Been trying to lose some weight or just eat healthier? FitChef might be able to help

by Karisa

FitChef specialises in healthy, ready-to-eat meals, smoothies, snacks, oils & nuts which can be delivered either to your office or home to help you reach your specific health goals.

Company Founder, Wayne Kaminsky, believes that all good diets fail for 1 main reason:  “If you don’t have a stock of ready-to-eat healthy meals in your fridge right now, at work or home, then you will eat unhealthy food”.

I have to say, I do agree with that thinking.  I for example don’t cook and I live on my own.  I therefore either grab a Woolies meal or I eat out.  I have never really followed any diet, but I recently tried a 1 week detox and I found it a real pain planning your day around either being at home to prepare your meals or having to get up extra early to prepare meals for the day.  I was therefore immediately intrigued when I came across FitChef at a recent Banting/LCHF media event…

At FitChef they’re all about eating clean and therefore they don’t use any preservatives, colourants, additives, refined ingredients, sugar or refined salt.  Their meats are also grass-fed/free range and free of routine antibiotics & growth hormones.  You can choose from their various kits which cover weight loss, detox, sports performance, vegan/vegetarian, banting/LCHF and a smoothie kit.  You can also opt to build your own kit, or simply order from their  special weekly meals.

Then once your meals have been delivered, you can place them in your freezer and then defrost 2-3 days of meals in your fridge so you always have meals ready to go.

Now because the whole banting thing is such a big trend right now (and because I came across FitChef at a banting media event), when they offered to gift me some meals to try out the concept for myself, I opted to get a sample of their banting kit.   It therefore arrived with low carb meals (including cauli mash/rice based options) along with smoothies, soups and extra virgin organic coconut oil sachets:

Just to be clear, this isn’t the full banting starter kit – it’s just a sample – the full kit contains 50 meals, 37 smoothies and other snacks and should last you a month.

Just a closer look at some of the meals…  I was really impressed by the variety…

From my kit, I have to say I really loved the smoothies & the soups, but particularly the smoothies.  My eating habits are really not the best, and I don’t always get all the nutrients my body really needs, so these were like little injections of supreme goodness every time I had one.

The meals overall were tasty, my only complaint would be that with the defrosting process, if you opt to zap it in the microwave, they do end up being a bit watery.  I think it’s likely because things like cauli mash & cauli rice don’t hold up as well as other things during the freezing & defrosting process.   I did speak to FitChef about it and they recommended rather popping those meals into the oven for 20min, because that way the excess moisture is absorbed.  I never did this because well if I switch my oven on once every 2 months, that’s a lot.  Flavour wise though, I didn’t have any real complaints.

Now let’s talk pricing:

  • The 1 month banting/LCHF starter kit will cost you R3910, if you work that out per day its around R130 pd.  I don’t think that’s too bad, but then my normal food habits involve Woolies meals & eating out, I’ve never been one for cooking budget meals which last me the a few days for example.
  • If we look at their 21 day challenge weight loss / detox kit with meals & smoothies, that will cost you R3385, which works out to around R161 pd & for the R161 you’re getting 3 meals & 2 smoothies per day.  Again, I know how pricey health food is, so to me this is not a major expense, particularly because everything is prepared for you.

I’d say, if you’ve been trying to lose weight or you really just want to be healthier, but you keep getting bogged down by your day-to-day routine (or like me, hate cooking), this would be a good option to try.  It certainly takes the thinking and preparing out of it, which should make it easier for you to stick to your eating programme.

FitChef delivers to various areas across SA – have a look over here for a complete list of delivery locations.  If you have any questions for them, you can also find all their contact details over here.  And to place an order, simply visit their Orders page (where you’ll also find details & pricing for all their various kits).

A big thank you to FitChef for letting me test drive their service.  I have to admit, during the period I ate their meals in between my various blog events and missions, I did have a lot less guilt about what I was putting into my body.  So that’s definitely a win.



Alison Oct 1, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Hi there.. I’m wondering if you know of any week long juice cleanse in Cape Town for a good price?x

Karisa Oct 1, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Hi Alison. I have to admit, been wanting to give a juice cleanse a try myself, but all the ones I’ve looked into have been extremely expensive. I haven’t yet come across one where I can say I felt it was good value. If I do though, I’ll definitely let you know.

Gill Oct 22, 2014 - 12:20 pm

So the question is did you loose weight on the meals? I’m “weighing” up the pro’s and cons of trying this at the cost?

Karisa Oct 23, 2014 - 9:09 am

Hi Gill. So no, BUT I wasn’t following their meal plan like I should’ve. I go to far too many launches & events and I was basically eating their meals in between very rich dinners and such. I think if I was strict about it, I would have seen a difference. The convenience factor is definitely a big plus.

Cindy Clarke Nov 28, 2016 - 11:36 am

I am going to order now.


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