Meal kit services are all the rage right now, offering fresh ready-to-cook ingredients delivered right to your door in all the proper portions for your meals. Most of these services have a list of meal options to choose from and a few dietary restrictions they can work with (generally including vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo). They also tend to come with a recipe card that includes nutritional information for the meal. But recently, one meal kit company has risen above the rest by offering meal options specifically for diabetes.
Sun Basket has found its niche in creating food options for people with a wide range of medical problems that cause them to have particular dietary restrictions. For those with diabetes, the company offers meals that are low in sugar and sodium and high in fiber to help their customers maintain good control of their blood glucose levels. They also pride themselves on offering the highest quality fats and carbohydrates (but not too many!) and enough protein to keep customers feeling satisfied.
People with diabetes have to be more careful with their health than the average person. From counting carbs to calculating bolus insulin doses, properly managing diabetes can be an arduous and time-consuming task. So naturally, having meal ingredients delivered to your door, complete with a nutrition label, promises to make life a lot easier.
“It’s taking the diet out of diet; it’s making it more of a lifestyle change,” says Kaley Todd, a nutritionist at Sun Basket.
Sun Basket has worked closely with the American Diabetes Association to ensure that all the meals they provide will help keep people with diabetes healthy. Happily, these diabetes-friendly options do not cost any more than Sun Basket’s regular meal options, and they’re all under 700 calories—just another way meal kit delivery will make living healthy easier.
If you think all this sounds too good to be true and that you’re going to get heaps of tasteless vegetables on your plate, you’d be wrong. Sun Basket has made taste a priority in their recipes for people with diabetes. Some of the mouthwatering meals available include salmon cakes with Tahini goddess dressing and celery salad, Manhattan-style cod chowder with potatoes and fennel, or lettuce-wrapped turkey burgers with green goddess dressing and lentil salad. And how could you pass up a dish with a name like “seared pork with blueberry-apricot sauce and sautéed greens,” which 90 percent of Sun Basket’s customers report they would order again?
The decision to incorporate diabetes-friendly recipes may also be a smart decision on the company’s part, as customers with specific food allergies and dietary restrictions tend to be more loyal to the food brands that work for them, as opposed to customers without dietary restrictions, who are more likely to try out new brands.
But don’t let Sun Basket’s motives stop you from enjoying their products! It’s a win-win situation for all involved, and that includes the many millions of people in the United States who have diabetes and who are at risk for diabetes.
Diabetes is the second disease on the list of health issues Sun Basket hopes to tackle. They’ve already developed an American Heart Association certified “Lean & Clean” meal plan for people at risk for heart disease. Down the road, they’ll be incorporating healthy and tasty recipes that cater to people with other health concerns, such as autoimmune disorders and irritable bowel syndrome.
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