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5 Keto And Low Carb Meal Delivery Services That Make Special Diets Easier | Forbes

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Meal prepping—or preparing your meals in advance so you always have something healthy to eat—makes it remarkably easier to stick to a keto or low-carb diet. While the practice sounds great in theory, not everyone has the extra hours to set aside for shopping and cooking (and let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t want to spend your free time on Sunday at the grocery store and then in the kitchen—and that’s OK). Thanks to these keto meal delivery services, you don’t have to.

When it comes to low carb meal delivery, you have a couple of options: You can order prepped, heat-and-eat meals that are fully cooked and only need a few minutes of reheating in the microwave (you can heat them in the oven instead, but you’ll need around 20-30 minutes). Or, you can order meal kits that come with pre-portioned ingredients. All you have to do is follow a recipe and then cook, so it’s still a huge timesaver.

Despite the growing popularity of the keto diet, there still aren’t many options when it comes to keto meal delivery. Fortunately, these five picks offer everything you need.

Best Overall

  • Price: $11.00 to $15.00
  • Meal type: Prepped meals (heat and eat)

Factor_ (formerly Factor75) was one of the first keto meal delivery services on the scene. Starting with only real ingredients that are free of GMOs and artificial preservatives, the meal creators behind Factor_ make ready-to-eat meals like Jalapeño Popper Burgers and Chicken a la Vodka over zucchini noodles. All meats are ethically produced—the beef is grass-fed, the chicken is antibiotic-free and pigs are pasture-raised. While not always, ingredients are sourced locally and organically grown, whenever possible.

You can start with as few as four meals per week, or go up to 18 meals weekly. Prices range from $11.00 to $15.00 per meal, depending on which plan you pick. You can also opt for keto-friendly add ons, like grass-fed beef bone broth, turmeric wellness shots, and cocoa peanut butter truffles. If you’re not strict keto, or you’re feeding a carb-eater in your household, you can also choose from other diet conscious meals, like paleo, low-calorie, vegetarian and dairy-free (to name a few).


Best for Higher Carb Allowances

  • Price: $8.49 to $11.49 per meal
  • Meal type: Prepped meals (heat and eat)

FreshlyFit is a healthier meal delivery option from the creators of Freshly. All meals are macronutrient-balanced and crafted by nutritionists with energy and performance in mind. When you’re browsing through the keto and paleo menu options, you can click on a meal to see the breakdown of carbs, protein, fat and calories. Head’s up: The nutrition facts don’t give values for fiber, so you may need to reach out directly for more specific info. All meals are also gluten-free and prepared in a certified gluten-free kitchen.

You can choose from more than a dozen meals, like Zoodles and Turkey Meatballs and Oven-Baked Chicken Florentine, that rotate weekly. Like with Factor_, the meals are fully prepped and ready to cook—all you have to do is put them in the microwave or oven, your choice. Plans start at four meals per week and go up to 12 meals weekly. The prices range from $8.49 to $11.49 per meal, and shipping costs are added at checkout.

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Best Keto Meal Kit

  • Price: $10.49 to $11.99 per serving
  • Meal type: Meal kit (ingredients arrive pre-portioned, but you have to prepare and cook meals)

Unlike the others on this list, Green Chef delivers keto meal kits, rather than fully-prepped meals. If you like to cook, but just don’t have the time to go grocery shopping and divvy out ingredients for your meals, this is the answer you’re looking for. When you sign up for Green Chef, you can choose the Keto + Paleo meal plan, which features grain-free, gluten-free meals that make it easy to watch your carb intake. Meal options rotate every week (you can see what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks, too) and you can choose from recipes like Chicken Con Queso and Creamy Shrimp Primavera. Green Chef is also a certified organic company, so all ingredients are sourced as responsibly and ethically as possible.

When building your box, you let Green Chef know whether you’re feeding two, four or six people and if you want three or four meals per week. The prices will adjust accordingly, from $10.49 to $11.99 per serving.


Best for High-Protein Keto Meals

  • Price: $13.79 to $15.49 per meal
  • Meal type: Prepped meals (heat and eat)

If you take a look at the macros in these meals, it’s apparent that Trifecta knows a thing or two about the keto diet. All of these ready-to-eat meals average a keto-friendly macronutrient profile of 9 grams of net carbs, 35 grams of fat and 41 grams of protein. And unlike the other options on this list, Trifecta offers breakfast and lunch options in addition to main entrees. When you sign up for Trifecta, you can choose how many meals you want—up to 28 per week—and whether you want to receive them five days a week or go for the full seven.

While the price is a little higher than the others—they start at $13.79 per serving and go up to $15.49—all keto meals are made with grass-fed meat and sustainably caught seafood and ingredients are sourced as locally as possible. The rotating weekly menu also utilizes seasonal ingredients for meals like a Turkey Bacon Cheddar Frittata and Grilled Salmon with Pesto. Plus, you get free shipping every time.


Best Keto Meal Delivery for More Than Dinner

  • Price: $10.78 to $15.18 per meal
  • Meal type: Prepped meals (heat and eat)

Fresh n’ Lean offers a keto meal plan that’s low in net carbs, full of healthy fats and made with sustainably-sourced proteins. Like most others on this list, you can choose from an ever-changing menu that includes basic fare, like Beef Sloppy Joes, as well as more advanced meals, like Cuban Ground Beef Encebollado. Fresh n’ Lean also offers limited breakfast and lunch options.

You can choose from any combination of plans—dinner only, lunch and dinner, breakfast, lunch and dinner, breakfast only—and whether you want them delivered five or seven days per week. You can also select up to three ingredients, like elk, seafood or eggs, to exclude from your meal plan due to allergies or personal preferences. All meals are gluten-free.

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