Best Meal Prep Delivery Service in the DMV Territory
By: Carrie Walco-Bowman
Meal prep delivery services and meal kit delivery services seem to be popping up almost every day, especially during the COVID pandemic. Getting meals delivered makes our hectic lives easier by eliminating the stress of grocery shopping, social distancing, wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands, and then prepping (and chopping) meals.
Plus, many healthy meal delivery services offer options to fit the needs of your family, as well as every individual. You can get meals delivered that fit dietary needs, food allergies/restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, plant-based, or vegetarian), time constraints, or different diets, like keto, low carb, paleo, low sodium, or low calorie. Some companies even allow you to sort meals by protein type (beef, chicken, seafood, etc.) and macronutrients. So you can truly zone in on healthy meals with the right amount of macros; calories, protein, carbs, fat (AND of course taste!) that work best for you.
All of the options can make it overwhelming to compare the best meal prep service. So, we’ve done it for you here by reviewing ourselves in terms of what makes for a great Meal Prep Delivery Company!
BEST MEAL PREP VALUE, DELIVERY & PRICE
MightyMeals is very unique when it comes to value, delivery, and pricing for made-to-order, fresh meals. They offer free home delivery for orders $130 or more, which can be a typical week’s worth of meals for families and/or individuals – making it very possible to never have to pay any delivery fees.
New customers save $100 by receiving $25 off their first 4 orders by using code: MEAL100. And if you just want to try them, you can use code TRYUS for one free meal, without any delivery fees. I did not find any free delivery offers or savings on any of the other meal prep delivery sites that I reviewed.
Individual meals cost between $9.99 to $12.99, which is the best pricing I’ve seen for the quality and freshness included, like grass-fed beef and homemade sauces. MightyMeals’ prices drop when you use their MightyPoints Rewards Program, which automatically gives customers points with every meal ordered, so there’s nothing for the customer to do except order, accumulate points, and turn them in for discounted (and even FREE!) meals. MightyMeals also has bulk, à la carte, and family meal options, like Flank Steak or Pulled Pork Carnitas (slow cooked & hand pulled!), that can drop the price for a family of 4 to only $3.75-$6.00 per main protein serving (before taxes/shipping)!
And bulk side dishes and bulk à la carte items (like healthy Bulk Sweet Potatoes or travel-friendly and party favorite Bulk Orzo Salad) are even less per serving–only $1.25 to $1.50 each for four servings!
FREE NUTRITION COACHING & MEAL PLANNING
On top of all these benefits, MightyMeals also includes a FREE nutrition consultation per person through their MightyFIT program. It’s available to any MightyMeals customer who needs help finding the right meal plan to fit their healthy goals, like weight loss or building muscle mass. You can also save your favorite meal plans, share them, or find meal plans for athletes, weight loss, and other healthy goals on the MightyFIT page.
MEAL VARIETY, SEARCH & EASE OF USE
The MightyMeals menu offers over 150 meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, & even snack options. New meals are added and rotated every week. If you count all of the healthy food choices, there are over 200! (240 to be exact, on the day I counted them). These include à la carte items, side dishes, bulk/family meals, individual meals, & snacks. And, they make it very easy to search for all of them by selecting multiple options. I did not find this many search options on any other meal prep sites.
Search by Product Type: meals, à la carte items, and snacks.
Search by Protein: beef, chicken, fish/seafood, pork, turkey, and vegetarian/plant-based.
Search by Diet: EMP180 Approved, low carb <25, low sodium, over 500 calories, and under 500 calories.
Search by Meal Preference: dairy free, gluten free, not spicy, nut free, shellfish free, soy free, and wheat free.
Search by Macros: calories, protein, carbs, and fat. No other meal prep delivery service has this feature that I’ve seen so far.
MEAL TYPES, RESTRICTIONS & FOOD ALLERGY-FRIENDLY MEALS
As stated above, MightyMeals has perhaps the widest variety of meals available for all types of meal preferences, restrictions, diet plans, and food allergies. They even have over 24 meals & options with 50 grams of protein or more! High protein meal plans are preferred by most athletes and professional sports teams to help keep them powered up, including the D.C. United MLS Soccer Team.*
QUALITY & FRESHNESS
If you take a peek inside the local kitchen at MightyMeals you will find that they use fresh, high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients from the surrounding local farms and areas in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Their mission to create the freshest meals for delivery is apparent in their refrigerated prep room that is kept at 37°F, where they prepare every step of the meal (except cooking).
The cooking process is also on another level when it comes to quality. The ovens use an air-to-steam method to control moisture content and humidity levels, making meats and other foods their juiciest and most flavorful. Then, the blast chiller cools the food quickly, ensuring it will last longer, and taste fresher. The MightyMeals kitchen & facility is also AIB Certified, which is an internationally recognized food safety certification.
Meals are delivered on MightyMeals’ own refrigerated trucks only one day after they are made by the chefs in their local kitchen in Burke, VA. This makes their meals the freshest of any other meal prep delivery service, with other services usually taking 3 days to deliver.
WHY MightyMeals IS THE BEST MEAL PREP IN THE DMV
If you’ve read everything above and their story, it’s no wonder that MightyMeals comes out as the winner for the best meal prep delivery service in the DMV area. The three founders (two personal trainers and a top-rated professional chef) have exceeded their goals of empowering everyone to live healthier lives by being the leading provider of healthy, high-quality, locally sourced, chef-prepared meals that are delivered fresh to your door.
In the end, you’re the winner if you live in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, & Virginia) area (including Baltimore) because MightyMeals is the most local, freshest, highest-quality meal prep service near you!