Finding quality paleo food can be difficult, especially for people who struggle to find the time to cook. For many, paleo meal delivery can make healthful paleo eating easier.
The paleo diet aims to mimic the food that humans supposedly ate during the Paleolithic period, back when they primarily lived in hunter-gatherer societies.
Proponents of the paleo diet claim that agriculture led to a number of unhealthful eating habits, including consuming too many simple carbohydrates.
More recently, they say, the addition of processed and prepackaged foods has further undermined health. They advocate a return to the diet of human ancestors, which they say includes:
- plants, including seeds, nuts, tubers, and fruits and vegetables that human ancestors most likely ate
- protein, including that from insects and seafood, as well as more typical sources
- few or no processed foods
The specifics of each paleo diet vary. Some people simply focus on eating whole, “natural” foods, while others will only eat foods that our human ancestors supposedly ate. In the latter case, a person may exclude more contemporary foods, such as farmed corn, from their diet.
Dietitians state that the paleo diet removes some unhealthful foods, including heavily processed snacks, from a person’s diet. The diet may also increase a person’s protein intake and, depending on their dietary choices, may encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables.
However, the strong emphasis on meats may mean that a person eats too many saturated fats and, as a result, raises their cholesterol levels. Additionally, many paleo devotees end up deficient in vitamin D and calcium.
Most criticisms of the paleo diet relate to the long-term effects of consuming these specific food groups over the course of a lifetime. Researchers note that humans ate these food groups out of necessity during the Stone Age and that although these foods may be beneficial for the digestive tract, the long-term effects on overall health are unknown.
As with most diets, the paleo diet is not a panacea. The most healthful option is for a person to eat a wide variety of foods, minimize their consumption of saturated fats, and eat an appropriate number of calories for their weight, age, and activity level.
People who want to eat healthful, nutrient-dense food but do not want to try paleo can consider one of these options:
- Whole30: A short-term 30-day eating plan designed to help people understand how their body responds to food, this plan focuses on nutrient-dense whole foods.
- Keto: This diet eliminates many carbohydrates and purports to help the body enter a state of ketosis, in which it burns more fat. Doctors originally prescribed the keto diet to treat some forms of epilepsy.
- Whole foods diet: Similar to both Whole30 and keto, the whole foods diet focuses on eating fresh produce and meat while avoiding highly processed prepackaged foods.
- Vegetarian: While it is technically possible to be a paleo vegetarian, it is difficult, as the paleo diet excludes many plant-based sources of protein, such as tofu.
Below, we list nine meal kit delivery services that people looking to adopt a paleo diet may wish to try.
Please note that the writer has not tried these products. All information is research-based.
Pete’s Paleo harvest their produce the same day that it ships. The menu changes every week, and the meals arrive ready to eat. Pete’s Paleo Lite meals include 5 ounces (oz) of protein and 7 oz of vegetables.
Paleo On The Go
Paleo On The Go cater to subscribers who follow the paleo autoimmune protocol, which purports to reduce the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
The raising and slaughtering of the animals are humane, and produce is locally sourced whenever possible. Customers can choose their own meals each week and simply reheat them.
The Caveman Chefs service is a good option for people with allergies because of the highly customizable food options and list of food exclusions. People can sign up for a meal subscription or purchase food and extras a la carte.
This ingredient delivery service is not strictly paleo, making it a suitable option for families with mixed dietary preferences. Customers can choose from vegetarian, whole food, paleo, and other options, with ingredients consisting of fresh, organic produce and meat. Most meals take less than 30 minutes to prepare.
Eatology modify “cheat meals” into healthful alternatives with additional protein and vegetables, taking inspiration from the foods that people miss while following a paleo diet. Their menu includes options such as a blue cheese and sundried tomato turkey burger.
Paleo-friendly dietitians helped design the Snap Kitchen menu. Meals come ready to eat with no preparation time, but the options vary by location because Snap Kitchen rely on locally available ingredients.
Green Chef deliver fresh ingredients with clear cooking instructions each week, and all foods on the paleo carb-conscious meal plan are certified gluten-free. Customers can modify the menu on a weekly basis and get suggestions based on their previous selections.
Factor 75’s meals require no preparation. The menu includes meals such as Greek lemon chicken and Italian roasted pork. Customers can adjust their weekly menu or get meals based on their general food preferences.
Trifecta Nutrition cater to athletes and offer a comprehensive healthful living meal plan. Customers can choose a weekly meal plan or select foods a la carte. The meal plans are comprehensive, offering daily meals and snacks.
A paleo diet may encourage a person to focus on eating fewer processed foods, more fruits and vegetables, and healthful meats.
However, before making any radical dietary changes, it is wise to consult a doctor or dietitian.