Health-conscious meal kit buyers are going to want to get the best bang for their buck. Among fans of healthy meal kits, both Purple Carrot and Green Chef have their fans.
Both offer nutrition and convenience, but only one can truly be called the king. So which service wins out?
The biggest difference between Purple Carrot and Green Chef is the meal plan options. Purple Carrot is exclusively vegan, while Green Chef varies from vegan to omnivore depending on your choice. Purple Carrot is more affordable and lower calorie, making it the best bang for your buck.
Buying a meal kit might sound easy but it is not the cakewalk that you might think it is. To get the best bargain, it’s important to look at each option.
- The Discounts
- Which Delivery Company Has the Most Diet-Friendly Menus?
- Which Company Offers Gluten-Free Meal Kits?
- Which One is Cheaper, Green Chef or Purple Carrot?
- Which Meal Prep is Easier to Make?
- Purple Carrot vs Green Chef: Flavors
- Which Brand is More Ethical, Purple Carrot or Green Chef?
- Which Company Offers the Best Sneak Peek at Menus?
- The Winner is Purple Carrot.
Like most meal kits, both Green Chef and Purple Carrot offer discounts to people who are curious about their wares.
However, due to the fact that these discounts can change from month to month, it does not make sense for our site to compare them.
The best thing that you can do if you are curious about either Green Chef or Purple Carrot is to go on their site and check out what current offers are available for new buyers. It’s almost always a sale that’ll whet your appetite.
Winner: It all depends on what they are offering as an introductory price at the time of your purchase. Both meal kit companies offer excellent discounts.
Both Purple Carrot and Green Chef made a name for themselves by being remarkably diet-friendly.
It would be hard to find a dietician who hates either company. However, they still have noteworthy differences when it comes to menu options.
Purple Carrot is one of the very few meal kit companies that offers a fully vegan menu plan—no animal products or animal by-products are involved in any of their menu options.
They are primarily gluten-free, though they also mark off items that include soy and nuts clearly.
They are also fairly low calorie, which means that they are quite diet-friendly.
They currently offer two different plans: two meals, or four servings. You can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks!
If you want to get a little bit of meat or animal products in your food, then you might prefer Green Chef.
They do offer a limited vegan menu, but many of their items have milk, cheese, or even meats there. Thankfully, the company make a point of labeling everything.
With Green Chef, you get a wide range of menus that can suit a variety of different lifestyles.
You can mix and match the number of portions that you get as well as the type of foods that you eat. It’s a lot more flexible.
Winner: Purple Carrot for strict vegan diets, Green Chef for people who want diversity.
Which Meal Kit is Best for Weight Loss?
Both Green Chef and Purple Carrot are famous for being waistline-friendly. However, it’s important to remember that Purple Carrot is primarily geared towards nutritious vegan food.
While it is lower in calories, the food itself doesn’t necessarily mesh with most popular diets.
If you have a specific diet, such as the Mediterranean Diet or a Keto diet, then your best bet is to pick Green Chef.
This is because Green Chef has entire menu options geared towards the most popular diets of the day—including Keto, Mediterranean, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.
Winner: If you have a specific diet in mind that isn’t vegan, go for Green Chef. If you are looking for low calorie vegan options, Purple Carrot delivers you the best goods.
Which Company Offers Gluten-Free Meal Kits?
Both Green Chef and Purple Carrot offer gluten-free menu items. So if you are on a strict gluten-free diet, both are accessible.
All you have to do is choose Green Chef’s “Gluten-Free” menu or Purple Carrot’s Gluten-Free options. Everything is marked pretty plainly.
Winner: It’s a tie.
Do Both Meal Kits Offer Contamination-Free Cooking?
If you have a soy allergen or a gluten-free diet you need to follow, then there is a high likelihood that cross-contamination could be an issue.
Unfortunately, neither Green Chef nor Purple Carrot can guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur.
While the recipes have their ingredients listed in each kit and staff take measures to ensure that contamination doesn’t happen, these kits are still made in facilities that occasionally process soy and wheat.
People who suffer from Celiac Disease or similar conditions may have to skip both services as a result of the fact that there is a slight (but nonzero) chance of contaminants.
Winner: Unfortunately, this is one of those moments where you may need to rethink meal kits. If concerns about gluten and soy cross-contamination are a major issue, neither kit is going to be a good match.
Which One is Cheaper, Green Chef or Purple Carrot?
Truth be told, both services offer quite a lot of bang for your proverbial buck.
Purple Carrot is marginally more affordable, with meals ranging from $9.99 to $11.99 per serving.
Green Chef, on the other hand, will have meals that go as high as $12.49 per serving.
Shipping prices also tend to follow this trend with both companies. With Purple Carrot, all orders include free shipping.
Green Chef, however, may charge a $9.99 fee if you do not hit a certain order limit.
Winner: Purple Carrot, by all standards, is more affordable than Green Chef.
Which Meal Prep is Easier to Make?
While some of us might be budding chefs, the truth is that most people who order meal kits aren’t looking to make every night a Julia Child night.
Unfortunately, there is no solid stats on this. Both kits will have meals that take between 20 to 40 minutes to prep on average.
Anecdotally, Purple Carrot is said to be slightly easier and faster to prep. However, this can vary from person to person as well as the specific meals you choose.
On the other hand, Green Chef has the “Fast N’ Fit” collection, which includes meals you can make in under 25 minutes.
It’s also worth noting that Purple Carrot also sells pre-packed, pre-made meals. So, if you want to skip cooking altogether, you absolutely can.
Winner: It’s tied. When it comes to anecdotal evidence, Purple Carrot is slightly easier to work with. On paper, Green Chef has a more streamlined menu for that.
Purple Carrot vs Green Chef: Flavors
It’s important to remember that each person has their own unique preferences and flavor profiles.
So while we do offer a general idea of what to expect, it’s important to remember that your experience may vary. Everyone has different tastes.
Both Green Chef and Purple Carrot are fairly respected when it comes to their meal kit outcomes.
The food combinations are exciting and the vast majority of people enjoy each meal they have.
It’s difficult to choose just one meal kit here, because they honestly both deserve accolades.
With that said, there have been several reports that Purple Carrot can be bland at times.
The good news is that this is often easily remedied with spices you already have at home.
Winner: Tied, but with anecdotal complaints about Purple Carrot being bland.
Which Brand is More Ethical, Purple Carrot or Green Chef?
It’s worth noting that both brands have pretty epic reputations when it comes to conserving waste and finding ways to make their products as eco-friendly.
They also both make a point of boasting excellent vegan menus that prove it’s great to be kind to animals.
Of course, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Purple Carrot vows not to use any animal products or by-products in their meal kits.
So if we have to pick one brand that is more serious about ethical standards, it’d have to be ultra-animal-friendly Purple Carrot.
Winner: Purple Carrot is more ethical due to its vegan menu.
In the meal kit industry, there used to be a strong tendency to keep meal offerings secretive until after the person has ordered.
The good news is that both Purple Carrot and Green Chef offer a fairly good idea of what you will get as a part of your menu.
Winner: It’s a tie.
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The Winner is Purple Carrot.
Due to the fact that Purple Carrot is more affordable, more ethical, and more convenient, it’s clear that there is a lot of value in giving it a try.
This is doubly true if you are vegan. However, if you are a fan of meat or just want to give Green Chef a try, it’s safe to say you won’t be disappointed either way.
Both companies are fabulous, which is why they are so popular today.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a stay-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a successful career in the accounting field, steps away from becoming a CPA. I decided to give up on my career in order to raise my own kids (as opposed to letting a nancy do it, no judgment here) I learned a lot and I love sharing it with other moms. Along the way, I also became a Certified Food Handler.