Eat Better, Easier: 20 of the Healthiest Food Subscription Boxes
By Finer Things Contributors
We know one truth to be self-evident in our modern world: not all food is created equal. As the pandemic gripped our hungry nation, seemingly hundreds of companies cropped up almost overnight, each angling to send you a subscription box filled with food.
Therein lies the problem. With so many options, what do you choose, especially when you throw in a few culinary wrenches such as paleo, keto-friendly and gluten-free?
We’ve done the hard work for you. Whether you’re looking for organic meals or just healthy goodies for afternoon snacking, we evaluated a variety of healthy food subscriptions for your healthy dining pleasure.
10 Best Healthy Food Subscriptions
No matter your dietary needs or pandemic cravings, these meal delivery services should satisfy. Skip the grocery store and have high-quality, healthy meals delivered right to your door.
Clean eating delivered. The ready-to-eat meals include teas, supplements, and access to holistic coaching support. The foods are organic, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, and no refined sugar
Pros: Best for a clean-eating lifestyle and subscribers can choose from their cleanse plans as well.
Cons: A bit pricey compared to other options and meals are not as filling as other subscription services. (Read: there’s a lot of salads.) The lowest plan price is $185 for a 2-day trial with 3 meals a day, although you get a 15% discount with a subscription.
This 100% veggies-only meal plan offers an affordable option for vegans, vegetarians or anyone looking to cut their meat consumption. With a wide range of dietary preferences, choose from high-protein, gluten-free, low-calorie, nut-free, soy-free and kosher plans.
Pros: Great for vegetarians and vegans. A weight-loss plan is offered as well.
Cons: If you’re a meat-lover, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
With this many options, it’s no wonder this is on every top meal plan list. Each weekly menu offers plenty of choices. Paleo, Low-carb, Gluten-Free, Clean & Lean, Diabetes-Friendly, Vegetarian, and Pescatarian, Mediterranean. Plus, you can add grocery items to your shipments.
Pros: So many choices and each meal kit come with a beautiful magazine. All proteins are organic and ethnically raised. You can also choose from Fresh & Ready meals or Meal Kits
Cons: Shipping isn’t free, so the meal cost isn’t the full cost. The shipping materials use plenty of wasteful plastic, too.
Starts at $9/serving. A good choice for vegans looking to treat their taste buds or meal planners who want more veggie healthy eating options. With high-protein, gluten-free, quick & easy and Chef’s Choice plans, you can receive three meals a day plus vegan snacks.
Pros: 100% vegan and great for weight loss.
Cons: Restrictive for those who aren’t vegan.
From at $6/serving
Daily Harvest is best for those who like small portions at mealtime, but also a huge variety. With oat and chia bowls, soups, superfood bites, lattes, harvest bowls, flatbreads, plenty of goodness in each box.
Pros: Easily stored in the freezer, and fast to prepare. Great for weight loss and curbing hunger pangs.
Cons: Not for those wanting heartier or full-size meals.
From at $10.50/serving
These delightful meal kits each come with new, easy recipes and all the organic pre-measured ingredients, sauces, and spices you’ll need. Choose from Keto+Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Powered plans.
Pros: Great vegetarian, vegan, and Keto plans to customize to your dietary needs. The sauce recipes are particularly tasty!
Cons: Reviewers found the pricing system confusing, and the pricing expensive especially considering some recipes didn’t live up to the hype.
Healthy, organic, macro-balanced pre-made meals for fitness lovers, created by fitness pros. Choose from Macro counter, Keto, Vegan, Clean Meal, Paleo, Classic, and Vegetarian meal plans.
Pros: A good variety of dietitian and professional-chef-created meals, and includes snacks.
Cons: You can’t choose your individual meals. Meals are priced similarly to other boxes on our healthy list around $10 per meal.
At the top of most healthy food subscription boxes, all meal plans include breakfast and will even ship eggs (a rarity). Every week has 25 recipes to choose from, which is a big variety in the subscription meal space.
Pros: Very affordable and still delicious. The recipes are simple enough for picky eaters.
Cons: Theirs isn’t the easiest website to navigate, and the packaging is plentiful with waste.
Created with Martha Stewart’s best recipes, these fast, easy meals will keep foodies happy. Choose from family-friendly, low-carb, and vegetarian options. Each week has 29 different meal options, so you build a menu you love.
Pros: Proven, delicious recipes from a master you know and trust already.
Cons: Cooking and preparing aren’t as easy as others. Shipping isn’t free, either.
Starting at $5/serving
Despite being one of the most affordable meal subscription boxes, these meal kits are still high-quality. Using digital recipe cards and recipes with fewer ingredients helps keep costs low.
Pros: Very budget-friendly, and you can choose kid-friendly, low-calorie, vegetarian and gluten-free kits.
Cons: Dinnerly is only available in some states, so it might not be available near you.
10 Best Snack Subscription Boxes
Snacking doesn’t have to be limited just to granola and carrot sticks. When you feel the need to graze, skip the chips and choose healthy snacks instead Subscribers love these creative monthly boxes, with high-quality treats.
The Keto Box
Containing low-carb treats, nut butter, smoked beef, skinny pasta, beverages, and even condiments and baking ingredients. Customers will have access to a Keto consultant after the purchase of a second box.
These snacks are curated by a trainer and offer an assortment of the best healthy snacks from around the world. Non-GMO, high in protein, low in sugar, gluten-free, and organic.
Healthy Me Living
Chosen by a certified health coach, these snack boxes include granola bars, gummy snacks, popcorn, and other treats. Tasty even without artificial ingredients, corn syrup, trans fats, or GMO.
Choose between two box sizes, and receive curated items including supplements, superfoods, beverages, trail mixes, granolas, nut butter, and even grass-fed jerky.
Paleo by Maileo
Each box contains gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free snacks, sweets and some ingredients (sauces/spreads), and an occasional personal care product.
With such creative box combinations as the “Less Stress Box” or “Allergen-free Box”, you can also choose gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, Paleo, keto-friendly, and vegan options.
Love With Food
$8 to $25/month
Organic snack boxes including protein bars, nuts, fruit treats, bean chips, and more, you can also choose from gluten-friendly options.
All snacks are gluten-free, GMO-free, soy-free, and grain-free. Sweets, drinks, chocolates and exotics are fun additions. Choose from two vegan boxes or a Paleo box.
Vegan Cuts Snack Box
All vegan snacks including items like Plant Milk (made with peas!), yummy teas, sweet allergen-free chocolate chip oat bar.
Organic and non-GMO snacks and beverages such as snack bars, nuts, and dried meats. You can choose gluten-free, diet, and vegan boxes as well.
Healthy Foods Delivered
In a world where eating bad food is cheap and tempting and anxiety can be found around every corner, eating well can be hard sometimes.
But the options above make it easier to add healthy meals and snacks to your everyday routine. Beyond that, a quality meal kit or snack service can have an enduring impact on your health by introducing you to new flavors, food choices and even instilling new cooking techniques. So go ahead, order away.
If you’d rather keep cooking at home, we have 45 recipes to keep it different every night.
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