15 Healthy Meal Delivery Services for Easy At-Home Food in 2021
As we brace ourselves to turn a new leaf and usher in 2022, why not get a head start on your resolutions and sign up for a healthy meal delivery service? Designed to take the hassle out of eating well (and save you a trip to the grocery store), these feel-good food options will set the mind (and gut) at ease.
Luckily, from a supermodel-approved renewal program (complete with virtual meditation and movement classes) to a line of seasonal vegan food, there are now more options than ever. Take your pick and rest assured: fuss-free nutritious dining is just a few clicks away.
Below, a look at 15 healthy meal delivery services for easy at-home dining.
Offering up to 38 meal choices which rotate weekly and arrive in the form of fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, the Chicago-based company Home Chef allows customers to personalize their menus with options for those looking to improve their culinary skills, minimize their food waste, and more.
Designed to take the hassle out of preparing dinner, Sunbasket’s pre-prepped programs feature nutritious meals that will have dinner on the table in 10 minutes or less (no chopping or measuring required!). Here, organic produce and proteins take center stage in meals such as salmon and quinoa bowls and chicken breasts with olive leek sauce and sautéed kale.
Sakara Life’s Instagram-friendly prepackaged meals have long been the fashion flock’s go-to for a quick three- or five-day refresh. But if a deep clean is in need after a marathon of mindless eating, look no further than their 10-Day Reset kit. Letting you reap the benefits of the Lily Aldridge–approved holistic program from the comfort of your own kitchen, the DIY kit comes equipped with Sakara’s signature blue spirulina detox bars, daily probiotic blends, beauty water concentrates, and 20 easy-to-recreate recipes—like garlic tahini kale fritters and rainbow summer rolls—that look just as good as they taste.
When Daily Harvest first launched in 2015, it brought new innovation and health consciousness to the frozen food section with its line of ready-to-blend superfood smoothies. Since then, the superfood subscription service added savory soups to its roster, which has also expanded to include the likes of chia puddings and nourishing harvest bowls. The preservative-free vegetarian medleys, which can be popped in the microwave for just five minutes, are available in a handful of comforting flavors, such as green chickpea and kale curry, cauliflower and leek stew, and mushroom and miso.
Make dinner in 15 minutes or less with the help of a Gobble box, which comes filled with the ingredients for a handful of surprisingly simple recipes (sesame-crusted ahi tuna salad; Thai chicken with brown rice and basil) that can cater to meat-eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians, and even picky kids.
Think Fresh, chef-designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Blue Apron offers a variety of plans to best suit your dietary needs and lifestyle. Menus change every week and feature a variety of meat, fish, as well as vegetarian and Beyond Meat options. Choose from dishes like delicious chickpea and curry shakshuka or pan-seared strip steaks as well as crispy salmon. Customize your plan to fit your household size while keeping costs at a minimum (servings start at $9). Each meal is shipped in a freshly packed insulated box with perfect ingredient portions to match. And now, you can complement your weekly meal plans with the perfect wine pairing too, delivered monthly at just $10 a bottle.
According to Hungryroot, an online grocery service that launched in 2015, eating healthily can be not only easy but tasty, too. Delivering a box of fresh and simple foods, ranging from washed and chopped vegetables to nutritious noodles made from chickpeas or red lentils, the six-year-old company gives you everything you need to whip up a home-cooked meal—without ever having to brave the supermarket.
Fitness enthusiasts will welcome Freshly’s new Freshlyfit plan, which was designed to optimize energy and performance. Pre- or post-sweat session, simply heat up one of the carb-conscious meals (such as oven-baked Chicken Florentine and the cheekily-named Crave-No-More Shepherd’s Pie) in the microwave for some much-needed fuel.
Encouraging a plant-based lifestyle, Purple Carrot’s healthy meal delivery service offers two- and four-serving plans, which arrive in recyclable packaging and center around seasonal vegan recipes, like butternut ramen or kimchi mushroom fried rice. Bonus: Five-minute breakfast and lunch options (think: orange tahini overnight oats) can be added on for a stress-free week of feel-good eating.
Those looking to make a home-cooked meal but also cut down on the amount of time spent running around grocery stores and farmers’ markets should consider signing up for Green Chef, a USDA-certified organic delivery service that comes with pre-measured ingredients, premade sauces, and pre-chopped vegetables. Choose from a wealth of plans—Paleo, plant-powered, keto—for fuss-free entrées at your doorstep.
When even cooking pre-measured ingredients feels too much of a burden on any given night, consider ordering from Ipsa Provisions, which is currently available for delivery in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Helmed by Micah Fredman—a chef who worked at Gramercy Tavern, and Joshua Brau, a former brand director at Blue Apron—the new company is on a mission to redefine frozen food with its hearty meals that need only be reheated on the stove. Chicken pot pie and eggplant marinara—all made in New York City with pasture-raised meats and organic produce—are on the seasonal menu, as is a strawberry rhubarb bread pudding that will surely keep you coming back for more.
Founded by beauty industry veteran Tatiana Boncompagni, Eat Sunny, which launched in 2020, provides immune-boosting Mediterranean-inspired breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks designed to leave you—and your skin—satisfied. Choose from vegetarian and “flexitarian” three- and five-day plans that prioritize antioxidants, fiber-rich vegetables, and slow-digesting whole grains—as well as superfoods, like collagen, goji berries, and adaptogenic powders—in a host of heat-and-eat meals.
For New Yorkers and Angelenos looking to indulge (responsibly), there’s no better service to turn than The Culinistas, which will send a culinary-trained chef, with fresh ingredients in hand, to your home to prepare a selection of wholesome dishes from a menu of your choosing—making sure to follow proper safety protocols and, of course, leave the kitchen spotless. Best of all, the fridge will be stocked with six ready-to-eat meals to mix and match throughout the week.
Think of Urban Remedy’s Metta-Morphosis program as a total body reset. Originally created with the help of Angela Lindvall (a fan of the company’s plant-centric meals, along with Cindy Crawford and Kate Upton), this holistic program combines guided morning and evening meditation, daily movement classes led by dance and yoga teachers, and empowering videos with clean, low-glycemic juices, soups, and salads delivered right to your door.
With an emphasis on fresh and nutritious food, Factor is a popular prepared meal subscription service that features an array of different dietician-designed plans, including paleo, keto, and plant-based. Their menu is updated every week with different breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, ranging from an egg, chorizo, and pepper skillet with turnip hash to apricot mustard grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.