Most of us can’t deny that When in Manila you have less or no time to look at recipes and whip up a healthy meal for yourself. This has been my struggle ever since. I’ve always wanted to try the “tuwid na daan” for my diet but I end up eating processed food or last night’s greasy ulam. Mom’s cooking isn’t that bad too, (it’s my favorite) but most of the time I feel guilty afterwards because all the dishes that my mom loves to cook are comfort food and other Filipino viands that are full of oil, meat, meat and more meat!
After reading Mimai’s successful encounter with a healthy delivery food service I decided to take the plunge and try one for myself.
V Kitchen ‘s daily deliveries.
1. The first thing I realized after deciding that I wanted to pursue healthy eating was that the vegan & vegetarian diet was the perfect diet my body needed.
Yes, that was a very bold statement but I strongly felt that my body needed rest from all the unhealthy meat-filled dishes that I ate on a daily basis. We rarely serve vegetables at home (I will fix that with my mom) , and when I do get the chance to eat veggies outside, it doesn’t suffice. The thing is, fruit and vegetable consumption should be a lot more that your meat consumption, that is what the food pyramid says.
That’s why V Kitchen‘s vegan and vegetarian food program was my choice.
Take note that vegan and vegetarian are two different things. To put it simply, vegetarian is plant + dairy, egg & cheese while vegan completely abstains from meat and other animal-derived products. But doncha worry and don’t be fooled with this “limited” menu because V Kitchen continuously innovates and expands their menu. In fact they change it every week, occasionally adding super meals and raw vegan snacks AND adapting other cuisines to their own organic, plant-based versions.
2. After reading the mouthwatering 5-day meal plan of V Kitchen I realized that I had a tough week ahead.
But my first day wasn’t so bad. I loved my breakfast, they tasted like donuts with a sweet banana surprise.I wish I could cook it myself!
Day one’s breakfast : Vegan Banana Pudding
The rest of the day was challenging. I had to go to work and sit beside heartless fastfood consumers! There was even an instance when I was sandwiched between two people eating fried chicken. THAT WAS SO HARD FOR ME! I swear. Luckily, I didn’t give in. I just thought of how much fat were pilling up in their bodies because of the meat they’re eating and I came back to enjoying my meal.
Day one: Eggplant Involtini served with Ratatouille, Vegan clam(less) chowder & Barbecued Tofu with Broccoli Coconut Rice
What I hated the most though, were the puzzled looks on their faces when I said I was on a vegan/vegetarian diet. It’s like they couldn’t believe it. They even told me it was too much of a sacrifice on my part because they knew I loved meat. But whenever they see me with my V Kitchen food they’re impressed with what they see on my plate.
Just look at these beauties!
Day two: Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Zucchini Spaghetti with Sundried Tomatoes in Olive oil, Raw Vega Spirulina Chocolate Balls & Vegetable Spring rolls with Brown Fried Rice
Which brings me to my next realization…
3. Vegetables are freaking delicious.
V Kitchen makes it possible. I appreciate the way they presented the dishes in such an appetizing manner and that they didn’t serve the vegetables whole. That’s a big thing for me because I’m not accustomed to eating vegetables. So when I see it’s not sliced it intimidates me and turns me off right away. I like the fact that V Kitchen makes their vegan and vegetarian dishes look normal but taste great. I don’t have to eat less. I don’t have to starve. I don’t have to eat tasteless food.
After the struggle on day one, day two got me pumped up to eat!
I even discovered a new favorite snack! These Raw Vegan Spirulina Chocolate Balls are a must-try. Where else do I find these?
Read on to know more about V Kitchen ‘s Vegan and Vegetarian Food Program