Dec 1, 2017
When choosing meals of convenience, be sure to still consider nutrition
Ready-to-eat meals, whether home-delivered or on supermarket shelves, are a convenient option. But not all are created equal.
Eating right plays a huge role in positive body transformations and achieving your fitness goals, as well as simply feeling better, so if you’re serious about being healthy there are many factors to consider from a nutritional viewpoint.
- Is it fresh? Meals shouldn’t be frozen, or frozen/thawed, and the producer needs quick access to best quality/fresh produce which should be sourced responsibly, with importance placed on animal welfare.
- Is it balanced? Meal plans should meet some objective criteria based around nutritional guidelines based on scientific research, with the nutritional balance not being diluted through adding fruit and vegetables, as getting your daily 2&5 remains as important as ever. Sadly, many options out there supply protein and carbs, without veg, meaning they are lacking in important nutrients and fibre. High sodium can also be an issue, heightening risk of heart disease or stroke, as can excessive added sugars or reliance on artificial sweeteners that create cravings that derail your fitness journey.
- Is it safe? For your wellbeing, the highest possible food standards and logistics practises should be in place, including the implementation of strict hygiene policies to minimise bacteria risks.
- Is it enough? Are all meals and snacks covered or are you left facing temptation at times of the day when you’re most susceptible to making bad food choices?
It’s one of the reasons we love ENE-CHI: they tick all the boxes, with fresh, balanced, safely produced meals and provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks each day.
In fact, it’s fair to say they have gone to extraordinary lengths to balance their meal plans, ensuring they are technically and nutritionally superior to any other ready meal product available in Australia.
The practical nutritional framework for ENE-CHI’s meal plans has been developed by nationally-renowned nutritionist and health scientist Kristen Beck, based on analysis of Australian Dietary Guidelines, World Health Organization recommendations and the latest global research. The menus are packed with the recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables, while maximising protein and fibre, limiting added sugars and ensuring salt levels conform to suggested targets.
Put simply, ENE-CHI is setting the benchmark for the fresh meal industry. That’s why we’ve chosen ENE-CHI to be the fresh meal supplier for Anytime Fitness.
Learn more about what to look for in nutritional plans