If you took “letting go on vacation” a bit too literally or escaped the summer heat by binging on both takeout and box sets, then listen up. There’s an organic meal-delivery service in Dubai that promises locally sourced, nutritious, good-for-you grub that won’t leave you longing for cronuts. What’s even better is that it offers both Paleo and vegan options. Whichever plan you choose, you’ll feel lighter, your energy levels will increase, and the spring in your post-summer step will be restored. Read on to discover how Daintree will change your diet forever.
The Paleo Plan
The Paleo diet, followed by celebrities like Megan Fox and Adriana Lima, has become one of the most popular ways of eating. Its principles are simple: Cut out anything that you wouldn’t have had access to without the technology behind most of today’s foods – and eat like a caveman as a result. The Paleo plan really takes things back to basics.
Tens of thousands of years ago, humans didn’t snack on bars of chocolate, nor did they fill their bowls with ‘Special K’ for breakfast. Instead, they ate what they could easily get their hands on. That meant no gluten, dairy, grains, legumes, processed foods, or refined sugars. Instead, lots of high-quality meats, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats dominated their diets.
“Paleo, also known as the ‘caveman diet’, is the primary offering of Daintree,” explains Florence Cruz, Daintree’s Sales & Marketing Representative. “It’s a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food. This type of diet promotes sustainable weight loss, more energy, and better health in general. It also limits fructose intake in our body and is good for people who suffer from celiac disease, as it’s 100 percent free from gluten.”
As part of the Paleo plan, you can expect a whole load of organic, free-range, and grass-fed meats as well as line-caught and sustainably sourced seafood of the utmost quality. Breakfasts range from savory options like fried eggs with heirloom tomatoes and gluten-free bread to sweet treats like Paleo waffles with berries and maple syrup.
On the lunch and dinner menus, you can expect hearty meals like Mediterranean chicken stew with mashed turnips or lighter options like curried shrimp and tuna salad. Be sure to save room for your two daily snacks because, when there’s a macadamia-nut cookie or a coconut macaroon staring at you, you’ll want to eat it. And you won’t regret it. Guilt-free goodies? Yes, please.
The Vegan Plan
“The vegan diet excludes the consumption of animal meats and their by-products,” Cruz explains. “Studies suggest that the vegan diet helps prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases and also improves bone health. We use tofu in place of meat, but mostly our vegan meals are based on a variety of vegetables. We create different types of dishes to make our meals enjoyable and exciting, never boring!” This editor can definitely vouch for that. Despite the vegan diet being very restrictive in nature, Daintree dishes up delicious delights meal after meal after meal.
This menu offers everything from super smoothies loaded with kale, flax seeds, almond milk, and berries to homemade baked beans with zucchini muffins. The mains vary from colorful beet salads with quinoa and veggies to curried lentils with dried cherries and cilantro. It’s all so tasty that you won’t miss meat for even a minute. The snacks are also far from boring, with the strawberry panna cotta and roasted apple with berry jam being particular highlights.
How Does It Work?
The best part about Daintree – apart from the amazing food, of course – is the fact that you get to choose your food each week, selecting from an online menu that’s e-mailed to you. So not only do you know exactly what you’re getting, but you can also avoid the foods you dislike. Deliveries are made in the evenings for the following day (they can even be left outside your door so you’re not woken up at some obscure time) and they’re brought to you in cooler bags. The only effort you’ll need to put in is to remember to leave your cooler bag out to be collected during the next night’s delivery.
Meal plans vary from one meal and one snack per day to three meals and two snacks per day. Prices vary significantly depending on the plan and duration you choose, ranging from AED 370/SAR 378 to AED 1,500/SAR 1,532 for six days (Fridays are off). For more information, click here or call (+971) 4 399 9818.