There’s no question that a balanced diet is key to feeling your best. But navigating a grocery store, cooking at home and keeping up with your nutrition goals isn’t always easy, especially for busy New Yorkers who prioritize eating healthy, following a specific diet or are proud picky eaters (or all of the above). Thankfully, there are several healthy meal delivery services that make it easier to stick to your health-related meal plans, while saving you the hassle of having to grocery shop or prep meals during the week. The options are endless, with many services catering to niche dietary needs like paleo or keto as well as offering organic and gluten-free dishes.
Most of these services offer both kit-style meals with pre-portioned ingredients that you cook yourself, as well as fully cooked and ready-to-eat meals (sometimes frozen but sometimes not). I’ve rounded up the best healthy food delivery services to help you make a seamless transition into your new lifestyle.
Meal kits include a mix of fresh ingredients and recipe instructions that you prepare at home, while premade meals come fully cooked and boxed up for your convenience. The services also vary in their menu offerings, with some offering a limited selection while others have extensive, rotating options. While each service may have its own unique menu, most will share nutritional information for every meal, making it easy to find the ideal meals for your individual dietary needs and nutritional goals.
This popular meal kit service offers a wide variety of plant-based, vegetarian and vegan recipes that are curated to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Meals are made with good-for-you, nutritious foods including plenty of colorful vegetables, trendy superfoods and wholesome grains. Sakara’s seasonal menu is also Instagrammable, with creative salads jam packed with veggies and trendy proteins as well as unexpected sandwiches (like a red beet burger).
A hybrid of meal kit and prepared meal delivery, Hungryroot delivers a weekly shipment that includes a mix of freshly-prepared meals and heat-and-eat items. My weekly haul included sous vide mushroom egg bites, gluten free four cheese tortelloni and a pack of heat-and-eat Lentil Quinoa Rice Mix. Hungryroot’s impressive array of fresh, meat-free recipes is what sets it apart from the pack.
A standout in the prepared meal delivery category, Fresh N Lean is one of our top picks for healthy meals delivered right to your door. This NYC-based meal service passed all of our strict criteria and offers a diverse menu that caters to a variety of dietary preferences. Their chefs understand that NYC is synonymous with restaurant culture and have created a line-up of dishes like kale salad with quinoa samosas, pan seared scallops with broccolini and risotto with polenta, and steak peppercorn with sauteed spinach and French green beans.