Looking to shape up or shift a kilo or two? Holly Sands tries meal delivery from Love Food ME
The promise This new Dubai-based meal delivery service offers a range of programmes, chiefly “Vitality”, “Lifestyle” and “Power”, offering low GI, Paleo and high-protein menus respectively. Each is available as either two meals plus a snack, or three meals and two snacks. We sign up for five days on the Lifestyle plan, described as featuring organic ingredients, grass-fed, free-range meats and gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free dishes.
Step by step Each morning, the day’s meals are delivered and left outside our door. On day one, the first thing to grab our attention is the weightiness of the bag. A peek inside reveals dishes and drinks served, unusually, in heavy glass-bottomed containers. Probably designed to help with reheating, we deduce, but it makes the whole bag remarkably unwieldly and unconducive to our usual Metro commute. Though many of the labels and ingredients aren’t quite clear (there are better details on the website), the meals are impressively creative and in keeping with the healthy eating zeitgeist (think zoodles) – no unimaginative, nutritionally miserly mounds of iceberg lettuce here. Every dish is different, and we even start to feel inspired to try assembling them on our own come the end of the week. Some dishes are unsociably garlicky, particularly for lunch in the office, not only while eating in close proximity to colleagues, but later breathing anywhere within a ten-metre radius.
The result After five days on the plan, we feel lighter and less sluggish, and have enjoyed spending less time cooking up our usual chaos in the kitchen.
The pros Love Food ME’s plans are convenient, varied and bang-on healthy eating trends.
The cons You’ll spend more on this each week than you would your usual groceries, but if time is the only thing you’re poor on, it’s a solution. Vitality from Dhs759 a week, Lifestyle from Dhs845 a week, Power from Dhs1,231 a week. Delivery across Dubai, www.lovefoodme.com.