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The paleo diet (aka the caveman diet) is popular for athletes and weight loss enthusiasts alike. The diet essentially focuses on eating whole foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and lean animal proteins while avoiding processed foods like chips, bread, wheat, and dairy products. 

If you’re already eating paleo (or want to start) but you need to find a prepared meal delivery or meal kit to reduce your time in the kitchen, then look no further than our curated list of the best paleo meal delivery services. 

Our team of expert product testers includes certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, triathletes, and Olympic athletes. Collectively, we put over 40 different meal delivery services to the test. While not all meal services we tried offer paleo-friendly options, of the ones that did offer paleo meals, we made our top picks based on the following criteria (among other factors): 

  • Price per meal
  • Overall taste and texture 
  • Ingredient quality
  • Customer service experience 

For this list of best paleo meal delivery services, we also teamed up our Garage Gym Reviews panelist, registered dietitian and licensed dietitian Perry Nix, RD, LD, to help us break down the pros and cons of each meal delivery. 

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.

Best Paleo Meal Delivery

Best Organic Paleo Meal Delivery: Green Chef

Good for: Anyone seeking meals kits with 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.

Green Chef is an organic meal kit delivery service that offers a smattering of different meal plans to suit a wide variety of dietary needs including meal plans for keto, low-carb, low-calorie, high-protein, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, mediterranean, and paleo diets. 

Perry Nix, R.D., L.D., notes that, “Green Chef is unique because it’s a certified organic meal kit company. All of their ingredients are organic unless labeled otherwise.” And we agree that it is unique—less than half of the 44 meal services we tested offered organic ingredients. 

Nicole Davis, senior editor here at GGR and a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, gave Green Chef a 4.5 out of 5 stars for ingredient quality. While the ingredients didn’t appear or taste different from some other non-organic meal kits she tested, Nicole notes that, “Green Chef is a no-brainer for those who prioritize organic food.”

Eating A Green Chef Meal 1

She gives the same 4.5-star rating for taste, too. She tested four different dinner entrees and while Nicole didn’t specifically test paleo menu items, she is confident that Green Chef will deliver delicious paleo options your entire family will enjoy. 

Nicole also ordered the breakfast bundle with her meal kit which induced oatmeal, egg white bites, muffins, and two recipes to make french toast and breakfast sandwiches. “The oatmeal was just OK but a good option to eat quickly in the morning,” she says. 

RELATED: High-Protein Breakfast Recipes 

It’s also worth noting that customer service with Green Chef can be hit-or-miss according to reviews on TrustPilot. However, Nicole had a pleasant experience overall, noting that she had “No issues with delivery—my box was on time mostly intact—and the ingredients were good and all there.”

Green Chef Packaging With Ice

However, one thing that Nicole found annoying was the cancellation process: The brand wants you to type out a reason for canceling. “I find that obnoxious,” says Nicole. “Just let me cancel and if I want to share why, I will.”

You can read more about Nicole’s experience in our in-depth Green Chef reviews

Price per serving$12.99
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal kit
Meals per week2-4
Delivery area Contiguous U.S. (except some parts of Louisiana)
Examples of meals we triedMonterey Jack Cheese-Smothered Chicken with Mushrooms and Squash, Chicken Burrito Bowl, French Toast, and Breakfast Sandwiches

Best-Tasting Paleo Meal Delivery: Fresh n Lean

Good for: Folks who want high-protein meals that also taste great

Best-Tasting

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.

We picked Fresh n Lean for the best-tasting paleo meal delivery service because it knocked our socks off and blew away the frozen meal competition. The service not only offers paleo meal plans, but keto, vegan, mediterranean, and Whole30. There’s even a Protein+ plan which features nearly 36 grams of protein in every meal. 

RELATED: Best Plant-Based Meal Delivery 

GGR’s head of content, Kate Meier tested Fresh n Lean and was surprised just how tasty everything was including the sauces, proteins, and vegetables. She even notes the texture of the food was still pleasant even after reheating a frozen meal. For taste, Kate rates Fresh n Lean 5 out of 5 stars. 

Woman Eating Fresh And Lean Meal

“The meals sounded good, but once I nuked them, I didn’t think by the looks of them that they would taste so good,” says Kate. “But I was surprised—The paleo red pepper chicken with sweet potatoes is delicious. Whatever sauce they used was perfect, and everything was juicy and moist. 

“The steak was cooked medium and was perfect. Even the brussels sprouts (which looked a little mushy after microwaving) were still a little crispy,” she adds. “My partner even said, ‘this actually even tastes like a steak from a restaurant—it’s actually that good.’”

Kate does note she used salt and pepper on the breakfast egg meals, but other than that didn’t have to doctor anything up with sauces or extra condiments. She also notes Fresh n Lean provides healthy servings around 450 to 520 calories per meal, which was just enough to leave a little leftover for a snack. 

Perry Nix, R.D., L.D., notes that Fresh n Lean is a great option for individuals or on-the-go meals but the servings are made for one. However she does mention that Fresh n Lean is ideal if you’re trying to optimize your muscle and strength goals with the high-protein content.

Lastly, Kate says that her one complaint is it wasn’t easy to cancel her subscription. “The website says you can do it online, but there was nowhere for me to do this. I had to directly contact customer support, which is annoying,” she says. And for this reason, she gives Fresh n Lean a 4-out-of-5-star rating for customer service. 

Price per serving$8.49 to $11
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared, frozen
Meals per weekChoose 1-3 per day (for 5- or 7-day plans)
Delivery area Nationwide 
Examples of meals we triedRed Pepper Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Bearnaise Grass Fed Steak with Roasted Sweet Potato

Best Gluten-Free Paleo Meal Delivery: Pete’s Real Food

Good for: Anyone who wants gluten-free paleo meals that are fresh, not frozen

Best High-Protein

Pete’s Real Food

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Prepared meal delivery service
  • Offers paleo meal plans, along with keto, kids, and vegan meal options
  • Able to mix and match meals
  • One-time purchase and subscription services available
  • Delivers once every 1 - 4 weeks
  • Commitment to sustainability and less food waste

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Less food waste
  • Vegan, keto, and kids meal options
  • Foods from local sources

Cons

  • More expensive than competitors
  • Some users report bland vegetables

Bottom Line

Pete’s Real Food is the first nationwide ready-to-eat meal delivery company, founded in 2012. Along with serving paleo meals, they offer vegan, keto, and kids meals as well. Pete’s Real Food has prioritized minimizing its impact on the environment from the start, making sure to only order ingredients needed to fulfill orders. They offer one-time mix-and-match services, as well as plans that can be delivered once every one to four weeks.

Pete’s Real Food is a meal service delivering fresh, prepared meals directly to your door. Not only are the meals fresh, Pete’s Real Food caters specifically to Paleo diet meals and plant-based vegan meal plans—and everything is gluten-free. 

It’s worth noting that the menus change weekly and you won’t be able to hand-select your items. Instead, you choose the number of meals you want delivered and they are pre-selected for you. Perry Nix, R.D., L.D. notes this as a potential downside if you’re a picky eater or have food allergies. That said, Pete’s Real Food offers an entire menu of dairy-free and gluten-free items. 

RELATED: Best Gluten-Free Meal Delivery

Olympic athlete, GGR staff writer, and expert product tester Caine Wilkes tested the Pete’s Real Food meal delivery service and gave it a 4.5-out-of-5-star rating for overall portion sizes. 

“Calories ranged from 300 to 500 per meal, with most above 400. I think the portion size will suit a lot of people,” says Caine. “Although it was a hair small at times for a large athlete like myself.”

That said, we appreciate the fact that you’ll have the option for add-ons to your dinner entrees. You can double your protein or order an additional side, but it’s only available for dinners. According to the website, Paleo meals feature the following in ounces: 

  • Breakfast: 3.5 oz of protein and 5 oz of vegetables
  • Lunch: 3.5 oz of protein and 5 oz of vegetables
  • Dinner: 4.5 oz of protein and 7 oz of vegetables

For taste, Caine gives Pete’s Real Food a 3.5-out-of-5-star rating “The food was pretty good, albeit some hit and miss,” says Ciane. “The corned beef and cabbage was a highlight, but a lot of meals had bland vegetables.”

Other product testers noted similar issues with bland-tasting food and we found most of our testers added salt and pepper to bring out the flavor of each meal. 

Price per serving$14 to $17
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared, fresh
Meals per week5 minimum, 17 maximum
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedCorned Beef and Cabbage, Chicken with Broccoli and Sautéed Zucchini, and Egg Roll in a Bowl

Best Prepared Paleo Meal Delivery: Trifecta

Good for: Anyone looking for a meal service that takes the meal prep out of the Paleo diet

Best Prepared

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.

Trifecta is a meal delivery service catered toward athletes, meal preppers, and anyone tracking macronutrients. Meal prepping with high-quality ingredients takes a lot of time (shopping, chopping, and cooking) so Trifecta is a resource for busy athletes that can help you save time with fresh, prepared meals delivered to your door. 

We think Trifecta is good if you’re serious about macro counting because the website states each meal is formulated with precise carbs, fat, and protein. Perry Nix, R.D., L.D., notes that, “Trifecta offers high-protein, macro-balanced meals, made for those looking to improve strength and build muscle.”

RELATED: Macros for Weight Loss

Photo of Trifecta Meals out on a countertop

Each of Trifecta’s meals average between 400 to 500 calories and are made with “Lean protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and veggies. Complex carbs often used in their meals include wild rice and quinoa, both of which provide lasting energy,” Perry adds. 

Not only will these fresh and balanced meals save you time in the kitchen, we think you’ll also enjoy eating them. Kate Meier, head of content for GGR, rated Trifecta at 4 out of 5 stars for taste. “I tried multiple egg scrambles, a salmon meal, a chicken and broccoli casserole and I really liked the taste of all of them,” she says. 

“For context, I typically eat pretty plainly, so I don’t need a crazy amount of flavor or spice. I do think these are great for quick, healthy options,” Kate adds. 

That said, Kate mentions that the instructions on the label suggest that stovetop preparation makes the meals taste even better than reheating in the microwave. She tried both, but agrees with the instructions. 

“I cooked the chicken and broccoli casserole and two of the egg meals in a skillet, and I think they were better than the egg bowl I made in the microwave, which was a bit soupy,” says Kate. 

Trifecta chicken broccoli casserole prepared meal delivery

We also think it’s worth mentioning that this fresh meal delivery service provides organic ingredients or sources food from sustainable farms. “The ingredients are fresh and you can freeze them for up to 3 months or eat them fresh within 5 days,” Kate says in our Trifecta meal delivery review. 

Price per servingAbout $14
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared, fresh
Meals per week10
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedEgg Scramble and Potato, Salmon, Sweet Potato, Mixed Vegetables, and Beef Patty, Sweet Potato, Mixed Vegetables

Best Budget Paleo Meal Delivery: Sunbasket

Good for: Folks looking for a budget-conscious Paleo meal service 

We understand that meal delivery services are not super cheap. It’s certainly not as expensive as dining out, but it’s usually more costly than bulk shopping and meal prepping. That’s where Sunbasket comes in. It’s an ideal option for anyone on the Paleo diet looking for a budget-friendly meal service. 

RELATED: Cheapest Meal Delivery Services

We also like the fact that Sunbasket offers both meal kits and pre-made meals, so you can cater your order to how you want to eat or cook. Protein sources also include seafood options, which is unique because most services offer chicken, grass-fed beef, or pork. With Sunbasket you’ll have meal options that feature salmon, shrimp, or scallops—which all have healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids according to Perry Nix, R.D., L.D.

Preparing Sunbasket Meal

Although Sunbasket is an a-la-carte meal service with items priced individually, our expert product tester, certified sports nutrition coach and senior staff writer Amanda Capritto, noticed that meals ranged between $10 to $14, which we thought was a good deal for Paleo-specific meals. Meal kits and fresh-and-ready meals are both available to add to your cart. 

However, the budget-conscious prices came at a cost. “The portion sizes are on the small side,” says Amanda, who rated Sunbasket a 3 out of 5 stars for portion size. 

For reference, at the time she tested Sunbasket, Amanda was in the middle of triathlon training and was eating to fuel serious daily training. “Most of the meal kits I tried would feed one and a half people—or maybe two people who don’t eat a lot. I wouldn’t recommend it for highly active individuals,” she says. 

As for taste, Amanda gives Sunbasket a 3.75-out-of-5-star rating. “Sunbasket is not terrible, but definitely not fantastic,” she says. 

“I can cook better on my own, honestly. I ended up doctoring up almost every meal with more spices, ingredients like honey or hot sauce, extra aromatic veggies like onion or garlic,” she adds. 

Price per serving$10 to $14
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal kits and fresh, prepared meals
Meals per weekCustomized a-la-carte menu
Delivery area Most U.S. states except AK, HI, MT, ND, and parts of NM
Examples of meals we triedSpicy Barbacoa Pulled-Pork Sliders with Apple Slaw with Braised Pork, Costa Rican Casado with Fried Eggs, Black Bean Tacos and Two Salsas, and Seared Steaks with Roasted Red Pepper Ajvar and Cauliflower with Top Sirloins

Best High-Protein Paleo Meal Delivery: Ice Age Meals

Good for: People seeking high-protein, paleo-friendly meals 

Best Gluten-Free

Ice Age Meals

GGR Score: 3.85 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Frozen meal delivery
  • Caters to Paleo and Keto-friendly diets 
  • High protein content
  • No subscription plans, order whenever you like

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High-protein meals with whole-food ingredients
  • Macros provided on each meal
  • Free shipping
  • No subscriptions

Cons

  • No customization on ingredients
  • Only offered in 16-, 30-, or 60-meal increments

Bottom Line

When you order from Ice Age Meals, you are in control when it comes to choosing what you want to eat and how much you order. Nearly every menu item is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. Plus, all meals offer high-quality proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. There are no subscriptions or strings attached—order in increments of 16, 30, or 60 meals and receive your box in two days.

If you’re looking for a paleo meal service that offers a 100% gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free menu, then Ice Age Meals might be the ideal service for you. Ice Age Meals is a bulk delivery service that requires you to purchase frozen meals in increments of 16, 30, or 60 meals. 

“Depending on how often you eat the meals, one order could last you days to weeks. Meals are frozen, so they’ll last much longer than the refrigerator meals you get from most other meal services,” says Perry Nix, R.D., L.D.

Photo of Ice Age Meal on a plate with packaging in the frame

I personally tested this meal service and liked the fact I didn’t have to sign up for a subscription service, which meant I didn’t have to revisit the website to skip a week or cancel. It was easy to order and the delivery arrived at my doorstep quickly. 

Everything is paleo-friendly, so you will not have to sift through dozens of menu items to find the right fit for your diet. Meals are pretty simple and feature a protein and a carb—fats range from 5 grams to 20 grams per meal depending on what you order. Most menu items can either be ordered on top of white rice or over sweet potatoes or squash. 

For example, I ordered the Grass-Fed Barbacoa Beef with Tomatillo Salsa served over squash. I also ordered the same meal served over rice. Most of the meals I tried were at least 30 grams of protein, with some stating upwards of 40 grams per meal. 

RELATED: High-Protein Foods For Muscle Building 

As for taste, I give Ice Age Meals a 4-out-of-5-star rating. It was a mixed bag. Nothing was bad-tasting, but some dishes were bland or dried out easily in the microwave. I also didn’t like the fact that the Chicken Tinga with Rice meal had raisins (and I love raisins, but not in chicken, please). 

I think it’s also worth noting every meal I tested was super filling. My husband thought so, too. Calories ranged from 400 to 800 per meal, which is quite the span, but all the meals feature healthy whole food ingredients, so it never bothered me to eat some of the high-calorie meals. 

Price per servingMeals start at $11.99
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared, frozen
Meals per weekOrder 16, 30, or 60 meals (no subscriptions)
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedChipotle Chicken Tinga with Rice, Chicken Chile Colorado with Rice, Elk Shepherd’s Pie, and Grass-Fed Barbacoa with Tomatillo Salsa and Squash

Best Paleo Meal Delivery for Variety: Paleo on the Go

Good for: Folks who eat paleo and need AIP-compliant (autoimmune protocol) meals

Best for Variety

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 our top pick for variety because the brand offers a vast menu of paleo items and the ability to fully customize your selection. Plus, with so much variety, Paleo on the Go even has a section of the menu that will fit into the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet, which are meals that basically do not contain ingredients that could cause inflammation in those with an autoimmune disease.

Perry Nix, R.D., L.D., notes that “Paleo on the Go doesn’t lock you into a subscription, which is ideal for anyone starting an elimination diet that won’t last more than several weeks.

“Few other meal delivery services cater strictly to paleo and AIP diets, so Paleo on the Go definitely fills this gap in the meal service arena,” Perry adds. 

Eating Paleo on the Go bang bang shrimp tacos

Frieda Johnson, GGR editor and expert product tester, ordered Paleo on the Go and rated the service with 5 out of 5 stars for variety. “They have a very lange menu to choose from, and you can choose whatever meals you want each week. They also have seasonal foods and meals are cycled out or new ones added regularly.”

She also rates Paleo on the Go 5 out of 5 stars for taste, too. “I really enjoyed the meals. They were easily as good as the meals I made from scratch when I was following the paleo diet,” she said. 

“However, I will note that most of the meals recommend reheating in the oven, not the microwave, and this really does make a difference. The only meal I was disappointed by was the one that I microwaved.

“And the baked goods were impressive, too. A bit of a mealy texture, but that’s hard to avoid with paleo baked goods,” she added. 

While Frieda was impressed with many aspects of Paleo on the Go, the price is hard to swallow. The price is upward of $20 per meal and side dishes starting at $10 per serving. 

Price per serving$20 to $25 per meal, sides range from $10 to $15
Type (meal kit or prepared)Prepared, frozen
Meals per week8, 12, or 16
Delivery area Nationwide
Examples of meals we triedCuban Empanadas, Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup, and Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Plantain Pilaf

Best Fresh Paleo Meal Delivery: Hungryroot 

Good for: Folks looking for quick meal kits and grocery delivery 

Best Fresh

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 is a meal delivery service that provides meal kits, recipes, ready-to-eat snacks, and grocery items. While it’s not a meal service that caters specifically to the paleo diet, you will be able to find plenty of paleo-friendly meals and recipes to add to your cart. 

You may have to do a little more work to weed out options with grains, legumes, and processed foods to align with your paleo palate. However, Perry Nix, R.D., L.D., notes that “Hungryroot includes groceries and recipes made without common food allergens like soy, nuts, shellfish, and eggs, which is hard to find in other meal service plans.”

Kate Meier, GGR head of content and expert product tester, tried Hungryroot and rated the food 5 stars for taste but only 3 out of 5 stars for the ordering process. 

Woman making chicken burrito bowls from Hungryroot

The first thing you do is take a quiz where you answer questions about goals, dietary restrictions, and how much you like (or don’t like) cooking. You choose what style of cuisine you like (Thai, Mexican, Italian, or Chinese) and flavors or foods you dislike. 

From there you pick generic meals that look ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and how often you want them to send you those meals. 

After the quiz you are prompted to sign up and check out. After you pay, you’ll have the ability to see your cart, which is automatically loaded for you. You’ll have 6 days to edit it based on your preferences. “It’s honestly a little confusing. It seems like they send you some recipes and then some groceries,” Kate says.

However, the taste outweighed the confusing ordering process. “Everything is so fresh, and you don’t need to do any seasoning because most foods are prepared already for you with spices. If you wanted more salt or whatever, you could add your own,” says Kate. 

Price per servingAbout $10 per meal
Type (meal kit or prepared)Meal kit, grocery items
Meals per week12
Delivery area Contiguous U.S. 
Examples of meals we triedSeared Chicken Breast and Corn Black Bean Rice Bowl, Everything Chicken Quesadillas, All-in-One Chicken Burrito Bowl, Turkey Meatloaf and Sweet Kale Salad

Other Paleo Meal Delivery Services We Tested

Eatology: While not bad, our product tester, GGR senior editor Nicole Davis, thought Eatology was middle-of-the-road for taste and texture saying, “Meals were often under seasoned, and it was hard to cook out all the moisture from the meals, which left a lot of the veggies feeling soggy.”

Marley Spoon: For nearly $20 per meal, our product tester, GGR performance editor Anthony O’Reilly, thought Marley Spoon was just OK. “The steak was tough, there wasn’t enough spices included, and the ingredients were just not that good. The steak was advertised as a sirloin but it was all muscle and no fat,” he says. “Plus there was simply not enough food for two full-grown adults.” 

CookUnity: This service didn’t make the list mainly because product tester Anthony found that there were several meals “where the food was notably lighter on the food scale than what was advertised.” And there were also several times Anthony noticed ingredients were missing from his orders. 

How We Picked and Tested the Best Paleo Meal Delivery

Our team of expert product testers ordered, picked, and ate many different meal services. Each of our product testers had to consider the same list of testing methodologies and answer the same prompts for each brand tested. Here is a sampling of things we took into consideration about the paleo-friendly meal services you see above.  

Price Per Meal

Price per meal varies quite a bit depending on types of food offered, whether it’s organic, vegan, vegetarian, or high-protein. Ultimately, we tried to choose meal plans that offer meals under $20 per serving. 

Fresh And Lean Meals

The one company featured on this best list that is over that offers paleo meals specific to folks who need to undergo the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet, and for this reason we decided to keep it in the lineup. 

Portion Size

While all our product testers are different, we wanted to be transparent about our typical meal size and how each delivery service compared. In some cases, product testers used food scales to confirm the quantity of food, but most product testers used the nutritional information, total calories, and feelings of satisfaction to gauge portion size. 

Ice Age Meal dumped on a white plate

Ingredient Quality

Meal services that offered a majority of whole foods (versus processed foods), non-GMO, free from preservatives were favored over services that did not. More points were given to companies that provided organic ingredients, organic produce, or sustainable farming and ethical animal farming. 

Dinnerly Ingredients Pastrami Steak Baked Potato

Access to Nutritional Information

All of the meal services on this list offer a traditional nutritional label on each meal. You’ll also be able to see most of the same information online before you order, as well. 

Sustainability Efforts

All of our product testers rated each company’s level of sustainability efforts on a 1 to 5 scale. We understand that shipping food can be more costly than shipping one of the best running shoes on the market. However, we gave higher scores to companies that ship products using recyclable or reusable materials. 

Benefits of Paleo Meal Delivery

Generally speaking, the paleo diet is an eating plan that mimics what humans were likely consuming during the Paleolithic era when humans were hunters and gatherers. Sometimes the paleo diet is also referred to as the caveman diet. 

According to Mayo Clinic1, the rough outline for accepted and unaccepted food is as follows: 

What to eat:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs
  • Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
  • Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, and albacore tuna
  • Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil

What to avoid:

  • Grains, such as wheat, oats, and barley
  • Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peanuts
  • Dairy products, such as milk and cheese
  • Refined and added sugar
  • Added salt
  • Starchy vegetables, such as corn, jicama, peas, and white potatoes
  • Highly processed foods, such as chips or cookies

Your Fiber Will Likely Increase 

There are many potential benefits from more fiber to your diet. And essentially introducing more fruits and vegetables does just that. Just for reference, legumes are also fibrous, but typically not considered paleo-friendly or true to the hunter-gatherer diet. 

Perry Nix, R.D., L.D., says “Most people don’t get enough fiber. But fiber is known to promote regular bowel movements, but it also supports blood sugar control, and reduces cholesterol.”

In fact, one review published but Nutrients2 states that dietary fiber is a contributing factor to overall metabolic health, mainly through insulin sensitivity, which is your body’s response to insulin and carbohydrates. Essentially, fiber can help reduce major blood sugar spikes from carbohydrates and generally regulate your blood sugar levels. 

This is important because chronically elevated blood sugar levels over time are related to diabetes, cardiovascular disease3, colon health, and weight gain. 

Buying Guide: What to Look for in Paleo Meal Delivery

Here are some things to consider when shopping for meal delivery services with paleo options: 

Price Per Meal

It’s good to set some expectations around price per meal before you decide to sign up for a service where you order a ton of meals. Everyone’s budget is different, but we suggest choosing a meal plan that is reasonably priced somewhere between buying from your local grocery store (per ingredient) and dining out at a restaurant. 

Do You Want to Cook or Microwave? 

While most meal delivery services exist to make your life in the kitchen easier, you have to decide if you’re looking for a service that sends you prepared meals or meal kits that you’ll cook and prepare at home. 

If you want both, services like Sunbasket and Hungryroot offer prepared meals and meal kits. 

Protein Intake

If you’ve read any of our guides on protein (like how to get more protein or how much protein do I need) you know that both our expert product testers and our panel of registered dietitians are advocates for protein. 

Green Chef Cooking Chicken

While everyone’s needs and goals are different, we suggest browsing the protein content on more than one meal on any given meal delivery service. You’ll want to make sure that most of the menu items available will align with your goals.  

Paleo Meal Delivery FAQs

Does HelloFresh have paleo meals?

While you can find paleo-friendly meals within the weekly menus on HelloFresh, the brand does not cater specifically to the paleo diet.

Does Blue Apron offer paleo meals?

While you can find paleo-friendly meals within menu items of Blue Apron, the brand does not cater specifically to the paleo diet.

What are some paleo meal plans?

Meal delivery services that offer specific meal plans for the paleo diet include: Green Chef, ICON, Fresh n Lean, Pete’s Real Food, Trifecta, Sunbasket, Ice Age Meals, Paleo on the Go, and Hungryroot.

References

  1. Mayo Clinic. Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular? Published 2022 Oct. 20. 
  2. Barber TM, Kabisch S, Pfeiffer AFH, Weickert MO. The Health Benefits of Dietary Fibre. Nutrients. 2020;12(10):3209. Published 2020 Oct 21. doi:10.3390/nu12103209
  3. Jönsson T, Granfeldt Y, Ahrén B, et al. Beneficial effects of a Paleolithic diet on cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes: a randomized cross-over pilot study. Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2009;8:35. Published 2009 Jul 16. doi:10.1186/1475-2840-8-35

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