Whole30-approved menu with global flavors
Sometimes the grocery store seems too far away. Other times, the aisles may feel too crowded—or the shelves too empty. Until recently, the alternative to shopping and cooking was ordering in. But as we become more money—and health-conscious, people are looking for a healthier alternative to eating out, while at the same time a more convenient alternative to cooking at home.
Enter frozen meal delivery. These services, which ship fresh, flash-frozen meals straight to your doorstep, bridge the gap between take-out orders and home-cooked meals. They offer us the convenience of ordering in but provide the healthy ingredients and wholesome feel we’d get from preparing our own food.
With an ever-growing number of meal delivery companies catering to every dietary, health, and culinary need out there, the problem is no longer finding a way to have quality premade meals shipped to your home, but narrowing down the options. Here’s a look at the best frozen meal delivery services.
Designed by dieticians, Nutrisystem’s meal programs feature smaller meals and snacks that maximize fat-burning and weight-loss.
Nutrisystem offers 4-week meal plans that are delivered in bulk to your door. These include flash-frozen breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as well as snacks that amount to about 6 small meals a day. The goal is to have you eating every 2-3 hours, thereby controlling your hunger while at the same time keeping to healthy, weight-loss-friendly foods.
The menu features more than 160 items including wraps, chicken dinners, and sweet and savory snacks. In addition to easy-to-prepare meals, Nutrisystem also provides support from its team of dieticians and weight-loss experts.
Diet-to-Go doesn’t stop at making sure you have food in the freezer—it ensures that your meals are nutritious, diverse, and most importantly, tailored to your dietary needs.
Meal plans from Diet-to-Go will net you 2 or 3 meals per day for 5 or 7 days, all but ensuring that you’re well fed throughout the week. While Diet-to-Go’s meal plans cater to those with weight-loss goals, they offer enough variety and specialty foods to please many types of eaters. The menu, which includes meals for vegetarians, low-carb eaters, and those with diabetes, includes heart-healthy dishes such as blackened salmon entrees and chicken wraps.
Pay attention to the “MD” at the end of BistroMD’s name—those aren’t initials.
BistroMD’s meals are designed by real doctors, and as such they accommodate a number of specific diets not offered by other meal delivery services. These include diets for diabetes, menopause, as well as gluten-free eaters and vegetarians.
With a menu packed with entrees like Jamaican-style black pepper shrimp and Italian omelets, even those without specific diets will find plenty to enjoy from across the globe. Despite the attention to health and flavor, BistroMD’s meals are easy to enjoy: they arrive flash-frozen and can be prepared within a matter of minutes.
Balance follows the vision of founder Dr. Caroline Cederquist, a board-certified doctor who uses nutritional science and medicine as the basis for her meals. A sister offering of BistroMD, it abides by a similar philosophy of physician-inspired meals, while catering to a broader audience.
Balance offers customers the chance to stock their homes with nutritionally diverse a la carte meals. Unlike BistroMD, Balance doesn’t offer meal plans. Instead, customers can choose individual meals that run the gamut from hearty pastas to fresh salads and healthy soups. The flavors are culled from all around the world and integrated into flash-frozen, easy-to-prepare meals that you can store in your freezer and enjoy for weeks.
Veestro makes easy work of clean eating with its 100% plant-based vegan and meatless meal delivery service. The service lets you stock up on bulk meals that bring with them the added advantage of being organic, consciously sourced, and free of artificial ingredients. You can order 10 or 20 meals at a time, and feel good knowing that you and your family are well-stocked with entrees such as breakfast burritos, pasta bolognese, and red curry with tofu.
South Beach Diet’s keto-friendly meals are easy to prepare and tasty to eat. The 4-week plans provide all the food you need to stick with your weight-loss goals while avoiding trips to the grocery store or recipe book. Entrees such as artichoke and spinach stuffed chicken breast and thyme beef soups are supplemented by a range of sweet and savory snacks that allow you to eat throughout the day without accumulating pounds. South Beach Diet’s meals are delivered flash-frozen and are ready to eat within minutes.
Magic Kitchen’s modus operandi is keeping it simple and healthy. For 15 years, this meal delivery service has been offering flash-frozen meals that are delivered to your door and can be ready to eat in minutes. The menu offers a slew of comfort foods such as cheese ravioli, barbeque beef ends, and chicken cordon bleu, making them especially good for kids and their parents. Additionally, Magic Kitchen offers meal plans and a la carte options, so you can opt to order in bulk or customize your shipments based on your needs.
Abiding by the Whole30 food movement, Paleo on the Go offers paleo eaters an easy way to stock their fridge with meals that forego sugars, grains, and dairy. While Paleo on the Go offers a more niche service than others, it’s likely to receive a warm welcome from all who are venturing on the paleo path, as well as those following the autoimmune protocol diet (AIP). The meals themselves are surprisingly diverse: the menu includes dishes inspired by Thai, French, southwestern, and American cuisines.
Whole30-approved menu with global flavors