Sakara FAQ

Programs

What can I expect on a Sakara Life organic meal delivery program?

Our organic meal delivery program is based on the science behind a whole-food, plant-rich diet. Each meal is nutritionally designed to contain the optimal amount of plant-based protein, hydrating fresh produce and nutrient-dense superfoods to help balance, restore and heal your body, so you can look and feel your absolute best. Our clients report results ranging from the physical (boosted metabolism, balanced hormones, flatter tummy, clearer, brighter skin) to the mental (increased energy, better focus, banished cravings) to the spiritual (peace and comfort in knowing that you are being taken care of). We cannot wait to see where your journey takes you!

What are my options when getting started with a program?

To get started, first choose whether you'd like to "Taste it" with a one-week program or "Live it" with a subscription that recurs weekly. Depending on your delivery zone, you may also choose the number of days you would like to receive meals and which meals you would like to receive. Regardless of where you live, our mission is to take care of you through your busy week and help you feel your absolute best, which comes from eating this way as often as possible for your lifestyle. To get started and see the options available to you, enter your zip code here.

How do Sakara subscriptions work?

A Sakara subscription is the easiest, most convenient, most cost-effective option for living the Sakara Life! Because we know that the most life-changing results occur when you eat our way the majority of the time, a Sakara subscription ensures you never have to miss a single week of clean, wholesome meals. (That’s one less thing you have to think about, in addition to meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning up.) We’ll charge your card on a recurring weekly basis, and you’ll receive complimentary delivery while enjoying the best value we’ve ever offered for our coveted meal delivery program. You can skip weeks of your subscription if you're traveling or simply want a break and you can cancel your subscription at any time with absolutely no commitment.

Why organic? 

Many of the toxins we absorb come from the produce that we eat. Non-organic fruits and veggies are treated with pesticides and contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). These toxic chemicals enter our system, accumulate over time and wreak all kinds of havoc on our bodies. Organic produce, on the other hand, is not only free of these chemicals, but is also more nutritious and more flavorful as a result. It's cleaner, fresher, healthier and a whole lot tastier!

Can Sakara accommodate my food allergies? 

For clients on the east coast (NYC, CT, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC) and southern California, we accommodate up to three select allergies for an additional fee, which you will find in Step 5 of the order page. Keep in mind that our programs are nutritionally designed and free of gluten, dairy, eggs, meat and seafood. If you select an allergy, you may receive a meal substitution. For clients in the rest of the U.S., we are unfortunately unable to accommodate allergies at this time.

Please note, we do our best to accommodate allergies, but do not provide a product for people with medically-necessitated diets or severe allergies.

Can I choose my menu? 

We offer a set menu of delicious meals that rotates weekly as well as seasonally. While you can’t pick and choose your meals, rest assured that each is nutritionally designed for optimal health and crafted with the help of gourmet chefs using the best-quality organic ingredients available—meaning you and your body will love them.

Can the meals be heated? 

Our meals are designed to taste delicious cold, but many have components that can be heated up if you’d like to do so. Please refer to the specific heating instructions located on the ingredient label. In general, we recommend heating your meals gently on your stovetop or in your oven/toaster oven. Try tossing your whole dinner (greens and all!) into a wok with a bit of avocado, olive or coconut oil and turning it into a tasty stir-fry!

Does the program include snacks? 

Not at the moment—here’s why: Digestion requires a lot of energy, so when you are constantly feeding your body more food, it does not get the chance to rest, rejuvenate and repair. Not snacking will help you make the most of this program and reap all the benefits of its cleansing, healing effects. If you find yourself getting hungry between meals, try drinking some water or a cup of tea. Sometimes when we are hungry, our body is really telling us that we’re dehydrated!

That being said, the #1 rule on the Sakara program is to listen to your body. If you are excessively hungry, please have a snack! Just stick to clean, whole foods (we recommend raw veggies, a small handful of nuts or some low-G.I. fruit, like berries or an apple) or try one of our functional, organic Clean Boutique snacks. Our S-Life Guide to Snacking offers great tips and recipes to hold you over between meals. It's available for download in our Clean Boutique!

 

Delivery

Where do you deliver?

Sakara's organic meal delivery program is currently available across the continental United States! To see program options for your specific region, enter your zip code here!

When can I begin?

To reserve a spot for our meal delivery program, be sure to sign up by Friday at midnight (EST) for the following week. We sometimes sell out due to high demand! 

Do you deliver on weekends?

We do not offer meals or deliveries on Saturday and Sunday because weekends are full of temptations (as they should be) and we want you to get out there, live your life and enjoy it. We'll always be here for you when you’re ready to reset and start the week fresh with clean, healthy food.

How do I skip a week of my Sakara subscription?

If you are on a subscription program, you can skip a week or cancel with no penalty by logging into your Sakara Account and looking under "Your Subscriptions.” Just make sure you alert us by Thursday at midnight EST about any changes to your subscription for the following week. At that point, your calendar will be locked for the following week and the card on file will be charged.

When do you deliver?

Sakara Life programs will be delivered in whichever time window you select at checkout. To view the delivery windows available for your region, go here, enter your zip code in Step 2, and see the delivery windows available in Step 4.

What if I need to modify my delivery time/address/instructions?

All changes to a pre-existing order must be made 48 hours prior to the next delivery date. Please email support@sakaralife.com to request the change.

What do I do with the cooler bags my program is delivered in?

If your meals are delivered in one of our black cooler bags, our delivery team will be happy to pick it up, along with any ice packs you have, when they bring your next day of food. You can leave your bags with your doorman, hang them on your doorknob or hand them to our delivery person directly, with the ice packs tucked inside. If you received a white tote bag, it’s yours to keep! We encourage you to wear it around town with pride and spread the Sakara love. You are also welcome to keep your cooler bag—especially on the last day of your program. It’s great for toting your lunch to work or packing a picnic!

If your meals are delivered in one of our white boxes, please recycle or reuse the box, insulation, and ice packs at your convenience!

 

Nutrition

Why are Sakara meals healthy? 

Each Sakara meal is created around our pillars of nutrition, which are based on the science behind a whole-food, plant-based diet. Our meals are optimized with the perfect balance of plant-based protein, hydrating fresh produce and nutrient-dense superfood ingredients. And they’re always 100% organic and free of common allergens like gluten and dairy. Every bite is packed with body-loving vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber to keep you glowing from the inside out! The result is brighter skin, better moods, more energy and a body you love living in.

Are your programs gluten-free?

Yes - our meals are 100% gluten-free! So many of us are sensitive or allergic to gluten without knowing it. By cutting gluten out of your diet, your body will no longer have to work overtime to digest and eliminate this foreign substance, and instead can focus on healing itself naturally. 

Are your programs vegan?

Our meals are 100% plant-based, but we do occasionally use honey and bee pollen. If your diet or lifestyle requires no use of animal products whatsoever, just let us know and we will happily accommodate (note that your order will be subject to an allergy fee).

Is there enough protein in Sakara's meal program?  

Our program is designed to give you all of the bioavailable, easy-to-digest plant-based protein you need to build lean muscle, trigger metabolic functions in your body and keep your energy soaring. Some of our favorite plant-based protein sources are quinoa, hemp seeds, spirulina, nuts, chia seeds, beans and even kale. Want to know more? When you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll receive our guide to plant-based protein—a great way to educate all those people who ask you where you get your protein on a plant-based diet.

Are your meals raw or cooked?

Both! For example, you’ll find lots of raw leafy greens in our meals, but also plenty of cooked veggies and grains. In fact, some foods, such as carrots and tomatoes, are actually healthier for you if they're lightly cooked because they are easier to digest and their nutrients are more readily available for absorption in your body. Moreover, eating completely raw isn’t the most accessible or sustainable lifestyle for the majority of people, and our goal is to help you learn healthy, easy, fun wellness habits that you’ll want to stick to.

I am very active. Will I be hungry?  

We know from experience that eating this way will help you regain your natural intuition about hunger and fullness. Through this program, you’ll build a body you can really listen to! And when you tune into the signals your body is sending you, you’ll be able to nourish yourself effectively and break free from the food-related habits that are holding you back from achieving your goals. You’ll learn how to distinguish true, physical hunger from emotional hunger (the kind that comes from boredom, stress, habit etc.) and dehydration. If you have dietary needs that require a higher caloric intake (or if listening to your body tells you that you just need a little more to eat), you are welcome to supplement your Sakara meals with clean, whole foods or snacks from our Clean Boutique. You can even order an additional program with a meal of your choice and still keep living the Sakara Life! Whatever you decide, you can be sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need to feel your best each day.

Is this enough food for men to eat?

Absolutely! We have lots men on our program and they’re thriving. Everybody is different and every body is different, so it is important to pay attention to your body’s needs. The amount of food you need to feel your best is dependent on a number of things such as your natural metabolism, your level of physical activity and your lifestyle. That said, our clients—men very much included—are often surprised by how satisfying these meals are due to their nutrient density (thank you, plant-based superfoods!). When you’re nourishing your body with all of the nutrients you need, you'll find that you won't be as hungry as when you’re eating less nutrient-dense foods, even in higher volumes. However, we still want you to listen to your body, so honor your feelings of hunger by supplementing your Sakara program with clean, whole foods as needed.

I am pregnant/breast-feeding. Is Sakara safe for me?

First of all, congratulations! We have pregnant and nursing mamas on the program each week, and they find that the program supports them very nicely during their motherhood journey. The most important rule while on the program is to listen to your body, so while some of our Sakara moms thrive on the program as-is, others find that they feel best when supplementing the meals with clean, whole food snacks and/or animal protein. We always recommend speaking to your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet during this special time!

How many calories are in each meal? 

This issue is so important to us—in fact, it’s one of our key pillars of nutrition! We don’t count calories because we don’t believe they’re a good metric for measuring a food’s nutritional quality. So instead of calories, we count things like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and colors. And instead of worrying about nutrition facts, we want you to focus on how food makes you feel. All of our meals are nutritionally designed and perfectly portioned to fuel your body with the optimal amount of nutrients in the form of clean, whole, real foods, so you don’t need to stress about the number of calories you’re eating.

Will I lose weight? 

The Sakara Life meal delivery program is designed to fuel your body with everything it needs to thrive, so you can look and feel your absolute best. It’s not a diet—it’s a lifestyle that’s all about taking care of yourself and making your health a priority. For some people, that may mean shedding excess weight; countless clients of ours have had success losing weight on this program (just check out our testimonials!). While any program we offer will help you get on track toward achieving your health goals, a Sakara subscription is the best way to see truly life-changing results. And if you want to maximize the program’s slimming effects, consider cutting out snacking and drinking alcohol, which can sabotage your weight loss efforts. Remember that you can always reach out to us at any point along the way—we’re here to educate, support and love you throughout every step of this journey, and we’re excited about helping you accomplish your wellness goals, whatever they may be.

Products

Do Clean Boutique products ship nationwide?

Yes! Anyone in the continental U.S. can live the Sakara Life with the help of functional snacks and pantry products from the Clean Boutique.

How long do the Superfood Salad Dressings last?

We recommend refrigerating your Superfood Salad Dressing as soon as possible and enjoying it within two weeks for maximum freshness. However, most of our dressings will keep for up to four weeks refrigerated! Please refer to the specific expiration information on the product pages.

Why does my confirmation email only list some of the products I purchased?

If you ordered multiple items from our Clean Boutique, they may ship separately based on size and availability. If this is the case, you will receive two shipping confirmation emails. Two packages to open = double the fun! Feel free to get in touch with us if you have additional questions about your order—we’re here to help you!

Can my Clean Boutique order be delivered with my meals?

With the exception of our Superfood Salad Dressings, which we try to include with your meal delivery if possible, all of our Clean Boutique products will ship to you separately via USPS, with love.

How long does shipping take?

Since all our products are handcrafted and made-to-order with the freshest, highest-quality organic ingredients, shipping will take approximately 3-5 business days after you place your order. Remember—these products are made with a whole lot of love!