For busy Boston power couples, it can feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you want to get done, catch a workout at your local Equinox, and still spend time with your significant other. This has made eating out more popular than ever which can be unhealthy for the body and wallet alike.
FACT: According to the USDA, in 2017, for the first time ever, Americans spent more eating out than eating at home.
Thankfully, meal delivery services are growing in popularity among young couples in the Boston area because having fully-cooked, delicious meals delivered straight to your door is a simple way to cut out a time-consuming daily activity, not to mention a number of additional benefits.
1. Saves Time
First (and probably most important), prepared meal delivery services save time. Many people already outsource daily or weekly activities, such as laundry or pet care, in order to save time. Getting a healthy, delicious meal on the table after a long workday can be daunting. No one wants to spend an entire evening shopping, cooking, and cleaning up after an 8+ hour work day.
Meal delivery services such as Soulfu3l, Fresh n Lean, and The Foodery take the planning, shopping, and cooking aspect of dinner preparation out of the equation, freeing up your evening. Wouldn't it be nice to get home at 6:00 PM, enjoy dinner by 6:15 PM, and have the rest of your evening free to hit the gym, relax, or enjoy a spontaneous date night out on the town?
2. Broaden Your Palate
Healthy meal delivery services offer a variety of options—more options than the average person can cook on their own. Have you ever wanted to try a recipe only to discover that you have no idea where to find an exotic ingredient or that it requires a particular tool that you have no intention of buying? Meal delivery services, like Freshly which has a variety of plans in which you can choose 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals per week, are an excellent way to try new cuisine that you may not have the ability to cook. This makes it easy to try new types of food without having to invest in costly ingredients that you might only use once.
3. Food Is Fuel
It's actually healthy! Clean eating results in higher levels of energy for both work and leisure; and, let's face it—if you eat well, you feel good. While the definition of clean eating can vary slightly depending on who you talk to, the basics include eating more real foods and fewer processed foods. Clean eating has been growing in popularity in recent years; so much so that there are now a variety of "clean" diets to choose from. Depending on the service you choose, the meals delivered to you can be truly well-balanced and nutrient-rich.
Often, it is hard to cook a healthy meal at home because healthy ingredients typically involve fresh (think not packaged) foods that perish easily, and the temptation when you're busy and hungry is to grab whatever is quick instead of whatever is healthy. Meal delivery services take that temptation away by offering portioned, healthy options. Many meal delivery services offer diet-specific options. Kettlebell Kitchen and Paleo Power Meals for example, cater to people following paleo or keto diet plans.
4. Less Food Waste
Controlling the portion size also leads to less food waste. Cooking for just 2 people can be challenging since most recipes call for 4-6 portions. This often leads to a lot of leftovers that end up in the trash. The portion-controlled meals provided by meal delivery services lead to limited leftovers, which translates to less waste overall.
5. Bye-Bye Grocery Shopping
Grocery shopping isn't as fun as it used to be. No one wants to stand in long lines at the grocery store after a long workday or waste what little weekend time on shopping and meal prep for the upcoming week. The average American goes to the grocery store 1.6 times per week and spends an average of 43 minutes there—not including the time it takes to get to and from the grocery store.
Grocery delivery services like Peapod are a step in the right direction but still require mindshare to place the orders (and cooking still needs to be done). Meal kits like Blue Apron cut out grocery shopping, but they also require you to spend time cooking the ingredients they delivered. This is where meal delivery services have the advantage. By cutting out grocery shopping as well as cooking, delivery services like The Foodery save you even more time.
With so many interesting meal delivery services out there, we encourage you to try a few different options and find one that best fits your needs and lifestyle. It may take some time to determine your ideal option, but it will be time well spent.