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Best Healthy Meal Delivery Service for 2022

Here are the best healthy meal delivery services to keep nutritious food ready to eat all week.

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The best healthy meal delivery services are fantastic for busy people who would otherwise opt for an easy microwavable meal after a hard day at work. It's important to prioritize your health, and microwaveable meals can be a slippery slope to gaining weight and feeling sluggish. One of the best ways to start eating better is to fill your fridge with good food from a healthy premade meal service or meal kit subscription. There are a ton of great healthy meal options available through some of the most popular meal kit and food delivery services in 2022.

These days, there are dozens upon dozens of meal subscriptions and meal kits to choose from. I've tested all the top players to find the healthiest meal delivery in 2022. Whatever your nutrition goals -- eating vegan or vegetarian, low-calorie, low-carb (keto), organic or paleo -- these easy and wholesome meal services provide a big assist in keeping your diet on track, especially as we head into the holidays. 

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I've personally tried every healthy meal service on this list (and many more) for at least a week before making my recommendations. I also did a deep dive into the meal plan offerings and menus as they relate to health and nutrition, as well as the various plans and pricing, to help you find the best healthy meal kits or prepared meal delivery service.

sunbasket fresh and-ready meals

Sunbasket has both healthy meal kits and prepared meals for your busy week.

Sunbasket

Healthy meal kits

While Blue Apron may have been the first big player in the meal kit delivery sector, specialized kits and delivery services tailored with menu options and recipe plans and meal options for organic, low carb and keto, paleo vegetarian and vegan lifestyles followed close behind. Meal kit delivery startups such as Green Chef, Sunbasket and Purple Carrot offer vegetarian-friendly sustainable and organic meal kits with fresh preportioned ingredients for healthy home-cooked food. These healthy meal delivery services differ in offerings and target audiences, but all can be tailored to keep delicious meal kits coming week after week, even for a picky eater on a special diet.

purple carrot meal kit on table next to box

Purple Carrot is one of the only fully plant-based meal kit services.

Healthy prepared meal delivery services

Healthy prepared meal delivery companies such as Veestro, Freshly, Splendid Spoon and Mosaic Foods have taken things a step further, delivering delicious and fully premade healthy food including frozen meals (or sometimes partially frozen), fresh salads, grain bowls, breakfast items and more on a weekly or monthly basis. Healthy meals direct can take the guesswork out of breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is key when you're short on time, limiting trips to the store. These ready-to-eat nutritious meal services help people -- even those with a special dietary preference or specific dietary restrictions such as food allergies -- stay on track with a good diet and healthy eating habits thanks to some inventive menu options and extensive nutritional information transparency.

These products and services are independently chosen by our editors and periodically updated. 

Healthiest meal delivery services in 2022

HelloFresh

Pricing

Starting at $8/serving

Type

Meal Kit

Regional Availability

Continental United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan

Number of Meal Options per Week

30+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Meat and veggies, veggies, family-friendly, fit and wholesome, quick and easy, pescatarian, low carb, low calorie

The sheer number of meal kit recipes offered by this service -- many of them objectively healthy -- makes it the best meal kit service for most people trying to eat better. In a given week, HelloFresh offers nearly 50 recipe options including low-carb, vegan, vegetarian and low-fat meals. Many of HelloFresh's meal kits feature veggies and lean meats such as turkey, chicken or fish. And there are as many as 15 vegetarian recipes per week with protein-packed legumes and grains. 

HelloFresh recipes are also some of the simplest to execute, making this a great meal kit service for families and folks looking for quick and easy healthy dinners. And HelloFresh ranks as one of the most affordable meal kit services with plans for two people for under $9 a serving. 

Pricing and subscriptionHelloFresh plans start at $8 per serving if you order, but most plans will cost about $9 a serving. There are premium meals featuring steak, shrimp and lobster that incur additional charges per week. You'll also pay $10 per delivery for shipping. 

Read our Hello Fresh review.

 

Hello Fresh
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Fresh N Lean

Pricing

Starting at $9/meal

Type

Pre-made

Regional Availability

United States nationwide

Number of Meal Options per Week

13

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Keto, vegan, paleo, protein, whole 30, mediterranean

This isn't just one of the best healthy meal delivery services, it's one of the best meal delivery services, period. I personally tested all of the leading prepared meal companies, and Fresh N Lean ran away from the pack, ticking more boxes than any other. The meals are healthy and cooked well, they taste fantastic and look appetizing, too. Plus, the service is pretty affordable depending on the plan you select.

Fresh N Lean has five meal plans to help keep folks on track with their specific nutrition goals, including low-carb, vegan, paleo and protein plus options. The prepared meals I tried were all made from simple, whole ingredients and tasted like quality home-cooked food. While I liked pretty much everything from Fresh N Lean from the tofu on down, my favorite was a tender braised beef with vegetables in coconut-cilantro sauce.

Pricing and subscription: Fresh N Lean prices per meal will vary depending on the diet plan you select as well as the number of meals per week. It's roughly $8 to $10 per meal if you order 10 or more meals per week. If you select lunch or dinners only, it'll be less than $15 per meal. Fresh N Lean is not the cheapest meal delivery, but it's not the most expensive either and is totally worth the extra money, in my opinion.

Read my full review of Fresh N Lean here

Read our Fresh n' Lean review.

 

Fresh n' Lean
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Home Chef

Pricing

Starting at $8/serving

Type

Meal kit, pre-made

Regional Availability

98% of United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

30

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Calorie-conscious, carb-conscious

With more than 20 weekly meal choices and recipes on its menu, including convenient one-pan dinners and oven-ready meals that require almost no prep, Home Chef (full review here) is a good choice for having simple and delicious low-carb, keto-friendly meals delivered. But with so many meals per week and customization options, you can make Home Chef work for any diet or nutrition goal.

Speaking of which, with Home Chef you can easily substitute the protein and sides in your meal kit recipe, so if a certain dish sounds tasty but you're not a big pork person or don't want potatoes, you can swap in chicken, fish or veggies as one of the recipe components. Home Chef meal kits also allow you to order double the protein in your lunch or dinner without doubling the overall portion, so it's a great low-carb meal kit option for keto or paleo diet followers. You can also choose to order antibiotic-free protein from the menu instead of the standard version for an added cost.

Home Chef does have a fair amount of comfort foods that aren't so diet-friendly including meatloaf and potatoes or heavier pasta dishes in addition to the healthy stuff, so you'll have to filter them out to remove temptation or rely on self-control. (That's a thing, right?)

Pricing and subscriptionMeals start at $8 per serving with additional premium Home Chef recipes and add-ons offered at market price. You can add fruit for a few extra dollars, for instance, the perfect defense against those 3 p.m. cravings or late-night snacking woes.

Read our Home Chef review.

 

Home Chef
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Blue Apron

Pricing

Starting at $8/serving

Type

Meal kit

Regional Availability

32 US states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Number of Meal Options per Week

50+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Vegetarian, diabetes-friendly, wellness, family-friendly, fast and easy

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 teamed up with Weight Watchers for easy-to-cook healthy recipes like sheet pan tandoori-style chicken and tilapia in lemon-caper sauce. These recipes align with its point system, making it easy for those in the program to have a healthy diet meal plan and keep track. Blue Apron offers customers roughly eight to 12 delicious meals to choose from per week including more than one vegetarian recipe option as well as a few that were created for the Weight Watchers Freestyle program. 

Separate from Weight Watchers meals, their vegetarian options get high marks in the reviews I read, but if you are full-on vegan or vegetarian, there are likely better vegetarian specialty meal kits and meal delivery services with more daily or weekly plant-based options and ingredients. Blue Apron also has one of the most user-friendly meal plan interfaces of all the meal kit services and optional wine pairings, too. 

Pricing and subscription: Price per serving ranges from $8 to $12 with options to prepare two to four recipes per week and two or four servings per recipe. Shipping is an additional $10 per box.

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Green Chef

Pricing

Starting at $12/serving

Type

Meal kit

Regional Availability

Continental United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

30

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Keto and paleo, gluten-free, fast and fit, mediterranean, vegan, and vegetarian

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 fresh ingredients included in Green Chef's meal kits are certified organic and its 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 for cooking 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 or parmesan-crusted chicken. There are some meal kit services on this list with more total options each week, but Green Chef definitely scores points for quality, healthiness and ease of use. My favorite Green Chef meal was the artichoke crab cakes with quinoa and zucchini, but everything I made was light, fresh and tasty.

Pricing and subscriptionGreen Chef's organic offerings start at around $12 a meal and allow you to customize or skip weeks when traveling and so on.

Here's my full review of Green Chef for more.

Green Chef
Sunbasket

Pricing

Starting at $10/serving

Type

Meal kit, pre-made

Regional Availability

Most zip codes in United States except in AK, HI, MT, and parts of NM

Number of Meal Options per Week

20+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Paleo, carb-conscious, gluten-free, diabetes-friendly, vegetarian, pescatarian, mediterranean, keto-friendly, fresh and ready

Of all the players, this was one of the best but its meal kits are also some of the most expensive. Sunbasket's healthy meal delivery focuses on high-quality and mostly organic ingredients, meats, fish and produce in easy-to-cook recipes, many of which are designed specifically for various diets and dietary restrictions. 

Each week this meal delivery service offers 15 to 18 dinner options on the menu. Many are interesting but not complicated to prepare, such as shrimp paella, turkey-cranberry meatballs with roasted Brussels sprouts or sweet potato taquitos with a black bean salad. My personal favorite was a light and simple pan-seared chicken thigh with Balinese spice and a cool mint-cabbage slaw. You won't be tempted by lots of mashed potatoes or thick heavy sauces in the weekly menus, though an occasional comfort food recipe is available for cheat day.

Pricing and subscriptionSunbasket moved away from the fixed price format and now charges by the meal. Most are between $14 and $19 which makes it one of the pricier services we've tested.

Read CNET's full Sunbasket review here.

Read our Sunbasket review.

 

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Purple Carrot

Pricing

Starting at $11/serving

Type

Meal kit, pre-made

Regional Availability

Continental United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

Around 8 to 10

Menu Options/ Diet Types

100% plant-based

Purple Carrot (full review here) is the original plant-based meal kit service and this healthy food delivery service has a loyal and growing customer base. The 100% vegan meal kit service scores points for its inventive and interesting fresh meat-free ingredients and meal prep options like cauliflower and quinoa kofta or sticky apricot seitan stir fry. 

Purple Carrot makes it easy to sort its offerings into high-protein or gluten-free meals that satisfy even nonvegetarians. Do be aware that some of the Purple Carrot meals take a bit of time and some skill to prepare but if quality, homemade vegan meal kits are a priority for you (and extra trips to the store are not), this is probably the best meal kit for you. 

In addition to the tasty vegan meals, you can add extras like banana chia pudding or overnight oats with apricot, goji berries and cashew butter to your weekly delivery.

Pricing and subscription: Purple Carrot meals cost you roughly $12 per serving, which isn't exactly cheap for vegan food, but you can choose between two plans designed for either singles or couples (three two-serving meals per week) or a family (two six-serving meals per week). 

Purple Carrot
$30 off order with code:
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The best healthy prepared meal delivery

Freshly

Pricing

Starting at $9/meal

Type

Pre-made

Regional Availability

Continental United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

30

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, carb-smart, and calorie-conscious

Freshly is a simple yet rather consistent ready-to-eat meal delivery service (not a meal kit). And it's fresh, like the name says. Freshly's meals eliminate any prep needed for services such as Blue Apron and HelloFresh, serving single-portion meals for the health-conscious person who may not have time or interest in cooking. 

Freshly's meals come fresh, not frozen, and ready to be heated up in a microwave or conventional oven. The average meal option has about 500 calories per serving and is gluten-free, all-natural and free of refined sugar. A few ready-to-eat meals from Freshly's menu include a hearty penne Bolognese bake, chicken with coconut curry and turkey mushroom meatloaf. 

While not every meal would be considered "healthy" (by most standards, anyway) most are, and you can easily feed yourself or your family nutritious meals without repeating dishes over and over. That said, this may not be the perfect service if you struggle with willpower because those pasta meals are just a click away. 

Freshly recently introduced FreshlyFit -- a healthier spin on the original meal delivery service -- but I did not care for the meals when I tried them earlier in the year.

Pricing and subscriptionFreshly meal plans start at $47 for four meals ($11.79 per meal) and get cheaper the more you order. If you go big with the 12-meals-per-week plan, each one breaks down to just $9.

Read our Freshly review.

 

Freshly
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Hungryroot

Pricing

Starting at $8/serving

Type

Meal kit, grocery provider

Regional Availability

Continental United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

100+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, egg-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, omnivore

Hungryroot is part meal kit company and part healthy grocery delivery service. Unlike traditional meal kits, Hungryroot tailors a delivery of groceries with simple recipe suggestions that can be created from them. While services like Blue Apron and Sunbasket lock you into recipes with rather specific ingredients portioned for that particular meal.

Pricing: Plans start at $8.49 a serving or $65 a week. Hungryroot gives you the option to add more servings in increments of two to four, with a flat increase of $10. The cost per serving decreases the more you order. Shipping is free for any plan over $70 a week.

Read more about it in my full review of Hungryroot. 

Read our Hungryroot review.

 

Hungryroot
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Pricing

Starting at $8/meal

Type

Pre-made

Regional Availability

Continental United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

40+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Plant-based, gluten-free non-GMO

This is definitely the best meal delivery for ready-to-go, healthy breakfast and lunches. Splendid Spoon is hoping to entice folks who want to keep it simple, easy and nutritious for breakfast and lunch with its ready-made smoothies, soups and grain bowls delivered to your door weekly. 

Splendid Spoon puts an emphasis on nourishing ingredients but doesn't slack on taste because of it. Soups include cauliflower tikka and Mexican tomato, while smoothies come in tasty combos like almond butter and jelly, blueberry acai and a green matcha smoothie with spirulina, ginger and turmeric. Soups and smoothies are loosely categorized by their overall intended effect, like "heal," "energize" and "refresh." Splendid Spoon also offers a full-day soup cleanse add-on to "reset" your system.

As much as I loved all of Splendid Spoon's soups and smoothies, do be aware that many can be high in sugar, so if cutting back on the white stuff is a goal in 2022, you may want to look elsewhere.

Pricing and subscriptionSplendid Spoon offers a few options, like a breakfast plan with five smoothies per week (most are relatively low in sugar) or a lunch plan, which is five days of grain bowls for $70. Or get the whole shebang: An entire five days' worth of smoothies and lunches (soups and grain bowls) for $100. It is a subscription, but you're free to cancel at any time, including after the first week if you want to just try it out. The brand's most popular plan called the Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Reset includes five noodle bowls and the one-day soup cleanse for $195.

Here's my full review of Splendid Spoon.

Splendid Spoon
Sakara Life

Pricing

Starting at $54/day

Type

Pre-made

Regional Availability

Continental United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

15+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Plant-based

Sakara Life is a vegan and organic meal delivery system that sends fresh (never frozen) harvest bowls, soups, salads, breakfast items and snacks to your door via messenger service so you don't have to think about cooking or preparing any meals whatsoever. 

I tried Sakara for a week and the food was quite tasty with bold flavors and fantastic sauces. It was pretty, too, with bright colors and fresh greens. The Sakara food came in two shipments a week so it was always fresh and the meals kept me interested with global dishes that included vegan moussaka, roasted peach chana masala and ginger almond noodle bowls.

The big downside with Sakara Life is the price, and the cheapest plan is still $54 a day for just two meals. For me, this vegan meal delivery service might be more practical for a shorter cleanse or to schedule for a specific week when you know you're going to be crazy busy but don't want your healthy eating habits to suffer. If you can afford it I say give it a try. The food was all great -- like upscale spa food -- and definitely healthy.

Pricing and subscription. There are two-, three- and five-day plans available that cost around $80 per day. A more affordable option is picking just lunch and dinner, which nets out to $58 a day -- still not cheap by any stretch. All of this includes shipping.

The five-day Level II Detox cleanse is a whopping $450 but includes meals, supplements, detox teas, detox water drops, snacks and more. The 20-day Bridal Cleanse is a gulp-inducing $1,680.

Read more in my full review of Sakara Life.

Sakara Life
David Watsky/CNET

Pricing

Starting at $14/meal

Type

Pre-made

Regional Availability

United States nationwide

Number of Meal Options per Week

32

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Vegan, paleo, keto, AIP

Pete's won me over in a week-long taste test, notching its place as one of the best healthy, organic meal delivery services I've yet to try. While it's not particularly budget-friendly at around $14 a meal, it is actually cheaper than other meal services that use organic ingredients and quality meat and the food was better than most of them. 

Pete's Real Food meals were all well-prepared too. The meats were tender, the vegetables (mostly) cooked to proper doneness and all the flavors worked. The food wasn't overly seasoned and the recipes were mild and maybe even on the safe side -- but that's nothing a few shakes of hot sauce can't fix.

If you're in training, avoiding gluten or keeping to a paleo plan and looking for lots of protein, healthy fats and nutrient-filled carbs such as sweet potatoes and beets, Pete's Real Food should hit the spot. Pete's has lots of ordering options and the meals are made to freeze so if you don't want to subscribe, you can keep an inventory on hand for those moments you need a quick fix.

Pricing and subscription: Depending on the meal plan you choose your price per meal will change a bit, but most end up being somewhere around $14 a meal. There's also Pete's Real Food lite plan, which has smaller portions and cheaper meals. As with other meal-delivery services, the more food you order at once the lower the price per meal drop. But strangely, there's no discount for subscribing to this service. 

There are also prepared bundles of meals and a la carte options under the Eat What You Love section, so your best bet might be to peruse all the different meal plans and see if one seems like a good fit. 

Pete's Real Food
David Watsky/CNET

Pricing

Starting at $10/meal

Type

Pre-made

Regional Availability

Most major metro areas in the Eastern and Western United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

50+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Plant-based, vegan, vegetarian

I tested a week's worth of Mosaic inventive meatless meals (full review here) and for plant-based meal delivery, it doesn't get any better than this. Mosaic is new on the scene and, to date, is the best 100% plant-based meal delivery service I've tried. Of the nine Mosaic meals I tried, none were bad and I really loved nearly all of them.

Personal favorites included the tender jackfruit chili and the olive, pepper and feta ragout, but there were plenty more that hit the spot. There were also no mushy vegetables -- a plague in meal delivery -- and the meat stand-ins like jackfruit, tofu and vegan sausage were used in creative ways and cooked extremely well.

Pricing and subscription: Mosaic is also affordable when compared with other services. Most meals clock in at $9, which isn't bad for what you get, and they'll make for a nice respite on those busy days you don't want to cook, but don't want to spend $20 on takeout either. 

You choose as many meals as you'd like from a menu of about 28 lunches and dinners, six soups and six oat bowls, but there is a minimum order for any shipment of $70 (about eight meals). That said, since you can have your meals sent every four weeks, it would break down to just a few per week -- a perfect option if you're looking to just try the service out.

As of now, Mosaic meals are available for delivery to about 80% of the country, including both coasts and most of the Midwest. Before pressing on, you may want to check your ZIP code on the company's website to see if it's available where you live.

Read our Mosaic Foods review.

 

Mosaic Foods
Veestro

Pricing

Starting at $11/meal

Type

Pre-made

Regional Availability

Most of the United States

Number of Meal Options per Week

50+

Menu Options/ Diet Types

Plant-based, low sodium, under 500 calories, vegan

Prepped, frozen and vegetarian (meaning there's no cooking or assembly required), Veestro's meals are shipped and can be heated up in either a microwave, skillet or conventional oven (conventional oven or skillet suggested by me). Veestro's plant-based meal delivery service is to be one of the more affordable meal delivery company options, with 15 meals a week (three meals a day) clocking in at just $130. Veestro has a truly massive selection of vegetarian and vegan meals, and you build a box of 10, 20 or 30 meals at a time to be delivered in bulk when you want.

If calorie-counting is important to your health goals, Veestro tries to keep the three daily meals in its "Weight Loss" program around or less than 1,200 calories with dishes like veggie red curry with tofu, seitan soba noodles, meatless shepherd's pie and breakfast burritos. Once you get your first plan, you can start to customize, reordering dishes you liked and skipping those you didn't. 

I thought the quality of food was fairly high for what it is and Vesstro uses more interesting ingredients and flavors than some of the others I tried. I wouldn't eat them every night, but to have three or four on hand in the fridge or freezer for those busy nights is heaven when you need it most.

Pricing and subscriptionThere are several options. A custom or chef's choice plan of 10 meals cost $12.82 per meal. Twenty meals cost $11.93 per meal and 30 meals will cost you $11.03 per meal. The weight loss plan, which includes three meals a day for five days, recurring, is $179 for five days' worth of meals or $251 for seven days' worth of food. 

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How I tested each healthy meal delivery service

To test each meal delivery service, I tried at least five and sometimes as many as 10 meals from any given service. I tried to choose a range of meals from the various menu and meal plan offerings. For instance, if a service offers plant-based meals I was sure to try at least one. I also mixed up the meal types to include rice bowls, meat dishes, plant-based offerings and other various styles offered by the brand. Further, I made sure to test a variety of cuisines -- Italian, Indian, Thai, Mexican -- if they were offered.

Because healthy food is subjective and people have varying nutrition needs and goals, I tried to approach this list from all angles and determine which meal services were healthiest for different types of eaters. Folks keeping to the keto diet, for instance, may consider low-carb meal delivery "healthiest." And others who deem vegan and plant-based food healthier than meals with meat will be looking for a service that provides more meatless options. 

I also took careful note of each meal delivery service's website, including what information was provided (ingredients, nutritional info), how clearly the menu was organized and how simple it was to pick a healthy meal plan and order meals. When they arrived, I noted how well they were packaged and checked whether each meal was still chilled or frozen.

Fresh N Lean meals

I took careful note of how food arrived and whether it was still chilled or frozen, as it was intended. 

Fresh N Lean

To reheat meals, I took a twofold approach. For some, I meticulously followed the heating instructions on the label. But since these are suggestions, I reheated other meals the way I would if left to my own devices. Often that meant warming gently in a nonstick skillet or reheating in an air fryer. Many of the meal delivery services offer a microwave heating option, but I almost always found that produced worse results.

Testing meal kits requires cooking, of course, and thus a different stand of practices and procedures for evaluation. Here's more on how we test meal kits at CNET.

Healthy meal delivery compared

Service Diets good for Meal options per week Subscription only Price per serving (entree) Shipping CNET rating
Sunbasket Vegetarian, organic, keto, paleo, gluten-free, diabetic, pescetarian, Mediterranean 21 Yes $11.49 $8 9
Home Chef Keto, low-calorie, gluten-free, pescetarian, high-protein 28 Yes $9 Free on boxes over $40 8
Green Chef Vegan, vegetarian, organic, keto, paleo, gluten-free, diabetic, pescetarian, Mediterranean 30 Yes $13 $10 7.6
Blue Apron Vegan, vegetarian, low-calorie, keto, paleo, gluten-free, diabetic, pescetarian, Mediterranean 16 Yes $10-$12 $10 8.2
Purple Carrot Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free 8 Yes $12 Free 8.6
Fresh N Lean (prepared) Keto, paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, Mediterranean, vegan, vegetarian, high-protein 18 Yes $9-$13 Free 9.2
Pete's Fresh Food Keto, paleo, vegan, autoimmune, gluten-free, dairy-free, high-protein 28 No $14-$19
9
Mosaic Foods (prepared) Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo 50+ Yes $9 $8 9.2
Freshly (prepared) Vegetarian, high-protein, paleo 45
$9-$12 $10 8
Splendid Spoon (prepared) Vegan, vegetarian, low-calorie, Whole30, paleo 50+ Yes Free Free 7.8
Sakara Life (prepared) Vegan, vegetarian, low-calorie, low-carb, diabetes-friendly, paleo 15 No N/A Free 7.6
Veestro (prepared) Vegan, vegetarian, low-calorie, diabetes-friendly 20 No $14 Free for subscribers N/A
Hungryroot Vegan, vegetarian, organic, keto, paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, diabetic, Mediterranean 50+ Yes $9-$10 $7 9

What to consider when buying healthy meal delivery

  • Your nutrition goals: The first thing you'll want to consider is what your nutrition goals are, ideally with the help of a health professional, since some services are better suited to specific diets or health conditions. If it's eliminating some or all meat from your diet, there are vegan meal plans that will make it easy. If you're trying to cut carbs or calories from your weekly intake, there are other services that specialize in keto, paleo and low-calorie foods. Others have meal plans specifically for diabetics in case you are carefully managing your blood sugar. 
  • Meal kits or prepared meals: You'll also want to decide if a meal kit service or prepared meal subscription is best. If you like the idea of cooking, but don't want to do the shopping and prep, a service such as Blue Apron or Sunbasket will take the legwork out of dinner a few nights each week. If you'd rather not cook at all, prepared meal delivery is the obvious choice. They'll send ready-to-eat meals to be stored in the fridge or freezer for whoever you need them.
  • Cost and value: The price you're willing to pay is another important consideration. Meal delivery can make life much easier but not if it adds financial stress. Some meal services such as Mosaic Foods have plans that start at $5 a serving while others are closer to $14. Use our comparison chart to help determine which meal services best fit your budget and go from there. 

How diet and nutrition impact your overall health

Most health experts will tell you that eating a healthy, balanced diet is just about the best thing you can do to improve your health. While strict diets aren't necessary at the top of the list for doctors and dieticians, consuming more whole foods, protein and vitamin-rich vegetables as well as eating less sodium, unhealthy fats and sugar will drastically improve health outcomes over time. Heart health, bone health, cardiovascular health and even mental health are all tied directly to diet, and choosing a healthy meal service or subscription is one way to kick a healthy new nutritional regimen into gear. 

Healthy meal delivery FAQs

Is healthy meal delivery a good way to diet?

Healthy meal kits and meal delivery services offer delicious, curated meals catered to your personal tastes and nutritional needs. One reason folks -- like me, for instance -- tend to prefer meal kits and meal delivery over classic fad diets is they take away some of the risk for those weak moments of dietary self-sabotage. 

You should check with your doctor or a health professional before making any drastic changes to your diet. That said, there are meal delivery services that cater to nutrition plans of all types including keto, paleo, Mediterranean diet, low-calorie, vegan, vegetarian and diabetes-friendly.

What's the cheapest healthy meal delivery service?

Mosaic Foods is one of the best prepared meal delivery services and has lots of healthy, plant-based meals that can be had for $9 a serving or as cheap as $5 a serving if you order family meals. 

For meal kits, HelloFresh and Home Chef both have loads of healthy options and meal plans that start around $7 a serving if you choose multiple meals per week. The most budget-friendly meal kits are EveryPlate and Dinnerly. Both have meals for about $5 or $6 per serving but you won't find quite as many healthy options and you can't make many changes to the meals, either.

What's the healthiest meal delivery service?

This really depends on your nutrition goals. And know that just about every meal delivery service claims to be healthy. The options that made this list excelled among the competition, with fresher ingredients, a better selection of truly balanced and nutrition-packed meals as well as detailed guidance and information to make tracking nutrition, carbs, calories, fat and protein easier. 

Even among this list, there are meal services that are geared towards particular health and nutrition goals including plant-based meal delivery, meal delivery for paleo eaters and those for folks trying to eat a low-carb diet.

What is the difference between meal kits and prepared meal delivery?

Some of the services listed here are healthy prepared meal delivery services, sending fully cooked meals -- often frozen or partially frozen -- and ready to eat when you receive them. Others include health-focused meal kits with premeasured ingredients all boxed up and ready for easy weeknight cooking. There's a stark difference between meal kits and meal delivery, but both make dinnertime easier and can translate into healthier eating choices for you in 2022. Plus, we sussed out the best healthy meal services for those on special diets like keto or paleo or for those who wish to eat organic prepared meals and meal kits.

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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.