Healthy food delivery services offer delicious, convenient options perfect for anyone ready to make a few dietary changes — from those looking to try keto or eat gluten-free to those who want to go vegan or cut down on calories. And whether you love to cook or are practically allergic to the kitchen, there’s a service just right for you.
Here are a few to get you — and the new year — started right. And if you’re looking for more ideas, check out our stories on our favorite general meal delivery services, keto-friendly meal delivery services and food delivery services for vegetarians.
Healthy goal: Eat more protein.
What to know: Training for a marathon? Finally committed to making good on cleaning up your diet this year? Tired of trading tasty, nutrient-dense meals for bland or high-calorie ones? We think you’ll fall for this delivery service that offers super-fresh gluten-free, organic, ready-to-eat meals right to your front door each week. Using in-season, locally and sustainably sourced ingredients with no fillers, GMOs, hormones, antibiotics or preservatives, you choose from a rotating menu with clearly marked protein and carbs, with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and bulk items. Just refrigerate your goodies upon receipt and pop them into the microwave for a couple minutes when you’re ready to eat. Worried about waste? Fresh n’ Lean’s ClimaCell coolers are made with renewable plant-based materials and can be recycled with the cardboard boxes they come in.
What you get: We focused in on Fresh n’ Lean’s Protein+ plan, which includes high-quality free-range, grass-fed animal protein, organic vegetables and grains that add up to about 1,500 calories per day for three meals. Fill up at breakfast with dishes such as vanilla strawberry chia pudding, sunny-side egg with tomato (simple but yummy and filling with a cage-free egg, potato, onion, tomato and yellow squash) or a cinnamon apple muffin (trust us, you’d never guess it’s gluten-free). Lunch might be cage-free chicken sausage with pesto rice, BBQ chicken with broccoli or tomatillo chicken fajitas with jasmine rice and beans. And on tap for dinner: roasted pepper burger with kale, smoked beef with vegetables and creamy tomato sauce pasta with shrimp all have us dreaming of our next meal.
Other plans: The Performance Paleo and Keto plans are similar to Protein+ but grain- and legume-free, with Keto adding dairy and nutritious fats. The Vegan plan is all about organic vegetables, plant-based proteins and whole grains, and the Low-Carb Vegan plan includes one standard plant-based meal with grains and one without grains per day. Crave a little more? The Bulk plan lets you stock up on items such as Beyond meat patties, quinoa, chicken breast, fish and veggies.
Pricing: Plans start at $7.93 per meal, and you can choose from five or seven days a week. Call to skip or cancel.
Healthy goal: Improve your WFH lunches and overall wellness.
What to know: When you put convenience at a premium — but refuse to let food quality suffer — Factor is a fab choice when it comes to meal delivery plans. With a menu updated weekly with dozens of dishes, you choose food made with fresh ingredients that can be heated up in just a few minutes. Rather leave the decision-making to the pros? Allow the expert chefs to select meals based on your preferences and previous orders.
What you get: Acquired by HelloFresh in 2020, the company allows you to mix and match from featured menu items to curate the perfect healthy New Year’s meal plan for you. Want to focus on better breakfasts? Give yourself a morning boost by selecting a variety pack of wellness shots and cold-pressed juices, paleo granola and gingerbread pancakes. Want to save time on dinner but still eat like a king or queen? Grilled chicken piccata, pork tenderloin with cabbage casserole, shredded brisket with pimento cheese broccoli, lemon garlic shrimp or winter-spiced salmon will make your mouth water. If you’re ready to try the keto trend, you might fill a box with items like a mushroom burger, chorizo chili, keto cheesecake and keto shakes. Us? We’re looking to change our WFH lunch game with a box filled with pumpkin bisque, spicy turkey poblano bowls and balsamic-glazed chicken with butternut squash risotto. Sayonara, sad desk lunches! You’re so 2021.
Other plans: Plans include Paleo (grain-, dairy- and refined sugar-free with quality protein), Keto (low carb, moderate protein, high in healthy fats) and Gluten-Free (veggies, whole grains, grass-fed proteins and legumes).
Pricing: Choose from four, six, eight, 10, 12 or 18 meals a week, starting at $11 per meal. Bonus: All subscriptions come with one free 20-minute consultation with a registered dietitian. Skip or cancel anytime.
Healthy goal: Fuel a new workout plan with clean, whole foods.
What to know: Upping your workout routine in 2022? Upgrade your nutrition plan too with FreshlyFit, a new line of meals from Freshly made for those with active lifestyles. Using clean, whole-food ingredients, meals are low carb, high in protein, gluten-free and chef-prepared with an emphasis on keto, paleo and plant principles. Choose from a weekly menu and simply heat and serve within three minutes. No lines at the grocery store. No time spent chopping, dicing and baking. No messes to clean up. Which, of course, means more time for self-care after all that exercise.
What you get: FreshlyFit menu items average just 14 grams of net carbs and 30-plus grams of protein, and clock in at 550 calories or fewer. Trying to get that sweet tooth in check? More than a third of the meal choices have zero added sugars. Proving that deliciousness doesn’t need to suffer with preprepared meals, check out this menu sampling: Paleo Pork Chop with rainbow roasted veggies and mushroom sauce, the keto-friendly Very Verde Chicken Bowl with super greens pesto and cauliflower rice or the Crave-No-More Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef and cauli-butternut mash. We’re also ordering the Sesame-Ginger Bliss Bowl with noodle-cut hearts of palm, along with the Baked Turkey Meatballs with butternut spirals and eight-veggie ragu. One word: yum.
Other plans: Freshly menu categories include Crafted Classics, Signature Collection, Feel-Better Food and Takeout Twists. If steak peppercorn with sauteed carrots and French green beans, homestyle chicken with mac and cheese, sausage baked penne with sauteed zucchini and spinach, or pulled pork al pastor with cotija cheese and Mexican-style corn sound up your alley, you’ll definitely want to give this meal delivery service a whirl.
Pricing: Choose from four, six, 10 or 12 meals per week, starting at $8.49 per meal. Skip a week or cancel anytime.
Healthy goal: Try going gluten-free.
What to know: With sustainably sourced ingredients, chef-curated recipes and a weekly delivery schedule, Green Chef allows you to choose a plan that fits your goals or lifestyle. Each recipe takes about 30 minutes to make, and there’s no getting bored: Menus rotate every week.
What you get: The Keto + Paleo plan includes gluten- and grain-free meals, making it a great choice for those looking to cut carbs. All dishes have 35 grams of net carbs or fewer (most are at 20 or fewer; some are below 10) and are high in protein to help keep you feeling fuller longer. Some past menu options: fried cheese with apricot sauce, plus cauliflower rice, kale, roasted peppers, pistachios and tahini; steak banh mi bowls with sauteed broccoli, quick-pickled veggies and ginger-lime aioli; and Mediterranean chicken with artichokes and roasted red peppers, pepita pesto and Brussels sprouts.
Other plans: The Balanced Living plan features a mix of meat, seafood and vegetarian recipes (smoky chicken sandwiches with honey butter, candied almonds and slaw and roasted sweet potatoes; butternut squash risotto with sage-seasoned portobellos, toasted walnuts and parm) and Plant-Powered is, you guessed it, focused on vegetarian and vegan meals. Choose from seven recipes every week (we like the sound of maple carrot power bowls with pearl couscous, kale, dried cranberries and green goddess dressing).
Pricing: The Keto + Paleo plan gets you three recipes per week with two servings per recipe, starting at $11.49 per serving. Balanced Living and Plant-Powered plans are $11.99 per serving. Skip, change or cancel orders anytime.
Healthy goal: Cut down on your calories.
What to know: Ready to make some nutritional changes in 2022 but dread the planning that goes into meal prep, long lines at busy grocery stores and spending money on fresh produce you end up throwing out (because, well, pizza is just so much easier)? HelloFresh gets rid of all that angst by doing the hard work for you. Just pick a meal plan preference, choose from some two dozen dishes and each week you’ll receive recipe instructions and all the ingredients needed to make your new and improved healthy meals.
What you get: Fit & Wholesome meal kits include dietician-approved recipes that contain about 650 calories per serving. Past dishes: Mediterranean baked veggies with couscous, almonds and Feta; pork chops and apple rosemary pan sauce with mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts; and ginger plum chicken with carrot, bell pepper and scallion rice. With preportioned ingredients, you’ll cut out food waste in addition to calories.
Other plans: You can also pick from Meat & Veggies, Veggie, Family-Friendly, Quick and Easy, and Pescatarian. Subcategories let you customize even further — look for “lightning prep,” “carb smart” and “one-pan.”
Pricing: Plans are available to serve two or four people with three, four or five recipes per week, starting at $7.99 per meal. Skip, swap or cancel at any time.
Healthy goal: Cut down on carbs.
What to know: When you love to cook but would rather avoid the supermarket, Blue Apron is a great choice. With menu options that feature meat, poultry, seafood, Beyond Meat and more, you choose from a rotating menu and receive preportioned and premeasured ingredients with recipe instructions at your front door.
What you get: Part of its new Wellness 360 campaign, Blue Apron menu options now include new nutritionist-approved recipes and a “swap the starch” feature, allowing you to choose, say, chickpea pasta over potatoes. The Wellness for 2 plan features carb-conscious (42 grams or fewer of net carbs per serving) and WW-approved options, and includes three recipes per week. All wellness recipes also clock in at 600 or fewer calories per serving. Recent carb-conscious menu items have included za’atar-roasted chicken thighs with warm farro salad and Feta-yogurt dressing; turkey and mushroom lettuce cups with peanut-soy sauce and yellow curry; and lemongrass tilapia with brown rice.
Other plans: Signature allows for two, three or four recipes per week (each serves two); Signature for 4 serves four; and Vegetarian for 2 includes two or three meat-free recipes per week, each serving two.
Pricing: Signature for 2 is $9.99 per serving, Wellness for 2 and Vegetarian for 2 and Signature for 4 are $8.9
9 healthy food delivery services for anyone trying to eat healthy this year
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