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Eat Clean to Go Review 2023: Can Prepared Meals be “Clean”?

Written by: Mike Pawlik on Jan 22nd, 2023

Overview

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a busy professional. Consistently eating meals that fuel your body with all necessary micronutrients is more difficult than it seems. But there is a way.

My team and I have researched and validated Eat Clean to Go and have rounded up the results. If you’re looking for a convenient way to ensure you’re fueling your body with all the necessary nutrients, Eat Clean to Go might just be your answer. It’s a service best suited for single individuals, or even couples – and it may be suitable for kids as well, depending on your budget.

I like Eat Clean to Go because it offers a wide range of prepared meals for you to choose from that take only 2 to 3 minutes to heat up, cover several popular diets, and a wide variety of meal types and cuisines. I also liked seeing that you’ll pay a lower cost-per-meal the more you order at once time.

Pros

Cons

  • No customization options

  • Doesn’t cater to any allergies

  • No customer support chat and limited information on the website

What’s on the Vendor Menu

Meal Options

Eat Clean to Go provides prepared oven- and microwave-ready meals that are most suitable for single individuals, couples, and maybe some smaller families. The reason for this is that the meals are single-serving only.

You get a good selection of different cuisines like Latin American, Indian, classic American, Italian, Caribbean (Cuban), Chinese, Hawaiian, and a few more. Each dish seems to be relatively basic which means it’ll be quite suitable even for the pickiest of eaters.

There are 4 plans you can choose from – Keto, Paleo, Traditional, and Plant-Based. The Keto, Paleo, and Traditional plans have a good selection of proteins you can choose from. These include chicken breast, chimichurri chicken, pulled pork, grass-fed ground beef, shrimp, ground turkey, turkey sausage, and steak.

In terms of the Plant-Based plan, you’ll get a decent selection of veggie-based proteins such as beans, chickpeas, vegan chicken strips (Chik’n), and beyond sausage. It doesn’t highlight the veggies as much as a vegan-specific service like Purple Carrot, but I still appreciated the variety of options here. One example of a great plant-based meal is the Vegan Southwest Burger with Vegan Cheese and Red Potato.

Eat Clean to Go's Vegan Southwest Burger with Vegan Cheese and Red Potato

Try Eat Clean to Go's Vegan Southwest Burger with Vegan Cheese and Red Potato

It offers around 4-12 meals every week, and these get rotated every week as well. If you want to check the new menu for the following week, it gets updated every Thursday at 12 am (midnight) EST. As such, it recommends that you order something right away if you like it as that specific meal may no longer be available the following week.

Choices include items for breakfast like the Turkey Sausage Breakfast Pizza, and lunch/dinner. One example of a meal that can be eaten as lunch or dinner (which is also a personal favorite) is the BBQ Crusted Chicken Breast with Mac and Cheese. It’s also a kid-friendly option for those of you with children.

Eat Clean to Go's BBQ Crusted Chicken Breast with Mac and Cheese

Try Eat Clean to Go's BBQ Crusted Chicken Breast with Mac and Cheese

You’ll also find a few breakfast items like regular pancakes, keto-friendly pancakes, scones, whole wheat blueberry-stuffed french toast, and paleo almond blueberry bread. Again, Eat Clean to Go doesn’t exactly have the largest selection of meal types but it’s nice to see at least a few options for breakfast.

I was also a bit disappointed to see a lack of any other types of add-ons, snacks, or extra protein options – but at least you can order regular or large portions as well. The large portions cost around $1 more than the standard-size portions per meal.

Diet

Is Eat Clean to Go Good For This Diet?

Traditional (Balanced)

Yes

High Protein

No

Keto

Yes

Paleo

Yes

Plant-Based

Yes

Gluten-Free

No

Mediterranean

No

Customization

Before you sign up, you can choose the type of diet you prefer. However, in terms of meal customization options, there really isn’t much in that regard. Keep in mind that the plans can’t be mixed and matched. If you like to eat a balanced diet in general but want to throw in some plant-based meals as well, you’ll have to place 2 separate orders.

You also can’t exclude any specific ingredients or view any type of allergens that each meal may contain. For that reason, I highly recommend being extremely cautious here if you have any serious, life-threatening allergies. You can check the specific ingredients for each meal right on the menu on the website before placing your order so you can at least be aware of what you’re getting.

eat clean to go, ingredients list

Unfortunately, there isn't a way to easily see allergen information on the website

Its Terms of Service highly recommend that you avoid the service if you have any sort of allergy. If that’s the case, you may be better off choosing a different service altogether as it doesn’t list any allergens, nor does it really talk about them anywhere on the site or in the FAQ section.

Its one redeeming quality, however, is that it at least offers several meals in each diet category. Though not the most impressive menu I’ve ever seen, it at least puts forth some sort of effort to cater to different dietary preferences.

If you want the ability to see specific allergens listed, I’d recommend checking out Factor instead. Not only does it list all ingredients plus allergens, but it also allows you to mix and match across meal plans like Chef’s Choice, Keto, Calorie Smart, Vegan & Veggie, and Protein Plus to your heart’s content.

Unboxing

The unboxing experience is pretty basic, but all your bases are covered. Your meals will arrive in insulated bags and will have ice packs to keep things at the right temperature. All the meals come packed in this box in separate containers along with ingredient labels. Every meal has nutritional data printed right on it as well including protein, carbs, fat, and total calories.

Something pretty unique about Eat Clean to Go, however, is that you have to return the packaging materials. That’s something I haven’t seen any other competitors doing which is kind of interesting.

You’re meant to place your delivery bags and ice packs outside on Sunday or Wednesday night so the driver can pick them back up while he or she is delivering your next order. If you don’t return the packaging materials within 10 days, the site’s Terms of Service states that you’ll be billed $25. Should you need to cancel your services, you can simply do so and place your bags outside for someone to pick up so that you aren’t charged this amount.

There also isn’t any information regarding how to store your meals. In that case, it’s up to you whether you want to take the risk and freeze your meals for later or try to consume them within around 3-5 days for optimal freshness. Also, something to note is that each meal arrives fresh and has never been frozen before.

Each food container is 100% recyclable and BPA-free. You’re welcome to keep these for later use, or simply recycle them using your city’s recycling program.

Cooking (and Eating) with Eat Clean to Go

Eating with Eat Clean to Go is as simple as heating up your meals in the microwave or oven. If you’re using an oven, the meals might take around 15-30 minutes to heat up, depending on its strength. For microwaves, start with around 2 minutes, and add 30 seconds at a time if your meals are still cold.

All of the meals arrive fresh and have never been frozen. As such, it’s a good idea to consume them as quickly as possible without freezing them. If you order enough meals for 1 week, I highly recommend using the meals with sensitive ingredients first like shrimp or chicken. Veggie-only or beef meals may last longer in the fridge.

Shortlist of My Favorite Meals

Most of the meals tend to be pretty simplistic with just a few key ingredients which also makes them quite kid-friendly. Some of my favorite meals include the BBQ Pulled Pork with Plantain Mash and the Grass Fed Beef Burger with Organic Cheese and Red Potato.

eat clean to go's Grass Fed Beef Burger with Organic Cheese and Red Potato

Try the Grass Fed Beef Burger with Organic Cheese and Red Potato

If you’re looking for a fancier prepared meal delivery service with a wider selection of other meal types, add-ons, snacks, and more, I also recommend checking out Home Chef. It offers both meal kits and prepared meals depending on your skill level and willingness to cook your own meals.

Prices

Starting from

Order size

Shipping Fee

Large size: $12.49 per portion

4 meals/week: $49.96

$9.99

Regular size: $11.33 per portion

6 meals/week: $67.98 

$9.99

Large size: $11.75 per portion

6 meals/week: $70.50

$9.99

Regular size: $9.90 per portion

10 meals/week: $99.90 

$9.99

Large size $9.90: per portion

10 meals/week: $99.90

$9.99

Regular size: $9.33 per portion

12 meals/week: $111.96

$9.99

Large size: $9.60 per portion

12 meals/week: $115.20

$9.99

Regular size: $8.60 per portion

14 meals/week: $120.40

$9.99

Pricing with Eat Clean to Go is pretty straightforward. Anything you see on its menu falls under the per-serving pricing outlined above. The same goes for all the breakfast items as well. As you can see in the table above, the more you order at a time, the lower your per-serving prices will be. Delivery always costs a flat rate of $9.99, no matter where you are, and how much you order at a time.

At this time, Eat Clean to Go doesn’t offer a refund policy. Its Terms of Service states that all charges are non-refundable and that it makes no exceptions. This seems a bit strict for my tastes. Keep an eye on the Terms of Service as this could potentially change down the road.

Shipping & Delivery

Each week’s menu becomes available on Saturday at 12:01 am and ends the following Friday at 11:59 pm EST for orders for the following week. Eat Clean to Go offers delivery to all 48 contiguous states. However, you won’t be able to order if you live in Alaska or Hawaii at this time. Deliveries are available every Wednesday between 1 pm to 9 pm EST.  

If you need to make any changes to your plan or freeze or cancel your account, you must do so by Wednesday at 3 pm EST. This can be done from within your account dashboard once you’ve created an account.

How Eat Clean to Go Works

I was happy to see that the signup process is quite streamlined and simple. All you have to do once you land on the site is click on On The Menu in the top right portion of the page, choose how many meals you want, and continue on to create an account and check out. Here’s exactly how you do that and what to expect.

How to Sign Up

  1. Head to the Eat Clean to Go website: Once there, simply click on On The Menu to get started choosing your diet preference and how many meals you’d like for this order. Keep in mind that you can also choose whether you want regular or large portions here as well.

eat clean to go, choose your plan

Choose your preferred diet and the number of meals – 6, 10, 12, or 14

  1. Enter your email address and zip code: Once you’ve chosen your diet and number of meals, you’ll have to enter your email address and zip code.

eat clean to go, signup process

Enter your email address and zip code

  1. Choose your desired start date: After that, you can choose when to start your service. You can choose a date from 1 to 3 weeks in advance.

eat clean to go, start date

Choose your start date up to 3 weeks in advance

  1. Enter the rest of the required information: From here, you’ll have to provide your personal information like your name, email address, delivery and billing address, and payment information.

eat clean to go, personal information

Enter your personal information to complete the signup process

  1. Choose your meals and check out: Once you’ve entered all the required information, you can then select your meals for this order and check out.

Managing Your Subscription

If at any point you need to manage any aspect of your subscription, you can do so by logging into your account or contacting the customer support team via email or phone. You’ll be automatically signed up for a weekly subscription, so make sure to perform any changes by the weekly cutoff date. This will have to be done via a written opt-out request and must be sent via email by Wednesday of any given week at 3 pm EST.

Customer Service

If you’re just browsing and need some help, the only way to contact the company is via phone at either (954) 836-7552 or (800) 305-4758. There’s also an email address, but it’s not immediately obvious what it is as it isn’t published on the general website. If you dig around the Terms of Service, you can find it there. You can email the support team at hello@eatcleantogo.com.

I sent an email and received a response roughly 24 hours later. In this case, That’s not bad, but it’s certainly not breaking any speed records either. The representative did answer my question in a professional and courteous manner, though, which was good enough for my needs. It was confirmed that the phone line hours of operation are from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm EST.

eat clean to go, customer support email

A customer support agent got back to me via email in about 24 hours

If you need to cancel your account or deliveries, you can always reach out to the support team about that as well. Someone will be happy to help you out, though you can also do it on your own from within your account dashboard.

Keep in mind that there’s currently no refund policy available. All purchases are final, and it seems like no exceptions are made, unfortunately.

How Eat Clean to Go Compares to Other Meal Delivery Services

  • Eat Clean to Go vs Home Chef: In my personal opinion and experience, Home Chef is a much better company than Eat Clean to Go. It offers tons of oven-, grill-, and microwave-ready meals, a good selection of dietary preferences like calorie- and carb-conscious. There’s a very large selection of sides, snacks, add-ons, desserts, and more. The customer support team is awesome and is available via live chat, email, and even phone.

The Bottom Line: Is Eat Clean to Go Worth It?

In my personal experience, I don’t consider Eat Clean to Go to be worth it unless you specifically want Keto or Paleo prepared meals. For plant-based meals, you may be better off ordering from a company like Purple Carrot as it specializes in high-quality, prepared vegan meals. But again, the inability to mix and match across plans isn’t something I’m personally a big fan of.

Also, the lack of customer support live chat and refund policies, and zero accommodation for allergies is a bit of a turn-off for me. However, it could still be worth it for you as its prices seem to be pretty competitive, especially for prepared meals. If you’re just looking for basic, simple, and relatively affordable prepared meals with no bells and whistles, I still think you could find some value here.

FAQ

How do you heat up Eat Clean to Go meals?

All of the meals can either be heated up in your microwave or oven. If using a microwave, they’ll be hot in around 2-3 minutes, depending on your microwave’s power output. Meals in the oven take anywhere from 15-30 minutes to heat up.

Is it easy to cancel Eat Clean to Go?

Yes – it’s as simple as logging into your account dashboard. You can also contact the support team via email at hello@eatcleantogo.com if you prefer. Once you do that, you’ll also need to leave any bags and ice packs outside for pickup. Cancellations must be completed by no later than Wednesday at 3 pm EST.

Is Eat Clean to Go good for weight loss?

There isn’t a single food group or type that directly hinders (or aids) your weight loss goal. It’s all about calories in vs. calories out. For example, Eat Clean to Go’s prepared meals help you hit your weight loss goals more easily than cooking on your own as each meal has the exact calorie number printed directly on it. Therefore, you wouldn’t have to calculate calories on your own.

About The Author

Mike Pawlik
Contributing Writer, Delivery Rank
Mike is a writer based in Calgary. Though he's written about technology, fitness, and lifestyle, as a seasoned cook, food remains one of his top passions
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