We all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy. Here's the thing though — life gets in the way sometimes. Like, we totally planned on going to the grocery store to buy a bunch of delicious and healthy food to cook this week. The only problem is, we didn't do it. So we're left with going out to eat somewhere, ordering in or making some sort of concoction out of whatever is in the fridge.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
If you're the type of person who truly wants to eat healthier, but you prefer to have your meals completely laid out for you so all you have to do is either cook them or heat them, a meal delivery service might be exactly what you've been missing your whole life.
No more grocery store runs and no more decade-old canned soup. Leave it to the professionals. Here are five affordable and pretty outstanding meal delivery service programs:
Sign up for a two-person or family plan with Blue Apron and have all the seasonally fresh ingredients for six to 16 meals sent to your home. All the ingredients are fresh and pre-portioned so nothing goes to waste. They even send you spices.
You can personalize your meals if you have food allergies or specific preferences (like vegetarian), but they don't offer too many varying options when it comes to choosing your meals each week. If you want to skip a week (or weeks) or cancel for any reason, you can easily do that on the website. The company is offering $32 off your first order and shipping is always free. Prices start at $8.74 per meal. Oh, and they also have a wine program for $10 a bottle.
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Hello Fresh is all about comfort foods, but much healthier versions. Each week, you'll receive a box with ingredients for three meals full of fresh produce and protein. Choose between receiving meals for two or four people.
Choose from six recipes on the Classic Plan or receive three handpicked recipes on the Veggie or Family Plan. And the best part? They take no more than 30 minutes to prepare. The plans start at $8.74 per meal.
With Plated, you'll never have to decide what to do for dinner, but you will have to cook it. All the chef-designed, seasonal ingredients will be sent right to your home. Choose from 12 new recipes each week and receive your box the following week.
You can order meals for two, three or four people each night. Each dinner is $12 per person.
Even though BistroMD is geared toward people who want to lose weight, it's good for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The portion sizes aren't crazy small, and they don't taste like gross diet food.
Choose from standard, gluten-free, diabetic or menopause (yep) meal plans and receive five or seven days of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners delivered straight to your door each week. And they're already cooked for you! All you need to do is heat them up and enjoy. Plans vary depending on what you're looking for, but they start at $89.96.
Green Blender won't replace meals, but if you're an avid smoothie drinker, it's a pretty amazing service. Every week, pre-portioned farm-fresh ingredients for five new recipes are delivered right to your door.
Each recipe makes enough for two 12 oz servings, so you can either share one with a friend or drink one later. The company partners with farmers, distributors and green markets to only source organic and seasonal produce whenever possible. If for some reason a certain item isn't organic, it will be clearly marked on the menu with an asterisk. Plans start at $49 per week ($4.90 per serving).