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How to eat healthy: A guide to meal delivery services

In our hectic, fast paced lives, it is often difficult to shop, plan prepare and cook healthy food. In previous editions of How to eat healthy, I’ve covered “grocery store delivery“, “finding seasonal produce“, and “finding quality meat“.  However, although these options have groceries delivered to your door, which is helpful, you still have to plan, prepare and cook healthy food.

Not to worry… In today’s edition of “How to eat heathy”, I’ve investigated 10 different meal prep and delivery services. I have included videos with each service to give you more information. So, if you have considered using one of these services, but aren’t sure which one to use, my guide can help you figure out the best one for you.

On with the show!

Hello Fresh

  • 50% off first box
  • Most meals ready in 30 minutes
  • 10 recipes from which to choose
  • No indication on website of “organic” food/options
    • Quote from site: “We source ingredients directly from independent producers to deliver you nothing but fresh, top-quality products.
  • Three meal plan choices
    • Classic-$9.99/meal
      • serves 2 or 4 adults
      • 6 recipes to choose from
    • Veggie – $9.99/meal
      • Vegetarian recipes only
      • serves 2 or 4 adults
      • Receive 3 hand picked recipes
    • Family-$8.74/meal
      • Serves 2 adults and 2 children
      • Receive 3 hand picked recipes

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Green Chef

  • Completely organic
  • 6 different diet types from which to choose
  • Prices ranging from $10.49/meal to $14.99/meal

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Blue Apron

  • 3 meals free on first order
  • 2 person or family plans
  • I was unable to see price plans on this site without signing up. (sorry! 😦 )
    • They indicate price plans start at $8.74- comparable to Hello Fresh
  • Food is seasonal, which is a plus.
  •  No hormones/antibiotics fed to animals
  • However, no indication of “organic” food options

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Martha Stewart Meal Delivery

  • $30 off first order
  • Seasonal food
  • No indication of “organic option”
  • 30 to 45 minutes for meal preparation
  • 2 person or family box
  • Choose from 2 – 4 meals per week
    • $48/2 meals- 2 person- $12/meal
    • $76/2 meals- family –  $9.50/meal

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Plated

  • 1 free plated night with first order
  • Seasonal food
  • responsibly sourced meat
  • 12 recipes from which to choose
  • Site indicates they use “organic food when possible
  • $12/meal

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Terra’s Kitchen

  • Clever packaging reduces waste
  • $35 off first order
  • 50+ recipes plus ready-to-eat salads, snacks and smoothies
  • meals ready in 15 to 30 minutes
  • meals include: Paleo, gluten-free, low-calorie, vegetarian + vegan options
  • Meals prices are based on the menu item you select per/serving with prices ranging from $10.99/serving to 18.99/serving

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  • Site indicates that have 100’s of meals from which to choose
  • Prices are based on dinners for 2 or 4-beginning at $22/meal
  • Many specialty meals such as Atkins

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Purple Carrot

  • $20 off first order
  • Vegan-plant based food
  • Prices range from $9.25/plate to $13/plate
  • I could not find any indication that food was “organic”

 

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Home Chef

  • 30 minute meal prep
  • meals are $$9.95 per serving (“unless otherwise stated“)
  • smoothies and fruit baskets available as add ons

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  • meals have 2 month shelf life
  • 1 dish from every region of the world
  • for the adventurous foodie
  • You can try their “best sampler” for $95
    • Kits feed 3-4 adults
    • 30-40 minutes
    • $8 per serving

My final thoughts on this topic: Most of the companies use seasonal food, which is wonderful. Only 2 companies advertised using organic food-“Green Chef” and “Plated”, and, their prices were comparable to the others. If you want to eat healthy and are crunched for time. This is a great option, for a few meals a week, and is comparable, price wise, to eating dinner in a restaurant. However, unlike eating in a restaurant or using take out/pizza, you know what you’re getting, what’s in the recipes and you prepare it yourself.

Let me know what you think. Have you used any of the services I’ve listed? Do you use one not on the list? Has it been helpful for you?

About Tamara Hoerner (644 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

7 Comments on How to eat healthy: A guide to meal delivery services

  1. Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:

    The Purple Almond!

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  2. I’ve been wanting to try hello fresh.

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  3. I had no idea there were SO many service these days. Wow. Thanks for this really informative post!

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