This weekend, I signed up for a meal delivery program. That’s right – the writer and owner of a blog that has the word “cooking” in its name has finally decided to get help to eat healthy. It’s not that I don’t like to eat. And it’s not that I eat too much. It’s more that sometimes I get so busy with life, that I don’t take time to eat. And more frequently than not, the times that I do eat, I’m eating junk because I’m too tired from working to actually prepare a meal. There were many nights when if there wasn’t something in the fridge or freezer, I’d just grab the open bag of whatever and munch. Not healthy.
So this weekend, I started searching for a healthy eating plan to help me get back on track. I sought a program that would give me complete, healthy meals that were easy to prepare and (hopefully) delicious to eat. The biggest catch was that I’m not trying to lose weight – I just want to eat healthy. I started searching sites, comparing costs, comparing food, and comparing plans. After about two hours of SwagBucks searching, I finally narrowed it down to four different services. Since I spent so much time researching, I thought I’d share some of what I found with you in case any of you were considering a healthy eating plan as well.
1. BistroMD – (This is the program I selected.)
Summary: Sign up for a weekly meal plan that delivers 5 or 7 days worth of meals, with our without snacks. Breakfast, lunch, and dinners are included. Meals are fully cooked and vacuum sealed. To prepare, simply microwave or heat in simmering water. Menus rotate weekly and you can select foods you would like to exclude. Calories range from 1,100 to 1,400 per day.
Average cost per day/meal (including $24.95 shipping cost): $29.27/day; $7.31/meal – Based on 7 days of meals, with snacks plan – $179.95.
Current BistroMD Specials:
FREE shipping on your first order – ($24.95 value)
2. eDiets.com – (This will be my second try if BistroMD doesn’t taste good.)
Summary: Sign up for 5 day or 7 day weekly meal plans. Both plans include breakfast, lunch, dinners, and snacks. You can select your own meals from over 150 different menu items. Meals are packaged in microwave safe containers for heating.
Average cost per day/meal (including $19.95 shipping cost): $22.80/day; $5.70/meal – Based on 7 days of meals, with snacks plan – $139.65.
Current eDiets.com Specials:
Get a FREE Week of Food with your first eDiets order – ($139.65 value)
Summary: Available for local pick-up in select locations or nation-wide delivery. Plans are available for 4 to 7 days, for one to three meals per day. Select from a 1200 calorie or 1600 calorie plan. Meals are freshly made and are meant to be kept in the fridge and eaten within the week.
Average cost per day/meal (including $16.95 shipping cost): $22.42/day; $7.47/meal – Based on 7 days of meals, with NO snacks plan – $139.99
Current Diet-to-Go Specials:
Get $20 off your first order with coupon code CJ2000
Get FREE Meals for a day with coupon code CJFM19
Summary: Offers meal plans from $199 to $499. You can also mix and match meals, allowing you to select your own entree, side, and dessert. Meal plans have pre-set meals in the package that do not appear to change. Meals are cooked via microwave or oven.
Average cost per day/meal (including $50.02 shipping cost): $56.43/day; $14.01/meal – Based on Best Sellers meal plan (plus 4 free meals) – $344.99.
Current DineWise Specials:
Receive 2 FREE meals when you spend over $199
While BistroMD was definitely on the higher side in terms of price, I decided to try them first because of the changing weekly menus. I also like that the meals are vacuum sealed after they are cooked, since it helps preserve the freshness and flavor of the food. I should be getting my first week’s order next Monday, and will be sure to keep you all posted on how they turn out!
If you have any experiences with any of these meal delivery plans (or other plans that I might not have mentioned) then please let me know!