Have you ever aimlessly wandered around a supermarket, trying to figure out what you need, only to be tempted by countless treats and unhealthy processed foods? And when you’re on a strict diet like paleo, then grocery shopping can become that little bit more problematic.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that shopping and cooking never were a strong point of mine. Half of my bags would be filled with stuff I didn’t need, and when I got home, I’d realize that there were loads of things that my diet didn’t allow.
Creating grocery lists did help, but with limited cooking skills, I really struggled to get all the right ingredients for a paleo-friendly meal.
Fortunately, someone introduced me to meal delivery services, and I have to say, they have made my life so much easier.
In this post, I want to show you some of the ones we have tested over the past year.
Our Top Paleo Meal Delivery Services (2019 Updated)
#1 Sun Basket
#2 Green Chef
#3 Cleaneats Meal Prep
#4 Paleo On The Go Real Food Delivered
#5 Eatology Paleo Zone
1. Sun Basket
The reason I have picked this for the top of the list is mainly down to the very large selection of different meals.
What’s great about Sun Basket is that they don’t just cover paleo meals. If you fancy a vegetarian or even vegan dish for a change, then there are plenty of options.
There is a lot of emphasis on fresh, local, and organic ingredients, which is one of the features that makes this company stand out from the rest.
And for busy families, it’s an ideal solution with plenty of child-friendly recipes.
Now, I have to say that this is an option for people who don’t mind preparing the food, as it isn’t a simple reheat service.
You receive a package with fresh ingredients and instructions on how to prepare them. It’s still a great idea and ideal for people who struggle with grocery shopping rather than food preparation.
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2. Green Chef
This is a favorite with people who really want to make sure that everything they eat is organic. But what I like about it is that everything to make the meal is included, and you learn a lot about cooking from the instructions.
I don’t think they have the largest selection on this list, but I’ve never failed to find something that I really liked the sound and sight of.
If you try this, then I recommend the coconut crusted chicken with a side of sweet potato.
While Green Chef delivers all the ingredients pre-measured, you’ll still need to do a bit of cooking. But I have found that it rarely takes more than 20 to 30 minutes.
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3. Clean Eats Meal Prep
As many reviewers online have commented, you will struggle to run out of new things to try out.
I tend to order my meals in bulk for at least 3 weeks in advance, as it just makes it easier for me to plan, and of course, there are good discounts.
What a lot of people also love is that you can buy from a kids menu with smaller portions, which is great to help families.
The only downside for some people is that the meals are delivered in temperature controlled packaging but not frozen. Ideally, if you plan to buy in bulk, you want to be there at the time of delivery to place the order straight in your freezer.
4. Paleo On The Go
This is another great service that I like to use when I run out of ready prepared meals. Generally, I receive orders within 2 days, but you can also take advantage of the overnight shipping at an extra cost.
The meals are constantly changing, and I found several comments from people who said that after 3 months of trying it, they hadn’t had the same meal twice.
Definitely worth a try and if you like the meals, then try to upgrade to a subscription plan for added convenience.
Check this video by RealWorldAIP to know more about Paleo On The Go.
While all the animal products are sourced from farms where they were humanely raised without hormone and antibiotic treatments, I would still like to see some more organic options as well.
This company claims to have one of the most frequently changing menus, and you can definitely see that on a daily basis.
It’s great if you really want to get something new every day, but what if you really enjoyed an entree and then it’s not on the menu for a while?
I know, first-world problems, right?
Anyway, all the food is prepared by trained chefs, and there is quite a large selection of different meals for the day.
The pricing system is very simple; a medium-size meal costs $10.50 and a large one $12.75.
But you can save a good bit by choosing a subscription or bulk order.
Personally, I’m a sucker for images when it comes to choosing my meals, but with Eatology, it’s all about presenting the ingredients along with nutrition info on the food. Still, it’s a good and reliable service.
6. Factor 75
Next up is a service I know quite a few people use on a regular basis where the main focus is on entrees and a few desserts.
The weekly menus are constantly changing, giving you good choices, and they do taste great.
It involves no cooking, as everything is delivered ready to heat up, which is ideal for very busy people. And if you do like the meals, then make sure you look into some of the bulk order options available.
If you’re very strict with your paleo diet, then you might find that the weekly menu options are a bit limited when compared to the other options above.
7. Kettle Bell Kitchen
This meal-delivery service is great for athletes of all levels, or for anyone with some very specific health and weight loss goals.
All the meals are prepared by trained chefs, and there are quite a few paleo options to choose from.
There is a really good focus on getting the nutritional balance right, and many online reviews, even from performance athletes said they were very happy with the macro balance.
While it’s great that you can pick a meal plan for your physical training goals, you don’t have a huge amount of say about what you get delivered. There was one week where two of my deliveries had butternut squash, which for some reason I just don’t like.
Ready-Made vs Ready To Cook
What you’ve seen on the above list is two types of services.
Firstly, there is a ready-made service, where a meal arrives at your door, and all you have to do is heat it up.
Within 5 minutes, your food is ready to be enjoyed.
Secondly, there is a ready to cook service, where you receive all the ingredients pre-measured, including all the herbs and spices and some simple instructions.
You still have to do some prep work and cooking, but it’s generally very easy.
There’s obviously a price difference to consider, but which option works best for you will depend on whether you have the time to cook.
Are Paleo Frozen Meals Healthy?
Yes, paleo frozen meals are healthy, but I generally stay away from them (1).
The freezing process can break down a lot of the flavors and texture, which ultimately makes for not such a nice experience.
However, when you bulk order and then freeze your delivery at home when it arrives, there is the advantage of significant cost savings. So, make sure you weigh it up for what’s more important to you (2).
Are meal subscription services worth it?
Yes, meal subscription services are worth it, especially if your daily life and routine make it difficult to shop for and prepare the raw ingredients. And when it comes to specialty diets like paleo or keto, such services can make life a lot easier.
Are meal kits cheaper than buying groceries?
No, generally speaking, meal kits are not cheaper than buying groceries fresh in the store. When you factor in the labor and delivery costs, then there really cannot be room to actually make such a service cheaper. But, if you value your time and effort, then it can actually work out in your favor.
Which Service Should You Try Out?
I always recommend Sun Basket to my family, friends, and clients. It’s also the service I use the most because it’s got so many different delicious meals to choose from.
I’ve never been disappointed because I have so much input in what I want for different meals, whether it’s paleo, keto or anything else I might fancy.
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