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Vegetarian and vegan meals delivered to your door

Sonora Salad

Sonora Salad from Thistle.

(Rob Weiner)

Living on the go in San Diego can be tough on even the most disciplined of healthy eaters. With new restaurants opening every day, and a wealth of indulgent food on display, our waistlines and wallets are bursting.

The good news? A variety of meal delivery services are available, allowing us to wrangle in our spending and diets with healthy meals that take the guesswork out of nutrition. In particular, vegetarian and vegan meals are enjoying more popularity than ever, and the choices are mouthwatering and nourishing to the body.

Here are a few of the top options San Diegans can choose for vegan and vegetarian meal delivery.

Eat Clean Meal Prep: Launched in 2015, this San Diego service has delivered over 150,000 meals, and been honored by the mayor, who proclaimed Oct. 23 as Eat Clean Meal Prep Day. Vegheads can choose from the Vegetarian Office Meal Plan from $49 or the Vegetarian Work Week Meal Plan from $98. The office plan includes five salads, like an edamame and black bean salad with corn, red peppers and feta cheese or microwavable meals, like a garbanzo bean burger with spinach and grilled onions.

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The Work Week plan offers five lunches, five dinners, and five “crave-curbing” snacks. On both plans, customers have the option to add on 10 egg-white cups filled with veggies for $20, protein vanilla overnight oats for $22, or Bellaganics cold pressed juices (five for $22, 10 for $40) Monday evening delivery only for the Vegetarian Office Meal Plan. eatcleanmealprep.com

Veggie Vibes: With a variety of plans available, this local company puts tastebuds front and center with organic, local and sustainable ingredients. The Alive Living Cuisine option offers raw breakfast, lunch and dinner subscriptions for three days ($163), five days ($264) or seven days ($336). Plans include raw salads, soups, entrees, snacks and desserts. Also available are the Savory Raw lunch and dinner plan, Reset Cleanse, a raw cuisine and juice cleanse, and the Smoothies and Juice Cleanse. veggievibes.com

Food Made Fresh: Located in Carlsbad, Chef Chrissy Weir prepares a variety of meals for different dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo. With no subscription required, customers can choose from a weekly menu posted every Monday afternoon. Veggie options are plentiful, and may include oatmeal with amaranth and maple sauteed apples, farro and red lentils with tahini-soy vinaigrette; Southwest quinoa stuffed bell peppers; or sweet potato curry with brown rice.  Deliveries are made between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays. foodmadefresh.com

Fresh & Fit Meals: This San Diego outfit strives to support the local economy by using a majority of its organic produce and from local, sustainable farms. Meal options include five ($69), 10 ($119), or 14 ($159) meals per week, with meals marked as V (vegetarian) or VG (vegan) for plant-based dishes. Have your meals delivered Sunday and Monday to homes or businesses or pick up your meals at a variety of locations throughout the county, for a free meal each week. Note: Available vegan and vegetarian options can vary. freshandfitmeals.com

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Thistle: Featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, and Huff Post, this family-run business has been serving Californians since 2014. With San Diego delivery launching in 2017, Thistle offers 100% gluten- and dairy-free meals designed by a nutritionist. Globally inspired dishes include Mango Lassie Smoothie with Kulfi topping, Purple Grain Salad Bowl with Dukkah seeds, and North African Chermoula Salad.

With an eye-popping array of choices, local customers have an enhanced freedom for customizing meal and delivery options, and the opportunity to swap meals, along with offerings of cold-brew coffees, juices and wellness shots. Prices begin at $42 per week or $11.50 per meal, with deliveries on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. thistle.co

Spicy Garbonzo Curry

Spicy Garbonzo Curry from Thistle.

(Courtesy photo)

Fresh n’ Lean: With over 3.5 million meals served to date across the country, this popular company serves many metropolitan areas, including San Diego. Prices begin at $27 a day, and include three, 100% organic meals by Ion Nutrition Performance Meals. Choose from seven options per meal, like Mandarin Orange muffins or Chocolate Coconut Swirl Loaf for breakfast, and Thai Almond Butter Rice Bowl or Walnut Enoki Mushroom Quinoa for dinner.

Along with vegan meal service, the company also offers a variety of other delivery options, including gluten-free, low-sodium, low-carb, diet and fitness plans. Friday delivery. freshnlean.com


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