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More and more people are ordering HelloFresh and other meal delivery options to save time on getting dinner on the table.
More and more people are ordering HelloFresh and other meal delivery options to save time on getting dinner on the table.

YOU can't turn on the TV at the moment without being bombarded with advertisements for the various meal delivery services.

Some focus on weight loss, others convenience but they all promise great tasting, delicious meals that you do not need to shop for or spend hours in the kitchen preparing. So if you are looking to spend less time in the kitchen this year and take control of your nutrition, here is a rundown of some of the most popular and readily available meal delivery services.

MARLEY SPOON

One the newer groups to enter the fresh meal kit delivery space, Marley Spoon has been praised for its delicious tasty recipes. Delivering to all Australian states with the exception of Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, Marley Spoon offers various meal boxes that cater for a number of meals each week.

The meals come in at roughly $10 each and allow users to choose the meals they would prefer each week. While the Marley Spoon recipes include fresh, healthy ingredients, there is less of a focus on calorie and carbohydrate control, and as such are not likely to support those wanting to lose weight.

This doesn’t look bad for $10 a meal. Picture: Marley Spoon
This doesn’t look bad for $10 a meal. Picture: Marley Spoon

YOUFOODZ

Readily available in various supermarkets, youfoodz also offers meals in a convenient home delivery option to all major Australian cities.

The strength of youfoodz compared to other meal delivery options currently available is that it caters for both healthy eating and weight loss, with a range of different plans available for dieters.

The meals are simple, calorie and carbohydrate controlled and allow dieters to pick and choose the meals that suit them best and come in at $10 per meal.

Doesn’t matter if you can’t cook ... if you start ordering dinner delivery you can eat well without effort. Picture: Youfoodz
Doesn’t matter if you can’t cook ... if you start ordering dinner delivery you can eat well without effort. Picture: Youfoodz

GOURMET DINNER SERVICE

The Gourmet Dinner Service has been in operation for more than 20 years and now services most major capital cities along the eastern seaboard and the service focuses on delivering quality meals for busy people and families.

With a range of meal options including family friendly meal hampers, the meals come in at $8-$12 per serve and the great thing is that you can specifically select meals based on the number of people you are serving as well as price.

While the service does not cater specifically for weight loss, it does have some nutritional information available as well as guidance on wheat, gluten and dairy-free options.

The Gourmet Dinner Service has been around for a couple of decades, saving time poor people from putting dinner on the table.
The Gourmet Dinner Service has been around for a couple of decades, saving time poor people from putting dinner on the table.

MUSCLE MEALS DIRECT

Not traditionally thought of as an answer to your home cooking needs, Muscle Meals Direct has supplied meals to avid gym users and those wanting to lean up for many years.

Delivering to all major Australian cities with the exception of Adelaide, the strength Muscle Meals Direct has is that their meals are simple - mixes of proteins, vegetables and portion controlled quantities of carbohydrates with the specific goal of supporting those wanting to lose body fat.

While Muscle Meals Direct may not be the best option for families, for individuals you can order portion controlled serves of various carb / protein meal mixes for less than $10 per meal and the program can cater for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets.

Perfect for those wanting a simple meal plan with minimal food preparation and who want to strip weight quickly and easily.

HELLO FRESH

One of the first groups who offered meal kit delivery across major Australian cities, Hello Fresh is a well-known brand when it comes to making the home cooking experience a whole lot easier for busy families.

With boxes delivered with individual and family meal options, that range between $5-$8 a serve, Hello Fresh is a family friendly, cost effective solution for those who would rather have someone else meal plan and shop for them.

While the meals are generally described as delicious, it needs to be known that there is not a specific calorie controlled approach and as such while the meals may contain fresh ingredients, Hello Fresh is unlikely to support weight control with many of the meals based around a heavy carbohydrate base of noodles, rice, pasta and bread.

You’ll still have to cook (and clean up) with Hello Fresh meals — but all that annoying preparation is taken care of — you’ll have the exact ingredients for each recipe you need and don’t need to spend time meal planning or shopping.
You’ll still have to cook (and clean up) with Hello Fresh meals — but all that annoying preparation is taken care of — you’ll have the exact ingredients for each recipe you need and don’t need to spend time meal planning or shopping.

LITE N' EASY

Lite n' Easy has been around for more than 30 years, delivering calorie controlled meals, developed with a dietitian to support those wanting to lose weight offering individual meals as well as long-term weight loss programs in which all meals and snacks are provided.

Lite n' Easy offers an extensive range of meals and snacks, allowing dieters to pick and choose what suits their personal taste preference.

Meals range from $5-$12 per serve and an entire weeks' worth of meals and snacks costs between $150-$180 depending on your calorie plan and location. All nutritional information is readily available on the website which is relatively easy to navigate.

One of the biggest criticisms is that the food is pre-packaged in advance and as such does not have the freshness factor of a meal kit approach. Overall Lite n' Easy is a good choice for those wanting to prepare very little food and who want to actively lose weight.

Lite n’ Easy delivers what it says: Calorie controlled meals that you only have to reheat. But as it’s pre packaged, some people have criticised the service for not having a fresher option. Picture: Lite n' Easy.
Lite n’ Easy delivers what it says: Calorie controlled meals that you only have to reheat. But as it’s pre packaged, some people have criticised the service for not having a fresher option. Picture: Lite n' Easy.

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