Door-to-Door Delivery of Bespoke Meal Plans
Helps Health Conscious Clients Avail Low Calorie, Tailor-Made Meals
Dubai-UAE: 15 December, 2011 – Balance Café, a part of the Landmark Group’s revolutionary wellness concept, has launched the delivery of client-specific meals to the home or office as part of its aim to help patrons enjoy a balanced diet that suits individual metabolic requirements.
Offering a rare combination of health and affordability, the meal plans from Balance Café eliminate the need to measure calorie intake and portion sizes.
Trained experts at the café put together platters that include dishes such as baked chicken roulade, low calorie lemon tarts, salads and a mixed variety of soups. Personalised menus that are diabetic-friendly, cholesterol free or suited for weight loss are also available on request.
The Balance Café presents a perfect fusion of traditional Ayurvedic concepts and macrobiotic foods with contemporary cooking styles to develop customised and healthy culinary delights. These meals are available at prices starting from AED90 per day which includes a three-course lunch and a two-course dinner delivered to your home or office.
Balance Café is located on the third level of Oasis Centre, spanning over 6,000 sq feet. To book your ‘meal plan’, please call 04 515 4051/4050
Please scroll down for some of the popular and healthy options included in the meal plan.
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Steam giant prawns with greens papaya salad
Total calories 180mg
Saturated fat 63mg
Polyunsaturated fat 7.0gm
Mono saturated fat 0.38gm
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 8%
Recommended: This is a good option for those wishing to enjoy fancy food in a healthy way. Served with raw papaya kimchi that offers a natural boost with a high concentration of fibres and low calorie content
Beetroot Carpaccio with raw crisp turnip salad
Total calories 35mg
Vitamin C 7%
Recommended: This dish offers numerous health benefits. Both radish and turnip are known for high content of carotenoids and flavonoids that have powerful antioxidant properties and help prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases. These elements are also known as blood purifiers that have anti-inflammatory properties and help address gastrointestinal disorders
Baked stuffed chicken roulade served with carrot confits and saffron foam sauce
Total calories 250mg
Saturated fat 63mg
Polyunsaturated fat 3.0gm
Mono saturated fat 1.77gm
Protein l 63mg
Recommended: The chicken is first poached and then roasted to remove almost all the saturated fats. Using boiled chicken for those on a diet is a healthy way to prepare this low-calorie, yet nutrient-rich food that builds tissues and maintains strong bones and muscle
Corn and apple soup
Total calories 150mg
Saturated fat 32mg
Vitamins A 4%
Vitamins c 50%
Recommended: An excellent source of vitamins, it helps reduce and eliminate coughs and phlegm; sweet and fresh to taste
Green garden salad with citrus dressing
Total calories 70mg
Saturated fat 0.021mg
Vitamin C 24.2mggm
Protein 0 .06gm
Calcium 3% mg
Recommended: Vitamins in lettuce are plentiful. Fresh leaves are an excellent source of several Vitamin A and beta carotenes. These compounds have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is required to maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin. It is also essential for vision
Total calories 120mg
Saturated fat 3mg
Dietary fibres 1gm
Recommended: A light and low calorie desert for those seeking to satiate their temptation
Lemon and chocolate mouse
Total calories 160mg
Saturated fat 13mg
Dietary fibres 1gm
Recommended: This dessert contains dark chocolate made from processed black chocolate. It contains adequate flavonoids that are known to prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (beneficial) cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Flavonoids also prevent certain cancers
About Ayurvedic Cuisine
Ayurveda which means science of life in ‘Sanskrit’ is a healing system that originated in India approximately 5000 years ago. Ayurveda believes that the entire universe including foods and the human body are made of five elements- Air, Space, Water, Fire and Earth. The five elements in the right proportion in our food give us the balance of ‘Energies’ and are traced to different ‘tastes’ in food. There are six ‘tastes’ or ‘Rasa’ - Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent and Astringent, in our food. Each ‘Rasa’ is derived from two elements.
Three forces comprised of these five elements govern all psychophysiological processes. These three forces are called doshas which are the elemental energies in our body. The doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. A harmonious state of the three doshas creates balance in the body, mind, and emotions and is the foundation of good health.
Vata means 'that which moves things' and is the moving force behind the other two doshas which are incapable of movement without it. It is responsible for all of the body's activities including breathing, blood circulation and thought processes. It promotes mental balance and comprehension.
Pitta means 'that which digests things' and is responsible for all chemical and metabolic transformations in the body and heat production. It also governs our ability to digest ideas and impressions and to perceive the nature of reality. It stimulates the intellect and kindles the capacity for enthusiasm.
Kapha means ‘that which holds things together’ and provides support and substance to the body. It gives strength and stability, both physical and psychological, and governs human emotions such as love, compassion, forgiveness, loyalty and patience. Kapha can bestow resistance against disease and can support the healing process. Where Vata and Pitta effects are active on the body, Kapha acts to restrict these two forces and prevent their excessive manifestation.
Together the three doshas govern all the activities of life; catabolism, (vata), metabolism (pitta), and anabolism (kapha). When vata is excessive, there will be therefore excess catabolism, resulting in a breakdown or deterioration of the body's natural defenses. Excess pitta dosha results in disturbances of metabolism and heat production including infection. Increases in kaphadosha results in increased tissue growth and weight gain.
Greek philosophers also believed in a similar theory that the universe and was made up of four basic elements - Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Accordingly, for life and health to exist the elements must be in balance or it may lead to ill-health.