These are the meal delivery services that make eating healthy easier

Ellie Conley
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Eating a nutritious meal that actually leaves you full and satisfied is easier said than done. After all, to know exactly what’s going into your food, you need to cook it yourself. If you need a little help with cooking and achieving the fullness-factor, check out these health-focused meal delivery services.

These kits and services can help you prepare well-balanced, nutritious meals focused on whole foods. If you follow a specific diet like vegetarian, gluten-free or low-carb, that’s available, too.

Meals average at about $8 per serving depending on the brand, which is about the same price of a Big Mac meal at McDonald’s. Yes, you have to cook it yourself, but most meals take under 30 minutes to prepare. Actually, a few brands on this list delivered pre-cooked meals that just need to be heated.

All services ship on a weekly basis, but may be skipped, paused or canceled if you’re not going to be home or just aren’t feeling it.

If you’re trying to eat more whole foods and order less takeout, one of these meal delivery services could help you out.

1. Sun Basket, $8.99+ per serving

Credit: Sun Basket
Credit: Sun Basket

Current Deal: New customers can sign up for emails and get $35 off, plus four free gifts and free shipping on their first order.

Sun Basket‘s motto is “eat clean, feel great.” These chef-created meals feature organic produce and dietitian-approved ingredients, according to the website. You’ll never get bored of the offerings as the service’s large menu changes every week. However, you can also choose a custom meal plan with meals that follow a specific diet, including vegetarian, gluten-free, diabetes-friendly, carb-conscious, Mediterranean and more.

Sun Basket offers meals for every time of day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You can also do your grocery shopping for other things like proteins, veggies and dip, sweet treats and more.

Choose between its Fresh & Ready meals, which are already cooked and simply need heating up, or its meal kits, which offer pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes.

The Fresh & Ready meals start at $8.99 per serving, while the meal kits start at $10.99 per serving.

2. Blue Apron, $6.66+ per serving

Credit: Blue Apron
Credit: Blue Apron

Current Deal: New customers get $60 off — $20 off each of the first three boxes.

Blue Apron is one of the pioneers in meal delivery kits and offers delicious, yet easy-to-make meals. For the new year, however, the brand is offering a new “Wellness for Two” package.

The package costs the same as the Signature for Two and Vegetarian for Two packages ($6.66 per serving) but features balanced, nutritionist-approved meals. Some of the wellness meals include sheet pan chipotle pork roast and veggies, garlic and olive tilapia and ponzu-sesame tofu and vegetables.

Choose two to three recipes each week from the menu, and get ready to eat well.

3. Hello Fresh, $7.49+ per serving

Credit: Hello Fresh
Credit: Hello Fresh

Current Deal: Save $90 in total over your first four orders, plus get free shipping on the first box.

Hello Fresh is an In The Know-editor favorite — several team members rave about its deliciousness. Out of all the meal kits, this one likely offers the largest menu with the biggest variety for the lowest price. Choose from 22 vegetarian, kid-friendly, gourmet, one-pan, 20-minute meals and more each week.

For the new year, Hello Fresh is also offering a low-calorie plan with meals that average 600 calories and take only 30 minutes to make. Some of the “calorie smart meals” include Tex Mex turkey bowls, ginger shrimp with katsu sauce and roasted garlic and zucchini flatbreads.

You can select a plan of three to five recipes per week for two to four people, all starting at $7.49 per serving. Healthcare workers get a special deal: 50 percent off the first box, plus 15 percent off all boxes over the rest of the year.

4. Freshly, $8.49+ per meal

Credit: FreshlyFit
Credit: FreshlyFit

Current Deal: New customers get $30 off.

If cooking isn’t your favorite thing but you’re trying too avoid takeout, give Freshly a try. The brand provides chef-cooked meals perfectly portioned for one person that can be heated in the microwave. Meals are ready in just three minutes!

Recently, the brand also launched FreshlyFit. FreshlyFit meals have an average of 14 grams of net carbs, over 30 grams of protein and 550 calories or less. Some of the meals include a keto-friendly chicken bowl, chicken parm and Buffalo chicken.

Choose four, six, 10 or 12 meals from the menu of 30-plus meals each week, starting at $8.49 per meal. If you’re a student, you can set up a Student Beans account to get 15 percent off any meal plan for four weeks.

5. Daily Harvest, $5.99–$8.99 per item

Credit: Daily Harvest
Credit: Daily Harvest

Current Deal: Get $25 off your first box with our exclusive discount code, ITK25.

Daily Harvest isn’t exactly a meal delivery kit, but rather a meal delivery service requiring no cooking — just heat up or blend. All foods are gluten-free, plant-based and made with whole ingredients. It not only tastes good, but is good for you. Some of its products includes smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, flatbreads, oat bowls, lattes, ice cream and more.

Recently, Daily Harvest launched Mylk, a frozen almond dairy alternative to blend into its smoothies (and other products) to make it extra creamy. It takes up less space than a regular carton of milk — and lasts much longer, too.

Some In The Know staff favorites include the Cold Brew and Cacao Smoothie, Cauliflower and Leek Stew, the Cacao Nib and Vanilla Bites (they taste like cookie dough!) and the Tomatillo and Pepper Flatbread made with a sweet potato crust.

Choose a box of nine, 14 or 24 items priced between $5.99 and $8.99 each. Orders with 14 items get $10 off, while the 24-box offers $20 off. You can choose to receive a box weekly or the largest one monthly.

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