Are Meal Delivery Services Worth It? Here’s What I Learned When I Tried Sun Basket.

Meal Delivery Service. My experience with Sun Basket.

I’ve been curious about whether meal delivery services are worth the cost and effort for some time. A few times, I responded to advertising I saw on television or online by visiting a service’s website, only to find that it didn’t have enough customization for my particular eating preferences. In this post, I’ll share my experience with Sun Basket, a meal delivery service that promotes itself as providing only fresh organic produce and responsibly sourced meats and seafood.  Best of all, Sun Basket claims to be easily customizable to a variety of different eating styles including Keto, Paleo, Carb-Conscious, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian and more.

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Two weeks ago, I decided to give it a try. I created an account and proceeded to choose my first meal delivery from a variety of options that are updated frequently. I’m lactose intolerant and also choose to follow a low carb eating plan, which has proven to be the most effective way for me to manage my weight as I get older.

As the date of my first order drew near, I’ll admit I was super excited to see what would happen! Would it arrive on time? Would it be tasty and satisfying? Would my husband appreciate the meal (after all, most of us are cooking for family members as well)?

When the package arrived, it was a truly impressive large box packed with material to keep the food fresh. I was pleased to learn that the packaging, while extensive, is recyclable and compostable.

My first meal consisted of Alaskan Halibut Fillets with caramelized onions, potatoes, and sun-dried tomato Za’atar. The package contained fresh fish, vacuum sealed for freshness and a separate bag of fresh vegetables and spices. Everything was perfectly measured and ready to cook. All I had to do was follow the recipe card. The meal was absolutely delicious and far beyond what I would normally cook for dinner. The second meal consisted of Organic Pork Loin Chops, Romesco, vegetables and almonds. Similarly, everything was perfectly well organized and ready to cook.  Each of the two meals took approximately 30 minutes to prepare.

I was truly surprised at how flavorful each of these meals was. Yes, the meals were tasty and satisfying. Yes, the meals arrived on time. And, yes, my husband appreciated the meals as well! Three stars!

Both recipes were full of flavor and incorporated foods that I had no previous experience cooking. Following the recipes, I was actually learning about cooking, which was a nice surprise.

Sun Basket is not cheap, but it’s not expensive either. Dinners start at $10.99 per serving, which is a bit more than purchasing food at the grocery store, but generally less than eating out at a restaurant. 

One thing to note before you try this, is that the portions are the quantities that we’re supposed to eat rather than the quantity we might typically eat. These are definitely not restaurant-sized portions. For me, this is not a problem, since I’m usually following a specific diet to manage my weight anyway. But, if you’re going to order from Sun Basket, you might first want to take a look at how much a six-ounce piece of fish actually is, so you’re not disappointed when it arrives.

In my opinion, the answer is “yes,” meal delivery services are worth the cost and effort. As a woman with a full-time job, family and time-consumptive hobbies, I plan to continue using Sun Basket for awhile to see how it goes. So far, so good!

Being prepared with healthy snacks and meals is widely accepted as one key to successful weight management. Consider supplementing your meal delivery service with healthy meal prep at home!

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