For people with a hectic lifestyle and no time to cook, a meal delivery service provides an opportunity to eat hot, fresh meals at home in just minutes. People following specific diets or suffering from food allergies must carefully select a meal delivery service that meets their specific dietary needs. In fact, there are just a few nationwide diet delivery plans for gluten-free food.
Defined as a "protein found in wheat, rye and barley" by USA Today, gluten can be found in a wide variety of foods. In fact, gluten is the main substance that gives wheat and other foods their chewy texture. Gluten is also found in a wide variety of non-food products, including vitamins, lip balms and medications.
People following a gluten-free diet must eliminate gluten from their diets. A gluten-free diet eliminates wheat, rye, barley, flour, grains, cereals, pastas and processed foods, among several others. Most meats, rice, fruits and vegetables are safe to eat. However, people following a gluten-free diet should carefully inspect the ingredient list of any food they wish to consume.
Commonly referred to as a "gluten intolerance," celiac disease is defined by the Mayo Clinic as "a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten." When a person with celiac disease consumes gluten-containing products, his immune system reacts to the substance by damaging the inner lining of the small intestine. Since most of the body's nutrient absorption takes place in the small intestine, these nutrients are often unable to be absorbed. As a result, the person becomes malnourished. After consuming gluten, a person with celiac disease experiences symptoms of abdominal bloating, pain, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting. If left untreated, celiac disease can lead to permanent intestinal damage and serious illness.
Healthy Chef Creations
Based in Florida, Healthy Chef Creations aims to "save you time and money by delivering reasonably priced meals right to your door," according to the company website. All meals are made with fresh organic ingredients. In fact, the company claims that no processed ingredients are used in any of its meals. The meal delivery serving offers meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Nearly all menu options can be customized to the customer's specific dietary needs, including gluten free, dairy free, low carbohydrate, vegetarian, vegan and salt-free.
According to its website, "PurFoods is a USDA-approved and inspected fresh food preparation and delivery business dedicated to providing great tasting, nutritionally sound, fresh meals to our customers." All meals are designed by registered dietitians and prepared by trained chefs. Customers choose their own meals from a wide variety of selections, including a gluten-free menu. Gluten-free breakfast options include pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies and omelets. Lunch options include salads, chicken, steak and rice dishes. Gluten-free dinner entrees include a wide variety of vegetarian and meat options with various sides.