After weeks and weeks of eating and drinking far too much while being stuck at home during lockdown, I saw the Morrisons fruit and veg box and thought it could be the perfect way to kick start my diet.
Whenever I've committed to buying fruit and veg and see my fridge full of healthy food I find it much easier to stick to eating well.
The new £22 box includes a whopping 135 portions of fruit and vegetables with everything from bananas and grapes to onions and carrots. There are even lemons to freshen up the gin and tonics I can't seem to stay away from!
Ordering the box is a very straightforward process. You log onto the Morrisons website and will see the queuing page. However, if you only want a food box, you can bypass the queue and click on the link for the food boxes and you are redirected straight to the relevant page.
Currently Morrisons has nine food boxes to choose from, including the vegetarian, barbecue, British, assorted fish, gluten free, the best meat, family meat, meat essentials and the fruit and veg one, with a vegan food box reportedly "coming soon".
The description of the £22 fruit and veg box says: "Create salads, side dishes or simply fill up your fruit bowl with our fresh fruit and veg box. It's packed full of products to help you maintain a more balanced diet at home, and enjoy cooking from scratch."
Before I could make my purchase I had to register as I've not used Morrisons online before. This was fairly quick and I received an email to say my registration had been successful.
After I'd paid I received an email to confirm my order. Morrisons don't deliver the food boxes in their food vans, but said DPD would let me know my one-hour time slot for delivery between 8am and 11am on the morning my order was due.
I ordered mine on Tuesday, and was able to choose a delivery day, starting with two days later on the Thursday.
What the Morrisons fruit and veg box has in it
The delivery arrived on Thursday afternoon just before 2pm. In my DPD app I received alerts, including the name of the driver, and when I was the next drop off.
The box was neatly packaged and everything looked good, apart from one satsuma which had smashed. The website lists what is inside, or says other "comparable" products of similar value will be added, however my box had everything that was stated.
Value for money
The box is £22 - which to me seemed like good value. I've since added up the cost of the individual items to work out what it would have cost me if I went to the supermarket and bought them all myself.
The value at the checkout is £18.46 - so in theory I've paid £3.54 for someone to get the items for me, box them up and deliver them to my door.
In my opinion, especially if you are self-isolating, £3.54 is not a lot extra to pay compared to the time you save shopping, the petrol you would use and also the potential risk you could be taking during lockdown to visit the supermarket.
The fruit and veg box does exactly what it says on the tin. Everything promised was included. There were no substitutes and nothing was missing.
The dates on everything were OK. It was delivered on May 21 and the shortest shelf life was May 24 on the grapes and spinach and the longest shelf life was May 28 for the onions.
I must admit, having all the fruit has helped me with my lockdown diet and I made a lovely fruit salad with the pineapple, apple, satsumas, bananas and grapes from the box, with peaches I already had and the kids loved it.
Find out how many coronavirus cases there are in your area
Considering how quickly the boxes can be delivered and that you can have it all on your doorstep within two days of ordering, without having to brave the queues, I would recommend it.
I really liked how the items for the fridge were separately packaged in a white bag, clearly labelled up as needing to be chilled.
I would definitely re-rder and I'm now also interested in the barbecue food box. There have been times over the past few weeks when I have fancied a barbecue, but we have not had the food in and the box apparently has "mains, sides and treats for the whole family."
You can get your hands on the box by visiting the Morrisons website here.