I’ve been looking for a meal delivery service I could back for YEARS. I’m not joking. I’ve tried and tested and ordered and eaten to no avail. But today, I’m excited to say I’ve finally found something I love. Say hello to Nutrition for Longevity—and keep reading for my review!
Meal delivery systems always seem to fall a little bit short for me. The portions are either too small, there is too much prep, the food is not organic enough or the plans are too expensive and ultimately, these concessions end up outweighing the benefits of it all.
Well, I’ve scoured, tested and vetted the options and I’m so excited to bring you my top pick: Nutrition for Longevity.
Nutrition for Longevity delivers FULLY PREPPED, farm-fresh, heat + serve, organically grown meals to your door. The recipes they deliver are either plant-based or pescatarian (you choose) and held to the nutritional standards of Dr. Valter Longo’s Longevity Diet. What this boils down to is: you get nutrient-rich, balanced meals that are designed to promote longevity.
But before we get into that, let’s talk about where it all begins—with farming, sourcing, seeds and soil.
Nutrition for Longevity owns its own organic farm(s)
Recent studies have found commercially-grown food has 25% fewer vitamins, minerals and nutrients compared to 30 years ago—and Nutrition for Longevity is out to change that (1, 2, 3).
How? Nutrition for Longevity owns, operates and harvests their produce from their own regenerative farm in north New Jersey. While they’re currently on track to receive their organic certification (which takes a minimum of 3 years), N4L follows the most up-to-date regenerative farming practices to increase the organic matter in their soil, which enhances soil biodiversity and ultimately the nutrient density of their plants.
To do this, N4L uses agricultural practices that are focused on conversing and rehabilitating the soil’s organic matter. Some of their core methods include:
- No synthetic chemical use (no pesticides, herbicides and fungicides). Avoiding these synthetics promotes the natural relationship between the soil microbiome and plant roots.
- Practicing crop varieties and rotation, which diversifies the unique crop sugars that feed the soil microbiome.
- No-till farming, which keeps the soil microbiome intact.
- Employing compost bioreactors, which use microorganisms to turn decaying matter from kitchen compost into nutrients for plants.
- The use of cover crops to protect soil and reduce erosion.
- The use of grazing animals to provide natural fertilizer for soil.
- The use of natural pollinators by encouraging bees, beetles and butterflies to assist with pollination of plants.
- Their farm also has a fully sustainable indoor aquaponic system that turns a crop every 5 days, also making winter farming a possibility.
This is the only meal delivery system I found that actually grows their own food but not only that, they deliver it from the earth to your door within 48 hours of harvest. If you are looking for a meal delivery system that is truly farm to table, THIS IS IT.
Nutrition for Longevity currently owns one farm but they are looking to expand across the US, which means more organically grown food with less of a carbon footprint.
Nutrition for Longevity sources the best seeds
In addition, Nutrition for Longevity sources non-GMO, certified organic or all-natural seeds from specialty suppliers—many of which are the same varieties grown in Centenarian Hot Spots. These suppliers pledge that their seeds are alteration-free, which includes genetic modification and editing.
Nutrition for Longevity sources sustainable fish
You can opt for plant-based meals or pescatarian meals. I order fish every time I go out to eat—scallops, salmon, haddock, I love it all—so the pescetarian option here was a no brainer for me.
We know Nutrition for Longevity organically grows all of its own produce, but it’s important to know how their fish is sourced too. N4L says, “We are transitioning away from our current vendor to a New York vendor who sources direct. Our current vendor follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Fish Guidelines.”
These guidelines help consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean, now and for future generations. Their recommendations indicate which seafood items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives” and which ones you should “Avoid” with respect to marine life and the environment.
I am personally excited to see what this new direct vendor brings. I would love to have a list of specific sourcing details to share with you here. (Will update!)
Nutrition for Longevity creates meals so you can live longer
Okay, back to the whole point! Inspired by The Longevity Diet, N4L meals draw upon the lessons of the Centenarian Hot Spots (also known as “blue zones”), which are geographical hot spots known for inhabitants that live the longest and healthiest lives on record.
Diets in these Centenarian Hot Spots are typically 95% plant-based and rich in vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.
Using these principles, N4L’s executive chef and registered dietitians craft every meal to ensure nutrient-rich balanced meals (that also taste incredible). My personal fave is their Okinawa Salmon with Teriyaki Noodle Stirfry. The salmon was awesome (not dry) and the dressing was TDF.
The other really awesome thing about N4L is that you get access to a registered dietitian to help you choose your meal plans…AND N4L is also working to make their meals prescription-ready so doctors can actually prescribe them to patients (HOW COOL IS THAT?!).
If you’re interested in learning more about the foundational science, read The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo—the director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. He shares his findings, like how diets rich in high fiber foods may help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar, maintain gastrointestinal health, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancers, and aid healthy weight management.
Nutrition for Longevity review: Celiac-friendly
On a personal note…I also happen to have Celiac disease so that has been another pain point when looking for a meal system that I can actually eat. Nutrition for Longevity is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts and GLUTEN. #praisebe
Now anyone who has celiac knows you can’t take this at face value because cross contamination is real and even the smallest amount of gluten can lay us up for days. I called and asked N4L about this and they confirmed that although N4L is not certified gluten free, they grow, handle and make all of their food themselves in their company-owned facilities. Because of this, they were able to confirm they do not keep gluten products in house, which reduces the risk for cross contamination to basically nothing.
As someone living with Celiac, I can also tell you that I’ve tried their three-day meal kit and not only was I able to eat all the meals without any side effects…even better than that, I felt fantastic.
Here’s what else you can expect from Nutrition for Longevity
- At least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
- 25g+ of fiber per day.
- A team of registered dietitians available to offer expert nutrition counseling to customers.
- Meal kits that come with 3 or 5 full days (you choose) of meals and snacks—just heat and serve!
- The ability to choose pescatarian or vegetarian meal options.
- 100% organically grown meals (no exceptions!).
- Meals that are free of dairy, eggs, peanuts and gluten.
- Meals that last up to 7 days in the fridge.
- Fresh and delicious tasting food.
- Eco-friendly shipping materials and packaging.
- No prep work!
What a 3-day Meal Kit looks like
Breakfast: Far from boring, these three meals were varied and filling to keep me going til lunch!
- Nicoyan Sweet Potato Hash
- Loma Linda Blueberry Oatmeal
- Loma Linda Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
Lunch: Light enough to preemptively battle that 2 p.m. slump, and nutrient-dense enough to get me to my afternoon snack (see below!).
Dinner: I already mentioned I’m a seafood-lover, but these were next level. No dry or rubbery fish here—and the meals were full of flavor.
Snacks: Included was also a bag of mixed banana chips, pecans and dark chocolate chips. A handful (or 2) was just enough to curb the munchies. A great combo of sweet and savory.
If you’ve been looking for a sustainable, gluten-free, organic meal delivery option with vegetarian options, look no further than Nutrition for Longevity.
- Poor Dirt: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious? Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss, ScientificAmerican.com, April 11, 2011.
- Mineral Nutrient Composition of Vegetables, Fruits and Grains: The Context of Reports of Apparent Historical Declines, Robin J.Marles, Science Direct, March 2017.
- America’s Vanishing Nutrients, Alex Jack, 2005.