Hungry and don’t want to cook? Here’s the best nutritional options for meals on-the-go, delivered to your doorstep.
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If your idea of cooking is ordering delivery, you’re in luck. Food services (armed with top chefs, nutritionists, and even laboratories!) are letting more men cook their way—without all of the extra grease, sodium, and oh-so-obvious restaurant belly that are often a packaged delivery deal. “When you have your entire day’s food prepared and ready for you, it helps eliminate temptation,” says Zalmi Duchman, founder and CEO of The Fresh Diet meal delivery service. “Plus, you can learn a lot about portion control and healthy foods, and get introduced to foods you wouldn’t normally buy at the grocery store.”
And as diet delivery services grow more popular, so do the range of options available. Whether you are cutting gluten, preservatives, fat or just trying to eat healthier, there’s an option for you. Here, 8 awesome meal delivery services for your individual eating style.
It's difficult to adopt a vegan diet when you don't have a full-time cook and nutritionist preparing your meals 24/7. That's where Veestro comes in. The service provides organic, plant-based meals and juices for the "overworked and overscheduled individual." Sound like you? It's a convenient solution to your nutrition blunders—and especially helpful if going vegan seems a bit daunting. Choose from their weight loss meal program, a selection of meal packs, or choose individual items (a la carte); Veestro delivers the meals—crafted from all-natural ingredients (read: no preservatives)—straight to your door. Better yet, you can store them in your refrigerator or freezer and simply heat-and-eat. You'll enjoy meals high in protein and fiber, which can replace some or all of your meals throughout the day. More men are making the transition to veganism. Read about our November 2015 cover guy and The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth’s transformation to a plant-based lifestyle. Available nationwide. (Starter pack, $99; 21-Day Kickstart, $189-$549; free shipping on orders $199 or more; veestro.com)
Swear off anything and everything post-Paleolithic with this Whole30 Approved diet delivery service. Every week chef Richard Bradford serves up a new menu of meals, each packing a 5-ounce grass-fed or free-range serving of animal protein and two 7-ounce side dishes of locally sourced vegetables. Options are available for those craving extra protein, no pork, and more. Order as many meals—or a la cart dishes—as you want. They’re all vacuum-sealed for freshness. And, if you live near a participating CrossFit gym, your meals can be delivered there free of charge. Available nationwide. ($90 for 10 meals plus shipping; premadepaleo.com)
Swab your cheek, send in your spit, and get ready for GenoVive’s CLIA-certified lab to get to work. Genetic testing allows the diet delivery system to customize a meal plan based on the macronutrients your individual body needs, as determined by nutrigenomics experts and food scientists. Delivered all together each month, you get six days-worth of preservative-free breakfasts, lunch, dinners, and snacks for each week, as well as omega-3, multivitamin, and probiotic supplements. And if you want to get a post-meal sweat on, the service also supplies you a personalized exercise plan for your genetic profile. Available nationwide (excluding New York, Hawaii, and Alaska). ($450 plus shipping per month; genovive.com)
It doesn’t get much fresher than this. Each day a never frozen, freeze-dried, or vacuum-sealed breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks are delivered to your door, with 40 percent of calories coming from carbohydrates, 30 percent from protein, and 30 percent from healthy fats. You can select each day’s menu online, and by checking off the foods you don’t like or can’t eat, you’ll receive alerts on any off-limits meals so that you can avoid them. For men, daily energy intake ranges from 1,600 to 2,200 calories. Available for daily delivery in major cities nationwide and for twice-weekly delivery nationwide. ($350 for one week plus shipping; thefreshdiet.com)
Get raw! Each week, chef Matt Amsden, author of RAWvolution and The RAWvolution Continues whips up a unique combination of two soups, four entrées, four side dishes, and two desserts—all of which are low-calorie, organic, vegan, and raw. Delivered straight to your door each week, each box packs an average of 240 grams of protein (that’s 48 to 59 grams per day). Gluten-free breads and crusts are made in a food dehydrator and all cheeses and sauces are blended from vegan ingredients. Available nationwide. ($120 plus shipping per box; rawvolution.com)
With up to 65 percent of the service’s daily calories coming from carbohydrates, this service offers more carb-filled options than its competitors. (No wonder why CeeLo Green chose this program to shed his extra poundage.) After you select a 5- or 7-day weekly option, you can select breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and daily snacks from a list of more than 100 options. All pack zero artificial sweeteners, trans fats, MSG, or added preservatives and are delivered once a week. ($150 for five days plus shipping; ediets.com)
From professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, also the author of Thrive Foods, this meal delivery service is focused on high-net-gain nutrition (aka the biggest nutritional bang after digestion). Thrive Foods Direct delivers 5-days-a-week and 7-days-a-week options of plant-based alkaline-forming and energy-maintaining foods. Each delivery contains the week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Available nationwide. ($140 per week with free shipping; thrivefoodsdirect.com)
From board-certified bariatric and family practice physician Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., bistroMD’s 5- and 7-day menus are customized to your individual needs. While someone else (aka a team of dieticians) decides pretty much everything you eat, you can select your preferred ingredients and review your list of entrees before they are shipped to you every week. Each day’s meals for men contain 1,100 to 1,400 calories with 40 to 50 percent coming from lean protein, 20 to 25 percent from healthy fats, and 30 to 35 percent from complex carbohydrates, so it’s ideal for guys (taking in around 2,000 cal or more per day) who want to lose weight in a healthy way. And, if you have any hiccups along the way, the service comes with free dietician support. Available nationwide. ($130, plus shipping after first week, for five days; bistromd.com)