You’ve probably heard of Secret Ingredient, the cooking-by-numbers cooking prep delivery service that’s saved countless dinner party hosts over the years. Nosh is Secret Ingredient’s newish sister business, which offers healthy cooked meals for pickup (Mid-Levels or Happy Valley) or delivery anywhere along the blue line from Tin Hau to K-Town and Pok Fu Lam. Each meal comes in eco-friendly packaging, and the eight or so dishes on offer (each ringing in at around $100) are rotated in and out each week so you’ll never get bored. Want to upgrade to sides, drinks or meals for two? Nosh has that sorted too. Think Australian beef bibimbap with brown rice, roasted salmon with soba noodles, or free-range chicken cobb salad. All dishes come with nutrition information so you can be confident that you’re only putting good stuff in.
Whether it’s calorie-control, muscle building or just a balanced, nutritious meal you’re looking for, Eatology has a program for you. All of its menus are designed by a dietician, but if you really want to drill down into details, you can get a bespoke meal program designed by their in-house nutritionist, which comes with a calorie and macronutrient breakdown. Learn more from our in-depth review on p.32.
Optmeal places a strong focus on lean meat, fresh produce and low carbs, all perfectly balanced (40-50 percent carbs, 15-25 percent fat and 20-30 percent protein) and produced by their in-house Cordon Bleu chef. Pick a 10- or 20-day meal plan, then choose a standard or large meal, low carb or regular, and Optmeal will do the rest. While you only get one meal choice, you can safely expect tasty favourites such as chicken burger with avocado salsa and baked yam chips or baked salmon in Greek yogurt with brown rice and seasonal veggies. Make sure to order by 10pm on Saturday night in order to get your food on Monday. A trial day of two meals will costs you $230, while a 10-day plan will cost you $2,200 for a standard sized meal, or $2,800 for large. Free delivery available in Central and Causeway Bay, with a $20 surcharge to Sheung Wan, Mid-Levels, Admiralty and Wan Chai.
1 Minden Row, Tsim Sha Tsui, 5570-3607, www.optmeal.com.
Trying to go paleo but feeling uninspired? Let Paleo Taste make it easier with dishes that are grain- and gluten-free, unprocessed and made from scratch. But paleo doesn’t mean joyless – take a gander at the desserts, such as the amazing chocolate brownies that are made with grassfed butter and almond flour and sweetened with honey. Got a specific dietary requirement? Go for the high protein or vegetarian option. It’s affordable too, with mains coming in at $80 and sides and desserts from $40. Delivery takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a new menu comes out every Friday.
Any gym bunny knows that abs are made in the kitchen. Set up by personal trainers, Nutrition Kitchen focuses on supporting your workout, getting results and knowing the exact nutritional breakdown of what you’re eating through its macronutrient- and protein-rich meal plan. Packages run for five, 10 or 20 days, Monday to Friday, and you can opt for two or three meals per day. Prices run from $790 to $5,700, depending on the package you choose. Menu changes weekly.
Crave Healthy Food
In addition to meal plans, this one-stop shop combines meal programs and personal training with nutritionists and health coaches all dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals. Before you embark on a meal program with Crave, you’ll undergo an initial assessment so the team has a better understanding of your body and your goals, though you are expected to commit to the program for one to three months. Its meal plans are 100 percent organic, gluten-free and unprocessed. Just looking for something healthier to graze on? Crave also offers detox juices, smoothies and delicious homemade snacks. You can also order meals, drinks, snacks and dips a la carte through the website.
Can your DNA tell you what you’re meant to be eating? Biorna Quantics believes so. Through a simple cheek swab, this DNA testing company can find out everything about you, from food intolerances to the kinds of diets, workouts and food supplements that your body responds to best. Once you’ve been tested, Biorna Quantic’s catering arm allows you to order tailor-made meals that are a perfect balance of fats, carbs and proteins for your body type. It can also connect you with its partners – counselors and physical therapists – for a total personal overhaul.
6/F Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town, www.biorna-quantics.com.
One of the newer food delivery companies on the block, Gymbox is designed for regular gymgoers who prioritise protein and want to keep things simple. Right now there are three meals available: chicken breast, sole fillet or tofu, all served with tri-coloured veggies and quinoa. Boxes start at $62, ring in at less than 500 calories, last in the fridge for up to five days and can be frozen for up to two weeks. Right now delivery is only available on Hong Kong Island, but they hope to expand their network soon.
Lean By Design
With its three-, six- or nine-week eating plans that range from 1,200 to 2,800 calories per day, Lean By Design makes it easy to stick to those healthy eating goals. Each carefully balanced meal is fresh, colourful and packed with nutrients to ensure that you’re fueling your body the right way, whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, or simply keep your body functioning at its best. Meal plans range from $4,725-$9,135. Email to order: [email protected]