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Curious About Meal Kit Services? Here Are Some Pros and Cons of Them

If you’re seeking convenient ways to eat healthier and save time in the kitchen, meal kit services may be a good fit for you. A variety of meal kits and services are available to fit your needs, and exploring your options can help you meet dietary -- and weight-management -- goals with ease.

What Are Meal Kit Services?

Meal kits are made by food companies who provide convenient, ready-made meals or ready-to-prepare meals with all ingredients — delivered right to your doorstep. Such meals are often cheaper than going out to restaurants, but more expensive than shopping for ingredients yourself at the supermarket. Meal kit services are popular among people who don’t have much time or are unable to, cook or grocery shop. Some meal kit companies have stores you can shop at to pick up meal kits or ready-made meals on your way home.

Benefits of Meal Kits

The benefits of meal kit services are endless, but the main perk is convenience. You’re able to try new recipes or gourmet meals without spending extra money eating at restaurants. You’ll also save time by skipping grocery shopping trips and home food prep. You can order meals online and have them delivered right to your doorstep, which is beneficial for people with difficulty moving around or who can’t drive. Some meal kit services even provide organic foods, gluten-free or dairy-free meals, and low-sodium options.

Potential Drawbacks

The main drawback of using meal kit services is that while these meals are cheaper than eating out and convenient, you’ll pay more by not shopping and cooking yourself. And, if you enjoy the grocery shopping experience meal kit services may not be the right fit for you. But, if convenience is a must and you find a company that makes food you love, meal kit services are worth the extra cost.

Which Company is Best?

The best way to find a meal kit service that’s right for you is to ask around, read online reviews, and check out available menus to make sure it’s a good match. If you have special dietary needs, be sure to pick a service that can accommodate you. Examples of meal kit services include The Organic Dish, Blue Apron, Plated, Green Blender (for smoothies), Peach Dish, Forage, Sun Basket, Green Chef, The Purple Carrot, and Hello Fresh.

An experienced health, nutrition and fitness writer, Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian and holds a dietetics degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has worked as a clinical dietitian and health educator in outpatient settings. Erin's work is published on popular health websites, such as and

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