Special delivery: meals made to order
Most of us have been trying to steer clear of crowded supermarkets lately, but what are you supposed to do about dinner? Easy – try a meal delivery service. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, up your veg intake, balance your macros or just can’t be bothered deciding what the hell to make for dinner yet again, there’s a service tailor made for you.
Of course, the large number of services now available can make it tough to decide which one to choose. But if you’re mindful of where your food comes from and the miles it’s logging, as well as where your hard-earned dollar is going, the choice is easy: go local.
You might be surprised to discover that some of the big-name delivery services like Hello Fresh and Marley Spoon are actually not Australian-owned. Both of these are German-based international companies, although they do source produce locally. So we decided to check out a few of the smaller, more locally-focused meal delivery players, who’ve been dishing up some choice cuisine for their ’hoods.
Be Fit Food
The philosophy behind Be Fit Food is that food is the first medicine, and that you can eat yourself to better health. According to Kate Save, CEO and co-founder, the team uses the science of the CSIRO to scientifically formulate health-enhancing meals made from a wide variety of whole foods which adhere to a low-carb living philosophy.
“We also believe that plant-based foods are the key to good health,” Save says. “We include a minimum of four to 12 vegetables in every meal, plus the right amount of lean protein [15-20g] that the body can digest every three hours, and we use no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in our meals.”
Whole food is the key to Be Fit Food’s recipes. They’re low in carbs, but include a source of dietary fibre, which is essential for building and supporting a healthy gut microbiome.
“We also believe that variety is important, and all of our meals are doctor- and dietitian-designed to ensure they meet our strict nutritional criteria,” Save says. “This helps to ensure that consumers can choose from 100% of our huge range and still get the optimum nutrition their body needs every day.” Given that Be Fit Food’s meals are low in carbs and contain a good source of protein, they’re ideal for supporting lean body mass or helping with body fat reduction. The service’s meal plans are also scientifically formulated to be almost nutritionally complete – containing at least 90% of your estimated daily nutritional requirements – by providing all of the essential vitamins and minerals you need.
“Our customers are predominantly women,” Save says. “Although we find they also order for their husbands, given that we have everything on the menu from wholemeal beef lasagne and green chicken curry to cauliflower fried rice with chicken, which is sure to please even the fussiest of eaters.”
Be Fit Food sources everything as locally as economically possible, however, maintaining a safe and stable food supply is the company’s main priority, with all produce being prepared in a HACCP-certified production kitchen in Melbourne. The menu is also updated seasonally in order to avoid “flavour fatigue”, although some favourites are always on rotation.
“No-one ever gets sick of our wholemeal beef lasagne!” Save says.
All of Be Fit Food’s meals are snap frozen to lock in the high levels of nutrients at the point of delivery, as well as ensuring the safest possible food.
“Freezing preserves the DNA of the food as well as the healthy bacteria,” Save says. “This ensures our meals nourish your gut without the associated risk of food poisoning that can occur with food that’s delivered out of the temperature cycle, or gassed to keep it chilled.”
To find out more or to order, head to befitfood.com.au
Bondi Meal Prep
Bondi Meal Prep is working to sustainably produce the highest quality ready-made meals in the country. Aiming high – we like it. According to co-founder Kimmi Hibel, who started the business with her partner Aled Barry, the process behind the development of their menu was to provide real whole food that tastes delicious.
“Each additional item we add to the menu always has the same core values that we build from,” she says. “High-quality meat, fresh steamed vegetables, no added nasties – no artificial flavours, boosters or preservatives.”
The team sources ingredients from quality suppliers: grass-fed beef from Cape Grim in Tasmania, King Salmon from the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand, free-range chickens from Lilydale Farms. Their fruit and vegetable selection is also soon to become fully organic, and all fresh produce on the menu is seasonal, ensuring that it’s locally grown and fresh. And all meals are also delivered fresh, not frozen.
If you take a squiz at their menu you’ll see that Bondi Meal Prep’s meals are something you’d actually look forward to eating, rather than simply being a convenient way to cut back on your own cooking at home. The menu mostly includes meals suitable for lunch or dinner, but there are a few breakfast options (and a cheeky treat or two). While there are staple items on the menu, each week a new special is always on offer, to keep things interesting.
The service offers healthy alternatives for people who are looking to avoid the types of illness that a poor diet can lead to – diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure. The menu is also designed to help lower the risk of obesity and inflammation.
For those counting calories or macros, a full listing of calories carbs, protein and fats for each menu item is also included on the website.
Bondi Meal prep’s main customers are busy working professionals aged between 30-40, but the meals are suitable for anyone looking for a healthier alternative. The service currently only delivers to Sydney Metro, Newcastle and Canberra, but there are plans to grow.
“Very shortly we’re launching our product in Melbourne,” Hibel says. “We are very excited to be expanding and soon plan to tackle the rest of Australia!”
To find out more or to order, head to bondimealprep.com.au