- We tested whether it’s possible to order two nutritious meals a day from either Just Eat, Uber Eats, or Deliveroo.
- The rules were that we weren’t allowed to order the same dish twice, and our budget was £30 ($US40) per day.
- Given that takeaways are expensive and often have hidden salt, or can be very oily, would it be possible to get nourishing, good quality meals delivered within budget?
Eating healthily is all about balance and eating everything you fancy in moderation.
However, getting regular takeaways isn’t generally associated with nourishing your body or fuelling an active lifestyle. But does this need to be the case?
We decided to see whether it’s possible to eat healthily while ordering two meals a day (discounting breakfast) from delivery apps for a week.
So what did we find?
The worst of the three apps was Just Eat, as there weren’t very many healthy options and delivery time was unpredictable.
Top of the pack was Deliveroo, as we managed to get healthy meals delivered on time. That said, Uber Eats also offered plenty of protein-packed, nutritious options.
Is it possible to eat healthily using delivery apps? Yes, you just need to know where to look.
But there are pitfalls.
Making healthy choices involved doing a lot of research first: scrolling through all the different options on the apps as well as looking up nutritional info online, which was pretty time-consuming.
And… The whole process isn’t cheap! We barely managed to get a good filling lunch and dinner for £30 ($US40) a day. Imagine spending that each day for a whole year… it would come to over £7,000 or $US10,000.
The amount of plastic packaging you would accrue by doing so would be massive as well.
So yes. It’s certainly possible to order healthy food using delivery apps, but it won’t do your wallet or the planet any favours.
Produced by Ju Shardlow
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