Alison is a registered dietitian, board-certified in oncology nutrition, and a cancer thriver. Her expertise in oncology nutrition and personal experience with her own cancer diagnosis and its treatment provide her with the unique perspective of being able to relate to her clients on an entirely different level. Her content is consistently focused on evidence-based guidelines and seeks to increase the awareness of the power of nutrition to complement traditional cancer therapies.
Time. It is likely the most valuable commodity to all of us. We all want more of it. Yet, it is the one commodity we all get the exact same amount of – 24 hours in one day.
How we use our individual time all differs. Some of us seem to be incredibly efficient and smart at maximizing those 24 hours in a day. But I would argue most of us are constantly striving to find ways to improve our efficiency and carve out more time for what really matters to us.
Time is also one of the top reasons more individuals are resistant to adopt a (more) plant-based lifestyle believing eating plant-based means extra time prepping.
Trust me, I get it. I fall into that category of constantly striving to find more time in the day. But finding time to prep plant based meals doesn’t have to be incredibly time consuming.
Don’t get me wrong, starting or moving towards a more plant-based lifestyle likely will take more time for almost everyone. It is the same as learning a new hobby or skill. It takes time. It’s a journey. But as you put more effort and practice into it, it will soon become second nature.
Once you get the hang of it, there will still be days, weeks, or seasons of life where finding time to prep plant based meals seems impossible, or you just want a break. I know I feel that from time to time.
For many of my clients just starting out in their plant-based journey or struggling their way through a season of life where time is in incredibly high demand, I recommend opting for some plant-based meal deliveries to help.
I’m not blind to the fact that meal deliveries can be expensive and impact another commodity most wish they always had more of – money.
When I order meal kits, delivery services, etc. it is with pure intention and awareness. Awareness that the week(s) ahead will be busy and stressful. Awareness that we’ll need healthy, delicious meals on the table to help carry us through the stressful, busy days. And awareness that my time and stress levels are important factors to consider when determining how to deliver meals to the table for myself and my family.
Since there are lots of good reasons to invest in a subscription or on-demand delivered meals, today, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite plant-based meal delivery options to help carry you through those tough weeks!
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Splendid Spoon is a ready-made meal service that comes frozen to your door. Offering over 50 ready-to-eat meals, plus a variety of smoothies, juices, and even a few desserts. All meals are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free.
What I love about Splendid Spoon is you can start a subscription but skip or cancel your deliveries, as needed. Plus, you can also choose an on-demand delivery option – perfect for those different seasons of life.
Key Features: Ready-made, frozen, gluten-free, choose your own meals, dirty dozen foods sourced organically, 100% plant-based.
Check it Out: Learn more about Splendid Spoon and save up to $60 on your first 3 orders.
Sprinly is an organic, ready-made, and fresh meal service delivered weekly to your doorstep. The meals are prepared fresh with a new menu weekly. Each meal reheats in about 3 minutes, which is certainly a benefit when you’re crunched for time.
Although I’ve always been hesitant about meal delivery services and the amount of potential waste from these services, Sprinly is mindful about its packaging with virtually every piece of the product being recyclable. Plus, you can skip or cancel your subscription at any time, without fees.
Key Features: Fresh, organic, new menus weekly, 100% plant-based.
Check it Out: Learn more about Sprinly and save up to $30 off your first 3 weeks!
Right in my own backyard is Polite Platter. Polite Platter focuses on serving Lake Country and surrounding areas in southeastern Wisconsin. This local (to me) company brings on plant-forward, delicious meals to your front door with zero waste. Yep! Meals are delivered in pyrex containers to your doorstep on Sunday mornings.
This small business is woman owned and operated and focused on “show[ing] you that eating your vegetables can be healthy and delicious.” Well, of course that’s a mission I’m totally behind.
Key Features: Fresh, plant-based, zero subscription, zero waste, locally owned.
Check it Out: Learn more about Polite Platter.
Another fabulous meal delivery service right in my own backyard dedicated to “improving health through food, access and education on the life-saving impact of plant foods” is Plant Joy. The delicious foods are created by Amberlea Childs, a Food for Life instructor.
Meals are available for delivery and local pick up. The variety of meals offered are either fresh or frozen and focused on whole, plant-based foods.
Key Features: Fresh and frozen options, plant-based, zero subscription, locally owned.
Check it Out: Learn more about Plant Joy.
Although I love spending some time in my own kitchen with full control of the meals I make, I love having these options available to me when we need a little extra help and a little more time in the day.
If you’re ready to learn more about how food as medicine can be simple for you and your family, be sure to check our courses and programs where we teach you how to thrive on a plant-based diet to reduce your risk of cancer, its recurrence, and manage chronic disease impact.