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Tue, Jun 2 11:57am

Repost: I Tried a Mediterranean Diet Meal Delivery Kit for a Week

By Dr. Melanie Chandler, HABIT FL Director, @drmelaniechandler

Meal Plan

I don't know about you, but we've been doing a lot more cooking at home lately due to being home more with more time, and with all the restrictions that have been in place on eating out.  Others are turning more to meal delivery kits during this time since they can't get out to the stores or restaurants, or to help ease the burden since they have more caregiving responsibilities with many care and activity centers for seniors closed, or just to help with ideas for new recipes.  I thought that made a good opportunity to do this repost from Dr. Oskarsson back in October of 2018.  Click the link below and enjoy!

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed-post/i-tried-a-mediterranean-diet-meal-delivery-kit-for-a-week-and-this-is-what-happened/

 

I actually did look into ordering from several of the meal services last week. As you mentioned, I've been cooking a lot more at home and wanted some variety. When I looked at Hello Fresh and even their more "healthy" sister company – I think it was Green Leaf. I was surprised at the number of calories in each meal. Sometimes it was 800 – 900 calories for a dinner. That wouldn't leave me hardly any left for breakfast and lunch. Between the calories and the price, I decided against it. But, if anyone has recommendations for a service that has reasonable calories, I would be interested.

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Thank you for the good information! I have a wish to spend as little time as possible with meal prep. 15 minutes is great, 45 minutes not so great! When you place orders is information about prep time usually included?

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I tried a couple of these services myself a couple years ago as well. We tried HelloFresh and Gobble. We have a vegetarian in the house, so that guided our choice. I agree with Debbra that the calories with the dinner were high, but we actually found we could most often get double the serving portions they said were included, particularly if I made something like a simple frozen vegetable extra side with it for the family. That made it feel a bit more economical as well. I do not remember for sure if the prep time was included when you order. That likely varies per site. I know we personally switched from one service to the other – I think from HelloFresh to Gobble? – because the veg came diced up in one but not the other. For me, it was all about saving time: I can go to the store and buy a bag of potatoes myself and cut them up, but a service where everything was chopped,measured, and as I call it with my kids, "cooking show ready"? That is what I wanted.

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@drmelaniechandler

I tried a couple of these services myself a couple years ago as well. We tried HelloFresh and Gobble. We have a vegetarian in the house, so that guided our choice. I agree with Debbra that the calories with the dinner were high, but we actually found we could most often get double the serving portions they said were included, particularly if I made something like a simple frozen vegetable extra side with it for the family. That made it feel a bit more economical as well. I do not remember for sure if the prep time was included when you order. That likely varies per site. I know we personally switched from one service to the other – I think from HelloFresh to Gobble? – because the veg came diced up in one but not the other. For me, it was all about saving time: I can go to the store and buy a bag of potatoes myself and cut them up, but a service where everything was chopped,measured, and as I call it with my kids, "cooking show ready"? That is what I wanted.

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That's good information @drmelaniechandler – I appreciate your thought that the serving sizes may be driving the calories. I'm going to check it out. Also LOVE the idea of making an extra veggie on the side. When I was younger, your goals were mine – feed the family with a minimum of prep work. Now in my life, I have more time. I don't mind the prep – what I'm looking for in meal services is a way to add some variety to our meals w/o making it a big increase in calories.

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@drmelaniechandler

I tried a couple of these services myself a couple years ago as well. We tried HelloFresh and Gobble. We have a vegetarian in the house, so that guided our choice. I agree with Debbra that the calories with the dinner were high, but we actually found we could most often get double the serving portions they said were included, particularly if I made something like a simple frozen vegetable extra side with it for the family. That made it feel a bit more economical as well. I do not remember for sure if the prep time was included when you order. That likely varies per site. I know we personally switched from one service to the other – I think from HelloFresh to Gobble? – because the veg came diced up in one but not the other. For me, it was all about saving time: I can go to the store and buy a bag of potatoes myself and cut them up, but a service where everything was chopped,measured, and as I call it with my kids, "cooking show ready"? That is what I wanted.

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I’ve tried blue apron, sun basket, green chef, and gobble (the current one). We are liking Gobble because recipes should take about 15 minutes – cooking show ready – and the recipes have been tasty. The portions are good and I usually choose meals with no starch, and then I can add that bc we always have a starch available at home if we need to stretch the meal to feed 4. We also liked green chef which is organic and tasty, but the meals took way too long to prepare.

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