Well-balanced meals are essential to good health. But does the thought of planning, shopping, and preparing (not to mention, cleaning up) leave you too exhausted to attempt wholesome home cooking? It might be time to try a healthy food delivery service. Whether you’d like all the ingredients for a nutritious meal delivered to your doorstep, or you want a complete, cooked dinner to come home to after work, you can find what you’re looking for in San Francisco.
Check out our roundup of some of SF’s best healthy food delivery services.
What it’s all about: Download the Sprig app, and you can order locally sourced, hand-crafted meals prepared by Google executive chef Nate Keller. The service has a daily rotating menu.
Price: $9 for lunch, $10 for dinner, $2 delivery charge
Sample item: Tuna Tataki Salad: A mix of spinach, mizuna, and tatsoi greens, seared sashimi-grade ahi tuna, mango, English cucumber, green onions, crispy rice sticks, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds with a honey tamari vinaigrette.
What it’s all about: Similar to a CSA, the service delivers sustainably grown farmer’s market finds and other local products to your door. Sign up for recurring delivery, or just order a box at a time.
Price: There are six FarmBox options ranging from the $39.95 Fruit and Veggie FarmBox Sampler (about a dozen different fruits and veggies) to the $159.95 Complete Meat and Seafood FarmBox (local veggies, eggs, artisan cheese, fresh bread, juice, artisanal items like hummus or honey, local seafood, and meat). You can also order products like Cowgirl Creamery Fromage Blanc ($4.50) individually. Gluten-free and paleo options available.
Sample item: Basic FarmBox: Loaf of multigrain bread, lemon apple cider, blue cheese, half-dozen pasture-raised eggs, hummus, spinach, parsley, squash, carrots, apples, peppers, raspberries, beets, Valencia oranges, white onions, and green zucchini ($77.95).
What it’s all about: Order meals from Munchery‘s daily rotating menu on the website or app, and meals are delivered chilled, with instructions for heating in the microwave or oven.
Price: Meals range from about $6 to $15. Place your order two or more days in advance and receive an early bird discount of 10 to 25 percent off most items.
Sample Menu Item: Poblano, Corn, and Shrimp Salad: Little gem lettuce, green hot chili peppers, red tomatoes, sweet yellow corn, frisee, scallions, shrimp, lime juice, olive oil, arugula, and oregano ($6.95).
What it’s all about: Order ready-to-eat, organic meals and products from local farms and food companies online. You can also sign up for a recurring weekly delivery service, family meal bundles, and curated boxes of local products.
Price: Meals range from about $5 to $15.
Sample item: Miso Kale Salad with Grilled Chicken: Kale, miso dressing, strawberries, sesame seeds, and grilled chicken ($7.00).
Cooking with Claudine
What it’s all about: Head chef Claudine Dagit cooks up customized meals and delivers them to your home via her Decadent Detox service. All meals are organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free and the menu rotates weekly based on what’s in season. She also offers personal cooking lessons and pantry makeovers.
Price: Meals range from $100 for 5 meals to $240 for 10 meals including performance snacks
Sample item: Grilled salmon over parsnip puree, topped with root veggie chips, and a side of sautéed dark leafy greens.
What it’s all about: Zesty‘s in-house dietician curates meals from 50 of San Francisco’s top restaurants (many of which don’t make home deliveries). The meals are often customized to be healthier than you’d find them in the restaurants themselves, or created exclusively for Zesty customers. You can view nutrition info for each dish and provide special instructions to the restaurant if necessary. Order online or download the free app.
Price: Prices vary depending on the restaurants in your location, but delivery minimums range from about $5 to $15. Some restaurants charge an additional delivery fee.
Sample Item: Pan Seared Scallops (from Noodle Bar & Grill): Seared scallops served with steamed vegetables and green curry.
What it’s all about: The website features seven chef-designed recipes each week including healthy meat, and fish, and vegetarian options. Your order includes all the ingredients and instructions you need to create a complete meal. Delivery dates vary according to your zip code, so you’ll need to check the site to see when meals are available in your area.
Price: $15 per meal. With a $10 monthly membership, meals are $12. You can also sign up for an annual membership that’s $8 per month (meals are also $12 each).
Sample item: Lemon Oregano Tofu Over Greek Salad: The delivery includes tofu, garlic, oregano, lemon, English cucumber, grape tomatoes, romaine hearts, red onion, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, Kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese.
What it’s all about: Sign up for a weekly subscription and you’ll get three deliveries per week of pre-portioned ingredients for meals that can be prepared in under 35 minutes, along with recipe cards.
Price: A weekly subscription ranges from $59.94 for three meals for two people to $179.82 for three meals for six people.
Sample item:Roasted Chicken with Jalapeño-Herb Salsa, Mixed Citrus, and Cracked Wheat Berries: Ingredients include chives, parsley, jalapeño pepper, shallots, white wine vinegar, pistachios, chicken breasts, cracked wheat berries, clementines, grapefruit, and tangelos.