Are meal delivery services really worth it? That was one of the many questions I set out to answer when I gave Deliver Lean a try for 10 days. South Florida has a number of meal delivery services to choose from, but Deliver Lean ranks among the top selections. So why are so many people choosing to order from Deliver Lean? Let’s find out.

Meal Selection

As with most meal delivery services, you are able to choose each individual meal you will be delivered ahead of time. Deliver Lean boasts an impressive 96 different meal selections each week in four different meal plans – The Classic, The Paleo, The Vegetarian and The Vegan. For my 10 days, I chose to select all Paleo meals with as many different meal options as I could. Trust me, the food was so appetizing on the website, it was much harder said than done.

Day 1

One of the many reservations I’ve always had about meal delivery services was how would it work delivering to my apartment vs a house? Do I have them leave it at the desk? Do I have them deliver it to my door? What if someone takes it while it sits outside my door? All of these questions were answered in Day 1 when I received a phone call from the Deliver Lean Customer Service Representative. I feel bad for forgetting her name, but she was probably the nicest Customer Service rep I’ve ever spoken to in my life. She kindly explained the delivery team had issues accessing my building. After a quick 5 minute phone call, instructions were updated, and there was not a single issue with the deliveries after that call. They delivered right to my door every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning with no issues.

Day 2

A Cranberry Orange Almond Scone is not something I would typically order for breakfast, but once again, for the sake of variety, I selected as many different options as I could in the 10 day period. This scone was delicious, and came with Cultured Coconut Yogurt with Blueberries and Mango.

Day 3

I was already getting used to seeing the delivery bag waiting outside my door each morning, and since it was Friday, this one was packed with an entire weekend’s worth of meals.  What’s great is that each meal has a label indicating the day and meal you selected it for in case you forget. It really makes organizing and planning that much easier.

Day 4

The weekend’s are dangerous for me, because if I am going to have a cheat meal, it’s going to be then. Deliver Lean kept me on track throughout Saturday with Scrambled Egg Whites with Sauteed Kale & Tomato with Chicken Apple Sausage.

Day 5

It was a typical Sunday morning in Miami, so my natural instinct post-workout was, “Where am I going for Brunch?” This week was different because I already had a meal waiting for me at home. On the menu was Grilled Chicken Paillard with Provencial Tomato, Corn & Bell Pepper Salad & Lemon Thyme Reduction.

Day 6

Monday’s dinner was really delicious. Basil Coconut Chicken with Roasted Spaghetti Squash & Baked Tomato.

Day 7

The surprise meal of the entire week was definitely the Gluten Free Arepas with Braised Mojo Pull Pork. I don’t know why, but this was one of my favorite meals. I highly recommend this one.

Day 8

After a week, I started noticing a few things. I wasn’t as hungry as I thought I would be. I eat a lot of food. Healthy food, but a lot of it. When weighing the cost of a meal delivery delivery service, I’ve always thought I would have to buy some additional food as well, so it never really made sense. I was proven wrong. I didn’t need extra food at all. The portions were just right, and I was getting exactly what I needed throughout the day to keep going.

Day 9

Dinner included Mexican Beef Tenderloin Strips with Peppers, Red Onion, Blistered Tomatoes, Plantain Mash & Grilled Cilantro Lime.

Day 10.

After 10 days with Deliver Lean, one of the biggest things I took away from the experience is their attention to detail with everything, especially food quality. There wasn’t really a bad meal. They were all tasty. For everyone meal prepping every Sunday (myself included), this was a great break, and even gave me some ideas I can cook on my own. I highly recommend giving Deliver Lean a chance.

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