What is THE 500 CALORIE PROJECT?
THE 500 CALORIE PROJECT is a healthy food restaurant that allows you to order healthy salads and meals online. Our body weight is usually the result of a kind of lifestyle we lead. Therefore lifestyle modification, that includes change in dietary habits and physical activity forms an integral part of any weight loss strategy. At The 500 Calorie Project, we help you to look at food in different ways and support you in making small dietary changes that have lasting results. We will help you replace processed and artificial foods with foods that are natural, wholesome, and nutrient-rich. At The 500 Calorie Project - all our meals and salads are calculated and within the 500 calories limit.
What went behind the curation of our menu?
Our team of experienced master chefs and certified nutritionists have done a lot of research and experiments to finally present a menu of meals that are healthy, delish, and below 500 calories. A daily calorie intake for every individual is different and it depends on factors such as gender, age, weight, height, medical conditions, and weight goals. However, the nutrition experts suggest that an average daily calorie intake of each meal can be broken down as 300 to 500 calories each for lunch and dinner. Hence, we’ve done all the tough work! Each of our dishes have been tested in a certified lab to arrive at the exact calorie count and keep it below 500 Cals.
What makes The 500 Calorie Project unique?
The healthy food that you order online at The 500 Calorie Project is wholesome, nutritious, and yet super delish. Every dish is carefully curated to keep it strictly under 500 calories (nothing hidden)! We place emphasis on including best superfoods from each food group and precisely measure the proteins, fats, carbs, and calories to ensure you get all the nutrients needed for optimal well-being. Our results really do speak for themselves!
What results can you expect from The 500 Calorie Project?
With The 500 Calorie Project, you’ll enjoy a variety of delicious, nutritious, and healthy meals. Ultimately, the results depend on you. Also, we believe in habit building and not quick results. Remember, the diet plan may conclude someday but the healthy habits last forever! So let’s not expect any results from eating a couple of healthy foods from our menu rather make it a habit to always eat healthy. And, if you are sincere to yourself and your healthy diet, it won’t take long for you to reap the rewards. Our healthy foods are definitely going to make you more energetic, happy and fresh. We also suggest you follow our Instagram handles @the500calorieproject_ (for INDIA) and @the500cp_uae (for DUBAI) and blogs where we provide a lot of authentic information to motivate a healthy lifestyle. Put simply, with The 500 Calorie Project you’ll feel great!
Locations / Geographies that we service
Currently, we only serve in Mumbai (India) and in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). However, we will soon be launching in other cities in India. Stay connected on our Instagram page or check our website for launch announcements.
Food / Menu Related Queries
Meal Plans / Subscription Plans from The 500 Calorie Project
Currently, we do not offer any meal plans. But we’re working on a menu that is calorie counted, delicious and yet full of good calories. Please leave us your name and phone number and we’ll ensure you’re amongst the first to hear about our meal plans or subscription plans.
Customise and / or make your own salad / meal
Currently, we do not offer this service as we’d like to introduce you to our food and stay within calorie limits. We have curated each dish on this menu to ensure it has the optimal macronutrients breakdown of carbohydrates, fat and protein and yet is within 500 calories. Hence, we recommend you try our existing menu to ensure you get the right nutrition without compromising on taste.
Setting up an account
Once you’re on the WebApp, you’ll be prompted to set up an account / enter your details before placing an order.
Adding Special Instructions...
To ensure order accuracy, we currently don't have a section that lists special instructions for an order. That being said, if there’s something you can’t ask for in the ordering process, we would want to hear it. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8433533335
How can you indicate if you have an allergy?
Currently it is not possible to notify our operations teams of any allergies through the WebApp. Hence, we have mentioned all the ingredients used and dietary preference information to help guide your ordering experience.
Wondering if our food is freshly made?
All our healthy salads and meals available online are made from freshly sourced vegetables, which undergo a very monitored cleaning process. All the meals and salads are freshly cooked in our own kitchens that undergo strict audits for hygiene maintenance.
Accommodating dietary restrictions
Since we cook in an open kitchen with shared cooking and preparation areas, we can't guarantee that any menu item will be completely free of allergens or other ingredients you’re sensitive to. But we ensure all our vegetarian and non-vegetarian handling and preparation is completely separate. Also we are taking utmost care to reduce the risk of cross contact. However, we cannot completely eliminate this risk, mainly due to the busy nature of our kitchens. We know how serious allergies can be, and hence we don't want to give any false promises to you. So being honest here! As a customer-facing company, we're sad we have to be upfront about this, but we really care about your safety and want to be transparent upfront.
Salad Dressing and how to eat?
The dressing is always served separately in a separate container. This keeps the salad ingredients crisp and fresh. We also recommend mixing dressing with your salad just before eating. Pre-mixed salad can get soggy by the time it is delivered as the veggies become soft.
Finding the ingredients and nutrition information about our meals?
Our menu and it’s nutritional ingredients guide are available on the product description page of every dish. Our expert nutritionists have given a breakdown of each salad on our menu + ingredients for our cooked toppings and dressings. Details such as gluten free, vegan friendly etc. are also mentioned on the product description page. Interestingly, you will also find the calorie count of every dish mentioned on the page.
How is the calorie count of each dish calculated?
The calorie count of each dish is calculated at the final cooked state of the dish. It takes into consideration the cooking mediums, garnishes and everything else. Infact, the salad calorie count includes the calorie value of the dressing too.
Does the salad calorie count include the calories from the dressing of the salad?
Yes, the salad calorie count mentioned includes the calories from the dressing as well. Most healthy food restaurants do not include dressings / sauces / garnishes while quoting the calorie count of their menu. But we believe you should know the exact calorie count of every healthy food that you can order online.
Are the calories stated on the menu description exact measurements?
Yes, the calorie content is specific to each dish. However, there may be a 5-10% variance due to cooking conditions or size of raw ingredients sourced etc.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a grain, which is prepared and eaten similarly to other grains using water, stock, or other liquids . But did you know it is actually a seed? And, therefore quinoa is also known as the pseudo grain. Quinoa is packed with fibre and high-quality protein, which has the perfect balance of all essential amino acids our body cannot make. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. On eating one cup of cooked quinoa you get almost 8 g of protein. Some people even consider eating quinoa instead of rice in their daily diet. If you wish to have a quinoa-rich meal today, you can order here.
Why is quinoa better than rice?
A cup of quinoa will provide more proteins and fibre compared to the same amount of white rice. Since it’s a protein-rich grain it not only is the healthier choice, but will also fill you up faster, allowing for smaller portion sizes.
Is Quinoa a carbohydrate or protein?
Quinoa can be cooked like rice using water, or any other edible liquid like broth or stock. Although it is often known as a vegetarian source of complete protein, it is actually a high-carb food. Cooked quinoa contains almost 21% of carbohydrate, which is comparable to carb content of rice. But these are all good carbs! About 83% of carbs in quinoa are the complex carbs or the starches. The rest consists mostly of fibre, quinoa has a small amount of sugars (4%), such as maltose, galactose, and ribose.
Why is brown rice good?
Brown rice is a highly nutritious, gluten-free, unpolished whole grain. It is produced by removing the surrounding hull of the rice kernel. Brown rice is considered healthier over polished white rice due to its rich fibre content as the grain retains its nutrient-dense bran and germ layer.Brown rice is also a rich source of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds. Consuming whole grains like brown rice can help prevent or improve several health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. It is also known to boost immunity.
What is the difference between brown rice and white rice?
Brown rice is a whole grain that contains all parts of the grain including the fibrous bran, the nutritious germ and the carb-rich endosperm. The process of milling or polishing converts brown rice into white rice by removing the bran and germ, thus reducing its nutritional value. Brown rice has a high dietary fiber and is also rich in B vitamins, minerals and good fat.
Which rice is best for weight loss?
Brown Rice! If you wish to eat rice and lose weight, you can consider eating germinated Brown Rice. The germinated form of brown rice preserves all the nutrients in the rice grain. Germinated brown rice can be obtained by soaking the brown rice in water for a specified number of hours. It helps to balance blood sugar level, aid in digestion, promote weight loss, and also energize the body.
Does Quinoa help in weight loss?
Although there is no scientific evidence that Quinoa can help in weight loss , this whole grain can be a useful part of a healthy weight loss diet. quinoa is a rich source of proteins, good fats, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It has a low glycemic index, meaning it does not cause spike in blood sugar and these properties can be useful in weight loss.
What is Sorghum ?
Sorghum, is a popular whole grain that is eaten with all its outer layers. It doesn’t have an inedible hull like some other grains. And hence it retains the majority of its nutrients. It is a gluten-free grain and contains high levels of phytochemicals, particularly antioxidant-rich phenolics. Sorghum is a staple food in many parts of India, where it is eaten in the form of porridges and flatbreads (rotis). It is packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
What are millets?
Millets are cereal crops that have tiny grains, which are of great nutritional value. Millets are packed with proteins, essential fatty acids, dietary fibre, B-Vitamins, minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium. In India, millets contribute nearly 10 % to the country’s food grain basket. Consumption of millets in regular diet renders health benefits such as reduction in blood sugar level (diabetes), blood pressure regulation, thyroid, cardiovascular and celiac diseases. There are about 11 cultivated-millet species, all of which are of considerable nutritional value.
What is Amaranth?
Amaranth is the seed from a flowering plant. Like quinoa, it is also known as the pseudo-grain that is gaining a lot of popularity due to health benefits. It has been reported to contain twice the level of calcium in milk, five times the level of iron in wheat, higher potassium, phosphorus and vitamins A, E, C and folic acid than cereal grains.
What are superfoods?
Superfood is actually a non-medical term used to describe foods that are of great nutritional value and offer multiple health benefits. It's basically a buzz word for the media and community of health conscious people to describe the foods they should be consuming for health benefits. Whole grains, fruits, fish, vegetables, and other foods that provide essential nutrients to the body can be considered as super foods.
What is gluten?
Not for everyone! Most people can tolerate gluten containing food. However, some people are gluten-sensitive or gluten-intolerant, which means their bodies produce an abnormal immune response when breaking down gluten during digestion. This health condition is known as a celiac disease, that can damage the intestines. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is another condition that is triggered by gluten.
What are whole wheat berries?
Whole wheat berries are the original source from which all wheat products are produced, before the refinement occurs. Example, wheat flour is made from milled, ground wheat berries. Wheat berries contain the bran, the germ, and the endosperm, before the grain undergoes any processing. Although, whole wheat is a commonly consumed grain worldwide, not many people are aware of the whole wheat berries. Just like the brown rice, wheat berries have their kernel intact and hence are rich in fiber.
What is veganism ? How is it different from vegetarianism?
Veganism is a way of living that excludes any kind of animal cruelty. People who follow veganism do not use animal products for any purpose, including food. Vegan diet strictly excludes animal products such as meat, eggs, dairy products, fish oil and any other animal-derived ingredients. There is a distinct difference between Vegetarianism and Veganism. People who follow a vegetarian diet do not eat meat products, but may eat products that come from them, such as dairy, cheese, paneer, butter.