26 Best healthy meal delivery services 2023: Gousto to Allplants

For meals from brands with personalised plans and vitamin-rich organic ingredients, you’re looking at a lot more money…but you might be surprised by the relative affordability of some, particularly when you combine it with the time wealth you will be acquiring. Across the entire remit of options, you’re looking at a cost somewhere between £30 and £150 per week, depending on how many people you’re feeding.

What food delivery service is best for weight loss?

While there are some services that preach their own weight-managing benefits, all of the following healthy meal delivery services can help you lose weight because they are fundamentally rooted in healthy eating. “Weight loss,” Annie says, “mostly comes down to a calorie deficit across the day/week. But healthy weight loss that is sustainable and enjoyable must also take portion size and number of meals per day into account.”

“I’ve tried a handful of meal delivery companies for weight loss and particularly like Detox Kitchen and TYME as they provide multiple meals of a good size and variety — and are all also jam-packed full of fibre plus sufficient protein”

In essence, getting your miles in on the treadmill will certainly burn those calories, but it’s your diet that is key when you’re seeking a permanent weight loss solution. Experts like Annie recommend an 80:20 split in your eating lifestyle, prioritising a balanced diet over treats and cheats but never being too harsh about restrictions.

What is the best meal delivery service for a vegan?

Annie, herself a vegan, has tried several meal delivery services in order to be able to recommend them to her clients. At the top of her list of recommendations is Allplants, which, she says, “takes the convenience up a notch by making most of its meals frozen so you can batch buy and work through your freezer at your leisure. They have a huge menu of entirely plant-based cuisine which I recommend to many of my clients. They have an in-house nutritionist as well as chefs who together design nutritionally balanced meals, managing to tick off a variety of staples as well as more unusual dishes.”

“Lots of recipe box schemes and other prepped meal delivery services also have vegan options now too: I’ve just ordered a box of ready-to-heat meals from Planty, which has a great menu and are entirely plant based. Some others I’m yet to try with vegan options that look delicious include Mindful Chef, Planthood, Scoff, Field Doctor, Gousto, and Riverford.”

How we test healthy food delivery services

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. And so GQ has solemnly determined to eat its way through the healthy food delivery market in order to sort the proverbial wheat from the chaff. How did we do it? With empty stomachs, broad palettes and (for some of us) a newfound familiarity with our kitchens. Of course, taste is paramount when it comes to both the pre-prepared and cook-yourself meals we’ve tested here, but we’ve also been sure to consider convenience, complexity and the nutrition of these dishes as well. Ultimately, everything meal plan we’ve picked out below is about helping you to make healthier choices when it comes to lunch or dinnertime.

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