NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - Anecdotal evidence may suggest that new college graduates can only afford to eat ramen noodles and pizza, but fortunately, that isn't the case. Today, Seamless (www.seamless.com), the leading mobile and online service for ordering delivery and takeout food from more than 12,000 top restaurants in the U.S. and UK, announced the results of its Graduation Index to pinpoint the healthiest meals for recent grads to eat on a budget. The Graduation Index evaluated 25 cuisine types based on a combination of their nutritional value, price and the potential for leftovers. Seamless' top five cuisines that strike the ideal balance between value and nutritional merit are:
"Just because you're off a meal plan doesn't mean you have to skimp on meals. For recent grads, Seamless offers a great way to explore their new neighborhoods and discover new favorite restaurants," said Jonathan Zabusky, Seamless CEO. "Our ratings and reviews help point city new-comers to the best restaurants for delivery and pick up near their home or office, and mobile lets you place an order from work or the gym and pick it up on the way home."
Delivery and takeout may seem like a like luxury, but it doesn't mean you have to blow your budget on it. So far in 2013, 35 percent of dinner orders placed on Seamless have been less than $20. Unsurprisingly, New York leads the charge on providing cheap eats: 51 percent of restaurant partners have an order minimum of less than $10 for delivery.
New grads shouldn't worry about paying for the privilege of delivery, either. Very few (only eight percent) of Seamless restaurant partners in New York charge a delivery fee. In San Francisco, three quarter of the restaurants do not have a delivery fee and even in the more geographically spread out Los Angeles, where delivery is still relatively new, less than half of the restaurants on Seamless charge an additional fee.
For those recent grads who are truly cash-strapped (or just frugal), Seamless has two initiatives to sweeten the deal: Delicious Discounts on Seamless lets members get 10-20 percent off their first orders at participating restaurants. Additionally, Seamless is hosting its own Restaurant Delivery Week program from June 3-16, which will provide prix fixe lunches for $12.50 and dinners for $25.
And should the newly graduated think that delivery or takeout means eating unhealthily, Robyn Youkilis, Board Certified Health and Cooking Coach and Seamless Nutrition consultant, has a few tips on losing (or just avoiding) the dreaded collegiate (or post-collegiate) weight gain:
- Make late-night pizza (or another indulgence) a once-a-week treat. Focus on healthy eats during the rest of the week.
- Make it a rule to order a vegetable or leafy salad with any Seamless order -- a request any restaurant will be able to accommodate. That way, you'll fill up on some of the vegetables and add more fiber and nutrients to your meal. You'll likely then eat a little less of everything else on your plate (and even have leftovers!)
- Create a future order. Schedule your Seamless dinner order earlier in the day so your dinner doesn't get away from you. It's usually when we're starving that we make some not so healthy choices.
- If you're looking to drop some pounds, avoid carbohydrates at night. Complex carbohydrates are meant to be burned as fuel, so have your whole grains with your lunch, breakfast or snack and skip the rice and noodles in your nighttime order.
Seamless provides nutritious and budget-friendly options for everyone. With a vast array of options to search for like specific cuisine types, price ranges and delivery minimums, it is an invaluable service for every type of eater.
Seamless is the leading mobile and online service for ordering delivery and takeout food from more than 12,000 top restaurants in the U.S. and UK. Over the last three years, Seamless has facilitated more than $1 billion in orders for its more than two million members and many of the world's largest companies across cities including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Houston, Austin, Seattle, Portland, Miami, London and other major US cities. The company offers mobile applications for iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, and BlackBerry® and owns MenuPages®, the most comprehensive mobile and web provider of up-to-date menu content.
Seamless was recognized with various industry accolades in 2012 including Business Insider's Digital 100: The World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies, Business Insider's App 100: The World's Greatest Apps, Huffington Post's Best Free iPhone Apps and Complex Magazine's 50 Best Apps of 2012. Seamless is an independent, privately held company. To learn more about Seamless, please visit www.seamless.com and follow Seamless on Facebook and Twitter.