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A new company providing cleansing, healthy meals with a dieticians support
We came across @greencentraluae on Instagram and thought it was definitely something to share after the summer. We all feel like getting back to our healthy living and eating routine now that the holidays are done. Let us start by telling you that Green Central has helped us lose those extra kilos gained during summer holidays.
If you want to shed some weight then read on as this company is an excellent new hidden gem we wanted to share!
Green Central’s concept
Sara Ismail who is an HAAAD licensed clinical dietician with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietitics just started Green Central combining an over 12 years experience as a dietician in a clinic and a background in the healthy food delivery industry. She came up with her own concept that combines juicing, catering healthy meal programs and a personal support based on her dietetic skills. The real add-on is she can help you choose the right program depending on your needs and goals and she monitors the progressive results on a regular basis.
The first consultation and plan definition
During the first consultation, you meet her and decide upon one of the varied diet plans you are ready for which are customized to your calorie needs. If you go for one of the plans (except the starter juice pack), it also includes a free body composition analysis test. The machine used for the test – unique apparently in Abu Dhabi – works magic as without undressing, it analyses in less than a minute your whole body composition for fat, muscles, BMI… It also gives your detailed size measurements (neck, chest, hip, arm and thigh circumferences… ). You’ll see it is quite rewarding to check these numbers before and after experiencing a plan.
We appreciated the dietician’s overall pragmatic and realistic approach which made us immediately feel comfortable. Her open attitude was also an added bonus as she answered many of our questions and always had a positive attitude.
The Different Diet Plans
The plans vary from a 1-day or 3-day juice cleanse to complete/ultimate plans with a 5 or 6 days a week (Fridays are off) and the program length can vary from one to four weeks that you can also renew.
Our experience with The Ultimate Plan
We chose to experience The Ultimate Plan for two weeks (6 days a week) – a plan combining juices and meals – to get a maximum overview of what Green Central proposes.
During the two weeks, you get a fruit as a snack in the morning, a lunch based on lean protein or vegetarian and a low-gluten afternoon snack.
The difference with The Complete plan is at breakfast time and dinner. On Days 1, 2, 3 of each week, the breakfast is a cold-pressed juice and a soup at dinner time. On days 4, 5 and 6 of each week, we experienced various delicious breakfasts : berry parfait, banana pecan oatmeal, mango chia pudding or mozzarella protein toast.
On the juicing days, we definitely adored the cold pressed juices and it was the first time we enjoyed them all, including the green juices that didn’t have that sharp celery taste. Prepared with avocado, our green juice had a really light flavor and silky texture. Check the image below for all details about the juices composition.
Sara explained to us she had worked hard on each juice composition to offer something customers would enjoy tasting. The soups at night time were prepared with chopped vegetables inside – vegan vegg soup, minestrone with green and beans, Spring veggie soup. They were filling enough for the night so we never felt any discomfort or hunger at nighttime.
The afternoon snacks were an exciting moment every day and we were fond of them all : banana chocolate oat muffins, cashew energy balls, blueberry chia oat squares, peanut butter brownie bites and more. Once the program was over, it actually lead us to do some research and prepare delightful healthy snacks for the week ahead.
We were surprised that the lunch – lean protein, vegetarian or grills- and dinner options (on regular days) were that varied and elaborate. From sesame shrimps skewers with Asian rice, to baked salmon with roasted pineapple and kale, or feta-spinach with chicken and orzo, we had a real feast tasting each single dish.
We highly recommend this Ultimate Plan for newbies as it combines cold pressed juices and healthy meals. It kind of gives a boost if you want to achieve your weight goals. Some will feel determined to carry on with a juice and soup program later on while others will feel more comfortable with a complete meal plan. In our case, we decided to carry on with visiting the dietician every two weeks to continue to work on a better diet plan.
What we liked is the flexibility the different programs offer, from a day up to a month that you can order on your own later on if you need again a special kick.
What we enjoyed most about the program
All the meals felt like homemade and tasted really good so it was a genuine happy feel every day.
The variety of the recipes made us discover or rediscover some vegetables or ingredients – such as the turnip gratin – we hadn’t ever thought to include in your daily diet.
The menu selection to choose from is impressive with three options for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner; so we never had the same dish twice during the two-week program.
On a practical note, the dishes come in a microwavable packaging which is quite convenient.
Meeting the dietician before and after is a real add-on to a usual juice cleanse or healthy meal plans where you only order or buy the products. Actually it made us realize it is not only about our food intake. We really appreciated getting insight about what to change in our habits and why.
These programs not only help you for a week or two but the advice you get along the process nurture you with more knowledge, awareness and good willing to change your eating habits in the long run. We also realized we had some misconceptions about some ingredients and we will certainly build our meals in a better way now.
Once our two-weeks program ended, we met the dietician for a debriefing and a before/after comparison of our body analysis. The results showed for themselves as the 2 kg lost in two weeks were 100% fat and the machine even analysed in which part of the body were these losses. We also noticed we were spending more time searching for healthy recipes and felt more pleasure cooking at home healthy recipes, from soups to smoothies or healthy snacks.
If you are interested, take advantage of our current offer with Green Central as our readers have a special pricing offer on their different programs between the 21st of January 2018 and the 22nd of February 2018. Click here to get all details and avail the offer.
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