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A ketogenic diet focuses on foods rich in healthy fats, with adequate protein and few carbohydrates. For people following this diet, a keto meal delivery service may be a useful and convenient option.

A quick look at the best keto meal delivery services

This article reviews some of the top keto meal delivery services. It also offers a brief overview of the potential health benefits and risks of following a keto diet.

Please note that the writer of this article has not tried these products.

All quotes are provided by Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD., Rachael Link, MS, RD., and Lauren Manaker, RD., all of whom received free meal kits to review.

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A keto diet is an eating plan that people may follow to maintain a moderate weight or reduce body fat. The principle of the plan is to limit carbs so that the body uses fats for energy by entering a state known as ketosis.

A 2021 article suggests that the ideal macronutrient ratio for a keto diet is:

Learn more about a 1-week keto diet meal plan.

A meal delivery service provides customers with meal kit ingredients or ready-made meals.

Recipients simply prepare the food by following the instructions or heating ready-made meals in a microwave or an oven. These services can be particularly convenient for people with busy schedules or those with little experience in the kitchen.

Research suggests that keto diets may help promote weight loss and improve lean muscle mass. Therefore, they may be beneficial eating plans for people who are trying to maintain a moderate weight or reduce body fat.

Other scientists suggest that this diet may also offer some protective benefits. A 2017 review notes that it may reduce cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

A 2019 review also indicates that the ketones the body produces during a keto diet may offer neuroprotective benefits. This suggests that this plan may help prevent or manage conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Another 2019 review notes that keto diets may help reduce seizures in people with epilepsy.

Meanwhile, a 2020 study suggests that the diet may have beneficial effects on blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. However, scientists need to perform more research to understand this fully.

Some research also notes that people now have less time to prepare healthy meals than in decades past. This reduced time may have contributed to a rise in obesity. One 2019 study suggests that meal delivery services can potentially provide people with convenient and nutritious options, which can help them follow a healthy, balanced diet.

Currently, researchers do not understand much about the potential long-term effects of keto diets. However, a 2019 article suggests that their potential risks and adverse effects may make them unsuitable for people in the long term.

One common short-term side effect of this eating plan is a collection of symptoms that people typically call keto flu. According to some experts, these symptoms may include:

Some people may also experience so-called keto diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues. A 2018 study notes that diarrhea and constipation are common side effects as the body adjusts to being in ketosis.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend the keto diet for people with:

Medical News Today chooses meal delivery services that fit the following criteria:

  • Nutritional value: MNT chooses meal delivery services that meet the average person’s nutritional needs and promote healthy eating habits.
  • Ingredient quality: MNT selects meal delivery services that use fresh, high quality ingredients. Some also use organic produce or sustainably sourced ingredients.
  • Variety: MNT chooses meal delivery services that feature a range of flavors and ingredients to suit different taste preferences and diets.
  • Price: MNT selects meal delivery services with different price points to suit a range of budgets.
  • Availability: MNT chooses meal delivery services available throughout most of the United States.
  • Sustainability: MNT selects meal delivery services that reduce their environmental impact by employing recyclable packaging, carbon-neutral shipping, local ingredients, and other sustainable practices.
  • Reputable: MNT only chooses brands that adhere to industry best practices and have passed our medical vetting process.

Many meal delivery services offer keto cuisine options. Below, we look at some of the top options that people may consider trying.

Best for certified organic meals: Fresh N’ Lean

“I tried a variety of Fresh N Fit meals, which were selected for me by the company. However, looking at the website, I think it’s well-designed to make it easy to find meals that fit your desired dietary pattern. […] While the textures of the ingredients were fine (nothing was overly soft, mushy, or dry), I didn’t find the meals to be particularly satisfying. […] Overall, while I like how easy it is to find meals for certain dietary patterns, I think there are better options out there […]”

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

  • Cost per week: around $160
  • Cooking time: up to 7 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: anywhere in the United States, except PO boxes
  • Shipping cost: free

Fresh n’ Lean is a meal delivery service that caters to a variety of diet plans, including keto. The company says its keto meals contain healthy fats, sustainably sourced proteins, and balanced macronutrients.

Fresh n’ Lean meals are dietitian-approved and ready-made. The brand also states that customers can prepare meals in the microwave in as little as 3 minutes.

The company also says that its meals comply with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act and are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

Fresh n’ Lean offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Prices range from roughly $75–226, depending on the number of meals that people order.

Fresh n’ Lean keto sample meal: Zucchini Chicken Alfredo

  • Serving size: 257 grams (g)
  • Calories per serving: 400
  • Total fat: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 165 milligrams (mg)
  • Sodium: 590 mg
  • Total carbs: 11 g
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Protein: 35 g

This meal contains cage-free chicken thigh, grass-fed beef chorizo, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, and coconut cream.

Best for side and mains: Diet-to-Go

  • Cost per week: around $225
  • Cooking time: no information available
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: contiguous U.S.
  • Shipping cost: $19.98 per week

Diet-to-Go offers four different meal delivery plans, including its Keto-Carb30 eating plan. The company says that this diet plan restricts carbs to roughly 30 net carbs per day and replaces them with healthy fats.

The brand also adds that its meals include meat, cheese, and eggs and may help people lose weight quickly and effectively. However, Diet-to-Go does not recommend adding fruit, bread, sugar, or other carbs to the meal plan if a person’s goal is to lose weight.

Diet-to-Go works with a 5-week meal rotation, featuring a range of different meals available each week. The company’s 7-day plan can include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sides for a week, costing roughly $225.

Diet-to-Go Keto-Carb30 sample meal: Veal Sorrento with Ham

  • Serving size: 359 g
  • Calories: 400
  • Total fat: 15 g
  • Cholesterol: 155 mg
  • Sodium: 1,120 mg
  • Total carbs: 17 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Protein: 47 g

This meal contains veal, Sorrento sauce, prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, and seasoned squash. People can substitute certain ingredients when ordering.

Best for chef-designed meals: Green Chef

“[…] the ingredients were grouped by recipe in paper bags — a feature I really like as it helps keep your fridge organized and saves you time. While there was certainly a lot of plastic, I appreciated that each item included a note at the bottom on how to recycle it. All of the ingredients were premeasured and several came pre-shredded or chopped, which made the meals even easier and faster to prepare. […] While some of the ingredient proportions were a bit off and the timing of some of the steps could’ve been better, I overall think this is one of the best meal delivery services thanks to the quality ingredients and flavorful dishes.”

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

  • Cost per week: from $11.99 per serving
  • Cooking time: around 30 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: contiguous U.S., excluding parts of Louisiana
  • Shipping cost: $9.99

Green Chef is another meal delivery service that caters to many different dietary preferences, including keto. The company has received certifications in its use of organic ingredients from CCOF and the Department of Agriculture.

The brand says that chefs design all its meals to be healthy and easy to prepare in around 30 minutes. Customers can choose to have deliveries weekly, fortnightly, or once every 4 weeks.

Green Chef Keto+Paleo sample meal: Sesame-Ginger Tilapia

  • Serving size: 537 g
  • Calories: 570
  • Total fat: 38 g
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg
  • Sodium: 1,550 mg
  • Total carbs: 26 g
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Protein: 31 g

This meal contains tilapia, sauteed cabbage, kale, smashed cucumbers, and sesame-ginger sauce.

Best for registered dietitian-designed meals: Factor

“[…] I easily found six recipes that sounded appetizing to me, though I wish that the website had filters to make it easier to quickly choose meals that suit your dietary preferences. The meals arrived in good condition and were easy to stack in my fridge. As promised, all of the meals were quick and easy to reheat. I was especially impressed by the quality of ingredients used (organic produce, sustainable seafood, grass-fed meat). Even after being reheated in the microwave, all of the proteins were well-cooked and not dry. I was also impressed by the textures and flavors of the vegetables and grains included. Finally, all of the meals were well-seasoned and featured delicious sauces that helped the meals standout above competitors.”

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

  • Cost: from $10.99 per serving
  • Cooking time: minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: contiguous U.S.
  • Shipping cost: free

Factor is a meal delivery service that uses registered dietitians to design ready-made meals, which chefs then cook before shipping them to customers.

The brand claims that its meals are suitable for either lunches or dinners, and it also offers limited options for breakfast, snacks, and drinks.

The company also offers a variety of menus, including keto options. Customers can choose 4–18 meals per week from the weekly menu options, with prices typically $11–15 per meal.

Factor keto sample meal: Mozzarella Meatball Burger

  • Serving size: 374 g
  • Calories: 670
  • Total fat: 50 g
  • Cholesterol: 170 mg
  • Sodium: 760 mg
  • Total carbs: 17 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Protein: 40 g

This meal contains a beef, pork, ricotta, and egg burger, tomato Sugo, and mozzarella cheese. It also comes with a side of roasted diced broccoli, roasted garlic, and tomato butter.

Best for weight loss: Trifecta

“Trifecta Nutrition meals are tasty, filling, and nutritious. Meals do require a bit more preparation than some other similar services, but they are generally very easy to make and may help save time on cooking. The foods all arrived frozen and were shipped and packaged well. […] A few required additional ingredients, such as spices or veggies, to make them more palatable. […] I wouldn’t recommend this to picky eaters because you’re unable to choose your own meals and can only select up to 2 ingredients to exclude. However, I think it may be worthwhile for people who are adventurous eaters, athletes, people with a busy schedule, and those following vegan, paleo, or keto diet plans.”

— Rachael Link, MS, RD.

  • Cost per week: around $110.99
  • Cooking time: 2–3 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: all 50 states
  • Shipping cost: $9.99

Trifecta is a meal delivery service that may be particularly suitable for athletes or people trying to lose weight. The brand says that professional chefs prepare its meals using organic ingredients free from genetically modified organisms that contain no additives.

People can select weekly, fortnightly, or monthly meals. The brand also has a mobile app to help people track their workouts, nutrition, and progress. Trifecta also offers customers free access to nutrition coaches.

Trifecta also features several sustainability initiatives. For example, the brand uses green packaging and sustainably sourced ingredients, has a low carbon footprint, and donates leftovers to charity, which helps minimize food waste.

Trifecta keto meal plan: Average macronutrients

According to Trifecta, the average macronutrients of its keto meals are:

  • Calories: 400
  • Protein: 32 g
  • Net carbs: 10 g
  • Fat: 28 g

Best for a bundle box or a-la-carte: Five One Eight Kitchen

  • Cost per week: around $250
  • Cooking time: around 5 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: all 50 states
  • Shipping cost: free on orders over $150

Five One Eight Kitchen offers a “Week-o-Keto Bundle,” a $250 subscription box that includes seven breakfasts, 14 lunches and dinners, one premium dinner, four baked goods, and one dessert.

People can customize their bundle and choose from a menu with various options each week.

People can store their meals in the freezer until they are ready to eat. All packaging is microwave- and oven-safe.

Five One Eight Kitchen also offers an a-la-carte menu.

Five One Eight Kitchen keto sample meal: Chicken Pot Pie

  • Serving size: 298 g
  • Calories: 570
  • Total fat: 44 g
  • Cholesterol: 180 mg
  • Sodium: 490 mg
  • Total carbs: 10 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Protein: 32 g

This dish contains a sauce of green beans, kale, and celery, alongside antibiotic-free chicken breast and a cheesy, thick, crust.

Best for multiple diets: HelloFresh

“[…] HelloFresh is the one I keep coming back to as it’s more affordable and offers more family-friendly flavors that my toddler enjoys. I also find the meals easy to prepare, and I love that the ingredients are packaged by recipe as it keeps my fridge organized and is easy to bring with you on vacation or to a friend’s house. The main downsides are that I often receive incorrect ingredients (or sometimes items are missing). I also almost always have at least one ingredient that’s damaged or spoiled during shipping.”

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

  • Cost per week: from $8.99 per serving
  • Cooking time: from 20 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: contiguous U.S.
  • Shipping cost: varies by location

HelloFresh offers a rotating weekly menu of over 30 meals a week, all of which suit different diets such as Carb Smart, Mediterranean, and vegetarian.

While the company does not offer keto-specific meals, people may find that the low carb, Carb Smart, meals are suitable for their needs.

People can choose up to 6 recipes per week suitable for 2–4 people.

Hello Fresh Carb Smart sample meal: Cajun Ranch Chicken Salad

  • Serving amount: one serving
  • Calories: 440
  • Total fat: 28 g
  • Cholesterol: 115 mg
  • Sodium: 920 mg
  • Total carbs: 18 g
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Protein: 31 g

This dish contains chicken breast, tomatoes, baby lettuce, and sour cream.

Best for subscribe and save: Snap Kitchen

“For the price, I would expect to get more food in each meal. They were easy to enjoy and I appreciate how quickly they are able to be consumed. Many options are great for people following low carb diets or a Paleo diet.”

— Lauren Manaker, registered dietitian.

  • Cost per week: from $82.99
  • Cooking time: less than 3 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: Texas and many contiguous states
  • Shipping cost: free

Snap Kitchen offers chef-prepared meals that are free of preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and hormones.

This company delivers to Texas and many contiguous states, and a person will have to supply their ZIP code to ensure the company delivers to their address.

People can choose from a range of menus, including keto and low carb meals. Additionally, people can join Snap Pass, which is a free membership that allows customizable weekly orders and a 5% discount on all orders.

Snap Kitchen will deliver to a person’s home, or in some locations, people can pick up their order at a neighborhood store.

Snap Kitchen keto sample meal: Buffalo Ranch Burger with Loaded Roasted Cauliflower

  • Serving size: 240 g
  • Calories: 550
  • Total fat: 46 g
  • Cholesterol: 120 mg
  • Sodium: 1,100 mg
  • Total carbs: 10 g
  • Total sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 22 g

This dish contains a beef burger, ranch dressing, and cauliflower loaded with cheddar cheese, bacon, and sour cream.

Best for meal kits or ready-made meals: Sunbasket

“The ordering process at Sunbasket was easy to follow, and I appreciated how easy it was to find recipes that suit my dietary preferences. The meals arrived on-time and in good condition. In fact, I thought the packaging and quality of the meat and seafood was the best out of all of the meal kits I’ve tried. While the meals were relatively easy to cook, I found the recipe booklet cumbersome and more difficult to follow than large recipe cards.”

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

  • Cost per week: from $9.99 per serving
  • Cooking time: from 15 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: most ZIP codes
  • Shipping cost: first delivery free

Sunbasket states that its meal contains farm-fresh and organic ingredients. People can choose from two meal options: meal kits, and ready-made food that people can heat in the oven.

People can choose from several menus, including keto meals. Sunbasket also offers market items, such as breakfasts and snacks, that people can add to their subscription boxes.

Sunbasket keto sample menu: Steak and Potato Hash with Cauliflower and Chimichurri

  • Calories: 430
  • Total fat: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 70 mg
  • Sodium: 290 mg
  • Total carbs: 22 g
  • Total sugars: 4 g
  • Protein: 32 g

This meal contains organic cauliflower, potatoes, and a choice of three steak options, including rib-eye, New York strips, and filet mignon.

Best for a tailored meal plan: Performance Kitchen

  • Cost per week: from $8.99 per serving
  • Cooking time: minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: contiguous U.S.
  • Shipping cost: $25, or free on orders over $100

Performance Kitchen is a meal delivery service company that works with doctors, registered dietitians, and chefs to create meals it claims are medically tailored.

The company’s Carb-wise meal plan also allows people to filter by gluten- and dairy-free meals. The company states that these meals contain under 19 g of net carbs and under 20 g of total carbs. However, Performance Kitchen does not display the nutritional information of its meals on its website.

The company recommends people contact a dietitian on its website to create a meal plan tailored to each person’s needs.

People can subscribe and receive weekly or monthly deliveries. If a person subscribes, they receive a 5% discount on all orders.

Best for people with food adversities: The Good Kitchen

  • Cost per week: from $11.50 per serving
  • Cooking time: less than 5 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: any time
  • Delivery area: all states
  • Shipping cost: varies by location

The Good Kitchen offers weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly deliveries. Shipping fees vary by location, and the company states it can provide an estimate if people contact it by email.

The company provides meals suitable for several dietary requirements, such as keto, paleo, and Whole30 Approved. Additionally, people can filter by allergens and adversities, such as meals with no garlic, mushrooms, nightshades, and onions.

The Good Kitchen keto sample meal: Venison Meatloaf with Broccoli Squash Casserole

  • Serving size: 312 g
  • Calories: 390
  • Total fat: 22 g
  • Cholesterol: 190 mg
  • Sodium: 750 mg
  • Total carbs: 17 g
  • Total sugars: 7 g
  • Protein: 32 g

This meal contains venison, ground beef, tomatoes, yellow squash, tomatoes, eggs, and broccoli.

Best nonsubscription option: Clean Eatz Kitchen

  • Cost per week: $47.99
  • Cooking time: 2–3 minutes
  • Skip a week: yes
  • Cancellation: not applicable
  • Delivery area: all states
  • Shipping cost: $5 on orders under $80

Clean Eatz Kitchen allows people to build boxes of meals without signing up for a subscription. It changes its menu monthly.

People can choose from several meal plans, including a keto diet plan, or pick and choose meals from the menu on the website.

The company recommends people check the nutritional value of each of the meals before ordering, as not all of its keto meals will be suitable for people on a stricter keto diet.

Clean Eatz Kitchen keto sample meal: Keto Pad Thai

  • Serving size: 255 g
  • Calories: 400
  • Total fat: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Sodium: 740 mg
  • Total carbs: 15 g
  • Protein: 41 g

This dish contains chicken, Asian vegetables, and a Thai peanut sauce.

The following table compares the meal services in this article

Cost per weekCooking timeSkip a weekCancellationDelivery areaShipping cost
Fresh N’ Leanaround $160up to 7 minutesyesany timeU.S.free
Diet-to-goaround $225no informationyesany timecontiguous U.S.$19.98
Green Cheffrom $11.99 per servingaround 30 minutesyesany timecontiguous U.S.$9.99
Factorfrom $10.99 per servingwithin minutesyesany timecontiguous U.S.free
Trifectaaround $110.992–3 minutesyesany timeall 50 states$9.99
Five One Eight Kitchenaround $250around 5 minutesyesany timeall 50 statesfree on orders over $150
HelloFreshfrom $8.99 per servingfrom 20 minutesyesany timecontiguous U.S.varies
Snap Kitchenfrom $82.99less than 3 minutesyesany timeTexas and many contiguous statesfree
Sunbasketfrom $9.99 per servingfrom 15 minutesyesany timemost ZIP codesfirst delivery free
Performance Kitchenfrom $8.99 per servingwithin minutesyesany timecontiguous U.S.$25
free on orders over $100
The Good Kitchenfrom $11.50 per servingless than 5 minutesyesany timeall statesvaries by location
Clean Eatz Kitchen$47.992–3 minutesyesnot applicableall states$5 on orders under $80

A person may wish to consider the following when looking for a keto meal delivery service:

  • Price: Check how much meals cost and whether there are any additional charges for extra ingredients and shipping.
  • Ingredients: Check the ingredients in each meal. People with allergies should avoid buying meals that contain allergens and try to avoid using companies that cannot ensure all hypoallergenic meals are free from contamination.
  • Nutritional information: Companies should list all the nutritional values for every meal they offer. This helps people check the calorie, carb, and fat content for each meal.
  • Delivery: Companies should have a shipping information page indicating the areas they deliver to, and any shipping fees.

There are several alternative diets to a keto diet that may offer similar benefits. The following sections discuss some of these in more detail.

Paleo diet

The paleo plan is an eating program that shares some similarities with keto diets. However, instead of focusing on ketosis, this diet revolves around consuming foods that humans may have eaten during the Stone Age. The aim is to eliminate modern processed foods for improved health or weight loss.

Learn more about paleo meal delivery kits.

Low carb plans

Rather than strictly following a keto diet, some people may instead consider low carb options. These diets are similar to keto but are less restrictive around carb intake and tend to feature higher protein intakes.

Learn more about low carb meal delivery services.

Other options

If a person prefers not to try a meal delivery service but still wishes to follow an eating plan similar to a keto diet, there are a few options for them to consider. These include:

  • Mediterranean diet: This is an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while typically including less dairy and meat than a Western diet.
  • Dukan diet: This eating plan comprises only vegetables or protein. Nutritionist Pierre Dukan created this diet to mimic how hunter-gatherers may have eaten.
  • Whole30 diet: This is a 30-day program that aims to remove grains, sugar, dairy, and legumes from the diet.

Here we answer some common questions about the keto diet and meal delivery services.

Can people buy keto ready meals?

Many keto meal delivery companies offer ready-made meals for people following a keto diet.

A person can choose their preferred plan or menu. Then, after receiving their order, they can either heat their food in a microwave or store it in their freezer.

Grocery stores may also offer keto ready meals that people can heat up at home.

Are keto meal delivery services as healthy as cooking my own meals?

Keto meal delivery companies state that their ready-made meals are healthy and most are free of gluten, soy, and preservatives.

Individuals can choose dishes that meet their specific nutritional value requirements.

It is important to consider the number of calories in a meal alongside other nutritional values to ensure a person is eating a healthy, balanced, diet.

Why is the keto diet popular?

The keto diet has become more popular during the last decade.

Part of the reason why it is so popular is that it may be beneficial for people with obesity and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), as it may help reduce appetite and insulin resistance.

For people who find it challenging to follow a keto diet, meal delivery services may offer useful and convenient options. For example, they can help ensure that meals are varied and nutritious. They may also make it easier for people to achieve their health or weight goals.

Although keto diets may be beneficial in the short term, they may not be sustainable in the long term. Those who wish to continue with a similar diet over the long term can choose from several meal delivery services or other eating plans they can try at home.