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Plant-based diets have soared in popularity recently, especially among people looking to improve their health, reduce their carbon footprint, and add more fruits and vegetables to their diet (1, 2).

However, preparing healthy plant-based meals can be tricky, especially if you’re short on time or have limited cooking experience.

Meal delivery services offer an easy and convenient way to enjoy more nutritious plant-based meals at home — but with so many new plant-based meal delivery services popping up, finding an option that works for you can be difficult.

Keep reading for our picks of the 12 best plant-based meal delivery services.

Plant-based diets focus mostly on plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Unlike vegan or vegetarian diets, plant-based diets may also include animal products — such as meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and eggs — in moderation.

Some people who follow a plant-based diet may occasionally consume animal-based foods, such as cheese and fish, whereas others may choose to eat plant-based all the time.

Because there’s no single definition of “plant-based,” we included services that are suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets. We also noted which services might be a good choice for people following a pescatarian diet.

The meal delivery services featured in this article were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Variety: Each service features a range of flavors and ingredients and offers a variety of meals suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets.
  • Nutritional value: All the services provide nutritionally balanced meals and include a good mix of proteins, vegetables, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats.
  • Ingredient quality: We chose meal delivery services that use fresh, high quality ingredients in their dishes. Some also use organic produce or sustainably sourced ingredients.
  • Availability: The meal delivery services on this list are available in most areas throughout the United States.
  • Sustainability: Many meal delivery services partner with local suppliers, include organic ingredients, or use recyclable packaging to reduce their environmental impact and promote sustainability.
  • Price: We included meal delivery services at various price points to fit a wide range of budgets.
  • Vetting: The meal delivery services on our list have been vetted to ensure that they align with Healthline’s safety standards and approach to well-being. You can read more about our vetting process.

Best overall

Purple Carrot

  • Price per serving: $4.49–$13.25
  • Shipping: free for orders over $85, $8 for smaller orders
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
  • Plant-based options: all meals are vegan-friendly

For those looking for an easy and affordable way to add more plant-based meals to their diet, Purple Carrot may be worth a try.

The service offers weekly plans with 2–4 vegan-friendly dinners per week, each of which includes 2 or 4 servings and requires 30–40 minutes to prepare.

Purple Carrot also provides several optional add-ons, such as breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as a variety of prepared meals, which are individually portioned and microwaveable for added convenience.

Because all Purple Carrot meal kits and prepared meals are vegan-friendly, this service is our pick for the best overall plant-based meal delivery service.

The menu features recipes such as:

  • Buffalo Tempeh Tacos
  • Chocolate Chia Pudding
  • White Lentil Risotto

Most of the packaging materials are reusable or recyclable. However, check with your local recycling program to determine which components are accepted.

What our tester says

While my family isn’t strictly plant-based, we do try to incorporate several plant-based meals throughout the week. Purple Carrot was a hit with my whole family thanks to its creative ingredient and flavor combinations.

I found the ordering process to be straightforward, and all the ingredients arrived in good condition and tasted fresh. The only downside was that the meals I chose took quite a bit longer to make than recipes from other meal delivery services I’ve tried.

Still, if you’re looking for flavorful, fully plant-based meals, Purple Carrot is a safe bet.

Read more about my experience trying Purple Carrot in this hands-on review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • offers meal kits and prepared meals
  • provides optional add-ons, such as breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • cost-effective
  • fully vegan-friendly


  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies
  • limited options for certain dietary restrictions
  • smaller meal selection than some similar services

Best meal kit for vegetarians


  • Price per serving: $9.99–$17.99
  • Shipping: $9.99
  • Delivery area: most areas within the contiguous United States, excluding Montana, North Dakota, and parts of New Mexico
  • Plant-based options: offers Vegetarian and Pescatarian menus with several vegan-friendly recipes available

Offering organic meal kits featuring high quality seasonal produce, Sunbasket is a great choice for people looking to boost their confidence in the kitchen.

The service provides options for several dietary patterns, including vegetarian, pescatarian, and Mediterranean.

Examples of previous vegetarian recipes offered include:

  • Greek-Style Chickpea Gyros
  • Roasted Paprika Chicken with Parsnip-Pear Salad
  • Zesty Black-Bean Quinoa Bowl

When signing up, you can select 2–5 recipes per week with 2 or 4 servings each. Alternatively, you can select 4–10 oven-ready meals, which are ready to reheat and enjoy.

Optionally, you can add extras to your order, such as breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Sunbasket uses mostly recyclable packaging materials and provides in-depth online instructions on how to recycle each component.

What our tester says

Sunbasket is one of my favorite meal delivery services thanks to its flavorful recipes, high quality ingredients, and large variety of meals to choose from.

Plus, most of the meals I tried contained a generous serving of vegetables, which isn’t always the case with meal kits.

The Fresh & Ready Bowls were also very tasty, though they’re not great for picky eaters as the service only offers a few vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options.

Read more about my experience trying Sunbasket in this comprehensive review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • offers prepared meals and meal kits, plus add-ons like proteins and breakfasts
  • provides options for multiple plant-based diet patterns
  • uses seasonal, high quality, and organic ingredients
  • offers several vegan-friendly meals


  • relatively expensive
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies
  • limited options for certain dietary restrictions

Best affordable meal kit for vegetarians


  • Price per serving: $7.99–$11.99
  • Shipping: around $9.99 but may vary by plan and location
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
  • Plant-based options: offers Pescatarian and Veggie (vegetarian) menus; clearly labels vegan-friendly recipes

HelloFresh provides meal kits that are full of flavor and easy to prepare, regardless of your level of confidence in the kitchen.

The service offers plans for various diet patterns, including vegetarian and pescatarian, and labels vegan-friendly items on its menu. However, the number of vegan-friendly options is quite limited.

You can choose from more than 30 recipes each week and can change, swap, or upgrade the sides and proteins for many of the meals.

Some examples of vegetarian items on the menu are:

  • Salsa Verde Black Bean Bowls
  • Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad
  • BBQ Pineapple Flatbreads

HelloFresh uses mostly recyclable packaging and provides information on how to recycle each component online.

What our tester says

Overall, I found that HelloFresh offered an impressive number of vegetarian recipes, and all of the Veggie menu items I tried were packed with flavor and contained a good variety of ingredients.

However, I’ve noticed that the service offers only one or two vegan-friendly options each week, so this isn’t a good service for people who prefer to eat only plant-based.

Learn more about HelloFresh in this expert review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • provides a large menu with 30+ recipes to choose from
  • allows you to customize certain meal kits
  • budget-friendly


  • uses limited organic ingredients
  • may not be suitable for vegans or those with other dietary restrictions
  • does not offer prepared meals
  • limited vegan-friendly options each week

Best eco-friendly

Daily Harvest

  • Price per serving: $5.99–$11.99 per item
  • Shipping: free
  • Delivery area: continental United States
  • Plant-based options: all items are vegan-friendly and mostly organic

Daily Harvest offers plant-based smoothies, bowls, and dishes that require just one simple step of preparation.

You can build your own box with 9–24 items per week, including options like soups, harvest bowls, flatbreads, and forager bowls.

Among the items the service offers are:

  • Pear and Arugula Flatbread
  • Cauliflower Rice and Kimchi Harvest Bowl
  • Pumpkin-Chai Oat Bowl

All Daily Harvest items are plant-based, gluten-free, and sustainably sourced, and most are organic.

Additionally, Daily Harvest has partnered with nonprofit organizations such as the American Farmland Trust and California Certified Organic Farmers to help historically underserved farmers adopt organic and regenerative farming practices in an effort to support sustainability.

Daily Harvest currently uses mostly compostable or recyclable packaging and is moving toward using 100% compostable, recyclable, and virgin plastic-free packaging to minimize waste.

What our tester says

I really enjoyed most of the items I tried from Daily Harvest, including the Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites, along with several of the oat bowls and other breakfast items.

Unlike many other meal delivery services, Daily Harvest items only require one step of preparation, which might make it a good choice for those who are short on time and looking for an easy way to round out their diet.

Daily Harvest also offers a wide selection of items to choose from, so it’s great for those interested in adding more variety to their meal plan.

For more details on my experience with Daily Harvest, check out the full review here.

— Healthline Nutrition writer Rachael Link, MS, RD


  • vegan, gluten-free, and mostly organic foods
  • shipping included
  • just one step of preparation required
  • sustainably sourced ingredients and eco-friendly packaging


  • portion sizes that may be too small for some people
  • mostly single-serving meals
  • limited options for some dietary restrictions

Best for frozen meals


  • Price per serving: $4.99–$11.99
  • Shipping: free for 12 or 18 items, $10 for 6 items
  • Delivery area: select areas on the East and West Coasts
  • Plant-based options: all items are vegetarian, and many are vegan-friendly

Mosaic Foods is a plant-based fully prepared meal delivery service that aims to make healthy eating easier than ever by providing a wide range of flavorful frozen meals.

The company offers a variety of single-portion and family-size breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals, all of which are ready to enjoy in 5 minutes or less.

You can build your own custom box by selecting your favorite veggie bowls, oat bowls, smoothies, soups, and pizzas.

Selections on the menu include:

  • Peanut Tofu Bowl
  • Green Curry Noodles
  • Jerk Lentil and Plantain Bowl

All packaging materials are curbside recyclable, making this a great option for people looking to minimize their environmental footprint.

What our tester says

Mosaic stands out as one of the few meal delivery services to offer family-size heat-and-serve prepared meals.

I tried four family meals and was overall impressed. As a dietitian, I appreciated that each meal contained at least four types of vegetables, and as a mom, I loved having a stash of ready-to-cook meals in the freezer for nights when I didn’t feel like cooking.

All of the meals were flavorful, with the Penne alla Vodka and Veggie Pot Pie being my family’s favorites.

The only downside was that most of the family-size meals took 90 minutes to heat in the oven.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • provides fully prepared frozen meals
  • affordable
  • uses fully recyclable packaging
  • wide selection of vegan-friendly menu items


  • not available in all areas
  • does not use fully organic ingredients

Best for prepared meals

Territory Foods

  • Price per serving: $7.99–$33.99 per item, depending on selections
  • Shipping: $7.95–$15.95 per delivery
  • Delivery area: most areas throughout the United States
  • Plant-based options: offers Mixitarian, Plant-Based, Vegetarian, and Vegan menus

Territory Foods specializes in providing flavorful, ready-made meals that are prepared by local chefs in your area and delivered fresh.

The service offers a wide selection of meals, which you can filter to find plant-based, vegan, or vegetarian options, along with options for several other specific diet patterns.

All items on the menu are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugars. The service also uses local, sustainably sourced ingredients in the meals as much as possible.

Here are a few examples of plant-based items on the menu:

  • Vegan Lasagna with Mixed Veggies
  • Okra and Chickpea Masala
  • Macro Grain Bowl with Five Spice Tofu

Territory Foods delivers dishes twice per week to ensure freshness and quality. When signing up, you can select 4–12 single-serving meals per delivery, or 8–24 meals total each week.

Most of the packaging materials can be recycled, apart from the gel from thawed ice packs.


  • fresh, never frozen meals
  • wide selection of meals to choose from
  • prepared by local chefs using sustainably sourced ingredients
  • many vegan-friendly options


  • some expensive items
  • mostly single-serving meals

Best for weight loss

Trifecta Nutrition

  • Price per serving: $11.24–$15.85
  • Shipping: $9.99 within continental United States, $49.99 for Alaska and Hawaii
  • Delivery area: throughout the United States
  • Plant-based options: offers Vegan and Vegetarian menus

Trifecta Nutrition is an organic meal delivery service that provides nutritionally balanced, calorie- and portion-controlled meals that are high in protein and fiber to help you reach or maintain a healthy weight.

The company offers options for both vegan and vegetarian diets and allows you to exclude up to two ingredients from your menu, such as mushrooms, soy, eggplant, or nuts.

The menu includes meals such as:

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa
  • Crispy Tofu Skillet
  • Garlic Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

In addition to using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, Trifecta Nutrition uses mostly recyclable packaging.

You can choose to receive 1–4 meals per day for either 5 or 7 days per week.

What our tester says

Trifecta Nutrition offers a diverse menu featuring a wide variety of ingredients, so it never started to feel boring or repetitive, even after a few days.

All of the meals are fully prepared and frozen, which is incredibly convenient if you’re looking to save time in the kitchen.

While the meals were very tasty for the most part, I found that adding extra spices and ingredients made them even more enjoyable.

Read more about my experience with this meal delivery service in this comprehensive review.

— Healthline Nutrition writer Rachael Link, MS, RD


  • fully prepared meals
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner options
  • available throughout the United States
  • vegan menu available


  • offers only single-serving meals
  • does not allow customers to select specific meals
  • offers the option to exclude only two ingredients

Best organic plant-based meal delivery

Green Chef

  • Price per serving: $11.99–$13.49
  • Shipping: $9.99
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
  • Plant-based options: offers Vegan and Vegetarian menus

Green Chef is a USDA-certified organic subscription service that provides healthy plant-based meal kits.

Each meal kit features step-by-step recipe cards and high quality, organic ingredients, making this one of the best options available for people who prefer eating organic.

You can select 2–4 recipes per week with 2, 4, or 6 servings each. Here are some examples of plant-based dishes on the menu:

  • Honey-Glazed Mushroom Stir-Fry
  • Veggie and Bean Stuffed Peppers
  • Maple-Mustard Sweet Potato Bowls

According to the company’s website, Green Chef uses mostly recyclable packaging materials, except when that’s not possible for food safety reasons.

What our tester says

Green Chef is another one of my top meal delivery service picks, as the meals I tried were brimming with multiple types of vegetables and the dishes were flavorful without being overly salty or spicy.

I appreciated that the service offers a dedicated vegan menu for plant-based eaters and that the vegan options are just as thoughtfully crafted as the meat-containing meals. The Bulgogi Noodle Bowls is still one of my favorite vegan recipes that I’ve tried from any meal service.

My main complaints with Green Chef were that the timing of some of the instructions was a bit off and that most of the recipes required several pots and pans, which made for a longer cleanup time.

Read more about my experience trying Green Chef in this hands-on review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • includes up to six servings per meal kit
  • uses high quality, organic ingredients
  • provides options for several dietary restrictions
  • offers Vegan and Vegetarian menus


  • expensive
  • no prepared meals

Best gluten-free vegan meal delivery


  • Price per serving: $16.05–$18.17
  • Shipping: calculated based on location
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
  • Plant-based options: all meals are vegan and gluten-free

Sprinly is a meal delivery service that specializes in providing chef-inspired meals that are healthy, convenient, and eco-friendly.

The company offers a variety of fully prepared meals each week, all of which are gluten-free, organic, vegan, and free of refined sugars.

Meals are also prepared in a gluten-free kitchen, making this a safe option for people with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. However, the facility is not yet certified gluten-free.

Here are a few examples of meals on the menu:

  • Paprika Spinach Salad with Baked Tofu and Hemp Hearts
  • Smoked Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cakes

When placing your order, you can select specific meals and choose to receive 6, 12, or 18 servings per week.

Sprinly currently ships throughout the United States and uses packaging materials that are reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

What our tester says

During testing, Sprinly stood out for its fresh, high quality ingredients. Each dish I tried was bursting with crispy vegetables and chewy whole grains. I also loved the sauces that came with most of my meals, especially the lemon sunshine dressing and the pineapple glaze.

While some meals were more flavorful than others, overall I found Sprinly to be a great alternative to pricier grain bowls and salads that you’d order from a restaurant.

Just keep in mind that you need to transfer the meals to a plate or bowl before reheating them. Because of this, they may not be the best for taking on the go or reheating at work.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • produces meals in a gluten-free facility
  • uses mostly organic ingredients
  • vegan-friendly


  • expensive
  • smaller weekly meal selection than other services
  • limited options for certain dietary restrictions

Best for plant-based beginners


  • Price per serving: $10.39–$12.69
  • Shipping: $9.99
  • Delivery area: select areas of the contiguous United States
  • Plant-based options: offers a Plant-Based meal plan that allows you to set preferences, including vegan or vegetarian

If you’re short on time and looking for an easy way to get started with a plant-based diet, CookUnity may be worth considering.

CookUnity offers a wide range of ready-to-eat meals, all of which are prepared by local chefs in your region.

You can select 4–16 meals per week from the extensive menu and can filter the menu to find options suitable for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, or paleo diets.

The menu includes items such as:

  • Sesame Tofu Rice
  • Quinoa Chickpea Salad
  • Slow-Roasted Cod

Meals are delivered fresh. You can reheat them in the oven when you’re ready to eat or place them in the freezer to extend their shelf life.

CookUnity uses mostly recyclable packaging and reuses its insulated delivery bags to help reduce waste.


  • offers a range of fresh, never frozen meals
  • provides options for multiple diet patterns
  • offers several vegan-friendly meals


  • may not be suitable for families or larger households
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies
  • uses limited organic ingredients

Best for smoothies, soups, and grain bowls

Splendid Spoon

  • Price per serving: $9.75–$14.00
  • Shipping: free
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
  • Plant-based options: all items are vegan-friendly and gluten-free

With more than 50 ready-to-eat items to choose from each week, Splendid Spoon is a great option for even the pickiest plant-based eaters who are looking to add more variety to their diet.

The company offers a wide selection of vegan-friendly smoothies, soups, grain bowls, and noodle dishes that are both gluten-free and non-GMO.

However, because some meals are very light and might not be filling enough for some people, the service may be best for providing smoothies, soups, and grain bowls to help round out your diet.

Here are a few examples of meals from the menu:

  • Cuban Black Bean Bowl with Plantains and Scallions
  • Coconut Curry Rice Bowl
  • Kale Pesto Noodles

There are several plans to choose from, which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 5 days per week. You can purchase one-time boxes to stock up on your favorite items.

Splendid Spoon is committed to sustainability and uses fully recyclable packaging to reduce its environmental impact.

What our tester says

Splendid Spoon sent me several soups, smoothies, grain bowls, and noodle bowls to try, and while there were a few that I wasn’t a huge fan of, I overall enjoyed having quick and easy lunches stashed in the freezer.

In particular, I really liked the company’s noodle bowls — I still find myself craving the Vegan Meatballs & Marinara Noodles.

The smoothies weren’t overly sweet and contained ingredient combinations that I wouldn’t think to try, though I did add a splash of oat milk to a few of them to make the consistency a bit creamier.

Read my full hands-on review of Splendid Spoon here.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • offers more than 50 ready-to-eat menu items
  • uses fully recyclable packaging
  • provides options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • provides exclusively vegan-friendly, gluten-free meals


  • can be expensive
  • offers only items with 1–2 portions
  • may not be suitable for people with certain dietary restrictions

Best for families

Martha and Marley Spoon

  • Price per serving: $8.69–$12.99
  • Shipping: $9.99
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
  • Menus: offers a Vegetarian menu with several vegan options to choose from

Martha and Marley Spoon offers meal kits featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients with family-friendly recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less to help make weeknight dinners a breeze.

The service features a rotating weekly menu with healthy, chef-designed recipes and allows you to order 2–6 meals per week with 2 or 4 servings each.

Many of the recipes are easy to prepare and kid-friendly, making this an excellent choice for families looking to add more variety to their weekly dinner routine.

Meals are available for a variety of dietary preferences, and you can make your box vegetarian when signing up. However, while a few of the items are also vegan-friendly, keep in mind that there is not a specific vegan menu available.

The menu includes plant-based meals such as:

  • Black Bean Tortilla Soup
  • Harissa-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
  • Grilled Tofu Banh Mi

Martha and Marley Spoon also maintains carbon neutrality by offsetting carbon emissions and uses mostly recyclable packaging materials.

What our tester says

If you’re looking for plant-based meals that taste like what Mom used to make, then you’ll love Martha and Marley Spoon. My family tried three plant-based meals: a vegetable pot pie, chana masala, and corn and poblano enchiladas.

All of the meals were relatively easy to make, the ingredients tasted fresh, and the portion sizes were generous. We particularly loved the vegetable pot pie — I still dream of the rosemary biscuits — and both the chana masala and the enchiladas were big hits with my toddler.

My only complaint with the service is that you can’t filter by diet type, so it takes a bit longer to find and select plant-based meals.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD


  • features family-friendly recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less
  • supports sustainability by maintaining carbon neutrality
  • offers a large rotating menu with 45 recipes per week


  • no prepared meals
  • limited selection for certain dietary restrictions and food allergies
  • only a few vegan options available each week

Types of mealsPrice per servingShippingOrganic itemsBest for
CookUnityprepared meals$10.39–$12.69$9.99some organic ingredients•vegans
Daily Harvest• prepared meals
• smoothies
• snacks
$5.99–$11.99free95% organic ingredients•vegans
Green Chefmeal kits$11.99–$13.49$9.99organic produce and eggs•vegans
HelloFreshmeal kits$7.99–$11.99depends on plan and locationsome organic ingredients•vegetarians
Martha and Marley Spoonmeal kits$8.69–$12.99$9.99some organic ingredientsvegetarians
Mosaicprepared meals$4.99–$11.99• free for 12 or 18 items
• $10 for 6 items
some organic ingredients•vegans
Purple Carrot• meal kits
• prepared meals
$4.49–$13.25• free for orders over $85
• $8 for smaller orders
some organic ingredients•vegans
Splendid Spoon• prepared meals
• smoothies
$9.75–$14.00freesome organic ingredients•vegans
Sprinlyprepared meals$16.05–$18.17depends on locationmostly organic ingredients•vegans
Sunbasket• meal kits
• prepared meals
$9.99–$17.99$9.99organic produce and eggs•vegetarians
Territory Foodsprepared meals$7.99–$33.99 per item$7.95–$15.95 per deliverysome organic ingredients•vegans
Trifecta Nutritionprepared meals$11.24–$15.85• $9.99 within continental U.S.
• $49.99 for Alaska and Hawaii
organic produce•vegans

You may want to consider several factors when selecting a plant-based meal delivery service:

  • Variety: Be sure to check out the menu and pick a service that offers a variety of choices each week that are suitable for your dietary needs.
  • Ingredient quality: If you prefer to eat organic, consider choosing a service that uses high quality, organic ingredients.
  • Dietary preferences: Whether you follow a vegan, gluten-free, low calorie, or carb-conscious diet, it’s important to look for a meal delivery service that caters to your needs.
  • Prep time: While some services offer meals that are ready to enjoy, others may require you to cook and prepare meals using premeasured ingredients.
  • Availability: Not all services are available in all regions, so check carefully to determine whether delivery is available for your area.
  • Price: Meal delivery services can vary quite a bit in price. Be sure to pick a program that fits your budget and consider extra costs such as shipping and add-on items.

Following a nutritious plant-based diet has been associated with several potential benefits, including reducing your risk of several chronic conditions such as (3, 4, 5, 6):

  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cognitive decline
  • certain types of cancer

What’s more, many studies suggest that following a plant-based diet may help you reach and maintain a moderate weight (7, 8, 9).

Additionally, reducing your consumption of meat and animal products can help decrease your environmental impact.

In fact, one review estimates that transitioning to a more environmentally sustainable eating pattern could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and land use by up to 70% while decreasing water use by 50% (10).

A plant-based diet requires careful planning to ensure that your diet meets all your nutritional needs.

This is especially important with more restrictive plant-based eating patterns such as vegan diets, which exclude many nutrient-dense animal products.

In particular, vegans and vegetarians are at a higher risk of iron deficiency, which can cause symptoms like weakness, dizziness, and fatigue (11, 12).

Many plant foods also lack several other nutrients — such as vitamin B12, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin D — so eating mostly plants could increase the risk of deficiency (13).

Consider working with a registered dietitian to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, either from a balanced diet or from fortified foods or supplements.

Are vegan and plant-based the same?

While “vegan” and “plant-based” might sound like they’re one and the same, they have notable differences.

In general, “plant-based” refers to a person’s dietary choices. People who eat mostly — or entirely — plants or foods that are made from plants often describe their diet as plant-based.

Veganism, in contrast, is often considered a choice that extends beyond diet and into one’s lifestyle.

In addition to eliminating animal-based foods from their diet, people who are vegan often look to avoid consuming items with animal-based ingredients and products that are tested on animals — including everything from shampoo and makeup to clothing and wallets.

Which meal delivery service is best for one person?

Many of the meal delivery services listed above provide single-serving meals to help you save time on cooking.

For example, Territory Foods and CookUnity both provide chef-crafted ready-made meals for one, while Trifecta Nutrition, Daily Harvest, and Mosaic provide frozen and flavorful dishes that are individually portioned.

What is the cheapest plant-based meal delivery service?

With items starting at $5.99 and free shipping, Daily Harvest is one of the cheapest plant-based meal delivery services. Other budget-friendly options include HelloFresh and Mosaic.

What are the negatives to a plant-based diet?

While fruits and vegetables are generally healthy, an unbalanced diet can be unhealthy. If you decide to follow a plant-based diet, it’s important to make sure you get enough of nutrients such as protein, fatty acids, vitamin B12, and iron.

Is a plant-based diet a balanced diet?

Like almost any other diet, plant-based diets can be balanced.

If you want to try a plant-based diet but are concerned about where to start and how to make sure you’re meeting your nutritional needs, consider speaking with a registered dietitian or another healthcare professional.

Plant-based meal delivery services offer a convenient way to enjoy nutritious meals at home.

The many available plant-based meal delivery services vary in terms of the types of meals and menus they provide.

Be sure to consider factors like menu variety, ingredient quality, cost, availability, and required preparation when selecting the service that’s right for you.