People often think of meal delivery services as being primarily for single adults and couples. But you can absolutely use a meal delivery service when you have a family with children, too. Here are a few tips to follow if you decide to go this route.
Tip #1: Consider how many portions you actually need.
If you have small children, they may not all need their own full portion. You may be able to divide one adult portion between them, allowing you to save a little money on every order. For instance, if your family consists of you, your partner, a 3-year-old, and a 5-year-old, you can probably order three portions for each meal and divide one of those portions between the two kids. As the kids grow and their appetites grow with them, you can eventually adjust and start ordering more.
Tip #2: Pick balanced meals.
You might want to experiment with a low-carb diet or avoid all protein for a month, but that does not mean having your kids adhere to the same diet is a good idea. It's generally best to choose balanced meals for kids. They need plenty of fat, carbs, and protein because they are growing rapidly and moving around a lot. If you want to go on a more specialized diet, consider ordering separate meals for yourself and for your kids. Let your kids try your meal if they are curious, but serve them their own meals primarily. If you do think your kids could benefit from a more specialized diet, run it by their pediatrician before you order meals that adhere to that diet.
Tip #3: Keep some extra food on hand.
There may be nights when your kids do not like the delivered meal. The meal may be perfectly delicious, but your kids decide it's not for them. In situations like this, it is important to have some backup options on hand so your kids actually eat. You could order a backup meal you know they'll love every week. For instance, maybe a spaghetti meal is a good go-to. Or, you could keep some basic, non-prepped foods on hand so you can make a non-delivered meal when your kids decide to be extra picky.
Using a meal delivery service can save you a lot of time in the kitchen when you have kids. Just make sure you order healthy, balanced meals and keep some backups on hand for picky children.
Contact a meal delivery service to learn more.