In an ideal world, we’d all spend our Sunday afternoons leisurely planning meals for the week. Unfortunately, that’s just too time consuming, and time is a commodity we often simply don’t have. The solution? Subscription plans that do all the hard work for you. Luckily, there are plenty of clean, healthy options to choose from.
What you get: Easy-to-follow meal kits for colorful, flavorful dinners in 20–40 minutes. You have the ability to choose your plan based on dietary preferences, including vegan, keto, vegetarian, omnivore, pescatarian, carnivore, gluten-free and paleo. Each box contains pre-measured ingredients to create three nourishing dinners for two, four or six people.
What it costs: From $79 a week for three meals that serve two people to $95 a week for two meals that serve a family of four
Who’s behind it: HelloFresh acquired Green Chef in 2018 to offer more delicious options to consumers interested in specialty diets and healthy lifestyles.
Why it’s clean: USDA-certified organic with wholesome, sustainable ingredients and nothing artificial
Added bonus: In addition to providing clean ingredients, Green Chef works closely with farmers and food manufacturers who reinvest in the environment.
Example meal: Bacon and Butternut Squash Hash
What you get: Nutrient-packed, pre-portioned, single-serve soups and smoothies for breakfasts and lunches
What it costs: From
$65 for five soups delivered weekly to $135 for five smoothies, five soups and one
full-day reset delivered weekly
Who’s behind it: The founder and CEO is Nicole Centeno, an animal lover with a background in veganism and biochemistry. She believes that clean, wholesome ingredients are both comforting and helpful to staying balanced — inside and out — every day.
Why it’s clean: Vitamin-rich, plant-based meals that are vegan-, gluten-, soy- and GMO-free
Added bonus: All of their soups and smoothies come in plant-based packaging.
Example meal: Leek & Turnip Chowder with Celeriac & Parsley
What you get: Chef-prepared, single-serve meals delivered fresh to you. You have the option to choose a la carte or from 10 different meal plans: Slim, Burn, Build, Perform, Endure, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Pure Paleo, Complete Keto and Whole 30.
What it costs: Single-serve meals range from $8.95 for breakfast to $13.95 for large entrees. Meal plans recur on a weekly basis, and you have the option of how many meals you want per week and which days of the week you would like them.
Who’s behind it: It was co-founded by Army vet brothers Andy and Joe Lopez-Gallego and chef Greg Grossman, who sought to create nutritious meals for people so they can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with their loved ones.
Why it’s clean: Meals are made with the highest-quality ingredients possible. The beef is 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised, the poultry and pork are raised without hormones and antibiotics and the fish is wild-caught. Meals are free from gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.
Added bonus: The meals are designed by nutritionists, prepared by chefs and conveniently delivered right to your home, office or gym.
Example meal: Chicken Sausage with Egg and Everything Roasted Cauliflower
What you get: Meal plans based on scientific research and culinary medicine principles in four categories: Chronic Conditions (Diabetes, Heart, Kidney, Alzheimer’s and Geriatric), Simply Healthy, Weight Loss and Fitness. Each plan includes five to seven days of meals from one to three meals a day.
What it costs: From $49 a week for five days of single-serve breakfast to $273 a week for seven days of single-serve breakfast, lunch and dinner
Who’s behind it: The founder is Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, PPC, a culinary medicine specialist, registered pharmacist and diabetes educator who was inspired by his own journey with diabetes to create a meal service that follows regimens prescribed by doctors or personal trainers.
Why it’s clean: The meals are prepared fresh every week and never frozen, using high-quality ingredients without additional nitrates, phosphates or high sodium levels. The unique vacuum-packing system removes oxygen to prohibit food spoilage in recyclable, BPA-free, microwave-safe containers.
Added bonus: There’s no subscription needed to order. Just place your order by Friday at 6:00 PM ET. Plus, their dynamic nutritional calculator provides the nutritional values of the food you choose, displayed in a chart format that you can email or print out to share with a doctor or nutritionist.
Example meal: Cypress Bayou Shrimp Creole
What you get: Vegan meal kits that harness the power of plants for healthy living, animal welfare and decreased environmental impact
What it costs: From $72 a week for three meals that serve two people to $78 a week for the TB12 performance meals
Who’s behind it: The founder and CEO is Andy Levitt, a former pharmaceutical executive who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age 40. He believes that plants have the power to heal bodies and help improve the planet.
Why it’s clean: Vitamin-dense, nutrient-rich plant ingredients that are vegan and leave less of an environmental footprint
Added bonus: They also offer plant-based breakfast and lunch add-ons that take under 5 minutes to prepare.
Example meal: White Bean Hummus Flatbread with Cashew Pesto and Shaved Asparagus
What you’ll get: A customizable program that includes meal plans, fitness routines, nutritional counseling and other perks. Subscribers to the 6-week program have the ability to add on a three or five day ready-to-eat meal delivery service for an added cost.
What it costs: $899 for the Six Weeks To Sleek program. For meal delivery, it starts at $320 for 3 meals and two snacks per day for three days. There’s also an option to subscribe to the meal delivery add-on for four weeks, staring at $1,152.
Who’s behind it: The owner and chef is Tara Roscioli, a former lawyer turner Holistic Health Coach and nutritional counselor.
Why it’s clean: All of the meals and snacks are organic, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free and prepared fresh.
Of note: In addition to the program, they also offer private cooking or meal prep classes that can be done one-on-one or in small groups. Founder Tara also offers 5-hour pantry makeovers where she will overhaul your pantry according to your healthy wants and needs.
Example Meal: Chickpea Pasta & Sage-Walnut Pesto
What you get: Organic, ready-to-eat meals that cater to many different diets, such as paleo, vegan and high protein. Menus change weekly and all plans are gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sodium and low-fat.
What it costs: From $67 for one meal per day for five days to $239 for three meals a day for seven days
Who’s behind it: The founder and CEO, Laureen Asseo, started the business at the age of 18 as a way to help her father overcome life-threatening health issues. With increased demand, she expanded the company to a national direct-to-consumer meal delivery service that focuses on healthy, affordable options.
Why it’s clean: All meals are organic, GMO-free, locally-sourced, low sodium, low fat, dairy-free, gluten-free and nutrient-dense .
Added bonus: They are committed to sustainable practice like BPA-free meal containers, low-carbon footprint ingredient sourcing and ethical partners who raise animals responsibly.
Example meal: Quinoa with Balsamic Chutney Onions
What You get: A wellness platform that offers programs with ready-to-eat meals, education and 24/7 personal coaching based on science and not fad diets.
What it costs: From $175 a week for the four-week “Reboot” to $225 for a one-week “Quickstart.” Each program option offers 12 chef-prepared meals per week.
Why it’s clean: All meals are nutrient-rich, plant-based, locally-sourced, organic (when possible), high fiber, and free of refined grains or sugar.
Who’s Behind it: The Founder and CEO is Nadja Pinnavaia, Ph.D., who started the wellness platform after watching several members in her family endure cancer. The company was born from the idea of approaching the plant-based lifestyle with a scientific lens.
Added bonus: All meals are made fresh and individually packed in 100% recyclable, BPA-free plastic containers. Because they are frozen, meals can last up to 8 weeks in the freezer.
Example meal: Power Veggie Burger with Roasted Sweet Potato and Parsnip Fries
What you get: A curated box of spices, recipes (including a menu plan and shopping list), a Spotify music playlist and a list of fun facts and travel tips — all inspired by a different destination each month.
What it costs: $20 per month or $18.33 if purchased with a six or 12-month package
Who’s behind it: After immigrating from India to the United States for college, CEO and co-Founder Meghana Moya sought to connect people through the adventure of global culinary experiences.
Why it’s clean: Spices are plant-sourced and boxes tend to include gluten-free, vegetarian, pescatarian, and/or vegetarian-friendly recipe options to encourage clean eating at home with a global twist.
Added bonus: They focus on giving back by donating a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations.
Example Spices: Turmeric, Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Galangal
What you get: Ready-to-eat low-calorie, lean-muscle, nutrient-rich meal plans starting at 10 meals per order.
What it costs: From $76 for 12 weeks of 10 meals per week to $159 for 4 weeks of 21 meals per week
Who’s behind it: The founder and CEO is Nathan Corn, a fitness and nutrition advocate who believes that proper nutrition can transform who you are and how you feel. He created the company to encourage a focus on health nationwide.
Why it’s clean: Every meal is made fresh from scratch and wrapped in “go green” packaging. As well, KETO options are available for all subscription plans.
Added bonus: Their “Protein Bakery,” an add-on that doesn’t require membership, offers a pack of 25 handmade, high-protein treats for $39 including Oreo balls, homemade Snickers, and Cookie Dough Delights.
Example Meal: Cheesy Keto Broccoli and Cheddar Bake
What you get: Weekly meal kits with organic produce and clean ingredients. You have the option to choose your plan based on dietary preferences, including paleo, carb-conscious, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, and diabetes-friendly.
What it costs: From $52 a week for two meals that serve two people to $176 a week for four meals that serve a family of four
Who’s behind it: The executive chef is Justine Kelly, best known for her former role as chef de cuisine at Slated Door, a James Beard Award winning restaurant, and for her appearance on Iron Chef.
Why it’s clean: They are USDA-certified to handle organic products with over 99% organic produce. Their meats and poultry are antibiotic- and hormone-free, sourced from ranchers and farmers who raise animals responsibly, and 100% of their seafood is wild-caught.
Added bonus: Their packaging is both recyclable and compostable. They also give back to the community by supporting organizations like Feeding America and local food banks.
Example meal: Sicilian Chicken and Kale with Green Olives, Capers and Lemon
What you get: Fresh, easy-to-make meals made with simple, nutrient-dense ingredients. You have the ability to choose your plan based on dietary preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free.
What it costs: From $69 a week for 11 items (suggested for an individual person) to $129 a week for 21 items (suggested for families)
Who’s behind it: The Founder and CEO is Ben McKean, the former co-founder and CEO of Savored and former advisor to Plated. He created the company out of a desire to make healthy cooking easier.
Why it’s clean: Everything is plant-centric without preservatives, artificial ingredients, trans fats, refined sugar and empty calories.
Added bonus: All of the items sent can be paired together to create the suggested recipes, or you can go off-menu and create your own meals. You can also choose grab-and-go items (like soups and quinoa cups) that require no preparation on your end.
Example meal: Spicy Black Bean Butternut Noodles
Illustrations by Kayla Moffatt