Almost everyone has heard of Blue Apron. Sure it’s great to have your meals delivered to you. We live in a society where convenience has become normalcy. Despite the asking membership price, there are a lot of other things to consider about the brand, yet it all seems to boil down to one simply thing….Blue Apron: Convenient. But is it healthy?
The Price for Convenience
Blue Apron allows for meal preparation for two to four meals each week. While it may not be very numerous, it does eliminate having to make a trip out to the grocery store. It also eliminates the temptation of impulse shopping and shopping hungry. That will discourage overeating and save money for other things (like a larger grocery budget). One thing it does not do is accommodate for food allergies so beware of the freshest ingredients Blue Apron is sending in the mail.
However, with the types of ingredients provided it should be noted that convenience foods are never a cheap option. The price for ready-to-make meals is going to cost more than say buying a box of Ramen noodles. On the other hand, the ingredients will be far healthier than processed noodles and salt.
Blue Apron recipes can be customized to an extent. If you know a thing or two about cooking, you can leave certain ingredients out if you don’t care for them or if you don’t want to use them. The recipe cards provided do list instructions on how to prepare and cook each pre-selected meal for the week. As the ingredients are fresh, they won’t do too well in the freezer so you mighty as well throw them away.
Keto Versus Blue Apron
Fad diets are almost always a bad idea. Mainly because the weight shed usually is gained back within the first year of weight loss. Keto has become immensely popular with type two diabetics for its purported success with controlling blood sugar through extreme carbohydrate restriction. Blue Apron does provide portions for the meals but it does incorporate carbohydrates. However, recipes can always be modified.
The bottom line – Blue Apron is convenient and expensive but not really any healthier than shopping for ingredients yourself and cooking from scratch. Grocery stores carry just about all of the items that are provided to local grocery stores. Blue Apron just cuts out the middle man by doing all of the work for you. All you have to do is cook the meals.