So now, when your apartment buzzer rings, it could be a box of farm-fresh, artisanal groceries made for Brooklyn foodies to a package of ready-to-eat meals approved by a healthy food-focused MD. And not your takeout order.
Here are three such food delivery services that you really should know about, and that collectively appeal to every type of healthy eater. You know, for those weeks when Seamless and Fresh Direct just aren’t cutting it. —Lisa Elaine Held
(Photo: Blue Apron)
For: The newbie (or aspiring) healthy home chef
How it works: After you choose “Meat & Fish” or “Vegetarian,” Blue Apron sends you everything you need to make three home-cooked meals each week. That includes detailed recipes and the approximate quantities of each ingredient (two teaspoons of soy sauce in a tiny bottle, for instance). Recipes are healthy-leaning and kept between 500 and 700 calories, but not always super wholesome in a forward-thinking way. I got a Moroccan vegetable stew (so good!), veggie sushi, and French onion soup in bread bowls, for example.
Pros and cons: Huge positive: If you find yourself constantly coming home with the same groceries and making the same two dishes, it introduces you to a world of new culinary ideas and flavors. It will also help with food waste if you’re constantly throwing out the other half of that onion you bought for that one recipe. Recipes are broken down in an extremely detailed way that serves those who are clueless in the kitchen but can be illogical for those who can’t multitask. Some of my produce was not super fresh (although it could have been an off delivery).
(Photo: Blue Apron)
For: The quinoa-and-kale-obsessed health fiend who has literally no time to cook
How it works: When you provide your email, Provenance will start sending you its weekly menu of ready-to-eat meals designed by nutrition consultants and approved by functional medicine star Dr. Frank Lipman (and his team of health coaches). Everything is gluten-free, and there are lots of vegan and Paleo options, and ingredients are high-quality and mostly organic. You can order three to six entrees a week and add breakfast, lunch, and snack options a la carte. Entrees may include a protein like grass-fed beef, fish, or black bean-mustard stew paired with vegetables like steamed greens. Add-ons include kale chips, Paleo muffins, granola, and chia seed pudding.
Pros and cons: Provenance’s food manages to be really clean and nutritious and really delicious (score). It’s also uber convenient for those who honestly don’t have a lick of time to dice or saute. A big downside is its premium pricing: A three-meal package goes for $89 plus $12 delivery, meaning you’ll be paying more than $30 for your at-home dinners.
(Photo: Provenance Meals)
For: The farmer’s market foodie who knows his or her way around the kitchen (and probably Smorgasburg)
How it works: Quinciple saves you multiple trips to the farmer’s market by bringing a selection of curated foods from primarily local, small-batch producers to you. (Sort of like a CSA with multiple farms.) So your box may include a selection of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs, pasture-raised beef, and cheese from a Vermont creamery. It’s enough food to make two meals for two people, and they also send recipe suggestions for some of the items.
Pros and cons: If where your food comes from is your biggest priority, Quinciple’s got you covered. Every item comes with a back-story and you can view bigger profiles of every producer on the website. This tends to mean the food is also really high-quality, fresh, and often organic. It doesn’t save as much time in the kitchen as some of the other services (just at the grocery store), and the biggest bummer is that there’s currently no option for vegetarians.
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