As more and more Australians are becoming more health-conscious, the food industry follows through. There are now a lot of brands offering healthy, ready-to-eat meals for busy Australians who don’t have the time to cook (or, like me, prefer the convenience). YouFoodz is one of them. With a wide range of “ready to eat fresh meals” lasting 7-9 days in the fridge, YouFoodz claimed that “you’ll never eat frozen again”. The brand offers free delivery to metro cities and some rural areas, or you can simply purchase their meals at one of the stockists. I opted for the latter – so for the purpose of this review, I’m going to review their meals and not their delivery service.
The company says they “have super clean options” as well as “flavoursome healthy alternatives that will help you keep your sanity”. Indeed, I agree with most reviewers out there that YouFoodz’s meals are tasty and filling. Flamin’ Chicken, or YouFoodz’s version of chicken and chips, is well-spiced and comes with heavenly mayo-based dipping sauce. I find the Portuguese BBQ Chicken kind of bland on the part of the chicken, but it has the best sweet potato fries I’ve had in life. Other dishes, such as Chicken Katsu Curry and Homemade Brekky Pie, are also great. I also love the variety that YouFoodz offer – you can have pasta, rice, pie, enchilada, and even sweet snacks.
Now to the negatives. As a person who tracks calories, I find the nutritional information to be a bit suspect, as some of them don’t exactly add up. Let’s use the Chicken Katsu Curry as an example: taking the calculation from this, the calorie count should at least be 379.7, but YouFoodz claims it contains 350 calories.
Furthermore, YouFoodz might not be compatible to people with certain dietary requirements. They indeed have preference options for customers to choose – from “clean” to “relaxed” menu, as well as vegetarian options – but people with intolerances might not have the same availability. While YouFoodz have options for meals with no dairy, gluten, egg or nuts added, their allergen disclaimer says, “there may be traces of products such as milk, eggs, gluten, seafood, peanuts and other nuts in the meals. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a total absence of these products in any of our meals.”
Finally, the price. At an average of $9.95 per regular lunch/dinner meal, the cost is quite reasonable but still a bit steep compared with regular frozen meals. It all truly depends on the customers’ budget and desire for healthy, convenient food – but for me, YouFoodz may not be the wisest choice for my everyday meal due to the price.
All in all, should you try YouFoodz? If you prefer not to cook yourself, YouFoodz might be a great pick for healthy and (actually) tasty food. However, if you have limited budget and/or certain allergies, a one-off purchase might help make your mind.
- Tasty food
- Great variety
- May pose a risk for people with dietary requirements
- More costly
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars