October 16, 2021

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The Best Healthy Meal Delivery Services For 2021

Just because you’re stuck inside these days doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. But coming up with healthy meal ideas daily — and actually having the ingredients you need — can be a challenge.

That’s where the best healthy meal delivery services come in. There are so many options out there right now that can you pick one that meets pretty much any dietary need. There are meal delivery services designed for overall healthy eating, as well as ones created for people following diets that are gluten-free, all organic, Paleo and even vegan.

There’s even variety with the meal delivery services themselves. Some offer meal kits with recipes and ingredients that are already portioned out; others will send you meals that are already created. Some even feature everything you need to make smoothies at home.

Of course, there are a lot of options out there to choose from. Not sure where to start? Check these healthy meal delivery services.


Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest started with ready-to-blend smoothies and has since expanded to plant-based, frozen soups, flatbreads, desserts, and all manner of bowls (oat bowls, chia bowls, harvest bowls). Everything is made with fruit and vegetables, so everything is vegan and gluten-free, and some items are keto-friendly and paleo compliant. The idea here is super healthy food that actually tastes good, comes together quickly, and travels easily.

Prices range from $6—$9 per item with a minimum order of six items, but if you buy more you save more ($5 off nine items, $10 off 12, $20 off 24). Deliveries can be scheduled weekly or monthly, and there is no penalty for skipping a delivery or pausing your plan all together. To save even more, use code WELCOME20 for $20 off your first order.


Factor75

Factor75 sends prepped meals your way. All you have to do is heat them up in the microwave or oven. Dishes include Italian roasted pork, Paleo BBQ salmon and jerk jackfruit on coconut rice. Prices range from $60 for four meals a week to $198 for 18 meals a week.


Freshly

Freshly sends you healthy meals that you can heat up in two minutes. Freshly customers simply choose their lunch and/or dinner from the company’s weekly menu offering, and it’s delivered on the day of your choosing. Meal options include herbed chicken romesco, super pesto and sausage fusilli and slow-cooked beef chili. Meals show up fully cooled and all you have to do is heat them up. Freshly service will cost you anywhere from $46 a week for four meals to $96 a week for 12 meals.

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Hungryroot

Hungryroot takes a slightly different spin on meal delivery services. The company lets you choose how much food you want to receive, with 11 items for $69, 16 items for $99, or 21 items for $129. You can shop by recipe or grocery aisle (or a little of both) to build your weekly deliveries. A wide range of specialty diets are accommodated, including vegan, gluten-free, keto, and Paleo with a selection broad enough to work for a household of different eating styles.

Right now, Hungryroot is offering 40% off your first delivery of $99 or more, plus a free gift for life. Choose from Almond Chickpea Cookie Dough, a rotating selection of fresh veggies, or Banza Chickpea Pasta and you’ll receive this item for free in every delivery, even if you skip a week or pause your subscription.


Provenance Meals

Most of the meal plans from Brooklyn-based Provenance Meals are only available in the greater NYC area (specifically, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Long Island, parts of Westchester County in New York, and parts of Fairfield County in Connecticut). However, its three day Feel Good Fix program ships nationwide and is designed as a respite from three of the most common triggers of inflammation: gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. The program includes dairy-free shakes for breakfast, ready-to-eat meals for lunch and dinner, chia beverages, and an herbal detox tea. It’s a sample size of the company’s popular Provenance Detox (available in the greater NYC area), which runs a bit longer, five or seven days.


Sakara Life

Sakara Life sends users 1oo percent plant-based, organic, ready-to-eat meals. The company offers a few tiers of meal programs including its Signature Program, Detox, and Total Body Reset. Sakara’s meals come from a set weekly menu that rotates weekly and seasonally. It also operates a “Clean Boutique,” with its own line of supplements, snacks, and teas.


Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen sends you ready-to-eat meals that are healthy and delicious. Each meal comes in microwave- and oven-safe containers, so no need to dirty up dishes. Meals can be personalized to fit your dietary needs and include dishes like almond butter pancakes, cauliflower satay bowl, and chicken piccata. Plan options include your choice of six meals for $70 a week and 12 meals for $115 a week.


Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon offers plant-based smoothies, soups, grain bowls, and noodle dishes that require little or no prep time, just heat and eat (except for the smoothies, obviously). Plans start at $65 per week for one meal per day, $95 for two meals, and $185 for three meals plus a one-day soup reset. For the month of January, get $60 off across your first three boxes when you order from splendidspoon.com/forbes.


Sun Basket

Sun Basket serves up organic, non-GMO and sustainable meals that can meet the dietary needs of vegetarians, as well as those who are gluten-free or on a Paleo diet. Meals include things that have simple cooking instructions, as well as ones that you just have to heat up. Sample dishes include things like a southwestern turkey and sweet potato skillet, quinoa black bean tacos and butter chicken with basmati rice. The brand offers up different plan options, but four recipes a week for two servings each will cost about $88.


Thistle

Thistle delivers ready-to-eat, fully prepared meals, snacks, and juices that are gluten and dairy-free. Meals are vegan by default, but there is the option to add meat for an additional cost. Dishes include tofu scrambles, cauliflower couscous salad, lemony herbed pasta with roasted squash, and snacks like a mango coconut oat bar and a mezze platter. It’s easy to preview upcoming meals and remove dishes you’re not interested in or double up on favorites. Plans start at $42.


Yumble

Cooking for kids can be a challenge, and that’s where Yumble comes in. The meal delivery service is specifically geared toward kids (who are notoriously picky eaters) and serves up a range of fun, healthy meals that are fully cooked and ready to heat. Dishes include things like savory meatballs and veggies, pizza pockets with broccoli parmesan and gluten-free mac ‘n cheese and veggie-packed nuggets. Prices range from $48 for six meals a week to $72 for 12 meals a week.


Veestro

Veestro’s meals are 100 percent plant-based and organic, and they’re preservative-free. The meals arrive frozen — just heat them up, and you’re good to go. Entrees include options like carrot Osso Bucco, golden chickpea stew and Asian noodle salad. Plans include 10 meals for $117, 20 meals for $216 and 30 meals for $297.

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