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Friday, March 1st
Fresh N' Lean believes that eating well should be easy. Their fresh, never frozen prepared meals are made with organic, non-GMO ingredients and free range, certified-humane animal proteins (unless you choose a vegan plan, of course). Your meals will all have a "best by" date and need to be refrigerated within 24 hours of arrival (for up to 10 days), or you can pop them in the freezer for up to six weeks.
More menu options than before
Fresh N' Lean has vastly expanded its menu choices since our last review. You can now choose from Protein +, Keto, Paleo, Standard Vegan, Whole30-Approved, Low-Carb Vegan, Mediterranean Diet, and Bulk. You can also choose to subscribe to a weekly meal plan or order a la carte, whichever you prefer. Just be aware that only the a la carte option lets you pick specific meals; otherwise, the meals are chosen for you according to the preferences you specify.
Set your preferences
When you choose a meal plan, you let the company know which meals you'd like (breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner), up to 3 ingredients you'd like to exclude, any allergies you have, then add any extra meals or snacks you'd like to include, and that's it. By the way, all of Fresh N' Lean's menus are gluten free, and all but Keto are dairy-free as well.
Preview each week's meals
It's so easy to see exactly what meals are on offer every week: just click on Menu and then select the one you're interested in (Paleo, Vegan, and so on). You'll see exactly what each meal contains, the nutrition facts and ingredients, plus the heating instructions.
Available to residents of all 50 states
When you work your way through the ordering process, you'll be given a guaranteed deliver-by date. In our case, it was on a Saturday and about eight days after placing our order. But, right below that, it said that we could call or email to ask about an earlier delivery date if needed. Another big perk here that we'd like to highlight is that Fresh N' Lean offers meal delivery in all 50 states. Most rival services only serve the continental US, and some don't even cover all 48 of those states.
To get $20 off your first order, watch for the pop-up. All you'll need to do is enter your email address. That discount isn't quite as generous as some of Fresh N' Lean's competitors, who often offer $100 or more off the first few deliveries, but any savings is still a welcome thing.
Terrific feedback from happy customers
Fresh N' Lean gets a lot of positive feedback from its clients. That's evidenced by the company's "A+" rating and accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and more than 2,000 five-star reviews we found in several other places. We were glad to see that the food is consistently good - and the customer service is too. Many meal delivery services fall down with respect to one or the other (quality or support), but Fresh N' Lean doesn't. Our biggest thumbs up is for all of the cases where customers have reported meals that were delivered late or spoiled for any other reason, and this company responded with a prompt "we're so sorry!" and an offer to refund or replace them. Plus, the company has "support gurus and dietitians" standing by seven days a week from 7a-7p PST via email and toll-free number, if you need help choosing a plan or have any other questions.
Moving up in the rankings
We're happy to give Fresh N' Lean a bump in our rating since our last review, because the company has done a phenomenal job of expanding their menu choices to accommodate the needs of more customers. We're pleased to see how much attention is given to customer satisfaction as well. The one downside is that you can't pick and choose meals when subscribed to a meal plan - and buying a la carte can be much more expensive. Other than that, however, this is a meal delivery service to put on your list of ones to explore.
Isn't it amazing how many ways we have to make our lives easier, from Instacart grocery deliveries to DoorDash dinners from our favorite restaurants? Meal delivery services fall in the middle of that spectrum: you save the time and hassle of planning a menu and buying the ingredients, while not spending tons of money on weekly (or nightly) take-out meals and the corresponding gratuities. These services include heat-and-eat meals that arrive either fresh or frozen, as well as kits that come with all the ingredients necessary to make a gourmet-style meal right at home.
You may have noticed that meal delivery recipe choices are abundant. From classic, hearty favorites like chicken parm and burgers to exotic dishes from around the world, there's something for everyone. Vegan? No problem. Following a special diet for health or medical reasons, like keto or diabetic-friendly? You've got possibilities!
Many of these services are subscription-based: you choose the types of meals you prefer (or pick specific entrees), how many servings in each one, and how many meals you'd like in a week, and your deliveries will come like clockwork unless you pause your membership, skip a shipment, or cancel altogether. If that's not your preference, there are some meal delivery companies that let you place your orders whenever you like, with no ongoing commitment.
With almost every meal delivery service, you'll get big discounts on your first order (and sometimes several ones thereafter) - you could pay less than $2 per meal at the start. Just be aware that the regular pricing is higher, typically ranging from $6 to $20 per serving; you'll pay more for premium options with higher-quality proteins and ingredients (maybe for a special occasion?).
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