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Top 5 Alternatives to Freshly for Quick Healthy Meals (2023)

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Freshly was a popular meal delivery service, favored for its convenience and gluten-free offerings. And while Freshly didn’t make it to see 2023, the buzzing meal delivery industry offers plenty of alternatives for hassle-free healthy home meals.

Freshly was one of the first meal delivery services to launch fresh and healthy gluten- and dairy-free heat-and-eat meal kits for professionals and other busy people who don't have the time to prepare healthy food. But in January 2023, Freshly announced that it would be ceasing operations. Whether you’re a die-hard Freshly devotee who is looking for the next best thing, or are new to the meal delivery scene and want to find a service that fits your budget and lifestyle, other meal delivery services similarly offer customizable plans for quick healthy meals that are affordable, family-friendly, organic.

» Looking for even more options? Check out our top picks for the best meal delivery services.

Check out our top picks for meal delivery services in 2023

HelloFresh - Best for larger families

Blue Apron - Best for a larger selection of recipes

Nutrisystem - Best for weight loss

Green Chef - Best for certified organic ingredients

EveryPlate - Best for budget-friendly meal kits

And in-depth look at our favorite meal delivery services

1. HelloFresh

An affordable meal delivery service that offers highly customizable meal kits

Best for: Lots of meal options in good quantities

Starting price: From $7.49 per serving

The German company HelloFresh has taken America by storm. They offer a wide selection of meal choices that can serve two or four people. HelloFresh provides you with a lot of options such as Calorie Smart, Carb Smart, Easy Clean Up, Easy Prep, and Veggie, as well as catering to those who adhere to keto and low carb diets.

HelloFresh recently launched the HelloFresh Market, where customers can order fresh produce, snacks, breakfast, side dishes, and even beverages from popular vendors such as Pillsbury, Annie’s Homegrown, and Sargento.

HelloFresh, like Freshly, saves you time and energy. Once a meal kit arrives at your door, you can prepare a delicious gourmet meal within 20-50 minutes. Recipes are super simple - fit for anyone, inexperienced cooks included.

Pros

  • Choose from 30+ recipes
  • Change selections up to 5 days before delivery

Cons

  • Don’t cater to all dietary needs
  • Limited plant-based protein options

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» More: Home Chef vs. HelloFresh: Clash of the Meal Kits

2. Blue Apron

A nutritionist-approved meal delivery service that uses farm-fresh ingredients

Best for: Wide range of recipes from different cuisines

Starting price: From $7.49 per serving

Blue Apron promises the highest-quality ingredients, sourced directly from farmers. Their meat and poultry are free from antibiotics and hormones, and all ingredients are non-GMO.

Menu options are varied. You can choose from the Signature, Wellness, and Vegetarian categories, which are made up of 5-15 recipes. Blue Apron also offers special meals for health-conscious people and for those who are diabetic. You can order 2-4 weekly meals for 2 or 4 people. Some of the popular cuisines they offer are Mediterranean, Continental, and Asian food.

Pros

  • Ability to preview the menu first
  • Vegetarian, health-conscious, and diabetes-friendly options

Cons

  • Meal kits are more expensive and take longer to prepare
  • Unable to filter by allergens

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» More: Blue Apron Best Alternatives & Competitors in 2023

3. Nutrisystem

A meal delivery service for healthy weight loss without counting calories

Best for: Prep-free heat-and-eat meal kits

Starting price: From $9.99 per day for women and $11.63 per day for men

Nutrisystem was founded by Harold Katz in 1970 (1). Today, it allows you to choose between 160 prep-free meals carefully designed by dieticians for men and women to help you lose weight fast. If you have diabetes, you can also order high-protein, low-GI food designed to keep blood sugar steady (2).

If followed closely, Nutrisystem can help you lose between 1-2 pounds per week. It is as simple as ordering the food and sticking to your meal plan. And guess what? If you don't lose weight in 7 days, you get your money back.

Pros

  • Meal plans are designed by dieticians to ensure safe weight loss
  • Money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Unable to dine out or make your own meals on this meal plan
  • Not all snack foods are provided in meal kits

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» More: Top 10 Best Oven-Ready Prepared Meal Delivery Services for 2023

4. Green Chef

An eco-friendly meal delivery service that uses certified organic ingredients

Best for: Eco-friendly, easy-to-prepare meal kits

Starting price: From $11.99 per serving

As the name suggests, Green Chef provides recipes that use mainly organic ingredients. In fact, it specializes in organic meal kits, and its commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly packaging sets it apart from other meal kit delivery services on the market today.

Green Chef offers Keto + Paleo, Mediterranean, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and Fast and Fit diet plans, making it easy to find something that suits your dietary needs and lifestyle.

Pros

  • Robust plant-based options
  • Customizable menu

Cons

  • More on the expensive side
  • Frequent shipping delays

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5. EveryPlate

A budget-friendly meal delivery service for any cooking skill level

Best for: Easy-to-follow recipes

Starting price: From $4.99 per serving

EveryPlate is one of the most affordable meal delivery services today. You can choose from 17 delicious meals per week, broken down into four meal plan options: ClassicPlate, VeggiePlate, FamilyPlate, and EasyPlate. Each meal can be prepared in a few easy steps, usually within 30 minutes.

This meal delivery service is perfect for families without any dietary requirements who enjoy simple meals and classic comfort food. In fact, it has over 10,000 5-star reviews on TrustPilot.

Pros

  • Clear allergen notices
  • Fuss-free and simple meal options

Cons

  • Limited menu
  • Extra shipping fees

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Goodbye Freshly, Hello…Everyone Else

References

  1. https://www.healthdigest.com/313031/the-truth-about-nutrisystem/
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/what_is_a_high-protein_low-gi_diet
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Anju Mobin is a certified nutritionist with work experience as a Diet and Fitness Consultant from numerous medical clinics. Founder and editor of fitnesshacks.org, Anju strives to simplify complex information about nutrition, health, and fitness for the general public. As a mother of four children, she also writes about pregnancy and post-pregnancy nutrition, drawing from her own experience.

*The information on this site is based on research, but should not be treated as medical advice. Before beginning any new diet plan, we recommend consulting with a physician or other professional healthcare provider. Results may vary based on various health factors, individual weight loss plans and adherence to the meal plan.