Blue Apron are a meal kit delivery service. Meal kits are one way to help people eat fresh, healthful food while saving time and food waste. People can choose from different brands according to their preferences and budget.
This article reviews Blue Apron and discusses how it works. It looks at the menu options and whom they may suit. It also lists alternative brands and offers other tips for saving time, money, and food waste.
Blue Apron are a meal kit delivery service that aim to help people cook fresh meals at home regardless of their culinary skill level. People choose a meal plan based on their dietary requirements, preferences, and serving needs.
Blue Apron deliver measured ingredients along with recipes so that people can make the meals at home.
People can select from meals that cater to different diets, including vegetarian, pescatarian, and low calorie. Meal plans are available for two or four people.
Blue Apron deliver the meals once a week, and people can skip a week if they need to.
Please note, the writer has not tried this product. All information is research-based.
Blue Apron is available to purchase online.
Blue Apron list their recipes by dietary preference and include detailed nutritional information.
The following are some of the meal options; however, not all dietary choices are available every week.
Vegetarian: Creamy tomato fettuccine or fennel and saffron risotto (some recipes include the plant-based meat alternative Beyond Meat).
600 calories or less: Indian-style butter shrimp or orange and soy-glazed cod.
Carb-conscious: Cheesy chipotle beef and vegetable bake or sheet pan pesto salmon.
Diabetes-friendly: Pork chops and maple-sage pan sauce.
Blue Apron have a variety of options for people who want low-calorie or low-carbohydrate meals. They also have vegetarian meal options.
Blue Apron offer low calorie and carb-conscious options that may help someone lose weight.
A systematic review in 2014 indicated that a low-carbohydrate diet could decrease body weight and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggest that people should aim to reduce their calories by 500–1,000 per day after checking with a healthcare professional. This should help them to achieve a weight loss of 1–2 pounds per week.
Learn about the best ways to lose weight here.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases advise people with diabetes to eat a healthful diet that includes all the food groups and avoids excess sugar, fat, and salt.
Blue Apron offer diabetes-friendly options. The carb-conscious recipes may be suitable for people with diabetes who need to count their carbohydrates intake.
However, the diabetes-friendly options are limited, and someone may not be able to rely on Blue Apron for all their meals.
Learn more about what foods to avoid when living with diabetes.
Special dietary requirements
Blue Apron do not offer vegan options. For vegetarians, Blue Apron provide between two and four options per week, depending on which meal plan someone chooses. They also have recipes using the meat alternative Beyond Meat on their ‘Signature’ meal plan.
Gluten-free meals are not available.
Blue Apron claim they assemble all their boxes in the same processing facility. Therefore, they do not recommend that someone with a serious food allergy uses the service.
Learn more about food allergies here.
People can choose a meal kit delivery service according to their dietary preferences, delivery schedules, and budget.
Other brands include:
As an alternative to using a meal delivery kit, try the following tips to save time, money, and food waste while eating a healthful diet.
To save time
Preparation is key for a person looking to save time and eat healthful meals. Having a healthful meal prepared in advance may prevent reliance on convenience foods, which often contain more sugar, fat, and salt.
Tips to save time include:
batch cook and freeze in portionsprepare a couple of one-pot meals at once; often, people can start with the same basic ingredients such as chopped onions, celery, and carrotsuse frozen vegetables and canned beans and pulsesuse a slow cooker
To save money
People looking to save money on their grocery shop need not change where they buy their food or feel they need to restrict what they are buying.
Someone who is on a budget can take the following steps to save money:
buy fresh seasonal produce as it is usually cheaperbuy in bulk or take advantage of offers on healthful foodsuse dried pulses and beans as they are cheap and healthy
To save food waste
The US Department of Agriculture estimate that food waste is between 30–40% of the United States’ food supply.
People can avoid wasting food by trying some of these tips:
use recipes, which mean a person will need to measure out quantitiesuse leftovers for lunch the next day in wraps, salads, and bowlsfreeze extra bread or vegetables that might otherwise go to wasteat the end of the week, use produce left in the refrigerator for a one-pot soup or casseroleplan grocery shopping around ingredients that are already in the cupboards or refrigerator
Someone can also donate extra food to those in need or deliver extra meal portions to neighbors or friends.
Learn more about how to reduce food waste here.
Blue Apron can help save time and help avoid food waste and their plans might suit single people and families.
Someone who wants to lose weight might find the low-calorie and carb-conscious menu choices helpful.
Blue Apron do offer recipes suitable for people with diabetes but the selection is limited.
The service is not suitable for people with food allergies, and Blue Apron do not offer vegan options.