Why a Meal Prep Service Might be for You
If you’re anything like me then you’ve tried the meal prep Sunday thing, but failed to keep it up. I want nothing more than to always have quality foods available for me to eat. My habit of paying for convenience lead me to try a meal prep service. Not for every meal of the week — just to fill in the gaps.
It’s a few months later and I’m still finding value in the service. There are a few situations where it always comes in clutch. For example, you and I both don’t really want to cook dinner on a Sunday night. I’ll outline exactly why it has worked for me, and why you might consider such a service.
I chose to use a service here in Australia called My Muscle Chef. Both because it was recommended to me and it has a focus on high protein meals. I was originally buying meals from a local stockist for 9.55 AUD (~7.24USD) each. But I couldn’t always get the meals I wanted so I decided to order online. Doing so meant paying a 20 AUD (~15.16 USD) delivery fee, and having to pay up to 10.40 AUD (~7.88 USD) for certain meals.
As I said, I’m really only looking to fill in the gaps, so five meals a week has been sufficient. Including delivery, I paid 117.20 AUD (~88.87 USD) for 10 meals to last me two weeks. So it was essentially 11.70 AUD (~8.87 USD) for each and every meal. This is what I paid using this particular service, but of course, your mileage will vary.
All the meals are delivered in an insulated freezer box with all meals able to be either frozen or stored in the fridge. They can be warmed up in the microwave from fresh or frozen. This is exactly what you’re paying for, the ability to have quality whole food ingredients ready to eat in a matter of minutes.
I mainly eat these meals for lunch and on the weekends, which is perfect for opposing reasons. Eating lunch means during the workday where time is not as abundant. And at the weekend where time is more abundant, I’d simply rather be doing things other than cooking. They’ve worked perfectly in both situations.
It’s all well and good having whole foods with ideal macros, but only if it’s palatable. I’ve found that the food tastes pretty good. Expect to like the dishes you normally enjoy when cooking for yourself. When I bought them locally with little choice, I wasn’t a fan of some, but then again I probably wouldn’t have cooked any of the recipes for myself anyway.
Before choosing to go with My Muscle Chef, I did some research and found most services have a wide array of recipes to choose from. Having that choice should allow most people to make it work. The service I went with had over 50 recipes (including a few vegan options) making it almost impossible to not find a few that I liked.
Don’t expect to be blown away by the taste, however. These are frozen meals after all. For me, the taste of my lunch isn’t that great of a concern. I see it as nothing more than fuel — it doesn't need to be a gourmet dinner from a fancy restaurant. As long as it’s edible, I am happy. I do save the ones I like most for the weekend though. That just seems to happen automatically.
The Reasons I Still use the Service
There are five main reasons I’ve continued to use a meal prep service:
- I’m willing to pay for convenience
- Having proper nutrition at work and on the weekends is important to me
- I’m less likely to consume processed foods
- I feel like it’s contributing to progressing my health and fitness goals
- I’m less likely to buy takeaway foods which would cost more
The Factors for You to Consider
Firstly, if you prep all your food for the week then I can only envy you. Enjoy the savings your consistent effort rewards you with. If, like me, you simply can’t make this work, then consider how a meal prep service could help. I’ve found great value in it and have no plans to stop.
Consider the value of having nutrient-dense whole foods readily available to you. Mull over whether the convenience might be worth it to you, and if you feel like it would contribute towards your health and fitness goals. Make sure to shop around and dial in on the best option for yourself. You may find the positives far outweigh the negatives.
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