Remember when having food delivered basically meant the Domino’s Pizza guy ringing your doorbell? Now you can get pretty much anything delivered to your doorstep, regardless of where you live or what you feel like eating. Here are 6 of our favorite healthy ways to make the most of this new craze for on demand eating:
If You’re an Athlete: You know how sports drinks and energy bars seem to take up a lot of shelf space at the grocery store? It can be hard to cut through the clutter and find the best foods to fuel your workouts. The pros at The Feed do this for you. Their in-house experts customize a monthly box of sports nutrition for you or you can build your own. Boxes start at $20.01
If You Like to Cook (but hate to shop): We’ve already reported on Amazon’s growing grocery delivery service and other companies like Fresh Direct are also carving out a space in the market. This is great for anyone who likes to keep food in the fridge but can’t seem to make the time to shop. Some services charge a fee of around $10, which may seem steep or cheap, depending on how you feel about grocery stores.
If You Want Recipe Inspiration: My Facebook friends keep raving about Blue Apron, a food delivery service that parcels out ingredients for specific meals then sends you the goods and the recipe. Delivery is available in much—but not all—of the country and meals start at around $9.99 per person per meal. Ingredients come from mostly local and organic sources and meals take around 35 minutes to prepare, weighing in at around 500-700 calories a serving.
If You’re into Juicing: National juice delivery services like Blueprint Cleanse and Cooler Cleanse will overnight juices straight to your door, no cleanup required. Drink the juices to supplement your regular meal plan or follow one of their 1-, 3-, or 5-day juice cleanses. A 6-juice, 1-day box costs around $60 and includes green juices, fruit juices, and usually a nut milk too.
If You’re on a Diet: Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem were two of the original meal delivery services, but a number of other diets have launched their own meal delivery options, including The South Beach Diet. Still other companies have been built around the idea of shipping healthy, low-calorie meals, such as BistroMD and Diet to Go. Costs and plan details vary by company.
If You Want Healthy Take-out: You could call around a see who delivers salads, but a lot of restaurants that offer delivery fall into the “not so healthy” category. But there are a growing number of foodie deliver services that prepare and share healthy freshly-cooked foods. Because these meals come preservative free you need to live by a service to score a meal. If you live in the Bay Area, Gobble is your go-to source. In Portland, OR, it’s Farm to Fit. In Denver, Mile High Organics is getting in on the trend.