I know, I know… it sounds a little like an oxymoron, but now there really is such a thing as a healthy ready meal.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. But a busy lifestyle sometimes means that cooking has to take a back seat. And with the only usual options being a miserable looking supermarket microwave meal for one or a takeaway it can get a little counter-intuitive… eat junk and you feel like junk.
This is where the brains behind new independent venture Paleo Now has come to save us!
About Paleo Now
A mother of three young children and six hens, the founder of Paleo Now, Phem Senar, is also a CrossFit enthusiast with a background in body building and figure competitions. Eating healthily and for performance is something she has down to an art.
But, that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t face time pressures too. “Something I struggled with was the ability to find a healthy, cooked meal while out and about that didn’t contain a long list of ingredients” says Phem, “there was a strong need for meals that are simple, nutritious and containing REAL food”.
So she decided to make them herself… and launched Paleo Now.
Paleo Now meals follow the Paleo diet template, meaning they are high in protein and contain no wheat, dairy or gluten. Each meal comes with a protein source (such as chicken, beef or fish), side order (cauliflower rice, courgette spaghetti, sweet potato mash) and vegetable portion (stir fry, greens or ratatouille).
“Whenever possible we use organic produce, locally sourced meat, free range poultry and line caught fish”.
Meals are made to order weekly, and delivered to CrossFit Raeda in Harlow, Essex, for collection.
Meals On Trial
Paleo Now kindly provided me with a sample bundle of 3 meals to try. I chose to swap two of my usual lunches for a meal, and also had one as a Friday night “takeaway”, a welcome break from cooking!
The meals are easy to prepare, with just a few minutes’ blast in the microwave. Each dish packed a flavour punch, and not a soggy vegetable in sight – I usually find microwave meals lack that certain crunch that I like in my veggies, but not with Paleo Now.
The meat was tender and flavoursome, and perfectly cooked. My favourite was the beef, which was pink to perfection and melted in my mouth.
My only criticism was that I would usually have a slightly larger protein source for my evening meals, but Paleo Now have responded to feedback and now offer a “bumper bundle” for those who need a slightly larger portion size.
All in all, the meals were convenient, tasty and a much appreciated break from the norm of “convenience” food.
How to Order
Orders can be placed online through Paleo Now’s web store. Meals can be ordered individually, or, for the best value, in bundles of 3, 5 or 10.
With the 3 Meal Bundle starting at just £12*, or £4 per meal, Paleo Now offers a drastic contrast in cost to the average office worker’s spend of £7.81 per day on lunch, drinks and work-time snacks (officebroker.com).
Paleo Now Fat Loss Challenge
Paelo Now are now also launching a fat loss challenge, starting 1st September 2014.
The challenge will run for 40 days and 40 nights and will include:
- Individual nutrition programs
- Monitored weekly weigh ins
- Progress pictures and measurements
- 24/7 online advice
- Easy to use spreadsheet to log meals and activity
Plus, there is an option to upgrade to have all weekly meals prepared for you*.
The package costs £65. Numbers are limited so register before 22nd August 2014 to secure your place!
* Prices correct at time of writing. Upgrade to include weekly meals for All Inclusive or Mini Package customers only. Please see website for upgrade prices.