The 7 Best Healthy Meal Delivery Services of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Green Chef

"Green Chef is USDA-certified organic and focuses on quality ingredients that are responsibly sourced and sustainably grown."

Best for Families: Plated

"All-around tasty, healthy meals for both kids and adults."

Quickest to Prep: Freshly

"Meals are free of artificial preservatives and crafted without refined sugars."

Most Customizable: HelloFresh

"One of America’s most popular meal kits, HelloFresh is all about having fun and changing things up at dinnertime."

Healthy Southern Food: PeachDish

"Southern-inspired meals that feel as if you’ve been cooking in the kitchen all day long, but with recipes that are healthy."

Healthy Meals on A Budget: EveryPlate

"Does an incredible job of offering wildly affordable, healthy meals that are a breeze to assemble." 

Crowd-Pleasing Meals: FreshDirect

"A solid bet for full-on gourmet meals."

  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: Green Chef

    Green Chef

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    Green Chef, the first meal delivery service company to become USDA-certified organic, sets out to bring quality ingredients that are responsibly sourced and sustainably grown in its recipes — making it a sought-after service for healthy eating. At least 90 percent of the ingredients are organic. Taking a step further, Green Chef also uses eco-friendly packaging made from recyclable, compostable and reusable materials, making it healthy for the environment as well. 

    Recipes are developed by a professional chef and rotate on a weekly basis. While there are many different plans, including paleo, keto, and plant-powered, balanced-living proves to a top genre for keeping folks on track with nutrition-packed dishes. Think Portobello gyros, spiced honey-glazed salmon, and Southwest cheesy pasta with zucchini, roasted red peppers, corn, and chard salad. 

    Ingredients come color-coded to match recipe cards, making it easy to locate ingredients, assemble and cook. Meals can be made from start to finish in under 30 minutes, making it a win when it comes to getting a palatable dinner on the table. 

    Availability: Green Chef delivers across the United States, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Louisiana.

    Pricing: Starting at $9.99 per meal.

  • 02 of 07

    Best for Families: Plated


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    Plated sets very high standards for its ingredients and food. For instance, fish is sustainably caught, poultry is raised antibiotic-free, produce is organically sourced whenever possible and they don’t hormones to any of the meat used in recipes. The result? All-around tasty, healthy meals. 

    What makes it even more standout is the fact that meals can be ordered for up to eight people, making it a top-rated healthy meal delivery service for families. And with 20 new mouthwatering recipes each week, that can be mixed and matched, it’s hard to get bored when it comes to mealtime. Expect to whip up tasty Vindaloo chicken sandwiches with serrano cream and cucumbers, fish taco bowls chock full of vibrant green avocados, and roasted tomato pasta. Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert time. Recipes such as plum crostata with pine nuts and thyme will curb all sweet tooth cravings in an instant.

    Vegetarian, gluten-free, low-calorie and low-carb options are available too, and filtered tabs on the menu page allow customers the ability to search for most-popular and the best family-friendly recipes with one click. Plated also strives to add in artisanal products whenever possible. 

    Availability: Plated ships to throughout the United States, excluding Hawaii and Alaska

    Pricing: Starting at $47.80 for two meals that serve two. Guests can easily pause or skip meals and cancel at any time.

  • 03 of 07

    Quickest to Prep: Freshly


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    Healthy meals can often be daunting, requiring things like washing vegetables, chopping and dicing, and lengthy cooking time if things such as root vegetables are involved. But not when Freshly is involved, as it takes all the guesswork, and, well work in general, out of the equation. With a tagline of “zero shopping, chopping or clean up,” the brand comes out on top as one of the healthiest, quickest meal services out there. 

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are available and arrive on the doorstep, and since they’re never frozen, dinner can be ready to eat in under three minutes. Meals are free of artificial preservatives and crafted without refined sugars, plus the entire menu is gluten-free and made gluten and peanut-free facility. 

    With weekly rotating menus, there are always new dishes to check out. Look forward to healthy but delicious dinners of cauliflower-shell Bolognese “pasta,” Korean style veggie Bibimbap and a lemon tahini turkey bowl. An easy filter allows customers to sort without ingredients, whether personal preference or food allergy. 

    Availability: Freshly currently delivers to a wide variety of cities and throughout the continental U.S.; enter zip code online to find out if your area is included. 

    Pricing: Starting at $108 per week for 12 meals (for one person); customers can easily pause to skip a week if they want.

  • 04 of 07

    Most Customizable: HelloFresh


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    Touted as one of America’s most popular meal kits, HelloFresh is all about having fun and changing things up at dinnertime. Choose from meat and veggies, veggies only, families or calorie smart and the fun begins with the fact that everything is completely customizable — and recipes change on the regular so dinnertime will never be stale. Calorie smart meals, around 650 calories per meal, are an easy way to ensure someone else does all the legwork and calorie counting while you sit back and enjoy delightful meals. 

    From curated chef boxes to Hall of Fame (fan favorites that will never go away), and even gourmet and under-20 minute meals, there’s no shortage of options. Chicken sausage-stuffed zucchini boats with couscous, tomato and basil, balsamic fig chicken, and creamy mushroom ravioli will leave smiles on everyone’s face.

    For summer, HelloFresh launched grilling boxes, bringing healthy and easy, breezy meals ready to toss onto the grill for the ultimate summer barbecue. Responsibly sourced meats, sustainable fish and chef-curated sauces and seasonings arrive at the doorstep, ready to for some smoking action. 

    Availability: HelloFresh ships nationwide, excluding Hawaii and Alaska.

    Pricing: Starting at $60 per week for three meals for two people. A no-commitment plan allows customers to skip, swap recipes and cancel at any time.

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    Healthy Southern Food: PeachDish


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    There’s no denying the satisfaction of a home-cooked Southern meal, but Southern food isn’t always noted as the healthiest fare. Luckily, PeachDish brings customers just that: Southern-inspired meals that feel as if you’ve been cooking in the kitchen all day long, but with recipes that are healthy, and often 600 calories or less. 

    Classics like shrimp and grits (with wild-caught Georgia shrimp), dumplings, and red beans and rice grace the menu and are dreamt up by top Southern chefs and restaurateurs alongside nutritionists to ensure they’re as healthy as can be. The company also takes pride in working with local farms in the Southeast and has an entire page dedicated to showcasing information about each farmer’s history and sustainable practices. 

    There are specific meals designed for vegetarians and omnivores while the company also has several tasty gluten-free and vegan options. If not ready to commit, buy a one-time box as a guest to check it out. Guests also love the online shop, where pickled vegetables, meats and more can be purchased from local purveyors.

    Availability: PeachDish ships nationwide, excluding Hawaii and Alaska.

    Pricing: Starting at $50 per week for two meals for two people.

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    Healthy Meals on A Budget: EveryPlate


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    Meal delivery services aren’t always the most affordable option when it comes to dining in, but EveryPlate does an incredible job of offering wildly affordable, healthy meals that are a breeze to assemble. 

    Each delivery entails ingredients and recipes to cook each meal, and includes three different recipes (two to four recipes, depending on subscription). And don’t let the super affordable price fool you. While recipes don’t cater to those with food intolerances or ingredient preferences, eight simple, but delicious recipes rotate on a weekly basis. Pork carnitas bowls, lemon-thyme chicken linguine, and honey-glazed pork chops are a few items to get excited about. 

    EveryPlate essentially takes the planning and shopping time out of the equation, so you’re left with an organized box of ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes that can be whipped up in about 30 minutes from start to finish — without the use of tons of pots and pans as well.

    Availability: EveryPlate delivers to most of the United States; enter zip code online for availability.

    Pricing: Starting at $4.99 per serving.

  • 07 of 07

    Most Crowd-Pleasing Meals: FreshDirect


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    To win over a dinner crowd, FreshDirect is a solid bet for full-on gourmet meals. The company began delivering groceries in 2002 and has since jumped on the read-to-go meal delivery kits. Sort by cook time, ingredients and kit type to get your best-suited match.

    Meals are inventive and chef-driven. Think savory Vegetarian tostada with quinoa, lentils and a hot honey salad, Tuscan chicken Ribollita and seared scallops with wild mushroom risotto. Set up a dinner table and plate dishes — no one will ever know you cut corners, as the brand focuses on quality and gourmet ingredients. 

    If time isn’t on your side, opt for their stir fry meals, which can be ready in under 15 minutes. Guests also love the flavor of dishes like spicy kung pao shrimp and chicken and broccoli stir fry. Or opt for the Smart & Simple menu, containing straight forward dishes that are still full of flavor. 

    Availability: Throughout the Northeast only; check online for exact delivery areas.

    Pricing: Starting at $10 per serving; delivery fees start at $5.99.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular healthy meal delivery services on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 12 different healthy meal delivery services overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 10 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 2 of the meal delivery services themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.