In Los Angeles, Fresh Food Delivery Options Abound
Here are some of the more established fresh food delivery services in Los Angeles area. These services vary in price and quality (I haven’t tried them all, but can give my input on a few). If you’re considering one, I recommend testing a week or so of each service before you settle on a long-term plan. Here we go:
THE FITNESS KITCHEN
The Fitness Kitchen is an exclusive, gourmet food delivery service with delicious, nutrient-dense meals and snacks made from scratch. Meals are delivered to your doorstep in insulated coolers to be refrigerated and enjoyed one meal at a time. A sample menu might include: Organic Yam and Dill Frittata, Organic Grilled Chicken Salad with Papayas and Blueberries, Spinach Salad Stack with Crispy Saffron Galettes or Chicken Soft Tacos with Soy Cheddar. Update 10/5/2008: As of this writing, the Fitness Kitchen is no longer in business.
It’s Los Angeles’ premiere “vegetarian” fresh food delivery service. Main dishes might include Pepper Steak Mushroom Stroganoff, Tofu Teriyaki and Vegetables, and Vegetarian Chili.
Raw food folks might enjoy RAWVOLUTION, which dedicates itself to gourmet, raw food. In case you don’t know, the term “raw food” means just that — vegetables, nuts and seeds. No meets, cheeses, dairy, etc. Each week, Matt Amsden and RAWvolution create a “box” of prepared, organic, raw foods that includes 2 soups, 4 entrées, 4 side dishes and 2 desserts. This provides packaged raw foods that you can bring to work or have waiting for you when you return from a long day. The box can be picked-up in Santa Monica, delivered anywhere in Los Angeles and Orange counties or shipped via Fed-Ex Overnight Express anywhere in the United States.
Another great raw option is TASTE OF THE GODDESS, a cafe based in West Hollywood which also offers delivery service. Friends who have tried GODDESS have enjoyed their variety and options.
SUSAN’S HEALTHY GOURMET is a service I’ve used on and off for the past 7 years. It’s especially helpful for “getting back on track” with a generalized nutrition regimen for busy people. Getting started is pretty simple — all you have to do is order at least 48 hours in advance and they will deliver full meals to your home or office the day before you are due to eat your first meal. Susan’s uses a “5-week menu rotation” to keep the menus interesting.
It’s important to remember that all of these fresh food delivery services may take the hassle out of prepping healthy meals, but this same “convenience factor” can lead to laziness (or ignorance) when you eventually stop using the services. I have been unable to find a food delivery service which educates its customers on the ratios of macronutrients, (or similarly, for example, why it’s better to eat a low-glycemic fruit than a high-glycemic).