As someone who embarked on a Whole 30 challenge this year, I can attest to how time-consuming it can be to eat food that’s good for your body. I spent hours of planning and prepping (mostly on weekends) since prepared options that were compliant weren’t easily accessible. It was honestly more difficult to find food I could eat than it was enjoying it… I felt amazing and full of energy since I was fueling my body with so many nutrients. If only there had been a healthy food delivery service I could have used instead.
But maybe there was, and I just didn’t know about it. Although the Whole 30 regimen tends to be a little trickier to follow than others without cooking for yourself, the future of healthy food delivery seems to be now. A new crop of services ensures you can fuel yourself with better options that don’t require you to sacrifice your free time or energy (amen to that). If you usually pick up your food from a restaurant, chances are that you won’t know exactly what’s going into your food, whereas these plans detail everything down to the last sprinkle of salt.
Whether you opt for a subscription or choose to do them ad hoc, keep scrolling to find out about the latest food delivery services.
Sakara Life founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise basically sparked the organic, clean-eating delivery idea. It may be time to hop on the bandwagon, whether you opt for a one-week program or a regular subscription. Switching to a whole and plant-based diet will be a cinch with delectable meals from chefs at top Michelin-starred restaurants, including an everything bagel with cashew cream, earth broth with beet smash toast, and a macro plate with creamy avocado dressing. The best part? Every meal requires absolutely no cooking so you have more time to do the things you love.
Price: $349 for five-day subscription (three meals a day).
Delivers to: The continental U.S.
Prep time: Zero
We’re craving: The Spa Salad With Pink Madagascar Rice
This healthy delivery service that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free was founded by the former COO of JuicePress when he realized that people were looking for something healthy that was more filling than the popular beverage. Now the brand mixes up hearty shakes, soups (and yes, even ginger apple cayenne and beet carrot ginger juices when you happen to be looking for something lighter). And did we mention it makes broth? You can stop simmering your own overnight… and vegetarians have ample options, too.
Price: $49 per day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks
Delivers to: All 50 states
Prep time: Zero
We’re craving: The Cauliflower and Quinoa for dinner
Food writer Mark Bittman’s Purple Carrot is basically like the Blue Apron of plant-based food—you get all prepackaged ingredients, and then you prepare your meals yourself. Yes, this will require more time than other options, but you do get to forgo grocery shopping (which is like winning the lotto in itself). From seared scallops with spicy broccolini to coffee veggie teriyaki skewers, this food service will show you that going plant-based doesn’t mean salad for every meal (phew).
Price: Starting at $68 per week
Delivers to: The continental U.S.
Prep time: Varies
We’re craving: The Seitan Gyro With Shaved Artichoke Salad and Tahini Yogurt
The whole premise of Gobble is that its healthy, simple meals can be whipped up in one pan in 10 minutes (if you don’t have a dishwasher, this may be the service for you). Another major perk: It does all the chopping and dicing for you so you can pretty much throw it in the pan, and go. The meals may not be quite as healthy as some other options, but the brand does have specific kid-friendly recipes for family dinners. If you have little ones, it doesn’t get better than serving one tasty meal everyone will enjoy.
Price: Starting at $56 for four meals
Delivers to: California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, and Utah (expanding to other states soon)
Prep time: 10 minutes or less from cooking to dinner time
We’re craving: The Crispy Avocado Tacos With a Roasted Corn and Poblano Salad
New Yorker Rachel Drori loved the idea of superfood-packed smoothies but didn’t have the time to make them herself. Instead, she decided to found Daily Harvest, a healthy meal service that delivers everything from frozen smoothies to overnight oats to parfaits straight to your door. All you need to do is add a liquid base of choice and get blending or soaking or heating… it’s that simple. The company’s innovative frozen technology means you’ll always have food on hand without having to sacrifice flavor.
Price: Starting at $48 for six cups
Delivers to: 95% of the continental U.S.
Prep time: Minimal
We’re craving: The Mulberry and Dragonfruit Overnight Oats
What we love most about Terra’s Kitchen’s nutrient-dense meals (other than how good they taste) is that you have more than 30 options to choose from each week. Long gone are the days of hitting “skip” because you don’t see anything that hits the spot. Plus, newly added snacks and smoothies are perfect options when you’re on the go. Bonus points that you’re choosing a sustainability conscious company that picks up your food refrigeration vessel the next day and reuses it up to 100 times.
Price: from $10 a serving (meal prices vary based on ingredients)
Delivers to: Various cities; check to see whether the brand services your area here
Prep time: Meals take 15 to 30 minutes start to finish
We’re craving: The Grilled Vegetable Bowtie Pasta With Cilantro-Pepita Pesto
What happens when a celebrity fashion stylist becomes the industry’s top nutritionist? Enter Kore Kitchen, Meryl Pritchard’s luxury whole food delivery service centered around keeping you healthy, happy, and full. There are two options: stress-free meal delivery depending on how often you’d like it, and Kore Cleanses to kickstart your digestive system with smoothies, protein-rich salads, and more. It’s all about eating the right amount of whole foods to feel your absolute best.
Price: Starting at $70 for breakfast and dinner
Delivers to: Parts of California; check to see whether the brand services your area here
Prep time: Zero
We’re craving: The Kale and Romaine Caesar with Baked Chickpeas and Cashew Cheese
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