The 8 Best Vegan Meal Delivery Services of 2020, According to a Dietitian

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Can I Order Meal Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

We're continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation with regards to whether or not some meal delivery services will be altering their operation schedules, geographic restrictions, and/or frequency of shipments. As of now, most meal delivery services seem to be operating under a normal schedule, expanding inventory to continue to provide meals, are complying with FDA regulations, and are monitoring CDC recommendations closely. However, there are a handful of companies (and we have noted them below) who have had to scale back deliveries and are having delays of one to two weeks. 


A Note from a Medical Professional:

"Meal delivery services (and restaurants doing take out/delivery) should be following the same precautions for their employees that are recommended for other businesses: social distancing, frequent hand washing, frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces, etc. Coronavirus is thought to be spread primarily through direct contact and inhalation of respiratory droplets from infected persons, rather than through infected items."


 – Anju Goel, MD, MD, MPH, Verywell Health Medical Review Board Member

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Veestro

"You can choose plans based on preferences such as high-protein, gluten-free, or customer favorites."

Best Budget: Fresh n' Lean

"Meals are built around a variety of vegan protein options such as organic tofu, beans, and quinoa."

Best Frozen: Daily Harvest

"The taste, attention to nutrient-dense ingredients, and variety of products are sure to please."

Best for On-The-Go: VegReady

"Meals stay fresh for over 12 months without refrigeration."

Best Organic: Sakara

"Sakara’s meals not only taste delicious, but lift your mood, improve digestion, and give you clear skin."

Best for Gluten-Free: Splendid Spoon

"Vegans love Splendid Spoon, as they can pair a soup with roasted chickpeas or pumpkin seeds for an enhanced flavor."

Best for Dietary Restrictions: Purple Carrot

"Purple Carrot makes navigating dietary restrictions easy by offering low-carb, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and high-protein menu options."

Best Anti-Inflammatory: Urban Remedy

"In addition to nourishing meals and snacks, customers can order raw, 100% grain-, gluten-, dairy- and white sugar-free desserts that are divine."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Veestro

Veestro

Veestro

Veestro is a 100% plant-based company that delivers prepared meals using organic ingredients. Consumers can choose between 10, 20, and 30 meals per week and filter meals by gluten-free, high-protein, or customer favorites.

Meals last up to eight weeks in the freezer, and up to one week in the fridge, while prices per dish start around $10 to $11 depending on how many you purchase. Choose from items like golden chickpea stew, kale and quinoa salad, portobello steak dinner, and more. Reviewers of the service suggest spicing up dishes with condiments and seasoning to make them as flavorful as possible.

For those interested in weight loss, Veestro offers specific five- or seven-day weight loss plans based on consuming 1,200 calories per day. Some reviewers reported losing up to six pounds over two weeks with the weight loss meals, however, it is important to note that everyone responds differently to diet changes.

Best Budget: Fresh n' Lean

Fresh n Lean

Fresh n Lean

Fresh n' Lean makes eating vegan easy, accessible, and delicious. At around $9 per meal, the vegan plan is a steal for locally-grown, organic, whole-food, and nutrient-dense ingredients. Dishes are prepared and delivered fresh, never frozen, and last for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Customers can choose from one, two, or three meals per day, can subscribe weekly for five or seven days, or choose a la carte options. Dishes are built around a variety of vegan protein options such as organic tofu, beans, and quinoa, with menus changing weekly. Sample plates include herb-roasted tofu with dill and caper aioli, brown rice with pesto veggies, and sesame pasta salad.

In addition to being plant-based, all meals are gluten-free, and a large portion of ingredients are organic. For those with food allergies, up to three ingredients can be excluded from meals without a change in portion size. If you're a pickier eater, Fresh n' Lean also makes it easy to customize your meals with the a la carte option. Every ingredient used is free of GMOs, and Fresh n' Lean plans its menus based on seasonality. 

Best Frozen: Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest delivers delicious, vegan meals with pre-chopped, farm-frozen fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, superfoods, and spices. Ninety-five percent of the ingredients used are organic, plus, Daily Harvest always uses organic for ingredients that appear on the Environmental Working Group's "dirty dozen" list (the most pesticide-affected fruits and vegetables): strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomato, celery, potatoes, and bell peppers. The taste, attention to nutrient-dense ingredients, and variety of products are sure to please.

If you're looking for something nutritious and filling, try the oat or chia bowls, but keep in mind each cup contains two servings. Smoothie cups contain single servings and, some, like the cacao avocado, are higher in plant-based protein than the more green- and fruit-forward options. Harvest bowls act as excellent side dishes or can function as a main if you add an egg, a few extra veggies, or a small portion of high-protein grains.

Meals are delivered frozen and can be prepared in less than five minutes. Customers can choose between weekly deliveries of six, nine, 12, or 24 cups, or monthly deliveries of 24 cups. A 24-pack brings the cost to approximately $7, a steal especially considering smoothies can cost up to $12 dollars at high-end shops.

Best for On-The-Go: VegReady

Veg Ready

 Veg Ready

VegReady offers 100% vegan meals with no refrigeration needed, making these the perfect option for those who are always on-the-go. These meals stay fresh for over 12 months without refrigeration or chemical preservatives, and there is no cooking required.

Using a technology known as "retort," ingredients are heated to the appropriate temperature within a sealed container. As long as the container remains sealed, the food can last in a cabinet for up to 12 months. Each case of meals consists of 24 dishes—equivalent to eight complete meals. For each meal, there are three components: one main tray, one side, and one sauce. Quinoa or lentils make up the main tray of the meal, and side dishes consist of items such as Spanish ratatouille, piquillo pepper hummus, or grilled caponata and lentils.

Though each VegReady box is designed to include everything necessary to assemble a complete meal, you can also use different parts of each box to complete a dish if you're short on cooking time. For example, you can add prepped quinoa to a salad for a protein boost, or use hummus as the base of a sandwich. 

Best Organic: Sakara

Sakara

Sakara

Sakara is an organic meal delivery program offering customers prepped, ready-to-eat meals and snacks. One of the more expensive delivery options, Sakara puts an emphasis on quality.

Rooted in a whole-food, plant-rich diet that includes fresh, healthy ingredients, Sakara has created nine pillars of nutrition that every meal is built on: no calorie counting (meals do not feature nutrition information), plant protein, eat your water, greens, good fats, eat the rainbow, nutrient density, sulfur-rich veggies, and body intelligence. Under the advisement of renowned medical doctors, Sakara’s meals not only taste delicious, but lift your mood, improve digestion, and give you clear skin.

You can choose between three or five days of the signature program, and decide whether you want one, two, or three meals; a five-day organic, whole-food, plant-based cleanse with the level II detox; or a program for brides with four consecutive weeks of clean, organic, ready-to-eat meals. Programs range from $75 (one meal delivered, three days a week) to $1,395 (the bridal program, three meals for 20 days). 

Best for Gluten-Free: Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon

With a focus on soups, smoothies and grain bowls, Splendid Spoon is an ideal meal delivery service if you're looking for vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO options. With three plan choices, you can choose between breakfast and lunch, just lunch, or their "breakfast, lunch and reset plan" that includes five smoothies, five soups, and one full-day reset.

After ordering the first week of meals, you can then decide how you'd like to customize your order and the dishes you prefer. It's important to note that most meals are less than 200 calories per serving and contain two servings per container. Choose from plates like a sweet potato quinoa bowl, pumpkin pear bisque, coconut curry rice bowl, and more. And, pair one of Splendid Spoon's soups with roasted chickpeas or pumpkin seeds for a more flavorful meal.

Grain and soup bowls last for one week in the refrigerator and for one month in the freezer. Plans range from $65 to $135, and you can choose from the "lunch box," "breakfast, lunch + reset," or "breakfast and lunch" options.

Best for Dietary Restrictions: Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot

As of March 23rd, 2020, Purple Carrot wants to reassure customers that despite the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the service will continue to deliver meals to customers as scheduled.

Finding vegan recipes that can accommodate soy, nut, and/or gluten restrictions can be difficult, but Purple Carrot makes navigating dietary regimens easy. With low-carb, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and high-protein menu options, there's something for everyone.

Purple Carrot ships pre-portioned ingredients and recipe cards so you can just cook and plate your food. You can choose from meal boxes for two or four servings. If you opt for the two-serving plan, you can choose a high-protein menu that contains meals with 20 or more grams of plant-based protein per serving.

Soy-free menu options include delicious recipes such as black bean avocado melts and West African peanut stew with swiss chard and quinoa, while gluten-free options include Indonesian street noodles with eggplant and gai lan and a winter caesar salad with roasted root vegetables and butter beans.

In addition to dinners, consumers can choose add-on options for lunch, breakfast, and snacks. Breakfasts and lunches are designed to be prepared in five minutes and can be enjoyed on-the-go. Each breakfast extra contains four servings, and each lunch add-on has two servings. Breakfasts start at $4.49 per serving, while lunches start at $8.99 per serving. 

Best Anti-Inflammatory: Urban Remedy

Urban Remedy

Urban Remedy

Urban Remedy stands out for its organic, locally-sourced, ready-to-eat meals, juices, and snacks. Founded by acupuncturist and holistic healer, Neka Pasquale, Urban Remedy’s mission is to help its customers eat consciously and live vibrantly.

The company's foods feature low-glycemic and anti-inflammatory ingredients designed to boost energy, improve mood, and ease digestion. In addition to nourishing meals and snacks, customers can order raw, 100% grain-, gluten-, dairy- and white sugar-free desserts that are divine. Menu options include Thai veggie noodles, a winter salad, a raw cacao mousse, and more.

Urban Remedy's meal plans cost between $165 to $340 based on the package, and individual items are priced out depending on ingredients and meal-type. In addition to anti-inflammatory and metabolism meal plans, you can purchase a meal plan curated by supermodel Kate Upton, or one inspired by Cindy Crawford.

Currently, you can find Urban Remedy’s meals at Whole Foods and health food stores on the East and West Coast. If you'd prefer to order your meal plan online, you can have your dishes delivered overnight. And, Urban Remedy ships nationwide.

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