Wholesome food that’s good for you and your busy lifestyle. By LYDIA KWON.
You’ve probably heard of the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”, which refers to the way diets can sculpt how our bodies look and feel. After all, an exercise regime can’t do much if you’re constantly loading up on food that steer you in the opposite direction.
For the average busy Singaporean, finding the right fuel for your lifestyle can be quite a feat. When we can’t spare the time to whip up a healthy meal from scratch, it’s easy to fall prey to the lure of greasy hawker fare, fast food, and unhealthy snacks. For the health and fitness-conscious, the answer is a meal subscription plan.
What are meal subscription plans?
Just as its name suggests: You subscribe to meals that get delivered to you on a fixed schedule. These meals are healthy by virtue of the fact that they’re made with wholesome ingredients, sent wherever is convenient for you, and can even be customisable to your dietary requirements.
These subscription plans have gained traction as people become more health-conscious and aware of what they’re consuming. Here are six worth trying:
For those on ketogenic diets: My Cuistot
Ketogenic diets came into the spotlight last year as a means to reduce body weight, making them popular among those who aim to achieve ripped and toned physiques. Keto diets involve reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat in order to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis, allowing it to become more efficient at burning fat for energy. If you’ve been working out extensively but your muscles aren’t showing, a ketogenic diet could be the breakthrough. My Cuistot creates its meals, freshly made and delivered the same day, to cater specifically to keto eaters. The in-house chefs are also able to customise the meals according to one’s diet guidelines.
For the ingredient-conscious: Fitthree
Fitthree teams up with the folks at popular circuit-training gym F45, which has fourteen outlets island wide, to provide healthy meals matched to your fitness regime. They deliver directly to workout places, yoga studios, or anywhere close by. Fitthree stands out because of its promising ingredients, which are entirely additive-free and non-GMO. Their meals contain only organic red meat and antibiotic-free chicken, so you don’t have to worry about getting any harmful chemicals in your diet.
For those who get bored easily: AMGD
One common complaint of those on meal subscription plans is that the meals get boring, which is entirely understandable considering these companies churn out dishes in bulk—often sacrificing variety. AMGD, however, has solved this grievance, with a wide variety of foods on rotation basis. Aside from classic packed meals, they’ve also expanded their repertoire to include delicious-looking sandwiches, healthy drinks, and even baked goods.
For those with weight goals: Nutrify Meals
Nutrify Meals are for those who have some experience with meal planning or would like to get started––membership on the site includes access to an in-built calculator that counts the macros and calories in the food you choose, which can either be customised to your needs or chosen from a ready-made menu. Calorie counting is essential for those who are looking to shed a few extra pounds and can be very effective when done right, so why not leave it to the experts?
For local food lovers: Yummy Bros
We salute Yummy Bros for their hyperlocal menu, which features Asian flavours like sambal, curry, and chili padi, in healthier versions than the fat and sodium-laden versions commonly found at hawker centres. Clean food that doesn’t tank on flavour? Count us in! Plus, Yummy Bros comes at a lighter price tag compared to most, starting from $7 a meal, making it one of the more affordable meal subscriptions plans around.
For the less active: Nutrition Kitchen
Nutrition Kitchen makes choosing your meals easy by offering suggestions according to your lifestyle. Options are available for females and males, at varying levels of lifestyle activity. if you’re not getting a lot of exercise in, but you’re still concerned about the kind of meals you’re taking, Nutrition Kitchen makes a great choice. Their curation is backed by body composition experts, so you can put your worries to rest.
Before you start…
Remember that one of the biggest selling points of subscription meals is the convenience, so make sure they deliver where you need. If you’re at the office on weekdays and home on weekends, and require meals all seven days, be sure to check if both locations are covered by your brand of choice. Here’s a word of advice from us: while we’re all for eating healthy and watching your macros, don’t be afraid to indulge in a cheat meal every now and then. Just as rest days are important, letting up and having a dedicated cheat day once in a while can help you commit to your meal plans better. Good luck and stay fed!