IONutrition Review: Organic Meal Delivery Service

We review several meals and snacks from IONutrition. A food delivery service that offers high quality , nutritious meals for busy fitness buffs.

We review several meals and snacks from IONutrition. A food delivery service that offers high quality , nutritious meals for busy fitness buffs.

IONutrition is a food delivery service that offer organic, gluten free, chef prepared meals straight to your door. They uses only natural ingredients including free range chicken, wild fish, and grass fed beef to craft their healthy, and macro friendly, meals for the health-conscious fitness enthusiast who just doesn’t have the time, or know how, to cook delicious and nutritious fare.

IONutrition reached out to us and wanted to see if we’d be interested in trying out some of their products and giving a fair and honest review of the foods. Well, we’ve tested out the various samples and are here to give you a bite by bite break down of the various meals / snacks that were included.

How It Works

A UPS delivery truck drops off a box filled with sealed containers of food and several ice packs to keep them nice and chilly. The meals are then stored in the refrigerator until they’re ready to be heated. Due to the fresh nature of the food, it’s best to consume the meals within 7 days of receipt.

Each meal comes with specific heating instructions for microwave, stovetop, and oven options, depending on how much time you’re willing to commit to reheating your food. After the meal is heated, you pop open the container and chow down.

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Now, for the reviews!

The Foods: Robert & Sandy’s Haul

  • White Bean Mushroom Medley Quinoa with Salmon

    The meal comes in a sealed plastic container that gives instructions for cooking it a variety of ways depending on your time allotment for meal prep.

    The meal comes in a sealed plastic container that gives instructions for cooking it a variety of ways depending on your time allotment for meal prep.

    The first flavor noticed was a rather smoky hint to the mushrooms mixed into the quinoa. The salmon was surprisingly tasty and well seasoned, not dry or flaky like you would expect to get in a microwave, pre-made meal.

    Both the broccolini and quinoa had a good texture that was al dente and seemed to be cooked to the proper doneness. However, the one spot where the meal missed was on the texture of the white beans. They were a little too starchy and chewy and probably should have been cooked longer before being added to the meal.

  • Garbanzo Bean Spinach Stew

    Whereas the beans seemed underdone in the salmon dish, the garbanzo beans were cooked perfectly in this meal. They weren’t too soft or hard, but provided a pleasant firmness when chewed that yielded to a soft, creamy interior (just the way a perfect bean should be).

    If we had to pick one word to describe this meal overall, it would be “yummy!” All of the flavors melded together rather harmoniously. There was a surprising level of spice and heat to the meal that was unexpected for a ready-made meal.

    Overall, this one was definitely worthy of licking the bowl at the end!

  • Black Bean Curry Pasta with Snapper

    The highlight of all the meals was the texture of the fish. It flaked easily with a fork and was moist. Not dried out and crumbly like we were expected from pre-made food.

    The highlight of all the meals was the texture of the fish. It flaked easily with a fork and was moist. Not dried out and crumbly like we were expected from pre-made food.

    Of the three meals we taste-tested, this was far and away the best of the batch. The snapper was extremely well-seasoned and cooked (for a pre-made meal). However, there was one small piece of a fish scale though mixed in the food.

    This was the first time trying black bean pasta, which was quite tasty and properly prepared. It wasn’t mushy as with other freezer/ready to eat meals, but had a pleasant al dente texture.

    Moving onto the vegetables, you would assume they would be cooked to smithereens, and have the texture of canned veggies. However, everything from the carrots to the bell pepper still retained some texture and weren’t mushy at all.

    There was a strong hint of cinnamon that permeated throughout the dish, but not overpowering or distracting from the dish in any way. Everything seemed to be very well seasoned, leaving every bite full of flavor and spice, not “heat” spicy, but aromatic spices.

    Out of the three meals tasted, this is the one that could come closest to passing for a home-cooked meal and would definitely be worth eating again.

  • Hearty Granola

    We make granola regularly at the house (i.e. weekly), so we may be a little harsher on this than the usual crowd who doesn’t.

    That being said, the granola tasted slightly overcooked and had a fairly noticeable “burnt” flavor. Additionally, they food prep staff seemed to be a bit heavy handed with the sunflower seeds.

    Now, we’re fans of the childhood baseball game favorites, but when sunflower seeds are dominating a hearty batch of granola, they can be overpowering.

    We didn’t need to heat this as we just mixed it into a cup of plain yogurt for a late night snack one night. It was OK overall, but hard to get past the burnt flavor of the oats and nuts.

  • Cinnamon Walnut Raisin Loaf

    All the ingredients are clearly listed on the panel, and the macros are pretty remarkable for pre made food. High protein and high fiber!

    All the ingredients are clearly listed on the panel, and the macros are pretty remarkable for pre made food. High protein and high fiber!

    This is a hard one to judge. The packaging on the product said to microwave for 2-½ to 3 minutes. We decided to cook it for the bare minimum time and go from there if it needed further heating.

    2-½ minutes later, the house was filled with the smell of overcooked, burnt walnuts. We took the loaf out of the microwave and still tried to sample it. However, the loaf was dried out and the nuts had definitely burned while cooking yielding the product inedible.

    You may think “maybe the microwave runs hot.” Well, this was the last meal we cooked out of the five products sampled and had used the recommended times for the other products with no problem whatsoever.

    The loaf did look appetizing prior to heating, maybe rewording the heating instructions or revising the time amount could prevent this in the future.

The Foods: Mike’s Delivery

IONutrition Review Unboxing

The Unboxing

I didn’t realize that I got different food from Robert above, so we get separate reviews but definitely similar impressions.

First, the unboxing. To the right, you can see what you can expect inside of the box: heavy styrofoam, and inside of that contains your meals along with some gel packs that stay cold for quite some time.

Here’s the set of meals received:

IONutrition Review

Mike’s Meals, click for a close-up

And on to my meals:

  • Hearty Granola and Caramel Apple Loaf

    First, let’s quickly cover the similar parts from Robert’s review.

    The Hearty Granola tasted a bit burnt, and was indeed a bit sunflower seed heavy. It was definitely edible, so I ate it, but they could easily improve this and hopefully will.

    IONutrition Review - Caramel Apple Loaf

    Like with Robert’s dessert, the cooking time on the caramel apple loaf was too long.

    With the dessert I received, caramel apple loaf, it too had an incorrect cooking time. I put it in for the minimum time, and it came out a bit tough. Tasted pretty decent though.

    • My suggestion to IONutrition is to get their numbers a bit more perfected – lower these dessert cooking times by testing on a few more microwaves.
    • My suggestion to readers would be to cut this dessert in half (thus cutting the carbs in half), and mix your favorite protein powder with some fat-free / high-protein Greek Yogurt and add that as a sweet topping. It would make up for the dryness of the dessert, plus really boost the protein number.
  • Dual Bean Rosemary Chili Beef

    IONutrition Review: Dual Bean Rosemary Chili Beef

    This was some good chili here

    Was this the best chili I’ve ever had? No. Was it the best chili I’ve ever had out of a “box”, a “tub”, or sent to me in the mail? Most definitely!

    Right here I could decided that IONutrition has some legit cooks who are good with their spices. This was flavorful, no “off”-flavors, and pretty high in protein.

    This is about as good as chili is going to get without making it yourself. You either buy crap from the store, make it yourself…. or have someone skilled make it for you.

    Would gladly eat this one again and again.

  • Garbanzo Tomato Stew with Turkey

    IONutrition Review Garbanzo Tomato Stew with Turkey

    Garbanzo Tomato Stew with Turkey

    IONutrition Review Garbanzo Tomato Stew with Turkey 2

    Garbanzo Tomato Stew with Turkey

    I’m going to be 100% honest with this one: I don’t really remember what it tasted like. I just remember that I really like it, and was thinking to myself, “Why don’t I ever eat garbanzo beans?”

    As you can see, this thing is loaded with garbanzo beans. Still high in protein too, part of which is from those beans but mostly from the turkey.

    Wish I could say more, I simply don’t remember. I just remember being hesitant, and the next thing you know the plate was clean and I wasn’t hungry anymore.

    This dish was literally quite heavy. Big eaters will be happy with that.

  • Black Bean Curry Pasta with Snapper

    IONutrition Review: Black Bean Curry Pasta with Snapper

    Black Bean Curry Pasta with Snapper — WINNER!

    Winner!!!!

    This stuff was SO good. Snapper is awesome. I never expected already-cooked fish that was mailed to me, needing to be reheated in the microwave, to taste so good. It was literally perfect and kind of mind-boggling how well this one worked out.

    This was by far the best meal, and I don’t mean any disrespect to the two above. It was downright perfectly spiced, perfectly cooked, and 100% enjoyable.

    Too many of us don’t eat enough fish, I honestly believe that fish oil supplements aren’t enough to make up for that. Two fish meals per week at the very least. If you get that in with IONutrition, then you’re going to be good to go.

Mike’s Takeaway

An easy thing to note is that a lot of the meals were very bean-heavy. As someone who doesn’t eat enough fiber and rarely eats beans, I thought this was awesome – they all tasted great and made me wonder why I don’t eat them a bit more often.

Obviously, the thing that’s missing is fresh greens/vegetables and fruits. You’re going to need to add a bit more of that to your eating — but if you want your macros covered, you’re going to love this.

Quality vs. Quantity? How about Both?

Another “obvious” is that this is organic and gluten-free. You’re going to be paying for that.

There’s a whole debate of quantity vs. “quality” out there – some gluten-free / organic eaters don’t really worry about their macros, whereas many flexible dieters don’t always worry about the quality of their food sources.

IONutrition hits both of these. But again, it’s likely going to cost a bit more for that.

Either way, the convenience of having some solid meals sitting right there was awesome. We’ll continue to bulk cook on Sundays in this house, but if you hate doing that, this is a great alternative.

Robert’s Takeaway

All in all, the meals provided to us from IONutrition were surprisingly tasty and not what you would expect from pre-made, heat-and-eat meals. They were flavorful and well-prepared for the most part.

Perhaps the biggest mark in their favor was the texture of the fish in the meals. Neither fish was dried or overcooked, which is usually the case with other ready-made options. The amount of spice and seasonings utilized kept the meals interesting without being bland, mushy or tasteless.

Would we eat them again? Sure.

For those of us that love to cook (like we do), we’d likely stick to preparing our own food. But, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t have time to cook or can’t stand to, IONutrition meals provide a tasty and healthy option to meet your nutrition needs.

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