Let’s be honest for a second. Eating healthy is a lot of work. Clean eating involves tons of research, planning, shopping, prepping, and cooking. Good health and a fit body makes all of that work worth it, but sometimes it would be nice to have someone else do the work. That’s where meal delivery services come in. There are so many different services that offer many different diet options. Some do the cooking for you and others let you get down in the kitchen. While searching around I found the 4 services below. Check them out and tell me what you think.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this service. They have ads all over Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. With all that noise it has to be great, right? Well, I think so. Hello Fresh is all about supplying healthy fresh meals to your home with no hassle. They do all the shopping and planning for you. Once the fresh ingredients are delivered to your door, you can enjoy an evening of cooking a healthy meal any night of the week. Co-founders, Dominik Richter and Thomas Griesel, are all about innovation when it comes to fresh, healthy meal delivery.
Hello Fresh offers three service plans: classic, veggie, and family. The menu changes weekly and features seasonal pre-measured ingredients. No worrying about wasting money by forgetting groceries in the back of the fridge. The amount you need is all that’s delivered. When it comes to food allergies, Hello Fresh has a few options. All ingredients are packed separately so you can substitute and omit certain foods as needed. You can also ask for pork, seafood, and beef free meals.
To get started you pick your plan, select your meals, and wait for your delivery. Your box of weekly Hello Fresh meals will be delivered at the specific time and day you ask. Delivery is free with your subscription. The box is packed with isolated wool and ice packs. The classic plan can feed 2-4 adults and each meal is $9.99.
Be powered by plants! Purple Carrot wants to help people discover the wide and varied world of plant-based cooking and eating. Take care of your body by eating plant-based meals while also taking care of the planet. Purple Carrot meals are 100% vegan. Each week a new menu is posted featuring fresh ingredients. You do the cooking with this service also. It’s the perfect way to get acquainted with new plant-based foods and cooking methods. Unfortunately, there is no meal customization with Purple Carrot. The weekly menu is posted on their site and you can decide if you want to pay for the meals to be delivered that week. Ingredients containing wheat, gluten, and nuts are processed in their facilities.
Purple Carrot ingredients are sourced from local farmers and food makers. These ingredients are packed in an insulated box with ice packs. All packaging can be recycled or reused in the home. Shipping is part of the order price. Purple Carrot has the choice of a 1-2 or 3-4 person plan. The 1-2 person plan is $68 a week. This includes 3 meals with 2 servings each per week.
Created by Peter and Sarah to spread the wonders of seasonal fresh food nationwide. Pete’s Paleo is all about crafting meals based on the produce and meats that come in fresh from the farm every week. This means that Pete’s Paleo’s menu is always changing giving customers a chance to try a wide variety of foods. If you couldn’t tell from the name, Pete’s Paleo follows the Paleo lifestyle. That means all of the meals are gluten, dairy, soy, and sweetener free. Each week the Pete’s Paleo’s kitchens receive seasonal, organic, non-GMO ingredients straight from local farms. Meals are then planned, cooked up, and delivered fresh to your doorstep. There is also a vegetarian plan available for non-meat eating folks.
The only meal customization Pete’s Paleo offers is no pork or duck. Luckily, their menu naturally doesn’t include most common food allergens. Your freshly cooked meal will be placed inside of BPA-free plastic bag and vacuum sealed to lock in the flavor. All of the food is delivered fresh and is never frozen. The meals are shipped in biodegradable insulated boxes along with some frozen gel packs. In the hotter months, dry ice is also added. For $189 (subscribe to save $11.34) you will receive 10 meals per week. Most orders can be shipped free of charge.
Weight loss without counting calories and you still get to enjoy yummy food. Yes! Bistro MD is the only service on this list that is designed specifically to aid in weight loss. Created by Dr. Caroline Cederquist, Bistro MD is meant to show that food can be medicine if we use it correctly. Dr. Cederquist used her 20 years of experience and the help of registered dietitians to craft meals that will make sure you shed the pounds. The menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. A day of meals will normally average 1,100 to 1,400 calories a day. There are two main programs targeted for women and men. From there you can choose from gluten free, diabetic, menopause, or “silver” options to better help meet your dietary needs. I did notice that the menu items aren’t very vegetarian or vegan friendly though.
You can order the full plan for three meals plus a snack per day or just the lunch and dinner plan. There is also a choice between receiving meals for 5 or 7 days per week. When you sign up your meals will be prepared, frozen, and shipped to your home each week. You can pick every meal and customize it before it ships. Each meal container is recyclable and BPA free. The meals arrive in a polystyrene cooler box. The price of the full 7-day program is $179.95 per week plus shipping.