I’ve always been a bit lazy it comes to planning ahead for groceries and meals. Thank goodness for home delivery services like Blue Apron, SunBasket, Gobble, etc! They’ve been an all-in-one encompassing savior to meals. We used to do date nights while cooking in the kitchen, enjoying a glass or 2 of wine, and catching up on the hectic weekday. However, the thought/idea of meal planning or cooking right now is even further removed from my mind since our little one arrived. Enter Tovala — an incredible meal delivery service using healthy ingredients and creative menus. Tovala has been our go-to for hectic days… basically daily. I’ve enjoyed all of these menu delivery services!
But, I want to be able to create my own buddha bowls as I want to incorporate more vegetable and nutritional ingredients into my diet.
Everyone seems to be busy these days. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’re a student, professional, stay-at-home… everyone is running around in the rat race of life. When I lived in Boston, I would have a delivery service called PeaPod deliver my groceries typically on my postcall day bc I knew that’s when I’d be home. But today, delivery services have improved! I’ll go through each of my favorites:
For the person or couple or family who likes the idea of cooking and/or cooking together, Gobble makes it super easy to whip together a delicious meal that takes all the menu planning, grocery shopping, portion controlling out of it. It’s my go-to date night meal.
Freshly is a more Paleo focused meal that offers single serving portions of breakfast, lunch, or dinner that is super quick and convenient! Some of the best parts about this delivery service: high quality protein, no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, always gluten free, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and nutrient-rich veggies. Need I say more?
FRESH AND FIT
Fresh and Fit meals are more a local delivery food service that is super convenient and served in single serving containers. It’s all natural and organic, seasonal, and comes from local, sustainable farms. It’s more veggie intensive and they taste delicious!
Daily Harvest is a wonderful way to blend up healthy stuff that’s super convenient and perfect for that sweet tooth craving! Usually I’ll whip one of these up in the morning — either with water or coconut water or almond milk. The directions are on each cup. Oftentimes I’ll add my own protein powder, chia seeds, flax seed, etc. to boost my nutrition. These shakes taste delicious — almost like a decadent milkshake (but one that’s actually healthy and good for you!). So go ahead and have one for dessert!
*** UPDATE March 2017 ***
This is now our go-to meal planner for the week! We love the nutritious aspect of this quick throw together meal delivery kit. It’s faster to prep than Blue Apron, but slightly longer to make than Gobble. The sunbasket ingredients are organic and as expected have a longer shelf life in the fridge. The recipes are super delicious and diverse. I prefer a paleo delivery kit and this one delivers!!
***** Updated April 30, 2018 *****
Tovala is our go to for food delivery now. It’s a genius product that includes a countertop oven that cooks your meals along with a meal plan of really healthy and tasty meals. I’ve had this oven maybe about a year now and it delivers! The meals come packaged on ice in a box. We currently have the 3 meals a week plan for roughly $36. We used to have the 6 meals a week plan for $70, but our moms come to help with the baby and we find that the 3 meals/week works better for us right now. However, once our baby is in daycare, we’ll probably go back to the 6 meals/week. The convenience is unparalleled. You literally put the little aluminum tins into the oven… follow the directions… and your meal is ready in about 20 minutes. No extra pans. No hard to s rub pots. No waiting for the oven to pre-heat. This little gem of an oven does it all. 1 dirty dish per meal is it. It doesn’t get simpler than that. They completely take out the meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking out of the equation so you can focus on other things. At this point in our lives, it’s exactly what we need.