October 16, 2021

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The Best Healthy Meal Delivery Services Will Let You Eat Clean Without Cooking

It’s a great time to consider one of the best healthy meal delivery services, because the way you feed yourself has likely radically changed in the last year. Maybe you started ordering delivery seven nights a week. Perhaps you started buying all kinds of junk food in the middle of March “for morale” and never stopped. Or potentially you are simply truly sick of cooking.

With more ready-to-eat healthy meal delivery services than ever, the good news is that eating healthy and getting back on the clean eating wagon doesn’t have to involve hours of meal prep or trying to parse the nutrition facts of whatever’s on Uber Eats. With these delivery services, you can order from your phone or computer and get your diet in check easier than choosing what to stream on a Saturday night.

These aren’t meal kits that want you to cook. These services all require little-to-no prep to get healthy food ready to eat in 10 minutes or less. There are a ton of options out there, and each service allows detailed customization—even the pickiest eater will be able to find something to love here.

The Best Meal Delivery for Armchair Nutritionists

Factor 75

$.00, Factor 75


The hook: Without hormones, antibiotics, gluten, refined sugars, and GMOs, these dietitian-designed meals are well-priced, coming in as low as at $11.50 each depending on how many you buy each week. Bonus: Get a complimentary 20-minute nutrition consultation before you even click “sign up,” to figure out if Factor’s the right call for you.

Fresh picks: Steak with garlic cauliflower mash, carnitas style pork, horseradish crusted salmon

A la carte available? No

Prep time? None

The Best Meal Delivery for the Plant-Based Westerners


$.00, Thistle


The hook: We hear it all the time: When you’re trying to eat healthier, you want to be looking down at a plate that’s got a lot of color. That won’t be a problem if you opt in for Thistle, plant-forward, locally-sourced meals that with both vegan or omnivore options — that are also 100 percent dairy-free. (Deliveries, for now, are limited to the West Coast.)

Fresh picks: Pozole verde (a Mexican soup simmered with tomatillos, corn, hominy, and green chiles), kabocha and kale pesto spaghetti squash, beet poke bowl, risotto verde

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time: None

The Best Meal Delivery for the Sugar Conscious


$60.00, Freshly


The hook: Gluten-free and plant-forward (but with plenty of fish and meat on the menu), created by top culinary scientists and nutritionists.

Fresh picks: Baha mahi mahi with avocado-lime crema, three-bean ancho turkey chili with cheddar cheese, super pesto sausage fusilli

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time: 3 minutes

Plan highlights: Choose from 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals per week—this is a number you can change regularly based on your needs.

The Best Meal Delivery for the Picky Eater

Fresh n’ Lean

$0.00, Fresh n’ Lean


The hook: Sustainably sourced, organic, Gluten- and dairy-free menu, which can also be catered to specific allergies or diets like vegan, paleo, ketogenic, and low-carb. Also, customers can exclude up to three additional ingredients from their meals (examples: beans, cilantro, nuts).

Food highlights: Harissa garbanzo bean with sustainable salmon, creamy carbonara pasta with mushrooms, asparagus and squash frittata

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time: 3 minutes

The Best Meal Delivery for Anyone Who Just Really Misses Restaurants

Home Bistro

$.00, Home Bistro


The hook: Ideal for the person who wants a restaurant-quality meal at home — especially when restaurant dining isn’t a legit option for many RN. Of note, because these flash frozen meals are more robust, the cost is a tad more (averaging just shy of $20/each). The company also recently partnered with the first ever female Iron Chef Cat Cora, and her menu looks legit drool-worthy.

Fresh picks: Asian glazed hangar steak with sticky rice, shishito peppers, sesame bok choy, mushroom bolognese pappardelle

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time? 10 minutes or less

The Best Meal Delivery for Anyone Who Has A Big-Ass Tub of Protein Powder in Their Kitchen

Eat Clean Bro

$.00, Eat Clean Bro


The hook: If the name alone doesn’t get you, the diverse list of menus likely will. With keto, clean, low-carb, vegetarian, under 500-calorie, and bulk (larger portion) options, there’s something here for every bro, regardless of what you can hit at the squat rack. Currently delivering in the greater New York and Atlanta areas.

Fresh picks: Cheesesteak burger, Mediterranean half chicken, chicken pot pie, BBQ Cajun chicken cauliflower pizza

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time: None

The Best Meal Delivery for Nerding Out on Fun-To-Say Ingredients Like Ashwagandha

Sakara Life

$0.00, Sakara Life


The hook: 100 percent plant-based meals and snacks (except the occasional honey and bee pollen add-in) that have been tied to celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Chrissy Teigan. Follow the Sakara plan, which promises boosted energy, improved digestion, reduced bloat, and shedding excess weight, and you too could have glowing skin worthy of paparazzi capture. Also offers specific meal programs for different goals, like total body reset or detox.

Fresh picks: Superfood muffins, anti-inflammatory veggie masala, buckwheat and shaved brussels salad

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time: None

The Best Meal Delivery if You Love Yourself a Smoothie

Daily Harvest

$0.00, Daily Harvest


The hook: Daily Harvest is organic frozen smoothies, oats, bites, soups, lattes, harvest bowls, and more all in a convenient-to-heat container. With the same prep time as other meal options on this list, these ingredients sometimes need additional prep (read: heating on a stove or blending).

Fresh picks: Banana and greens smoothie, butternut squash and chimichurri harvest bowl, hazelnut and chocolate bites, mulberry and dragon fruit oat bowl

A la carte available? No

Prep time: 6 minutes

The Best Meal Delivery for the Oven Inclined


$0.00, Veestro


The hook: Vegan, preservative-free meals that arrive frozen, best prepared in an oven or skillet (although microwaving is always an option). Created by a brother-sister duo from Costa Rica, hoping to bring busy people three meals a day for under 1,200 calories total (ish).

Fresh picks: Mushroom risotto, beluga lentil braise, country fried chicken, soba noodles in peanut sauce

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time: 5 minutes

The Best Meal Delivery for the Snack Monster

Snap Kitchen

$0.00, Snap Kitchen


The hook: This is a one-stop shop for both chef-crafted fresh meals and yummy snacks (think Banana plantain chips, RX Bars, Hu Kitchen dark chocolate) delivered to your door via FedEx. Customers start by choose from different plans, like high protein, keto-friendly, vegetarian, and balance (a little bit of everything) and a calorie target within each one (1,200, 1,500, and 1,800). The brand also has locations in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Antonio where customers can pick up orders in person.

Fresh picks: Bison quinoa hash, chimichurri beef, almond butter pancakes, ranchero scramble

A la carte available? Not for delivery

Prep time: 5 minutes

The Best Meal Delivery for the Gym Rat


$0.00, Territory Foods


The hook: If you used to be a Kettlebell Kitchen (RIP) customer, this is your new jam. Territory labels each food item with all of the caloric and macro content, making it ideal for people who are into counting that kind of stuff. You can pick up your meals at one of their partner facilities (think a local CrossFit gym), or get it delivered to your door for a pretty low price at $7.95.

Fresh picks: Thai grilled chicken salad with almond sauce, seafood paella, turkish-style stuffed eggplant with green beans, Pumpkin griddle with spiced apple compote

A la carte available? Yes

Prep time: 6 minutes

Best Stuff

The Best Meal Delivery Service for Every Kind of Home Chef

Whether you want to get fancy in the kitchen, learn some culinary basics, or just get more comfortable using your own microwave, we found the right meal kit for you.

Originally Appeared on GQ

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