Ask any mom and they will tell you her three favorite times of day are when the kids ask, “What’s for dinner?” cooking the meal and then having said children make faces and not eat the food placed in front of them. These things are second only to either going to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to make the meal that no one is eating or watching them go bad in the refrigerator because you had no time to cook. However, with some careful consideration and research, that can all be behind you.
For many people in this country, meal delivery services provide the answer. Every week, you can pick the meals you want from an ever-changing list of offerings from the company you choose to use. According to Technomic, a research and consulting firm for the food industry, as of August 2016, these businesses were part of a $400 million market that is projected to increase more than tenfold in the next five years. At this time, there are more than 100 meal delivery services in the U.S.
With that many to choose from, be sure to do your homework before picking the one that will feed your family. Here are a few things to consider:
- This should be the number one factor when choosing a meal delivery services. Part of the pull is that you are able to eat healthy prepared meals. Therefore, look for foods that are high in nutrition and flavor and do not have artificial ingredients and preservatives. Moreover, you may also want to consider those that use locally grown products, as well.
- Health choices for all. Even when it comes to healthy eating, all meals are not created equal. A quality healthy meal delivery service will meet your specific dietary requirements, whether that involves calorie restrictions, reduced fats, sensitivities to gluten or preservatives, or a vegan lifestyle.
- Convenience rules. The reason most people do not eat properly is the lack of time and energy needed to prepare healthy meals twenty-one times a week. Therefore, once you have found a service that provides nutrient-dense meals prepared with high-quality ingredients, you want to know those meals are going to be available when and where you want them. In order to do so, you need to look for a company that gives you scheduling options. You would like the choice of how many meals to have delivered, as well as when and where to have them sent to. In fact, some companies even make their delivery service available to both home and office. So, if you find yourself at your desk early in the morning, and working through your lunch hour, more often than not, you may want to consider the convenience and advantage of having the meals delivered right to your office door. This option enables companies that deliver to offer ready-to-heat containers that make it easy to eat right wherever you enjoy your meals.