Healthy Meal Deliveries
One of the most difficult aspects of weight loss and/or achieving good nutritional intake is the time it takes to research, create menus, shop, prepare and cook the food! I am frequently asked by busy people for recommendations on delicious and nutritious food delivery programs. We scoured the globe and tried many. These came out on top. Terrific for vitality, weight loss and ease, these food delivery services help manifest a specific short term goal or support you if cooking is not your thing.
Cook!, San Francisco
Cook! offers meals that are free from gluten, dairy, corn, soy, yeast, meat, eggs, shellfish and nightshades to those looking to either detox or just maintain healthy eating. The meals are delivered to your door twice a week and are either ready-to-eat or take just a few minutes of prep time. The portion-controlled meals are great for staying healthy without too much fuss. They also have a customizable option, which allows you to choose if you’d only like dinners, or lunches delivered to your office, etc.
This is what a typical day looks like on Cook!’s comprehensive meal plan.
Peach quinoa with flax seeds and pistachios
Squash and vegetable soup with a fresh salad and house-made vinaigrette
All natural turkey and vegetable stir-fry with organic broccoli, julienned carrots, chayote, shitake mushrooms, and a side of sesame-brown rice
Carrot sticks with hummus and Magic Mineral broth
The Food Program by Tracy Anderson, LA
My business partner Tracy Anderson has launched her food program, developed by one of our favorite chefs. It’s amazing for anyone looking to lose weight, reset bad eating habits or just eat really well on a busy schedule. The ingredients are super-quality and fresh (local and organic, whenever possible) and blast-chilled right after preparation to lock in key nutrients. With a special emphasis on sustainable weight loss, the meals focus on high-nutrition-to-calorie foods to keep you full and satisfied longer. Delivered six days a week for a complete seven days of food, it’s a super easy way to change the way you eat for the better.
Here’s an idea of what you’ll get on The Food Program. The menu includes some lean protein but there’s a Vegetarian Plan as well.
Tracy’s Wellness Shake
Cheesy Kale Chips seasoned with nutritional Yeast, Himalayan sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Large Greens Salad: Mixed greens, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, julienned carrots, fresh ginger
Sweet Potato Bites
Salmon Burger with Yogurt Dill Topping
Chocolate Pudding made with raw cocoa powder, dates and shredded coconut
Jess Shain and Tarin Holcomb , the owners of this ‘farm to fork’ food delivery company, provide a service for busy families who don’t have time to make healthy home-cooked meals. You can order your meals Ready Made or D.I.Y.—meaning that meals come ready to reheat or, if you’d like to try your hand at cooking, the ingredients are delivered with a recipe for you to put together yourself. There are three, four and five night plans for couples and families with up to three kids. Packages are delivered on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Some examples of the kinds of dishes that are available for delivery.
Kale and Organic Mixed Green Salad with Raisins, Sunflower Seeds and Goats Cheese (with your choice of Steak/Chicken/Vegetarian)
Warm Millet, Kale and Carrot Salad (with your choice of Steak/Shrimp/Chicken)
Springtime Penne (Vegetarian or with Chicken)
Naked Chicken and Veg
CJK Foods, Chicago
This subscription service delivers your choice of Paleo or Healthy Clean Eating meals three or five times a week.Every Monday, you’ll receive an email with a menu for you to choose your meals for the week. With delivery options to several gyms in Chicago or straight to your home, this is a great way of slotting super healthy lunches or dinners into your weekly routine. The Chef behind the operation is Josh Katt who has spent years learning about and mastering how to cook anti-inflammatory and nutrient-packed meals. If you have any allergies or dislikes, they’re more than happy to accommodate.
Here’s an example of just a few of the choices that are available on both the Paleo and Healthy Clean Eating plans.
Healthy Clean Eating
Grilled Tilapia with Asparagus Puree
Superfood Mexican White Chilli
Veggie Detoxifying Beet Salad
Green Curry Shrimp
New Mexico Paleo Turkey Burger
Sakara Life, NYC
What the meal looks like when it arrives – packaging is completely compostable and/or biodegradable.
Sakara Life pride themselves on the quality of their ingredients, and source as much as they can from local farms. One of the standouts of this plan are their signature superfood salad dressings, which are boosted with health-promoting ingredients like chia, hemp and spirulina.
Since many of Sakara Life’s clients stay with them for months at a time, or year round, the menu changes often and depending on what’s fresh and in season.
Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl with Cinnamon-Spiced Apples and Walnuts
Sautéed Fennel and Skillet-Toasted Almonds over a bed of Organic Baby Arugula
Lemon-Scented Quinoa with Grilled Artichokes and Farm Fresh Asparagus
The Detox Kitchen, London
The Detox Kitchen delivers super fresh, seasonal and detox-friendly meals to your door. Despite the name, you do not have to be on a detox to enjoy their meals – produce-heavy and lightly-portioned, they’re great for anyone looking to eat a bit lighter for a day or so or longer. There are a few menus to choose from including The Green Cleanse, which contains green vegetable and apple based juices, snacks, wheatgrass and spirulina shots, and the Vegan and Protein boxes, all wheat-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.
Here are just a few of the dishes you can expect to find on a vegan meal day.
Shot of the day
Muesli with rice milk
Apple and cucumber juice with a pot of nuts
Quinoa and leek salad
Braised red cabbage
Detox Delight, Paris
Every once in a while, when staying in Paris for a long period, a break from the gluten and dairy heavy French lifestyle is in order. This company’s Botanical Delight menu—three vegan and gluten-free meals and two juices—is available for pick-up or delivery during the week. On the weekends, if you’d like to continue with the plan, you’ll have to go a little lighter and opt for all-juice or a juice and soup detox.
P.S. This detox company works in several locations all over the world including Berlin, Vienna, and Dubai.
What you might get on a Botanical Delight day in Paris.
Gluten Free Muesli with almonds, pecans, dried apricots, goji berries, and rice milk.
Salsify and Apple Salad with Quince Mustard Dressing
Pakora Balls with Pea Dip and Carrot Coriander Salad
Eat Fit Food, Sydney & Melbourne
Eat Fit Food was designed for anyone from time poor professionals to new moms, to people just looking for an easier way to eat better. Meals are portion and calorie controlled and use sustainable whole foods and no preservatives or refined sugar. Programs range from Healthy Eating to Weight Loss to the 20 Day Men’s X-Celerator (developed for Hugh Jackman to prepare him for his role in Wolverine).
Some of the dishes you can expect on the Healthy Eating plan.
Home-style baked beans on soy linseed toast
Lamb tagine with lemon and raisin cous cous, broccoli and zucchini
Roast capsicum and sweet potato dip with vegetable sticks
Thai chicken salad with Chinese cabbage, sesame seeds, cashews and red capsicum
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