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The (Many) Pros of Prepared Meals

Feb 9, 2022

How many times have you looked at the clock and it’s said 6:30 and you haven’t given a single thought to what you’re eating for dinner? Too many? Don’t be ashamed - it happens to the best of us. Skipping dinner is a significant predictor of weight gain and obesity. Thankfully, there are options for those of us with chaotic schedules and other priorities.

1. The Quick Fix

Takeout, cereal, a PB&J-they all come in clutch, but shouldn't become a habit.

2. Subscription-Based Meal Kits

Meal kits, offer a fun experience if you enjoy making food from scratch. Each week you’ll receive a big ol’ box in the mail containing a recipe card, along with all of the pre-portioned produce, condiments, and spices involved. The drawback? You’ll have to commit at least a half hour preparing the food and then deal with all those dirty dishes in the sink.

3. Prepared Meals Delivered Fresh 

Prepared meals are delivered fresh to your door, so you can satisfy your cravings on any time crunch. From plant-based options to comfort food classics, simply select your meals, decide on a delivery time, and dinner is done. All you have to do is heat and eat! 

If you’re leaning towards the latter due to your packed holiday schedule, let’s chat about the pros of Freshly prepared meals. 

Get the Convenience You Crave 

Do you dream about what you could do with extra time in your day? The average American spends 37 minutes preparing and cleaning up from meals. Instead of siphoning that time into a nightly chore, you can give more attention to more exciting things like a bubble bath and a good book. Freshly meals only take three minutes to cook so you just freed up at least 34 minutes!

Enjoy Better-for-You Food 

Perfectly-portioned and balanced meals mean you can eat better, even at your busiest! Our chefs pack protein, complex carbs, and veggies into every meal, and sneak in satisfying ingredient swaps wherever they can. The American diet is estimated to contain more than 60% ultra-processed foods (think ready-to-eat boxed meals, junk-food, and refined starches). With Freshly, you don’t have to worry about all that processed junk. Plus, your diet goals are much more manageable when you don’t have to worry about carb-counting or heavily restricting yourself.

Reduce Your Food Footprint 

Bid farewell to back-of-the-fridge mystery food and all those scraps from cutting up garlic and onions. According to Feeding America, 108 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States per year. Not only is that a ton of garbage… it’s a ton of money. The average American consumer spends roughly $1,300 per year on food that ends up being wasted! That’s more than gas, property taxes, electricity, according to a study out of William + Mary. Prepared meals are perfect for impulsive over-buyers, serial leftover-tossers, or for those who don't feel like purchasing an entire bushel of basil for a recipe that calls for a single sprig.

Make Cleanup a Piece-of-Cake 

Your kitchen counter never looked so clean! No more piles of pots and pans, stained cutting boards, or stubborn skillets. Simply heat your meal and enjoy (you can even skip the plate!).

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The (Many) Pros of Prepared Meals