The best meals are often the ones you don’t have to prepare yourself – or even leave the house for! These are the best food delivery services on offer. From healthy pre-prepared meals to party platters and recipe boxes, they all have one thing in common: they taste all the better for being stress-free…
The Best Food Delivery Services
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. They recently launched a new Skin Food Package in collaboration with Pai Skincare and Content Beauty, perfect for rejuvenating the skin during the cooler autumn/winter season. If you eat meat and fish, opt for the 1,500kcal protein package, made up of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and lean protein. Each daily package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside snacks, a juice, a ginger shot, and a small pudding – all filled with a multitude of skin-boosting nutrients. The menu changes weekly, but a typical day could include banana bread and almond butter for breakfast, a Middle Eastern aubergine bowl for lunch, and Thai Green Chicken Curry with rice for dinner – all very tasty, and portioned well. The package also includes a voucher for a Content Natural Lift Facial Massage at Content Beauty and a cleanser from Pai to ensure you finish the detox glowing inside and out. Similar vegan packages are also available. Skin Food Protein Package from £42 a day.
Taking veganism and a damn-good detox to another level, PRESS – famed for its cold-pressed juices – has introduced its Fab-in-Four concept where customers sign up to a full four weeks of food delivery (you’re allowed the weekends off), with the aim of shifting up to 4kg. You’ll have to clear the fridge as five days’ worth of juices and soups arrives on the appointed day, along with two snacks, a Breville blender (for juicing) and a cool bag (nifty if you’re on the go). You can choose from a daily intake of 1,250 to 2,250 calories per day, based on an online nutritional questionnaire about your health/weight loss goals. Rest assured though that all your daily intake of vitamins, protein, carbohydrates and good fats are accounted for in the regime. The morning smoothies are filling with avocado and bespoke protein powder, while the morning and evening soups (and yummy bread) are delicious and creamy (the tomato is killer), so you don’t feel you’re missing out. The great thing about this service is that you can relax the rules a bit at the weekend, though they helpfully provide meal ideas if you want to keep going, either with the plant-based food or the detox – or both, of course! You’ll need some will power along the way, but if you do complete the four weeks, there is no doubt you will feel fab. From £30 per day.
Try Potage for dishes such as hot-smoked salmon, avocado and brown rice salad with sweet chilli dressing which can be delivered to your desk or your door. Prepare to incite extreme lunch envy at the office, and order breakfast too if you really want to show off. Everything is handmade in small batches for that home-cooked taste and feel, and with weekly changing menus it’s impossible to get bored. Lunch from £9.
You’ll never have to brave the early-morning fresh fruit & veg markets again thanks to Abel & Cole, the organic food delivery service that takes its contents seriously – only delivering seasonal, ethical and organic items that they have carefully sourced from hard-working small producers. Delivered straight to your door in recyclable and returnable packaging, you can choose from the classic fruit and veg boxes, organic meat and sustainable fish, or the recently-launched recipe boxes which cover all bases with the options ‘simple’, ‘foodie’, ‘veggie’ or ‘light’. With a maximum prep time of 20 minutes, each box comes with everything you need to prepare a large variety of exciting dishes (with nothing going to waste) such as Afghani lamb and rhubarb korma, or spring asparagus, fennel and sun-dried tomato stew. Always seasonal, always healthy, always delicious – and the honest ethos just makes it all that much better. Recipe boxes from £12.50.
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. Package prices start from £23 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 now order fresh deliveries straight to your door. Choose from three different regimes (light for weightloss, 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 cost from £6.50 and they deliver on Wednesdays and Sundays.
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 £64 per day.
This recipe delivery service is the perfect option if your top priority is choice. Following the simple ingredient-plus-recipe-card format, what sets Gousto apart from the crowd is the huge range of meals you can choose from, and the fact that you have full control over what you order each week. This is great for families or those with dietary requirements, as even the fussiest of eaters can be kept happy. From truffle mac and cheese to aubergine Thai curry, you can select by flavour or, if you’re in a hurry, cooking time. It’s also one of the most cost-effective recipe boxes on the market, with portion prices starting at just £2.98 per person. Boxes start at £24.99.
The art of the party platter is no laughing matter. Aptly-named Platter London specialises in tailor-made food platters for every occasion, both sweet and savoury. Each is so beautifully assembled that it becomes the centrepiece for feasting at all manner of events, and can even be personalised for an extra special touch. The team have a penchant for artistic flair and use only the highest quality ingredients, making each order a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The cheese board looks like something from an Ancient Roman banquet and is scarily moreish, while the canapé board may just be the coolest thing at your party. Mini platter from £100.
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 3 and 5-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 perfect for getting you excited about healthy eating again. From £36 per day.
Being a parent is stressful enough without having to worry about feeding your child nourishing and tasty meals every day. Luckily, a new start-up called Wild Child Kitchen will take care of that for you, with its farm-to-table children’s food delivery service. All of their dishes are suitable for ages 1+, using ingredients which are organic wherever possible that are seasonal and sustainably sourced. There’s no refined sugar or added salt which will help to instil healthy habits from early on, everything is made without gluten, dairy and nuts, and all packaging is biodegradable, too. Choose from frozen or fresh to cater for every occasion – because you can’t put a price on extra me-time. Subscription bundles from £18.
This is 2020’s answer to dinner parties – why spend your evening frantically trying to cook for 20 guests when you could have gourmet dinner party food delivered straight to your door? The More More More menu is like that of a restaurant where you select from starters, mains, sides and desserts, with over 70 options for healthy and additive-free food. Choose dishes depending on how much (implied) skill you want to show off to your guests – and with such a stress-free preparation process (simply heat it up), you’ll be able to fully focus on being an impeccable host. Dispose of the packaging and bask in your new found chef status. Mains from £18 for 4 people.
The classic lunch dilemma: sandwich or sushi? Norigami‘s lunchtime delivery service means you don’t have to choose – they fuse together the best of east and west to create a unique rice sandwich which is gluten, lactose, nut and wheat free. The concept was inspired by street food trends and the Japanese ‘Onigirazu’ sandwich, combined with a selection of exciting fillings including miso salmon with pickled cucumber and green beans or the unusual (but tasty as hell) egg, chorizo and red onion. Those who work in East, South East and Central London are the lucky ones who will be able to get these little packages of deliciousness straight to their desks. The rest of us are patiently waiting…From £2.99 each.
By Ruby is a new frozen food delivery service that uses 100 per cent natural produce, with no additives or preservatives. It’s honest food, made from scratch using carefully sourced ingredients that won’t break the bank – quite incredible as it means you’re getting something a fine restaurant would be proud to serve, except from your freezer. Firm favourites include Black Bean Chilli, Keralan Vegetable Curry, Macaroni & Cheese and a comforting Fish Pie. Pro tip: Defrost the Gnocchi with Ricotta & Pesto before your guests arrive and pretend you’ve just made it. is And all in sustainable packaging, to boot! From £4 per meal.