ModifyHealth Review: A Meal Subscription to Solve Your Digestive Woes
This premade meal delivery service with dietician support helps you find the root of your stomach troubles. Here's what I thought of ModifyHealth.
Updated Aug. 14, 2023 12:48 p.m. PT
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David WatskySenior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's spent more than a decade covering all things edible, including meal kit services, food subscriptions, kitchen tools and cooking tips. Since earning a BA in English from Northeastern in Boston, he's toiled in nearly every aspect of the food business, including as a line cook in Rhode Island where he once made a steak sandwich for Lamar Odom. Right now, he's likely somewhere stress-testing a blender or researching the best way to make bacon. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
ExpertiseKitchen tools, appliances, food science, subscriptions and meal kits.
Free nutrition support is very helpful for identifying food allergies and intolerances
Tons of menu options and meals for specific eating plans
Reasonable prices considering the quality
Food is somewhat basic
Breakfast meals were bad
Website is a little clunky
ModifyHealth is a prepared meal and nutrition support service that takes a clinical approach to diet and how it affects your life. For those with stomach issues including irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease, ModifyHealth employs tailored meal plan, a food elimination strategy and arms the customer with ongoing guidance from registered dieticians to help root out the causes of your bloating, bellyaches and other symptoms.
As someone with a nagging aversion to gluten -- not to mention a busy schedule with limited time for cooking -- having healthy, premade gluten-free meals sent to my door was an attractive proposition. But an eating program is only as good as the food tastes. I tried 10 days' worth of ModifyHealth prepared meals including a consultation with one of ModifyHealth's support dieticians. The service turned out tasty meals made with wholesome ingredients and no sketchy stuff, and my 30-minute consultation with a very knowledgeable dietician left me with a better understanding of my condition.
This healthy frozen meal subscription is a great option for someone hoping to solve the puzzle that is IBS and other food-based GI discomfort or simply eat better but cook less.
Here's how the service works and my firsthand review of ModifyHealth meal delivery.
Food delivery designed to address health conditions
For those with specific dietary restrictions, you can choose a plan with low-FODMAP, gluten-free meals or food that's specifically crafted for those who have diabetes or are looking to improve their heart health. There's also a carb-conscious meal plan and another with food that adheres to the Mediterranean Diet.
Mediterranean diet: Endorsed by nutritionists and often voted the best diet, the traditional Mediterranean diet is largely plant-based with an emphasis on vegetables, fresh fruit, beans, nuts, whole grains, olive oil and fresh fish.
Diabetes-friendly: Diet is crucial for those with diabetes in managing blood sugar levels, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing the risk of complications associated with the disorder.
Gluten-free: Engineered for those with celiacs and gluten intolerance, this food is all free from wheat, barley, rye and malt.
Carb-conscious: Low-carb meals for those going full keto or simply trying to limit carb intake.
ModifyHealth starts with a consultation
ModifyHealth meal programs are designed to root out the causes of GI distress, IBS and other adverse food reactions and, to those ends, offer clinical nutrition support. This includes a complimentary consultation before putting in any credit card info or buying a single meal.
To kick off my ModifyHealth subscription, I spoke with registered dietitian and licensed dietitian Christine Lothen-Kline. This very knowledgeable member of the support team dug into my nutrition history and analyzed my symptoms. Christine outlined the three key types of adverse food reactions -- intolerance, allergy and sensitivity -- and speculated that mine was a sensitivity based on what I told her.
I happen to have a good grasp of what foods cause me to have adverse reactions. For someone who is less sure, Christine talked me through how they would use a food elimination program via tailored meal plans along with ModifyHealth's app for logging daily symptoms and adverse reactions to help determine the cause of GI distress.
Even with a healthy base knowledge of my own sensitivity, I took tons of new info from the nearly 30-minute conversation. Christine instructed me to schedule a follow-up chat via email after two weeks of meals to discuss progress and troubleshoot any issues.
What are ModifyHealth meals like?
ModifyHealth food runs the gamut from super basic to a bit more inventive and most meal plans have over 40 recipes to choose from per week to keep things interesting. There are dozens of plant-based recipes each week as well as a handful of fish and seafood meals to pick from -- salmon being the most popular seafood protein used. You'll find lean, light meals alongside more comfort-style recipes such as chicken dumpling stew. Most ModifyHealth meals clock in between 400 and 500 calories with a relatively high protein count and some healthy vegetable or grain elements. Few contain empty carbs such as white rice or mashed potatoes.
All the nutrition information for each meal is listed on the website before you select your meals as well as on the packaging's backside once it arrives.
Order as few as six meals a week and cancel whenever
ModifyHealth operates mostly the same as prepared meal services. It's a subscription service but allows you to pause, cancel or skip a week with no penalty. Meals arrive frozen to be thawed and eaten or stored in the freezer. The service will even ship meals to a vacation home or Airbnb if you want to keep your diet on track while sunbathing for a week or two in the Hamptons.
ModifyHealth allows you to order as few as six meals per week which is a fairly low weekly commitment when compared with other services that require larger minimum orders.
ModifyHealth pricing is simple and the price for meals won't change based on how many meals you order, as with most other services. It's a flat $13 for a dinner entree and $10 for breakfast whether you order six meals or 36. Shipping is free.
At $13 with free shipping, Modify Health is about average in the prepared meal delivery category. Not expensive but also not a true budget pick.
I tried six ModifyHealth meals from the gluten-free plan. I liked most of what I had although one or two meals were a bit basic. The meats were tender and cooked to a proper doneness. The sides weren't overcooked or overseasoned, and most of the vegetables kept their bounce.
Most ModifyHealth meals are around 9 or 10 ounces of food. I found the portion sizes to be adequate and the meals never left me feeling hungry. Food is slightly underseasoned by design to avoid excess salt and FODMAPS, so you might want to keep a jar of Lawry's or a bottle of hot sauce handy.
Avoid the breakfast meals
ModifyHealth's breakfast meals were my least favorite of the bunch. Scrambled eggs just weren't made to be reheated, I suppose. I'd probably avoid the breakfast recipes altogether unless you have a very forgiving palate.
How best to heat ModifyHealth meals
Most meals have only microwave instructions for heating them but I suggest ignoring those in most cases. If you have a few extra seconds, I suggest a nonstick skillet or air fryer to heat ModifyHealth meals. Either one will produce better results than the microwave.
This was one of the better diet-friendly prepared meal services I've tried, with highly tailored plans to help manage health conditions or improve your overall eating habits. I found the meals tasty and well prepared, if not a bit bland at times, but nothing a shot or two of hot sauce couldn't fix. That said, the breakfast meals were bad and I would suggest avoiding them altogether.
ModifyHealth's simple pricing is also a boon for the service in my eyes and $13 is a fair price considering the quality. The already reasonable cost is buoyed by the service's free shipping policy -- some services charge as much as $20. If you're struggling to eat well or battling a food intolerance or health condition that could be aided with proper nutrition, ModifyHealth was designed with you in mind. The healthy, diet-friendly meal subscription certainly earned this gluten-intolerant's stamp of approval.
Fresh N Lean is still my favorite healthy meal delivery service but it doesn't offer the same level of support or meal plans for as many health conditions such as low-FODMAP, diabetes-friendly and low-sodium. If one of those niche eating plans could be the key to unlocking a healthier you, ModifyHealth is certainly worth a shot.
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.