Plant Based Meals In A Box

purple carrotPlant-based foods will improve your health while taking a BIG chunk out of your carbon footprint. Not a bad combination, in fact, probably one of the best. Switching from a meat-rich diet will reduce your carbon footprint about the same as junking that gas-guzzling SUV and switching to a hybrid or an electric car.

Just like how the U.S. military and Social Security together account for a majority of the U.S government’s national budget, your diet and transportation choices are about 70-80% of your annual carbon footprint. Beyond these two factors, your other lifestyle choices are minuscule. So transitioning over to a plant based diet has enormous upside on your environmental impact.

The biggest challenge with plant based diet is the seemingly additional thought, time, and prep needed to pull it all together. Most meats cook amazingly quick and the fat smells great while cooking, so maybe that’s why we gravitate to meat-laden meals. Americans consume considerable amounts of meat and fish every day. And switching from a meat-ladened diet to a lighter meat diet (Meatless Mondays), or even a meatless diet takes focus, time, and perseverance.

A number of meals in a box solutions have popped up on the market (Purple Carrot, Green Chef, Chef’d, HelloFresh, Blue Apron). In this article, we’re only evaluating the Purple Carrot.

Purple Carrot offers a turn-key solution to help you with this transition. Simply select your plan, and every week Purple Carrot wil send you all of the pre-measured ingredients you need to create spectacular vegan meals, made with fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients. You can pause, skip a week, or cancel at any time. Pricing is $68 to feed 2 people 3 times a week, that $11/head/meal. Or $74 to feed 4 people twice a week, that’s $9.25/head/meal.

If you’re strapped for time and have limited cooking experience, healit is an attractive solution.

Purple Carrot offers a home delivery service of plant-based meals – good meals at your doorstep. Currently, Purple Carrot offers two service plans that deliver pre-organized plant-based meals for you and your family right to your kitchen.

Purple Carrot highlights a few of our favorite health benefits of eating a plant-based diet:

    55% reduced chance of high blood pressure
    32% reduced risk of heart disease
    23% reduced risk of stomach cancer
    -5 average reduction in body masses index
    3.6 additional years on this planet
    320 number of Miles driven saved for each burger you don’t eat.
    91 billion miles saved if everyone in the US ate no meat or cheese one day a week.
    4 – Eating vegan for 4 days/week is the carbon saving equivalent of three months with no car for a family of four.
    1811 – the number of gallons of water to produce a pound of beef vs. a pound of veggies

Given that Purple Carrot consumes packaging, refrigeration, and trucks to deliver the meals to your door, we’re not how much of the benefit is offset, but their food pictures are mouthwatering.


About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.