Gaining a balanced diet is simpler than it sounds. You just need to know where to look and what to eat. To take out the guess work, BK Magazine has rounded up five health food delivery programs that will leave your senses satisfied and belly full. Whether it is pleasing a sweet tooth with guilt-free natural sugar, replacing gluten-heavy noodles with zucchini or using plant-based rice granules in stir-fries, these restaurants have fuss-free healthy food down to a science. Our friends at Bumrungrad International also break down why these meals are healthy, so you can make informed choices on your own.
Grilled chicken and zoodles pad Thai (B280)
Specializing in nutritious organic food with Mediterranean influences, Polpa delivers salad bowls, meal boxes, sandwiches and drinks in gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free options. Their menu changes week to week, all served with the nutritional information attached. Mains are usually priced around B300. Note: order at least one day prior to the delivery date (Mon-Fri). Delivery fee B50-65.
Health benefits: Noodles made out of zucchini (sometimes called zoodles) are much lower in carbs than the traditional rice noodles used for pad Thai. But the health benefits of these springy green alternatives go beyond that. Zucchini noodles are also very high in dietary fiber and are an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene, which all help strengthen your body’s cellular tissue.
Slim quinoa porridge with goji berries (B190)
The team behind the Absolute You fitness chain also provides food delivery on top of their workout studios, offering meal plans designed to best suit your health goals. Pick between the fit, healthy or slim programs, or customize even further with men’s and women’s options, all of which guarantee dishes void of chemicals, artificial preservatives or processing. Prices range from B800 for a one-day sampler to B28,800 for a month subscription.
Health benefits: Forget the tried-and-true old-school porridge you are used to. This dish features plant-based protein-rice granules as a wholesome substitute. One tiny seed can contain a whopping 20 amino acids, 10 of whichare essential and your body can’t produce them on its own. All of this helps prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. Top this all off with a sprinkling of antioxidant-loaded sweet goji berries.
Chicken with mango salsa (B110)
Eat Clean’s founder, Chayanan Sutanyavinij, takes pride in creating food that supplies the optimum daily levels of carbohydrates, protein and fat, all of which are labeled on its packaging. The menu constantly rotates throughout the month, with dishes being a mix of Thai and international cuisines, where vegetables and rice can be customized to your liking. A single box comes at an affordable B85.
Health benefits: Eat Clean BKK uses olive oil for stir-fry alternatives and stevia to sweeten your treats instead of sugar. This zero-calorie sweetening agent packs up to 250-300 times more sweetness than processed sugars of the same weight, and it’s ideal for people with diabetes or high blood-fat levels.
Wild salmon and cod cake with spicy mayo (B399/537g)
Paleo Robbie really kicked off the concept of the paleo diet in Bangkok. What’s the paleo diet? Put simply, it mimics diets of our caveman ancestors—fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds, etc. Everything the restaurant delivers is organic, but check out the list of dishes and you’ll quickly realize they’ve got a whole lot more flare than stone-age food. One meal is B299-399 with an additional B50 delivery charge.
Health Benefits: Wild-caught Alaskan salmon from the Pacific Ocean is loaded with vitamin B12, B6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which improve cardiovascular health. There’s also tons of natural antioxidants to fight free radicals that could lead to degenerative diseases like cancer. The dish also contains a whopping four times the daily amount of vitamin D to help make bones sturdy and strong. Finally, a dash of zesty of turmeric helps fight inflammation.
Tom yum crab sticks with konnyaku noodles (B120)
Fox Box delivers meals that are not only healthy but also pretty good value for money. Their menu consists of T30dishes, mostly Thai and Asian meals, all of which label the amount of calories, carbs fat and protein in each dish. The selection is also one of the most vegan-friendly that we’ve seen. A single meal will cost you as little as B95, or sign up for the monthly Super Slim Box (guarantees to limit your diet within 900-1,200 calories a day) for B1,850 a week.
Health benefits: The thin, long and firm jelly-like noodles made from konjac yams have almost zero-calories—they are actually more than 90-percent water with a nice dose of dietary fiber to boot—and have a delicious chewy texture when cooked. On top of that, konjac yams help keep your cholesterol levels in check.
Bumrungrad International is the first Asian Joint Commission International accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, it is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and over 39 specialty centers. Bumrungrad International offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. www.bumrungrad.com