Showing posts with label Healthy Eating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Healthy Eating. Show all posts
A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to check out Yumba's meal delivery subscription service. They are Toronto's new trending healthy eating experience offering carefully sourced natural meals curated by local chefs. This is especially helpful for those who have busy work schedules, and do not have the time to cook or go out. Yumba offers gourmet meals with great taste, and conveniently delivered to customers' doorsteps weekly in a chilled reusable thermal package. 


 The meals are diverse balanced dishes of well portioned proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients. 



"We started Yumba because we saw an opportunity to create a healthy eating experience that’s innovative, affordable, and transparent. You never want to compromise quality when it comes to food, and Yumba ensures you can access delicious, nutrient-rich meals in an easy and convenient way that doesn’t interrupt your lifestyle.” – Will Bowcott, Director of YUMBA.
As a young professional, I find meal prep to be quite a daunting task, especially when it's a long day's work. This is where Yumba comes in handy, as they offer a weekly meal service with high-quality meals made fresh to order. Each week, customers can choose flavor-packed dishes like summer confetti linguini, Chipotle pulled pork pasta, creamy dill salmon, and chicken tikka masala. The meals change weekly, so you'll get different dishes per week. 

The meals are super easy to make, as all you have to do is remove the sauce container before heating your meal in the microwave with the lid loosely fit for 2 minutes. Afterwards, pour the sauce on your food once it is finished heating.

Japanese Kabayaki Flank



Chicken & Shrimp Spinach Pesto Pasta



Burrito Bowl


 The three meals that I received from Yumba were healthy and I enjoyed its taste. My favorite out of the three was the chicken & shrimp spinach pesto pasta, which was light, and the chicken and shrimp were well-cooked. It's definitely a lot healthier than some of the food choices available out there and certainly lighter on the wallet. 4 meals per week is $49.99. which comes out to $12.99/meal. However, if you order 6 meals per week, it's $65.99 (so $10.99 per meal).


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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

The Boston-based fast casual restaurant opened its first Toronto location earlier this year, and their second one on Queen St. West opened last week. b.good prides themselves on serving healthier fast-casual food by using preservative-free, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients. Given that their main message is "make fast-food “real” by making it the way it should be… by people not factories"; it's rightfully so that they use local ingredients. Their menu gears more toward the healthier side of fast-food, as they specialize in burgers & sandwiches, kale & grain bowls, hand-cut fries, and healthy drinks (shakes and smoothies). Located directly across from the St. Lawrence Market; the restaurant is open 7 days a week for dine-in, and take-out.




Their top sellers are the kale and grain bowls, of which there are five options on the menu. I opted for the popular spicy avocado & lime kale bowl - marinated kale (lemon, canola oil, Kosher salt), sauteed veggies (carrots, zucchini, green beans), avocado, black beans, corn, grape tomato, lime, cilantro, queso duro, chipotle puree, and red pepper vinaigrette. The kale bowl arrive packed with tons of nutritious veggies, and I also added a side order of chicken as I needed the protein. The bowl was very filling, and the spiciness of the chipotle puree enhanced the dish. 






Not only do they aim to offer the same quick service that you would find at fast-food restaurants, but they also want to provide the best, and freshest ingredients. In order to do so, they have partnered with many local growers, and farmers in Canada. In fact, their relationships with these farmers are so integral that they have become part of the b.good family. Information on the farmers, and producers are showcased all throughout the restaurant (online, in-store info book and walls), so they are very transparent about it.


b.good does not offer any carbonated drinks on their menu. Instead, customers have a variety of choices of healthy smoothies and milkshakes. I got the strawberry-banana smoothie - strawberries, bananas, honey, and Greek yogurt, which quenched my thirst.



Also on the menu is freshly made lemonade.





 They also have a reward program that offers free food rewards, as you gain points each visit. Upon joining, you are welcomed with a free order of hand-cut, oven-finished real fries. These baked fries are a healthier option, as they are baked instead of deep-fried. The fries are well-seasoned, and crispy right out of the oven. However, I do recommend that the fries be eaten right away, as it got soggier as it got colder.



Lastly, the b.good brand participates in a lot of local charitable initiatives. The Toronto b.good's charitable partner is Regent Park Community Food Centre (CFC). Regent Park Community Food Centre (CFC) is a local charity that helps to provide basic housing, clothing and food needs to those who reside within the Regent Park community. I think it's great that a portion of the sales from the Toronto location helps those in need. 

Overall, b.good is a solid option in the St. Lawrence Market area, especially if you're in the mood for some healthy fast-food options. It's great that customers can be rest assured that all of the food served here are locally-sourced from farmers in Canada. 

Address: 100 Front Street E, Toronto, ON M5A 1E1


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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


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b.good

by on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Boston-based fast casual restaurant opened its first Toronto location earlier this year, and their second one on Queen St. West opened ...
 Basil Box is the newest addition to the food court at Square One Mall in Mississauga. They are an Asian fast-casual restaurant serving the exotic flavors of Thailand and Vietnam with a build-a-box concept. What I liked most about Basil Box was that they offer a healthier alternative to the array of fast-food options in the food court. Customers are able to customize their meal to their liking, and they also offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. I was invited to drop by Basil Box on their opening day to try their food for lunch, and I happily obliged as I was in the area for a meeting. 

I met Peter Chiu, the owner of Basil Box, that day as he was on hand getting consumer feedback. I also learned that Basil Box will be expanding, as they will be opening up a flagship full-service restaurant sometime by the end of the year. The upcoming flagship will be located in the Ryerson Learning Centre, which I am excited about as it's centrally located downtown.



Now onto Basil Box's build-a-box concept, which gives customers the ability to customize their box to their liking. They are able to choose their main base, 2 veggies, a protein (which determines the price), a sauce, and then topped it off with a topping. The instructions and available options are clearly displayed on the wall, so it was quite a helpful guide.


For my box, I chose short grain brown rice, lemongrass corn, roasted green beans, chili lime shrimp, sweet chili lime, and crushed peanuts. The portion that we got on opening day was comparably less than what people are getting today when they order from Basil Box. The reason for the change now was because Peter took the constructive criticisms from bloggers, and other customers on opening week into consideration, and increased the portion. I think it's great that he's dedicated to the product, and open to suggestions from customers.

I was pleasantly pleased that the food was really good, especially compared to the standards of what one would expect from a food court. The shrimp was nicely marinated, and I liked the slight kick from the
sweet chili lime sauce. The mango ginger ale soda - our ultra-refreshing Mango Ginger Ale Soda is carefully crafted with pure cane sugar. It’s GMO free, and best of all, it’s delicious, was a very refreshing sweet drink. Unfortunately, I am rarely up in Square One, so I can't really eat this again anytime soon. However, I am excited for their downtown launch sometime this winter, as I will definitely be a regular. Basil Box is definitely one of the more healthier options available in the food court, and is tasty too.


Address: 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9 (Square One - Food Central)

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Basil Box

by on Friday, September 04, 2015
 Basil Box is the newest addition to the food court at Square One Mall in Mississauga. They are an Asian fast-casual restaurant serving the...
If you're craving for a healthier alternative to the traditional fast food in the downtown core, then I highly recommend Crave Healthy Habits. They are a chain serving healthy fast food with three locations all located downtown. The company aims to offer healthy food choices that are both nutritious and tasty, yet at affordable prices. I recently had the opportunity to visit the location that's on the concourse level of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre to check out some of their offerings. This specific location was more of a take-out counter, and most of their customers work within the PATH. They recently opened up their third location at the TD Centre this past week. This new one has a few seats available if you wanted to dine in.


I liked that Crave Healthy Habits' meal boxes consist of organic, locally-sourced ingredients, and are made fresh to order. I believe that it's a solid option for vegetarians, vegans, and healthy eaters alike. One way that they have stood out from their competitors is that they have perfected the par-steaming technique to prepare their hot boxes. Par-steaming enables the vegetables to retain its nutrients, while still leaving them crunchy, and flavorful.


Their menu consists of two main options; steamed boxes (hot) or cool boxes (cold). Each box comes with your choice of either organic quinoa or brown rice, and two in-house dressings that are meant to complement all of the ingredients together. There is also the option to add a protein (chicken breast, salmon, tofu or tempeh) to the box for an extra charge.

I preferred hot foods, so the steamed boxes stood out to me. I opted for the Californication ($8.19) - napa cabbage, snow peas, corn, rainbow peppers, alfalfa sprouts, peanuts, sesame seeds + fresh coriander, quinoa or brown rice, which came with honey sesame + thai peanut. Customers have the choice to add a protein to their box; grilled chicken breast, salmon, tofu, or tempeh. I chose to add salmon to my steamed box, which was marinated and grilled in-house. I really enjoyed the salmon, as it was seasoned perfectly, and cooked to my liking. All boxes come with two signature dressings that are carefully crafted to enhance the flavor of the food. The Californication box was definitely enhanced by the two accompanied sauces, which added a very tangy flavor to it when mixed.



I also got to try the Il Padrino ($9.50) - zucchini pasta, massaged kale, brussels sprout, pico de gallo, sweet potatoes, pecans, cilantro, lime juice, which was accompanied by garlic free basil pesto + extra virgin olive oil. The zucchini pasta was a great alternative to carbs, as this caters to a lower-carb and gluten-free diet. The salad was also well-portioned with fresh quality ingredients, and a generous amount of tempeh (traditional soy product).
 




There are also a few breakfast options available at Crave Healthy Habits. I got the Yogurt Parfait ($3.54) - house-made yogurt, honey, pecans + seasonal fruits. This gluten-free dessert contained low-fat yogurt topped off with fresh fruits, and nuts. This would be an excellent item for a healthy breakfast on the go.

everyday snack/breakfas


Overall, Crave Healthy Habits was a clean and friendly spot to quickly grab a healthy meal, or snack. The 120 Adelaide Street West location is opened Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4 pm, and closed on the weekends.

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Website: http://www.ucrave.ca/

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Crave Healthy Habits

by on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
If you're craving for a healthier alternative to the traditional fast food in the downtown core, then I highly recommend Crave Healthy ...