25 of the Best Healthy Food Delivery Services of 2021
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Meal prepping when you’re juggling responsibilities is always a hassle, but it’s even more of a hassle when you’re trying to limit trips to the supermarket. Healthy food delivery services are one work-around, if you can afford them. They can save you time on grocery shopping, plus help you develop your cooking skills and eat healthier by providing you with preselected (often chef-approved) meal kits, with the details of flavors and fixings already thought through.

Particularly for people who are going vegan or vegetarian in quarantine, healthy meal kits are a great way to help filter ingredients according to your dietary needs so you can make sure you’re still getting enough nutrients and proteins (and without worrying that you forgot that head of garlic or bunch of tomatoes at the grocery store).

Since many of them come with recipe cards, they can also help you expand your cooking repertoire and master new dishes. Or if you’re not interested in cooking at all, there are also meal kits like Fresh and Easy, Freshly, or Snap Kitchen that send you meals precooked and ready to be heated up. And though anything involving shipping and lots of single-use containers is inherently not great for the environment, there are some meal kits that use recycled or compostable packaging, carefully size portions to avoid food waste, and are sourcing food sustainably.

Below, we detailed all the need-to-know info about navigating the best healthy meal delivery services on the market, including special dietary options and pricing for each. 

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  • Home Chef

    Home Chef

    Good for: People who love having options.

    The details: Home Chef is one of the post popular meal kit delivery services out there, and it’s not hard to see why: The brand offers one of the most customizable meal kits and doesn’t limit you to just kits with fresh ingredients to cook up at home or one-pan reheatable meals. It gives you the option of choosing based on your needs and even has you narrow down your dietary preferences, whether you want to cut back on shellfish or go gluten-free. There’s an option to choose meals that are “ready in 15 minutes” if you’re truly starved for time, plus a menu for entrée-size salads or “premium” meals from the brand’s culinary collection that will make you feel like you’re eating gourmet. 

    Recipes are often simple but satisfying, like hearty steak and potatoes, sesame chicken, and salmon bagels, but also extend to international items like Vietnamese pork kebabs and Cuban steak burritos. Home Chef’s memberships are also flexible, in case you change your mind or want to press pause—you can cancel an order or take a break whenever you want. All the dishes are designed to take no more than 30 minutes to put together, and easy-to-follow recipe cards will show you how to make everything. If you’re worried about the waste involved with a weekly meal kit, all of the ingredients are delivered in recyclable packaging, with more instructions on the website that tell you exactly how to dispose of them. (Want to know more about Home Chef? One of our editors shares her experience with this healthy meal kit in her in-depth Home Chef review.)

    Special dietary options: Recipes include vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, plus you can opt out of having wheat, dairy, soy, red meat, nuts, and more in your meals. 

    Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. 

    Customer review: We had our first Home Chef meal this evening. Our 20-year-old son, no chef by any stretch of the imagination, followed the instructions for shrimp. He was chopping bok choy and sprinkling spices and browning shrimp like a pro. The meals were shipped beautifully. The produce looks great. The protein was great. We could not have gotten a better meal if we had gone out to a restaurant. Since we can’t really go out to restaurants right now, what a treat to have a restaurant-quality meal at home prepared by a true amateur. And he had fun doing it! Tomorrow tacos, the next day scallops, next week who knows? —Chris

    Cost: $10 per serving for dinner and $8 per serving for lunch. Shipping is free for orders over $40, and otherwise $10. 

  • Sun Basket

    Sunbasket

    Good for: The person who tried the paleo diet and kind of loved it.

    The details: If you’ve been thinking about trying out the paleo diet, or you have a food sensitivity, you may want to sign up for Sunbasket. All the recipes it offers have been approved by registered dietitians and include a variety of vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free options. Sunbasket uses only antibiotic- and hormone-free meat, plus sustainably sourced, wild-caught seafood and seasonal organic produce. The recipes, which are all developed by a James Beard Award–winning chef, take as little as 30 minutes to make and include mouthwatering options like lemongrass shrimp soup and chipotle turkey chili.

    Special dietary options: Recipes include paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and Mediterranean options.

    Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and parts of New Mexico.

    Cost: Between $66 to $176 for weekly meal plans, plus $6 for delivery.

    Customer review: Absolutely love Sunbasket. I love eating organic and their chicken, which is humane-certified. They have converted me from a junk food person to a healthy eater.… My blood tests show the results. A big plus is you that you get to choose your protein. Customer service has always been great. —Gwyn 

  • Green Chef

    Green Chef

    Good for: The person who makes intentional shopping choices. 

    The details: Finding a meal kit that isn’t filled with single-use plastic can be a challenge, but Green Chef is one that tries to be as sustainable as possible. The company has provided useful guides on its website to show you how to reuse and recycle its packaging whenever possible, and the paper bags and cardboard boxes that its kits are shipped in are made of recycled materials. Everything else, from the plastic bags to the ice packs, are recyclable as well. The certified-organic meals feature ingredients sourced from sustainable and traceable farmers and manufacturers.

    Plus the plan itself is customizable and relatively affordable. Recipes are designed to take no longer than 30 minutes to put together, and meal plans can be tweaked based on your dietary preferences (this is one of the few plans that offers keto options, for what it’s worth). Sample recipes include porcini mashed potatoes, Thai curry chicken, and teriyaki pork patties. 

    Special dietary options: Kits include keto, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian options.

    Availability: Nationwide, except in Alaska, Hawaii, and some parts of Louisiana.

    Cost: $10 to $13 for meal kits.

    Customer review: Green Chef has saved my life! There’s no thinking about what to cook. Just choose your required diet (mine is keto) and then choose your recipes! Delicious, fresh, organic ingredients are portioned expertly to have no waste. The recipes are so tasty and varied. My husband loves them and can’t wait until his next meal. I thoroughly recommend Green Chef. I love it! —Laura

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