Food Delivery Plans: Pros and Cons

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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It was fun having fresh and interesting meals delivered right to my front door, but as MANY of you pointed out, there are a number of not-so-great things about food delivery services.

Personally, a food delivery service is just not for me, but I think they can be beneficial to many people for a variety of reasons. So, I’ve created a pro-con list for food delivery services, like The Fresh Diet. Feel free to chime-in with your own thoughts on food delivery plans.

Pro:

  • Convenient; delivered right to your door
  • No shopping for groceries or spending hours in the kitchen
  • May help you lose weight; takes the work out of counting calories and watching portions
  • Variety in meal options
  • Fresh food delivery services (instead of pre-packaged food) can provide you with your daily allowance of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Nutrition information and food labels provided for all meals

Con:

  • Lots of packaging; not environmentally-friendly; wasteful
  • Usually an expensive service
  • Portion sizes are typically small; may cause you to overeat later on
  • May include lots of preservatives and/or artificial flavors
  • May not be “nutritionally sound” (i.e. high in fat and sugar, low in fiber and nutrients)
  • Some plans offer a lack of variety; may get boring
  • Food may not be as fresh as if you prepared it yourself
  • Scheduling pick-up/drop-off times may be troublesome
  • When you get off the diet delivery service, it’s possible to gain weight again because you go back to your old eating habits; you never learn proper portion control or how make your own healthy meals
  • You could be wasting your money; you may not lose weight

Lunch

Today’s lunch was from The Fresh Diet: California Style Wrap with Avocado, Baby Lettuce, Roasted Turkey, Monterey-Jack Cheese with Sweet Potato Chips and Guacamole Dip. The wrap was just okay, but the sweet potato chips with guacamole were excellent! I love this combo of flavors!

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Snack

I only ate about 3/4 of my wrap, so I had some room for a sweet treat (not surprising, right? ;-)), so I headed over to the Crema Cafe. There, I ordered an iced coffee and a Cocoa Banana muffin. The muffin was delish– it sort of reminded me of Devil’s Food Cake, but with a slight hint of banana flavor and chocolate chips mixed in. It was super moist, too! Holy yum! :mrgreen:

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37 Comments

  1. Love the list! that is exactly how i feel about food delivery systems!

    Also everytime you talk about Crema, it makes me want to venture above the Charles and get this mystical ginger lemonade you preach about. someday i will leave back back and get up there!

  2. i’d say that’s a pretty good list of pros / cons. I could see times where I would LOVE to have some healthy food just delivered to me, but I enjoy cooking and planning out meals so I wouldn’t use it most of the time.

  3. Oh… I was thinking of making it a “muffin wednesday” for me and go to my fav coffee shop for a coffee and one of their awesome muffins… now I think that’s a must! 🙂 The coconut banana sounds so good!

    I agree with your pros and cons! I have an aunt who did jenny craig and lost a TON of weight… then gained it back once she was done – because she hadn’t learned how to eat outside of that.

    One of my best friends did the same thing… but she’s now learned how to eat on her own, lost 52 pounds!! SO proud of her!

  4. Oh, that muffin sounds heavenly!! Crema Cafe is on my list of places to dine at when I finally make it out to Boston!

  5. A cocoa banana muffin!? WHY can’t there be a Crema in NY or NJ?!?! I’m dying to try that!

    And that lunch sounds pretty darn good to me! That’s the thing about those food delivery things…sometimes the meals rock and other times they’re way less than stellar :/

  6. You summed up the pros and cons really well. Overall, I find it’s not good long term – but it can work for people who are very busy and just don’t want to think about it!

  7. I agree with Eve. This may not be the best long term plan but it’s an option and for some, that option is what will save them and get them on the path to healthier eating/living.

  8. Another con is the lack of customized calorie levels. I see on the site that women get 1200-1300 calories and men 1500-1600. Depending on the person, their current weight and and activity level that could be way too little calories.

  9. I’m with you on the food delivery pros/cons – the real trick is to learn how to do all this yourself, right? And I have to be honest, none of those meals you’ve photographed has looked appealing to me!

    Now the Crema Cafe – that is a great spot. I haven’t found one thing there that I find unappealing, and that’s why I have to limit my visits, right??

  10. First off, I just wanted to say that the new puppy is just so adorable!

    I think I’d agree with you about the food delivery service…although I bet it would be great for some people, who are maybe just starting to eat healthier and could use some guidance in the right direction.

  11. Oh my goodness that muffin looks amazing…

    I don’t know if I could ever do a food delivery service… I agree it’s kind of expensive and I really like the satisfaction of making my own meals. I think it makes them taste better!

  12. I definitely know food delivering is not for me. But I think it’s cool that you tried it out and weighed the pros vs. the cons. Great job!

  13. I could never survive on pre-packaged meals! They would never fill me up.

    p.s. Congrats on becoming a fur-mama! He is SOOOO cute! Puppies just make life so much more complete. We are obsessed with our black lab Daisy 🙂

  14. I think I would feel the same way about the delivery service: in theory it sounds fun, but I would miss cooking for myself a LOT!

    Also, I am giving away a Spi-belt (running belt with pouch) giveaway on my new blog (www.ChicagoMarathonVal.com) if you are interested!

  15. Your list is pretty dead on. I agree on all of it. its so true, as convenient as the service is, its not a lifestyle that anyone can keep up for a long period of time. its just not economical! But the wrap does look pretty good, but woah that muffin looks dynamite! yumm!

  16. On one hand, food delivery sounds really appealing to me…just because my time to cook is so limited sometimes. On the other hand, I love to cook. But your list definitely hit all those points right on the head!

  17. yay Tina! glad you’re giving it up! I’m always so excited to see your fun take on meals that you create!! CONGRATS oN MURPHY~!!

  18. I enjoy cooking too much to invest in a delivery service, but I have a friend who has benefited from it. She works long hours, hates cooking and grocery shopping and ends up ordering out most nights anyway. Compared to take-out, it’s a healthier and more affordable option for her. Whatever works!

  19. I just think food delivery looks so unappetizing! It looks bland and kind of like airline food :O(. I think this would work if it was prepared by an expert chef or something – but from what I see I’d rather cook for myself…

  20. Not having to think about what I will be eating certainly makes would make the food delivery plan appealing. No shopping or planning meals would allow for so much more free time. Still, nothing compares to the taste of a true home-cooked meal. Plus, I do enjoy cooking…makes me appreciate my food a little more….

  21. Love your pros and cons list, I feel the same way about those services. At least you gave it a try for all of us! That Crema Cafe better come to Minnesota because you always get some really good drink and treat there and it makes me jealous:)

  22. We are going to run into each other one of these days at Crema! haha i was there twice today for coffee. Im starting to be embarrased for going so much.

    Have a lovely summit weekend!

  23. Another con about those delivery services is that I have found that they often have a vegetarian option but not a vegan option, with the majority of the meals containing cheese, eggs, or both.
    That burrito looks killer though! Can I have a bite?

  24. Another con about those delivery services is that I have found that they often have a vegetarian option but not a vegan option, with the majority of the meals containing cheese, eggs, or both.
    That burrito looks killer though! Can I have a bite?
    Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!

  25. I disagree that a con is not learning about portion control. I am currently doing the Fresh Diet to lose pregnancy weight and find that it is a great help with portion control. You seem to be someone who clearly enjoys foods and maybe obsesses over it a bit, but has good control of portion sizes. For those that don’t, this service is wonderful. I’ve been on it for 2 weeks (weekdays only) and the food has nearly all been excellent.

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