Let’s do some simple math — 3 meals a day times 18 years. That’s almost 20,000 meals to get your mini-you to adulthood. Gulp. So what do you do if you’re too busy to do it day after day, or (in some cases), simply not very good at it? Fortunately, now there’s an answer to those questions and to parents’ prayers. Read on to learn about the two newest meal delivery services specifically designed for kids.

Veggie Club Pakphoto: Pak’d

Getting kids up, dressed, fed, and headed to the bus stop with their teeth brushed and homework in hand feels much like a Broadway production. Making a nutritionally balanced, organic, tasty lunch for each of your kids while you’re at it? Mission impossible. Sure, you could do it the night before like your grandmother’s housekeeping magazines suggest, but once the kids are in bed that’s your time to catch up on work, laundry, email and the Real Housewives of (your favorite location here).

Wafflewich Pakphoto: Pak’d

Enter Pak’d, a meal delivery service that does lunch for you. Pak’d focuses solely on providing responsibly sourced, nutrient-packed, chef-prepared lunches for school-aged kids. You and your littler lunchers can go on eatpakd.com and choose from favorite “Paks” like the Veggie Club Pak, Chicken Caprese Pak or the Gluten-Free Wafflewich Pak (sunbutter and jelly on a whole-grain waffle!). Your kids can even customize their own paks with one main dish and three sides of their choice – they’ll love coming up with their own unique names for their creations! You can also swap out sides and modify ingredients on Pak Favorites to ensure that those lunchboxes come home empty every day.

All paks are super-healthy and packed (pardon the pun) with fresh ingredients and prepared by chefs the same day they’re delivered to your door. Since these lunches are so au naturel, they only keep for three days, so orders are taken on the same two days every week to make it easy for you to remember. Allergy concerns? The nutritional information for every ingredient is visible on the site, and why wouldn’t it be? These lunches are as nutritious as they are delicious, easy and affordable (just $6.50 per pak) – everybody wins!

Get pak’ing: eatpakd.com

Nurture Life Boxesphoto: Nurture Life

Nurture Life
Need help on more than one meal per day? Have a little one who isn’t quite ready for solid food yet, but can’t bring yourself to feed her mush from a jar that expires when she’s twelve? Or do you simply want to serve your kids tastier, healthier meals but don’t have the time or the skills in the kitchen to do it? If you answered “yep, that’s me,” to any or all of the above, you’re not alone. Freshly launched this August in Chicago, Nurture Life is a total meal delivery solution that has met the demand for fresh, organic, ready-to-eat meals for babies, toddlers and kids from six months to 18 years old. Can I get an “Amen”?

Nurture LIfe Baby Foodphoto: Nurture Life

Founded by two tech execs who are busy parents themselves, Nurture Life’s mission is to make it easier for parents to feed their kids healthy, delicious, properly portioned meals, from the start. Designed and created by a team of chefs and a pediatric dietician, each meal is nutritionally proportioned according to the child’s feeding stage. Common allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish are never used in any recipe, and all meals are prepared in Nurture Life’s commercial kitchen to ensure that there’s no risk of cross-contamination for these ingredients. Menus for all stages include seasonal creations as well as traditional favorites so kids won’t get bored. From pure organic vegetable purees for your littlest one, to teriyaki salmon over brown rice or chicken meatballs with homemade mac n’ cheese for their older siblings, even your pickiest eaters will love this sneakily healthy food (although they may refuse to admit it). Nurture Life even offers “finger food” meals for babies who are just starting to eat table food (think golden potatoes, dill & salmon – hands off, mom!). All meals are carefully packed cold – never frozen – in an insulated box and delivered to your door once a week. Just transfer to the fridge, reheat and serve – it doesn’t get much easier than that!

Nurture Life Box

Nurture Life offers flexible subscription-based plans that allow families to scale their meal selections over time. Plans range from $45 to $110 per week and can be easily adjusted to suit the needs of evolving families: choose from 8 or 14 meals per week for babies, and 5 or 10 meals for toddlers and older kids.  With the commitment that “our meals will never contain artificial ingredients or preservatives, added, refined sugars, trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup,” busy parents can rest assured that they’re keeping their kids healthy, while getting more rest with the time they save!

Never cook again: nurturelife.com

Have you tried one of these meal delivery services? We’d love to hear about it in the Comments below!

— MaryKate Hickey