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Following a more restrictive diet like low-carb or keto used to mean hours spent in the kitchen carefully preparing your own meals since there were no other options. But nowadays, low-carb meal delivery services make things really easy. These companies not only offer macro-balanced meals, they prioritize quality ingredients and focus on sustainability so you can feel good all-around. 

We’ve tested over 40 of the best meal delivery services and spoke with registered dietitian, Perry Nix, RD, to narrow it down to the 12 best low-carb meal delivery services. Whether you’re looking for pre-made meals or meal kits that send out pre-portioned ingredients for you to prepare yourself, there’s something here for you.

Medical disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. For health advice, contact a licensed healthcare provider.

12 Best Low-Carb Meal Delivery in 2024

Best Overall Low-Carb Meal Delivery: Diet-to-Go

Good for: Those who want foundational meals with rooms for snacks and extra protein

Best Overall

Diet-To-Go

GGR Score: 4.1 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Meal delivery service with 5 diet plans
  • Ready to heat chef-prepared meals
  • Mediterranean diet and low-carb options
  • Choose up to 21 meals per week
  • Customized meal plans available
  • New meals every 5 weeks

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Appeals to a variety of diets
  • Meals are ready to eat in 3 minutes
  • Can order all 21 meals for the week
  • Meal plans are curated for you, but you have the option to customize it

Cons

  • Very limited customization
  • Doesn’t offer any organic options
  • Calories are very low on the standard plan

Bottom Line

Diet-To-Go accommodates a number of dietary preferences and restrictions, but the menu doesn’t have as much variety as some of the other programs. These are heat-and-eat meals, so they’re ready to eat in three minutes.

Diet-to-Go markets its meal plans toward weight loss, but we think that actually does its offerings a disservice. While you can certainly work the meals into a weight loss routine, they’re a good option for those who want to live a low-carb lifestyle for other reasons, too. 

RELATED: Best Meal Delivery for Weight Loss

Diet To Go Meal

Diet-to-Go calls its low-carb meal plan “Keto-Carb30” because you’ll get about 30 grams of net carbs per day, or around 10 grams of net carbs per meal. Because these meals lean toward keto-style, they’re higher in fat than other low-carb meals may be, but you can customize your menu for specific meal preferences and choose meals that fit into your specific macros. 

Meals are on a five-week rotation schedule and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. When signing up, you can have Diet-to-Go build your box for you, or you can curate your own menu from that week’s available options.

The meal plans offer around 1,500 calories per day, which isn’t enough to sustain healthy, long-term weight loss, according to Perry Nix, RD, a registered dietitian we consulted to help us rate the best meal delivery services. But you can supplement these calories with healthy low-carb snacks throughout the day or extra protein during meal times if you’re not on keto. 

All meals are curated by a chef and delivered fresh and ready to heat, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen if you don’t want to. You can opt for up to 21 meals per week, or get as few as 15 if you want to cook some of your own meals too. 

woman-eating-diet-to-go-meal

GGR’s lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele tested this service and while she liked a lot of things about it, she thought the meals were a bit hit or miss. “Overall I wouldn’t order again,” she said. “I loved the customer service, I liked the price, I liked the variety of options, but the portions were inconsistent and some meals were just not good.”

Price per servingStarts at $10.76 per meal
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared
Meals per week15-21
Delivery area Contiguous United States
Examples of meals we triedChicken with pureed veggies, mushroom ravioli 

Best Keto Low-Carb Meal Delivery: Factor 75

Good for: Anyone who wants straightforward, simple meals

Best Keto

Factor75

GGR Score: 4.03 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Heat-and-eat meals that are delivered weekly
  • Five menu plans, including calorie-controlled and keto
  • Can mix and match from different menu plans for more variety
  • New menus drop weekly
  • Can order up to 18 meals per week

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Not restricted to one specific diet plan
  • Meals arrive fresh and ready to heat
  • Offers options for different dietary preferences
  • Can cancel or skip a delivery anytime

Cons

  • No options for customization
  • No personalized plans for weight loss

Bottom Line

Factor75 is a heat-and-eat delivery service that works well for those on specialized diets. Boxes are delivered weekly, and you can mix and match from different menu plans to maximize your menu variety.

While there are plenty of low-carb meal delivery services, there aren’t a ton that actually qualify as keto. If you need lower-net carb options, Factor has a keto plan with meals that average around 15 grams of net carbs or less.

Factor Meals Chicken Alfredo With Broccoli

These are fully prepared meals that you can just pop in the microwave or reheat in the oven, and GGR senior writer and certified sports nutrition coach Amanda Capritto says that they taste above-average (and the steaks were especially good). 

Although you probably won’t be blown away by them, the convenience is a huge factor. Not only do you not have to cook, you don’t have to worry about prepping macro-balanced meals—that part is already done for you.

You can choose from six to 18 meals per week, and there are “quite a lot of meals to choose from,” according to Amanda. The menu changes at least partially each week, but the meals all have a similar format: a protein and a side of veggies and/or grains. 

While the flavor profiles are different, this can get redundant for those looking for a lot of variety. But if you like to keep things simple, this can work really well for you. And the portion sizes are generous, too. 

Factor Meals Filet Carrots Plated

“This is the only meal service I tried that had ample portions!” says Amanda. “These meals can fill up a triathlete in the middle of a tough training block, so they can fill up just about anyone.” 

That being said, even though the meals are low-carb, they can be quite high in calories (some around 750-800), so this is something to keep in mind depending on your health goals. 

Learn more about this meal delivery service with our Factor Meals review.

Price per servingStarts at $10.99
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal kit
Meals per week6-18
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedChicken Alfredo pasta, blueberry pancakes, spicy poblano beef bowl

Best Low-Carb Meal Kits: Home Chef

Good for: Those wanting to learn how to build balanced meals and acquire new cooking skills

Best Meal Kits

Home Chef

GGR Score: 4.1 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Can choose from meal kits, pre-made meals, or grill-ready ingredients
  • Recipes can accommodate two, four or six people, and you can get up to six meals per week
  • No specific meal plans, but you can narrow down your choices
  • Menu changes weekly, with up to 30 meals to choose from
  • Requires a subscription, but you can cancel or skip a week anytime

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Menu changes weekly to prevent food boredom
  • Options for meal kits or pre-made meals
  • Can skip a week if you don’t need a delivery
  • Can accommodate larger groups and families (many meal delivery services cap out at four servings per recipe)
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Doesn’t accommodate a lot of dietary restrictions
  • Options can be limited if you’re on a specific diet
  • Requires a subscription (that you can skip or cancel, but you have to remember)

Bottom Line

Home Chef is a meal delivery service that gives you options between meal kits, heat-and-eat meals, and grill-ready selections. It does require a subscription, but you can cancel any time or skip a week if you don’t want a shipment.

While Home Chef doesn’t have a dedicated low-carb meal plan, there are typically more than a dozen “carb-conscious” meals to choose from each week. You can filter by low-carb meals, and choose other dietary preferences, like calorie-conscious and/or vegetarian. 

Dietician Perry Nix says of the service, “Home Chef is known for delivering the typical meal kit that includes a recipe and most ingredients. What makes Home Chef unique is that they also offer express meals that can be prepared quickly, one-pot family meals, oven-ready entrees, and ready-made microwave meals. The diverse options are great for those who like to cook but could also benefit from a healthy pre-cooked meal on busy days.” 

After choosing your preferences, you’ll get a targeted weekly menu that includes standard meal kits, which take about 30-45 minutes to prepare, and express options that take just 10-15 minutes for busier nights.

GGR product tester Emily Chidester says she’s tried quite a few different meal kit delivery services, and Home Chef is by far the best. 

“My husband and I love these meals, frequently getting more than the three we typically order because they are so easy to make and are delicious. They send you the recipes so we’ve definitely made some of the meals on our own without the meal kits, too, because we love them so much,” she says.

While there’s not a ton of customization options, you can swap out many of the meat options when you add them to your cart. For example, you can opt for beef instead of chicken, or swap a burger for a vegan option.

Most recipes can serve two, four, or six, and you can choose up to six recipes per week. But there are also “family” meals that feed four to 16 people. Boxes will ship weekly, unless you go into your account and skip a delivery.

While Emily has had some issues with the wrong meal kits or proteins being shipped, she has no other real complaints and has been a dedicated customer since September 2022. And she says that customer service always makes it right by crediting the full price of the meal that was shipped incorrectly.

Price per servingAverages about $12 per meal
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal kit
Meals per week2, 4, 5, or 6
Delivery area Nationwide

Best High-Protein Low-Carb Meal Delivery: Territory

Good for: People who don’t want to be locked into a specific meal plan

Best High-Protein

Territory Foods

GGR Score: 3.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Individually packaged frozen meals
  • Suits low-carb and keto lifestyles 
  • Reheat in the microwave or oven
  • Gluten-free

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Fresh meals
  • Suits a variety dietary needs
  • One-time delivery options
  • Nutrition information for all meals

Cons

  • Not available in all zip codes
  • 5-day window to consume food

Bottom Line

Territory Foods suits low-carb and keto lifestyles without the needs for prep, cook, or clean up. You can get fresh (not frozen) prepared meals delivered directly to your door for less than $20 per meal.

Not all low-carb meals are high in protein, but many of Territory’s options have 30 to 45 grams per serving. Much of this protein comes from humanely raised and responsibly sourced meats and fish—beef is grass-fed or grass-finished, pork is never sourced from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), and seafood is either wild-caught or sustainably raised.

Plus, dietician Perry Nix says, “Every meal is loaded with colorful vegetables that provide a rich source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These are high-protein meals that can help you build muscle and burn more calories throughout the day.”

Territory Meals

Instead of signing up for a specific meal plan, you can access all weekly meals and pick and choose whichever ones you want—up to 12 meals per week. You can filter by the low-carb meals, all of which have around 25 grams of carbs or fewer per serving, or keto-friendly. Note, however, that the keto-friendly meals are kind of high in carbs, with around 20 grams per serving, so they might not actually fit into your keto lifestyle.

All meals are created by local chefs, and you can see exactly who makes them when you build your box. Because these chefs have the final say on ingredients, there are some variations on ingredient quality, but you’ll often get organic and/or locally sourced ingredients. GGR editor, nutrition coach, and certified personal trainer Nicole Davis says Territory has the best packing and shipment of any of the services she tried, too.

“They layered the meals, two each, between layers of ice packs for three rows total. The meal containers fit inside in the box perfectly so there wasn’t any crazy movement. They even have a food spoilage tool inside the box that tells you if the food has been compromised (aka not cold enough) and is unsafe to eat,” she says.

woman eating a Territory meal

The downside here is the price. The meals average around $17 per serving, which is definitely on the higher end of a meal delivery service. The ingredients are high-quality and meals are locally made, though, so if that’s important to you, it may be worth it.

Price per servingStarts at $13.95
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared
Meals per week6-12
Delivery area Nationwide, but more limited zip codes
Examples of meals we triedBeef Short Ribs with Molasses Glazed Carrots and Cauli Rice, Gnocchi Ratatouille with Balsamic Chicken, Coconut Mango Griddle with Pineapple Compote and Breakfast Sausage, Beef Burger with Yassa Onion Jam, North-African-Style Chickpea with Apricot Glazed Carriots and Minted Quinoa, and Roasted Chicken with Gremolata and Butternut Mash

Best Microwave Meal Delivery: Fresh N Lean

Good for: Those who are really limited on time

Best Microwave Meal

Fresh N Lean

GGR Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Meal delivery featuring 7 different meal plans
  • Gluten-free options
  • Non-GMO, no artificial ingredients
  • Paleo, Keto, high protein, and vegan plans
  • A la carte options with a $85 minimum

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free shipping in the Contiguous U.S.
  • Low minimum of meals
  • Over 100 meals to choose from

Cons

  • Very little customization when choosing meal plans
  • Meals can be pricey

Bottom Line

Fresh N Lean is a prepared meal delivery service that has a variety of meal plans to choose from. From those plans, you can choose how many meals you’d like weekly, and notify anyone of food preferences. In addition, you can select exact meals from their A la carte section.

Fresh N Lean is a heat-and-eat meal service with two low-carb options—keto and low-carb vegan—to serve a wide variety of dietary preferences. In fact, out of all the meal delivery services we tested (over three dozen) Fresh N Lean has the most meal types available.

Fresh And Lean Meals

Aside from the sheer number of options, one of the biggest draws of Fresh N Lean is the convenience. Meals can go right in the microwave and are ready in 3 to 5 minutes, depending on what you’re cooking. And these aren’t your typical microwave meals. Perry Nix, RD, says that Fresh N Lean gets major points for making meals with whole-food, locally grown, nutrient-dense ingredients. The ingredients are GMO-free and often organic, too, and the company uses grass-fed meats. 

RELATED: Best Prepared Meal Delivery 

And if you think you have to sacrifice taste for convenience, think again. Certified personal trainer and GGR head of content Kate Meier says she was shocked at how good the meals were. 

“The meals sounded good, but once I nuked them, I didn’t think by the looks of them that they would taste good,” she said. “I was surprised! The paleo red pepper chicken with sweet potatoes is delicious. Whatever sauce is on there is perfection, and everything was juicy and moist.”

Woman Eating Fresh And Lean Meal

When choosing meals, you can either stick to a specific meal plan or choose options a la carte from the entire menu, which offers about 100 different meals per week. They aren’t all low-carb, but the nutrition facts are easy to access on the website, so you can see which ones fit into your plan.

The only criticisms Kate has are that it’s hard to peel the plastic back after cooking (you have to cut it off) and it’s kind of inconvenient to cancel the subscription; you have to call customer service instead of quickly canceling online. That being said, you can easily skip a shipment through your online account.

Price per servingStarts at $8.49 per meal
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared
Meals per week5 to 21
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedRed pepper grilled chicken with sweet potatoes, salmon 

Best Low-Carb Meal Delivery for Athletes: Trifecta

Good for: Active folks who need to more closely track their macros

Best for Athletes

Trifecta

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Meal plans or bulk meal options available
  • All food is pre-made and arrives fresh (but you can freeze it)
  • Six different menu plans, including clean, Whole30, paleo, keto, high-protein vegan, and high-protein vegetarian
  • Meals are delivered weekly, but you can cancel anytime
  • High-quality ingredients, with a focus on organic, locally sourced, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Several types of meal plans available
  • Can also choose a bulk meal prep option
  • Can get breakfasts as well as entrees
  • The company prioritizes high-quality ingredients
  • Some customization available

Cons

  • Expensive, but ingredients are high-quality
  • Limited personalization available

Bottom Line

Trifecta combines convenience with healthy eating. While all meals are pre-cooked and pre-portioned, the ingredients are high-quality and preservative-free.

Athletes typically have higher macronutrient needs, and some of the common feedback from some of these meal delivery services is that portion sizes were on the smaller side. However, Trifecta makes meals for more active folks. Be warned, though: If you’re really active, like GGR head of content Kate Meier, the portions still might not be big enough for you. She says, “I felt like the meals were a little on the small side. I was always hungry afterward.” 

Trifecta Meals

“Trifecta offers high-protein, macro-balanced meals, made for those looking to improve strength and build muscle,” registered dietician Perry Nix says in our Trifecta meal delivery review.

RELATED: High-Protein Foods for Muscle Building

The low-carb meal plan, which the company calls a keto meal plan, includes low-carb veggies and lean-proteins like grass-fed meats and sustainably caught seafood. 

And the company makes macro-tracking really easy, too. Both Kate and GGR tester Sarah Price both tried Trifecta, and say that the nutritional information is right on the label of each meal, so you don’t have to go searching for it. This makes calculating macros less of a hassle, and is ideal for those who have stricter dietary requirements.

You can choose your own meals, or opt for “chef’s choice” where you’ll get a variety of meals chosen by the chef. Kate and Sarah tried this option and say the meals are all different, so you’ll get a lot of variety, but the downside is that you can’t opt out of meals you don’t like.

Trifecta chicken broccoli casserole prepared meal delivery

There’s also a meal prep option. With this, you’ll select individual proteins, vegetables, and carbohydrates (if you want some), and you’ll get pre-cooked bulk items that you can use to put your own meals together.

You have to get a minimum of seven meals per week, but you can do a combination of breakfast and entrees, or just breakfasts or entrees only. You can also exclude some ingredients, like beef, pork, shellfish, or tree nuts, when signing up.

Price per servingStarts at $14.80
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared
Meals per week7-21
Delivery area Contiguous United States
Examples of meals we triedBacon and cheddar chopped steak, chicken and broccoli casserole, teriyaki chicken

Best Premade Low-Carb Meal Delivery: Muscle Meals 2 Go

Good for: Those who don’t need a lot of variety 

Best Premade

Muscle Meals 2 Go

GGR Score: 3.82 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • High-protein meal delivery service
  • Fresh, ready-to-eat meals
  • Standard and extra protein meal options
  • Meals stay fresh for 8 days after delivery

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • One-time purchase option
  • Weekly or biweekly subscription
  • Gluten-free, low-carb, keto, and extra protein meal options
  • Breakfast and entree options available

Cons

  • Shipping is not included
  • Expensive per meal cost (price break when you order more meals)

Bottom Line

Bodybuilders and gym rats take notice: Muscle Meals 2 Go offers fresh, high-protein, ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your door. You’ll have the option to choose from a weight loss, muscle maintenance, or muscle gain meal plan with a macronutrient profile to support each goal. Choose from a one-time delivery or a recurring weekly (or biweekly) subscription plan.

If it wasn’t obvious by the name, Muscle Meals 2 Go is another pre-made low-carb meal delivery service that’s targeted toward athletes. Don’t let the name fool you though. Yes, there are plans for building muscle (these have extra protein), plus maintenance and lean meal plans that have different macro ratios. 

Muscle Meals 2 Go Meals In Freezer

There’s also a newly launched low-carb meal plan that has full entrees as well as add-ons like protein bites, protein pudding, and frittatas. Because the low-carb plan is so new, there’s not a ton of variety on there yet—there are about a dozen meals and eight “extras” to choose from—but the company is constantly growing and adding more as they can. 

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Certified personal trainer and GGR staff writer Lauren Strong says these are all “above-average, bodybuilding, meal-prep style dishes” meaning they’re very focused on basic ingredients that help you hit your macros without a lot of fuss. She says she doesn’t mind these types of meals, but you may want to have your favorite sauce nearby to liven them up a little bit if you get bored easily.

Eating a frozen meal from Muscle Meals 2 Go

They all come prepared and ready-to-heat, and you have to get a minimum of 10 meals for your box to ship. You can get as many as 24, though, which is the most at one time out of any of the services we tried.

All in all, Muscle Meals 2 Go is very focused on function rather than fuss—it’s an easy way to hit your macro and energy requirements but may not be the best for those looking for a ton of variety.

Price per servingStarts at $13.95 per meal
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared
Meals per week10, 18, or 24
Delivery area Contiguous United States
Examples of meals we triedChicken fajita bowl, turkey meatballs, pork fried rice

Best Paleo Low-Carb Meal Delivery: Paleo On The Go 

Good for: Those who want paleo-style meals or need more digestive support

Best Paleo

Paleo on the Go

GGR Score: 4.35 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • 100% Paleo and AIP-friendly
  • Plans include 8, 12, or 16 items 
  • Can subscribe or buy one time
  • Easy to follow instructions

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Wide variety of options
  • Seasonal meals available
  • Meals are ready after a few minutes in the microwave

Cons

  • No smartphone app to manage subscription
  • No free shipping

Bottom Line

Paleo on the Go is a meal service for people who would like to follow the paleo diet. They offer a wide range of foods, including bundle packages and seasonal items. The price range varies based on the items you choose to order.

Paleo On The Go is focused on paleo and autoimmune protocol (AIP) style meals, but there are naturally a lot of low-carb options in the mix. It does take a little digging to find them though—there’s no low-carb filter, but you can view the nutrition facts online to see carbohydrate info. Many of the meals have as few as 10 grams of carbs per serving.

Paleo On the Go meal of shrimp tacos

While the menu doesn’t change constantly, there are new and seasonal items that are often added to the mix, so there’s typically plenty of variety and fresh items to keep things interesting. And aside from the impressive selection of menu options, GGR editor and tester Frieda Johnson really enjoyed the meals.

“They were easily as good as the meals I made from scratch when I was following the paleo diet. And the baked goods were impressive! A bit of a mealy texture, but that’s hard to avoid with paleo baked goods. Overall, I was impressed with the quality for frozen paleo food,” she says.

It’s worth noting that she reheated most of her meals in the oven (the company actually recommends this) and she thinks it made all the difference; it takes longer but it’s worth it. 

Eating A Paleo On The Go Meal

In line with the paleo ethos, the company also makes an effort to use sustainable and ethical ingredients and are very transparent about it. They also avoid preservatives and added ingredients as much as possible. 

While this is a subscription service, it works a little differently than others. You don’t pay a set price each week. Instead you choose eight to 16 meals, which are priced differently, and you’ll get a total cost based on which meals you choose. This can make it harder to budget for your weekly delivery, but also gives you some flexibility to choose meals based on their prices.

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Price per servingStarts at $17.50
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal kit
Meals per week8, 12 or 16
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedLemon blueberry muffins, Cuban empanadas, and loaded baked sweet potato soup, bang bang shrimp tacos with pineapple plantain pilaf

Best Frozen Low-Carb Meal Delivery: 518 Kitchen

Good for: Anyone who doesn’t want a subscription meal delivery service

Best Frozen

518 Kitchen

GGR Score: 4.3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Individually packaged frozen meals
  • Suits low-carb and keto lifestyles 
  • Reheat in the microwave or oven
  • Gluten-free

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Entire menu is gluten-free
  • BPA-free plastic tray packaging
  • Plastic film is microwave and oven-safe
  • Flash-frozen to preserve freshness
  • No subscription plans, order at your convenience

Cons

  • No app, website ordering only
  • Minimum order is $75
  • No package deals, meals are priced individually

Bottom Line

518 Kitchen delivers low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free meals right to your door. While there is a minimum order amount of $75, there are no subscription models and you can order food whenever you like. The company is based in the Adirondack mountain region of New York and is committed to utilizing local produce and responsibility sourced proteins.

Many of the prepared meal delivery companies that made our list deliver fresh entrees, but there is some benefit to getting frozen meals—the biggest being that they last longer in the freezer and you don’t have to worry about eating them all in a week.

Chicken fajita bowl from 518 Kitchen

While many companies deliver frozen meals, we just think 518 Kitchen does it better. For starters, all meals are made with locally sourced ingredients that are as fresh as possible, and our tester, GGR head of content Kate Meier, says, “As far as frozen meals go, these are a really good option—but only if you’re committed to a low-carb meal. You could always add your own carbs if you want, but that could get pricey.”

This is also not a subscription service. You can go on the website once to stock up your freezer, or come back on your own time and get just what you need. There is a $75 minimum, though, and shipping fees are based on where you live, so they can get pretty pricey.

There are also different levels of carbohydrates in each meal. You can filter by keto diet (the fewest carbs), keto-friendly (higher than keto but lower than “low-carb”), and low-carb, so there are meals to fit every type of low-carb lifestyle. There are full entrees, like Cauliflower a la Vodka and Chicken Parmesan, as well as specialty sides and desserts like Cheesy Keto Rolls and Chocolate Cheesecake.

Short ribs from 518 Kitchen

You can also narrow things down even more with options for dairy-free, nut-free, pork-free, and vegetarian, although this does limit the variety quite a bit.

All meals are full of healthy fats with moderate amounts of protein, but if you want to up the protein content, you can choose from a la carte proteins and add them to your box, too.

RELATED: Cheapest Meal Delivery Service

Price per servingStarts at $7.99 per serving
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared meal
Meals per weekUnlimited
Delivery area Contiguous US
Examples of meals we triedSteak chili, chicken pesto, egg bites, a fajita bowl, short ribs

Best Organic Low-Carb Meal Delivery: Green Chef

Good for: Anyone who doesn’t mind paying a little more for organic ingredients

Best Organic

Green Chef

GGR Score: 3.92 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Certified organic meal kit delivery service
  • Meal kits can feed two, four, or six people
  • New menus drop weekly; you can choose from 32 meals each week
  • Add-ons, like prepared breakfasts and salads, available for an extra charge
  • Delivers almost everywhere in the continental U.S.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Offers several specialized diet plans
  • Can mix and match meal plans
  • New meals drop weekly
  • Most ingredients are organic and high-quality

Cons

  • On the expensive side (but ingredients are organic)
  • Shipping fee

Bottom Line

If you want high-quality and/or organic ingredients, Green Chef is a good option that can feed two to six people per recipe. There are several specialized diets to choose from, and you can mix and match from weekly menus to suit your needs.

If you want to prioritize organic ingredients, Green Chef is your best bet. This is one of the only USDA-certified organic meal delivery companies, and it’s reasonably priced, especially considering the quality of ingredients.

Green Chef Meal Ingredients

The company has a dedicated “keto” plan, but it’s really more of a low-carb option. Each meal has less than 20 grams of net carbs per serving, but exact macronutrient amounts will vary based on which meals you pick. 

According to dietician Perry Nix, Green Chef’s paleo and keto meal plans are also certified gluten-free. This means they’re safe for people with celiac disease and anyone with gluten sensitivities. There are also Mediterranean, high-protein, plant-based, and dedicated gluten-free diet plans, if you want to browse other options for some low-carb recipes.

This is your standard meal kit service, so you’ll get a box of mostly prepared ingredients plus recipe cards that tell you step-by-step how to make the meals. Nicole Davis, GGR senior editor and certified nutrition coach, tried this service and says they average about 30 minutes to prep and cook, but do often require multiple pieces of cooking equipment—all of which are clearly listed out on the recipe card. 

Green Chef Cooking Chicken

The one gripe Nicole has with the service is the portion size. It was on the small side, and while you can add on breakfast items or additional cooked meats for some extra protein, this will increase the cost of your entrees. “Overall, I liked the taste of these, but the portion size was just not great, and thus the cost didn’t really make sense to me,” she says. 

You can choose from three serving sizes—two, four or six—and three or four meals per week, so you can just order more and make your portions bigger if you have higher calorie needs. 

Check out our full Green Chef review to learn more.

Price per servingStarts at $12.99
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal Kit
Meals per week3 to 4
Delivery area Does not deliver to Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Louisiana.
Examples of meals we triedMonterey Jack-smothered chicken

Best Low-Carb Meal Delivery for Variety: Hungryroot

Good for: Those who don’t want prepared meals, but don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking

Best for Variety

Hungryroot

GGR Score: 4.4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Grocery delivery meets meal kit
  • Meal delivery service that sends you ingredients based on recipes you like
  • Many recipes only take 10 minutes to prepare
  • Starts at $70 per box

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Simple and quick
  • Caters to many styles of eating
  • Can add on groceries to your order

Cons

  • You do have to cook
  • Have to meet plan minimum each week (though you can adjust your minimum on a weekly basis)

Bottom Line

Hungryroot offers a unique take on meal delivery, in that you find a recipe you like, and the company will send you all of the ingredients to make it. There are many options for types of food to choose from, and you can even order extra groceries that you might need as well. You do have to cook though, so if that's not interesting to you, this won't be the right plan.

Hungryroot does things differently than other meal delivery services. While there is a “meal kit” component, you also get access to a full-service online grocery store. That means you can choose specific recipes to make, but also add groceries, like extra meats, produce, and/or pantry items to your order as needed.

Hungryroot Food In One Delivery

There are hundreds of recipes to choose from, much more than other meal delivery services, and you can easily filter by low-carb options to narrow things down. And many of Hungryroot’s recipes come together in minutes, so it’s also good for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

“Hungryroot is for those who don’t want a microwave-ready meal but also don’t have lots of time to spend prepping and cooking. Many of their ingredients, such as pasta sauce, are pre-made so you spend less time in the kitchen without sacrificing on texture and taste,” Perry Nix, RD, says.

GGR head of content Kate Meier agrees that you don’t have to sacrifice taste, saying, “So far, everything is so good.” She loved the fact that she spent minimal time prepping and cleaning, and that most recipes could be made in one skillet or pan without chopping anything.

Woman making chicken burrito bowls from Hungryroot

Kate says all ingredients are high-quality and arrive fresh, too. Meat and dairy is humanely raised, and there’s a lot of organic produce and grains. There are some conventional items thrown into the mix, but Hungryroot has everything clearly labeled so you know what you’re getting. 

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Price per servingAverages around $10 per meal; minimum weekly spend of $65
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal kit
Meals per week3 to 8 
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedChicken burrito bowl

Best Gluten-Free Low-Carb Meal Delivery: Snap Kitchen

Good for: Anyone who needs a max of 12 gluten-free meals per week

Best Gluten-Free

Snap Kitchen

GGR Score: 4.1 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Meal delivery service based out of Texas
  • Locally-sourced ingredients
  • Gluten-free kitchen
  • Meals are made to order, and then picked up from select stores
  • Delivery options for Houston, Austin, and Dalla only

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Gluten-free kitchen
  • Locally-sourced ingredients
  • Offers a membership discount
  • No minimum order

Cons

  • Only delivers in select cities in Texas
  • Limited states that have stores for pick-up

Bottom Line

Although it is predominantly located in Texas and surrounding states, Snap Kitchen is a great choice for anyone in the area. With no required minimum of meals to order, you can order the meals, snacks, and drinks you’d like, which will then be picked up at select Snap Kitchen locations. The ingredients are locally sourced and then cooked in a gluten-free kitchen.

Snap Kitchen is a made-to-order meal delivery service that caters to a handful of dietary preferences. The food is all 100% gluten-free, so anything on the low-carb menu is fair game. There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, as well as bulk meats like chicken and burgers, and a la carte sides, like loaded cauliflower. 

Snap Kitchen Meals

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Everything arrives fresh and ready to heat, so you just have to pop the meals in the microwave or the oven and you’re good to go. According to GGR social media manager and tester Brittany Combs, ordering is super easy, too.

“They have a wide variety of different foods and they clearly label nutrition info for carbs/fat/protein, which is very helpful if you are counting your macros!” she says. They also have an app to make things easier. 

There are only two box size options though: six or 12 meals per week. Because of this, you’re not going to be able to get all of your meals for the week, but it’s a good supplement to cooking some meals at home. 

Woman eating a meal from Snap Kitchen

Overall, Brittany was happy with the taste of the meals and the portion sizes. She says she felt satisfied but never overly full, and that her husband had a similar experience.

The downside of Snap Kitchen is that the company doesn’t have as wide of a delivery area as some of the others. While they deliver to many states in the contiguous U.S., many rural zip codes are excluded.

Price per servingStarts at $11.92 per meal
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared
Meals per week6 or 12
Delivery area Limited zip codes in contiguous US
Examples of meals we triedBison quinoa bowl, steak street tacos and spanish rice pilaf, Texas brisket fried rice

Other Low-Carb Meal Delivery We Researched

Eatology: Eatology is a paleo-style meal delivery service with meals that average around 18 grams of carbohydrates per serving. It didn’t make the list because meals are frozen and GGR staff writer Caine Wilkes says they took longer to heat up to get the moisture out and they were just average-tasting. Customization also requires you to fill out a separate form saying which specific meals you want after purchase, and it just felt like a lot of steps to get what you want.

HelloFresh: HelloFresh is one of the most recognizable names in the meal delivery industry, but surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of customization options and very limited low-carb meals. There is a “Meat and Veggies” meal plan, but it includes starches and other ingredients that don’t fit into a low-carb diet.

Hello Fresh Spaghetti Meal

Marley Spoon: Marley Spoon had plenty of low-carb meal options, but GGR performance editor and tester Anthony O’Reilly said everything was “mediocre” and he was unimpressed with ingredient quality. There were a couple of times that the ingredients were on the verge of being spoiled. Given his experience, we can’t recommend this one at this time.

Sunbasket: Sunbasket was another mediocre service, according to GGR staff writer and certified sports nutrition coach Amanda Capritto. She says she had to “doctor” most of her meals to get the flavor she wanted. To add to that, there’s not a ton of low-carb meal options, so you’d likely end up getting bored quickly if you’re looking for variety.

How We Picked and Tested the Best Low Carb Meal Delivery

We put a lot of effort into picking and testing the best low-carb meal delivery. First, we talked to registered dietitian, Perry Nix, R.D., L.D., to get her take on what makes a food delivery service good and what makes it not so good.

From there, we narrowed down the options based on specifics like variety of menu items, quality of ingredients, price, and sustainability. We then had our team of testers, which is made up of nutrition coaches, personal trainers, and other health and fitness professionals, personally try          each of the services. 

We went through the complete ordering process, signing up for the service on the website and going through all the necessary steps to get our deliveries. We tried different types of meals, used different cooking methods, and even got our partners involved in the process to see how satiating meals were for different body types and activity levels.

Contents Of Paleo On The Go Box

Finally, we rated each service based on a variety of factors, including price, ordering process, taste, ease of preparation, portion size, ingredient quality, meal plans, shipping, and more. The services with the highest rating across the board made our list. 

Benefits of Low-Carb Meal Delivery

Low-carb meal delivery services are certainly convenient, but they have benefits beyond that, too. They make meal prep easier, can save time and money, and make it easier to stick to a restrictive diet.

Makes Meal Prep Easier

The biggest benefit of a meal delivery service is that it makes meal prep so much easier. You don’t have to find recipes, grocery shop, then spend a whole day or two cooking. Instead, you sign up, choose your meals, and have a box of food or pre-portioned ingredients arrive on your doorstep. 

Can Save Time and Money

On a similar note, low-carb meal delivery can save you time and money. While it may seem like a higher upfront cost, there’s typically less food waste since you only get what you need. You also don’t have to go to the grocery store as much, so you’re less likely to make impulse purchases that drain your wallet and make you veer off track. 

Makes Restrictive Diets Easier to Follow

Meal delivery services also make it easier to follow more restrictive diets, like low-carb or keto diets. You don’t have to think about balancing macros yourself or diligently reading through ingredient lists to make sure you’re on plan. Instead, you can quickly view the macros before ordering, and choose already-made meals or meal kits that fit within these parameters.

Buying Guide: What to Look for in Low-Carb Meal Delivery

The best low-carb delivery service for you may not be the best option for someone else. All the companies on this list have a lot to offer, but you still need to narrow them down based on what works best for you. Consider variety, quality of ingredients, price, and sustainability when making your choice.

Variety

Some people like to repeat the same meals over and over, while others thrive on variety. If you fall into the latter category, you want to make sure that the low-carb meal delivery you choose has a robust and/or regularly changing menu. This can help prevent food boredom, which can make you more likely to stick to your plan.

Snap Kitchen Meals

Quality Ingredients

Quality ingredients are also important, but there are different levels here. Some companies have certified organic ingredients, while others locally source many items, but don’t have organic certifications. Figure out what’s important to you, and how that fits into your budget.

We recommend always choosing companies that prioritize whole foods and limit processed and artificial ingredients as much as possible.

Fair Price

Budget is always a deciding factor in any purchase. Most of these low-carb meal delivery services operate on a subscription model, but the price per meal varies widely. Before committing to one, break down the weekly cost to the price per meal or serving to see how much bang you get for your buck. We’re not here to tell you what a good price is—that’s subjective—but make sure you feel comfortable with the weekly commitment. 

Sustainability

When meal delivery companies first came onto the scene, they got a lot of flak for excessive packing and large carbon footprints. But most of them have come a long way, using recyclable packaging whenever possible and reusable options when not. 

Sustainability is important for the greater good, so when choosing low-carb meal delivery, try to find options that prioritize minimizing their carbon footprint.

Low-Carb Meal Delivery: FAQs

What Amount Of Carbs Is Considered “Low-Carb?”

There’s no strict definition of “low-carb.” Typically, low-carb diets range from about 20 to 100 grams of net carbs (total carbs minus fiber and sugar alcohols) per day. The sweet “low-carb” spot for you may be different than what works for someone else.

Is Low-Carb The Same Thing As Keto?

No, low-carb and keto are not the same thing. Low-carb is more general and often “allows” more carbs than a keto diet, which typically limits net carbohydrates to around 20 grams per day.

Is Green Chef Actually Keto?

Green Chef calls its low-carb plan keto, but that’s a stretch. The meals have fewer than 20 grams of net carbs per serving, but many keto dieters limit their total daily carb intake to 20 grams. Because of this, we think these meals are low-carb, but not quite keto.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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