Hungryroot is is a subscription-based healthy meal kit delivery service that sends a box of plant-based food ingredients to your door once every week.
The contents of the box are customized to your dietary preferences.
Included in the box are the ingredients themselves and a recipe book with suggested pairings. And best of all—every meal takes under 10 minutes to make.
Now that’s a real game-changer in my book.
How Does Hungryroot Work?
To begin the sign-up process, go to Hungryroot’s website and register; you can then move on to your meal selection and ordering from different plans.
Looking at the meal plan options, you will see they are based primarily on the size of your family or the amount of food you would like to receive each week.
But apart from the quantity and prices, I didn’t see many differences or variations between the available plans.
After creating your account and choosing your plan, there are options to customize your meals based on your dietary preferences.
You can also let their software auto-generate your meal selection for that week, with the opportunity to change meal items, as long as you do it the Wednesday before your box is due for delivery.
You also have the option to skip weeks, which is convenient for people who often travel.
The Hungryroot box is delivered to your doorstep with a recipe book on how to prepare the different meals included.
Because all of the ingredients included in the boxes are exclusively preservative-free, you need to be at home for delivery.
But don’t worry—the boxes are lined with ice packs to keep everything fresh during shipping.
Types of Meals Available
The Hungryroot meal ingredients box contains plant-based sauces, batters, doughs, grains, pasta, and fresh-cut fruit and vegetable ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes.
To deliver on their healthy food promise, Hungryroot also offers meal options for people who maintain gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free diets.
There are also healthy snack and side-dish options available.
The meals are packed full of healthy fats, vitamins, complex carbohydrates, minerals, and fiber, with no bad carbs or preservatives.
And better yet, there really isn’t much cooking involved—all you have to do is combine the ingredients and heat them up. Some of the items can even be eaten straight out of the box.
The HungryRoot plans and pricing are as follows;
- The Starter Plan ($55.20 first box, then $69 weekly) – Ideal for individuals, this plan includes 3 or 4 meals and a choice of snacks, desserts, or grab-and-go breakfasts. The meals serve two.
- The Good Life Plan ($80 first box, then $99 weekly)- Ideal for couples, this plan offers 5 to six meals, plus again any one of snacks, desserts, or sweets. The meals serve two people.
- The Family Plan ($103.20 first box, then $129 weekly)- Designed for families, here you get 7 or 8 meals, with a choice of snacks, grab-and-go breakfasts, or desserts.
One of Hungryroot’s taglines is “We make healthy eating easy,” and they certainly do so.
Ben McKean, founder of this wholesome service, came up with the idea for Hungryroot when found himself waiting in line at the market without a clue what he was going to do with the ingredients in his cart, and wondering why it was so difficult to eat healthily.
Founded in 2015, this New York-based company prides itself on providing fresh, nutrient-rich foods for healthier eating…all delivered right to your door.
There are quite a few meal kit options to consider should you feel that HungryRoot isn’t quite what you are looking for.
We’ve done our homework, and have decided that the top picks from those are:
- Marley Spoon: Prepares healthy and tasty meals using fresh ingredients from trusted suppliers
- Plated: Delivers chef-curated and designed recipes, along with carefully measured ingredients for your dinner each week.
- Gobble: Delivers dinner from a diverse menu of meals right to your doorstep, all prepared from fresh ingredients by professional chefs.
- Convenience: Packages are mostly delivered with everything needed nicely tucked in the recyclable boxes that come complete with ice packs.
- Quick: Meals take under 10 minutes to prepare. And we avoid the word ‘cook’ as there isn’t much cooking involved.
- Quality: The food is delivered fresh, the packaging is safe, the meals are tasty and healthy, and the ingredients arrive properly cooled thanks to the included ice packs.
- Value: If you’re wondering if the service is cheaper than shopping and cooking yourself, then the answer is no. But the service’s value depends on how much you need the convenience. A lot of people seem to feel the meal plans are on the expensive side. And while I love quick and easy, I would have to agree.
- Lack of Flavor: One thing we have picked up ourselves and which quite a few people have mentioned is that some of the meals don’t have much in the way of flavor. We are guessing that it is a little challenging to deliver with plant-centric meals.
- Too Much Vinegar: HungryRoot could also ease up with the vinegar in some of their dishes. Many people might love a dash or two of vinegar in their food, but it seems to me that all of the bean salads are drenched in vinegar with HungryRoot.
- Complicated Website: Hungryroot’s site is difficult to navigate, especially when you just want to check their plans and meal options to decide whether you should sign up. This could deter anyone that isn’t very tech-savvy.
Our overall advice would be to give HungryRoot a try.
Like all top meal kit services, you can cancel your subscription anytime, so there isn’t much risk to it.
And who knows—maybe you’ll become a true believer in the vegetarian way!