A good meal for busy but health conscious individuals

Rating: ★★★★☆

Thr1ve restaurants are steadily but surely cropping up all over Sydney and now Brisbane and Melbourne. It seems as though more and more Australians are realising that you can have healthy fast food.

I’m a big fan of Thr1ve’s restaurants, which is why I was very quick to try their meal service, which is available as both a subscription and also as one-off meal purchases in some Woolworths Metro stores.

Thr1ve’s philosophy is to provide meals with high quality proteins, good fats, no hidden chemicals or sugars and low carb and gluten free options. Their meal containers are also BPA free, although I still heat my meals up on a plate to be totally safe.

The meal I’m reviewing today is the Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potato mash meal. Jerk Chicken is a unique meal, not being seen in many of the other direct or indirect competitors such as Pete Evans meals, Coles’ new paleo meal offerings, or Youfoodz. The sweet potato mash is seen in some competitor meals such as Pete Evans’ healthy meals available in Woolworths.

Thr1ve jerk chicken and sweet potato v2It’s interesting to note that this meal also comes in a breast chicken with seasonal greens variant. The breast was surprisingly juicy upon heating, although the lack of the sweet potato means this meal fits in with those looking for low carb options.

This meal costs $12.95 from the Thr1ve website, not including shipping.

Numbers and nutrition

This is a 350g meal, and it’s quite filling for a pig like me (80 kg adult male exercising 6 – 7 times per week).

It’s a 657 calorie meal, with a fairly even split of fats (39.2g), carbs (37.5g) and proteins (37.5g). It has 7.3 grams of sugars, which is probably from a combination of the honey and the sweet potato itself.

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients of the meal, taken from the Thr1ve website at the time of writing:

Jerk Chicken Thigh (43%) (Chicken Thigh (95%), Lemon Juice, Water, Onion, Olive Oil, Honey, Minced Garlic, Dried Thyme, Ground Coriander, Ground Ginger, Ground All Spice, Chilli Flakes, Ground Cinnamon, Salt).

Sweet Potato Mash 57% (White Potato, Sweet Potato (42.75%), Garlic, Ghee (Milk),Salt, Pepper)

As you can see, the ingredients list is quite clean, although the white potato in the mash is a bit worrying. Pete Evan’s sweet potato mash doesn’t include white potato and tastes a little better in my opinion, although this is still quite good.

Preparation

This meal came in a sealed container, which is awesome because it means you don’t have to freeze them. I’ve eaten frozen meals from other services and I’ve made my own meals and frozen them each week, and there’s no getting over the fact that freezing a meal makes it less appealing when you reheat it.

Thr1ve’s instructions are to poke a hole in the plastic film cover of the container and then heat it up for between 3 – 3.5 minutes. As mentioned above, these containers are BPA-free, although I tend to unwrap the container and then pour the contents out into a plate when heating them up. Either way my meal was heated perfectly after about 3 minutes using my microwave.

Thr1ve jerk chicken and sweet potato plateTaste test

I was a big fan of this meal. The choice of chicken thigh for this recipe means the chicken comes out of the microwave nice and juicy. The skin is also delicious, with the taste of cinnamon and chilli coming through. There was also very minimal gristle and chewy fat.

Thr1ve put the chili heat from this dish at a 3/5. I can’t tolerate much spice in most foods, but I found this to be completely bearable.

The sweet potato mash was also great. It was soft, creamy and actually tastier than regular white potato mash!

Overall the two parts of the dish work quite well together with the creamy sweet potato balancing the spicier chicken.

Verdict:

★★★★☆
I gave this meal a 4/5 stars. I found it to be the perfect post-workout meal when you’re looking for something substantial, especially if you pair it with a fresh salad with some avocado and olives. The price of the meal is also decent: it’s slightly more expensive than a $10 medium big mac meal but packs a hell of a lot more nutritional value and fewer harmful chemicals!

  • Taste. These meals taste pretty great. 4/5
  • Quality. Thr1ve’s ingredients list, cooking fats and container choices speak a lot to its promises of health. 5/5
  • Nutrition. The only thing missing from this meal is some greens, which I usually add as a fresh side salad anyway. The only other ingredient I personally don’t like is the inclusion of white potato in the mash. 4/5
  • Quantity. 350g makes this a fairly filling meal speaking from my perspective as a hungry adult pig *ahem* male. 4/5
  • Price. $12.95 is not bad for a healthy filling meal. 4/5
  • Shelf life. Great, these meals last up to a week in the fridge, so you can avoid freezing them. 4/5
  • Frozen vs fresh. Fresh. 5/5
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