Need a break from spending your Sundays meal prepping? Get nutritious food delivered to your doorstep by signing up to one of the many healthy meal delivery services on the market. Whether you’re looking for a vegan plan, a fitness-focused service or a total detox, we’ve rounded up the best packages available.
Since its launch in 2015, Mindful Chef has become a market leader in healthy meal delivery. Each week there are 16 recipes to choose from, with meat, fish and plant-based options – everything being free from gluten, dairy and refined carbs. All ingredients are delivered to your door, along with an easy to follow recipe: perfect for those who want to make life a bit easier, but still enjoy cooking. You can choose between one, two and four person bundles, and as everything is measured out precisely there’s no waste. Portions are generous too, particularly the meat and fish, which are sourced sustainably. Overall, we were really impressed with Mindful Chef – it’s great way of expanding your culinary repertoire while keeping a balanced and healthy diet, and saves you that dreaded post-work trip to Sainsbury’s at rush hour. One person portions from £8 per portion, two people from £5.50 per portion, four people from £5 per portion.
With 30 years of experience in sourcing the finest organic food and drink from sustainable producers, Abel & Cole are pioneers in the eco-friendly culinary world. Their new delivery service is targeted at people working in offices in London, and includes breakfasts, lunches, snacks and alcohol. All food and drink is 100 per cent organic, nothing is packaged in plastic, and deliveries are done by zero-emission electric bikes from their East London hub. Breakfasts range from yoghurt pots to sourdough bread to boxes of healthy granola, while lunches come as colourful bowls of goodness: think teriyaki tofu, spiced chicken, and green falafel with beetroot hummus. There’s an impressive snack selection too, featuring everything from nuts to kale crisps to hummus, and the organic bar offers a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including prosecco with half the sugar than average. Friday drinks, anyone? Lunch bowls from £7.25.
The delivery service of choice for those who are serious about fitness – and food. This is undoubtedly the most high-tech of the services on offer, and starts with a telephone consultation with a health expert to discuss your aims, needs and preferences. Each day’s delivery is then completely tailor-made for each customer. Whether you’re looking to build muscle, boost your performance or simply kick-start the healthier you ahead of summer, the bespoke nutrition plans get to work instantly on improving you from the inside, out – and it’s made all the tastier thanks to Michelin star trained menu consultants who work alongside expert chefs, nutritionists and fitness experts. The packages on offer are varied, ranging from ‘plant-based’ to ‘lean gains’ and ‘competition preparation’, and with a focus on nourishing and strengthening the body rather than depriving it, reaching your optimum self has never been easier. From £23 a day.
Gone are the days of sadly picking your way through bland salads. Detox Kitchen offer a number of different food delivery packages, all designed to nourish, cleanse and detox the body. ‘Cleanse’ plans provide 1,000-1,500 calories a day, while plans from the ‘Maintain’ range are slightly higher at 1,500-2,000 calories. Both include breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside snacks, a juice, a ginger shot and a small pudding. Alternatively, go for one of the ‘Flexi’ plans which provide just breakfast, lunch and a fresh juice. Whichever you go for you can guarantee delicious, nutritionally-balanced meals with lots of variation. From £19.55 a day.
Across its restaurants and shops, Daylesford is known for producing some of the country’s freshest food – and now you can enjoy its wholesome delights without having to leave the house. Daylesford Delivered offers a range of food delivery services, including ready to serve hot and cold dishes and seasonal baskets brimming with ingredients ready to be transformed into nourishing home-cooked meals. Planning a party? Impress your guests by getting Daylesford chefs in to cook up a feast – they can do everything from a chef’s table supper to afternoon tea.
Famed for its cold-pressed juices, PRESS London offers a range of plant-based detox services. These involve consuming purely fruit and vegetables for a period of time, designed to give your digestive system a rest from the normal routine. If you can’t face going the whole hog, opt for the Soup Cleanse: four cold-pressed juices and three soups a day for two to five days. From £49 a day.
With three meals and two snacks delivered to your door each day, a Balance Box subscription won’t leave you hungry. All meals are free from refined sugars and unnecessary preservatives, offering a healthy balance of fats, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. They’re good for the health of the planet too, as all ingredients are free-range and ethically sourced. Choose between the Lighter Plan (1200 calories per day) and the Market Plan (1800 calories per day), and opt for one of the four menus: Classic, Vegetarian, Pescatarian and Free From. It’s slightly more affordable than other options, too. From £22.99 a day.
This food delivery service was born out of a desire to help their clients continue the good work and weight loss they’d achieved at one of their No.1 Bootcamp’s residential fitness retreats (based in Norfolk, but they also run them in Marrakech, Portugal and Ibiza too). The clients enjoyed the organic, freshly prepped and calorie counted food so much they wanted to know how to emulate it at home. Now they don’t have to as you can order fresh deliveries straight to your door. Choose from three different regimes (light for weight loss, balance for maintenance and max for larger meals for those in training) and just click to order the dishes you want. Examples include tarragon and rosemary baked chicken, ratatouille and butternut squash puree (318 kcals) and sweet potato and chickpea falafel, three cabbage slaw and smoky tomatoes and peppers (336 kcals). Individual dishes from £6.50. They deliver on Tuesdays and Fridays.
If you don’t know what ketosis is, here it is in a nutshell: it’s when your body burns stored fat for energy instead of glucose. When you plan your meals around this, it means your body will take its calories from protein and fats as opposed to carbohydrates and sugars – hence you’ll both lose weight and get a massive energy boost besides. Nosh founder, Geeta Sidhu-Robb, has been at the forefront of healthy food delivery services for 10 years and the VeganKeto meal plan is aimed at the new and growing wave of people who are saying goodbye meat, hello veg. A sample week includes dishes filled with good fats and low in carbohydrates, such as garlic and oregano broccoli on cauliflower rice or mushrooms in creamy sauce with pumpkin seeds and konjac noodles. Vegetables have never been so sexy. From £99 for two days (currently on offer).
Beautiful food that tastes great is at the heart of Spring Green London‘s philosophy, a food delivery service which aims to challenge perceptions of healthy eating by creating dishes that people want rather than feel they should have. Both their three and five-day programmes have a strong focus on botanical superfoods and make the most of naturally-occurring nutrients to help nourish body, skin and mind. Choose between vegan, light protein and active protein plans and let the food do the talking. Spring Green is lean, clean and the perfect way to get you excited about healthy eating again. From £36 a day.