Meal kit delivery services are ubiquitous, and for good reason! They make preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner much more convenient, especially for those who are dieting. When the food is brought to your door, it comes with pre-measured ingredients and step-by-step instructions for making a healthy and well-balanced meal.
Samantha Cassetty, RD, a nutrition counselor and communications consultant, says that meal kits teach people to plan ahead and cook their own food, which has been shown to help people lose weight.
However, not all programs are created equal, especially those designed to help you lose weight. So, before you start having meals brought to you, you need to figure out which program is best for your goals.
Here, dietitians narrow down the options that offer the most personalized and health-conscious weight loss diet plans. From Hello Fresh and Blue Apron to Purple Carrot and BistroMD, these simple meal delivery kits will make cooking, losing weight, and channeling your inner chef significantly easier.
There are options for those who can barely boil water (no judgment) to those who just want the ingredients to cook themselves.
See below for the meal delivery services that the editors, nutritionists, and dietitians of Women’s Health think will help you lose weight.
There is a reason why Hungryroot is gaining popularity among meal planners: it’s so darn simple. Simply take their quiz, and the website will automatically fill your shopping cart with “healthy” foods. When the box arrives at your doorstep, it is not only filled with foods the quiz suggested you may enjoy, but also includes chef-curated recipes using the ingredients in your cart.
Even dietitian Anita Mirchandani, R.D., enjoys it. She says, “I like how Hungryroot helps you plan your total intake based on your preferences.” It is also reasonably priced and contains high-quality ingredients that accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.
2. Fresh N’ Lean
Attention keto and paleo enthusiasts: You will enjoy Fresh N’ Lean. The company makes protein-based, gluten-free, and high-fiber meals ahead of time and delivers them right to your door. They say they are an alternative to the processed food that some people eat.
Here, you have access to a variety of meal delivery plans (keto, paleo, low-carb, vegan, etc.), and one option even allows you to order in bulk if you so choose. (In addition, the company claims Fresh N’ Lean foods will keep you full longer.) Everything they deliver is dietitian-approved and made from scratch in Anaheim, California.
BistroMD is the ideal combination of meal delivery and a personalized health plan and was founded by a real doctor as a weight loss service for patients. Choose between standard, gluten-free, diabetic, and menopause weight loss programs.
Your weekly box will contain either five or seven days’ worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or five or seven days’ worth of lunch and dinner alone. After selecting a plan, the RDs on the BistroMD team will create a personalized diet based on your taste preferences and weight loss objectives. You can also add new likes, dislikes, and health information to your profile at any time, and your meal plan will change to match.
Freshly is a food delivery service that specializes in delivering ready-to-eat, reheatable meals. If you truly loathe cooking, you will be very interested in Freshly. The company’s ready-to-eat dishes include steak peppercorn, cauliflower bolognese, chicken tikka masala, and pulled pork al pastor. Even though everything is already made, Mirchandani likes how easy it is and how all of the meals are made with fully prepared ingredients.
Simply place them in the microwave and, voila, you have a complete, nutritious meal at your disposal. (You can receive between four and twelve meals per week.) Freshly even has an option called “FreshlyFit,” which has more than 15 menu options inspired by paleo and keto and tells you how many carbs, protein, and calories are in each meal.
5. Sakara Life
If you use Instagram, you’ve probably seen at least one Sakara Life advertisement or influencer post. The meal delivery service focuses on “clean eating” and “feeding your spirit” by sending plant-based meals that can help you lose weight, improve your digestion, give you more energy, and more.
Here is how it operates: You are free to cancel your meal plan at any time if you no longer wish to receive orders or credit card charges. While the menu is typically set each week so that you cannot select your meals (they offer up to three per day plus snack options), the delivery service actually changes its menu every week.
6. Daily Harvest
Do you prefer organic fruits and vegetables? I totally understand your position. This is why Daily Harvest’s plant-based, gluten-free meal plan is ideal for those who wish to incorporate more whole, plant-based foods into their diet.
Dawn Jackson Blatner, nutritionist and author of The Flexitarian Diet, recommends that all of her clients keep a few Daily Harvest meals in their freezer at all times. “It’s ideal for days when my clients may need assistance incorporating more nutritious fruits and vegetables into their diet in a tasty way,” she says.
The Daily Harvest plan is highly customizable, allowing you to choose the quantity and frequency of your deliveries. Whether you’re looking for smoothies, soups, flatbreads, and more that only require blending or reheating, Daily Harvest can likely satisfy your cravings. They also have Daily Harvest Scoops, which are delicious plant-based ice creams with flavors like Cold Brew + Roasted Espresso Bean Chip and Pistachio + Toasty, Buttery Hazelnut Crunch.
7. Blue Apron
Blue Apron is a popular meal delivery service. Its health-conscious meal plans are diabetes-friendly and WW (formerly Weight Watchers)-approved, as a quick PSA. This means that the company now provides a collection of recipes that are compatible with the WW program, as well as the WW point values for each dish.
Blue Apron offers several Beyond Meat entrees as well as a complete vegetarian meal plan if you are looking for meat alternatives. The weekly boxes come with ingredients already measured out for two or four servings, so you can make healthy meals for yourself or your whole family.
The meal delivery service provided by Nutrisystem emphasizes eating smaller, more balanced meals throughout the day. Their customized plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, as well as healthy snacks in between, allowing you to consume six meals per day without worrying about overeating. You can also change your diet to fit your health needs, such as if you need to eat less sodium or have been told to switch to a vegetarian diet.
If you’re trying to control your portion sizes, you know how difficult it can be to do so at home. Though it is important to always listen to your body and its needs, Factor’s delivery service collaborates with dietitians to create a variety of portion-controlled plates that have been approved by experts. When you sign up for the pre-portioned meals, you also receive free consultations with registered dietitians, which makes Factor truly unique.
According to nutritionist Brenna Wallace, one of the most common errors when using a meal delivery service is ordering meals that are not tailored to your lifestyle. She says, “Therefore, I would recommend Factor to my clients.” “Regular consultations can significantly benefit your lifestyle.”
10. Hello Fresh
Hello Fresh, known for its straightforward, easy-to-follow meal delivery service, is also quite weight loss-oriented. A registered dietitian and certified dietitian nutritionist, Leah Kaufman, RD, CDN, says that a dietitian looks at the meals before they are added to the menu.
Each dish is also low in sodium and oil and comes with a nutrition label that can be found on the restaurant’s website. If your nutritionist told you that you need to watch how many calories you eat every day in order to reach your weight loss goals, knowing this can help you eat healthy.
For this meal delivery service, celebrity chefs (such as Alex Guarnaschelli, for you Chopped fans) and wellness experts collaborated to develop weight-loss-friendly and beginner-friendly recipes. Kaufman adds that the company has partnered with the American Diabetes Association and Atkins so that subscribers can create goal-oriented meals, such as low-carb dishes with a primary focus on protein. So yes, you could say that Chef’d is a good option for weight-conscious individuals.
12. Purple Carrot
Step right up, vegans (or just veggie lovers!).Purple Carrot, an entirely vegan meal delivery service, creates weight-loss-friendly, plant-based recipes, especially because their dishes are always rich in fiber from produce. And a pro tip: the fiber in vegetables makes you feel fuller for longer.
Each meal includes nutritional information (vital for maintaining a healthy diet) and serves at least two people. And if you’re cooking for one, you’ll have a balanced lunch for the following day, according to Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of Plant-Powered for Life. It is priced a bit higher than some of the other services available, but if you can afford it, it is an excellent choice.
13. Green Chef
This USDA-certified organic meal kit has a lot of options for people with different dietary needs and tastes, such as vegetarians, omnivores, carnivores, gluten-free eaters, and paleo eaters.
Many dishes include premade sauces and dressings, which can save a great deal of time. However, Kaufman recommends examining the nutritional information for the sugar content of your meals, as condiments are typically loaded with this weight-loss inhibitor. And if the sauce is not essential, omit it to reduce calories.
Kaufman gives this service her nutritionist seal of approval because it offers a variety of plans that “suit every person’s dietary needs and restrictions” while also being relatively low in sodium, high in protein, and loaded with healthy, satiating fats like olive oil.
Veestro delivers prepared meals, which typically have a negative reputation in terms of health, but just because you don’t have to chop and sauté doesn’t mean these are bad for your weight loss objectives. Palmer states that they are a significant improvement over the majority of frozen foods found in the freezer aisle. She states that these plant-based meals are low in calories and great for weight loss.
Since they are pre-packaged and microwave-ready, Veestro’s meals are essentially calorie-controlled, making it easier to monitor your intake and stay on track. Veestro meals are also fairly well-balanced, especially for vegetarian cuisine (which can be carb-heavy), providing you with the nutrients you need to feel fuller for longer. Another benefit? Additionally, Veestro offers three different weight-loss-specific meal delivery services.
15. Sun Basket
Sun Basket offers a multitude of meal plan options, including gluten-free, vegan, diabetic-friendly, and Mediterranean kits, so there is something for everyone. Sun Basket, according to Mirchandani, also provides high-quality organic produce as well as responsibly sourced meats and seafood (such as antibiotic-and hormone-free meats and wild-caught fish).
They also offer a “build-your-own-basket” option within your meal plan, allowing you to select only the meals you enjoy for each delivery.