The Benefits of Meal Kits
Meal kits are quickly gaining popularity amongst young professional millennials. Companies like Chefs Plate, Hello Fresh, Good Food and Miss Fresh all deliver fresh ingredients straight to your door with healthy recipes inside a cooler box or bag – keeping groceries fresh. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or simply don’t have enough time to grocery shop, there’s a meal kit service that fits your needs. Ingredients included in meal kits include pre-measured vegetables, protein, spices and herbs, all ingredients to make a healthy and tasty meal in under 30 mins. The idea behind meal kit services is to provide healthy meal alternatives and save time on going to the grocery store or meal prepping.
Most meal kit subscriptions are based on a non-commitment monthly membership, with options to feed two to six people. Each meal can be chosen weeks in advance and on average cost $15, comparing to the average (and probably less healthy) take out meal which costs approximately $10. While millennials are trying to become more health conscious, unlike generations before, many didn’t grow up learning to cook healthy meals from their parents. Numerous studies have proven a well-balanced lifestyle stems a health diet with nutrition coming from a mix of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates. Pre-packaged meal options allow for better portion control and even balanced ethnic meal options like ginger-steamed tilapia with baby bok choy on brown rice.
While there are many independent companies providing fresh delivered meals, larger companies like Walmart, are also cashing in on this trend. Approximately 250 Walmart locations are already selling meal kits across the United States, in partnership with Instacart. They aim to have these “one step meals” across 2,000 stores in 2018. With all the facts, decide for yourself if you’re in the market for healthy, gourmet-like, easy to prep meals.