Food is one of life’s great pleasures. And thanks to the rise of healthy food delivery services, diets and busy schedules no longer have to take away from that.
To have the energy to perform at your peak in all aspects of life, you need to be fuelling your body in the right way. With the help of Accredited Practising Dietician, Arlene Normand, we’ve handpicked five food delivery services that are not only convenient, they’re healthy too.
1. The Cooks Grocer
While it would be nice to eat out at top restaurants every night of the week, the strain would place on our wallet and waistline holds us back – which may not be a bad thing. But this doesn’t mean you have to miss out completely. The Cooks Grocer have partnered with top Sydney restaurants such as Longrain, Nomad and Apollo and stripped back their recipes so they can be prepared at home, with all ingredients provided. Rather than being diet focused, they use wholefood ingredients of the same quality you would find at an artisan butcher and fruit and vegetable grocer. The menu changes daily, and you can order as you go or subscribe to receive three or four meals per week. Unlike other services, meals are delivered three times per week.
$11 per meal
Arlene weighs in: “The Cooks Grocer is great as it teaches you new recipes and portion control. Everything is free range and chemical free and the vegetables are all market fresh.”
2. Muscle Meals Direct
Whether you’re looking to bulk up or slim down, Muscle Meals Direct (MMD) has a meal plan to match your goals. Highly customisable, you can tailor your menu based on the amount of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables in each meal, as well as the sauce you want. Every custom meal comes with a nutritional breakdown, so you have complete control over consumption. Seeing food as fuel only, the flavours in MMD’s meals are quite basic. Pre-cooked and then frozen, these meals are best suited to someone on a weight loss or gain mission.
$10.80 per meal
Arlene weighs in: “While the freshness of frozen meals won’t appeal to everyone, the high protein, low carb and low saturated fat content makes these a healthy option. As the heavy meal plan is quite high in protein, you need to be sure you’re doing enough weights and cardio to work that off.”
Designed to be hassle-free, HelloFresh’s boxes are delivered weekly with pre-portioned ingredients and step-by-step photo instructions. They’ve even made a point to keep the pots used to a minimum. The menu for each week is set, so it’s great if you don’t want to think about what you’re going to cook or if you’re new to cooking. Their focus is on convenience first and nutrition second, though every meal contains a healthy 500-750 calories. Their flavours come from natural ingredients, which they source straight from the farm to ensure they’re fresh when they arrive at your door.
$14.40 per meal which HelloFresh apportions to two people
Arlene weighs in: “This isn’t a weight loss option, but is great for a working couple or family who like fresh ingredients. Cooking at home gives you greater control over portion sizes, cooking methods and ingredients.”
4. Five Point Four
A goal-based meal plan, Five Point Four is one of the only services to offer different plans for men and women, and even a vegan option. You can start on one a weight loss plan, and once you’ve reached your goal, move to a maintenance or muscle gain plan. The set menus are on five week rotation and each meal is low carb, low calorie, high protein and portion controlled. But even with the calorie count of the weight loss meals sitting at a controlled 1200 calories per day, they’ve still managed to offer an interesting spread of dishes, which has included butter chicken, beef teriyaki and enchilada pulled beef with greens.
$7.50 per meal
Arlene weighs in: “It’s great that they cater to the different caloric needs of men and women.”
5. Fit Foods Club
Fit Foods Club encourage their customers to look at a healthy lifestyle as a long game, not a sprint. Not ones to avoid whole food groups or sacrifice taste for the sake of being healthy, their menus aren’t dictated by short-term goals. They offer 50 meals on a monthly rotation, all of which are made from wholefoods sourced from local providers. Meals are cooked the week before delivery and arrive frozen, so all you have to do is reheat them. Stoic supporters of the idea that a healthy diet means everything in moderation, meal plans even include a cheat day.
$8.99 per meal
Arlene weighs in: “I have quite a few clients who use this and they are really happy. The meals are well portioned, high in protein, and low in fat and sodium.”
Arlene adds that, “Pre-prepared meals or ones that provide the ingredients and recipe are a great alternative to skipping a meal or opting for takeaway, which often can be high in salt, saturated fat and energy. But before buying any of these things I encourage you to look at nutrition labels. As a guide, healthy meals contain lots of vegetables, include protein rich foods or legumes, lean meats, moderate amounts of carbohydrates and aren’t covered in high energy sauces or gravy.”
This information is current as at 15/08/2016.
These reviews are based on the views of an Accredited Dietitian. All prices and calorie information were correct at the time of writing but are subject to change. Food delivery services are a cost-effective option for many, but may not be suited to everybody's circumstances or dietary needs. Even when consuming pre-packaged food, It's important to be aware of your own dietary needs, be aware of the included ingredients and read all nutrition guidelines.
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