In today’s busy world it can be hard to find the time to plan and prepare healthy meals for many adults. For older adults trying to maintain their independence at home, healthy meals can be a challenge for different reasons. Most Americans want to improve their health, but these challenges can be a road block for many of us. In between errands, work, kids, or medical conditions the desire of take-out meals, drive thru’s, frozen meals, or shakes can increase as we seek ease without sacrificing flavor.
It may sound like a dream to have healthy meals delivered to your door that are nutritionally balanced, chef-prepared and require no prepping or grocery shopping. Home-delivered meals have increased in popularity with some major differences between them. Some are meal kits that deliver ingredients and a recipe, but still require you to prepare the meal. Others are frozen, freeze-dried, or refrigerated requiring a heat-and-serve preparation.
The benefits of home-delivered meals can be life-changing for some people and can help many people reach their individual health goals while navigating a hectic world.
Benefits of home-delivered meals include:
- Ease and convenience. Most home delivered meals require no meal planning, grocery shopping and minimal cooking and clean up. Meals are easy to transport with you to work or to a family member’s house.
- Independence. Research shows that over 90% of elderly home-delivered meal customers are able to continue to live in their own homes. Being able to maintain independence can improve individual’s lives in different ways including mentally, psychologically, and physically.
- Increased nutrition. Whether due to a demanding schedule or an elderly person living on their own, meals often can be skipped leading to decreased nutrition. Home-delivered meals increase the likelihood that regular meals are consumed. Another common habit is ordering restaurant foods or running through a drive thru, which can be high in sodium, fat, and carbohydrates and low in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Home-delivered meals, like Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, are planned according to nutrition guidelines set out by different healthcare organizations.
- Improved health. No matter what your goals are, following a healthy diet can improve your health in a variety of ways. Seattle Sutton’s home-delivered meals are low-sodium, low in fat, high in fiber, and include fresh fruits and vegetables.