Thriving to serve up wholesome, nutrient-dense and flavourful meals, we tucked into Eatology’s vegan meal plan for three days to see if it lives up to the hype
It’s no surprise that healthy eating is a key trend for 2019. Not only is the city piled with a diverse array of vegan restaurants, there are also endless options of artisanal vegan cakes and vegan ice-cream available too. However, a busy schedule always seems to be the greatest setback for some to keep up with their wellness goals, that’s why meal plan delivery services come in handy. I recently tried the 1500-calorie vegan meal plan established by local healthy meal planner Eatology. Let’s see if it was a dairy-free delight.
What does Eatology do?
Eatology is dedicated to providing premium, tailor-made meal plans to your door. Crafted by professionally-trained chefs and tested by dietitians, each gourmet recipe makes sure what’s served is wholesome, nutritious and packed with great flavours. Offering a wide range of meal programmes, including Low-carb Gluten Free, Balanced Living, Optimal Performance, Vegetarian, Vegan and more, Eatology caters to different customers’ needs – whether you want to gain muscles or reduce body weight. Plus, Eatology uses biodegradable thermoplastic (PLA) and paper packaging only – so the environment won’t be harmed while you live the easy life.
What I tried: The 1500-calorie vegan meal plan by Eatology
Breakfast: Huevos Rancheros (361 kcals)
Snacks: Organic coconut yoghurt with fruit puree (133 kclas), Exotic Compote (165 kcals)
Lunch: Chickpea and sweetcorn burger, cauliflower puree with marinara sauce (371 kcals)
Dinner: Rainbow soba salad with homemade miso tahini sauce (446 kcals)
Being vegan in Hong Kong, I was thrilled to see that there is a vegan option on Eatology’s site. The 1500-calorie vegan meal plan includes a variety of homemade items that are healthy, clean, and last but not least, flavourful. From their indulgent homemade miso tahini sauce to the carb-loaded Huevos Rancheros, you can tell that they really put effort into making these nutrient-dense dishes as hearty and comforting as possible.
Since I don’t have a microwave, I ended up having to devour them as they were – room temperature – thank goodness they still tasted lovely. My only issue was that I didn’t feel full after the meals, I was maybe 70 per cent full. So I was hoping they would come in bigger portions the next day.
Day 1 winner: Organic coconut yoghurt with fruit puree. Just because it’s hard to find delicious vegan yoghurt in town!
Breakfast: Passionfruit oatmeal (353 kcals)
Snacks: Cabbage and pomegranate salad (131 kcals), fruit salad (127 kcals)
Lunch: Organic porcini toasted buckwheat, stir-fry vegetables with homemade tomato sauce (528 kcals)
Dinner: Quinoa and mushroom stuffed eggplants (351 kcals)
The next day, I once again received my meal delivery at 9.30am and couldn’t stop thinking about lunch. The breakfast oatmeal was sweet and ooey-gooey, topped with hazelnuts, everything that I loved about oats. It’d be even better if I had plant-based milk to eat them with! The stir-fried vegetables were fresh and seasoned perfectly, as well as the innovative quinoa and mushroom stuffed eggplants. Day 2 is perhaps my favourite out of the three, since it made me feel more full and carb-loaded!
Day 2 winner: Stir-fried vegetables. Who says a side can’t be a winner?
Breakfast: Organic coconut yoghurt with berries and almonds (414 kcals)
Snacks: Cucumber roll ups (191 kcals), red fruit salad (141 kcals)
Lunch: Vegan burrito and corn with guacamole and homemade salsa (411 kcals)
Dinner: Stir-fry choy sum and pineapple fried rice (322 kcals)
Made of whole wheat tortilla, sliced tofu, roasted pumpkins and black beans, the vegan burrito was definitely one of the most satisfying items (and I enjoyed dipping the shit out of that guac – licked clean). In terms of taste, the stir-fried choy sum and pineapple fried rice was the only let-down for me. It was comparatively a bit bland-tasting, personally I would’ve preferred more spices or sauces on the side. However, I was amazed by the cucumber roll ups. They were delicate but burst with flavour – that special sauce made them so indulgent.
Day 3 winner: Cucumber roll ups. Scrumptious snacks!
Eatology definitely manages to deliver a range of nutritious lunches and dinners that pleases my palate. From savoury to sweet, the food is wholesome and delicious and showcases a diversity in vegan cooking.
If there is one thing I’d change about it, is that I’d probably opt for the 1800-calorie instead of the 1500-calorie or even the 1200-calories meal plan. Maybe it’s just me being a vegan who enjoys a high carb lifestyle (my daily calorie intake is normally around 2000 kcals to 3000 kcals), but I do wish that they were in bigger portions. But other than quantity, the quality of the food definitely lives up to and possibly surpasses expectations.
The vegan meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks) costs $398 per day, and a 5-day or 6-day option is available online. See what other meal plans Eatology offers here.