You Don’t Need to Be a Chef to Eat Like One

You are a busy person. You want to be health conscious, but when dinner time rolls around, cooking can sometimes feel like a burden. It’s so easy to reach for your phone and order delivery. This gets expensive over time. Plus, usually, when you order take-out, you aren’t making the healthiest choices.

What if you could have healthy meals prepared and delivered?

It may seem way too good to be true. Having healthy, delicious meals every day is something only fancy people like Gweneth Paltrow can afford… right?

Wrong!

Meal delivery apps have become a staple in our culture. Yes, they do require a bit more of an investment than weekly trips to the grocery store. However, when you subscribe, you’ll receive healthy meals ready for you to enjoy. This will take the guesswork out of the equation. No longer will you have to struggle to find a healthy meal every night or be a slave to meal prepping.

Here are some of our favorite meal delivery services that are as delicious and nutritious as if a personal chef made them for you.

Thistle

Cost: Starting at $42/week or $11.50/meal.

What you get: Fully prepared, ready-to-eat meals with options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Where is it available: All of California and parts of Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada.

Thistle takes a plat forward approach to curating its delicious and nutritious menu. Perfect for vegans or anyone who wants to begin incorporating more plant-based foods into their diet. All meals with thistle are also completely gluten and dairy free, which makes it a great option for those who suffer from allergies. You can set even more dietary requirements once you set up an account.

Thistle changes their menu seasonally and sources organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Not only is this better for you, but it’s also better for the planet.

What we love: Thistle makes it easy to make a plan for your entire week quickly. This way, you can make healthy choices without having to give them too much thought. They also include snacks and have delicious pressed juices.

Who it’s best for: Since meals are already prepared you don’t have to do any cooking! This is best for on-the-go people who don’t have time to cook or pack a lunch. Vegans. Those who are dairy and/or gluten intolerant.

Factor

Cost: $11/meal with a discount offered if you bundle.

What you get: Flexible menus based on diet preference. Full prepared, ready-to-eat, chef-centered meals. This kit is focused on dinner.

Where is it available: All 48 contiguous states (just not Alaska and Hawaii).

Factor is focused on curating chef-forward meals to make healthy eating more attainable. They provide meals specific to diet preferences and have an entire menu devoted to those who practice keto. They focus on helping you develop and maintain healthy habits and have nutrition coaches available to help you meet your goals.

What we love: Factor makes it easy to meet your macros. After a long session at the gym, the last thing you want to do is spend time chopping and prepping a healthy meal. Factor does all the work for you so getting the calories you need to crush your goals is a breeze.

Who it’s best for: Those who want the ease of fully prepared meals. People following a ketogenic diet. People with specific weight loss or gain goals could benefit from the help of their nutrition coaches.

Green Chef

Cost: about $7/portion depending on how many people they serve and how many meals you choose per week.

What you get: 3-4 recipes per week with pre-portioned ingredients and instructions.

Where is it available: All 48 contiguous states (just not Alaska and Hawaii).

Unlike the other two services listed here, Green Chef does require some preparation. All ingredients are pre-measured and pre-cut. They also portion out the perfect amount of necessary seasoning for every meal. This means you can have a restaurant-worthy dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. They have options for a variety of dietary preferences, including vegan/vegetarian, keto, and even Mediterranean.

What we love: Green Chef helps teach you how to prepare healthy meals. They source health-forward organic ingredients and take the guesswork out of what’s for dinner. Unlike single portion premade meals, Green Chef provides ingredients for 2-4 portions.

Who it’s best for: People who enjoy cooking but hate all the fuss of doing groceries and chopping vegetables. Couples and families who are looking to broaden their culinary horizons. People who enjoy spending time in the kitchen and are eager to learn new techniques. People who like to have leftovers for the next day.

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