Updated July 20, 2018
The Paleo diet has a lot of components, such as the exclusion of grains, dairy products, and unhealthy oils from your diet, which can greatly improve your health and lead to a better lifestyle. However, some of its principles, such as the requirement of cooking all of your own meals from scratch using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, are not always manageable all the time. If you’ve just moved into a new house or started a new job, for example, you likely have many other things to deal with in addition to cooking three meals a day and constantly shopping for ingredients. But don’t worry – in this guide, we aim to show you that it’s possible to reduce the stress caused by constant shopping and cooking while still maintaining your basic dietary principles. To do this, we’ve collected a list of local and national delivery services which deliver Paleo meals throughout the Durham/Chapel Hill area – mixing an adherence to Paleo principles with the kind of convenience that you would usually associate with unhealthy processed foods. With all of these options to choose from, it’s never been easier to stick with the Paleo diet – even for people with the busiest of schedules.
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Local Paleo Food Delivery Durham Options
Our first section covers companies based in Durham and Chapel Hill which offer takeout or deliver Paleo-friendly meals locally. While these companies may not focus exclusively on providing meals for Paleo dieters, they do present perfect options for those last-minute emergencies that we all experience from time to time on those days when cooking just doesn’t fit into our schedule. These companies all offer healthy solutions to such emergencies, while also using local produce and meats whenever possible – allowing you to receive a quick meal at short notice, without having to budge an inch on your dietary principles.
The Root Cellar
The Root Cellar in Chapel Hill offers a program called “Paleo Dinners” where they craft Paleo meals that can be picked up from their restaurant. These to-go meals include a full three course Paleo meal consisting of entrees, sides and deserts, with 5 different meals per week. The Root Cellar sources local grass-fed and antibiotic free meats, sustainable fish and local produce as much as possible for these meals. If you are able to swing by their location once a week to pick up the meals, the Root Cellar is a great option for getting local Paleo meals.
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The Good Kitchen
The Good Kitchen, one of the major delivery companies specializing in Paleo meals, is based in nearby Charlotte – but one of their major suppliers is Eastern Carolina Organics based in…you guessed it: Durham. The Good Kitchen focuses on creating their weekly changing menu based on local produce that is in-season currently at the farms in the area (around Durham through the ECO cooperative of farmers as one of their major suppliers). Formerly named modPALEO before recently rebranding as The Good Kitchen, they have operated a Paleo delivery service since 2011, first starting in their local area and gradually expanding to a delivery range to cover the entire U.S. The Good Kitchen uses 100% grass fed, grass finished beef, pastured pork, poultry & eggs and Seafood Watch certified fish and shellfish, as well as focusing on local in-season organic and sustainably farmed produce. Their menus now cater to several preferences beyond Paleo, for example each week you can filter on the section of their menu where beef, pork, chicken is the main protein, but also dishes where wild caught fish is the main protein or even a number of Paleo vegetarian options per week (a great option if you want a break from meat heavy meals every once and a while). They also offer filters for those doing other variations at this point such as Keto friendly meals or Primal (less strict) meals. No matter where you live, The Good Kitchen will deliver to your home or office address, with shipping on all orders offered for free (they require you order at least 5 meals per order/shipment). You have the choice between signing up for a recurring plan or simply choosing a one-time order. Meals are sent in reheatable vacuum sealed trays reminiscent of meals from the frozen food aisle except all meals from the Good Kitchen are delivered “fresh” (refrigerated/non-frozen) unless you take advantage of one of their special on meals from their freezer from prior weeks.
For more information on The Good Kitchen and for current menus/prices see:
The Good Kitchen is offering a 15% discount for our readers. Use promo code “mypaleos” at checkout for 15% off your first order.
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We also did a Q&A with Carter Lewis, the co-owner of The Good Kitchen
For our detailed write up on The Good Kitchen including reviews, see our in-depth coverage on them.
National Companies Offering Paleo Meal Delivery to Durham
Our second section covers a list of seven national companies which deliver throughout Durham from locations all over the country. In terms of convenience, these national delivery services are the next best choice to the local ones in the previous section – often shipping their meals via express shipping, in refrigerated cooler boxes or dry ice (depending on the company), which allows you to receive your meals within days of ordering them. Most of these companies often offer regular meal plans which can enable you to virtually give up grocery shopping and cooking altogether – making it perfect those who often find themselves with no free time whatsoever in their daily schedules.
Paleo on the Go
Paleo on the Go is a Florida-based company which has become one of the most popular Paleo delivery options in the country, winning consistent acclaim from various Paleo organizations and bloggers such as The Paleo Mom. They offer something for everyone on their vast menu, which ranges from “Paleo Pop-Tarts” to specialized meal plans for Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and 30-Day Elimination programs. They also pledge to buy all items on the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list organic, and maintain a reliable adherence to Paleo principles which makes them a suitable option for seasoned dieters and Paleo newcomers alike.
See paleoonthego.com for prices and meal options.
Note: Paleo on the Go is offering a 10% discount for our readers, use code “MYPALEOS” at checkout for 10% off your entire order – one time use.
For our detailed write up on Paleo on the Go including reviews, see our in-depth coverage on them.
Trifecta is the only delivery service on our list which offers meal plans for both Paleo and non-Paleo dieters alike, making them a unique option for those who also need to accommodate family members or friends who don’t follow the Paleo diet in addition to themselves. Trifecta’s Paleo meal plan is one of the most wide-ranging on our list, however, with a menu that updates every week and delicious seasonal meal choices for three meals a day, seven days a week (breakfast is optional). Together with the offer of free shipping on every order, this makes Trifecta an enticing option for those who wish they could dispense with cooking altogether.
See trifectanutrition.com for current prices for their Paleo and organic meal delivery Durham offerings.
For our detailed write up on Trifecta including reviews, see our in-depth coverage on them.
Eatology combines the Zone and Paleo diets into one cohesive program, allowing followers of either of these diets to experience the benefits offered by the other. If you already follow the Paleo diet, then you’re already familiar with the benefits which can be realized by excluding grains, artificial sweeteners, and dairy from your diet, but the Zone diet provides a couple features which might be new to you – such as the balance of macronutrients to promote weight loss and general wellness. In addition, Eatology divides their meals into portion-sized “blocks,” which serve to control calorie intake and prevent over-eating, while the innovating packaging material used for the “blocks” allows them to be heated in either microwaves or conventional ovens.
See http://www.eatology.co for Eatology’s Paleo-zone plans and pricing, including nationwide plans for healthy meal delivery Durham options.
Eatology is offering a 20% off promo for our readers (works for first & all later orders), use code “ZACHPALEO” at checkout
True Fare, formerly Pre-Made Paleo incorporates the Whole30 program into its Paleo meal delivery service, making it possible for Paleo dieters to easily incorporate the basic principles of this approach into their existing diet. This is not just because the Whole30 has recently become popular – this company actually features the Whole30 cookbook series’ main recipe contributor as its head chefs, ensuring that these Whole30-compliant meals originate from an authentic source. Plus, True Fare offers a number of ingredients which are well off the beaten path, such as wild boar sausage and wild elk, making this a great service for those for want to expand their horizons while also embracing new trends.
See truefare.com for prices and Paleo meal delivery Durham inclusive nationwide plans
True Fare has offered a 5% discount (one time use) on all orders for our readers. Use code “MYPALEOS2018” at checkout
For our detailed write up on True Fare including reviews, see our in-depth coverage on them.
Pete’s Paleo is a national delivery company which takes a number of unusual steps in order to make healthy eating and adherence to Paleo principles its number-one priority. One of these is the company’s method of close collaboration with farmers in their local San Diego area, which involves structuring their seasonal menus around which ingredients these farmers will have available during a particular season. They also exclude sugars and sweeteners of all kinds (even natural ones) from all of their meals, allowing them to bring out the natural flavors of the food they use, while catering to followers of Sugar Detox or Wahl’s Paleo programs (for whom they also offer specially-curated meal plans).
See petespaleo.com for a complete list of prices, meal plans and healthy food delivery Durham options.
For our detailed write up on Petes Paleo including reviews, see our in-depth coverage on them.
Caveman Chefs is a Denver-based company which offers hearty Paleo meal choices with the type of quality that only decades of food service experience can teach. This company was formed by a group of food service veterans from the Denver area, who found that they all shared a common interest in sharing their enthusiasm for the Paleo diet with others throughout the country. They favor ingredients from Colorado farmers in their food, lending their meals a distinctive regional flavor, while their eagerness to accommodate individuals with food allergies or special dietary requirements makes them a Paleo meal service with truly wide appeal.
Visit http://www.cavemanchefs.com for more information on their Paleo delivery Durham options
Caveman Chefs has offered 10% off all orders by mentioning the promo #ZachmyPALeos in the order comments or mentioned by phone during checkout.
For our detailed write up on Caveman Chefs including reviews, see our in-depth coverage on them.
Every Year there are More Options for Paleo Meal Delivery Durham & Chapel Hill Paleo Delivery Options
Hopefully this guide has helped open your ideas to some of the great Paleo delivery options available to you in the Durham area. While cooking all of your own meals from scratch remains an ideal component of the Paleo diet, it’s ultimately not as important as maintaining your health and well-being in the midst of a busy schedule. And if the Paleo diet is not helping you to do this, then it is likely time for a change in the way you approach the diet. This does not mean that you should stop following the Paleo diet just because you’re unable to cook, however. On the contrary, the local and national delivery services listed above were created to ensure that this does not happen. Everyone’s situation is different, but choosing any one of the delivery companies in our guide can ultimately result in making your Paleo lifestyle much more manageable and enjoyable than you ever thought possible. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference this one change can make in reducing your stress and increasing your free time – making the services these companies a priceless alternative to the burden of cooking all of your own meals on a daily basis.
Other Paleo Delivery Durham Area Companies
If you have any suggestions of other places offering Durham Paleo Friendly Meal Delivery or know of Durham Paleo restaurants that might offer takeout or delivery options, please let us know in the comments below.