In the last few years, food subscription boxes have slowly become the trendy option for families and busy singles. And why not? It’s much healthier than fast food and infinitely more convenient than prepping and cooking meals yourself. And with everyone stuck at home this year because of the global pandemic, it’s only gotten more popular.
It makes good business sense, too, and celebrities like Martha Stewart, Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia, and Sarah Michelle Gellar have come out with their own food box services. Other public figures are staunch endorsers, including superstar singer Adele, who credits her recent dramatic weight loss to one such subscription service.
If you’re eager to try one yourself, here are 10 awesome food delivery services we highly recommend.
It’s not just Adele who loves this service, other personalities such as Sophia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Pink and Bono are also subscribers. According to Hilton Davis, the CEO of Freshology parent company Diet-to-Go, they work with some of the best chefs in the country, and make use of a USDA-certified kitchen. Freshology’s mission, Davis explains, is to redefine their customers’ definition of what it means to be healthy.
Sun Basket offers 18 recipes for you to choose from for each week, and caters to pretty much any diet. At the helm of the San Francisco-based service is Justine Kelly, the longtime corporate chef de cuisine of the James Beard Award-winning Vietnamese restaurant The Slanted Door. The service’s menu is inspired by Kelly’s happy meal moments with her family, from dinners with her dad to how she prepares food for her own daughter.
You can choose from The Butcher Box’s curated packages — beef-pork, beef-chicken, all-beef, mixed — or you can customize all on your own. The meat is frozen to ensure freshness, and shipped to your door in an eco-friendly, insulated box for free. The Boston, Massachusetts-based service, which bills itself as the “neighborhood butcher for Modern America,” makes use of 100% grass-fed beef, free range chicken and heritage breed pork.
Last October, news broke that Nestle USA acquired Freshly in a deal that values the food subscription service at nearly $1B. Described as a healthy food service pioneer in the aquisition, the Freshly process is glaringly simple: Choose from over 30 gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and all-natural meal options. They cook and deliver. You heat ’em up for three minutes, and you’re good to go. That way, you get meals that are nutritious, delicious, and incredibly convenient.
Originally from Germany and with operations in Canada, Western Europe, New Zealand and Australia, Hello Fresh is now the most popular meal kit delivery service in the U.S. It prides itself for its flexibility, which allows subscribers to change meals and skip weeks. Weekly deliveries come with simple step-by-step recipes complete with nutritional information as well as fresh, pre-measured ingredients.
Many popular YouTube channels such as Ryland Adams and The Tube Family have featured Blue Apron, which started eight years ago in New York City. The company partners with farmers , and makes sure that what they grow gets to the people who want them for a fair price. In every subscription that it has—which starts at $8 to $9 per serving—it promises to use ingredients that are sustainable, and free from antibiotics and GMO.
If you don’t have a lot of time for meal prep, Daily Harvest’s fruits and vegetables-heavy menu might be more your speed. Its menu seems built for those who like to carry their meals with them: smoothies, oat and chia bowls, flatbreads, lattes, bites and even ice cream—all of which are dairy-free. Rapper Action Bronson, celebrity trainer Kira Stokes and comedians Chloe Fineman and Jesse Tyler Ferguson swear by the service.
Gobble caters to those who want to cook but aren’t thrilled about prepping and shopping. All its recipes, the service promises, can go out of the box and onto your plate in 15 minutes, using only one pan. Its selection of recipes are updated weekly to keep its subscribers from getting bored, and offers two-people and four-people plans, and options for Classic, Vegetarian, and Lean & Clean dishes.
Vegetarians and vegans might want to check out Purple Carrot, a service that promises “seriously delicious” plant-based dishes. With servings starting at $9.99, its plans cover breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks, with seasonal offerings such as Holiday Gingerbread and Peppermint Stick Amaze Bars. It actively makes a pitch for living green, headlining its manifesto with “We’re cultivating the plant-based revolution.”
A sister company of Hello Fresh, Green Chef wants to minimize environmental impact while creating delicious home-cooked meals. It claims to be the only meal kit company that offsets 100% of its direct carbon emissions, making use of recyclable packaging and having a mind against food waste. It has three main plans: Keto + Paleo, Plant-Powered, and Balanced Living (which includes meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes) with recipes that are ready in 30 minutes.