About a decade has passed since meal delivery programs, mostly catered to weight loss, started popping up in Los Angeles and New York. Since then, the culinary landscape has been evolving and expanding across the country ever since. Whether you are looking for a Paleo, plant-based, gluten-free or just locally sourced organic fuel, LivingHealthy has searched out the most enticing menus of the bunch.
Celebrity Nutritionist Marco Borges’ 22 Days Vegan Meal Delivery
Beyonce, Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez are all part of Borges’ Vegan Challenge posse. Says Borges, “All of our meals are made with organic ingredients, plant-based/vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and absolutely delicious. 22 Days is a plant-based lifestyle solutions company dedicated to empowering people with the tools for ultimate wellness and spreading the message of plant-based nutrition. Everything we do is 100% Vegan!” Your meals arrive in an insulated cooler on Fridays via FedEx, and the more meals you sign up for, the more you save.
Cost: $14.85 to $9.94 per meal
Location: Across the United States
Chef Josh Katt’s Kitchfix
Chicago Bears players Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte are fans. Kitchfix is also the official caterer of the Chicago Cubs and feeds all players and front office at every home game. "Most meal delivery services use non-organic ingredients filled with GMOs, refined sugar, and chemical additives. At Kitchfix, we use super foods with super standards,” says Katt. “The ready-to-eat fresh and delicious meals are made with organic, gluten-free and dairy-free super-foods that are locally sourced from farms within a 200-mile radius of Chicago.” Selections include meals like egg-white frittata, chicken “fried” quinoa and Thai coconut red curry soup, snacks like maple hickory beef jerky and Kitchfix Paleo granola and a variety of cold-pressed juices.
Location: Chicago and surrounding suburbs
What It Costs: $15 for large meals and $12 for medium meals, prices vary on smaller items
Sakara Life Organic Meal Delivery
Lena Dunham and Victoria’s Secret Angels Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton like to nosh on Sakara meals. According to the company, "We believe in food as medicine. The Sakara meal delivery program is nutritionally designed, superfood-filled, gluten-free, soy-free, organic, 100% plant-based, and packed with the highest quality ingredients on this planet.” Meals arrive in a cooler bag on Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings, along with two bags of Sakara Detox tea each day. You can chose the number of meals per day and highlight any food allergies. “We believe that true transformation, both physical and spiritual, comes from eating a clean, plant-based diet most of the time (it's all about balance - a martini every so often is ok)," says the company.
Location: New York City and the Hamptons, Boston, Philadelphia, D.C. Select locations in New Jersey, Connecticut, and NY state, and soon in Los Angeles.
What It Costs: A variety of meal combinations are offered within the 1, 5 and 20-day programs. A full one-day taste of the program is available at $99, 5 days of 3 meals is $410, and 20 days of 3 meals is $1,390 (the longer the program you order, the less the daily rate).
Beaming Superfood Cleanse Program
Says Founder Lisa Odenweller, "We don’t believe in starvation programs that deprive your body of necessary nutrients, calories, protein and fiber. Our cleanses, which are a delicious combination of healthy juices, smoothies and nutritious gourmet plant-based foods that you can incorporate into your everyday life, nourish your body and set you up for success long after your cleanse is over.” Subscribers call or place orders online, and meals arrive in an insulated cooler, beautifully packaged and labeled with easy to follow instructions. The organic, gluten & dairy-free, plant-based and non-GMO menu rotates daily. “With a commitment to using only the very best, freshest organic ingredients and unique superfoods, Beaming prides themselves as pioneers in cleansing with (super)foods—both nutritiously powerful and deliciously addictive!” says Odenweller.
Location: Los Angeles (Santa Monica and Brentwood), Del Mar, CA, 3- and 5-day cleanses ship nationally
What It Costs: 1-day cleanse starts at $85, 3-day starts at $245 and 5-day at $395
Subscribers like Real Housewives Heather Thomson, Dorinda Medley, Lisa Hochstein choose from traditional, Paleo, vegetarian and vegan plans. They also offer DL revAMP, a variety of 5- to 10-day organic food detox programs and OnJuice, organic cold-pressed juices, which are available in six-packs or as part of cleanses. “Our healthy lifestyle philosophy provides access to a delicious and nutritious diet while saving customers both time and energy,” says DeliverLean’s CEO. “We’re not only trying to help people learn how to eat but actually help change their lifestyle through education.”
Location: South Florida
What It Costs: Meal delivery starting at $8.95 per meal, depending on time commitment. DL revAMP, $125 per day. OnJuice, $49.50 for a six-pack, 3-day cleanses start at $99
Celebrity Chef & Nutrition Expert Kelly Boyer’s PALETA
Celebrities like Jessica Biel, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Jaime King and Michelle Monaghan enjoy PALETA’s daily delivery system, which ensures the freshest foods. Plus the meals are highly customizable to suit a variety of tastes and nutritional needs. "I founded PALETA with the belief that we can all enjoy the fruits of our planet while still preserving our resources for future generations. With that, we built the first green certified meal delivery company in the country!” says Boyer. “And, because we know that one size does NOT fit all, PALETA offers a myriad of choices to suit any discerning palate or nutritional need: Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, pregnancy programs, family style, kids, high performance, and just those everyday people who want convenience and help getting or staying fit.”
Location: California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington & Oregon; Mind & Body Food Lovers' Cleanse prepared and delivered in Detroit and across the nation. PALETA is also opening doors in New Jersey March 2015.
What It Costs: Daily meal delivery starts at $38/day
Soupure Cleanses and Meal Replacements
Soupure has gotta be GOOP-worthy since Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. According to the company: “Soupure's 1, 3 and 5-day hot and cold non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, preservative-free primarily organic cleanse programs are a comprehensive way to help your body purify itself by flooding it with active, living macronutrients, micronutrients, live nutraceuticals, and enzymes.” Why soup? “Soups are essentially a ‘predigested’ blend of foods already broken down, allowing the body to focus on healing itself and making bigger strides in building strength. So much of our diet today consists of processed foods lacking in an identified origin, and often contain chemical additives and preservatives.” You can have your cleanse delivered, or you can pick it up from the kiosk at Brentwood Town Center.
Location: Los Angeles
What It Costs: $60 for Pick Your 6-Pack, $79 for 1-Day, $235 for 3-Day, $169 for Mini 3-Day, $375 for 5-Day
The Purple Carrot
Different from ready-made meal delivery programs, The Purple Carrot delivers whole foods, plant-based meal kits offering raw, pre-measured ingredients to cook healthy meals and snacks at home. “All of our meals contain fresh, organic, plant-based, dairy-free and non-GMO ingredients sourced from up to 50 different farms in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions,” says creator, Andy Levitt. “Recipes are created by top plant-based chefs and cookbook authors from around the country, such as Richard Landau, Robin Robertson, Bryant Terry and Terry Roberts.” Choose two out of the four seasonal dinner recipe options featured weekly on This Week’s Menu, and your meal kits will be delivered via FedEx Tuesday-Saturday.
Location: Across the United States in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions for now; expanded delivery to additional states coming soon.
What It Costs: $59 per week including delivery fees and charges.