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Since the meal kit delivery industry was first introduced to the American market it has been constantly evolving.  To stay competitive, meal kit delivery services need to be able to offer meals of varying complexities and to cater for a full range of dietary preferences and requirements.   

To do this, companies within the industry have increasingly expanded their range of special menus to cater for these needs.  One such popular diet is the Mediterranean Diet.

What are the basics of the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet is inspired by the eating habits of Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain in the 1940s and 1950s. The principal of this diet include a proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables. A moderate to high consumption of fish. A moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt) and wine consumption. Finally, a low consumption of non-fish meat products*

The belief is that the Mediterranean Diet can assist with weight loss and weight maintenance, lower risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, fight certain cancers and chronic diseases, avoid diabetes, and more. Plus: It’s easy, affordable, and delicious!

The Mediterranean Diet was announced the best overall diet in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report in January 2018.

If you are on the Mediterranean Diet, you may think you have limited options when it comes to using meal kit delivery services, but in fact there are a couple of companies that understand the specifications of this diet and offer some delicious and exciting options for you.

#1 Sun Basket Diet Dishes

Sun basket provides a variety of Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo-friendlyvegan, Mediterranean, pescatarian or Chef’s Choice meals.

Pricing: $11.99 per serving for classic plan

(Updated May 2018)

Sun Basket offers a great Mediterranean Plan within their Classic Plan. With this plan you will be able to enjoy organic seasonal produce, all responsibly and sustainably sourced, wild-caught seafood and lean meats. These are paired with the best quality whole grains, healthy fats and fresh herbs. This plan includes three meals per week for two or four adults.

Price:  $11.99 for three dishes per week respectively.  There is an extra shipping cost of $6.99 per box.

Other Highlights: Gluten-Free meal kits, Dairy- Free, Soy-Free, all organic

Some favorite Mediterranean dishes from Sun Basket:

Tempeh Bolognese and rigatoni with roasted broccoli
Tempeh Bolognese and rigatoni with roasted broccoli
Creamy feta and cucumber flatbreads with Cyprus black-eyed peas
Butter beans and fregola en brodo with kale and pistou

#2 Blue Apron Meal Kits

Blue Apron delivers all the freshest meats, fish, fruits, and veggies direct to your door in an insulated box.

Pricing: 10.99$ per serving for 2-person plan.
8.99$-9.99$ per serving for family plan

(Updated to May 2018)

Blue Apron was the first and is now one of the largest and most well-known meal kit delivery companies in the United States. They have partnered with local farmers to ensure the highest-quality ingredients are delivered to your kitchen. Among their weekly selection of dishes you will be able to find a few delicious and exciting dishes that have been designed especially for the Mediterranean diet.

As a bonus, you can also try the Blue Apron Wine option, which includes a monthly delivery of six premium wines to perfectly compliment your meals.

Price: Blue Apron offers their two-person plan for $10.99 per serving.  Free shipping is included for three recipes per week.

Some favorite Mediterranean dishes from Blue Apron:

Sweet Peppers & Lentils with Cashews, Yogurt, & Mint

Seared Cod & Olive Tapenade with Kale & Brown Rice
Seared Cod & Olive Tapenade with Kale & Brown Rice
Roasted Chickpea & Freekeh Salad with Lemon Labneh & Harissa-Glazed Carrots
Sweet Peppers & Lentils with Cashews, Yogurt, & Mint
Sweet Peppers & Lentils with Cashews, Yogurt, & Mint

As you can see, there are options to help you stay on track with the Mediterranean Diet when using a meal kit delivery service. I highly recommend mixing and matching at first. That way you will get a true feeling of the style of dishes offered by each company. You can skip weeks very easily, so it is quite simple to trial a couple of services at the same time. Whichever option you choose, using a meal  kit delivery service will make it easy for you to stay on track with your diet plan. Additionally, it will certainly help you minimize the time spent on planning meals and grocery shopping.

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