What type of Restaurant are you?

chefFireI have had a few conversations with people wondering why we can’t just take their order and deliver immediately.

The short answer is it comes to quality. We prepare premium meals with the freshest ingredients possible that our chef personally selects once an order is placed. We need to get the ingredients for all our customers at once and plan out their meals and any special dietary considerations then get to work in the kitchen.

How Do You Differ From Restaurants?

There are 3 broad categories of well visited restaurants: fast, chain and chef run. For point of comparison we charge $10.16 for a dinner with tax.

Fast Food

Fast food only has one thing going for it, it is fast. Other than that everything is heavily processed, has tonnes of preservatives and way too much unhealthy fat and salt.  If you want to gain unhealthy weight fast, this is your stop.  If you are ever interested have a look at the nutritional information, is really scary. I saw a breakfast sandwich at a burger place and they had 2200 calories just for one sandwich and the salt was pretty much above total daily intake. We are basically the opposite of this.

Dinner price around $10.

Chain Table Service Restaurants

These are the ones you find everywhere especially power centres and tourist areas.  How they work is the menu is developed to be as cost effective as possible. They get most of their food shipped in pre-done, they just have to reheat and plate by a kitchen worker.  It is really strange to go to the same chain restaurant in 2 different provinces and the food tastes and looks exactly the same.  To get this they heavily process the food, pre-portion it and freeze it raw, par cooked or fully cooked then store it for months and ship it across the country.  This reduces the flavour and the quality of the nutrients. You get the flavour back by using salt (a lot of it) and the nutrients are usually just lost.

They do offer fresh produce and the salads are usually okay. Watch out for the dressing, their nutritional information usually has a little trick of doing the light option they offer of half the dressing, which no one ever orders. A 500 calories salad can very quickly go to a 800 calorie one with increasing the dressing. The problem is they want you to feel like you had a good deal, so they load your plate with way too many processed carbs and sauces made from fat.  You feel bloated if you eat a full meal; too many calories, too much salt, too much fat.

Dinner price around $15 – $30.

Chef Run Professional Restaurants

These are the closest to us in terms of the quality of the ingredients used and skill used in preparing the meals. Chefs select the best and freshest ingredients just like we do, you can definitely taste the difference. Their meals tend to be heavier and you are not there to keep an eye on your health, so a few courses at least are likely.  Where we differ is our chef uses the same techniques and skills but applies them to healthy meals. We have nutritional resources we use to calculate all the nutritional information to be as accurate as possible and have in past sent meals to a lab to confirm our resources give the same results.

Dinner price easily above $30.

Why we are cheaper

So how can it be we are at least 60% cheaper than a similar quality meal?  This is where we heavily differ from the restaurant model and fall into the new category of prepared meal delivery.

  • We have a professional kitchen but not the cost of a dining room.
  • We have highly trained staff that are very efficient.
  • We don’t have any waste, we only get ingredients for meals that are already ordered. Restaurants need to keep a stock of ingredients in case it gets ordered. The waste of unordered food significantly raises the meal price.
  •  Even though we have a HUGE number of meals on our menu we can plan our menus carefully to take advantage of volume discounts and in season ingredients.
  • Our state of the art technology allows us to stay very organized while still offering individual customer flexibility.
  • We make a lot more meals than a restaurant.
  • You buy and get delivered 6 to 9 meals plus snacks at a time.

In short we can maintain very high quality while saving money and passing the savings on to you so you can eat healthy at a very affordable price.

 

 

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Have a great long weekend!

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Have a great long weekend from all of us at Lakelands!  I will be gardening and getting some time on the bike with the kids.
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Individual Meal Ordering Accounts

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Individual meal ordering accounts can now be setup.  You can now order on your own any number of meals from the next 4 to 5 deliveries at any time.  You can also track your orders already delivered and see your upcoming orders.

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We have also lowered our delivery prices for Toronto, Hamilton and London to make it more affordable for everyone.  Deliveries to Toronto, Hamilton and London are on Tuesdays and Thursdays before 5 pm.

By popular demand we have also expanded our individual meal menu to include more dairy-free menus items.

Pricing starts at $6.99 a meal, that is hard to beat for a chef prepared fresh gourmet meal!

Bon Apetit!

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Individual Meals Expanded Delivery – Ontario and Greater Montreal

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We are happy to announce that we now offer our individual meals program Ontario Wide and Greater Montreal.

No plan commitments! You can order as few as 3 meals any delivery (we recommend more to get the best value) .

Prices start at $6.99 a meal, try and beat that for chef prepared, healthy, fresh, gourmet meals. We offer our entire menu Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners and yes even Snacks.

This is a great idea if you are looking for healthy convenient meals for yourself or maybe even someone else.

See all the details here.

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$19.99 – Waterloo Region Sample Day – April 17, 2016

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Executive Chef Keith Mitchell invites you to sample day of 3 meals and 2 snacks on April 17th for an amazing $19.99.  Keith has prepared a table d’hote menu for you that is accessible for all, you may even choose the regular or vegetarian lunch and dinner options. This is a limited time offer so don’t miss out. [button link=”https://www.lakelandsdietdelivery.com/19-99-sample-day-gourmet-healthy-meals/” type=”primary”]Sign Up Today[/button]

Delivery to our local zone of Waterloo Region only.

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We care about your health – Now Offering Dairy Free

downloadWe have your health in mind!  We now offer dairy free meal options. Check our current menu or upcoming menu to see our dairy free meal options.  We still offer gluten free, low carb and vegetarian options in addition to our gourmet meals.

If you have any questions about any of our meal options please email info@lakelandsdietdelivery.com and we will be happy to answer your questions.

This month we have a 10% off special any plan use promo code AprilShowers at signup.

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Hamilton and London Deliveries Added

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We are expanding again!  We now do deliveries to Hamilton, London, Brantford and Stratford.

Choose your program plan on LakelandsDietDelivery.com and just enter your postal code to get delivery prices.  Unlike others we don’t change our meal prices based on city, everyone pays the same, just the delivery price changes.

We also have an astounding 15% off any program plan right now, just enter the promo code SPRING at signup.

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New Delivery Zones!

deliveryZonesMarch2016We are happy to announce that due to great interest we are expanding our delivery zones. Our existing zone is Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.  We now deliver to Guelph, Elmira and New Hamburg.

If you would like delivery now for the new areas please send an email to info@lakelandsdietdelivery.com and we will set it up. Our ordering system will be updated in the near future to accept the new locations.

More locations will be added in the near future!

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8 Glasses a Day is Good For … Not You!

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Many people have fallen prey to the myth of having to drink 8 glasses of water a day.  So no you don’t need to drink that much, and yes you count the water in your food and drinks.

It seems to have started with a report from the US Food and Nutrition Board in 1945 that observed that healthy women seemed adequately hydrated consuming about 91 ounces (2.7 liters) of water a day and men about 125 ounces (3.7 liters). These were basic observations, no scientific study at all.  Pretty much the next line says eating a healthy diet you get enough water from what you eat and drink.

All the water companies wanting you to drink more definitely have a best interest in mind, just not yours, their profits.

In the vast majority of cases your natural thirst is good enough to know when to drink. Some medical conditions and old age do mess with letting you know when you are thirsty, but it reduces the signal it does not remove it.

Many people give weight loss advice to drink lots of water since it will reduce your hunger.  Will it work, not really thirst and hunger are different systems.  What is true is if you drink water with a meal instead of a drink with calories you will consume less calories.  One caveat to this is that eating fresh foods rich with water inside do seem to help people consume fewer calories.

Some argue that if you don’t drink the extra water everyday you will have a chronic dehydration condition.  Not true also. Dehydration is not a chronic condition.  If you are dehydrated you either drink or get a drip and then it is gone immediately nothing chronic about it. There are some conditions that mess with thirst regulation but this is not what most people are talking about and most people going to the gym are not in danger of extreme dehydration that could cause an injury.

So in short eat a healthy fresh diet and by all means have a glass of water with your meals and you will get enough for the day.  If you need some help with a fresh diet or would like the convenience of someone else to make it for you, Lakelands Diet Delivery is here for you, see our fresh hydrated plans here.

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WORKING OUT IS NOT WORKING OUT

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Regular exercise is very important for many health benefits including weight loss but for many people they just don’t lose the weight. Some even find they gain weight which can be very frustrating.  What is generally accepted is only 20% of weight loss comes from exercising at the gym, a whopping 80% comes from the food you eat. The numbers reverse for preventing weight gain after weight loss, so you need both physical activity and healthy eating.

The simple reality is you have to burn more calories than you consume, this is weight loss.  3,500 calories equals about one pound of fat so you have to consume 500 calories less than you burn every day for one week to lose one pound of fat.

Again portion control and healthy eating is key, we can get your calories down through healthy eating and keeping you away from unhealthy snacks. The time we save you on shopping, cooking and cleaning you can spend going to the gym or even just a 30 min brisk walk a day. It will do wonders for your health and reducing stress.

Please get started today to lose the weight you have been wanting to.  If you have any questions by all means please give us a shout on our contact page.

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