Generally speaking, being a chef and being health-conscious don’t often go hand in hand, unless we’re talking about a chef at a restaurant that specialises in healthy food. In this instance, we’re not; we’re talking about Chef Mike Boyle, who creates deliciously unhealthy dishes like dark chocolate butter cake with salted caramel and bacon ice cream at ALTO. What you might not know, however, is that when he’s not running the kitchen at this superb restaurant (which, by the way, made it onto my list of the top 10 restaurants of 2016), Chef Mike is the culinary advisor for Biorna Quantics, which provides a comprehensive wellness plan including a healthy meal delivery service.
The name Biorna Quantics sounds very scientific, and that’s because it is. Through a series of DNA tests that can be done at home by the customer, Biorna Quantics can tell you all sorts of things about yourself, including what you should and shouldn’t be eating and in what quantities. Based on this information, The Quantics Kitchen then provides a meal plan specific to your requirements and delivers it to you. Although I skipped the testing part, after a long conversation with the team at Biorna Quantics about my overall goals and daily training plan, I trialled the meal delivery service for seven days to put it to the test and see how it compares to some of the other meal delivery services I have tried.
The tests will tell you what your macronutrients are, i.e. what percentage of proteins, fats and carbohydrates your body needs. Even if you don’t do the tests, the team at Biorna Quantics can suggest what you should have, based on the amount of exercise you do and what you’re trying to achieve. My plan consisted of 40% protein, 35% carbs and 25% fats.
Biorna Quantics works a little differently to other meal delivery services such as Eatology or Nutrition Kitchen. After you sign up, you’ll be sent a link to a ‘meal exclusion’ form. Here you can see all of the dishes that are on the menu, with every single ingredient listed and opt out of any that don’t take your fancy. This way, if you’re a picky eater and don’t like the idea of eating ostrich, you can choose not to receive a single ostrich dish. The meals aren’t delivered every single day, but every other day, so on Monday, you’ll receive your meals for Monday and Tuesday, and so on. I found this part a little bit strange and had to apologise to my colleagues for taking over most of the fridge at work! It does, however, give you a bit more flexibility as to what you eat and when. If you don’t fancy eating grilled ostrich with coconut mash for dinner on Monday, you can have it for lunch on Tuesday instead, for example.
I have tried a fair bit of Chef Mike’s food, so I know this guy can cook. I was therefore fairly confident that my Biorna Quantics meal plan was going to be healthy and tasty, which indeed it was. Often, people think that eating healthily means eating very simple and boring food, but Biorna Quantics proves that this needn’t be the case. The menu includes things like Kerala fish curry, Thai green ostrich curry, or kung po turkey, all of which are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, low GI and made with premium organic ingredients.
I was on the complete macro-precision meal plan, which included power smoothies, my entire meals for the day and snack bars. You can choose between 300 calorie or 500 calorie meals. I was on the 300 calorie meals, of which I was eating four per day and never got even a tiny bit hungry. If I did, that’s what the bars were there for.
My absolute favourite dish was the ox rendang with purple potatoes. The meat was incredibly tender and simply packed full of flavour. I actually had this dish twice during the week and if I’d had it a third time I wouldn’t have complained! I also loved the meatloaf cupcakes with sauerkraut and raw prebiotic vegetables, which may sound like a strange breakfast to you, but tasted so good!
Given the science behind Biorna Quantics, it’s probably one of the more expensive meal plans in Hong Kong. The Simply Fit DNA test costs just over $5,000 and the most basic meal plan starts at $4,400 for a month. The one I was on was closer to $15,000 a month! Here are a few things I liked and disliked about the meal plan:
What I like about Biorna Quantics:
1. The science behind it
2. The delicious meals
3. The portion sizes
4. The creativity
5. The flexibility
6. The personal consultation
What I don’t like about Biorna Quantics:
1. The delivery times and the fact that the delivery cost isn’t included in the cost of the plan
2. The fact that the food isn’t made fresh daily
3. The number of non-eco-friendly plastic containers (but apparently they will collect these and recycle them if you ask)
In short, if you want to know if I’d recommend Biorna Quantics to someone looking to take control of their diet and lifestyle, I would definitely say yes. It’s one of, if not the best healthy meal plan delivery service I have tried, with exciting and tasty food that is guaranteed to show good results.