Blog By carausher on 10 March 2017

4 Things To Look For In A Meal Delivery Service

What’s for dinner? The long-standing question that seems to haunt most of us on a daily basis. Or even worse – what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? For some of us, this provides us a chance to research some recipes or cook books, head to the local market or grocery store, put on some tunes, and take over the kitchen. For the rest of us who dislike grocery shopping or don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen, this might not sound like the best plan.

Luckily, to help avoid the stress and anxiety of the above situation, the meal delivery service industry is booming. Anything from meal packs complete with recipes and pre-portioned ingredients (simply cook the meal like a professional chef!), to prepare meals, the world of convenient healthy eating is getting easier by the day. Even better? These meal delivery services are tailored to your desired diet from paleo, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian. Talk about convenience!

However, with the unlimited options and saturated market in this space, it can be overwhelming to choose which service is right for you. If you are in the mood to pretend you are a celebrity chef, there is a service for you. If you are more on the busy entrepreneur or business man/woman and don’t have the time to spend cooking, there is also a service for you. The beauty of this new trend is that not only are these services convenient (delivered to your doorstep), and save you time, but they are health-forward to assist you with your weight-loss/management, or overall health goals.

No matter what your goals or desires are when it comes to the food you put into your mouth, there are quite a few considerations when it come to choosing a meal delivery service company. Perhaps price, delivery time, ingredients, and brand reputation could all be considered decision factors.

1. Price

Of course, price is normally one of the main concerns when it comes to making decisions or shopping in any vacinity of life. A general price range when it comes to these meal delivery services can range anywhere from $12.50 – $17 per meal to $72 per week for two people. If you are working with a budget, consider what the cost per meal is and compare it to what you would normally spend on a meal or groceries per week. Try to compare pricing to what you would spend on a similar dish at one of your favorite restaurants, or the pro-and-con idea where you think about what unhealthy dish you might be forced to purchase (fast food) if you didn’t have the healthy prepared meal already in your hands.

2. Delivery Time & Location

We live in a world where we want instant satisfaction – the sooner we can get our hands on something we want, the better, right? Most of these meal delivery service companies will deliver your meal between 7 – 14 days. The majority of the services ship nationwide, with the exception of a only a few. Some are even shipping internationally already! Another point to mention is that some services charge a delivery fee, so that is something to be aware of. Most services deliver weekly or bi-weekly.

3. Ingredients

With a meal delivery service, the way it tastes is obviously one of the most important aspects. You have to decide whether you are willing to pay for a weekly subscription, or rather try to make do on your own, depending the taste of both the delivery meals (or your meals alone..). If you have allergies or food restrictions/sensitivities, this is certainly an important consideration for you. If you are looking for specifics in your menus, such as organic, gluten-free, paleo, vegan, low-sodium, the good news is that these types of meal plans are available – it is simply finding the specific service.

Freshness. To ensure you are getting the quality you are paying for, find out this information before signing with a service. Find out where the ingredients are sourced from, if organic is important to you, ensure they are certified. Ensure the meat is local and sustainable, preferably grass-fed meat, hormone-free chicken, and wild caught fish.

4. Brand Reputation 

How do your peers or current customers view the company? Of course there are different reasons each person values a company, but the overarching reputation of a company is important to gauge the service, community, and of course the meals themselves. The philosophy or mission of a company may be important to you. For instance, if you are worried about food waste, there are meal delivery service companies that will donate any leftover meals to local shelters, not letting any food go to waste.

To learn more about our meals here at IONutrition, visit our sample meals page here.