Unless you enjoy long hours in the kitchen, it’s easy to fall into the vegetarian meal trap of eating pasta every night or celery smeared with peanut butter for lunch every day.
Vegetarian choices at restaurants are limited, and often worse for your diet than the non-vegetarian choices. The rise in vegetarian diet delivery programs not only provides convenience and choice, they also provide nutritious meals for the weight conscious amongst us.
Most delivery services provide at least one vegetarian meal option. Some are basic, like the Diet to Go lacto-ovo option, which does include egg and dairy. Other services have a menu options for almost everyone, such as DineWise, which offers vegetarian and vegan meals, with every other choice in between.
The meals are as tasty as those you would find in a restaurant, as most services employ trained chefs to perfect the recipes. Dishes like stuffed cabbage rolls, eggplant Parmesan and stuffed shells are both filling and flavorful. These services aren’t just limited to dinner, breakfast and lunch options are also available to ensure you eat well all day long.
• Convenience. No more meal planning, grocery shopping or dining out because you are too tired to cook.
• Nutritionally sound. Diet delivery services employ dietitians to ensure each meal is nutritionally complete and low-fat.
• Varied. There is no getting bored with the vegetarian options. Meals rotate regularly plus many services provide the option of choosing your own meals so you can enjoy your favorites whenever you like.
• Easy preparation. You rarely need to turn on an oven. Most meals reheat well in the microwave allowing you to prepare and eat your meal even when rushed for time.
• Cost. Vegetarian meal delivery costs more than purchasing and preparing your own meals. But if you eat out often, meal delivery may actually save you money.
• Non all-inclusive. If you want fresh vegetables and fruits, you will still need to shop weekly. Some services also do not supply side items, so you must purchase and prepare the sides to go with the entrée.
• Limited maintenance. If you use the program to lose weight, most services do not provide maintenance options or training. It is too easy to fall back into poor eating habits if you decide to stop the service.
While a vegetarian diet delivery program helps simplify both meal preparation and your diet, it still isn’t a perfect solution for everybody. If you dine out often, for work or pleasure, you may end up with more food than you can realistically consume. The plans are also pricey, though less expensive than the average restaurant meal. Carefully weigh the pros and cons before committing yourself to a specific service.