New York with its constantly evolving restaurant culture is a foodie’s paradise, but public transportation and fourth floor walk-ups make the logistics of shopping and cooking healthy meals at home a challenge. Thankfully, food delivery services catering to health-conscious consumers are cropping up everywhere, and some of the most cutting-edge companies are located right in the heart of New York City. Check out some of the top healthy food delivery services available in NYC.
Sweet Roots NYC
What it’s all about: Sweet Roots NYC is a farm-to-table delivery service that creates personalized recipes and provides the necessary organic ingredients. Create a profile and they’ll send customized menus for your approval every Friday. You’ll then receive a bag of prepared ingredients labeled and organized by meal, along with recipes.
Price: Breakfasts are $12, lunches are $16, and dinners are $25. You can also order half portions ($6 breakfasts, $8 lunches, or $12 dinners).
Sample item: Cumin roasted broccoli gyro with picked red cabbage, romaine, onion, and tzatziki sauce with lemony chickpeas and basil.
What it’s all about: Each week, Hello Fresh chefs create 30-minute recipes that are delivered to members every Wednesday, along with all the ingredients necessary to cook the meals.
Price: The Classic Box costs about $69 for two people, and $129 for four (the price varies depending on your zip code and the number of servings), and contains recipes and ingredients for three meals. The Veggie Box is slightly less expensive, averaging $9.08 per person.
Sample item: Citrus skillet shrimp with roasted potatoes: Shrimp, poblano pepper, red onion, green olives, orange, oregano, Yukon potatoes, and garlic.
What it’s all about: Based on a “whole-food, plant-rich diet,” this organic food delivery program delivers balanced, seasonal meals and has a strict policy against processed foods, additives, preservatives, and added sugar.
Price: Five days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will set you back $410. If you choose just one meal per day, the price goes down to $160. You can also invest in more long-term programs like the 20-day service ($1,390 for all meals), or opt for a one-day “cleanse” ($99).
Sample item: Coriander spiced cauliflower flat bread with arugula pesto and wild mushrooms.
What it’s all about: Custom farm-to-table meals made from organic, sustainable, locally sourced ingredients are delivered to your doorstep, along with reheating instructions. You can order individual meals or the Fridge Full of Food (FFoF), which contains several meals in one package. Meals are customizable based on dietary preferences and requirements and options include Paleo-friendly meals as well as plans tailored for weight-loss.
Price: $32 per lunch or dinner, $20 per breakfast, $8 per snack, and $92 for a full day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks). Delivery costs are $20 to most of Manhattan, and deliveries can be made throughout the five boroughs and NYC area for an additional fee.
Sample item: Poached wild-caught salmon with panang curry sauce.
What it’s all about: Surf the site to order everything from farm-fresh produce to chef-made entrées and ready-to-cook meals. The company works with local farms and artisans to source high quality ingredients.
Price: Produce prices are comparable to other high-end grocery stores: A pound of organic Pink Lady apples costs about $3.49. Complete meals range from about $6 to $8.
Sample item: Roasted chicken with barley risotto and vegetables.
What it’s all about: Designed for “weight loss and healthy living,” the gourmet delivery service offers five different programs ranging from gluten-free eating to post-natal nutrition. Once you select the length of your program online, you’ll receive two to four days’ worth of color-coded meals to take the guesswork out of planning.
Price: Women are charged $47.95 per day, and men pay $49.95 (they receive an extra snack with their meals).
Sample item: Rosemary glazed turkey breast with roasted peppers and French green lentils.