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.
This one is for anyone curious about clean eating but too busy/cooking-averse to do the goop detox from scratch. As gorgeous as the presentation may be, it’s what’s inside Sakara's pretty packaging that counts: expect to find three or five day’s worth of 100-percent clean, organic, nutritionally sound meals—water and detox tea included. A menu might read something like this: gluten-free bagel with cashew cream cheese for breakfast, mango veggie burger for lunch, and vegan chopped salad for dinner. The program was launched in NYC by ex-Wall Streeter Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, a former model, and has quickly expanded to offer deliveries across the country.
While it's not exactly a full-on meal delivery service, what Daily Harvest does—deliver pre-measured organic smoothie and/or soup ingredients and super-food add-ons that you store in the freezer until blend time—is just as useful to anyone looking to take their eating habits to a healthier place. And don’t let the freezer bit trip you up: fresh fruits, vegetables, and berries retain both their taste and nutritional value better when cryogenically frozen at their ripest point, which is exactly what these guys do best.
22 Days Nutrition
We’ve been fans of Marco Borges and his 22-Day Revolution program from day one. What's special about these clean meals is that they are surprisingly filling considering it's all strictly plant-based—in fact, the program's main objective is to introduce the masses to the joys and health benefits of veganism. While you can receive your meals—which range from hearty breakfast bowls to flavorful curry dinners—on a daily or weekly basis, according to Borges, the most beneficial route is to take on the 22-Day Challenge (the number is based on the theory that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit).
With a bunch of meal plans and cleanses to choose from—there’s one for achieving ketosis and another to fight inflammation—Urban Remedy packs in the nutrients and removes all dairy, gluten, white sugar, white flour, and unhealthy oils, which is everything you’d want from this type of service. Founder Neka Pasquale, a licensed acupuncturist who has a background in traditional Chinese medicine, considers every ingredient for its healing value—and the result is varied and colorful salads, like their Umeboshi offering: purple and green cabbage, carrots, spinach, avocado, daikon, and blend of sesame seeds, almonds, hemp, kelp, and nori (with an umeboshi vinaigrette). Treats include raw cacao mousse and fiber-rich paleo matcha energy bars.
The 75 in Factor 75 stems from the notion that "75 percent of your fitness comes from what you eat," which is why each and every dish on the rotating daily menu is designed (by certified nutritionists, no less) to fill you up and replenish vital nutrients bodies need to perform at their best. All dishes taste great and the standard for quality of ingredients borders on obsessive: everything is organic- and hormone-, gluten-, soy-, and GMO-free. Meal plans operate on an automatic renewal subscription system, though you can opt for an entire day's worth of meals, or just one or two.