From fitspo food bloggers and cook books to your Instagram feed, clean eating seems to be everywhere. Numerous studies have shown the proven health benefits of a high-quality plant-based diet, so we decided to try out Aussie plant-based meal delivery service Soulara for a week. Here’s five things we loved about it:
1. The “V” word
Fun fact: all of Soulara’s meals are not just vegetarian, but actually vegan (there’s also a cool menu filter if you only want, say, gluten-free options). We’ve tried going vegan before but our experience to date has been that a lot of vegan food just tastes bland af. It can be hard to find, and time-consuming to shop for, vegan-safe substitutions for common ingredients. But hey, if somebody else is willing to do all the hard work and deliver it to our door then we’re willing to give it another go! Being big hippies ourselves, Soulara’s ethos about choosing a plant-based life to be good to your body and also help save the planet really resonated with us. But all pre-packaged meals must be full of unhealthy ingredients right? Nope. A big drawcard for clean-eaters is the fact that Soulara doesn’t use any nasty additives like preservatives, MSG, artificial colours or flavours.
2. No-brainer delivery
As easy as filling up your cart at Zara, just sign up online and pick your meals from the extensive menu. There was over 20 choices of mains, 6 desserts/snacks, plus breakfast and fresh juice pack options. The whole week’s worth of food gets delivered to your door in one neat box, filled with ice packs to keep everything fresh. You get an SMS in the morning letting you know exactly when your courier will arrive. No painful 6-hour delivery windows leaving you sitting home all day waiting. Nice! Click here to find out if they deliver to your area.
3. Affordable zero-waste eating
We love to cook and meal-prep most weeks for both health and budget reasons but it takes ages (planning, shopping, cooking) and inevitably we end up not using everything fresh before it goes off. Soulara meals come already cooked and vacuum-sealed, staying fresh in the fridge for up to a week so there’s zero wastage. Each meal ended up costing us around $10, which is what most of us already spend buying lunch every day – with the bonus that you won’t tempted to buy something unhealthy. Hot chips are a vegetable right?
4. Use it with your fave fitness app
Popular weight-management app My Fitness Pal already has most of the Soulara meals entered in there which makes things super-easy. Soulara’s website also has a complete macro-breakdown of calories, proteins, fats, sugars, salt etc for every single meal, along with an ingredients list, so you’ll always know exactly what you’re eating. Plus if you’re anything like us and always go back for seconds (don’t pretend you don’t), pre-packaged meals can really help with controlling portion sizes and helping maintain a healthy weight.
5. It tastes really good
Honestly, all of the meals we tried were delicious. Portion sizes were spot on, we were never left bored, hungry or bloated afterwards. Who knew vegan food could taste so good? The chef-designed menu really shows: we didn’t even need to add salt or pepper as the meals were perfectly balanced. Special shout out to the Paleo Peanut Butter Cups (imagine a giant super-healthy version of the classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups *drool*). Plus, the unique blogger-fave, Sunbliss Granola Bowl, which comes with Insta-friendly Tiffany & Co. blue-tinted almond milk (thanks to superfood blue spirulina algae). Other highlights were the Sunburst Golden Curry, Sunkissed Pesto Penne and the Enoki Magi Soba Noodles.
If you’re a health-conscious gourmet foodie, you’ll love Soulara. Menus are varied and updated often so you’ll never be bored: choose from cuisines including Italian, Asian, Mexican and Indian. And best of all, it costs no more than buying regular fresh food – minus the meal-planning, shopping and cooking each week.
For more information or to try Soulara, click here.
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