Meal delivery services can be a lifesaver for postpartum moms + new families for at least the first week or two after delivery. 

Eating + sleeping – the two life necessities that seem hard to keep up with after you welcome a new baby into your household. As time with the new member of the fam goes on, you will develop a new routine and life will slowly return to a new norm. 

But in the meantime, finding a solution to how to prepare healthy meals to support your postpartum nutrition needs is important. Food plays a critical role in your postpartum recovery and your breastmilk production (if you decide to breastfeed). 

I’m sharing with you the best 10 postpartum meal delivery services for new parents that you can schedule or order during the postpartum period.

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Credit: Ritual Meals

#1: Ritual Meals

Ritual Meals is a postpartum meal delivery service that offers fully cooked + ready-to-eat meals made from all organic, whole food ingredients specifically to meet the nutritional needs of postpartum moms. 

How It Works: 

You can choose to have 2, 3, or 5 days of meals delivered weekly. Each “day” comes with 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), 2 snacks, and 2 teas. 

You can add additional meals for other members of your family – like spouses or caregivers. 

Your postpartum ready-to-eat meals are delivered to your house on the delivery date you select at checkout. When you order the 5-day meal plan you will receive 2 boxes per week, but the 2 and 3-day plans receive a box once a week.

Simply reheat the meals when you are ready to eat throughout that week. 

Pricing: 

Pricing per week starts at…

2 day – $186

3 day – $270

5 day – $440

Adding additional meals for a family member increases the price of your delivery.

Things to Consider:

  • No substitutions are allowed on the menu which is not convenient for those with dietary needs or allergies. 
  • You don’t get a choice in the meals that are included in your delivery each week. 
  • The menu is updated weekly to align with seasonal ingredients, but popular meals will sometimes be repeated.
Credit: Sakara

#2: Sakara’s Signature Nutrition Program 

Sakara’s Signature Nutrition Program offers high quality plant-based meals, teas, + supplements that are all organic, gluten-free, + and dairy-free! All ingredients used in their meals are sourced from local farms.

They run off a set menu each week – so you get whatever they have listed on the menu. For example, you may receive a superfood muffin, wild rice + miso soup, and a plant-based burger for your meals for a day.

Although the set menu may not seem great to some the perk is you can always count on receiving different food each week.

How It Works: 

Creating your postpartum meal delivery program and receiving your first shipment is as easy as three simple steps – or options. You only have to choose: 

  • What meals you’d like to receive – breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner?
  • How many days a week – 2, 3, or 5 days?
  • Do you want a weekly or one-time shipment?

You also have the choice to add a superseded or nut blend to your order for an additional cost. 

Pricing: 

The pricing per shipment is as follows: 

2 days – $169/week

3 days – $239/week

5 days – $420/week

One time order of 10 days – $880

One time order of 20 days – $1,760

Things to Consider:

  • You don’t get to choose your meals because they run on a set weekly menu. 
  • One of the more expensive meal delivery services. 
  • Only single servings are available – not great for couples. 
  • Some people claimed they didn’t like the service because the meals were hard to replicate at home. 
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Credit: Sunbasket

#3: Sunbasket 

Sunbasket offers you a couple of options for how you’d like to receive your meals. They offer your usual meal kit delivery service, but they also have ready-to-eat meals that can be reheated and ready to eat in as little as 4 minutes. 

One thing I love about them is they have tons of different meal options that cater to every dietary lifestyle including paleo, vegetarian, lean, gluten-free, + more! All meals are made with organic ingredients + meat is antibiotic-free. 

How It Works: 

Sunbasket is a weekly meal delivery subscription service. You can skip a week or cancel at any time, so you are not signing into any contract.

First, you must choose whether you’d like to receive their meal kits or ready-to-eat meals. Then you can choose up to 10 meals you’d like delivered on a weekly basis – each meal serves one person. You can also add breakfast, snacks, grab-and-go lunch options, + specialty meats to your order. 

Pricing: 

Meals start at $10 per serving, but your weekly cost would be dependent on how many meals you choose for that week + if you choose the meal kit or ready-to-eat meals. One perk is you do receive free shipping on your first delivery! 

Things To Consider: 

  • Some customers have complained in reviews that the meals lacked flavor. 
  • After your first order, you must spend $90 per week to continue qualifying for free shipping. 
  • The meals are not kid-friendly or great for picky eaters. 
Credit: Freshly

#4: Freshly 

Freshly offers great ready-to-eat nutritious meals for those who are vegetarian or eat a gluten-free diet. Although their meals tend to be low-calorie which is great for postpartum weight loss, but not for milk production. So, I wouldn’t recommend these meals for breastfeeding moms. 

The menu rotates every week, but you can always count on meals containing nutrient-dense ingredients with less sugar and processing. The entire menu is gluten-free with dairy-free options. They also offer plant-based protein options

How It Works: 

Freshly is a weekly subscription meal service, but like most others on my list, you can edit your weekly order, skip a week, or cancel your subscription at any time. 

You can choose to have 4-12 meals delivered per week. Each meal is portioned for one person and can include breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Meals last up to 3-5 days in the fridge and can easily be reheated in just 3 minutes. 

Pricing: 

Your overall weekly total is dependent on how many meals you chose to have delivered that week but comes out to about $9 per meal. There is also an additional delivery fee that is dependent on your location. 

Things to Consider: 

  • Customers claim that the portions are inconsistent. Sometimes the meals are too small + additional food is needed to complete the meal. 
  • This service is one of the most affordable meal plans out there for one or two people – can get a bit pricey for larger families. 
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Credit: Purple Carrot

#5: Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot is the ultimate meal delivery service for vegans looking for quick + easy postpartum nourishment. Not only are all these postpartum meals vegan-friendly, but you can choose between meal kits you cook yourself or fresh prepared meals

The prepared meals are easily reheated in about 5 minutes. The meal kits come with all ingredients prepped and prepared with a recipe for you to quickly cook up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

New meals are added to the menu weekly to keep things interesting, along with their pantry items that you can also add to your order each week. The high-protein meal options are great for breastfeeding + and postpartum moms who can benefit from that extra boost of protein! 

How It Works: 

As I mentioned, Purple Carrot offers customers the choice between meal kits or fresh prepared ready-to-eat meals. Once you’ve chosen the type of meal delivery you want you can choose to receive 6, 8, or 10 meals in your weekly box – ready-to-eat meals serve 1. 

You are not locked into the choices you select though. You can edit your weekly box, skip a week, or cancel your subscription at any time. 

Pricing: 

Your individual weekly price will vary depending on how many meals you chose to receive weekly + if you choose to add any additional pantry items to your order. The average price per serving is around $13 compared to other meal delivery services. 

Another reason I absolutely love Purple Carrot is you receive free shipping on all orders

Things To Consider: 

  • Meal kits require a lot of cooking, so I would definitely recommend ready-to-eat meals for postpartum mamas. 
  • There are no customizations allowed when it comes to ready-to-eat meals – they come as they are! 
  • Some customers claim that they are more expensive than other meal delivery services even though they are heavy veggie meals – with no meat.
  • Addons are only available if you order the meal kits. 
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Credit: Splendid Spoon

#6: Splendid Spoon 

Splendid Spoon has over 50 ready-to-eat meals that you can choose from and has delivered straight to your door. Their menu includes tons of tasty food options to choose from including smoothies, juices, bowls, + soups. 

I wouldn’t recommend using Splendid Spoon for all your meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – if you are a breastfeeding mom because it’s not high enough in calories and protein to support lactation. But it can be a great supplement to your breastfeeding diet! 

How It Works+ Pricing: 

First, choose from the 5 different weekly plans they offer: 

  • Breakfast – just receive a smoothie per day ($70) 
  • Breakfast, lunch, + reset – smoothie, bowl, 1 full-day reset* ($140) 
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, + reset – smoothie, bowl, noodle, 1 reset* ($160) 

*1 full-day reset includes 3 light soups + 2 snacks

They also have a just lunch option + breakfast and lunch option. 

Then choose how often you’d like to receive a shipment:

  • Weekly 
  • Bi-weekly 
  • Once a month 

Lastly at checkout, you will choose your options from all their meals + customize your order. 

They also have a non-subscription box if you just want to try one out! 

Things to Consider:

  • I have heard from Splendid Spoon users + other reviews that the food is a bit bland + boring. 
  • One of the more expensive meal delivery services out there (especially if you are nursing and just using this for a supplement). 
  • Portions are on the smaller side. 
  • I wouldn’t recommend this meal delivery service for breastfeeding moms. 
Credit: Daily Harvest

#7: Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest offers over 80 different smoothies, harvest bowls, harvest bakes, flatbreads, soups, forager bowls, oat bowls, chia bowls, snacks, + more all made with organic, clean, + plant-based ingredients. 

Daily Harvest meals are ready in minutes + super customizable making them a perfect postpartum meal delivery service! They are all dairy-free, gluten-free, + made without artificial ingredients

How It Works: 

First, choose the frequency at which you’d like to receive your meals – weekly or monthly. Then, choose from the 3 plans they offer: 

  • Small – 9 items
  • Medium – 14 items
  • Large – 24 items 

There are a lot of perks to ordering Daily Harvest, like: 

  • Free shipping 
  • Skip, pause, or cancel your subscription at anytime
  • Customize exactly what meals you’d like to receive 

Pricing: 

Pricing is based on the items you add to your plan: 

  • Smoothies – $8
  • Harvest Bowls – $9
  • Harvest Bakes – $12 
  • Flatbreads – $9 

Check out more of their menu + prices on their website

Things to Consider: 

  • Not all items are stand-alone meals. Meaning they may need the addition of grains (rice) or additional ingredients to satisfy your hunger and make a complete meal. 
  • I don’t recommend this meal delivery service for breastfeeding moms based on the calorie and protein content of most of the meals. The low-calorie and protein options aren’t the best for maintaining a healthy breast milk supply.
Credit: Gobble

#8: Gobble

Gobble is similar to the popular meal kit delivery service Hello Fresh where you receive a box of ingredients + recipes + you cook the meals. The great thing about Gobble is that all the meals can be cooked in under 15 minutes. 

Gobble is great for someone who still wants to eat fresh food, not frozen, but needs something quick + easy. I would recommend choosing their classic plan – especially for breastfeeding moms who need the calories – rather than their lean + clean plan. 

How It Works: 

First chose if you’d like dinner for 2 or 4. Only dinner is available, although you can cook some of the meals for lunch. You could choose dinner for 4 – even if it’s just you and a spouse – to have leftovers for lunch the next day. 

Next, you can pick the meals you’d like to receive that upcoming week. New recipes are added every week, so you always have a variety of options to choose from. They also have vegetarian options available. 

Even though it is a weekly meal delivery subscription, you still have the choice to cancel or skip a week at any time. 

Pricing: 

The meals come out to about $12 per serving. They also offer free shipping for the first week. 

Things to Consider: 

  • Customers report that some of the meals can take a bit longer than 15 minutes to cook – especially if you aren’t familiar with cooking. 
  • Customers have also reported that they believe the meal delivery service is a bit expensive for the quality of food you receive. 
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#9: Hungryroot

Hungryroot is more of a grocery delivery service + has all the added benefits of a meal kit service. This delivery service is a great resource for new moms to use during the fourth trimester.

You can choose from recipes – where they send you all the ingredients to make it – and/or you can add individual grocery items to your order. 

How It Works: 

As I mentioned you can purchase by recipe or add individual grocery items to your order. 

You can take a quiz where they learn your dietary need + preferences. They then recommend meals for you or you can scroll through their recipes and chose your own. All recipes are healthy and take about 10 minutes to make. 

Meals include mains + sides, pasta, grain bowls, stir fry, tacos, + more

Hungryroot is a subscription service but you can skip a week or cancel at any time.

Pricing:

Pricing varies depending on what you add to your cart each week. They state that delivery starts at around $69, but don’t give a lot more about pricing until you sign up and customize your weekly plan. 

Things to Consider: 

  • Meals don’t come prepared – so not great if you are looking to stay away from cooking.
  • Not a lot of variety – meals are basic + same ingredients are used frequently.
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#10: Real Eats

Real Eats is like a standard meal delivery service, but your meals come with a main + 2 side dishes (of which you can mix + match and chose yourself). Their menu includes delicious meals for postpartum mothers such as breakfast, soups, proteins, sides, snacks, + drinks. 

How It Works: 

Simply chose if you’d like to receive 4, 6, 8, or 12 meals per week. Meals come with prechosen sides that Real Eats thinks are great side options for your main dish, but you have the option to swap them out for different sides if you prefer. 

Your meals and sides will come in vacuum-sealed packs that stay fresh in your fridge for up to a week. Once you are ready to eat your meal just reheat in as little as 6 minutes in a pot of boiling water or microwave. 

Real Eats is a weekly subscription service, but you can skip weeks + cancel your subscription whenever. 

Pricing: 

Real Eats states their pricing is about $10-11 per serving based on the plan you choose. 

Things To Consider: 

  • Customers claim portion sizes vary per recipe. Sometimes there are leftovers + sometimes you may need to cook additional food. 
  • There are limited vegetarian + gluten-free options. 
  • As of early 2022, delivery is limited on the west coast. 

Let’s Wrap It Up

There are plenty of postpartum meal deliveries out there that will make postpartum meal time SO much easier for new moms. I’ve done my best to include a variety of meal delivery services in my list above, so hopefully, you can find one that meets your needs. 

I encourage you to check out my perfect meal plan for breastfeeding moms to learn more about how + what you should be eating while breastfeeding (plus I have lots of tips for losing your postpartum weight without sacrificing your milk supply!)

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