I’ve always loved meal delivery services, because it reduces food waste, and even if some kits require a lot of prep work, at least you’re eating a fresh meal. And even though I love to cook, there are weeks when, between a more-than-full-time job and an infant, I just want someone to give me a low carb meal delivery with exactly the ingredients I need, no more, no less. And I want it to taste good.
Finding low carb meal delivery services is difficult, and finding keto ones is even harder. So I’m always on the watch and have tried a fair number of them. Some deem themselves as Paleo friendly, but then they’re stuffing you with quinoa and pineapple, and that’s no good either. I’d even be happy with one that regularly has meat and salad, or meat and zoodles, or meat and cauliflower mash. I know it’d get repetitive, but I could get into it.
So just in case you’ve been looking around like me (or even better, have found something that works for you and can comment to let me know!) I decided to review the menus of some of the popular sites, and come up with my top three low carb meal delivery services. (Updated 9/29/2018)
Ketoned Bodies – $15 per serving
KB sent me a box of 14 meals to try out and overall I think it’s a fine offering for those on a keto diet, and one of the very few low carb meal delivery services that is 100% keto! While I tend to enjoy cooking and taking the “hard road” to keto, my husband in particular (also on keto), devoured these meals. They arrive pre-made and frozen. While they recommend cooking everything in the oven (around 30 minutes) we found many of them tasted fine in the microwave when we were short on time. Although I didn’t particularly love all of the sides, the mains were very good. As for a top three, we both loved the Chiles Verdes Chicken Thighs, Ribeye with Bacon Buttered Brussels, and the Lamb Curry Shepards Pie. I think KB would be great for someone single who is on keto, busy, and who was already eating freezer meals before keto and enjoys the convenience.
Green Chef – $14.99 per serving
What I like about Green Chef is that they have a keto plan, but what I don’t like about Green Chef is that some of the “keto-friendly” options are in the 20 carb range. They used to be my top pick for this list, because I like that they use organic products, they include nutrition facts, and they already had a few keto-ish meals before they started their keto plan. I do still think this is a good option for keto-ers and they seem to be absorbing some of the feedback from the keto community. See the menu here and save $40 on your first order.
Plated – $12 per serving
When I say I love Plated, I mean I REALLY love Plated. All of the recipes I’ve tried have been creative and delicious, and unlike others, their produce is almost always very fresh. In some other boxes I’ve legit had to toss half the ingredients because they were rotten. Gross. Not the case with Plated.
When looking at this week’s menu (which has seven dishes to choose from), I could find only one low-carb item on the menu: Greek Beeftekia with Feta and Kalamata Olives. This lack of options is what I’ve experienced regularly, which is why I’m not a subscriber anymore.
Another negative of Plated (at least when it comes to eating low carb) is that now that they’re super popular, they “sell out” of certain dishes. So even if I decided to opt into Plated for the one meal a week that is low-carb friendly, it might be sold out. And back I am at the grocery store, defeating the purpose. So I love Plated, but it’s not low-carb or Paleo-friendly. They also only list calories, not carbs as their nutrition facts, and some of the below options list the complete card of facts.
HelloFresh – $10.75 per serving
HelloFresh is another box I’ve tried and although I liked it, I did run into a few rotten ingredients, and the recipes weren’t as straight-forward as Plated’s were. I also think Plated has better packaging and insulation. The meals were all good though.
What I don’t love about HelloFresh is meal selection. You get two choices: the classic box, or the veggie box. Since we can’t have soy and we need protein, our option is the classic box. It’s $69 for three meals (per week). Unfortunately none of the options this week were low carb. In the following week, they had zucchini noodle lasagna, but even that recipe had 40 carbs. Ouch. That’s two days of carbs, no thank you.
But what I love is that they offer a full-fledged nutrition fact card which is important to us low-carbers when making decisions about our meals.
HomeChef – $9.95 per serving
HomeChef is the first real low-carb friendly meal delivery service I could find, but at the time of this writing, unfortunately, I couldn’t find a single zip code that it delivered to (tried Boston, San Francisco, Providence), other than New York City.
Basically, you go in, and select your food preferences, and not only is Paleo an option, but there’s a further option to suggest low-carb dishes. When I ran through the tool, I ended up with three almost perfectly keto dishes I could order.
Unlike HelloFresh, it doesn’t display nutrition facts on the site, but it does on the recipe cards, which you can download from the site. And three almost perfect keto dishes is better than 0 keto dishes. When I looked at next week’s menu, I found three more that appeared to be keto friendly. And the week following there were two.
Gobble – $13.95 per serving
Gobble is still limited delivery like most of the new dinner kit startups, but I had high hopes for this one. They’re marketed as 10-minute dinner kits which sounded amazing because all the ones above tend to take thirty minutes to an hour (or more.) And I love to cook, but the 10-minute meals sounded intriguing! Unfortunately, no low-carb options were available while I was reviewing. Just the regular filler sides: pasta, rice and potato.
Blue Apron – $9.99 per serving
Blue Apron used to be a bit of a dictatorship. If you wanted one of their boxes, you’ll be forced into one chicken, one beef, and one fish dish every week. That’s why I never tried them. Well balanced, but dude, I’m not the fish-type. Now you can say you don’t want fish, but they’ll give you a vegetarian dish instead. I looked through four weeks of meals and couldn’t find a single low-carb dish. On to the next one.
Marley Spoon – $8.90 per serving
Marley Spoon is another fresh startup in the dinner kit world. And gosh their items sure do look tasty, but again, nothing low-carb friendly. They did have some grilled lamb chops and green beans which looked amazing, but we all know how big lamb chops are, and the main side was a giant corn of cob. If I got a giant corn of cob I don’t think I’d be able to stop myself from lathering it in butter and chowing down. In the following week, they did have a skirt steak romaine salad, but that’s not really something most people need a recipe card for, or to pay $8.90 per person for.
Peach Dish – $12.50 per serving
Peach Dish had a few options. The chicken breast, walnut, and snow pea salad recipe includes sugar, but I’d have just omitted it. The chicken fundita looked pretty good, and low carb. What I LOVE is that they do breakfast too, so you could order ingredients for a sweet pepper frittata too, or add a couple breasts of chicken or steak to your order if you want to make a bigger meal (or just so you can skip grocery shopping – yay!) In my opinion, if they keep it up with the low carb options, these perks would make it a win for me. Unfortunately I looked into future weeks and didn’t have the same success. I also didn’t find the ordering process to be very user-friendly. Sigh.
Munchery – $9.95 – $13.95 per serving
Munchery is only available in New York, San Francisco and Seattle, but the first thing that caught my eye was the whole-roasted lemon and herb chicken. Of all the meal / ingredient delivery services, this was a first. They’re like eff the sides, we’re gonna give you a whole fricking chicken and that’s it. And you’re gonna love it.
But dammit, this was the only low carb dish I found. HOWEVER I appreciate that they offer nutrition facts.
Chef’d – $14 – $19.50 per serving
Chef’d calls themselves a “meal store,” and there are TONS of keto-friendly meals you can order (well, it’s just the ingredients, you cook at home). Some of my favorites were the chicken with tarragon, 40 cloves of garlic chicken, chicken en papilotte and chicken w/ goat cheese. So what’s the catch? The meals are $28-$40 for two, and you still have to make them. The recipes are made by famous chefs like Scott Conant and publications like Women’s Health and Men’s Health, but it’s eons more expensive than the other services. But you have a better selection. And nutrition facts are available.
After lots of research, and lots of cardboard boxes of food delivered to my house, you’re probably wondering which low carb meal delivery services I’d recommend, right? Regardless of location, here are my top picks:
- Green Chef – I like that the ingredients are organic and they have keto options. I have definitely had a box where I had to throw the whole thing away due to poor packaging, though. And they have a keto menu that I am hoping they will listen to their customers about more often.
- Home Chef – From what I can tell, another solid choice with good variety of items week to week that a keto person would be able to eat and cook. Nutrition facts are also available on the recipe cards.
Do you have anything to add about low carb meal delivery services? I’d LOVE to hear your suggestions/recommendations in the comments!