Are Meal Kits Worth it?
So let’s be honest here. Are meal kits worth it? Well, there is no substitution for planing out healthy meals in advance and shopping for organic goods locally in bulk. So if you’re already the type of person who loves putting together meal ideas and likes to shop at grocery stores, then perhaps these meal services are not for you. I prefer to support local farmers and producers of goods as much as possible. With that said, I often feel uninspired to come up with quick and easy meal ideas daily.
Where I feel that these kits have real value is in taking the guesswork out of meal prep. You already know what’s for dinner before you even step foot in the door after work. Typically, my wife would end up doing most of the cooking, and I would be on dish duty. It’s not that I don’t like to cook; it’s more that she would prefer to eat more than just steak and potatoes. When we introduced meal kits, we found that we were cooking more together as a family making dinner time less of a chore.
Besides saving time and possibly a relationship, you will find a few easy recipes that you like and add to your repertoire. So if you are looking for a way to break out of your rut, then meal kits are a great way to go.
Do Meal Kits Save You Time?
Yes, absolutely! Again, one of the most significant benefits to Meal kits IMO is the time you save. You can log in to your preferred website and pick out a week’s worth of meals in a matter of minutes. So, no more weekly meal planning or trips to the grocery store necessary. Of course, these days, you can order from most grocery stores online and have them deliver as well. So if you want to save time, subscribe to a meal kit delivery service, and order your daily essentials from your favorite grocery store.
Furthermore, the prep and cook total cook time is much more efficient with meal kits. For the most part, your ingredients are pre-prepared, and in most cases, all you need to do is add them as per the recipe. Otherwise, the most prep work I’ve seen is a bit of veggie chopping. In general, the recipes are easy to follow, and most only take half an hour to forty-five minutes total.
Do Meal Kits Save Money?
Well, that all depend on your current eating habits. For example, if you plan out your meals in advance and buy groceries accordingly, then no. Meal kits will not save you money. However, if you eat a few meals a week out at restaurants, well, yes, meal kits will save you money! With that said, I don’t think that most people would assume that a meal kit’s primary goal is to save you money. Are they convenient? Heck yes! Do you save time? Absolutely! Can they encourage healthy eating habits while having fun doing so? You bet!
It’s worth noting that most meal kit delivery companies offer an introductory discount. Quite often, as a first-time subscriber, your first week of deliveries are discounted 50% or more. As a result, this costs you less than buying the same ingredients at a grocery store. Also, these meal kit delivery companies are quite flexible when it comes to your subscription. (Skip, or pause at any time). So, if you play your cards right, you can try each service at the introductory price before deciding on one.
Do Meal Kits Create Less Waste?
Are meal kits sustainable? The answer may surprise you. When you look at the typical supply chain for most grocery items, it starts with the source: a butcher, a farmer, or a production plant of some kind. Items must are processed, then stored before shipping to the grocery store. At that point, you, as the consumer, visit the store to pick out the items you intend to cook.
With meal kits, you still start with the same source. The items come directly from the farmer, butcher, or processor right to the meal kit company. Further processing and packaging occur at the meal kit company, were perfectly portioned ingredients are boxed up and sent directly to your door.
As a result, the supply chain is much shorter, reduces carbon emissions. Also, perfectly portioned ingredients lead to less food waste. You use almost all of what you receive in your meal kit. Finally, all packaging is 100% recyclable. And, in some instances, it’s even reusable.
In conclusion: Are Meal Kits Worth it?
Are meal kits worth it? With perfect portioned, healthy meal options, yes, meal kits are worth it! You’ll save a bunch of time and fuss. You’ll even have fun learning some new, quick meal ideas. There’s plenty of good reasons here why you should at least try one of the many reputable meal kit delivery services. And, as mentioned, as a first time subscriber, a meal kit plan will likely cost you less than buying the groceries from a grocery store. Win-Win!
If you’re looking for a side-by-side comparison of the top meal kit companies, see our comparison section. Here