Pokémon Go may be at the forefront of getting our kids to go outside again, but as any health expert will tell you, activity is just half the battle when it comes to a healthful lifestyle. You are what you eat, after all, and now, there’s a new platform hoping to create a healthier generation through food and technology. Meet TuckrBox, branded as “the first farm-to-lunchbox meal delivery program for kids.”
With TuckrBox, kids will be able to exercise autonomy over their diets, and parents cam rest assured that meals will be local, fresh, and nutritious. The weekly subscription-based model allows kids to build their own weekly lunch menus via an app, while their parents frame the available choices by specifying dietary preferences and allergies.
All meals come with a main course and two sides, and children will be exposed to new foods that don’t come pre-packaged in plastic wrap, but are rather seasonal and crisp.
“Many kids today don’t come into contact with diverse foods and aren’t offered many choices of their own when it comes to deciding on meals,” the TuckrBox team noted. ” They develop preferences for unhealthy foods: sugary, salty, and high-fat, and lack the diversity that’s important in balanced, healthful diets.” And given that preferences that are developed early on in life tend to carry over into adulthood, the TuckrBox team believes that establishing healthy eating habits sooner rather than later is crucial.
While there are a number of health-conscious food delivery services meant for adults, the same attention isn’t being paid to children (yet). But TuckrBox is hoping to change that with their New York City launch later in 2016. And if you’re hoping to bring this project to a city near you, check out the team’s Indiegogo campaign, where you have a month to help TuckrBox meet its funding goal.