If you’ve been curious about the Clean Simple Eats Meal Plans, I’ve got a full review for you with pro’s and con’s of buying this CSE Meal Plan book!
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If you’ve heard of Clean Simple Eats (sometimes referred to as CSE), you may have heard of their seasonal meal plans and exercise guide books.
These meal plans have been around for a few years, and I never purchased one because I remember them costing $75 new! I even checked the way back machine to see if I was imagining the price, but no. It’s true. $75!
Now however, the cost has come down to a reasonable price. You can now get one of the meal plan books for $30.
But should you buy the book?
If you like a tangible book, and want some new recipes, I think $30 is reasonable. There are several cookbooks I’ve paid at least $29 for, so it’s not too much of a stretch to pay $30 (or $25 if it’s on sale).
But, if you like apps or digital recipes and meal plans, you can get all the recipes and meal plans for $14.99 per month.
Here’s My Pro’s and Con’s of the Clean Simple Eats Meal Plans
Beyond price, how does the Clean Simple Eats meal plan book stack up as a resource for weight loss? Here’s my opinions:
- You can choose your calorie target. My favorite page in this book is the Macro quick list. The ranges are from 1250 calories per day, to 3050. It’s easy to scale one meal plan for different calorie requirements. I chose of course the 1250-1300 calories, because I’m a small, almost 50 year old lady! LOL. My calorie requirements are quite low.
- The recipes are YUMMY!! As far as clean eating goes, you will never feel deprived on this plan. The recipes are seriously good. Your whole family will enjoy things like taco soup, Salsa chicken, Grilled caprese panini, etc. I’ve put flags on so many recipes!
- The dinner from one night becomes the lunch the next day. I love incorporating leftovers. To be honest, this is absolutely how I eat my meals, and I like that it fits the calories for the day to do it.
- The meal prep recommendations are basic, similar to how I prep. It doesn’t go overboard with prepping all your meals for the week. It’s totally appropriate prepping like making granola ahead of time or pre-making a sauce.
- They’ve included a dining out guide full of calories, macros, and the healthiest menu items to get at each restaurant. This is valuable in my mind! Sometimes it’s hard to find nutrition data online before you go to a restaurant. I’ll definitely refer to these pages when we go out to eat. It includes 29 restaurants like Café Rio, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake factory, and more.
- A lot of repeated meals. I realize this is ACTUALLY how I eat. I eat the same foods every day for a week at least. So, this shouldn’t be in the “con” category. However, if I’m going to pay for a meal plan, I like there to be a different meal every day. That way I can stretch a 1 week meal plan to 7 weeks, by repeating the meals I choose to repeat.
- I’d like more non-recipe meal ideas. A lot of the meals are full recipes, and sometimes I just want it to say: Eat 2 eggs and a slice of toast!
- The snacks are all “choose from snack options“. That’s a bit too many options for me. Here I go again with it should be on the “pro” list, but if I’m paying for a book, I’d rather have it spelled out.
- The workout seems a bit confusing to me. For this alone, if you want to follow the workout, I’d probably use the app because it has video you can watch. Otherwise, there’s a lot of exercises I had to google what they were such as Spiderman planks, blasters, and snatches. I honestly don’t know what those are, and I workout every day.
Will you lose weight on the Clean Simple Eats Meal Plan?
If you followed the 3 meals and 1 snack, I can almost guarantee you’ll lose weight. Most of use don’t eat 1200 calories, so you’ll likely be in a deficit if you start. Plus, if you can stick to meals and avoid snacking or grazing, it’s always a weight loss win in my experience. (read my article on how 3 meals a day and no snacks leads to weight loss!)
Full day of eating on the CSE Meal Plan
Total: 1260 calories, 94 g protein, 128 carbs, 41 g fat
Breakfast Pumpkin French toast with cottage cheese and pecans 345 calories, 24 g protein, 36 g carbs, 11 g fat
Lunch– Taco soup with avocado- 340 calories, 26 g protein, 33 g carbs, 12 g fat
Snack– Open faced Turkey and Veggie Sandwich on rice cakes; 225 calories, 16 grams protein, 26 g carbs, 6 g fat.
Dinner– Chicken enchilada stuffed spaghetti squash- 350 calories, 28 g protein, 33 g carbs, 12 g fat
So, if you are still interested in trying a hard copy of the meal plan, here’s my affiliate link that will give you 10% off. Click on “Recipe books” to find the Seasonal Meal Plan books. If it doesn’t automatically do it, my coupon code is amyroskelley.
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- I am an affiliate for Clean Simple Eats products in case you are still interested in making a purchase. Shop here and use coupon code AMYROSKELLEY for 10% off.
- My own free meal plans for weight loss
- My most popular 1200 calorie meal plan