Nagging questions that consume a dieter’s mind include: Does this have sugar? How many calories are in this? Am I eating too much? Is this healthy, I mean, it is green? Too many carbs? It’s easy to feel crazed when on a diet. Planning meals is one way to eat healthy, avoiding “hangry” episodes and on-the-go meals that are often loaded with calories, but that takes time.

Sakara Life Founders

Enter: Whitney Tingle, 27, and Danielle DuBoise, 28, creators of Sakara Life, an organic, vegetarian meal delivery service that provides nutrient-rich meals to customers five days a week.

After moving to New York City from Sedona, Arizona, the co-founders and childhood friends found that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with busy work hours and the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple to be quite challenging. The solution? A super-food filled diet that doesn’t sacrifice taste for low calories. So, in 2011, the entrepreneurs started the service straight out of their kitchen, giving New Yorkers the skinny — quite literally — on healthy meal planning.

Customers can choose from a variety of meal plans that offer a plant-rich, nutrient-dense diet. For example, a Sakara breakfast consists of oats with coconut and berry clusters and their signature super-food infused almond milk. For lunch, a sun-ripened peach salad and lentil soup or a veggie burger on a bed of greens for dinner. The best part? Meals are delivered fully prepared straight to your front door. One scroll through their Instagram page and you’d think Sakara was offering 5-star meals from the trendiest eateries.

All meals follow Sakara’s nutrition philosophy, which includes hydrating foods for a dewy, glowing complexion, greens for fiber, healthy fats for energy, nutrient-dense and sulfur-rich vegetables for vitamins and minerals and a strict no calorie counting policy.

This lifestyle is not just for salad lovers. Burritos? Check. Pancakes? Check. Pizza? Check. Muffins? Check. These ladies know how to cook up appetite-curbing options for a variety of taste buds.

How do you get started? Check out the Sakara blog for recipes, updates and healthy lifestyle tips. And while it is currently only available on the East Coast, plans for nationwide expansion are in the works.

Bon Appétit.


Photo: Courtesy of Sakara Life

Author: Catie Horseman