I would love to say that I’m a great cook and enjoy cooking, but unfortunately my cooking is sub par and I don’t like cooking as much as some of my friends do. Sometimes I feel guilty for even saying that but to be honest, meal planning for the week and just having the time to cook are stressful to me since I work full time. I do, however, try to cook a meal for my family almost every night of the week since it’s important for me to have the family eat together and to know that I’m providing Luke with a healthy meal at dinner. But there are days when I don’t have time to cook or that I know Luke won’t eat what I cook (I never said my cooking is great) that I feel like I need the extra help.
A few weeks ago, we tried out a new food delivery service called Nurture Life, which is different from other food delivery service companies because they deliver foods for babies, toddlers and kids. It is important to me to know what Luke is eating. So when I found out about Nurture Life, I thought the service would fit into our lifestyle. Nurture Life provides fresh, organic, ready to eat food for kids delivered straight to your door. The company is located in Chicago but has services in other cities around the country. After trying out the service, I wanted to share some things I liked about it.
Convenience is key! I don’t have to go to the grocery store to buy anything. I don’t have to leave my house to get the food. A week’s supply (5 days) is delivered to my door in a cold storage box. I just have to put the meals in the fridge or freezer after they are delivered.
When ordering, I was able to pick the day you want the food delivered. I received an email notification about the shipment so you know when you’ll receive it. I found that aspect to be so helpful in saving me time and the stress of having to plan, shop for and cook Luke’s meals every day.
It’s a good back up
There are days that I’m running home from work late and I know if I cook something, Luke will be eating his dinner later than usual. So for those days, I used Nurture Life as the meals are ready in few minutes in the microwave or 10 minutes or so in the oven, depending on whether the meals have been refrigerated or in the freezer. That way, Luke still gets to have his dinner at around his usual time.
I tried not to feed Luke a meal from Nurture Life every day because I knew he would get tired of seeing a meal coming from the box. I mixed it up with meals that I cooked and Nurture Life meals for days that I didn’t have time to prepare a meal for him.
The selection process is easy
Nurture Life has you select your child’s meals a week before they are meals delivered. There are about 10 meals you can choose from. You can pick from five meals for the week or more. If you select five meals, you can select five different meals or a few of the same ones. Just add those meals to your cart.
The ingredients are easy to understand
The ingredients are simple and straight forward. I can actually understand all the ingredients for each meal. There’s no guessing.. These are normally the same ingredients I would put in our home cooked meals.
It’s a flexible commitment
I like that you can suspend the delivery service for weeks you don’t plan to be using the meals. That way, you don’t end up with all these meals in the freezer or unused. You can start again whenever you want to replenish.
It’s a great way for your child to try different foods
As a typical four year old, Luke loves macaroni and cheese and cheese pizza. But I was surprised that he really enjoyed the salmon teriyaki dish the most. Now he tells me he loves fish. I’m like what? His other favorites are the gnocchi, turkey meatloaf, and spaghetti and chicken meatballs.
Overall, I think it’s a great service, especially for my busy lifestyle and it’s something I really need at the moment. Time management and cooking are not my best attributes. Sometimes it’s nice to know that there is a good back up plan, especially when the meals are organic and freshly prepared.
Nurture Life provided the meals for my family to try. We have since signed up and are paying for the service. All opinions in this post are mine.