Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise, cofounders and co-CEOs of Sakara Life, believe in the power of food as medicine, and base their ready-to-eat, plant-based meals on that credo. “We grew up in Sedona, which is the mecca of mind-body-food connection,” says the duo. “We knew people who ‘ate sunshine,’ and our moms used to give us chlorella tablets as kids. ” A mix of ancient nutrition customs (think macrobiotics and Ayurveda) and modern science make up the brand’s 9 Pillars of Nutrition, and popular recipes include the Chia + Coconut Protein Waffles and Five Herb Pesto Pasta.
Expert insight: “One thing I love about these types of programs is the nutrient density and variety of ingredients included, which is key to boosting gut health, preventing food sensitivities, and ensuring we are getting adequate antioxidants and phytonutrients,” says Hanway. “At the grocery store, many of these ingredients can typically be cost-prohibitive—or you cannot buy them in small quantities—especially if you are making meals for just yourself.
Vegan, as well as gluten-, dairy- and soy-free, each of the 40-plus recipes— crowd pleasers are the Cauliflower Tikka and Coconut Curry Rice Bowls, and Raspberry Cacao Smoothie—is made with fresh fruits, veggies and high-fiber proteins, and ready to eat. “We offer accessible, nutritious fare to everyday Americans,” says founder and CEO Nicole Centeno, a French Culinary Institute– trained chef. “We want them to know they can still achieve a wellness-driven lifestyle with a 9-to-5 job and the daily demands of life.
Expert insight: “A good starting point is to consider which meals you struggle with most,” says nutritionist Jennifer Hanway. “If you never find time for a healthy breakfast, then a smoothie delivery subscription could be great for you, or if you struggle with a balanced meal in the evenings because you work late, then a program offering lunch and evening meals would be better.
Urban Remedy’s ready-to-eat meals aim to revitalize the body and refocus cravings by eliminating common inflammatory foods like white sugar and dairy. “Down to our salt, every ingredient is chosen for its healing benefits,” Pasquale says.
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