Meal prep is an essential Mama skill to have and develop. Prepping lunches, dinners or healthy snacks can help save you time AND energy throughout the days.
This may seem like a daunting task, especially if you have little monkeys running around your ankles!
So, what if there was somebody to do the heavy work of prepping FOR you!?
What if you DIDN’T have to run to the grocery store?
What if you DIDN’T have to try figuring out something everyone in the family would like, finding a recipe, making a list (yes, I could go on…)!?
Well, you don’t have to look too far! It’s meal prep services to your rescue!
There are so many different options of meal prep services from online to local to even your grocery store!
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ONLINE MEAL KITS
These are a great idea, especially when you don’t have much time to go shopping. Maybe you would like to spend the time with your kiddos instead of shopping?
The meals are delivered directly to your doorstep with the meals that YOU choose for each week.
Most come prepped fully with all of the ingredients that is needed to make the dish, along side with the instructions and beautiful photos.
One of the them, Freshly.com, even comes FULLY PREPARED for you!
And to make it simple, while you’re browsing on Amazon, buy your Meal Kits as well!
Here’s a list of some of the best healthy online meal kits:
- Home Chef
- Sun Basket
- Blue Apron
- Purple Carrot
- Every Plate
- Daily Harvest
- Green Chef
- Fresh Direct
- Martha & Marley Spoon
- Takeout Kit
- One Potato
LOCALLY PREPARED MEALS
If you’re one to support local and small businesses, this route might be more up your alley!
It is the same concept as the online meal kits, but down-home style
There are many small meal prep service businesses, all different in each city!
One of my favorites is FitLife Foods! You can have meals delivered or decide to pick them up yourself. They even offer healthy desert options!
Who knows, maybe you decide to pick your meals up instead of having them delivered and you become friends with the owner!
Yay, for new friends!
To check out local meal prep business near you, the following websites should do the trick:
GROCERY STORE FAMILY DINNER PREP
Since most likely you’ll still have to head out to the grocery store to pick up snacks and other essentials, you can also grab meal prep kits as your passing your favorite fruits!
And if you do have to head out to the grocery store, read How To Curb Cravings While Grocery Shopping for a few healthy tips!
Most of the time, you can find these meal kits in the grocery store a bit cheaper than ordering online services because they don’t have to charge for packaging or shipping.
Some of the online meal kits, like HelloFresh & BlueApron are now linking up with grocery stores to make them readily available for a quick grab when you find yourself in a pickle for dinner!
Here are a list of a few grocery stores that have meal prep kits prepared for you to pick up whenever, but always check your listing area, there may be even more!!
Whichever route you decide to take when selecting a meal prep service, know that it is not a marriage deal. Each meal prep service offers different meals and plenty of options, so try different ones out to see which one may fit your family best.
Also remember, learning a few tips on cooking while your making these meals, won’t hurt in the long run! Plus, you get to keep the recipes so that you can make them again another time!
But, yeah, you would have to go shopping for the ingredients this time!
Good Luck Mama! You Got This!