Meal delivery services are here! Everywhere you look you can see advertisements for this service, but what exactly is it and is it worth it? Meal prepping is a great way to ensure you have delicious healthy food ready to go when you need it. But it takes time, energy and organizational skills that some people just don’t have. Enter meal delivery services. Let’s explore the two types of meal delivery services and I’ll give you my honest opinion, as I have tried many.
In the first type of meal delivery, you get a box of ingredients and a recipe card. You have to actually cook the food, but it is portioned out for you. For example, if the recipe calls for a half a sweet potato, you will get a half a sweet potato in your box. Most of these companies focus on healthy choices and with many you can choose a meal plan to follow, like vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc. Each meal runs between $10 and -$15 dollars. While this might sound expensive, you actually save money by not going to the grocery store and piling your cart with unnecessary items. I’m looking at you family size bag of chips!
I tried three of these services, Purple Carrot, Green Chef and Blue Apron. Overall, they were all a great way to try new foods. The recipes were easy to follow and prep time for each service was about 30 minutes. The actual food was pretty good, but all three were spice heavy. Many times I ended up leaving out an ingredient to tone down the spice level.
Let’s look at Purple Carrot. Purple Carrot is a plant based meal delivery service. You can choose from 2 programs, the regular plan or the TB12 plan (TB meaning Tom Brady). The TB12 plan is higher in calories and protein than the regular plan and meant for those with an active lifestyle. In both plans you get 3 meals a week, with each meal being 2 servings. The TB12 actually gave me 3 meals per recipe, because I don’t eat that much. The food was delicious and easy to prepare. The recipe cards were well written and have the nutritional information on them.
Unfortunately, the nutritional information is not listed on the meals on the site, which I didn’t like. I wanted to know the protein, carb and fat content of each meal prior to ordering, but could not get it. They also use soy, which I don’t like and you have no option to not order that meal. There are no meal choices each week. You either get the regular plan’s 3 meals or the TB12’s 3 meals. At this time you cannot choose a combination of regular and TB12. So, if there is a meal you don’t like, you are stuck with it. Delivery material is recyclable which lowers the carbon footprint. It was easy to cancel this service.
So, as you know, we preach a plant based, whole food smart carb lifestyle. This meal delivery company hits all the marks. I would like to see a soy free option and more weekly choices. Otherwise, this is a great choice for meal delivery.
Next up, Green Chef and Blue Apron reviews!
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