Meal delivery services provide the convenience of having meals delivered directly to your home, whether they are pre-cooked meals or meal kits containing all the ingredients necessary for a meal.
Though these services aren’t meant to save you money — it is almost always cheaper to buy groceries and cook for yourself — they provide you with convenience, a way to easily diversify your diet, and an ability to try new things. Those that need to stick to specific diets for medical reasons stand the most to gain from these services as they tailor meals specifically for these customers making sticking with the diet much simpler.
There are two types of food delivery services:
- Pre-cooked meal - an entire meal portioned for one serving is sent and at most, only needs to be warmed up. These meals are usually made by a chef to meet certain nutritional requirements with the nutritional information labeled on the packaging;
Meal kits - an alternative where you are sent portioned ingredients to make a certain meal and need to cook it on your own. The packaging usually includes step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the meal.
Both types of services deliver meals directly to your door. You don’t have to leave home to get a delicious, healthy meal. Be aware of the different delivery methods, though. Some, particularly meal kits, are shipped normally, though often in specific cooler boxes. You still may not want your meal sitting by your door all day if you don’t happen to be home when the delivery is made.
Other meals are delivered by a courier at prescheduled times which may be more convenient if you do not plan to be home all day. Be sure to understand how the meals will be delivered by the company you choose prior to ordering them.
Meal delivery services usually operate on a subscription basis — you sign up to get one or two meals delivered daily (or for meal kits, perhaps weekly). You can choose different meals for different days to add variety. These services aren’t intended to provide all of your food, though. You will still need to do regular grocery shopping, though perhaps less often.
Be sure to make the delivery service aware of any food allergies you may have. They are very used to serving customers with allergies and will almost surely be able to accommodate yours. Most meals have an ingredients list on the packaging so you can double-check once the food is delivered.
As food waste has become a large area of concern for many, an additional benefit of meal delivery services is that it reduces food waste considerably. With pre-cooked meals, you receive meals portioned for one serving per person. With meal kits, you receive the exact amount of the ingredients needed for a meal which gives you the chance to use ingredients that you otherwise wouldn’t want to buy an entire package of. So don’t stock up on things you will only use once and then find in your pantry months later — get to searching for your next yummy meal now!