Factor’s meal delivery service has helped me lose weight this year and I now believe it’s the best meal delivery service for me – plus I’ve really come to appreciate these meal delivery kits and how much they can simplify and improve well-being.
I’m not proud to admit it, but I can’t really cook. I can cook some simple dishes, but my New York City kitchen would make cooking difficult for even an experienced chef. And so I’ve taken to ordering a lot more than I should – a habit that’s neither healthy nor economical.
I never thought about meal packs before reading our guide to meal pack delivery services.cooked meals. I used to think all kits only came with portioned ingredients – so you still had to cook for yourself and still pay a premium. I felt there was significantly more value in the pre-cooked kits, especially as they are more nutritionally focused than a lot of what you’ll find in the supermarket frozen section.
When I saw Factor’s meal sets among our meal set recommendations, I decided to give them a try. Since they offered a big discount on the first few boxes (they’re currently offering a combined $90 off your first three boxes), it seemed worth a try. Turns out I loved the meals so much I would recommend them even at full price. The chef-prepared chilled (not frozen) meals were tasty, nutritious and easy to make – they’re ready in just a few minutes in the microwave.
When you first purchase your subscription, you can choose from Chef’s Choice, Keto, Calorie Smart, and Vegan and Veggie options. Then you choose how many meals per week you want, from four to 18 meals per pack – the more you buy, the cheaper the cost per meal.
- Four meals per week is $15 per meal (after original discount expires)
- While 18 meals a week costs $11 per meal
Once you have set up the subscription, you can choose your meals from the weekly menu up to a week before shipping. Some of my personal favorites are the Green Chile Chicken and the Pork Shepherd’s Pie.
Each menu option lists its ingredients, common allergens, and nutritional information so you can select meals that work for your dietary restrictions or diet plan. Once you’ve received your box, the fresh meals can be stored in the fridge for up to a week (or longer in the freezer), and it takes two minutes to prepare meals in the microwave.
Factor has been a lifesaver for me. The food is easy and quick to prepare, but it has also helped me regulate my diet. I actually lost about five pounds after a few months on the plan without otherwise drastically changing my exercise routine or lifestyle. And the meals are so filling that I don’t feel like I’m dieting – if anything, the food I’m eating now is tastier and fresher than what I’ve eaten before.
There will be a meal in a few weeks that is a bit smelly, but now that I’ve gotten to know the menu options better I can pick my favorites as they go through the menu this week. If, like me, you have a tree nut allergy, your options are a bit more limited — they use tree nuts in many meals, even ones you wouldn’t expect, like Creamy Parmesan Chicken. I was still able to fill my box every week, but you should definitely check the ingredients at every meal if you have an allergy.
Other meal delivery kits to consider
Whether you want a set that’s more sensitive to dietary restrictions or one that allows you to cook for yourself, here are some Select-recommended options from our meal delivery kit guide.
BistroMD meal delivery kits
BistroMD has a list of over 150 meals to choose from to build your plan – they offer signature, gluten-free, heart-healthy, diabetic, and menopause programs. You can also add the EATS (Essential and Tasty Snacks) program for healthy snacks for an additional fee. The plan is more individually tailored to one person’s dietary needs, so feeding multiple people could be an issue. However, because the plan is “physician designed” and “more medically therapeutic than most companies,” Lisa Moskovitz, a registered nutritionist and CEO of NY Nutrition Group, said in our cooking kit guide, it might work for someone with certain dietary restrictions.
Blue Apron Meal Delivery Kits
Blue Apron is more like a traditional meal delivery set. You’ll be given portioned ingredients and you’ll cook for yourself. Ben Leonard, a chef at online cooking course platform Homemade, told us that beginner cooks could use this kit to “learn from scratch and improve their basic skills” in our cook kit guide. You’ll only get two to four recipes a week, but each recipe yields two to four servings, depending on your schedule. You can choose between the Signature plan, the Vegetarian plan and the Wellness plan.
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