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November 29, 2019

Eating well has never been so important to us but having the time to plan and prepare meals is a massive hurdle that many of us face.

Let us introduce you to the The Power Kitchen Meal Prep Challenge; where Power Kitchen highlights the struggles of meal prepping and staying consistent with healthy eating at home.

We not only underline the importance of meal prepping, we provide you with the time saving alternative to meal prepping at home and ordering takeout. We have challenged #teampowerkitchen members, capturing their journey all on camera. Our first participant must meal prep at home, starting first by buying groceries. There are two rules to this challenge, they must buy and prepare 5 different proteins for the week and must know all macros for their meals.

They have been challenged so that you don’t have to! Read on to find out who took on the challenge and to see how successful they were.

We wanted to challenge someone with average culinary skills, who has great intentions to meal prep and eat well and whose lifestyle includes plenty of fitness.

Chris Lewarne @thecuddlycanadian accepted the challenge and became the perfect participant, honestly sharing his struggles. As one of the founding trainers and a Chief Instructor at Barry’s Bootcamp Toronto, Chris leads a very active lifestyle. Chris is a fitness professional who depends on eating the right food to fuel his day and keep him energized when instructing Barry’s Bootcamp classes. 

Chris lets us in on a secret, he doesn’t have the patience or the impulse to cook and can’t find a budget friendly alternative. So, where to start? He reluctantly makes his way to the grocery store and the challenge commences. Considering the two rules for this challenge, Chris scans the aisles for a variety of protein, checking the price and the macros. A painfully time consuming task, Chris moves on to carbs and veggies. Realization hits, it isn’t simply about buying the raw ingredients. How will he make the food taste good enough to enjoy for the whole week!? To consistently stick to your meal plan, flavour and variety are required. Chris now understands the complexity of marinades and the prep time needed for carbs and veggies.

Lets not forget about the second rule, macros.

Where are Chris’s macros? Hidden on the packaging of each protein and carb he has chosen. Macros for veg will have to be looked up online, and Chris will have to calculate the macros for his desired portion size. Last but not least, Chris must add everything up to calculate the macros for one complete meal. Oh, don’t forget all marinades and seasonings, for FIVE meals.

If macros are important to you, you have to do it right. Say goodbye to your Sundays as you work as a chef and mathematician for the day. If only there was someone out there to deliver your meals labelled with macros……

Frustration takes over and Chris gives up, challenge over, challenge failed. 

What can Chris do now? He needs to meal prep and he needs wholesome balanced meals. Chris also needs variety and to enjoy his meals with accurate macros provided. To get this, Chris has no other alternative than to use a meal delivery service like Power Kitchen.

Tension eases for Chris as he escapes the grocery store, relaxing at his computer to order Power Kitchen meals. We can all learn from Chris and his reasons on why to order meal prep delivery online.

Power Kitchen is Toronto’s best rated meal prep and provides continuous variety with a weekly rotating menu, top class customer service, fresh meals delivered straight to your door, an extensive delivery area, meal boxes curated with specific goals in mind, macro and portion controlled meals, custom meals, biodegradable and oven friendly packaging, and a whole lot of love and care.

Do you want to follow in Chris’ footsteps? Skip the hassle, save time and spend energy on what matters most to you. Join #teampowerkitchen and order from one of our meal boxes today: https://www.powerkitchen.ca/meal-boxes/

 

July 18, 2019

 

Summer is in full swing! Time to whip out the BBQ, enjoy drinks on a patio and relax by the lake. Enter temptation; eating out A LOT, “forgetting” about your meal plan and avoiding workouts.

But don’t worry, we got you. Here are 4 tips for enjoying a healthy summer (what’s left of it).

Hydrate!

Your body can easily become dehydrated when you’re spending time in the sun. Remind yourself to drink water whether you’re thirsty or not. If you’re bored of drinking water, choose a healthy alternative like coconut water or green tea. Not only is dehydration harmful for your body, it can set off cravings for food when you’re not even hungry!

 

Eat A Balanced Diet

Spend as much time as you can outside! However, eating out and indulging at the nearest restaurant can be easy to fall into, so be prepared. Prep some healthy summer snacks to keep in your cooler and stock your fridge with ready to go meals. 

Toronto’s top rated meal prep delivery is here to make summer convenient, healthy and full of taste. How can you make your summer even more enjoyable? Having your fridge stocked with Power Kitchen meals. Fill your picnic cooler with PK meals or enjoy them at home after a day of fun! You’ll save time in the kitchen and spend time on what matters most. Check out our meal plans!

 

Take Up A New Hobby 

The sun is here, come out and play! There are so many outdoor activities to take advantage of. Green thumb anyone? Those flowers won’t plant themselves. If gardening isn’t your thing, why not join a sports team for the summer? If you find a sport that’s right for you, you’ll be having so much fun that you won’t even notice how much exercise you’re getting.

 

Stay Active

When summer comes around, the dark interior of the gym just doesn’t seem that appealing. Don’t let all of your hard work to go to waste! Get creative with your workouts, take it outside or take up a new activity. Make small adjustments to keep your fitness up throughout summer. Your lifestyle will change, allow for your fitness routine to adjust too. Oh and……make sure to have fun!

 

May 6, 2019

If you haven’t heard of intermittent fasting, you must be living under a rock. Power Kitchen is here to break it down!

What is IF?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends right now. To fast, we refrain from eating over a period of time and intermittent fasting deliberately extends this period. You may skip a meal now and again, so does this mean you’re already practicing intermittent fasting? Not exactly. There’s some structure to it if you want to see results.

Two of the most popular methods are the 16:8 and the 5:2. The 16:8 requires a 16 hour fasting period followed by eight hours of normal eating. The 5:2 involves restricting your calories to approx 500 for two days and interspersing these restrictive days among five normal calorie days.

Does 16 hours seem too daunting? Relax, it’s not as tough as it seems. IF does not call for a drastic change in lifestyle, you’re simply adjusting your feeding window. There’s no diet for intermittent fasting and it also cuts out on calorie counting, allowing you to be a lot more liberal with your diet (we’re not promoting pizza for every meal though).

 

Why are people doing it?

Why should we consider intermittent fasting? Research shows some pretty transformative benefits that are not only related to weight loss and lean muscle building. Studies have shown that IF can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve memory and reduce inflammation. When your body isn’t caught up digesting food, it has time to do a lot of other things. Now that’s impressive.

 

But I was told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Did your parents force you to eat at least one spoonful of oatmeal before school? Well, medically there’s actually no requirement to eat breakfast. This is the news that non-breakfast eaters have been waiting to hear! The next step is eating your last meal of the day earlier in the evening to ensure that 16 hour of fasting. Easy isn’t it?

 

Can I work out?

Yes, you can workout while fasting. Intermittent fasting will help maintain your muscle mass and you’ll start to see results from your time spent in the gym. #GAINS.

 

It isn’t for everyone.

Sure, it’s all the rave at the moment but like all things in this world, intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. It depends on your body type, maybe you simply can’t function without a wholesome breakfast in the morning (checkout Power Kitchen’s breakfast items here: https://www.powerkitchen.ca/product-category/breakfast/). The only way you’ll find out if it works for you is to try it.

If you can fit IF into your lifestyle, your enhanced energy and focus will highlight IF as a compelling health and fitness strategy. Give it a go!

March 15, 2019

 

Are you trying your best to exercise and eat healthy but not seeing results? Are your efforts consistent?

Consistency is the key to better health but is also one of the biggest challenges. Following a nutrition and exercise plan on and off for a month won’t lead to results; aiming for perfection will inevitably lead to failure. So how can you be realistic and consistent with your health and fitness journey?  Check out our 3 tips on how to stay consistent with diet and exercise below :

Find What Works For You

Power Kitchen believes that not one size fits all when it comes to diet and fitness. If you can’t give up carbs completely, don’t start the keto diet. If you hate the thought of CrossFit, don’t agree to join with your CrossFit enthusiast friend. There are alternatives, in fact, there are so many options out there! Do your research to find a non-restricting eating plan and give those free trial fitness classes a go. Think of convenience here, if your meals and workouts are easily accessible, consistency is easier to maintain. You will be more willing to workout when your gym is close to home or work. When your meals are conveniently waiting in your fridge to be reheated, eating healthy won’t feel so intimidating. A healthy diet and workout shouldn’t feel like an agonizing sacrifice, decide on what fits into your lifestyle and don’t try to fit into someone else’s.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Planning your meals and workouts in advance will make you more likely to follow through with them. It will be less daunting to stick to your workouts when you know what you’re doing and when. Add your workouts into you calendar and make them an important, enjoyable part of your day! It’s also easier to eat clean when you know what you’re having for each meal in advance. Does your lifestyle not allow much time for meal prepping? Or are you just not too skilled in the cooking department? Outsource your food, it’ll save you time and you’ll get delicious meals without the work in the kitchen. Toronto’s Power Kitchen meal prep delivery has healthy, macro controlled meals that can be delivered right to your doorstep. With meal boxes to suit many diets, delicious food is only a click away.

If all doesn’t go to plan, don’t get worked up. There should still be room for spontaneity and last minute social plans. Don’t be so strict that you upset other areas in your life and always be forgiving when things don’t go the way you planned.

 

Be Realistic and Don’t Forget to Live!

You’ve done all the hard work and created healthy, consistent habits. Clean eating and workouts that were once challenging have become routine. Fantastic! However, consistency doesn’t suggest that you eat only clean meals and workout nonstop. Take breaks, have cheat days and be realistic. Your life is meant to be lived and not restricted by your new, healthy way of living. If health and fitness are a constant in your life, you can still enjoy life’s pleasures and not feel guilty about it.

The 80/20 principle is a great approach to achieve consistency and balance. By following your diet and fitness plan 80% of the time, you won’t feel guilty when you rest and treat yourself over the remaining 20%.

Consistency is undoubtedly important when it comes to getting those long term results. Remember, start at your own pace and commit only to health and fitness goals that are sustainable!

 

March 6, 2019

Power Bowls, the healthy choice?

We have some new additions to the menu that are going to completely bowl you over!

Introducing our range of raw vegan bowls that are packed with power, nutrition and taste (our nicoise bowl being the exception to the vegan base). We have sought inspiration from all corners of the globe, staying true to our promise of variety, restaurant quality food and fresh, local produce.

The Unclassic Cobb Bowl

 

Can I add these bowls to my Power Kitchen meal prep delivery? Of course, our bowls are the perfect on the go meal and also a great compliment to our selection of reheatable meals. Want more protein? You got it! Add tofu, egg, chicken or steak to any bowl to boost your protein intake for the day.

“Power Bowls” are trending as the healthy choice and we couldn’t agree more! Who better to make a delicious range of power bowls other than Power Kitchen? We have curated delicious power bowl recipes loaded with super foods like raw veggies, greens, sprouts, nuts, beans and seeds.

The Hail Kale Caesar Bowl

Ah, but what about the dressing? All natural of course. Salad dressings are notorious for sneaking in extra calories with unhealthy additives. But fear not, our dressings are a blend of natural, raw ingredients. We have fresh tasting versions of beloved classics like vegan “caesar” dressing that are made in house weekly; You won’t’ find any pre-made, store bought dressings here!

Our Power Bowls are designed to energize your body, to alert your brain and your tastebuds. Gone are the days of lifeless, soggy salads – say hello to Power Kitchen Power Bowls!

Order Now: https://www.powerkitchen.ca/power-bowls/

The Nicoise Bowl

 

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