19 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 soulmate. These healthy subscription services—which offer either prepped ingredients or pre-made 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’s 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.

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Courtesy Home Chef

Perfect for: Serious foodies.

The 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, highbrow 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.

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

Availability: Home Chef delivers to 98{6339095b8ff4371e80c293520f74ccd4c0488f11a7aed6d0daae87ff5630195b} 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.

a bunch of different types of food on a table: Courtesy Sun Basket

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Courtesy Sun Basket

Perfect for: People with dietary restrictions.

The 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 pre-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.

The 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.

a plate of food on a table: Courtesy Freshly

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Courtesy Freshly

Perfect for: Extremely busy people.

The details: The big promise with Freshly‘s pre-made 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 schlep your leftovers in for lunch the next day. One of our favorite things about Freshly is that the company distributes any food leftover 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.

The 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

a white plate topped with different types of food: Courtesy Martha & Marley Spoon

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Courtesy Martha & Marley Spoon

Perfect for: The future lifestyle guru.

The 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.

The 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 it 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

a plate of food on a table: Courtesy Hungryroot

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Courtesy Hungryroot

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

The 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.

The cost: There are three plan sizes: Small ($69 for three or more two-serving meals, plus snacks or other individual items); Medium ($99 for four or more two-serving meals, plus snacks or other individual items); and Large ($129 for five or more two-serving meals, plus snacks or other individual items). You can skip, pause, or cancel at any time.

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

a plate of food on a table: Courtesy EveryPlate

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Courtesy EveryPlate

Perfect for: Someone looking for the best value.

The 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.

The 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

a bowl filled with different types of food on a table: Courtesy Purple Carrot

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Courtesy Purple Carrot

Perfect for: Vegans, vegetarians, or plant lovers.

The 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!

The 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 

a bunch of different types of food on a table: Courtesy Gobble

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Courtesy Gobble

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

The 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.

The 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.

Availability: Gobble delivers throughout the continental United States. You can check availability here.

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.

a bowl of food on a plate: Courtesy Sakara Life

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Courtesy Sakara Life

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

The details: 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.

The 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.

a laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden table: Courtesy Green Chef

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Courtesy Green Chef

Perfect for: The all-organic-everything eater.

The details: This is the first-ever USDA-certified-organic meal kit—free of synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs. You can order vegan, keto, omnivore, vegetarian, omnivore, pescatarian, 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.

The 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

a blue bowl filled with pasta and broccoli on a plate: Courtesy Dinnerly

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Courtesy Dinnerly

Perfect for: The chef on a budget.

The 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.

The 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 3 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 not stop raving about it.” —Casey Sistrunk

a bowl of food on a table: Courtesy Daily Harvest

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Courtesy Daily Harvest

Perfect for: Workaholics who can’t stop skipping lunch

The details: Daily Harvest meals range from bowls to desserts to soups—but its bread and butter are smoothies. They each come fully prepared in a cup that only sometimes requires you to add water (or your favorite version of milk) and heat it up in the microwave or on a stovetop. Each meal is also made with fresh ingredients from farmers and is frozen within hours of each harvest to lock in the deliciousness of peak-season ripeness. Since the cups are so easy to store in an office freezer when things go back to normal, Daily Harvest meals are great for anyone who always eats their lunch at their desk but doesn’t want to spend money or time going to (or ordering from) a nearby Sweetgreen every afternoon. The millennial-friendly branding doesn’t hurt, either. 

The cost: Daily Harvest charges by the meal, and you can have them shipped on a weekly or monthly basis. It’s $5.99 for oat and chia bowls, $7.99 for smoothies, soups, bites, and lattes, and $8.99 for harvest bowls, flatbreads, and scoops. 

Availability: You can find out if Daily Harvest delivers to you by clicking here.

What customers are saying: “If you’re like me and are trying to eat less junk food but don’t want to take the time to cook (or to skip out on things that taste good), Daily Harvest could be the service for you. It didn’t magically turn me into a healthier eater overnight, but it certainly made it easier for me to feel good about what I was eating. The one-step prep is convenient enough, and my insides have never felt fresher. Let’s face it, chip bags are always out there, but when you’re trying to be healthy, it’s hard to beat fresh food in a cup.” —Shanna Shipin

a bowl of food on a table: Courtesy HelloFresh

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Courtesy HelloFresh

Perfect for: Newbie chefs

The details: There are 15 different recipes offered each week, in either two- or four-person servings. The easy-to-follow, minimal-step meals come in meat and vegetarian options—everything from pork tenderloin with cauliflower mash and snap peas to chickpea- and superfood-laced salads. And now HelloFresh is offering food so nice you can eat it twice, with Dinner 2 Lunch, solving the age-old dilemma of “Seriously, how do you pack lunch ever?” Entrée recipes come with additional ingredients and instructions to tweak your leftovers for a killer next-day lunch: Chorizo beef chili becomes a chili burrito for lunch; sausage and zucchini pizza is reimagined as a salad. If you’re new to cooking, this just made figuring out one more meal that much easier. And did we mention it also has a wine club through which you can get six bottles delivered monthly?

The cost: Three two-serving meals starts at $55.

Availability: Delivers across all of the continental United States.

What customers are saying: “I never liked to cook or felt like I could prepare a full meal very well. HelloFresh completely changed my mind and has given me so much more confidence in the kitchen! Every recipe we have tried is delicious and the ingredients are always fresh. My fiancé and I have learned so much about new foods and combinations we enjoy and have never eaten at home more! (Also, HelloFresh was such a huge help while quarantining during a pandemic when the restaurants were closed and grocery stores were sold out of everything!)” —Alexis

a plate of food with broccoli: Courtesy Veestro

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Courtesy Veestro

Perfect for: The heat-and-eat person

The details: Everything’s ready to go from Veestro—the vegan, dairy-free healthy meal delivery service is all about the heat-and-eat, so if you’re slammed, it’s not a big deal. All of Veestro’s meals can be microwaved, heated on the stove, or baked in the oven, but the best part is—unlike other delivery services, which are almost exclusively offered with limited meal-plan choices—Veestro’s got all of its offerings à la carte. So you can mix and match its “Plants Please” offerings to customize your perfect menu (because you know, not everyone loves tomatoes).

The cost: Meals start at $10 to $12 à la carte.

Availability: Veestro currently delivers to any physical address within the United States except Alaska or Hawaii.

What customers are saying: “I first tried Veestro about a year ago and was obsessed. Even Jord, Mr. Carnivore, loves it. I first tried the soba noodle dish and was addicted.” —Rachel Mansfield

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Perfect for: Control freaks

The details: Snap Kitchen says it makes the best-tasting food, made better. That’s pretty appealing, but what we love is that this healthy meal delivery service offers you the freedom of choice. So. Much. Choice. Yes, you can choose a low-carb or keto-friendly subscription, but you could also build your own completely from scratch or opt for a balance option that allows you to try an edited selection with a little bit of everything. If you have specific calorie goals, you can customize those as well. With this degree of customization, it’s no surprise that Snap Kitchen caters to people who follow all sorts of diets (from milk-free to pescatarian). Pro tip: Order the crunchy coconut shrimp and over-easy burger with sweet potato for a transcendent mealtime experience.  

The cost: Pricing for meal subscriptions is based on how much you spend. Those between $25 and $125 receive a 5{6339095b8ff4371e80c293520f74ccd4c0488f11a7aed6d0daae87ff5630195b} discount off the retail price, meal subscriptions between $125 and $200 receive a 10{6339095b8ff4371e80c293520f74ccd4c0488f11a7aed6d0daae87ff5630195b} discount, and meal subscriptions that are $200 or more per week receive a 15{6339095b8ff4371e80c293520f74ccd4c0488f11a7aed6d0daae87ff5630195b} discount.

Availability: Currently available for delivery in most of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and West Virginia.

What customers are saying: “I’m busy, so I don’t have time to cook, but I want to eat healthy. I do the Snap Kitchen meal plan where I order 6-8 meals per week, and it’s amazing because there’s no cooking, cleaning, or grocery shopping involved. And you eat well. I’ve lost over 10 lbs simply by eating their meals and I’ve saved so much time not having to cook. Some of my favorite dishes include Spicy Dan Dan Noodles, Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon, and Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits.” —Annie W.

a bunch of items that are on display at a fruit stand: Courtesy Blue Apron

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Courtesy Blue Apron

Perfect for: The traditional cook.

The 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.

The 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 try new things, which I love.” —Chloe

a close up of a plate of food: Courtesy Freshology

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Courtesy Freshology

Perfect for: Fans of perfect portions.

The details: Freshology offers four different meal programs: Balance, Balance D (a doctor-approved plan for diabetics), Keto-Carb30 (for those looking to cut carbs and supercharge weight loss), and Vegetarian. Each of them provides portion-controlled, just-made-before-shipping meals with lots of fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Nothing is frozen. Chefs prepare the meals up to a certain degree of cooking, then you pop them in the microwave at home to finish them off. Freshology also helps you better understand portion sizes. Because everything is perfectly portioned, it’s a good reminder that muffins probably shouldn’t be the size of softballs and that a serving of pizza does not equal a third of a large pie.

The cost: $12.20 per meal with a minimum of 10 meals per week, totaling $121.99, plus a $9.99 delivery fee per week.

Availability: Delivers across all of the continental United States.

What customers are saying: “They send you fresh, chef-curated meals weekly, customized with the right amount of calories for your best weight loss. They take into account your unique weightloss journey and goals to make a plan that’s right for you.” —Anna Millard

a pizza sitting on top of a plate of food: Courtesy Thistle

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Courtesy Thistle

Perfect for: The foodie who doesn’t want to cook.

The details: If you want healthy meals delivered straight to your door with no need for prep, this is the subscription for you. Each of Thistle‘s ready-to-eat meals has an average of five unique fruits and vegetables, so you’re always getting a variety of nutrients. Thistle also prides itself on only using complex, protein-packed carbs that are gluten-free. It also uses more than 40 superfoods in its fresh meals, including matcha, ginger, chia, moringa, turmeric, and more.

The cost: Prices range from $11.50 to $17.24 a meal based on the frequency and inclusion of meat. Delivery is free on orders of $25 or more.

Availability: Delivers across all of the continental United States.

What customers are saying: “I work 40-60 hours per week and cooking was the last of my priorities. Many nights, my meal choices were out of convenience (chips and salsa, fast food on my way home, anything I can find in the fridge). I am mostly vegetarian, but always wanted to eat vegan—but I usually hate cooking or simply don’t have the time. This has added simplicity to my very busy life. The is not only nutritional, but delicious and easy too. Thank you, Thistle. You have been a life-changer for me.” —Misty

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Courtesy Factor 75

Perfect for: The clean-eating enthusiast.

The details: Another one of the best healthy meal delivery services is Factor 75. This food delivery subscription uses only top-shelf ingredients, including pasture-raised, grass-fed beef. All ingredients are gluten-free, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. On top of it all, Factor 75 does not use any refined sugar. If you’re serious about fueling your body with the very best ingredients, this is the food delivery service for you.

The cost: Plans start at 4 meals a week at $15 a meal and go up to 18 meals a week at $11 a meal.

Availability: Delivers across all of the continental United States.

What customers are saying: “Factor 75 , who now goes by just Factor, has been one of the best prepared meal delivery services so far. They did reach out to me and offered to send me this box of six meals to try, but I am honestly just gushing about them because they are truly that great. I already placed another order, entirely on my own dime. I have just never been so impressed by the flavors and freshness from healthy prepared meals like this before.”  —Danielle Green