To Meal Kit or Not to Meal Kit? This is the Question

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It's getting late, and you're just getting home from work. Maybe you still need to fit in a quick workout class. Maybe you need to pick up from soccer or drop off at dance. You're tired, but you understand the importance of healthy eating; yet, you're struggling to motivate yourself to make a meal from scratch. As work hours grow longer, and we watch our calendars fill up faster and faster, many Americans are struggling to find the time nd motivation to make healthy homemade meals for our families. As a fast food alternative, many have turned to meal kit delivery systems like Blue Apron to help them get back to healthy cooking without the time-consuming hassle of meal prepping and shopping. While there is no question over the quality, nutritional value, and convenience these services provide, what is up for debate is their overall value. The bottom line is this: Are meal kit delivery services worth their price?

Blue Apron

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Blue Apron

Meal Kit Delivery System

Let's get down to brass tacks, shall we? There are numerous meal kit delivery systems available today. From Platted to Hello Fresh, to Sun Basket, you can find a delivery system for your dietary needs and restrictions. While they all sell themselves to a slightly different niche, within a few dollars, their price tag is relatively the same. We'll start with one of the flagship meal kit delivery systems, Blue Apron.

Blue Apron's pricing is broken down into two options. For the couple, you can purchase six meals for sixty dollars. For those with a family, you can purchase four sixteen meals for 143.00 dollars. In both cases, you'll be guaranteed four nights of delicious, nutritious recipes and ingredients to make at home with your family. This comes out to ten dollars per person for the couple and just under nine dollars per person for the family. And the meals? They are delicious! Persian-style chicken with crispy rice, caramelized onion, grilled cheese sandwiches, and crispy catfish and spicy vegetable curry are just a few of the constantly changing meals options.

Yes, Blue Apron will give you delicious options and convenience. Yes, it will be cheaper than eating out and healthier than eating fast food, but in no way is it comparable to what you will save by simple, old fashion grocery shopping and meal prepping. For example, if you were to replicate the caramelized onion, grilled cheese sandwiches, you could easily make twice the servings for 1/4 the price.

Sun Basket

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Sun Basket

Meal Kit Delivery System

If you have dietary needs and restrictions that require a more refined list of options, Sun Basket is your best meal kit delivery option. Sun Basket sets itself apart from other delivery systems by guaranteeing all ingredients will be organic and non-GMO. They also offer Gluten-Free, Paleo, and vegetarian options. They boast a farm-to-table focus with an emphasis on sustainable farming practices and small, local farm support. 

Cost wise, you are looking at a higher price tag and less flexibility in your ordering options. Sun Basket offers the "classic plan" which gives you three deliveries per week. You have the option of receiving two or four servings in each delivery at 11.49 per serving.  The other option is the "family plan" which gives you two or four deliveries a week with four servings per delivery at 9.99 per serving. Like Blue Apron, the meal options are no joke! One of the major perks to these systems is that you receive guidance on how to create recipes you normally would not be exposed to. It expands your culinary vocabulary and pallet, but at what cost?

In the case of Sun Basket, your motivation to purchase their product probably comes from a desire to support local, sustainable farmings and/or fill a hard to address dietary restiction or need. Considering this, cost may not be a primary concern of yours, and if this is the case indulge with delight in your Bucatini with eggs, leeks, spinach, and preserved lemons, knowing you are supporting small farms, the environment, and healthy eating. 

Green Blender

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Green Blender

Meal Kit Delivery System

For many of us, the allure of a meal kit home delivery system is the hope or need of weight loss. Meal Kits can provide you with pre-portioned, nutrition rich, low-calorie meals for those of us who need help making weight-lose friendly meals for ourselves.

Green Blender gives you everything you need to restart your metabolism and flush your system with nutrient rich ingredients that are great meal replacements or snacks that you can take on the go.

GreenBlender gives you a lot of sign up options. The more of a commitment you make to their company, the lower the price of your smoothies will be. Every week you'll receive five new smoothie recipes (each recipe yields 2 servings). You can select your smooth from a constantly changing list of dozens of options. If you pay weekly, your price per serving is $4.90. However, if you sign up for a twelve-week commitment, you'll be only $3.90 per serving. 

This is a unique option because it won't use up your grocery budget like the other programs. You can use the smoothies as an occasional meal replacement or snack and still afford to shop and cook for yourself for the week.