Food that comes in a package and that is delivered straight to your door via UPS, FedEx, USPS or another postal delivery service cannot be healthy, right? While it seems too good to be true, some meal prep delivery services actually help consumers eat better than if they were to do the grocery shopping on their own. However, the keyword here is “some.”
Like anything in life, not all meal prep delivery services are created equal. A handful standout for their use of wholesome, healthy ingredients, and for their recipes that are as healthy as they are tasty. Check them out below.
As the first meal-kit delivery company to become USDA-Certified Organic, Green Chef is a highly sought-after service for anyone who is interested in leading a more sustainable and responsible lifestyle. More than 90% of the service’s ingredients are organic and, to up its eco-friendly rating, its packaging is made from mostly compostable, recyclable and reusable materials.
Green Chef caters to various dietary preferences, including paleo, plant-based and keto. While you will have to pay more for meals that cater to more complex diets, Green Chef is relatively cheap, starting at just $10.99 per meal.
Fresh N’ Lean
Fresh N’ Lean is a meal-kit delivery service that caters to the meat-eaters of the world. Starting at $75 per week, the subscriptions are a bit steep, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. Each meal is customizable for various dietary preferences, including low-carb, paleo, Keto and even vegan, but you can count on each meal to contain ample amounts of protein. Unlike many meal delivery services, which cater more to convenience than they do health, Fresh N’ Leans ingredients are always fresh, never frozen.
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Founded back in 2002, Fresh Direct has had nearly two decades to hone its offerings to appeal to a wide variety of taste and dietary preferences. When ordering, you can narrow down your weekly options based on the cook time, list of ingredients and kit type to find meals that are best suited for your lifestyle. The meals are creative and full of flavor and, most importantly, contain nothing but quality, gourmet ingredients. Meal kits start at $13.
As a certified organic handler that uses organic ingredients whenever possible and that delivers meals only approved by an in-house dietician, Sunbasket is an increasingly popular option for busy individuals who want whole, nutrient-dense meals in little time. Though Sunbasket has traditional kits with ingredients customers prep and assemble themselves, some of their most popular offerings are their microwaveable meals. These meals come fully prepared and ready to cook in bamboo containers meaning, with this service, you can eat in as little as six minutes.
You can also order breakfast and lunch through the service. Meals start at $10.99.
Urban Remedy’s motto is “food is healing.” As such, its selling point is that each of its ingredients was chosen specifically for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Though the offerings are limited to just eight meals, the brand claims that all eight meals contain immune-boosting, inflammation-fighting ingredients. The service also offers individual drinks, protein bars and smoothies. Meal plans start at $117 a week.
Despite what the past has led many people to believe, convenient food does not have to mean unhealthy food. Each of the above five meal kit delivery services is a testament to that.