The Best (Healthy) Meal Delivery Companies
Just like anything else that’s inherently good for you, staying the course on the path to meeting healthful eating goals is hard work. The brilliance of meal delivery programs is that they make putting delicious food on the table as easy as ordering takeout—and in the age of Postmates, this crop of services has an edge: fewer decisions to make, and a greater dedication to your health. The ones below have healthy, organic, local, and diet-specific menus, with many offering detox-friendly options.
Eat Purely’s meals can all be ordered on-demand and delivered within 20 minutes via their easy-to-use app; a lifesaver on days when dinner plans aren’t top of mind until it's too late. The menu (which changes daily) is very vegetable-focused, with dishes like kale and beet Caesar salad, vegetable Meritage, coconut-glazed salmon, and sweet potato gnocchi.
Kitch Fix is a favorite of the exercise community in Chicago because of its emphasis on a low-carb, high-fat, paleo style of cooking—favorite meals on the rotating menu include honey-glazed chicken with bacon guacamole, herb-roasted grass-fed beef, bone broths, cashew yogurt, and their paleo granola, which is available at Whole Foods. The easy-to-navigate website allows you to customize sizes—a seriously convenient feature when one family member is training for a marathon and the other’s doing gentle yoga. Also cool: Many of the company’s employees are students in or graduates of the Cara Program, a Chicago nonprofit that provides job training for those living in homelessness and extreme poverty.
After Chef Jona Silva read Michael Pollan’s book Cooked, he cut out refined sugar and started eating healthier—basically re-inventing his style of cooking. His meal delivery company of the same name, which he started with his wife, is beloved in Chicago because it provides a huge variety of options, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and kids meals (they even do great lunchboxes). The food is always local, organic whenever possible, and changes considerably with the seasons—plus, they offer Whole30-approved reset plans. They now deliver to all of Chicago—the city and surrounding suburbs.
Snap Kitchen211 W. Adams St., The Loop | 773.770.2781
Snap Kitchen has revolved around grab-and-go meals since 2010, making them one of the older companies in the relatively new healthy-pre-made-meal space. There are convenient pickup locations in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Chicago, but you can also arrange delivery through their app. Snap also offers a 21-day "commit" program, which offers healthy takes on hearty meals like gluten-free beef stroganoff, bison quinoa hash, chicken butternut squash macaroni, and fettucine and vegetable “alfredo.” The cooking style is relatively free from the niche health foods that turn some people off of clean eating, making it an easy transition for health-food rookies.