With low carbs, moderate protein and high fat, the keto diet
While the keto diet is popular, buying keto food is difficult. You need to look for ingredients that are very low in carbs. This involves skipping out many common favorites, including bread, pasta
However, frozen food can be just plain gross sometimes. Personally, I prefer to cook my food fresh.
Personally, I prefer the “meal kit”. It takes longer to prep and make but it tastes way better, and you can customize it. Is the steak they included too small? Add a couple eggs. Want to throw some bacon on that pork chop? Go for it.
You can also switch in (and out) ingredients as you need to or adjust the flavor to your liking. I've tried a lot of meal kits (20+), and my favorite keto meal kit is Green Chef. Best flavor. Solidly keto friendly.
There aren’t a large number of other companies to choose from, but hopefully there will be a greater selection in the future. In fact, since once closed down, another never opened, and one is not a “kit” in the traditional sense (Platejoy, see below), GREEN CHEF is really the only truly, keto meal KIT.
All the other keto lists you'll see out there are prepared meal delivery. Also good for some people, but way more expensive and you get much less food.
Best Keto Meal Kits
#1 Choice: Green Chef
GreenChef has tapped into the keto trend, offering pretty much the only keto menu menu in the world of meal kits. Promotion for the plan highlights meals like Merguez Chicken, Sesame Tuna and Mustard Pork. With dishes like this, it’s easy to see why the keto plan has been incredibly popular.
While the keto meal plan looks fantastic, it does have limitations. As Green Chef explains, the plan is designed to be keto-friendly, rather than keto-stringent. This means that the recipes are low carb, but they mightn’t be low enough for all keto dieters. For example, Green Chef says that the meals ‘typically’ involve less than 30 grams of net carbs. That’s on the high end for keto meals and the phrasing suggests that some recipes may have more than 30 grams of net carbs.
To make matters worse, Green Chef doesn’t allow you to choose your meals. I found this out when I joined the company myself. You’re simply provided with whatever is on the menu at that time. In many cases, you’ll only know the meals when you get your box each week.
The overall style could work well for anyone on a low carb diet and does give you experience at cooking low carb meals. You might also choose the plan as a way to try out keto and see if you like the style. Even so, anyone on a strict keto diet might find that the number of carbs is too high and the inability to choose recipes is simply too frustrating.
Terra’s Kitchen (temporarily closed)
If you’re looking for something a little unusual, Terra’s Kitchen is a good place to begin. The
A particularly interesting part is their menu system. Terra’s Kitchen doesn’t use the standard approach of a weekly rotating menu. They offer a single extensive menu instead. Some of the items change over time, but not nearly as often as you’ll find with other companies.
You get to see details about all of the meals before you choose them. This includes the price (which is different per meal), along with the recipe and nutritional information. You can also filter the menu based on meal type, eating style, allergens and other factors.
Keto is one of those options. Terra’s Kitchen defines a keto meal as containing less than 20 grams of net carbs per serving, while a keto snack has less than 10 grams per serving. Because you get to choose the meals and any other items you want, it’s easy to make sure you hit your macros with your order.
The unusual thing about Platejoy is that the company isn’t really a meal kit service at all. A more accurate phrase would be that this is a meal planning service. The difference is that you’re not getting portioned ingredients that you can use to create the recipe.
Instead, Platejoy provides you with a list of ingredients to shop for. You can have these delivered if you want using Instacart, which I tried when I used Platejoy. Instacart basically means that you’re getting groceries delivered to you. So, you’ll need to do more prep than with a conventional meal kit company.
The style does have distinct advantages. Because Platejoy isn’t providing you with ingredients, their meal plans are much more flexible than any other company. There are more recipes to select from, and you can buy extra ingredients. You end up being able to choose the exact meals that you want, rather than being limited by a relatively small selection.
The downside is that I would get lazy and just end up making up my own recipe at the end of the day. I'd use the cream for one thing in my breakfast, and forget I needed it for dinner. Then I'd replace the cream sauce with a keto glaze, and it would mess up my recipes for the rest of the week.
Hello Fresh (one to watch)
Right now, Hello Fresh offers 3 different plans, their Veggie Plan, Classic Plan
We’re including Hello Fresh in the list because in March 2018 they announced that they would be developing some keto-friendly recipes in the future. This pattern would make the company even more powerful as a meal kit service.