The struggle to eat healthy is real, and we all feel it. It takes time, dedication, extra money (organic, healthy goods don’t come cheap), and a lot of self-control to pick the good-for-you stuff over the fast, convenient foods that are loaded with rubbish. But don’t stress, because Dubai’s growing number of healthy meal plans means that someone else is doing the hard work for you!
Whether you want to detox, lose weight, boost your energy levels, or go vegan, Savoir Flair has tried and tested the best healthy meal services in Dubai that will deliver nutritious and delicious meals straight to your door, every day.
The Paleo Pick
If you’re all for channeling your inner cavewoman and are after the perfect Paleo pick, then Daintree is for you. The Paelo diet has become one of the most popular ways of eating and its principles are simple: eat like a caveman. That means no gluten, dairy, grains, legumes, processed foods, or refined sugars and, instead, lots of high-quality meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. (Read more about the Paleo diet here).
As part of Daintree’s Paleo plan, you get to pick your meals and snacks from a mouthwatering menu e-mailed to you the week before and 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. For lunch and dinner, you’ll be served 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 who in their right mind would say no to guilt-free macadamia-nut cookies or coconut macaroons?
For more information, click here or call (+971) 4 399 9818.
Just for Girls
Sorry boys, this one’s for girls only (and you might get a bit jealous). Glam Gourmet recognizes that women’s dietary needs are much more complex than those of men, as our body composition and energy levels are so finely tuned that even the smallest changes to our diet can affect us. These meal plans (there are nine to choose from, from the ‘Athlete Plan’ to ‘Express Weight Loss’ and even ‘Baby On-Board’) provide women with just the right combination of foods and nutrients to speed up the metabolism by encouraging us to eat little and often.
Throughout the day, you’ll dine on dishes made with the freshest sustainably sourced ingredients that have been cooked up by a Michelin-starred chef (bet that got your attention) and a team of nutrition specialists. Each one has been formulated to include balanced macronutrients, and you get three meals, two snacks, and a fresh juice each day as part of the plans. Start your morning with yogurt and banana protein pancakes or Austrian bircher muesli with fruits, snack on delicious sweet and savory options like poached eggs with smoked salmon or a slice of apple cake, and enjoy lunches and dinners that vary from scallops with fresh veggies and beef with stir-fried noodles to chicken wraps with corn on the cob or seared tuna steak. Oh and there’s a life-changing Tiramisu too.
If that wasn’t enough, your delivery bag doesn’t just come brimming with delicious and nutritious food but with amazing freebies as well, including invitations to free bootcamps, discount rates on personal training and wellbeing specialists across the UAE, and even desert getaways.
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For Vegan Delights
Famed for its organic cold-pressed juices, Essentially offers raw, vegan, nutrient-dense meals that are delivered to your door every morning. Experts believe that eating raw helps with everything from weight management and increased energy levels to preventing headaches, high blood pressure, and the development of many chronic diseases and diabetes, because beneficial ingredients in foods aren’t damaged in the cooking process. The fact that this meal plan is vegan means that you won’t be consuming any animals or animal by-products, including eggs and dairy, but with food this good, you won’t miss them. Trust us.
Each day, you’ll be treated to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as at least two organic cold-pressed juices, a nut “milk”, and snacks. Think: “scones” with cashew cream cheese or turmeric-infused golden oats for breakfast, curried vegetables with red-pepper cream sauce or lemon-sage parsnip “pasta” for lunch, raw zucchini lasagna and falafel-mushroom burgers for dinner, and coconut-lemon balls and raw brownies as snacks (yes, you can have your cake and eat it too). Everything in this plan is raw (aside from the occasional doses of chickpeas and quinoa, which are cooked), organic, vegan, fresh, and bursting with delicious flavors.
For more information, click here or call 800 24455.
The Detox Plan
If you’re in serious need of a detox and to cleanse your system from the inside out, then Detox Delight, the first-ever detox company to launch in the UAE, is here to save the day. Whatever your request, intolerances, or health conditions, the team will create the perfect detox for you and your body. The concept of this cleanse is to eat only fresh, untreated fruits and vegetables for several days in a row, which can either mean going liquid-only with cold-pressed juices and soups or combining those with light, raw, vegan meals – which we highly recommend as they’re delicious.
If you opt for meals and juices, you’ll receive two cold-pressed juices each day along with three light meals. Breakfast options include homemade granola with soy yogurt, mixed mango and passion-fruit mousse, and fruity chia-seed puddings, whilst lunches are raw salads bursting with crisp, fresh veggies, nuts, seeds, olives, and zesty tahini dressing. For dinner, dishes like quinoa-and-vegetable salads and Moroccan-style tagines will keep you feeling full with no bloating or nasty sugar crashes.
In addition to that, you can supplement your detox with one of the various beautifying boosters on offer, including beauty shots, which provide you with a hit of superfoods, or ‘Beauty Water’, which is infused with hibiscus flowers, aloe vera, organic rosewater, and more to boost moisture levels deep within the skin. A detox that can help you lose weight, get a flat tummy, boost energy levels, and feel younger than ever? Sign us up.
For more information, click here or call (+971) 4 338 3565.
For Girls on the Go
If you’re a girl on the go who’s always running from one appointment to the next, you might find it particularly hard to eat healthy, and that’s where Powwer Jars comes in. Founded by lifestyle and nutrition consultant Ahlaam Ali, who has worked in the wellbeing field for over ten years, this clever company has created all its meals (which are organic and can cater to vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians) in easy-to-transport glass jars. No need for a microwave or a stove; simply open, eat, and enjoy.
Not only do these jars look seriously pretty with their layers of various fresh, colorful, ingredients, but they’re also really satisfying. With each jar containing approximately 350 clean calories, it’s also a great way to lose weight without even having to think about it.
Breakfast jars include chia pots, quinoa porridges, and power oats mixed with almond milk, peanut butter, and banana, while lunches are crisp salads packed with proteins like mung beans, quinoa, and lentils. Dinners include Thai red curry with carrots and coriander or rice noodles with vegetables. You’ll feel lighter after just a few days on this plan and your cravings for sugar-laden foods will be a thing of the past.
For more information, click here or call (+971) 55 950 0094.