10 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services for Painless Meal Prep

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Healthy food delivery services are a major game changer, especially if you’re easing into a healthier lifestyle as we ring in the new year. The best ones make meal prep painless and use good-for-you ingredients to keep you feeling your best, which makes resetting your wellness routine easier than ever. (And we’re guessing after one heck of a year, you’re in need of that.) 

One quick search will pull up dozens of options to choose from, and we’ve tested them all to help you find your food-delivery soul mate. These healthy subscription services—which offer either prepped ingredients or premade wholesome recipes and meals—are easy to pull together, taste damned delicious, and are available to be dropped at most doors nationwide—some even deliver internationally(!). It’’ practically impossible to not find the perfect healthy meal kit for you, whether you’re gluten-free, vegetarian, or just looking to expand your palate and skills in the kitchen in 2021.

So what’s for dinner? Read on to discover the 19 best healthy food delivery services.

1. Home Chef

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Perfect for: Serious foodies.

Details: There are 13 meal options each week with Home Chef (we’re currently eyeing an incredibly delicious-looking scallop and corn chowder with crispy jalapeños), making it ideal for those looking to please picky, high-brow palates or those who love the finer things in life. And the service makes it far more affordable—and convenient—than it would be to shop for these ingredients on their own, especially during the pandemic.

Cost: $59 for three meals for two people; includes all sauces, salts, and oils.

Availability: Home Chef delivers to 98% of the United States. To check if it delivers to your area, go here.

What customers are saying: “All the food has been amazing and easy to follow. Not only is the food delish, but it helps take the stress out of my family’s hectic schedule and broadens our palate to not eat the same meals over and over. Two thumbs up.” —Brooklyn L.

2. Sun Basket

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Perfect for: People with dietary restrictions.

Details: Sun Basket offers fresh meals for vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians—plus for those who are managing diabetes or adhering to gluten-free and paleo diets. Whatever your preferences, you’ll find a Sun Basket healthy food bundle for your particular diet. It offers organic produce and antibiotic and hormone-free meats and seafood, and everything comes in recyclable, enviro-friendly packaging. But the best part is Sun Basket promises each recipe (you can mix and match from 18 weekly) can be thrown together in 30 minutes or less. And they even have already-prepped meals that require zero cooking at all—just heat them up in the oven or microwave. If you’ve got food rules to manage but not a lot of time to cook, this is the healthy meal delivery service for you.

Cost: $36.94 for your first box, which provides three meals for two people.

Availability: You can check Sun Basket service availability here.

What customers are saying: “The meals are generally easy to make, but for those who are short on time to prep, there are now speedy meals as well—which means pre-prepped, oven-ready meals. The meals are not only less time consuming and easy to put together, but much less intimidating (no prep work). Yay!” —Betty R.

3. Green Chef

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Perfect for: The all-organic-everything eater.

Details: This is the first-ever USDA-certified-organic meal kit—free of synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs. You can order vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, omnivore, keto, and paleo meals, which are updated weekly. Ingredients come packaged, labeled, and color-coded for organized cooking, and they all take 30 minutes or less to prepare. This healthy meal delivery service also has a wide range of meal plans for so many different lifestyles, from gluten-free to family carnivore. Other stuff we love from Green Chef: the eco-friendly packaging (the boxes are literally mini fridges, upping the cute factor), the fact that there’s no commitment, and the flexible delivery dates. It’s probably the most chill meal-prep kit of the bunch.

Cost: Two-person plans, with three meals per week, start at $63.

Availability: Green Chef delivers almost everywhere in the United States except Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Louisiana.

What customers are saying: “Seriously, why would I want to eat in a restaurant when my vegan/vegetarian meals from Green Chef are so inventive, varied, and delicious?” —Elizabeth Denton

4. Blue Apron

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Perfect for: The traditional cook.

Details: Blue Apron is the O.G. healthy meal delivery service, and it continues to be one of the best for a reason—the recipe curators are good at what they do. Every ingredient is measured, portioned, and packaged, and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. It’s worth noting that some meals can take a bit longer than others, but the menu is second to none, with incredible meals inspired by the Mediterranean diet. On the menu in past weeks? Sesame kale and quinoa bowls, pappardelle in tomato sauce, and Tuscan-spiced cod, among many other things. You can add a wine pairing to your order too.

Cost: Two-person plans, with three meals per week, start at $60.

Availability: Blue Apron is available nationwide in the United States, but different delivery options depend on your area, which you can check here.

What customers are saying: “We started getting Blue Apron because we lived too far away from a grocery store to get groceries frequently, and this was cutting into our delivery bill substantially. The sign-up process is super easy, selecting your meals is a breeze, and the food always comes fresh and in full. I never had any issues with missing or expired items, and you always get to try new things, which I love.” —Chloe

5. Gobble

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Perfect for: Busy parents who have less than 15 minutes to make dinner but still want a home-cooked meal.

Details: Gobble’s chefs are all about doing the prep work for you so you don’t have to spend time peeling, chopping, or marinating. This service also has options for every kind of diet, including gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, and vegetarian. With all of the ingredients ready, each meal takes only 15 minutes to put together, which means it’ll taste homemade without all of the additional time usually needed. With options that range from souvlaki-marinated salmon with Greek orzo salad to Parmesan-crusted chicken with lemon-basil orzo salad, there are so many dishes to look forward to.

Cost: The two-person plan provides six meals weekly at $11.99 each, which is $71.94 a week plus $6.99 for shipping. The four-person plan provides 12 meals each week at $11.99 each, which is $143.88 weekly plus $6.99 for shipping

What customers are saying: “Gobble is ideal for someone who wants to eat at home without all the planning, shopping, and prepping. All meals have been delicious with great seasoning. All the ingredients are fresh. Options offer a good variety. Instructions are easy to follow. I’ve tried several other meal services, and this one is definitely the best by far (to me)!” —Paula B.

6. Freshly

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Perfect for: Extremely busy people.

Details: The big promise with Freshly’s premade meals is that you can have lunch or dinner ready in two minutes or less—something we hadn’t heard promised outside a frozen-foods aisle. Nothing’s frozen, though, and you can pull up all the nutritional stats on Freshly’s website to get the quick lowdown. Every single meal is gluten-free, packed with protein, all-natural, and free from refined sugars. All meals are kept insulated in biodegradable, recycled denim totes—an eco-friendly alternative to foam—which you’ll want to use for schlepping your leftovers for lunch the next day. One of our favorite things about Freshly is that the company distributes any food left over from its packaging process to local food banks and shelters, ensuring there’s limited waste and that as many as possible benefit from the nutritional goodness.

Cost: Four meals per week for one person starts at $50. Also, if you refer a friend, you’ll help them get $40 off their order and $40 off your next two orders.

Availability: Currently delivers to the continental U.S.

What customers are saying: “One of the easiest decisions I’ve made. With Freshly, I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat for lunch each day and feel good knowing that I’m eating a healthy meal. I love the convenience!” —Cindi

7. Martha & Marley Spoon

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Perfect for: The future lifestyle guru.

Details: Created by America’s most trusted home cook (and Snoop Dogg’s BFF), Martha & Marley Spoon is bringing more than 18,000 of Martha Stewart’s recipes to your home. Designed with easy weeknight cooking in mind, this meal delivery service lets you select from 10 new recipes every week. With incredible dishes like buttery garlic chicken, General Tso’s cauliflower, and two-cheese polenta, there is no reason not to sign up ASAP. You can plan up to five weeks ahead and skip a week when the timing isn’t perfect.

Cost: Two meals per week for two people starts at $48 per week; four meals for three to four people starts at $131.20 a week. All include free weekly delivery.

Availability: Available in almost all of the contiguous U.S. states; just enter your zip code at checkout to confirm the company delivers to you.

What customers are saying: “I love it when I wake up and don’t know what’s for dinner and then, like magic, it arrives at my doorstep.” —Grace Kim

8. Hungryroot

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Perfect for: Picky eaters (you know who you are). 

Details: All the meals picked by Hungryroot are nutritious and made from whole ingredients—but they’re based on your specific food profile. It’s basically a grocery subscription service, not a meal plan, and you can customize your orders depending on what you’re into for any given week. Your plan is also based on how much food you think you need during that time period. You can shop for everything from vegetarian staples like cauliflower rice and gluten-free pasta to ready-made meals like overnight oats and three-bean chili. Yes, there’s meat too.

Cost: Pricing plans average from $60 to $100 per week, with minimum weekly deliveries start at $59.

Availability: Hungryroot delivers to most zip codes in the contiguous United States (so, not Alaska or Hawaii).

What customers are saying: “Not only has Hungryroot allowed me to get great, healthy groceries delivered right to my door, but I’ve been able to discover new products through them.” —Jessica

9. EveryPlate

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Perfect for: Someone looking for the best value.

Details: EveryPlate is all about being more accessible and providing great meals for a fraction of the price of other meal subscription services. All its recipes are easy to follow and take around 30 minutes to complete from start to finish. A great bonus is that each week’s meals come shipped in recyclable, climate-smart packaging.

Cost: Your first delivery will get you 18 meals for only $3.33 each with free shipping. After that, you select three meals from each menu at $4.99 a meal.

Availability: EveryPlate is available in the majority of the continental U.S. After your zip code is entered during checkout, you’ll receive a confirmation on whether they ship to your area.

What customers are saying: “I wanted to try EveryPlate as soon as I saw that it was at least $2 cheaper (per serving) than most of the other meals kits I’ve tried. After trying five recipes for a week and loving every single one, I’m happy to see that EveryPlate doesn’t skimp on great-tasting food just to make things easier on your wallet.” —Marne

10. Purple Carrot

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Perfect for: Vegans, vegetarians, or plant lovers.

Details: With new vegan recipes every week, Purple Carrot is the most convenient way to eat more plant-based meals. You can choose from three different meal plans: Chef’s Choice, which features innovative dishes and seasonal ingredients; Quick & Easy, with a focus on dishes that are ready in 30 minutes or less; and High Protein, which features incredibly satisfying dishes with 20-plus grams of protein per serving. Allegedly Gisele Bündchen is a fan, which should be enough of a selling point, but eating a plant-based diet is also good for you and the environment. Everyone wins!

Cost: Each week you choose three dinners that serve two people at $12 a plate, or $72 a week.

Availability: Purple Carrot delivers to the contiguous 48 states; you can check availability here.

What customers are saying: “Purple Carrot reignited my excitement around healthy eating. It showed me veganism doesn’t have to be boring or lack flavor, and continuously mixed it up to keep things interesting from week to week.” —Erin Parker 

11. Sakara Life

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Perfect for: The person who considers every meal an Instagram-worthy moment.

Cetails: Sakara Life is a vegan supplier that offers a different menu every week with plant-based, superfood-heavy meals like seasonal salads, sandwiches, and protein bagels with cashew cheese spread. There are even daily detox teas to support digestion. It’s all quite pretty (not to mention gluten-, dairy-, egg-, and seafood-free), so plate it beautifully with some good lighting—and nail your caption, of course.

Cost: Packages start at $99 per person per day for a five-day plan.

Availability: Originally available only in New York, Sakara Life now delivers everywhere, but the number of days available depends on your delivery zone, which you can check here.

What customers are saying: “After months of cooking during COVID, I was at my wit’s end with prepping meals. I searched high and low for plant-based meal delivery, but I didn’t find anything close to being as well thought out as the Sakara meals were. I’m getting a more diverse array of plants and nutrients than I ever would ordinarily, which makes Sakara an invaluable piece of my wellness journey.” —Melanie M.

12. Dinnerly

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Perfect for: The chef on a budget.

Details: Dinnerly’s menu is filled with easy-to-make, delicious, and healthy meals for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time but loves to cook. But even more important, it’s affordable, at just $4.49 per adult serving. Fewer ingredients and digital recipe cards are two ways they help keep costs down, and whether you’re an adventurous eater or someone whose palate isn’t the most devil-may-care, there are a ton of recipe options to choose from. We love the chicken satay noodles, BBQ chicken flatbread, and pimento cheese veggie melts.

Cost: There are several options including a two-person box, which “serves two hungry people three, four, or five times a week” and a family box, which “serves four hungry people three, four, or five times a week.” The least-expensive option (including $8.99 for shipping) comes in at $38.93 per week.

Availability: Dinnerly delivers to most of the contiguous United States.

What customers are saying: “Dinnerly is an exceptional service, providing top-notch ingredients that come together for excellent meals. My family rarely has any waste. Most recipes are loved by my three children, and best of all, we are eating healthy meals while saving money. I highly recommend this service to everyone I know. I seriously can  stop raving about it.” —Casey Sistrunk