The 17 best healthy meal delivery services to try in 2024

Meal kits have, from our experience, revolutionized the ability to fill our bodies with well-balanced, delicious meals in a flash. However, not all are created equal — and some feature unique offerings that may appeal to your specific dietary needs or lifestyle.

While everyone’s definition of “healthy” is different, we did the research and tested some brands to outline the 17 best healthy meal kits of 2024 that — in our opinion — you should order from at least once.

Think about it: ready-to-deliver, fresh ingredients and foods shipped to your door? That sounds (1) like it’ll bring back some much-needed time to our days and (2) take some of the guesswork out of cooking easy yet gourmet-style meals at times.

“Meal kits take the mental effort out of cooking a homemade meal for those with busy lives who struggle to meal plan,” Desiree Nielsen, RD, registered dietitian and author of “Plant Magic,” told the New York Post. “We’re so inundated by choice that it’s kind of overwhelming: I have plenty of clients with thousands of recipes saved to their Pinterest boards or Instagram who still struggle with what to make for dinner. When you commit to a meal kit plan, there are a limited number of options each week to choose from. And, when you’re tired at the end of the day, you don’t have to think; you just open the fridge and follow the directions.”

Our team of registered nutritionists and wellness experts provide the intel on what to know about healthy meal kits before you order (that’s in our in-depth FAQ section below). Plus, we put together a comparison table highlighting our top brands, shipping information and more.

In the meantime, click to jump to our tried-and-true, well-researched list of options:

Best Healthy Meal Kit Overall

Fresh N Lean


A steak meal on a desk
Fresh n’ Lean
  • How much it costs: Starts at $9.99 per meal

Fresh and lean? This sounds promising! This meal delivery service is a pre-made option, crafted by chefs with not only time-saving in mind but nutrition, too. All Fresh n’ Lean meals are organically sourced and then cooked up by their team of expert chefs, before being sent to your door to be enjoyed right away or refrigerated for later. Speaking of later, they are also vacuum sealed, which makes taking them to work or school a breeze.

This service also caters to an amazing range of dietary preferences. Browse their meals, including options for protein plus, keto, paleo, vegan, Whole30, low carb vegan, Mediterranean and bulk meals with premium protein.


Best Prepared Healthy Meal Kits

CookUnity


A plate of salmon
CookUnity
  • How much it costs: ≈ $10.49 per meal

Stand as a united front when deciding to have nutritious meals in your home. CookUnity is a great help, as the meal kit delivery service provides pre-made and pre-portioned meals, delivered fresh to your door to be reheated or frozen for later.

The menu varies by location, as CookUnity only serves up the freshest local recipes, crafted by chefs across the nation. Choose a plan based on your dietary needs, from meat, seafood, vegetarian, vegan, low calorie, low carb, gluten-free, dairy free, low sodium, keto and paleo.


Factor


Four meals
Factor
  • How much it costs: Starts at $10.99 per meal

Factor in just how busy you are and the importance of healthy eating and you’ll conclude that Factor meals are the way to go. We wanted to start with the prepared meal option, as not only does Factor take the stress out of planning nutritious meals, but it also takes portion control out of the equation, as well as prep and clean up.

They have options for different diets as well, such as keto, vegan and vegetarian, protein plus and calorie smart, as well as a chef’s choice option that includes a mix of delicious meals.

Read our review of Factor here.


Blue Apron


Blue Apron
Blue Apron
  • How much it costs: Starts at $12.49 per serving

One of Blue Apron’s latest offerings is Prepared & Ready (in fact, we wrote all about it at the top of 2024). The “Prepared & Ready” line features more than 16 nutritionist-approved meals to choose from, so you don’t have to worry if you’re getting enough veggies or enough protein in your day-to-day diet.

Namely, the chef-crafted menu features a variety of cuisines, seasonal produce, signature sauces and vegetarian options. Interestingly enough, you’ll also find select cuts of meat prepared sous vide, a French technique that locks in flavor and freshness for that tender, juicy end result we all know, love and crave.


Daily Harvest


A smoothie, salad and bowl
Daily Harvest
  • How much it costs: Starts at $5.99 per meal

If you have freezer space and an appetite for fresh fruits, veggies and grains, this is for you. Daily Harvest is a great way to make sure you are getting in all the nutrients you need, despite not having time to grocery shop, cook and clean before your produce goes bad.

Each recipe at Daily Harvest is chef-crafted to be both nutritious and delicious. The majority of their ingredients are organic and all recipes are 100% plant-based. When browsing the menu to build your box you can also select dietary filters, such as Whole30, FODMAP foods, keto, paleo, low sodium, low sugar and more.

Read our review of Daily Harvest here.


Best Heart-Healthy Meal Kit

Green Chef


A plate of food
Green Chef
  • How much it costs: Starts at $11.99 per meal

For those who still like to cook but don’t love coming up with nutritious recipes, Green Chef is your answer. The traditional meal kit service sends all the pre-portioned ingredients to your door, based on the meal you choose from their rotating weekly menu.

They provide options for an assortment of different diets including keto, Mediterranean, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, protein-packed and fast and fit meals that can be ready in under 25 minutes.

Read our review of Green Chef here.


Best Affordable Healthy Meal Kits

EveryPlate


An orange box of meal kit
EveryPlate
  • How much it costs: Starts at $4.99 per meal

If every plate served up was affordable and nutritious, the world would be a better place. Start that off in your own home with EveryPlate. Not only is this meal kit one of the most affordable ones we’ve seen (and reviewed) but each recipe is crafted with balance in mind, using fresh produce in most every meal.

EveryPlate also has some new features when choosing your plan, allowing you to select Nutrish and Delish meals as an option, with 650 calories or less in each serving. You can also choose veggie or meat and veggie for more balanced meals.

Read our review of EveryPlate here.


Dinnerly


Dinnerly
Dinnerly
  • How much it costs: Starts at $4.99 per meal

If you’re looking for budget-friendly meals, look no further than Dinnerly. The buzzed-about meal delivery kit starts at $4.99 for each meal (side note: a pound or two of organic apples at the supermarket cost more than this!) and you’ll be pleased with its rotating menu.

How it works? First, you pick your delivery days and recipes of choice. Then, the brand delivers the ingredients in an insulated box, leaving you cooking and feeling like a “dinnertime wizard,” per the brand.

Each week, you can choose from more than 100 recipes, including family-friendly, vegetarian, vegan, fast, healthy and reduced-carb options. Interestingly, your pre-determined taste profile suggests recipes, but you can always swap them in your account up to seven days before your next delivery.


Best Healthy Meal Kits for Vegans

Hungryroot


A box of Hungryroot food
Hungryroot
  • How much it costs: Weekly plans start at $66

We love options just as much as we value healthy eating. Hungryroot is a meal delivery and grocery service that allows you to order specific groceries for a meal as well as other pantry and fridge staples all at once, filling your home with nutritious ingredients and ready-made snacks for on-the-go.

Since this is an a lá carte service, no need to choose a plan. Instead, when taking the quiz upon sign up, let the service know if you prefer to shop for vegan, vegetarian or any allergen-free foods. Then, add to cart what you need, shopping Hungryroot vetted brands as well as their own label.

Read our review of Hungryroot here.


Splendid Spoon


An array of soups and smoothies
Splendid Spoon
  • How much it costs: Starts at $9.99 per meal

If you can spoon it or slurp it, we want it. Splendid Spoon specializes in plant-based and nutritious foods, all of which you can enjoy on the go. We love them for their ease of use, as their smoothies, juices, noodles, soups and bowls all come in easy-to-transport and re-heat containers — this makes healthy eating even easier!

All of Splendid Spoon’s offerings are plant-based, gluten-free and non-GMO, so no need to sign up for a specific plan for dietary needs. However, you can sort the menu by nutrition information, such as higher fiber, higher protein, lower sodium, lower sugar and lower fat to name a few.

Read our review of Splendid Spoon here.


Mosaic Foods


Mosaic Foods
Mosaic Foods
  • How much it costs: Starts at $7.99 per meal

Mosaic Foods offers chef-crafted frozen foods that ship right to your door — it’s as easy as that. Mosaic Foods’ mission is to encourage others to eat more plants, and it’s helping to “facilitate the United States’ transition to 200 billion meatless meals eaten yearly by 2035,” per the brand.

Ideal for a guilt-free lunch or quick-and-easy, no-prep dinner, its veggie bowls are one of the brand’s most popular options. Packed with up to 20 grams of protein, they’ll be ready in less than five minutes.

Mosaic Foods also offers family meals, where you can allow the brand to do *all* the cooking for you. There are at least four veggies packed into each meal and you can bake and serve with no prep or cleanup.


Purple Carrot


A brown Purple Carrot box
Purple Carrot
  • How much it costs: Starts at $13.25 per serving

Carrots are healthy, right? For those who already partake in a vegan lifestyle, Purple Carrot is a great way to shake things up and get new recipe ideas. And, for those that are not 100% plant-based but want a weekly way to get more fruits, veggies and animal-product-free alternatives, this is also just as much for you.

While being vegan is not inherently healthy, making sure you are getting enough protein, fresh vegetables and fruits and healthy fats is — which is why the recipes from Purple Carrot make this list. Each meal is plant-based, so no need to choose a specific plan, aside from the typical frequency and amount of meals you need.

Read our review of Purple Carrot here


Best Healthy Meal Kit for Weight Loss

BistroMD


BistroMD
BistroMD
  • How much it costs: Starts at $10.99 per meal

BistroMD is a suitable healthy meal kit that, impressively, is doctor-designed (hence, its MD name). Even more impressively, the food that’s delivered has been pre-designed to work alone or alongside GLP-1 medications commonly prescribed for those with diabetes.

First, you’ll select a plan that works for your dietary preferences and schedule. Each week, you’ll choose from more than 150 delicious chef-prepared meals ready to eat in five minutes or less.

Additionally, if you’re looking for healthy-eating, diabetes-friendly, gluten-free, or menopause-friendly weight loss plans, BistroMD is more than equipped to help. You can even add EATS (Essential and Tasty Snacks) to accelerate your weight loss.


Best Paleo Healthy Meal Kit

Trifecta Nutrition


Trifecta Nutrition
Trifecta Nutrition
  • How much it costs: Starts at $104.93 for each delivery and meal prep starts at $119.20 for each delivery

Trifecta Nutrition’s motto is “real food, real results” — an homage to taking paleo-based meals to the next level. Boasting fresh meals and fresh flavors, the service allows you to have access to high-protein meals crafted by chefs and dietitians to support all diets.

Namely, you can choose meals with organic ingredients, balanced macronutrients, and high-quality and humanely raised proteins. Even better, you can download the Trifecta Nutrition app for a personalized plan and intuitive weight loss tools.


Best Healthy Meal Kit for Dinner Options

HelloFresh


A meal kit
HelloFresh
  • How much it costs: Starts at $9.99 per meal

HelloFresh is a household name at this point, but did you know they offered an array of meals tailored to specific nutritional needs and diets? The meal kit company is widely known and used by individuals, couples and families alike, as well as us, as we have reviewed the service numerous times and love it.

When creating an account, see options for Fit and Wholesome meals, which have about 650 calories or less per serving. You can also choose vegetarian, pescatarian or a meat and veggie option for balanced and nutritious meals.

Read our review of HelloFresh here and here.


Home Chef


Home Chef
Home Chef
  • How much it costs: Starts at $9.99 per meal

Home Chef is one of the best healthy meal kits for dinner, per our research, (1) because its menu looks absolutely delicious week after week and (2) the vast catalog of foods you can choose from is beyond compare.

From classic meal kits to convenient Oven-Ready and Fast & Fresh options, Home Chef’s meals are bound to fit your needs. Uniquely, you can use the brand’s Customize It tool to make your meals feel truly yours — based on your taste buds! For an easy twist to dinner, Home Chef provides fresh ingredients in pre-portioned amounts, allowing you to toss in and sprinkle over the pan and cutting board in a jiffy.


Gobble


Gobble
Gobble
  • How much it costs: Starts at $12.00 per serving

Whether you’re trying to save yourself a trip to the grocery store or want to avoid the fast food drive-thru, Gobble is a stellar choice. The meal kit delivery service is super easy to use, taking the guesswork out of what’s for dinner…or lunch…or morning leftovers for breakfast.

Simply select your meals using the site or app, and then let their team takeover. Their chefs will dice, chop and all the other culinary things none of us have time for. All the ingredients and directions come to your door and can be prepared in 15 — yes, 15 — minutes! If you don’t eat meat, try the vegetarian plan. Carnivore or pescatarian, there’s more than a few meals you’ll enjoy from the Classic Plan or Lean & Clean Plan (the latter is also a good opt if you’re watching the calories).


Meal Kits, Compared

Name Price (Subject to change) Shipping Plans and Offerings
Fresh N Lean Starts at $9.99 per meal $9.99 on orders less than $100; Free shipping on orders $100 or more Weekly Meals; Bulk Meals
CookUnity ≈ $10.49 per meal $9.99 per delivery Paleo, Vegetarian, Keto, Vegan, Mediterranean, Pescatarian, “I Eat Everything”
Factor Starts at $10.99 per meal $10.99 per delivery Chef’s Choice, Keto, Calorie Smart, Protein Plus, Flexitarian, Vegan & Veggie
Blue Apron Starts at $12.49 per serving $5.99 on orders less than $50; Free shipping on orders $50 or more Meal Kits; Prepared & Ready
Daily Harvest Starts at $5.99 per meal $9.99 per delivery Smoothies, Harvest Bowls, Pasta, Grains, Soups, Forager Bowls, Pops, Flatbreads, Lattes, Mylk, Bites
Green Chef Starts at $11.99 per meal $10.99 per delivery Mediterranean, Calorie Smart, Plant-Based, Keto, Gut & Brain Health, Quick & Easy, Protein-Packed, Gluten Free
EveryPlate Starts at $4.99 per meal $9.99 per delivery Meat & Veggie, Family Faves, Nutrish & Delish, Veggie, Quick & Easy
Dinnerly Starts at $4.99 per meal $11.99 per delivery Meat, Veggie, Fish
Hungryroot Weekly plans start at $66 $6.99 per delivery Vegan, Omnivore, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Shellfish-Free
Splendid Spoon Starts at $9.99 per meal $13.00 per delivery Higher Fiber, Higher Protein, Lower Calorie, Lower Carb, Lower Fat, Lower Sodium, Lower Sugar
Mosaic Foods Starts at $7.99 per meal ≈ $10.00 per serving; Free shipping if you opt for the 12- or 18-Plan Veggie Bowls, Family Meals, Pizzas, Soups, Oat Bowls
Purple Carrot Starts at $13.25 per serving Free shipping Meal Kits, Prepared Meals, Plantry, Less Prep, Frozen Meals
BistroMD Starts at $10.99 per meal $19.95 per delivery Women’s Program, Men’s Program, Heart Healthy Program, Gluten-Free Program, Keto Flex Program, Diabetic-Friendly Program, Menopause Program, Vegan Program
Trifecta Nutrition Starts at $104.93 for each delivery and meal prep starts at $119.20 for each delivery $9.99 per delivery Classic Meal Plan, Keto Meal Plan, Paleo Whole30 Meal Plan, Plant-Based Plan
HelloFresh Starts at $9.99 per meal ≈ $9.99 per delivery Meat & Veggies, Family Friendly, Quick & Easy, Veggie, Fit & Wholesome, Pescatarian
Home Chef Starts at $9.99 per meal $9.99 per delivery Meal Kits, Express Meal Kits, Oven-Ready, Family Menu, Culinary Collection, Fast & Fresh
Gobble Starts at $12.00 per serving $8.99 per delivery Classic, Lean & Clean

An FAQ on Healthy Meal Kits

Ahead, we turned to three dietitians and holistic nutrition experts to dial down what you need to know before ordering from one of the healthy meal kits above.

What are the benefits of ordering a healthy meal kit?

Of course, convenience and a repertoire of options are the two main attributes we can attest to, but the experts share even more tidbits of wisdom.

Between juggling demanding work schedules, managing a household, and for some, raising children, there is often very little time or energy left at the end of the day to make a meal from scratch, according to Kara Lydon, RD, registered dietitian, certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Kara Lydon Nutrition.

“People are looking for shortcuts in the kitchen to save time while still having access to nourishing meals,” Lydon told The Post. “Meal kits help take the guesswork out of dinner and save you time in the kitchen by minimizing meal prep, too.”

However, meal kits may be costly (but, “you’re paying for convenience,” Lydon offers), and you still need to factor in cook time (and some prep time) for most of them.

What different meal kits can I find online?

Many meal kits meet most specifications. “These can include vegan, paleo, keto, anti-inflammatory, carnivore, low-carb or weight loss-focused,” Danielle Pashko, holistic nutritionist and wellness author, listed.

If you look carefully enough, there are meal kits for every dietary need, such as gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or diabetes friendly as well. “Some meal kit companies cater to those who want to make restaurant quality, chef-designed meals at home while others are meant for busy families who just want a filling delicious meal on the table fast,” Nielsen notes.

How can I *actually* tell if a meal kit is “healthy?”

Like any meal, the structure Nielsen recommends (and, comes back to again and again) is called the plate method: ideally, half your plate (or half the volume of ingredients in a stew or casserole) would be about 50% fruits and veggies, 25% high protein choices like tofu or chicken and 25% whole grains or starchy vegetables such as potatoes or farro.

“Often, meal kits will be anchored by grains or protein; you can boost vegetables by simply adding your own,” she adds. “Or, try to choose at least one meal kit per week that is more vegetable-focused, like a vegetarian chili or stir-fry.”

If you’re watching sodium intake, this can often be quite high and is one place where it’s helpful to look at the nutrition facts for the recipe. If it seems high — more than 50% of your DV for sodium — cut the salt required, or salty ingredients like soy sauce, in half. “And, we’re always looking for more fiber, which reflects the amount of plant foods like vegetables and whole grains a meal contains,” she says. “Ideally, a meal will have at least eight grams of dietary fiber per serving.”

What to look for in a healthy meal kit, per nutrition experts

Below, our team of health and wellness experts dish out the specific criteria to keep in mind before ordering your next dish:

  • Look for meals that include a source of carbohydrate / fiber, protein and fat: This trifecta of essential macronutrients will give you the most energy, a balanced blood sugar response and keep you satiated the longest.
  • Look for a meal kit that sounds satisfying to you: Think about satiety (physical fullness) and satisfaction (emotional fullness) when choosing meals. If you pick a meal that makes you feel physically full but are left feeling unsatisfied, you’re likely going to keep looking for more food until you feel some level of satisfaction.
  • Look at sodium levels: Ideally, sodium should be less than 800mg per meal.
  • Look at saturated fat levels: You want this number to be as small as possible, definitely no more than nine grams per serving.
  • Look for vegetables: The more vegetables packed into a given meal, the better.

Remember that if you are only eating a half portion, you need to divide the amounts on the nutrition facts panel by half, too, Lydon pinpoints.

What meal kits are best for high cholesterol?

“I would recommend a meal kit that is similar to a Mediterranean Diet,” Pashko suggests. “This would usually include heart-healthy Omega 3 fats like wild, oily fish such as wild salmon, sardines, tuna and other varieties (as long as your mercury levels are not too high) olive oil, beans, lentils, whole grains and plenty of colorful vegetables and low glycemic fruits.”

What meal kits are best for high sugar levels? How about low sugar levels?

Those with high blood sugar will do better on a meal plan that is lower in carbohydrates and sugar, which could be a paleo or keto diet. “They also may have issues with detox diets like juicing because it’s too high in sugar,” Pashko explains.

People with low blood sugar tend to need to eat more regularly. “This is not a group that should be intermittent fasting,” she warns. “Healthy protein, complex carbohydrates, low glycemic fruit, and soluble fiber will help to regulate blood sugar in this population.”

For anyone concerned about how food is impacting their sugar, they may want to consider using a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) and track their meals so they can have a better understanding of how food is affecting them.

What meal kits are best for high calcium levels? How about low calcium levels?

“Many people only associate dairy with high calcium, although it’s found abundantly in many green leafy vegetables,” Pashko explains. “Eating a variety of lean meats, fish (without bones) and poultry can be beneficial. Beans and tempeh are good protein sources for vegetarians. The safer vegetables to eat are cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and mushrooms.”

You also have a variety of low-calcium fruits like apples, pears, bananas, plums and blueberries. “Many packaged grains are already fortified with calcium,” she adds. “Potatoes and Japanese Yams can be safer starches to eat.”

People with low calcium can benefit from eating some healthy dairy such as Greek yogurt, Kefir, dark leafy vegetables, fish that has bones, tofu and almonds, per Pashko.

What meal kits are best for high iron levels? How about low iron levels?

“A vegetarian or pescatarian diet that allows some dairy, fish and eggs will provide enough protein but won’t be too high in iron,” Pashko says. “Grains that are high in phytates such as whole grains can inhibit iron absorption. Peppers, cauliflower and zucchini are also lower in iron.”

For low iron levels, red meat is one of the foods highest in iron — but isn’t the only thing that can help iron deficiency, if one has. “Beets are a rich source of iron for vegetarians in addition to other vegetables like dark leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale,” she adds. “Tofu, lentils, beans and chickpeas can also help prevent anemia.”

What meal kits are best for vegans or vegetarians?

According to Pashko, vegans can become deficient in protein, iron, Vitamin B12, and zinc if their diet is not balanced. Additionally, this kind of diet can become too high in carbohydrates if not monitored.

“It’s definitely possible to be healthy on a vegan diet as long as you have a variety of foods such as raw and cooked vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and tempeh,” she offers. “If someone has a thyroid issue they may want to avoid a kit that is too high in soy or cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts).”


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