No time to eat right? Not sure which foods are better for you? Save the excuses and sign up for one of these healthy meal deliveries instead. By Deborah Lin
Introducing healthy meal subscriptions: With their range of nutritious and delicious dishes, these weekly and monthly subscription services aim to help you stick to a better diet. The meals are also delivered right to your doorstep so it’s perfect for busy execs. Best of all, the recipes are created together with a nutrition or health expert, so you know you’re getting the good stuff.
Quinoa chicken (Photo: Fitthree)
Founded by three gym junkies and with the athlete in mind, Fitthree provides high-protein meals with quality cuts of beef, chicken or fish with low GI carbs plus healthy fats, and no sugar or refined carbohydrates. Think it seems more suited for guys? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that 45 per cent of Fitthree members are female – mostly professionals aged between 25 and 34.
Meal subscriptions are for three- or five-day periods. Choose from low-carb or omnitarian meals, in either regular or extra large sized portions. A vegetarian menu is in the works.
Meals come packaged in microveable containers. Ingredients, nutrition scores, reheating instructions and expiry date are indicated on the packaging.
Recipes are designed together with a dietitian.
Cost Prices start from $12.90 per meal for the standard sized meal (excluding delivery).
Delivery areas Three-day meals are delivered once on Mondays, and five-day meals are delivered twice on Mondays and Thursdays. Meals can be picked up at selected gyms for free (you need not be a member of that gym). Alternatively, you can request for pickup at a gym of your choice, or opt for their delivery service within the CBD area at $1.30 per meal (limited slots available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to order Sign up as a member on the website and order online. To get your meals from Monday, place your order the Thursday before.
Beef bulgogi (Photo: Fitthree)
Baked spiced chicken with orange and spinach salad (Photo: Foodmatters)
Foodmatters was started after its founders grew frustrated at the lack of healthy food options at pocket-friendly prices. This meal subscription service caters to similar-minded modern lifestyle enthusiasts who are concerned with eating well without spending a fortune. Presently, 60 per cent of their members are females in their 20s and 30s.
You can start with a monthly minimum of four lunches. Those who sign up for more meals get to enjoy cost savings per meal, see here for their subscription pricings. Six options of dishes are available daily – including local eats, fusion meals, Western favourites, vegetarian or low-carb selections.
Meals are delivered ready-to-eat and packaged in microwaveable containers. Nutrition scores (calories, protein, fats, carbs) are indicated on the packaging.
Recipes are designed together with a US-certified nutritionist.
Cost Starts from $40 monthly ($10 per meal for four lunches – or cheaper if you order more meals each month), inclusive of delivery.
Delivery areas Mostly central locations, and near Changi Business Park, with no delivery fee.
How to order Sign up for a monthly subscription (there’s a minimum of four lunches a month) and order via the website or mobile app, which is available on App Store and Play Store. You’ll need to order two to three working days in advance.
Smoked salmon pesto pasta (Photo: Foodmatters)
3. LESSSALTDIET SINGAPORE
Ayam betutu khas gilimanuk (Photo: Lesssaltdiet Singapore)
The goal of Lesssaltdiet Singapore is to enable members to adopt and maintain better dietary habits, even after they go off the programme. 90 per cent of their members are females, mostly in their 20s and 30s.
Specialising in Indonesian food, this meal subscription also offers local favourites and fusion dishes. The five staple ingredients used are chicken, fish, tofu, egg and tempeh. The company is in the process of getting its halal certification – we’re told that all ingredients used are halal. No beef, pork or lamb is served. You can choose from a five-day low-salt maintenance programme or 13-day no-salt diet programme.
Meals are delivered ready-to-eat and packed in containers similar to Japanese takeaway bento boxes, which Lesssaltdiet Singapore says is suitable for microwave reheating. No nutrition scores are indicated as they do not follow the typical calorie counting method (see below).
Recipes are designed together with a US-trained doctor, based on the US Mayo Clinic Diet (instead of the typical calorie counting method).
Cost Two meals (lunch and dinner) are delivered once daily, starting from Monday. Programmes start from $180, inclusive of delivery.
Delivery areas Island-wide
How to order Place an order via website or whatsapp/SMS/call 8678-6422. See Instagram page for updates on when batch orders for meals open.
Steamed fish with ginger and chilli (Photo: Lesssaltdiet Singapore)