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6 Things to Look for in a Meal Prep Delivery Service for Your Date Night

We've rounded up an array of things to look for while choosing one. 

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If you had enough time to handle the entire cooking process yourself, you would use healthy and freshly prepared ingredients. Pixabay

Thinking of staying in and cooking a romantic dinner for two on your next date, but have no time to do all the meal prep? With healthy meal prep delivery services, you don’t have to spend an ounce of energy on meal preparation.  But as with anything on the internet, there are many meal prep delivery services available today. That’s why we’ve rounded up an array of things to look for while choosing one.

  • Healthy and Freshly Prepared Meals or Ingredients

If you had enough time to handle the entire cooking process yourself, you would use healthy and freshly prepared ingredients. This should remain so even if you are utilizing the services of a meal prep company. In that light, if a company offers frozen meals, you should run! You don’t know how long those frozen meals have been sitting in the freezer. 

Also, keep in mind — the ingredients might be freshly prepared but not healthy. To get the best, look for a company that offers locally sourced, healthy, and whole ingredients.

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Customization of your meal for your date night is a great idea. Pixabay
  • Variety

For a special night, you want to treat your partner’s taste buds to a meal he/she has never eaten before, or one that he/she has not eaten for a long time, but loves. In that breath, another feature to look for in a healthy meal prep delivery service is variety. You want a service that offers you an array of well-rounded ingredients and meal options. This is especially essential if you or your partner follow a particular diet, for instance, a keto or vegan diet.

  • Customization and Flexibility

While a company that offers variety is excellent, it’s also essential that it provides custom options for what you put on your table. This way, you can customize the menu and get the meal prep done precisely how you envisioned it for your special night.

Customization is particularly essential if you are planning on working with this company in the long run. Why? Once you sign up for a particular meal prep plan, some providers usually expect you to stick to it till the end of the subscription. 

This is not ideal as you may want to make changes at some point. For instance, if you start working out, you may want to tweak the plan so you can remove or include healthy options. Therefore, look for a company that’s flexible enough to allow you to build your plan.

  • Friendly Packaging

Look for a healthy meal prep delivery that ticks all the above boxes and at the same time delivers in microwave-friendly packaging. You also want a company that understands the essence of sustainability and as such uses packaging that’s friendly for you and Mother Nature.

  • Customer Services

What happens when the wrong order is delivered to you? Will your provider work on rectifying the situation, or will they try to blame it on you? What if it takes longer than expected or you need another delivery done urgently?

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For a special night like Valentine, you want to treat your spouse’s taste buds to a meal he/she has never eaten before, or one that he/she has not eaten for a long time, but loves. Pixabay

The answer to these questions depends on the efficiency of the provider’s customer services. Make sure you do due diligence by checking out testimonials to see what other clients have to say.

  • Cost

Lastly, it would be best if you also considered the cost. The provider you’ve been reviewing might have ticked all the above boxes, but if you can’t afford it, their services will be of no good to you. You also want a company that offers you value for your money.

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The idea of staying in on date night and enjoying a candlelit dinner that you and your partner prepared together while you sip on champagne is pretty romantic. However, between work and being stuck in traffic for hours, you may not get enough time to handle the entire cooking process, and that’s pretty okay. With healthy meal prep delivery services, you and your significant other can still enjoy that homemade dinner this date night. 

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Know Why You Should Not Consume Too Much Salt

Too much salt in your diet can weaken your immune system

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Excessive salt intake also significantly weakens an important arm of the immune system. Pixabay

Researchers have found that eating too much salty diet weakens your immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight off bacterial infections.

For the findings, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the research team fed mice a high-salt diet and found more severe bacterial infections.

Human volunteers who consumed an additional six grams of salt per day also showed pronounced immune deficiencies. This amount corresponds to the salty content of two fast-food meals, the study said.

Five grams a day, no more: This is the maximum amount of salty diet that adults should consume according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). It corresponds approximately to one level teaspoon.

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For the findings, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the research team fed mice a high-salt diet and found more severe bacterial infections. Pixabay

“We have now been able to prove for the first time that excessive salty diet intake also significantly weakens an important arm of the immune system,” said study researcher Christian Kurts from the University of Bonn in Germany.

According to the researchers, this finding is unexpected, as some studies point in the opposite direction.

“We were able to show this in mice with a listeria infection,” said study lead author Katarzyna Jobin from the University of Wurzburg.

“We had previously put some of them on a salty diet. In the spleen and liver of these animals, we counted 100 to 1,000 times the number of disease-causing pathogens,” Jobin added.

Listeria is bacteria that are found for instance in contaminated food and can cause fever, vomiting and sepsis. Urinary tract infections also healed much more slowly in laboratory mice fed a high-salt diet.

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Eating too much salt weakens your immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight off bacterial infections. Pixabay

Sodium chloride also appears to have a negative effect on the human immune system, the study said.

“We examined volunteers who consumed six grams of salt in addition to their daily intake, this is roughly the amount contained in two fast-food meals, i.e. two burgers and two portions of French fries,” Kurts said.

After one week, the scientists took blood from participants and examined the granulocytes. The immune cells coped much worse with bacteria after the test participants had started to eat a high-salt diet.

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In human volunteers, excessive salt intake also resulted in increased glucocorticoid levels. The best-known glucocorticoid cortisone is traditionally used to suppress inflammation, according to the study.

“Only through investigations in an entire organism were we able to uncover the complex control circuits that lead from salty diet intake to this immunodeficiency,” Kurts stressed. (IANS)