There are so many options out there today, it can be hard to know what you should really be looking for. And no, we’re not talking about whether or not to swipe right on Tinder (you’re on your own on that one)!
We’re talking about your healthy meal delivery service – and luckily that’s what we’re experts at! Take a look at our Top 6 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Healthy Meal Delivery Service.
1. What’s in it
Above and beyond everything else, you’re looking for healthy meals delivered to your door. So the first thing you should be doing is checking ingredients lists. Are any of the below listed on the meals?
- Added artificial sugars and sweeteners – check out the list of 50 different names for sugar here!
- Crappy oils (canola, vegetable, sunflower….the list goes on forever). You want to be looking for ONLY coconut oil and/or olive oil.
- Preservatives – generally recognised by a number (flavour addition 221 anybody?)
- If you’re coeliac or lactose intolerant/avoiding, are there ingredients that contain these elements.
- Sauces that would contain any of the above, including: soy sauce, worcestershire, store bought mayonnaise/aioli/ketchup/BBQ sauce.
The biggest danger we face as a society today is being marketed ‘healthy’ products that are actually making us fat. Know what to look out for, and avoid the nasties at all costs!
2. Serving Size
One of the biggest frustrations with portioning is this ‘one size fits all’ mentality that seems to be getting about! News Flash – different people, of different genders, different activity levels, and different lifestyles, have different needs!
If your healthy meal delivery provider is going with the one size for all approach, you may want to re-think whether they have your best interests in mind.
All meals should be macro nutrient balanced (with the proper breakdown of proteins, carbs, and good fats) and then portioned according to a persons physical needs, mainly
- Gender (it’s not sexist, just biology)
- Work (desk job or tradie?)
- Lifestyle (gym junkie versus couch potato)
The bottom line – if you’re a small, female, corporate worker, you should not be eating the same size meals as a big, male, tradie.
3. Variety & Choice
They do say that variety is the spice of life for a reason! But seriously though, how many people start their ‘health kick’ and 5minutes in are totally bored with eating the same thing over and over again, so start reaching for the local takeaway menus! Of course they do, monotony is boring!
You want to know:
- How many meals are on the menu
- How often are new meals added
- Do they rotate regularly
- Do you get to choose your meals, or is it a set menu
- Can you de-select things you don’t like
Remember – healthy is the priority, but you’re paying for this with your hard earned money so it damn well better taste good also!
Now that we’ve touched on price – let’s take a look at value. Now I know you’re not here because you’re looking for the cheapest food option out – you’d be on the Macca’s website if you were. But just as all people aren’t created equal, neither are all healthy meal delivery services. Instead of looking for what is the cheapest, start asking yourself some questions to see what is the best value
- Which is the healthiest (refer to point one)
- What sort of produce is being used – is the meat grass-fed, and the eggs and poultry free-range?
- Where is the fresh produce coming from – is it bought from Australian farmers, or sourced internationally
- Is everything made in house, and therefore known to not have added crap, or are things looks sauces and marinades outsourced to big manufacturers
- What kind of ingredients are being used – coconut oil instead of vegetable? almond meal instead of flour? Coconut milk instead of cream?
- What size is the meal – side by side one meal may appear more expensive. However what is the nutritional value? If a meal has 2 times the nutrition for 1.3 times the price, the cheaper is not the better bang for buck.
Value also needs to be considered in the wider sense – and you know that otherwise you wouldn’t be looking for this kind of service. What you pay a little more on now to achieve great health, will save you butt loads in the long run on medical bills.
5. Delivery Method
You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t looking for convenience, so you should be considering:
When is my food delivered: Earlier in the week is always better – it’s the time when you make the commitment to yourself to do/be/perform better. Having a delivery of fresh, healthy food on your door on a Monday is only going to reinforce that commitment.
How is my food delivered: Can it be picked up if delivery doesn’t suit? Is home delivery the only option, or can it be sent to my office? Never under estimate the effect an office delivery can have on your life – remember all those days you didn’t have time to prep your lunch so you ended up at >INSERT TAKE AWAY OF CHOICE< for lunch? Well if your delivery of fresh, delicious, healthy lunches arrived at your office on Monday to tuck away in the fridge for the week, that wouldn’t be a problem any longer!
Do my meals arrive fresh or frozen: You’re paying for a premium product to be delivered to your door – do you really want it looking like something you’ve just picked up out of the frozen food section of the supermarket?
6. The Fine Print
Like anything in life, it’s really important that you know what you’re getting yourself in to. Always check to see if there are any
- Lock in periods: e.g. you must stay for X amount of time before you can cancel your subscription
- Contracts: Unusual to find, but be sure you’re not signing on to something you can’t get out of.
- Cancellation Periods: This is where they usually sting you unexpectedly – you sign up for repeat business not even realising that you have to give a month’s notice to stop your deliveries.
- Now understandably all companies are going to have some sort of notice period – after all they have to order their produce, so you can’t just pull out the day before your delivery is due. However anything longer than a week is really unnecessary.
And there you have it – the Top 6 Things to Look For When Choosing Your Healthy Meal Delivery Service.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you look for in your service?