You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: you can’t out-exercise a poor diet. If you are putting in hours at the gym every week but fail to fuel your body with healthy, nutritious foods, do not be surprised when you do not see results. Your diet is crucial to your overall health and well-being, because when you eat good food, you feel good. We are dependent on the vitamins and nutrients in our foods to keep our bones, organs and muscles in top shape.
There are times when life gets busy and you can barely find time to exercise let alone cook healthy and nutritious meals every single day. It is during these busy times when it becomes tempting to just order delivery or find the nearest drive-thru. When you’re this busy, it doesn’t matter how much you want to eat healthy, you simply just do not have the time. This is where the convenience and ease of meal delivery services become the solution to all of your problems. They allow you to have fresh, gourmet meals that are both healthy and delicious delivered right to your front door.
Here are 5 Ottawa meal prep delivery services that are great options for anyone who is looking for a solution to the ‘no-time’ excuse of eating healthy.
NutriDirect is a great option because it gives its’ customers the option to customize their meal plans. You begin by selecting all of your favourite proteins, vegetables, carbs and salads and from there allow the chefs to curate your meals for you. They also provide you with the option of choosing exactly what source of carbs, proteins and veggies will go into every one of your meals, making it an attractive option for those following a strict diet or those who tend to be picky eaters. All meals come in three different sizes: small, medium and large, varying from one another depending on how many ounces of protein are in each dish. All of their chicken and beef is halal, and they also have vegetarian protein options such as chickpeas, lentils and falafel. They deliver their meals every Wednesday and Sunday right to your door, ensuring your fridge will be stocked and ready for a week full of healthy eating. You can order from NutriDirect using the following link located here.
The goal of Fuel Foods is to make healthy eating the easiest part of your daily routine. They give you the option to either order your meals individually or in bundles, and you can even request to have your meals arrive in vacuum-sealed packages so that they stay fresher for longer. Their menu changes every week but always caters to vegetarian and even vegans. Fuel Foods gives you the option to add cold-pressed organic juices to your order to boost your immunity and rejuvenate your energy levels. One thing that sets Fuel Foods apart from the rest are their breakfast jars, which are organic, vegan and gluten-free breakfast options served in a glass jar to reduce waste. These breakfast jars are a win-win for both you and the environment—not only are they delicious and provide you with a healthy breakfast every morning, but they also help reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate. Ordering from Fuel Foods is done directly on their website, available here.
Cheat Meal is a meal prep service that redefines healthy eating. The team of chefs work closely with a team of nutritionists to ensure that their customers are getting delicious meals that are full of flavour, but not full of unnecessary calories, sugars and fats. The goal is for their customers to feel like they are having a cheat meal when they are really enjoying a healthy, fresh meal. There are several meal plans for you to choose from, and Cheat Meal does a great job at accommodating all dietary needs. Vegan? No problem. Gluten Free? No need to worry. There’s even a meal plan customized for individuals with high blood pressure. A lot of people struggle to find healthy foods as appetizing, especially when they first begin to transform their diet and lifestyle. This is where Cheat Meal will prove you wrong, because eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and distasteful like so many assume it is. Get started by selecting a meal plan that best suits your lifestyle and here.
Live Fit is a meal prep service that began in Ontario, but has quickly picked up pace and will soon deliver Canada-wide. You begin by choosing between your meal package, such as The Muscle Gain Package, The Student Package, or even The Fat Burner Package. They even have a meal package that includes only certified halal meat. All nutritional info is available right on their site so you know the exact amounts of calories, fats (trans and saturated), carbohydrates, sodium, cholesterol, fibre, sugars and even allergens in each and every meal prior to ordering. Having all nutrition information available so directly makes it easier for you to stay on track with your diet, since you can plan out your meals for future weeks far in advance. The only downfall of Live Fit is that they have a standard menu that does not incorporate weekly changes unlike their competitors. In turn, they are definitely an attractive option for those who are serious about tracking their macro nutrients and like to keep a steady routine week to week. Let Live Fit show you how easy it really is to keep your diet on track by placing your first order here.
Chef’s plate is a little bit different than other meal prep services, as it provides you with the ingredients you will need for your meal, along with the instructions on how to make it, but leaves the rest up to you. This is a great option for anyone who is looking to not only keep their diet on track, but improve their cooking skills and learn new healthy recipes along the way. The great part about cooking the recipes yourself is that you don’t have to risk over-cooking the meals while trying to re-heat them, which happens very easily with other pre-cooked meal services. As well, you can control the amount of oils and sauces used in every dish to ensure you are not adding extra, unnecessary calories to your meal. Every meal is locally sourced and aims to create a balanced, nutritious plate that tastes so delicious you won’t even believe how simple it is to make. The menu at Chefs Plate changes every week so you will never find yourself cooking the same thing twice, which eliminates the repetitiveness often associated with healthy eating. Place your first order at Chefs Plate and up your kitchen game here.
Following a healthy diet does not mean you have to sacrifice enjoying delicious food. Instead, a diet that includes a healthy balance of carbs, fats and proteins, with the occasional treat here and there, is the first step towards leading a healthy lifestyle. Make moderation your best friend when it comes to eating. This is not to say that eating healthy is always easy, but it is always worth it. Eating healthy takes a lot personal discipline in terms of fighting cravings and understanding that the food we put in our bodies is not merely for taste but also for fuel. If you are struggling to find the time to prepare healthy meals, using a meal prep delivery service is a viable option to ensure that you are keeping your diet on track throughout 2018 and onwards. Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring unless you make it that way.
By Julia Solimine