Another new year, another round of resolutions, right? And after so many months of being quarantined (which translates to countless loaves of banana bread, indulgent takeout orders, emptied bottles of wine and canceled fitness classes), perhaps this year, even more than most, has “eat better” at the top of your goals list.
Luckily, healthy meal delivery services offer delicious, convenient options perfect for anyone ready to make a few dietary changes — from those looking to try keto or eat gluten-free to those who want to go vegan or cut down on calories. And whether you love to cook or are practically allergic to the kitchen, there’s a service just right for you. Here are a few to get you — and the new year — started right. And if you’re looking for more ideas, check out our stories on our favorite general meal delivery services, keto-friendly meal delivery services and food delivery services for vegetarians.
Healthy goal: Eat more protein.
What to know: Training for a marathon? Finally committed to making good on cleaning up your diet this year? Tired of trading tasty, nutrient-dense meals for bland or high-calorie ones? We think you’ll fall for this delivery service that offers super-fresh gluten-free, organic, ready-to-eat meals right to your front door each week. Using in-season, locally and sustainably sourced ingredients with no fillers, GMOs, hormones, antibiotics or preservatives, you choose from a rotating menu with clearly marked protein and carbs, with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and bulk items. Just refrigerate your goodies upon receipt and pop them into the microwave for a couple minutes when you’re ready to eat. Worried about waste? Fresh n’ Lean’s ClimaCell coolers are made with renewable plant-based materials and can be recycled with the cardboard boxes they come in.
What you get: We focused in on Fresh n’ Lean’s Protein+ plan, which includes high-quality free-range, grass-fed animal protein, organic vegetables and grains that add up to about 1,500 calories per day for three meals. Fill up at breakfast with dishes such as vanilla strawberry chia pudding, sunny-side egg with tomato (simple but yummy and filling with a cage-free egg, potato, onion, tomato and yellow squash) or a cinnamon apple muffin (trust us, you’d never guess it’s gluten-free). Lunch might be cage-free chicken sausage with pesto rice, BBQ chicken with broccoli or tomatillo chicken fajitas with jasmine rice and beans. And on tap for dinner: roasted pepper burger with kale, smoked beef with vegetables and creamy tomato sauce pasta with shrimp all have us dreaming of our next meal.
Other plans: The Performance Paleo and Keto plans are similar to Protein+ but grain- and legume-free, with Keto adding dairy and nutritious fats. The Vegan plan is all about organic vegetables, plant-based proteins and whole grains, and the Low-Carb Vegan plan includes one standard plant-based meal with grains and one without grains per day. Crave a little more? The Bulk plan lets you stock up on items such as Beyond meat patties, quinoa, chicken breast, fish and veggies.
Pricing: Meals range from $9.33 to $12.69 per meal; choose from five or seven days a week. Not ready for a full subscription? The à la carte menu allows for one-time orders ($85 minimum order required). Call to skip or cancel.
FactorHealthy goal: Improve your WFH lunches and overall wellness.
What to know: When you put convenience at a premium — but refuse to let food quality suffer — Factor is a fab choice when it comes to meal delivery plans. With a menu updated weekly with dozens of dishes, you choose food made with fresh ingredients that can be heated up in just a few minutes. Rather leave the decision-making to the pros? Allow the expert chefs to select meals based on your preferences and previous orders.
What you get: Recently acquired by HelloFresh, the company allows you to mix and match from featured menu items to curate the perfect healthy New Year’s meal plan for you. Want to focus on better breakfasts? Give yourself a morning boost by selecting a variety pack of wellness shots and cold-pressed juices, paleo granola and gingerbread pancakes. Want to save time on dinner but still eat like a king or queen? Grilled chicken piccata, pork tenderloin with cabbage casserole, shredded brisket with pimento cheese broccoli, lemon garlic shrimp or winter-spiced salmon will make your mouth water. If you’re ready to try the keto trend, you might fill a box with items like a mushroom burger, chorizo chili, keto cheesecake and keto shakes. Us? We’re looking to change our WFH lunch game with a box filled with pumpkin bisque, spicy turkey poblano bowls and balsamic-glazed chicken with butternut squash risotto. Sayonara, sad desk lunches! You’re so 2020.
Other plans: Plans include Paleo (grain-, dairy- and refined sugar-free with quality protein), Keto (low carb, moderate protein, high in healthy fats) and Gluten-Free (veggies, whole grains, grass-fed proteins and legumes).
Pricing: Choose from four, six, eight, 12 or 18 meals a week, starting at $11 per meal. Bonus: All subscriptions come with one free 20-minute consultation with a registered dietitian. Skip or cancel anytime.
FreshlyFitHealthy goal: Fuel a new workout plan with clean, whole foods.
What to know: Upping your workout routine in 2021? Upgrade your nutrition plan too with FreshlyFit, a new line of meals from Freshly made for those with active lifestyles. Using clean, whole-food ingredients, meals are low carb, high in protein, gluten-free and chef-prepared with an emphasis on keto, paleo and plant principles. Choose from a weekly menu and simply heat and serve within three minutes. No lines at the grocery store. No time spent chopping, dicing and baking. No messes to clean up. Which, of course, means more time for self-care after all that exercise.
What you get: FreshlyFit menu items average just 14 grams of net carbs and 30-plus grams of protein, and clock in at 550 calories or fewer. Trying to get that sweet tooth in check? More than a third of the meal choices have zero added sugars. Proving that deliciousness doesn’t need to suffer with preprepared meals, check out this menu sampling: Paleo Pork Chop with rainbow roasted veggies and mushroom sauce, the keto-friendly Very Verde Chicken Bowl with super greens pesto and cauliflower rice or the Crave-No-More Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef and cauli-butternut mash. We’re also ordering the Sesame-Ginger Bliss Bowl with noodle-cut hearts of palm, along with the Baked Turkey Meatballs with butternut spirals and eight-veggie ragu. One word: yum.
Other plans: Freshly menu categories include Crafted Classics, Signature Collection, Feel-Better Food and Takeout Twists. If steak peppercorn with sauteed carrots and French green beans, homestyle chicken with mac and cheese, sausage baked penne with sauteed zucchini and spinach, or pulled pork al pastor with cotija cheese and Mexican-style corn sound up your alley, you’ll definitely want to give this meal delivery service a whirl.
Pricing: Choose from four, six, 10 or 12 meals per week, starting at $8.49 per meal. Skip a week or cancel anytime.