Let’s face it – we all want to be healthier and do the Whole30 program, but some of us don’t have the time or energy to put together perfect paleo meals every day.
These paleo meal services make it easy to eat compliant, taking some of the stress off of cooking fresh, compliant meals daily. While some of these services deliver pre-made paleo meals, other simply send you the ingredients, saving you time in the grocery store while you do the cooking.
Brushing up on your kitchen culinary skills is a significant part of completing the Whole30, but there’s nothing wrong with calling upon a little help when you need it, and these meal services are happy to lend a hand!
|Meal Service||Ingredients or Pre-Made Meals?||100% Whole30 Compliant Option?||Discount Available?|
|Factor||Pre-Made Meals||No, But Close (Paleo Only)||Get $25 off your first order here!|
|Sun Basket||Ingredients + Recipes||No, But Close (Paleo Only)||$35 off your first order (when you use this link)|
|Trifecta||Pre-Made Meals||Yes – some Classic Meals are completely compliant||No discounts – order here|
|Green Chef||Ingredients + Recipes||No (Paleo Only)||$80 off your first order (with this link)|
|Caveman Chefs||Pre-Made Meals||Yes||No discounts – order here|
|Paleo On The Go||Pre-Made Meals||Yes-ish (Strict 30 section)||$15 off your first order with code LIFEHEALTHHQ – order here.|
|Wild Zora Paleo Meals to Go||Freeze-Dried Portable Meals||Yes||15% off all orders with code LIFEHEALTHHQ15 – order here|
Beware: Most Meal Services Are Designed For Paleo, So Watch Out For Honey!
The majority of these meal delivery services are basically Whole30 compliant, but not 100%. There are very few meal services catering specifically to the Whole30 diet – instead, most meal services listed here offer paleo meals.
Whole30 is basically a more strict version of paleo (we explain all the similarities and differences of whole30 vs paleo here in detail), so usually, if something is paleo-friendly, it’s Whole30 friendly too.
However, this isn’t always the case. The biggest issue being sugar – and that’s the major thing you’ll need to keep an eye out for with any paleo meal delivery service.
You see, with paleo, processed sugars are not allowed, but natural sugars like honey or coconut nectar are OK. However, when it comes to Whole30, absolutely any and all sugar is out (even natural stuff like honey).
This is important to keep in mind while browsing the paleo meal services listed here. The vast majority of meals will be totally compliant, no problem. However, always look at the ingredients because you may sometimes find the odd meal that uses honey or some other natural sweetener that’s blacklisted on Whole30.
Factor is a meal delivery program that offers fantastic paleo options to make your Whole30 that much easier. Meals arrive pre-made and ready to eat after a quick hit in the microwave.
Factor boasts high-quality ingredients, similar to other services listed here. Gluten-free, soy-free, hormone-free, GMO-free, antibiotic-free, and preservative-free. None of that nasty stuff!
All of Factor’s meats are also grass-fed and pasture-raised, so you’re always getting solid protein sources. Plus, as a neat bonus, all Factor subscriptions include one complimentary 20-minute nutrition consult with a registered dietitian.
Meals will change depending on the week, but as with all paleo-based meal services (that don’t have specific Whole30 offerings), you’ll still need to do at least a bit of due diligence and double-check each meal’s ingredients before ordering.
When I poked around their ordering system, several of Factor’s meals were Whole30-friendly. However, some meals did list honey or burgundy wine as an ingredient, neither of which are compliant on Whole30. So just make sure to avoid those meals!
Luckily, Factor makes it easy to find Whole30-compliant meals. Simply look for the paleo-friendly symbol and read ingredients to check that no honey or other sweeteners are included.
Note: Factor has confirmed that each week they have a minimum of two paleo meals each week, sometimes as many as 4 or 5. At least one meal should be Whole30-friendly, if not more.
If you feel unsure about the ingredients, you can also always reach out to Factor’s customer service team via email, and they’ll get back to you ASAP on any questions about ingredients. We’ve also made a handy video that takes you through the checkout process and shows you exactly how to find Factor’s Whole30-friendly meals.
More good news – you can get $25 off your first week with Factor when you order and use code LIFEHEALTHHQ – hurrah!
Sun Basket is a meal service in a similar vein as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, delivering fresh ingredients and recipes to your doorstep.
However, there is one very cool thing about Sun Basket that puts it a step above competitors. What is that special difference? Sun Basket provides a paleo option, ensuring that you only get meals that are paleo-friendly!
Now as we’ve discussed, paleo and Whole30 are not one and the same, but they are very similar, with Whole30 being a slightly more strict version of paleo.
Paleo-friendly meals from Sun Basket can be easily modified to be Whole30-friendly (in all likelihood this will require simply leaving out honey or maple syrup as a sweetener for a few dishes).
Sun Basket isn’t absolutely perfect as a Whole30 meal delivery service, since meals can’t be guaranteed to be 100% compliant, but it’s pretty darn close. With just a few tiny modifications here and there, you’ll be in the green!
Plus, all ingredients are sustainably sourced, grass-fed, organic, and GMO-free!
Similar to Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, Sun Basket delivers ingredients and recipe instructions to your doorstep and lets you do the cooking. This usually makes for cheaper meals compared to the pre-made services, but will require more work on your part.
The nice thing about making your own meals and just having ingredients delivered is that you can easily leave out non-compliant ingredients such as honey or syrup. With pre-made meals, it’s all or nothing!
You even get $35 your order with your first Sun Basket purchase, making them the perfect power horse to provide you with a decent portion of your week’s compliant meals!
Trifecta has a variety of meal plans to meet all kinds of healthy eating diets – from keto to paleo, they have a meal plan for you! While Trifecta does offer paleo meals, there’s no option to pick and choose specific meals, which means you can’t really avoid those pesky natural sweeteners (honey, syrup) present in a lot of paleo food. So while Trifecta’s paleo meal plan is great for your post 30-day start, it won’t work well for those first 30 days.
However, Trifecta has a few other more customized options that do work great with Whole30.
First are Trifecta’s “Classic” meals, which are very clean and simple. These meals are composed of a protein, a carbohydrate, and a vegetable. All these meals are simply baked and lightly seasoned (just a light house seasoning of Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Parsley, Onion & Garlic Powder), so there’s no need to worry about the ingredients.
For the purposes of Whole30, only the Classic Meals with sweet potato are compliant (the brown rice options are, of course, not allowed)!
- Salmon, Sweet Potato, Mixed Vegetables Meal
- Flat Iron Steak, Sweet Potato, Mixed Vegetables Meal
- Egg Scramble and Potato Breakfast
- Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato, Mixed Vegetables Meal
- Beef Patty, Sweet Potato, Mixed Vegetables Meal
Trifecta has some other a la carte offerings that also work great with your Whole30 program. With Trifecta, you can pick and choose specific proteins and vegetables. Again, everything is roasted, lightly seasoned, and compliant.
- Alaskan Cod Fillet
- Basa Fillet
- Mahi Mahi
- Beef Paddy
- Flat Iron Steak
- Shredded Chicken
- Peeled Hard-Boiled Egg
- Portobello Mushroom
- Mixed Veggies (Broccoli, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, and Cauliflower)
Fresh N’ Lean is a service offering a wide selection of fantastic fresh, healthy pre-made meals that can be delivered to your door. Just heat them up and enjoy!
Fresh N’ Lean has a selection of paleo-friendly meals, but none that are designed specifically with Whole30 in mind. That means that basically, most of the meals are compliant, but some aren’t.
You’ll have to check your meals in case they include sugar (in the form of honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and other “natural” sugars). This is the only core difference between paleo and Whole30 – paleo allows natural sugars, while Whole30 allows none at all.
Luckily, Fresh N’ Lean makes it pretty easy to see which meals have natural sweeteners. Fresh N’ Lean’s meal selections change by the week, so it’s difficult to list exactly what meals are compliant and which aren’t, but when I looked at this week’s meals, out of the 12 paleo meal options, only 2 contained sweeteners.
It also helps that Fresh N’ Lean’s ingredient lists are clear and short, so it’s very easy to take a glance through and see if the meal contains a sweetener or not.
For the week I looked, some of the Whole30-compliant meal delivery options included:
- Cage-Free Chicken Thigh with Broccoli and Caramelized Onion
- Oven Roasted Sweet Potato and Sustainable Shrimp
- Oven Roasted Mushroom with Grass-Fed Beef Chili
- Grass-Fed Steak with Bernaise Aioli
- Pesto Bowl with Mahi
- BBQ Cage-Free Chicken Salad with Potato Salad
- Sweet Pepper Grass-Fed Beef Fajitas with Cilantro
It’s worth noting that the two non-compliant, sweetener-containing meals listed above have some obvious red flags just in their name “BBQ” and “Swee Pepper” certainly sound like they’ll probably have some sugars in them!
As an added bonus, Fresh N’ Lean also lets you exclude certain proteins or ingredients from your meals, helping leave out any unwanted allergens.
Caveman Chefs is another great Whole30 meal delivery service that has dedicated, officially Whole30-approved meals that can be viewed and selected with the Caveman Chefs menu selection filtering option.
Caveman Chefs offers a number of ways to try out their Whole30 meals, including:
- Meal Plan Trial Packs. Select a pack of meals, with options ranging from 6-38 meal packs. Whole30-friendly meals can be viewed with the Whole30 filtering selection option.
- Subscription Plan. Get weekly meals delivered on a regular basis (with deep discounts). You can even select the Whole30 Plan to get guaranteed Whole30-approved meals without you needing to make any manual selections.
- A La Carte. Pick and choose a few meals to try, with plenty of Whole30 meals that can be selected via filer.
A few of Caveman Chef’s Whole30-approved meals include:
- Sesame Chicken
- Salisbury steak
- Spicy Italian Sausage & Peppers
- Tagine Lamb
6. Wild Zora Paleo Meals To Go
Wild Zora’s Paleo Meals To Go provides freeze-dried paleo meals that are super portable, lightweight, and work especially well for hiking and traveling when you are on-the-go.
While dehydrated foods shrivel up and lose texture as well as flavor, freeze-dried meals can retain all their fresh-food qualities and nutritional compounds – all you need to do is add water.
At the time of writing this (Jan 2020 update), all of Wild Zora’s Paleo Meals to Go are also Whole30 compliant, as none contain any form of sugar. However, always check ingredient lists, as ingredients may change or new meals may be added.
Here are a couple of our favorite Whole30-compliant Wild Zora Paleo Meals To Go:
- Summit Savory Chicken: Free-Range Chicken, Organic Spinach, Carrots, Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Onion, Mushrooms, Lemon, Green Onion, Parsley, Cilantro, Turmeric, Garlic, Sea Salt.
- Caldera Chicken Curry: Free-Range Chicken, Organic Spinach, Pineapple, Coconut, Red Bell Pepper, Sweet Potato, Onion, Green Onion. Turmeric, Cayenne Chili Pepper, Spices, Sea Salt, Garlic.
- Mountain Beef Stew: Grass-Fed Beef, Organic Carrots, Sweet Potato, Onion, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Celery, Green Onion, Sea Salt, Marjoram, Thyme, Garlic, Parsley.
- Bedrock Beef Chili: Grass-Fed Beef, Organic Tomato, Onion, Sweet Potato, Carrots, Green Bell Pepper, Red Bell Pepper, Green Onion, Cayenne Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic, Cumin, Black Pepper, Corriander Seed.
- Cliffside Coconut Berry: Organic Flaxseed Meal, Almond Flour, Strawberries, Pecans, Walnuts, Shredded Coconut, Coconut Chips, Blueberries, Apple, Mango, Sea Salt, Vanilla Bean.
- Butte Cacao Banana: Organic Flaxseed Meal, Almonds, Banana, Almond Flour, Strawberries, Mango, Cacao Nibs, Banana Powder, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean.
- Palisade Pineapple Mango: Organic Flaxseed Meal, Mango, Banana, Almond Flour, Pecans, Walnuts, Shredded Coconut, Coconut Chips, Pineapple, Sea Salt, Vanilla Bean.
Elements offers freeze-dried, on-the-go meals that are Whole30-approved! They’re even official Whole30 partners, so no need to fuss over ingredients.
Elements offers an awesome Whole30 Variety Pack kit that includes each of their Whole30-approved meals, which are:
- Broccoli Cinnamon Pork (Ingredients: Freeze-Dried Cooked Seasoned Pulled Pork and Binder Product (Pork, Potato Extract, Salt),* Broccoli,* Butternut Squash,* Dried Egg Whites, Garlic, Cinnamon, Ground Chili Pepper, Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Salt, Black Pepper)
- Coconut Mango Chicken (Ingredients: Chopped Chicken Cooked White Meat, Mango, Organic Coconut, Cauliflower, Red Bell Peppers, Coconut Water, Salt, Garlic, Ginger, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Habanero Powder)
- Country Herb Chicken (Ingredients: Chopped Chicken Cooked White Meat, Potato, Green Beans, Avocado Powder, Mushrooms, Onion, Garlic, Parsley, Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Dill, Green Onion, Citric Acid)
The only Elements meals that are compliant are those listed above. They can be found in the Whole30 Pack as a variety pack, or can be purchased individually or in packs of 5, 10, or 30.
The following meals are NOT compliant:
- Sweet Potato Hash (contains sugar)
- Sesame Garlic Chicken (contains soy)
- Red Lentil Dahl (contains lentils)
- Maple Mustard Pork (contains sugar)
- Chipotle Turkey Scramble (contains corn starch)
- Balsamic Chicken Pomodoro (contains maltodextrin)
Freeze-dries meals like this are awesome to have on hand because they are super easy and portable. They definitely go a long way to saving your program amidst emergency eating situations.
8. Paleo On The Go
Paleo On The Go provides delicious, all-natural frozen paleo meals that can be delivered straight to your doorstep.
Another cool thing about Paleo On The Go – we’ve partnered up with them to get you $15 off your first order – just use code LIFEHEALTHHQ through this link!
A few of our top pick meals from the Whole30-compliant “Strict 30” section include:
- Butternut Squash Lasagna With Beef: butternut squash, grass fed ground beef, cashews, crushed tomato, tomato puree, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, sea salt.
- Bangers & Mash: pastured ground pork, grass fed ground beef, sage, sea salt, mace, cloves, cauliflower.
- Elk Burger with Wild Mushroom: north american farm raised elk, mushroom, onion, parsley, garlic, arrowroot, cooked in tallow.
- Grassfed Beef Chilli: grass fed ground beef, grass fed beef broth, diced tomato, crushed tomato, oregano, red pepper flakes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, sea salt.
- Herb Roasted Chicken: certified organic free range chicken legs and thighs, lemon, olive oil, rosemary, sage, thyme, sea salt, garlic.
Compliant, But Not All In The Spirit. While all the dishes from the Paleo On The Go are Whole30 compliant ingredient-wise, a couple may qualify as SWYPO, so we’d suggest bypassing the Biscuits & Gravy and Beef Pot Pit, as they imitate breaded items.
9. Green Chef (With Minor Modifications)
Green Chef is a popular meal delivery service that provides fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe instructions to your doorstep.
Like Sun Basket, Green Chef has paleo options, getting you as close to Whole30-compliant as possible. Just make sure to use a discerning eye when your ingredients arrive and leave out any sweeteners or anything else that’s questionable (although there shouldn’t be many of these instances outside of sweeteners like honey).
Green Chef also has a great deal running right now – you can get $80 off first order when you order from Green Chef here!
- Organic ingredients with no GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, or steroids.
- Ingredients are pre-measured and prepped to save time
- Boxes include pre-made sauces, marinades, and spice blends to cut down on your cooking time
- Easy recipes with step-by-step instructions that usually take about 30 minutes to make
Other Less-Than-Ideal Options That Are Still Do-Able!
In addition to Sun Basket and Green Chef, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron are decent options too if you really want to go double down on the Whole30 food delivery route. Just be ready to discard those lentils, couscous, and other grains. It’s definitely possible, but more of a hassle.
Is Hello Fresh Whole30 Compliant?
No, Hello Fresh is not Whole30 compliant as they don’t offer any officially Whole30-approved meals or even paloe-specific meals. However, this doesn’t mean that Hello Fresh can’t work out for your Whole30 program.
Like with Sunbasket and other meal services that provide prepped ingredients, rather than pre-made meals, you have a lot of control over what ingredients you include in your dish.
You can still include Hello Fresh as part of your Whole30 – just follow these restrictions:
- Start off looking for meals that include potatoes or sweet potatoes as a starch, rather than rice.
- Check out the ingredients listed, and see how many ingredients are non-compliant (look out for sour cream, milk, butter, and soy sauce)
- Consider if the recipe would still work without the problem ingredients or if there are any substitutions you could make (such as almond milk instead of dairy milk, ghee instead of butter, coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, etc)
With a critical eye and just a bit of substitution, you can make many Hello Fresh meals work on Whole30. Check out some of the Hello Fresh recipes below that could be adjusted slightly to be Whole30-friendly:
- Peppercorn-Gravy Steak with Roasted Broccoli and Garlic Bread (Leave out the bread and the sour cream, sub ghee for butter)
- Honey-Thyme Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli (Leave out honey, sub ghee for butter)
- Cheesy Smothered Mushroom Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots (Skip the cheese sauce – leave out the cheese and sour cream, sub ghee for butter)
- Figgy Balsamic Pork with Roasted Green Beans & Rosemary Potatoes (Leave out fig jam and sub butter for ghee)
- Lemon Butter Barramundi with Pistachio Rice and Chili-Roasted Carrots (Sub ghee for butter and switch out the jasmine rice for cauliflower rice)
- Teriyaki Pork Luau Bowls with Kiwi Salsa and Lime Crema (Sub ghee for butter, sub teriyaki saice for soy sauce (or other Whole30 compliant teriyaki sauce), and switch out the jasmine rice for cauliflower rice, leave out sugar and sour cream)
Let’s go through one meal in detail to consider how we cold make it work for Whole30.
Example 1: Countryside Chicken Legs with Green Beans Amandine and Chive Mashed Potatoes
- Chicken Legs
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Sliced Almonds
- Sour Cream (Not Compliant)
- Green Beans
- Dijon Mustard
- Olive Oil
- Butter (Not Compliant)
- Sugar (Not Compliant)
With the recipe detailed above, you can simply leave out the sugar and sub ghee for the butter. The sour cream used in the mashed potatoes can easily be left out, replaced with almond milk, or you could roast the potatoes rather than mash them.
Does Blue Apron Still Do Whole30?
For the last few years, for the month of September, Blue Apron offers a Whole30-compliant meal delivery package, but this kit is only available in September.