Picture this: it’s 11:45AM – fifteen minutes before lunchtime at your office. Your stomach grumbles as your mind starts to wander. There aren’t many food options around the office, and you’re looking for something healthy that can fill you up until merienda. But you’re in no mood to venture far in the scorching heat, plus you’ve got a ton of work to catch-up on. Given the circumstances, you settle on ordering Pizza Hut AGAIN to the office.
Suddenly a stroke of genius dawns upon you: healthy meal delivery programs! A brilliant idea!
While these services usually require ordering a couple of days day before delivery, we’re in an age where curated healthy meals can be delivered directly to your workplace to keep you in tip top shape for the work week ahead. Gone are the days of ordering only fast food to your office.
So what are some of the healthy meal delivery services can you choose from in the metro? Here are our six picks – these programs offer fresh salad jars to vegan squash pizza to chicken tandoori (and everything in between) right to your doorstep.
Calling all vegans! V Kitchen is the first all-veggie program for those who want to take a bite into an organic, plant-based lifestyle. The team concocts creative five-day menus from breakfast to dinner with a varied selection of meals that change every week. It includes dessert such as their Raw Vegan Spirulina Chocolate Balls and Vegan Apple Cinnamon rings with each meal! V Kitchen does not use any artificial flavouring, or refined sugar in their dishes. They only use Non-GMO veggies and fruits.
Price: P 650 per day Contact Details: 0927-976-8088
The Good Box
The Good Box PH focuses on curating full-day meal plans (including two snacks per day) that fall under the different calorie counts: 1200, 1500, 1800, 2100, 2400, and 2700. They’re meticulously planned with proper proportions of fat, carbs, proteins by their in-house chef and nutritionist for a scrumptious meal. You can even ask their nutritionist, Fia Batua, any dietary questions through their website. Here’s a sample menu they had on their website:
Price List of Different Programs (Weekly Rate):
1200 Calorie Menu – Php 2,750
1500 Calorie Menu – Php 3,000
1800 Calorie Menu – Php 3,250
2100 Calorie Menu – Php 3,500
2400 Calorie Menu – Php 3,750
2700 Calorie Menu – Php 4,000
South Beach Diet – Php 3,000
Special Diet (Diabetic, Gout, Hypertensive, etc) – Calorie price + Php 250
Contact Details: 0917-711-1732
Sugarleaf is actually a Makati-based restaurant that offers a healthy meal delivery service. They make use of fresh, organic produce such as organic pork, free-range chicken, farm-raised bangus and other grown veggies.
Sugar Lead has a five-day delivery program:
Snack (S) Dark Gluten-free Chocolate Cake with Stewed Fruit, Lunch (L) Sea Farm-Raised Bangus with Organic Red Rice and Dinner (D) Pasta Alfredo Home-made Tagliatelle
(S) Gluten-free Carrot Cake slice, (L) Free-range Rosemary Chicken and Red Rice, (D) Chicken Siomai with Red Rice
(S) Kesong Puti Panini, (L) Free-range Lemon Pepper Pork with Red Rice, (D) Sun Delight Skizza
(S) Grilled Veggies in Pita Pocket, (L) Shrimp Siomai with Red Rice, (D) Home-made Verde Spinach Ravioli
(S) Free-range Egg Salad Panini, (L) Grass-fed Chicken Salad, (D) Sea-farm Raised Bangus Relleno with Organic Rice
Sugar Leaf also provides seminars, talks or workshops to prepare this who would want to educate themselves further including food preparation classes, talks on probiotics and a lot more (complete with handouts, food samples).
Price: P 2,800 for the 5-day program Contact Details: 0917-803-9055
Diet Diva PH
Diet Diva looks like a good option for those looking to slim down. It’s among the better known services in the metro as customers are offered a well-balanced selection of dishes that all amount to 1200 calories a day. The spicy tinapa rice seems to be one of the best sellers. Clark Dela Riva is their resident nutritionist that oversees the meal plans every week. Here’s their menu in early September:
- Text them with your name, contact details, and when you would like to start with the program.
- Pay DIET DIVA a week before you begin.
- Email deposit slip at email@example.com
Slots are limited, and it is a first-come, first-serve basis every week, so you’re advised to book around 2 weeks to a month in advance.
Price: P 1,900 for their 5-day program (and extra P100 pesos delivery charge to Commonwealth, Marcos Highway and BGC per week) Contact Details: 0917-703-3492
If you’re into salads, you might want to get acquainted Healthy Monsters. They deliver fresh, scrumptious salads in a recyclable jars. Most of what they prepare can be stored between 3-7 days, depending on the ingredients they include, and the mode of preservation you pick.
They offer six different variants, represented with the colored labels of the jars:
- Blue: Skinny Caesar Salad – rosettes wrapped in the mustard sauce dressing
- Green: Quinoa Salad – considered as their Nacho Salad because of the ingredients used
- Red: Nutty Salad – shredded almonds, strawberry vinaigrette and variety of homegrown veggies
- Orange: Chia Salad – greens, salad veggies, cherry tomatoes, chia seeds, singkamas and soy sesame dressing
- Yellow: Asian Salad Jr – corn, shredded cabbage and carrots
What’s great about them is that their dressings are homemade, all ingredients are raw and grown by local farmers, and all salads have a low calorie count.
Price: P 190 per jar
Contact Details: 0918-985-6323
Better Health PH
Better Health PH seems to be the choice of several celebrities. It provides curated meals (along with a nutritious drink) made from ‘fusions of different cuisines, suggestions from customers or just the unforgettable classics,’ according to the website.
Better Health counts calories for its customers and gives them the option to choose between small (1200-1500 kcals/day), medium (1500-2000 kcals/day) and large portions (2000-2500 kcals/day). Customers can choose between 3, 5, 10, or 20 days plans which caters to specific needs such as building muscle, toning up, or shedding pounds.
Better Health actually also offers corporate packages and services for firms that wish to provide healthier food choices at the workplace.
Price: P 650 a day (complete meal set) Contact details: 0906-305-2305, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your subscription is completed, the food is delivered to you, including a schedule of when to eat which. Delivery is free within Metro Manila! Below’s a sample of their menu for the week:
Ordered from a healthy meal delivery service before? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
Image sources: Corbis, respective healthy food delivery services