calorie wise they aren’t even breaking the bank in the slightest. No one asked me to write this or is paying me to tell you that Fit Kitchen are hearty and tasty meals that satisfy my hunger and get me pumped to continue throughout my day. No gimmicks, no garbage, this is real good food.
The Bourbon Beef is definitely my favorite, but I also have recently enjoyed the Monterey Chicken and the Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey. The turkey both send impressive 25 g of protein at only 330 cal, and trust me when I say they are all pretty delicious. Well, except the Cilantro Lime Chicken, that tasted bland, but hey, I am being honest.
Anyway, my point of this is to share with you something that I have learned. It is hard to weed through the gimmicks and the bull crap. It’s pretty tough to believe anything a company says anymore, especially when they are marketing toward the fitness crowd. People that are into fitness seem like they will believe almost anything, one magic pill, one magic work out, one magic donut, whatever the case. This is one product that lives up to the hype. Simple foods, made quick, and for a TV dinner this is probably the best you will be able to do. You can even ask my wife, I heated one up in the microwave and plated it on one of our dishes and she thought that it was a home-cooked meal and was impressed with how delicious it tasted. It’s good, it’s pretty darn good for you, it’s quick, and nobody paid me to say it.
Check em out: http://www.stouffers.com/fitkitchen