Food Matters is a collective of experienced chefs and nutritionists who work as a team to offer busy New Yorkers a two-pronged approach to wellness: A nutritionist maps out your dietary needs then passes the info off to a chef, who’ll customize delicious, locally sourced meals to meet them. All dishes fit the detox bill (no gluten, refined sugars, or dairy) and are prepared fresh daily.
At barely nine months old, David Chang’s food delivery start-up Maple is still a baby, but it’s already surpassed the competition by leaps and bounds in quality and efficiency. Each step of the ordering process is handled in-house—from food prep to fulfillment to delivery—which allows the a la carte lunches and dinners to get to their destinations all over Manhattan fast, like 30-minutes fast. Like a restaurant, specials change nightly, and while dietary restrictions aren’t the main priority, ingredients are always top notch (the steak in a garlic & herb beef dish, for example, is hormone-free and locally-sourced) and veggie dishes like cauliflower steak with cashew sauce are readily available.
Short of having a professional camped out in your kitchen, Personal Chef really lives up to its name: The small but mighty operation takes your food preferences and dietary restrictions into account, and uses ingredients from local farms to design a menu for you that perfectly suits your needs. You can sign up for varied regularity, like a week’s worth of dinners, or three meals a day (plus snacks)—or just work with them to create exactly what you want.
Scrolling through the Provenance site is kind of like taking a virtual walk through your local farmer's market, which makes sense since the fresh ingredients used for the clean, detox-approved meals (functional medicine guru and goop contributor Dr. Frank Lipman is an advisor) are sourced locally from organic farms. Deliveries are based on a twice-weekly schedule and can include any combination of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks to meet a number of dietary needs; the whole food detox bundle is particularly appealing this time of year.
With a bunch of meal plans and cleanses to choose from—there’s one for achieving ketosis and another to fight inflammation—Urban Remedy packs in the nutrients and removes all dairy, gluten, white sugar, white flour, and unhealthy oils, which is everything you’d want from this type of service. Founder Neka Pasquale, a licensed acupuncturist who has a background in traditional Chinese medicine, considers every ingredient for its healing value—and the result is varied and colorful salads, like their Umeboshi offering: purple and green cabbage, carrots, spinach, avocado, daikon, and blend of sesame seeds, almonds, hemp, kelp, and nori (with an umeboshi vinaigrette). Treats include raw cacao mousse and fiber-rich paleo matcha energy bars.
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