We’ve all been there. Cooking up healthy meals day in and day out is no easy task – whether you are feeding a family or its just you. Thankfully, meal delivery services that provide fully-cooked, healthy meals at your door step are making it easier than ever to eat well. We sampled four meal delivery companies serving South Florida Fit Food Fresh, DeliverLean, Wholly Kitchen, and Eatsy Miami to see how they stack up.
BY MARIANA RODRIGUES
Voted #1 best diet by Harper’s Bazaar in 2015, DeliverLean offers 100+ items to choose from – all 300-400 calories each. They also feature a complete line of healthy snacks and desserts, cold-pressed organic juices and cleanses, and DLrevAMP, a plant based food detox program.
MENU OPTIONS: Pick and choose from classic, paleo/gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian meals
COST: Weekly, biweekly or monthly plans from 2-5 meals per day; prices vary per plan ($11.95 per meal for 1 week to $9.95 per meal for one month)
DELIVERY: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach; meals are delivered three times a week; delivery fees apply ($18 per week)
THE VERDICT: DeliverLean offers similar flexibility to Fit Food Fresh and has an easy-to-use online interface that allows customers to build their own menu meal-by-meal, week-by-week. Meal cartons also provide nutritional information for those keeping close tabs on their diets.
FIT FOOD FRESH
Fit Food Fresh aims to go beyond “one-size-fits-all” meal plans to provide customers the flexibility to mix-and-match meals. The service now offers 70+ items to choose from – including snacks, juices and desserts – making it easy to create a custom menu that fits both your diet and schedule.
MENU OPTIONS: Pick and choose from gourmet, paleo, vegan and vegetarian meals
COST: Meal plans start at 10 meals a week (average $6-15/meal); prepaid package plans also available for 100-300 meals
DELIVERY: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach; meals are delivered twice a week; delivery fees apply ($15 per week)
THE VERDICT: A great option for those looking for flexibility and variety. Menu items are typically a healthy spin on favorites like tacos or chicken parmigiana. Meal cartons provide nutritional information so you know exactly what you are eating.
After years working in some of Caracas’ and Miami’s best restaurants, Andrea Prado and her partner Loic Hemery started the Wholly Kitchen with the goal of bringing a new kind of healthy to Miami. All “Wholly” meals are dairy-free, sugar-free, unprocessed and organic.
MENU OPTIONS: Pre-set weekly traditional, vegan and paleo meals
COST: 3 meals/day (1 week: $175 or 2 weeks: $332.50) or 5 meals/day (1 week: $250 or 2 weeks: $475); prices vary per meal size (petite, standard, pro)
DELIVERY: Miami-Dade only; meals are delivered daily; delivery fees apply ($25 per week)
THE VERDICT: With daily deliveries, you can be sure you are getting the freshest meal straight out of the oven. Dishes are creative (think Turkey Koftas with Sumac Sauce or smoky butternut squash hash) and will leave you wondering how they make healthy food taste so good. There is a set menu per week, so there is less flexibility than Fit Food Fresh and Deliver Lean.
All Eatsy Miami meals are sourced from local farmer’s markets, cooked from scratch and delivered daily to your doorstep. They also offer their very own healthy treats such as the decadent Greentella, a vegan and gluten-free version of Nutella.
MENU: Pre-set weekly menu of vegetarian and non-vegetarian low-glycemic, high-protein meals
COST: Lunch ($15/meal), dinner ($13/meal), juicing ($10/meal) or snack ($5/meal); weekly prices also available
DELIVERY: Miami-Dade only; meals are delivered daily; delivery fees included in meal costs
THE VERDICT: Again, while the set menu means less flexibility, daily-delivered meals taste fresh and home-cooked. It’s like having your own personal chef without ever having to get the kitchen dirty.
Photo, courtesy of DeliverLean
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After more than 10 years as a communications executive in New York and Paris, Mariana is now thawing in the warm, sunny sands of Miami. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, her love for exploring and writing has taken her all over the world. Curious by nature, she is always on the lookout for her next story.