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You’re getting the kids ready for school, making breakfast, sending emails, ironing your shirt and a million other things… and sometimes you just don’t have time to make yourself lunch. I feel yah! I’m not a parent, but I find myself scrambling in the morning in between my work-out and my commute and my 10000 emails, it’s hard enough to put together a healthy breakfast let alone chef up a transportable and nutritious lunch. One of my favourite new discoveries is the plethora of meal prep services we have in the lower mainland. Yes, I’m talking delicious, nutritious, fresh food that’s either delivered to your home or work, or conveniently located for easy pick-up. This revelation hasn’t deterred me from my Sunday meal-prep, but it is my saviour when I’m on the 5th day of salmon and rice and I just.can’t.have.another.bite.
I’ve put together some of my favourite Vancouver (and surrounding area) based grocery services and meal prep companies. Keep reading, and you can thank me later!
01 Spud – Online grocery shopping and food delivery
Spud is a Canadian wide online grocery service that quickly delivers fresh groceries to your door. It has a few features that makes it one of my faves. First of all, it has a sale section, so you can cruise through the list of this week’s deals and see whatever online coupons they’re offering. They also have a “Ready to Eat” section – which can even be filtered down to “dinners for 4.” You can have a “ready to eat” meal delivered to your door with enough goodies to feed the whole family. Last but not least, Spud has a “meal kit” section, so you can do the cooking, but they take care of the prep. And it doesn’t just deliver when I’m at the condo downtown, it delivers to us out in Maple Ridge as well.
02 Fresh Prep – Vancouver delivery for healthy meals
Fresh Prep is a Vancouver based company with a focus on health and nutrition. My favourite part? Their menu changes every week AND every week is delicious. I love variety and let me tell you, everything I’ve tried is delicious. They have fun foods like chicken lettuce wraps and pad thai! The best part is, Fresh Prep gathers food from BC farms, so you know where your ingredients are coming from. They also offer lots of dairy free and gluten free options. Take out the shopping/chopping/eyes-watering-from-the-onions and just simply follow the instructions with the food provided.
03 BeFresh – Vancouver based meal-prep company turned market/cafe
BeFresh started as a meal prep service cultivated by Spud, and has quickly grown into its own machine with markets/cafes across the lower mainland. Their food is sustainably made, convenient and most importantly, healthy! They also offer an assortment of plans to best suit your meal-prep needs. BeFresh also partners with The Juice Box to provide fresh juices and even juice cleanses. Last but not least they offer a produce box which includes all locally sourced, organic ingredients. Talk about easy eating.
04 Eat your Cake – Vancouver based, custom meal-prep for weight-loss and athletes
05 Fitness Foods – Organic, fresh, local meals delivered to your door.
Fitness foods is a farm-to-table delivery company who focuses on including the highest range of vitamins and superfoods in your diet. They have weekly menu options, paleo options and even heavy protein options for those of you who are heading to the gym for a second time today. The meals are wheat and sugar free and include organic ingredients whenever possible.
So, your “I’m too busy to eat clean” excuse is no longer valid. Not only are these options incredibly convenient, they’re also delicious, half the price of a restaurant meal and more importantly, half the fat. Hopefully I’ve made your stressful forgot-to-pack-a-lunch Monday morning a little bit more relaxed. You’ll feel so much better making small, conscious choices like choosing a Befresh salad over a Tim Hortons sandwich. Okay, you can thank me now.
Natalie’s Get Eating Clean Giveaway
Were giving away a MONTH’S supply of healthy meals from Eat Your Cake!!! A lucky listener will WIN 4 weeks of 3 meals and 2 snacks 4 times a week valued at $732!!!!
You can choose from either weightloss or athletic plan and either meat, vegetarian or fish option.
**Winner must live in the delivery zone which includes Burnaby, Coquitlam, Poco, Port Moody, Richmond, North & West Vancouver, NewWest, Surrey, Langley (Cloverdale/200th street only) or pickup from 1443 West Broadway.
Good luck! Cheers to happy, healthy eating!
Contest is now closed congratulations to Jared Holst from Burnaby!
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