In the last couple of years, a new trend has emerged in the food industry. The idea of food being pre-packaged and sent to your door, but not cooked yet, has been a massive hit.
This new trend is called a meal delivery service, and although it hasn’t taken over the takeaway industry yet, the spike in popularity cannot be ignored.
So why are people fawning over pre-made meals or boxes with prepped ingredients? Let us explain why.
Helps You Stay Healthy
In our fast-paced world, we often turn to takeouts and quick fixes to get the sustenance we need. However, these foods are filled with salt and fat, which can take a toll on our bodies' blood pressure and weight.
People stuck in the constant cycle of takeouts often find it hard to move away from this daily treat, as they don’t have the time or energy to make it from scratch. This is where the meal delivery service comes in.
These businesses send you either a complete meal or ingredients to make this meal, so you can eat healthy food quickly.
If you know that the ingredients to make a spaghetti bolognese from scratch are in the refrigerator waiting for you, then you are less likely to reach for your phone to order a takeout.
You can also figure out your meal plans in advance, knowing that you can splurge on one day and be conservative on another.
Helps Reduce Food Waste
Because the ingredients sent to you (along with the recipe) are designed to make a specific meal, you won’t be buying food to waste away in your cupboards. Instead, everything you have in stock will be directly connected to your meals that week.
This means you are less likely to throw food away because you forgot it was there or didn’t know what to do with it.
With every ingredient planned out, nothing should go to waste - keeping your kitchen clear and your food waste low.
Gets You Interested In Food Again
Depending on which meal delivery service you pick, you’ll be given the option to receive standard meals that you know and love or a mixture of new meals that you haven’t heard of before.
For many of us, eating the same foods day after day is boring. When we are bored with our food, we start developing bad habits. These habits could be buying meal deals from your local store instead of eating the food you have at home. You could end up eating in a restaurant, wasting your money instead of eating the food you have at home. Or, you could keep ordering from your local takeaway store instead of … you know it by now … eating the food you have at home.
The simple way to change this is to make a new meal every day, but then you have to think up new meals and buy in ingredients to create them. This can put you off the chance to develop good food behavior. But that's where meal delivery services come in.
They do all the leg world for you, sending you new and delicious meals ready to cook or chuck in the microwave. You get to eat interesting food that stops you from picking up that phone and scrolling through UberEats.
Can Help Save Money
We’ve touched on this subject already, but in these trying times, it cannot be said enough. Using a meal delivery service can help you save money. Sure the prices might be a little high, but it’s less expensive than ordering a takeaway every week or letting food rot in your refrigerator.
You can also monitor how much you’re spending, as a direct debit can be taken from your account. This price won’t change, which means you can budget for your weekly shopping a lot easier.
Simply note how much your meal delivery service is charging you alongside all of your other monthly bills. You’ll no longer have to factor in your grocery shop as part of your weekly spending, giving you less financial anxiety between paydays.
With all of these benefits, you can see why meal delivery services are becoming increasingly popular. We live in a culture that wants to be more financially literate and better to the environment, while also still having fun. The meal delivery service allows us to complete all three of these integral concepts while also helping us eat healthily.