Ever wish that instead of going grocery shopping and cooking, your meals could just magically appear in front of you with all the work already done? Well, that can happen and you don’t need a fairy godmother to make it happen. These days many people are turning to meal delivery services. They bring healthy, delicious food right to your door.
Meal delivery services are great for people who are too busy to go grocery shopping or cook every night. They also help those who are new to plant-based eating and are not sure what ingredients to buy or how to cook with them. These services offer meals that are healthy, portion-controlled and delicious. Some of them deliver the ingredients and recipes and let you put it all together. There’s something for almost every budget and need, whether you’re cutting out meat and dairy, gluten-free or just health-conscious. Here are 12 plant-based meal services you should be ordering from today.
1. Forks Fresh Meals
The folks at Forks Over Knives know all about healthy, plant-based eatingdocumentary that has empowered countless numbers of people eat healthier and kinder plus they have published a number of cookbooks with delicious, plant-based recipes that can change lives through better nutrition. Their Forks Fresh Meals service offers meals that are delivered cold and fresh to your door once or twice a week. Each individually-sized meal is plant-based, low-fat and made from fresh, seasonal whole foods prepared by their chefs. You can customize your meals, and they offer 24/7 web portal access. They have several plans that let you order as few as five meals per week or as much as three meals per day. They ship to much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states with plans for expansion. Check out their website to view the current menu.
2. Plant Perfection Foods
Plant Perfection Foods is a service based in Ohio that produces packaged frozen meals. Their meals are influenced by the work of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, and T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D, highlighting the benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet. They are plant-based and prepared without commercial meat substitutes, oils, nuts, soy, salt, sugar or gluten. They only use fruit to sweeten their whole-food dishes. Dishes can be cooked according to your preferences and delivered at your convenience. See their website for menus and special offers for first-time customers. Plant Perfection Foods offers nationwide delivery.
Macro-Mediterranean is a meal delivery service dedicated to holistic nutrition and providing people with a healthy, fresh, and balanced diet. They offer a wide range of plans and custom plans for specific needs. You can select dishes from their seasonal menus that are healthy, plant-based and gluten-free if needed. Order a meal plan or ala carte. The meals are delivered fresh to your door each week, and delivery is nationwide.
4. Vegin’ Out
Vegin’ Out is an online vegan meal delivery service based in California. They offer simple, healthy, organic, freshly prepared weekly meals conveniently delivered right to your home or office. Gluten free and other special options for food allergies are available upon request. When you place an order for a single weekly vegan meal, you will receive three vegan meal entrées, four vegan side dishes, one vegan soup, and a bag of vegan cookies. Vegin’ Out delivers nationwide. See their website for more information and menus.
5. Fresh n’ Lean
Fresh n’ Lean is a meal delivery service that helps you eat healthier. They provide freshly-prepared, all-natural, and mouthwatering, delicious meals delivered right to your door. All you have to do is warm it up and eat. All the dishes are low-fat, low-calorie, and low in salt. The menu is inspired by many cuisines including Asian, South American, and Mediterranean. You can order meal plans or ala carte. Fresh n’ Lean is based in California and has locations all over the country. You can check their website here for locations.
7. 22 Days Nutrition
Based on the theory that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, 22 Days Nutrition offers a vegan meal delivery service designed to help you create better eating habits. This is the company that Beyoncé and husband Jay Z famously used in 2013 when they ate plant-based for a few weeks. Now she has signed on with the company to get other people eating healthier. The fresh gourmet vegan meals are non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. Meals are delivered directly to your door weekly. See their website to view the menu. Delivery is nationwide.
Veestro wants to make it easy for you to eat healthy, so they offer three ways to buy their food – ala carte, meal packs or special plans for weight loss or just getting started. Everything is made with all-natural, organic, non-GMO ingredients with no animal products or preservatives. Check out their website to see menus with dishes like Red Curry with Tofu, Three-Layer Scramble and Tofu Cheezecake. Veestro delivers nationwide.
9. Thrive Foods Direct
Thrive Foods Direct is founded by former professional Ironman triathlete, Brendan Brazier. They deliver nutrient-dense, plant-based whole food meals. Based on the nutritional principles in the Thrive book series, the meals are high net gain which means they give us more energy than it takes to digest them , alkaline-forming, plant-based and made from fresh, certified organic ingredients. Meals can be ordered ala carte or as part of a meal plan and are delivered weekly in all 50 states. See sample menus on their website with dishes like Red Lentil and Bell Pepper Stew and Fajita Style Vegetable and Pinto Beans. Delivery is right to your door anywhere in the U.S
10. The Vegan Garden
The Vegan Garden is a family-owned business in San Francisco. They offer vegan ala carte and meal plans as well as juice cleanses delivered to your door. Every vegan meal is low-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free, and prepared from local, organic ingredients. Their dishes are an experience in global cuisine with over 100 meals and lots of meal plans to choose from. See their website to learn more. The Vegan Garden delivers nationwide.
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11. Purple Carrot
Purple Carrot offers whole, plant-based ingredients with easy-to-follow recipes so you can make healthy meals at home. Mark Bittman, famed food journalist and cookbook author, recently joined Purple Carrot as Partner and Chief Innovation Officer for the company. Every week, you can choose from four dinner options, and they will send you the ingredients and recipes to make two meals and a snack that each feed a family of four. Currently, Purple Carrot ships throughout the Northeast, West Coast, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.
12. Lighter Culture
Lighter is a vegan meal planning and delivery service that lets you choose meals based on your cooking skills. They work to make sustainable, healthy food the convenient, delicious choice. Each meal costs less than $6.00 which saves you money and time. You fill out a profile with your goals, food preferences, allergies, and appetite size and they design a custom meal plan for you each week. Then they arrange personal shoppers to shop at your local grocery store and bring it right to your door. All you have to do is follow the easy recipes and enjoy your meals. See their website for delivery areas and sample menus. Right now they deliver to almost every zip code in the follow cities (along with many neighboring towns): Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Seattle, Stamford (CT), Washington, D.C.
Whether you would like all your meals prepared for you or would just like to have the convenience of a few pre-made meals here and there, you should give these vegan meal delivery services a try. They are perfect for portion-controlled, healthy meals that are not only delicious but can help teach you about plant-based living.
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