Paola and Adriana's Story
Hello! We’re Paola and Adriana, the head chefs and founders of Smart Eats.
We have a complicated history of loving food... too much. A couple years ago, we saw a wellness coach for advice about our failing diets. The issue was that as chefs, working long hours and skipping meals were regular, but unhealthy aspects of our lifestyle. Our coach encouraged us to take the time to have a “meaningful meal,” a luxury we didn’t have the time or the energy for. But this was the advice we had paid for, so we rolled up our sleeves to put this advice into action.
On our only day off, we devoted ourselves to these “meaningful meals.” This meant a full day of planning, shopping, chopping, blanching, stirring, seasoning, packing, and labeling a week’s worth of soups, stews, and veggies.
And voilà! For the rest of the week, dinner was ready in a few short minutes. But as effective as weekly meal prepping was, it took away the only day we had to ourselves. After 6 full days of working on our feet, day and night, we caved and ended up ordering prepared meals... and fell in love with how it gave back the one day we had to rest.
That is what we want to offer to our Smart Eaters. We want to give you time off and provide the classic, homemade comfort foods you crave, only modified to be higher in fiber and lower in glycemic index.
These lighter, healthier versions of our favourite meals are what we’ve been feeding ourselves, ever since one of us developed a severe intolerance to gluten and dairy, and quite smoking in our 30s. Sure, we gained some weight here and there, but our health indicators are better than ever. Our diet was finally supporting our efforts to become healthier – not thinner – versions of ourselves.
We hope that our Smart Eaters can take advantage of years of experimenting and use the extra time to go for a hike after work (Toronto has the most amazing hiking trails, and they’re free!), or binge-watch The Bachelor, (who am we to judge?) rather than stressing over and prepping their weekly meals.
Just choose your favourite meals online, and the Smart Eats Team will take care of the rest.