They say 80% of success in looking and feeling good is not the exercise regime but your nutrition. There can be many obstacles to making healthy nutrition a daily routine in our crazy world (from long office hours, commute, lack of time to cook, hormones injected into food we eat and Reese’s peanut butter cups being sold on every corner) however there is one (of a few) solutions that can make our effort to eat healthy more effective: Mindful Chef.
Created in 2014 by two friends, Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries, who were frustrated about the lack of healthy food readily available for people who have little time to make their dinner, Mindful Chef is a hot nutrition startup that delivers all the fresh ingredients you need to make healthy evening meals with just 20-30 minute prep-times. You won’t find processed foods such as pasta, white rice or bread in our recipes. Instead, the chefs have designed dishes with nutrient-dense organic vegetables, grass-fed meat and fish caught sustainably. As Mindful Chef packs their food boxes in such a way that you will receive an exact amount of ingredients you need to make the meals you’ve selected, the food waste promised to become a thing of the past.
Excited about my Mindful Chef experiment, I said yes to a three-day plan selected by Mindful Chef team.
The box was delivered to me around 6 pm and it felt like Christmas came early. I love cooking so couldn’t wait to get my hands on what was in the box! My Mindful Chef box included ingredients to make three mouthwatering meals:
Teriyaki steak skewers with Asian salad & cauliflower rice using organic Devon beef
Lightly spiced sweet potato fishcakes with poached egg using Atlantic cod
Mexican chicken & black bean stew with sweetcorn & avocado using free range Devon chicken.
The ingredients were clearly labelled making it easy for you to navigate through all the amazing food inside the box. Meat and fish were packaged in special materials that prevent the temperature low and keep them refrigerated and once you receive them all you have to do is put them into the fridge if you are not cooking immediately. The recipes themselves stand true to Mindful Chef promise and include very straightforward instructions so that your meals can be ready within 20-30 mins.
You don’t even have to be a culinary expert to make Mindful Chef meals look exactly like the ones pictured at the recipe sheets – if you follow the guidance you will get exactly what you’ve bargained for. (Accidents happen however and my sweet potato fishcakes did not want to get into the shape described in the recipe. Luckily I was hungry enough not to be picky about my food’s presentation and the fishcakes tasted amazing!) 🙂
I loved the fact that not only the meals were lean (again, you won’t find bread or pasta – but expect to learn to cook a cauliflower rice which is a total winner!) but also VERY delicious. As most of the meals contain a well-balanced amount of carbs, protein and fats, they are filling yet not heavy on your stomach so following Mindful Chef nutrition plan overtime you are very likely to start feeling much better as your body is getting accustomed to the new regime with healthier ingredients. You are also very likely to crave less sugar and your energy levels will be more stable during the day as your body sugar levels are better controlled with the healthy nutrition.
So if you are looking for food box that is put together tastefully by people who pride themselves in selecting food suppliers and creating recipes that are both nutritious and delicious, Mindful Chef is your chef!
Are there any downsides in relying on food boxes to shape your nutrition? When it comes to contents of the boxes, it’s definitely a win: no running around supermarket and checking whether the food comes, and no need to go through multiple websites to pick a recipe for the evening. It’s all done for you and you just browse the recipes online and click to order your box. What did not work for me (which is not the criticism of the Mindful Chef but rather a food box delivery business itself is:
1) packaging – piles of boxes, littles bags each ingredient is packed into and other packing materials are definitely not good for the planet in the long term; someone has to come up with a mindful sustainable packaging that does not offset all the effort the companies make to make sure you get the best sustainably sourced food;
2) if you have a busy life and cannot eat in at home on a regular basis, food boxes might not be for you. I made first dinner next day and the other one a few days after while obviously most of the products are best when used fresh out of the box.
If you are committed to cooking at home and getting onboard clean eating routine, you should definitely give Mindful Chef a try. They offer new recipes every week, they deliver for free for 1, 2 or 4 people and a cost-wise, a box of three non-vegetarian meals for one person is £24 and a box of three vegetarian meals for one person costs £19.50.
Have you tried Mindful Chef before? Share your thoughts and experiences in comments here on my blog!