Meal prep delivery kit companies are now offering healthy meal options and tailored meal plans with easy weeknight execution. Here are some of the best.
The meal kit revolution
The meal kit and meal delivery revolution is in full swing, but what are the best food delivery service options out there for those sticking to a diet, or simply keeping a closer eye on what they eat? And now that sheltering in place and social distancing are part of the new reality, any means of getting food into your house without having to go retrieve it yourself is worth the cost. And the more we learn about how much our daily diet affects overall health, there is a simultaneous demand for those smart mealtime services and solutions to offer options for healthy eating — whatever that may mean to us.
Meal prep delivery kit companies are now offering healthy meal options and tailored meal plans with easy weeknight execution to fit just about any diet or healthy lifestyle you can dream up, and that’s before we even start talking about pre-made meals.
So if you like your ingredients sent straight to you fresh — and you like to make dinner from those fresh ingredients — read on!
Best meal kit for calorie counting: Blue Apron
CNET TAKE: Probably the most recognizable of the meal kit services, Blue Apron has a lot of healthy, fresh options on the menu — and just a lot of options, in general. Blue Apron recently teamed up with Weight Watchers for easy-to-cook healthy recipes that align with its point system, making it easy for those in the program to meal plan and keep track. Blue Apron offers customers roughly 8 to 12 delicious meals to choose from per week including a few vegetarian options as well as a few that created for the Weight Watchers Freestyle program.
Pricing and subscription: Price per serving ranges from $7.49 to $9.99, with options to prepare two to four recipes per week and two or four servings per recipe. Keep an eye out for special offers.
Best healthy meal kit for families: Sun Basket
CNET TAKE: Sun Basket healthy food delivery service focuses on fresh, healthy ingredients with easy-to-cook recipes, many of which are designed specifically for various diets and dietary restrictions, including low-carb, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo and more. Each week starts with 18 dinner options on the menu — like shrimp paella or turkey meatballs with cashew crema — of which you pick two, three or four to be delivered the following week.
Pricing and subscription: Each serving runs about $12, so three dishes per week (six total servings) will run you about $72. The family plan offers better value but less selection, with just six meals to choose from per week; however, the portions serve four adults (with leftovers). For the family plan, three meals (12 total servings) costs about $132.
Best healthy organic meal kit: Green Chef
CNET TAKE: Green Chef is a healthy organic meal-kit delivery service that will tailor your plan to maintain a paleo, keto, vegetarian (plant-powered) or just a steady balanced diet. Roughly 90% of the ingredients included in Green Chef’s meal kits are certified organic and meats are sustainably fished, farmed and raised without hormones or antibiotics.
Like Blue Apron or Sun Basket, Green Chef provides all the organic ingredients needed to cook a fairly simple meal — generally in less than 30 minutes — and thoughtful recipe cards with photos make following instructions easy like with the simple teriyaki pork meatballs.
Pricing and subscription: Green Chef’s organic meals start at around $8 per serving and allow you to customize or skip weeks when traveling, etc.
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