From delivery of pre-made meals to boxes of ingredients with recipes and instructions, healthy eating has never been easier. Gone are the days of needing to spend hours grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking. That’s not to bash home cooked meals, but the busier our lives get, the more difficult it can be to find time to make our own meals – especially during the work week, and have them be healthy at that! To help you navigate this shift in the way we purchase and prepare food, we’ve curated the top apps to help you make healthy choices.
Number one has to be Hello Fresh. With the touch of your fingertips, you can have boxes of fresh ingredients paired with healthy recipes delivered straight to your door! The best thing about Hello Fresh, is that you’re not locked into a contract. They offer plans that are flexible to suit your lifestyle as your needs may change week to week. Meals are designed for families of two or 4 (2 adults and 2 kids), but many that live on their own still choose the 2 meal option and have delicious leftovers for lunch! As for dietary requirements – they offer packages depending on your meat preference (meat-free, seafood-free or pork-free) but unfortunately don’t tailor meals depending on your allergies/intolerances or preferences. That being said, you can omit using these ingredients in the dish as each ingredient is packed individually. The best part about Hello Fresh is that they have an in-house dietician that reviews each recipe to ensure that each meal you prepare is both delicious and nutritious. Hello Fresh is currently available in Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the UK and Netherlands
Option two is none other than brother of the driving service uber, uberEATS! Although, one can easily find themselves eyeing burgers, pizza and other naughty options – many healthy restaurants or cafes are affiliated with uberEATS, meaning you can have healthy salads, juices, smoothies and more delivered right to your door! This in an excellent option for those days you forget to pack your lunch or just can’t be bothered cooking dinner, but don’t want to succumb to fatty, sugar-laden, insulin-spiking takeaway. Though not everywhere yet, uberEATS is now available in several major European cities including London, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Moscow, Vienna, and Stockholm among others.
Our third option, Fresh Fitness Food, is another popular food delivery service available in London. They specialize in tailor made meals designed by a nutritionist to help you achieve your goals. A menu consultant then fine-tunes your meals to meet your specific requirements. Whether your goals are to lose fat, increase muscle, to eat for performance or to simply maintain a healthy lifestyle, Fresh Fitness Food can create a customized meal plan that’s just right for you. They take into account any dietary requirements on preferences – meaning whether you are gluten or dairy intolerant, want to minimize your sugar intake, or dislike carrots – their chefs can create customized healthy meals based on your specifications. These meals are delivered straight to your doorstep, in temperature-controlled packaging that will last in your fridge up to three days. An interesting differentiator that this company offers is their check-in service. A member of the team will contact you to ensure that you are tracking well towards achieving your goals.
Although the office vending machine and kebab shop around the corner might be tempting when your blood sugar drops, the good news is that they are no longer your only option. With the ever-increasing presence of technology being used to automate and simplify our lives, it is easier than ever before to stay on track when it comes to healthy eating. Whether you’re an uncreative cook, a bad cook, or simply can’t be bothered to shop for and prepare healthy meals day in and day out – we hope that we’ve helped you realize that don’t have to compromise your health for convenience.
The Author: Daina Kenins
Daina is a lover of all things health & wellness related; a health food connoisseur, an avid marathon runner, a certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and a spin studio manager. She is ambassador for healthy eating and loves to create and share recipes on her instagram page @thepaleobean.