Gone are the days when food was a simple collection of homemade dishes placed meticulously on the dining table. Now with the mind-numbing array of cuisines, it has become quite a task deciding what to eat especially when ordering out. Add to that the growing health and diet priorities each one of us has acquired, the choice is hard.
People are choosing to be on an organic and low-calorie diet, gluten-free or sometimes just roll with the age-old comfort food, vegetarian diet, mediterranean diet or keto.
Thanks to technology combined with niche business sensibilities in this booming food delivery service industry, one would find there is something for everyone – and you don’t even have to leave the house to shop.
So what are some of the top choices from the available prepared foods businesses without compromising on the health of our loved ones? Let’s take a look!
MEAT Me in the Middle
(This post is part of a sponsored partnership with Perdue Farms. All opinions are my own).
Perdue Farms recently launched a new direct-to-consumer website to offer their full line of premium proteins you love. Brands like Niman Ranch, Coleman Natural, Perdue Chicken, Perdue Harvestland, Panorama Meats, Spot Farms, Full Moon and more are now available at the click of a button.
Over the last 10 years, Perdue Farms has transitioned from conventional chicken & turkey production to becoming the #1 supplier in the U.S. for Organic Chicken as well as a leader in premium Beef, Pork, Lamb, Pasture Raised, Grass-fed, Heritage Breed, Antibiotic Free (No Antibiotics Ever), Non-GMO, Ever, Certified Humane, GAP & more.
For 100 years, Perdue Farms has worked directly with small family farmers to raise animals with care. They are passionate about farming, land preservation, healthy, nutritious food.
Recipe Idea: Asian Chicken Salad at Home
Add Coleman organic breaded chicken to an Asian salad kit for an easy lunch in minutes.
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I was sooo excited to find that @perduefarms launched their direct to consumer website in December. This video is a little throwback to when I received my first meat bundle (so excuse the Christmas decor). I’ve been loving this service and especially love how much Perdue loves their farmers. #FamilyFarming #ThankAFarmer #Familyfarmers #perduefarmsfarmtohome #perduefarms_partner
Amazon Delivers Fresh
One of the industry giants in delivery services, Amazon Fresh Meal Delivery service promises a two-hour delivery window from a wide variety of meal choices: from entrees to pizza bases, soups to salads, meats prepared with vinaigrettes, meals ready to be tossed into the pan like Japanese ramen, German spaetzle, Peruvian chicken, and a lot more.
For the choosy pickers, Amazon Fresh has filters for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic options.
Chef that’s not Home
For the Keto dieters, Home Chef offers a wide range of healthy meal kits that are easy to cook and have an option to add fruits and smoothies to the basket with a minimal extra charge. What else could one ask for a healthy lifestyle with convenience and taste guaranteed?! Home Chef also offers customizable protein options for those who prefer experimenting with a recipe by switching pork with chicken or beef with fish or scallop and corn chowder with crispy jalapeños.
An Apron is an Apron
In collaboration with Weight Watchers, Blue Apron is a top healthy meal kit provider with precise calorie content in each pack, perfectly portioned meal sizes, chef-designed recipes, sustainable and responsibly-sourced ingredients, and completely recyclable packaging.
The recipes range from quick one-pan dinners to Mediterranean meals, providing fresh and high-quality ingredients to ensure a healthy lifestyle without the apparent guilt of ordering out. The meal kits come with step-by-step cooking instructions keeping in mind all the amateurs and beginners in the kitchen.
There are tons of more topics on health and wellness to be bookmarked and read while you wait for the food on its way from your favorite food delivery service.
A basket full of Sunshine
Sun Basket provides dietitian-approved meal kits with organic produce and clean ingredients to be enjoyed by everyone in a health-conscious household.
Sun Basket offers three different types of meal kits based on time required to get the ingredients from the box to the plate, with Over-Ready (for 5-min cooking time in the oven or microwave), Pre-Prepped (already peeled, sliced, and diced ingredients), and Classic Cooking (perfectly-portioned ingredients with step-by-step recipes) options.
Their meal kit filters include gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, carb-conscious, diabetes-friendly, lean and clean, paleo, vegetarian, pescatarian, Mediterranean, and many more.
Making way for Purple Plants
There is a healthy plant-based alternative meal kit service called Purple Carrot for all the vegans out there. Although it might sound rather limiting to be having meals strictly consisting of plants and vegetables Purple Carrot has been giving a tough time to its competition by coming up with innovative recipes and food combinations.
By adding ingredients like tofu, nuts, and quinoa for all the protein requirements necessary for a healthy metabolism, they are also offering plant-based dessert options like banana chia pudding or overnight oats with apricot, goji berries, and cashew butter.
With their straightforward weekly meal kits, it’s like putting convenience and sustainability in the same basket.
With all these and more healthy meal options, the current food delivery services industry is catering to the healthy food requirements while helping in keeping a close eye on responsible human food consumption and its impact on our environment.
Food for Body and Soul
Given the variety of healthy meal kits available these days, meal delivery has become more than just an experience to be had in either home or hotels. A list of such great services can be found here.
It is now considered a conscientious and healthy activity meant to be shared and enjoyed without worrying about calories.
The future looks promising enough to claim that ordering out does not necessarily mean binging on fast food (read: unhealthy and guilt-ridden) options but rather having food for both body and soul.