What’s on your plate for lunch or dinner? Perhaps the always dependable chicken rice, a more sinful burger and fries combo or a fruit smoothie to compensate the weekend’s indulgences. For some of us working in the CBD, there’s a whole array of eats to look forward to. As an added bonus: new restaurants mushroom up nearly every week of the month.
But if this year’s resolution is to be more mindful of what you eat, you’ll find a mass exodus of viable dining options. It’s hard to eat healthily. Clean eating is often denigrated as a monotonous mishmash of bland vegetables in a bowl, certainly not the most appetising of things to look forward to. Plus, who has the time — or the self-discipline — to put together meal preps for the entire week?
Thankfully, an easy solution can be had by signing up for subscription meal plans. It’s all mapped out for wholesome success: a different, healthy meal or snack every day delivered to your doorstep at an appointed time. All your calories are accounted for. Pop it in the microwave, save yourself a world of trouble, and start eating well the easy, delicious way.
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AMGD isn’t an acronym for a new type of diet. Instead, it is an abbreviation for ‘ahh mah gawd’ — supposedly what you might feel after having one of their bento sets. The platform caters to a whole range of diets: whether it is keto-focused, stricter on calories, or packed with whole grains. Subscribers can also get the day going with their breakfast deliveries. AMGD works on a meal-pass subscription service, which allows flexibility on the number of meals to be had in a day or a week. Nutrition coaching is available as well for those who are looking to take a no-nonsense approach to their daily food intake.
While not strictly a subscription service, the online restaurant allows diners to reserve just one meal or prepare a series of deliveries for a few days in advance. Meal boxes here often revolve around grains or pasta, a mix of local and Western-inspired dishes. Feeling a little peckish? Go for sides like century egg tofu or simpler desserts such as fruit platters or muah chee. Don’t leave colleagues out when planning your meals too. Grain has recently introduced hearty meals for three to four diners, made for sharing. Think a Japanese teishoku set with grilled unagi, saba fish and rice — fit for a restaurant, and now for the office pantry. Currently, delivery locations are limited to parts of the CBD and Northeast Singapore.
If you’re one to eat out for both lunch and dinner, this subscription platform will help keep your entire day’s calorie intake in check. YOLO offers two menus: the Lean Plan for weight loss and the Power Plan for strength and muscle building, available at five, 10 or 30-day periods. Three meals are delivered each day: lunch, a mid-day snack and dinner. Additionally, the menus are also customised according to how active each individual may be with lower calories for desk-bound diners and heartier options for those who work-out regularly.
Here’s a gourmet option to consider. The meal-delivery concept, founded in France, offers typically rich French cuisine in healthier formats. My Cuistot has two different plans, the Healthy menu packed with nutrients for the day or the much stricter Healthy Diet menu, where each meal is under 450 calories and low-carb. Diners can order up to six days worth of meals, customisable from a menu of over 30 dishes. Think rabbit done in a Normandy-style stew or risotto with fennel and shrimp. Best of all, its containers are all recyclable and biodegradable. Thumbs up for clean eating and a cleaner planet.
Taking precious lunch time to hit the gym? If you’re working out at these locations, you can also pick up a few lunch boxes from Fit Three. Go for omnitarian (a balanced mix of meat and vegetables), low-carb or vegetarian. Breakfast items like pancakes and omelettes are also available for early-risers. Besides swearing off non-GMO ingredients and additives, the kitchen is also adamant on using local and organic produce in dishes as much as possible. There’s also a partnership with Ufit gyms for consultations and personalised food programmes.
(Hero image: YOLO, Featured image: Fit Three)