This post was originally written during my 2 1/2 year tenure as a blogger for Health Goes Strong. This site was deactivated on July 1, 2013, but you can read the post here.
HOME DELIVERED MEAL SERVICES ARE VALUABLE OPTION FOR ANYONE WHO CAN’T SHOP AND COOK
Everyone reading this has probably relied on take-out services at one time or another to get a meal that is quick and convenient. Once purchased, you can eat take-out in the car, at your desk, on a park bench or at your own dining room table. No cooking or clean up required.
Many of us have also relied on the prepared food options available to us in any grocery store for a meal in a hurry. If you’ve ever purchased a rotisserie chicken then you know what I’m talking about.
Now there is a way to get all of your daily meals without ever having to leave the house: Home delivered meals.
Meals delivered at home provide a solution for anyone who can’t shop and cook. They cater to everyone from new mothers to widowed senior citizens. Nearly all of them offer weight loss plans, while some feature meals for diabetics, Kosher food or vegetarian diets. Some can even provide meals that combine all three!
All you have to do is place your order and pay for it online or by telephone and the meals start showing up at your front door.
I visited several of the company websites to see how they worked and received samples of their meals. Here are the highlights from my investigation.
Review of Daily Meal Services Delivered to Your Home
Healthy Chef Creations 866-575-2433 Organic gourmet meals delivered fresh daily.
Features: Based on Mediterranean Diet Plan using 96% certified organic ingredients, free-range meats and wild-caught fish.
Meal Plans: Weight Loss, Healthy Mommy, Healthy Senior
Customization: Can order 1, 2 or 3 meals/day for 5 or 7 days/week. Menu changes weekly and meals come in small, regular or large sizes. Can accommodate food allergies and intolerances.
Chef’s Diet 800-946-1047 Provides 3 meals and 2 snacks a day delivered fresh daily.
Features: Meals are based on a 40/30/30 distribution of protein, carbohydrate and fat
Meal Plans: Kosher, Vegiquarian, Heart Healthy, Diabetic/Sugar Free, Kids
Customization: Unable to guarantee restrictions for food allergies and food preferences.
Magic Kitchen 877-516-2442 Frozen prepared meals delivered weekly, biweekly or monthly
Features: Provides entrees, side dishes and desserts for one to four people.
Meal Plans: Senior, Portion Controlled, Low Sodium, Diabetic-friendly, Renal Dialysis, Dialysis-friendly
Customization: Can order Meal Bundles, Family Size, Complete Meals for One, or just main course, side dishes, soups, desserts.
BistroMD 866-401-3438 Healthy meals for weight loss delivered frozen weekly.
Features: Plan was created by physician, registered dietitian and chef using locally sourced ingredients.
Meal Plans: Men’s and Women’s plans provide 1100-1400 calories/day and can be ordered for 5 or 7 days/week.
Customization: Over 200 unique entrees with seasonal menu changes; can accommodate personal ingredient preferences.
Other Aspects of Home Delivered Meals
- Meals arrive in an insulated cooler or a box packed with dry ice.
- Food must be put in the refrigerator or freezer immediately to maintain quality.
- If receiving a week or more of frozen meals at one time you must be able to pick up the full box and store all the food in your freezer.
- Instructions for reheating in a microwave oven are provided.
- Fresh fruit and salads are not offered on all plans so can be added by consumer.
- Delivery is not available everywhere.