Are Boxed Delivery Meals Worth It?

To choose the right delivery meal service, you have to know what to look for.

Are Boxed Delivery Meals Worth It?

For some people, the delivery meal industry couldn't have taken off any sooner. Boxed meals, to them, are the perfect solution to a busy schedule or an aversion to the kitchen. For others though, boxed meals don't solve much and might amount to money poorly spent. To see if boxed meals are right for you, consider the following five criteria: cost, time, level of difficulty, nutrition, and taste.

Time

Most services deliver meals that require minimal preparation, where the bulk of the work is already done for you. You'll probably have to chop up a vegetable or two. That's not such a bad thing for those who want to feel like a chef without having to learn the perfect technique or determine which flavors go together.

Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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