When's the last time you packed a lunch and took it to work?
If you're on WSO reading this and working in finance, I'm guessing the answer is 'never'.
A 60-100+ hour week doesn't leave much time for grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, and bringing a healthy lunch (make that breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to work. You're forced to eat takeout three times a day and helplessly watch your fat levels go up and your energy levels go down.
A Better Alternative: Meal Delivery Services
Recently, I've been testing a better alternative on some of my clients at Work. Life. Fitness.: meal delivery services.
In recent years, the meal delivery market has expanded to cover a variety of tailored services for busy professionals, including ready-to-eat meals, weekly groceries, daily smoothie ingredients, and even healthy snacks, all delivered to your office or home.
Meal delivery services sell healthy pre-cooked, individually packaged meals in bulk. Most services offer a weekly delivery of fully cooked meals in individual containers. No grocery shopping, no cooking - just heat, open and enjoy.
3 reasons to try a meal delivery service
1) Stay focused and get more done. When you're getting crushed on a deal, you barely have time to eat, let alone walk down to the food court. A stack of fresh and healthy prepared meals in the office fridge solves this problem. Just microwave for 2-3 minutes and get back to work.
2) Stay healthy during hell weeks. In general, meal delivery services are healthier than restaurants and food courts. While it is possible to find healthy takeout options, it's not easy when the typical American diet is loaded with "taste-bud pleasing" salt, sugar, and fat. Meal delivery services cater to specific dietary needs like Paleo, Vegan, and lactose-free, which are often a nightmare to fulfill in your typical food court.
3) Save money. A typical ready-to-eat meal delivered by Freshly can cost as low as $8.99 per meal. In comparison, a steak burrito with guacamole from Chipotle in NYC will cost $11.49. While these savings may sound small, $2.50 a meal adds up to $1,250 a year if you eat out lunch and dinner five days a week for 50 weeks a year. If you add a $30 dinner at a restaurant instead, then these savings jump to over $5,000 a year.
10 recommended meal delivery services
There are hundreds of meal delivery services covering most cities in North America. A simple way to get started is to do a google search of "meal delivery [insert city name here]".
To make this even easier for you, I've consolidated a list of a few good meal delivery options.
Ready-to-eat meals make the most sense if you're extremely busy, but you could also try a meal kit service if you enjoy doing a bit of cooking.
Ready-to-eat meal delivery
Meal kit delivery
Smoothie ingredient delivery
Healthy snack delivery
If you want more ideas on staying healthy at work, check another post I wrote for WSO: How to find fast and healthy food court meals (even if you're crazy busy).
Does anyone else here use a meal delivery service? Let's hear about it in the comments (especially if you can recommend a good option).