Macros are macronutrients. These are nutrients that your body requires in large amounts for normal growth and development — namely, carbs, fats and proteins. These are also the building blocks of most meals: protein (meat for most of us) carbs (sweet potatoes, rice, other “starchy” sides) and fats (hopefully healthier fats like olive oil or avocados).
The acceptable macronutrient distribution ranges (AMDR) set forth by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommend that people get:
- 45–65% of their calories from carbs
- 20–35% of their calories from fats
- 10–35% of their calories from proteins
We don’t! Each meal is designed to have a proper blend of macros, but not adhere to a specific ratio. We definitely plan our meals to lean heavier on protein, but the most important thing is where our nutrients come from. At Macro Chef, we use whole, healthy ingredients. By staying away from overly refined and processed ingredients, we ensure that your body is getting what it needs, from a healthy source.
Each Macro Chef meal lists calorie counts, as well as grams of each macronutrient in the meal. We also sell many of our proteins and carbs in bulk, to help you further customize your meals.
Well, what do you want to know? Here are a couple of basics on calories:
- While all calories are “equal” when it comes to units of energy, they are not all equal when it comes to what they do to us! Four cups of broccoli is 100 calories. Half of a medium sized glazed donut is 100 calories. Which one do you think is going to fill you up more? Also, who only eats half a glazed donut?
- While we want to make sure that we are eating clean, healthy sources of macronutrients (for better performance as well as general health), ultimately, calories in versus calories out is what is truly going to matter. When you expend more calories than you eat, you’re going to lose weight.
- Macro Chef’s “Chef Prepared. Athlete Approved.” meals are all designed to provide the calories you need, without an overload. Some meals are higher calorie than others, sure, but 3 meals a day is going to keep you around 2000 calories, while keeping you satisfied. For those that need a higher calorie diet, our bulk menu items are a great way to up the calorie count (in a healthy way!) while keeping it clean and wholesome.
Well, now, that’s something we just can’t answer! Or, at least, not honestly. Each person has unique dietary needs and will react differently to any given food or diet. Our menu is designed to appeal to the athlete in all of us, in whatever path we choose, whether walking, biking, Crossfitting, body building, or any other activity. While diet is the biggest component of any weight loss program, it is still only one component.
Something else to think about while we’re up on our soap box: don’t just pay attention to the number on the scale:
- You're more than that number!
- Over time, your weight in pounds may not change all that much, but your body composition and health certainly will!
Right now, Macro Chef Meal Plans and Catering is focused on the Metro Nashville/Middle TN area. We are always looking to expand! If you have a location (especially a gym/fitness center/studio or nutrition/supplement shop) where you would like to have a pick up location added (or offer grab and go prepared meals) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make arrangements.
Look, there are a lot of amazing meal prep companies out there. Some are focused on healthy/fit meals, some are focused on family style “home-cooked” meals. They all do a good job. What sets Macro Chef’s “Chef Prepared. Athlete Approved.” meals apart, is that they combine the best of both worlds!
Often, people think that a “healthy” meal has to be plain grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and a sad pile of rice. While we can certainly provide those things for you, at Macro Chef Meal Plans and Catering, we know there is a better way! You can enjoy Chef prepared, restaurant quality food that makes you feel good and that you can feel good about! So, sit down (or stand if you want, we suppose) and enjoy a meal that has it all: great flavors, fun sides, and sauces(!) while knowing that it is helping you meet your goals. All of the good, none of the guilt.
We’re glad you asked! At Macro Chef Meal Plans and Catering, we focus on sourcing the highest quality ingredients we can. For our beef products, we use only grass-fed Angus beef. Our poultry and pork is always hormone and antibiotic free and minimally processed.
We only use fresh produce, organic and sourced locally when possible.
Ultimately, your meal is only as good as the ingredients that go into it. That’s why choose to use only the best.
We sure can! It’s even right there in the name! While we focus on preparing individual meals and bulk ingredients for people on the go, we have the ability to cater any event, corporate or private in the Metro Nashville area. You can choose your favorites off of our rotating weekly menus, or we can work with you to design a one-of-a-kind menu. Just email us at email@example.com and let’s start planning!
We are proud to carry a wide variety of low-carb and keto-friendly items. Please make sure to check out our Keto/Lower Carb menu under the "Healthy Meals" tab.
While we focus on well-rounded, macro rich options, we understand that many people are searching for low carb meals. We hope you like the options presented and will look to offer more keto options in the future.
Also, our bulk protein options are a great way to get full while limiting carbs.
Yes, we do offer a vegan menu. Make sure to check out the vegan section of the menu under the "Healthy Meals" tab.
We also offer several options on our Bulk menu that are vegan friendly. We also have a regular rotation of menu items that are vegetable-centric.
As Macro Chef continues to grow, we will certainly continue to add delivery/pick up days to our schedule. If you have a large group that would like to place a consistent order for a certain day, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a one-time order on a different day, please email us at email@example.com to arrange a catering delivery.
At Macro Chef, we believe in being great members of the community: both the community at large and the fitness community! Really, it’s our whole reason for being!
If you want to be a Brand Ambassador for Macro Chef Meal Plans and Catering (and enjoy all the perks that come with it!) reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know why you think you’d be a good fit.
If you are holding a competition (Crossfit, Body Building, Strongman, etc.) or fitness expo, please reach out to us! We’d love to be involved! Just email us at email@example.com and give us the details!
Likewise, to partner with us and bring a Macro Chef Meal Plans and Catering fridge into your facility to offer your employees and customers a high-quality, delicious and nutritious grab and go meal, just email us at (you probably already know this one): firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get you all set up.