Meghan Wesley is a digital enterprise editor for WCPO.com
It’s Sunday night.
The house is clean. You’ve gone to the grocery store. Laundry is done.
But can you sit down yet?
Of course not. You have to figure out meals for the week for you and your children.
Every week, I dread meal prep. My kids are very picky eaters, and I work out most days and maintain a pretty strict diet, so meal prep can be a pain.
Packing lunches on Sunday night is the last thing I feel like doing.
So I was pretty excited when I heard about Wise Apple. It’s a Chicago-based company entering the Cincinnati market this school year.
It’s a meal service that delivers fresh, precooked food designed to make your kids’ mouths water.
Each meal contains a protein, a fruit, a vegetable, and something to satisfy that sweet tooth.
We all know the ease of this service makes it automatically parent-approved.
But what do the kids think?
To test it out, we brought in some kids to try it and tell us what they think.
The judges were:
Clarence: The connoisseur
Ronan: The cheese lover
Bianca: The experimenter
Candace: The analyst
We had three kinds of lunches to see what the kids would choose: Lunchables, a typical homemade lunch with a sandwich, chips and grapes, and the Wise Apple lunches.
Clarence chose the packed lunch and ate the whole thing.
Ronan chose a Lunchable and also cleaned his plate.
Bianca chose a Lunchable first, but she snacked on all sorts of Wise Apple items, from the mac and cheese to yogurt-covered pretzels to grapes.
Candace chose a Wise Apple meal with pizza, which she loved, and a brownie, which wasn’t her favorite.
So what is the final ruling?
Wise Apple wasn’t the kids’ first choice, but once we got them to try it, they actually quite liked some of the items.
The meals run between $6 and $7 apiece, but the convenience factor could help make that price quite manageable for many families.