Are food boxes (or meal kits) good for you?

Are food boxes good for you?

Your Health

It is now proven that we tend to cook at home less often than ever, and that we rely more and more on restaurants food delivery services and takeaways.

research conducted by the University of Sydney compared the nutritional value of a selection of fresh food box delivery services, concluding the meals are healthier than standard takeaway or restaurants delivery.

Even compared to homemade dinners, a food box will provide pre-portioned ingredients allowing a better portion-control of the meals, and in turn having a positive impact on the intake of vegetables, energy (kcal and kJ), fat and sodium.

And by cooking high-quality fresh produce, you know exactly what is in your plate.

 

The environmental impact

On the packaging aspect, your fresh food delivery boxes help you keep your carbon footprint to a minimum.

My Foodie Box has a system called Foodie Loop that ensures that none of the packaging is sent to landfill. The large box is collected when your new order is delivered. The liners, made of sheep wool, are composted at the end of their lifecycle. And everything inside the food box is either recyclable or compostable.

A 2019 study published in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling, finds that on average, a meal sourced at a grocery store generates 33% more greenhouse gas emissions than an equivalent meal delivered at home from a meal kit.

And with My Foodie Box being extra cautions about its environmental impact, the discrepancy is even higher. We provide you WA produce only, and with meats that are farmed responsibly.

Different studies1) show that by the time you order your 5th food delivery box with My Foodie Box, you will save 14kg of food from being wasted, and avoided 106kg of CO2 from being emitted – that is the equivalent of 582 km driven with a new car.

Sustainable and eco-friendly packaging for meal kit

Are meal kits more expensive?

These same studies reveal that Australians throw out $2.67 billions worth of fresh food every year. Our food box delivery service provides fresh ingredients perfectly portioned to avoid waste. By the time you order your 5th food box with My Foodie Box, you will save $159 from waste.

Not to mention that doing grocery shopping in supermarkets will most likely result in purchases that are not on the shopping list, and that are not the healthiest options, like muffins, biscuits, pies, ice-cream, etc.

 

Convenience

A Research from AusVeg’s Project Harvest2) shows how long the average Australian spends in a supermarket each year. Can you believe it is more than 58 hours! It is almost 8 days of your annual leave that are spent doing grocery shopping! Not to mention the time we spend to and from the supermarket.

Meal-planning is another challenge, especially for families or even time-poor couples with different diets. Between variety, different needs, fussy kids, and cooking what we know how to, we tend to always have the same home-made dinners.

My Foodie Box’s fresh food delivery boxes are full of fresh ingredients to cook delicious and varied meals: from the most exotic (easy-to-follow) recipes to Australian’s all-time favourite dishes, there is a bit for every taste.

Our fresh meal delivery service also caters for different diets such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, and all the allergens are highlighted on the recipe cards.

Forget meal-planning and grocery shopping with WA’s best food box.

My Foodie Box Fresh ingredients delivered. On this photo egg and kalevindaloo with brown rice

If you want to try and see for yourself, head to our menu page and start cooking delicious homemade dinners in 30 minutes or less.

 

1) Studies on food waste conducted by Ozharvest, The NSW Environment Protection Authority, and Foodwise. Studies on CO2 emissions conducted by Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN.

2) Studies on time spent grocery shopping conducted by Shopperpedia and AusVeg’s Project Harvest.