Changing a diet—something as small as eating less red meat, or adopting an entirely new way of eating—can be excruciatingly difficult. Anyone whose tried to change their diet knows this to be true. It’s a challenge at the best of times, but especially so once you factor in getting drinks with friends after work, or that “dinner” you ate at 10 p.m. because you didn’t have a spare half-hour to make something better until then.
Keto, for instance, is one of the most popular non-standard diets in the world right now, but cooking keto eating keto friendly three times a day is no mean feat. One popular solution is delivery keto meal plans, which arrive at your door on a specified day on whatever cadence you want them to be delivered, and make adherence to your new keto diet significantly easier.
This is a guide to the best keto meal plans you can buy—tested, reviewed, compared, and ranked by The Edge team.
What We Looked for in a Keto Meal Plan
The first and most important question when considering buying into a new subscription—keto meal plans in this instance—is obvious: how much will it cost me? The prices found in this guide are broken down on a per-meal basis. Each number includes the sticker price, taxes, and delivery costs.
If you’re interested in keto meal plans and wondering roughly what one might cost, here’s your answer: about $13 per meal. We surveyed more than a dozen companies, reviewed half of those, and all fell between $12 and $16 a meal, with most landing neatly on $13 or $14 per. Yes, some companies give you a better deal when you buy more meals or order more regularly, but you can still use these prices as a general guide.
There are few things more choosey than food. If a meal plan didn’t offer at least some means of altering the meals—for food allergies, preference, etc.—we ignored them out of hand. Ultimately, if a meal plan provider isn’t willing to accommodate each person’s wants and needs (within the scope of whatever diet they’re pursuing), they shouldn’t be in the business. All our recommendations provide moderate to extremely flexible choices to the shopper. We’ll get into the specifics of that choice with each pick.
There’s a good chance you’ll have to reach out to customer service at some point when ordering or managing your meal plan subscription. Whether it be a simple change or delivery cadence—for instance, my partner and I moved from a weekly delivery to a biweekly one—it seems inevitable. To that end, make it a point to reach out to the company’s customer service team before ordering. You don’t even have to ask a real question—just see if they respond to you, and if that response comes at a satisfactory pace. It may seem tedious, but it could save you a headache in the long run.
Food quality and taste
Perhaps the second most obvious subject matter after price, there really isn’t a way to know if what you’re ordering will be good before you spend money on it. We hope that’s part of the role this guide will play, as each recommended plan has been ordered, tested, and compared against the competition.
A few words on keto meal plan food, generally. We found most of the meals to be texturally lacking in some respect. This isn’t a huge surprise, given that reheating frozen food isn’t how you achieve wonder texture, but it was a consistent frustration. It may be worth having garnishes or toppings on hand like chopped almonds, green onions, or parsley—really anything to make the food feel better to eat. It’s not bad by any stretch, but each of our testers noted texture complaints in their reviews.
How We Tested Keto Meal Plans
No meal plan we will recommend in this guide is here based on reputation—we’ve tested and reviewed each one on the site. Getting the most out of your diet and doing so in an economical and enjoyable way are the guiding principles behind our reviews. We compared price, taste, options, and customer service responsiveness to come up with a short list of recommended plans. Have a keto meal plan you’re curious about? Email this guide’s editor, Will Price, and we’ll try it out.