Here at Ape we’re all about cutting out the middle man. We love the things that make life easier. So when it comes to food delivery services, sign us up. If you can spare us even a minute at the hellscape that is the rush-hour post-COVID supermarket, we’ll pay you. If you can make it healthy, convenient and extra beneficial for our gym routine, even better.
Whether you require organic, niche dietary needs or simply want extra gains, there’s a food delivery service out there for you. And by the way, this isn’t Deliveroo or Uber Eats – we’re talking healthy everyday meals delivered to your doorstep, giving you the extra time to enjoy cooking and eating minus the shopping that goes with it. Here’s our rundown of the best the internet has to offer.
When meal prep is tedious but gains are everything, look into Hiit Kitchen. With an ethos based around freshly made, nutritionally balanced meal prep, Hiit take out the hassle of gym food whilst also upgrading it beyond recognition.
Nationwide delivery is available, as is a wide array of meals that will put your own Tupperwares of white rice and bulk-price chicken to shame. From Turkey Lasagne to Steam Fried Cod, everything comes perfectly portioned with a full rundown of the macros inside and, unlike a lot of the hastily-prepped homemade versions, it actually tastes great.
£7.50 for a main meal and £3.50 for a tasty breakfast portion is very reasonable too.
If you’re vegan or you’re considering veganism and you’re looking for an alternative to the same old supermarket ready meals, it’s worth considering Allplants. Delivering all over the UK, the company deals in chef-made, plant-based frozen meals with an emphasis on sustainable production and packaging as well as carbon-neutral delivery.
Probably the best frozen meal you’re ever likely to taste, dishes vary across cuisines with meals including Teriyaki Udon and Spiced Aubergine Tagine, as well as seasonal menu items and vegan takes on the classics.
For around £40 for six meals for one person, multi-person plans work out cheaper but the quality certainly warrants the price point.
All about convenience, Chefly (featured image, top) is ideal for those who want chef-quality food every day of the week without any fuss. All of Chefly’s meals come fresh and can either be immediately heated in two to three minutes or kept in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Don’t let the microwave meal tag put you off, these are extremely tasty one-person portions that run the gamut from Grilled Chicken and Roasted Peppers with Wild Rice to Wild Trout with Lemon and Rosemary.
Twelve meals per week will set you back a mere £6.99 per portion, with free shipping across the UK. Perfect for fast-paced lifestyles that demand delicious, healthy food.
Moving on to a more hands-on approach, Mindful Chef is of the ‘we provide the ingredients, you do the cooking’ vein of delivery service. But with everything included perfectly measured, it’s pretty foolproof.
Offering delivery across the UK, Mindful Chef concentrates on deliciously healthy gluten- and dairy-free food and provides a rotation of 253 recipes, with highlights including Dukkah Crusted Fish and Harissa Veg Bake and Pork Barbecue Beans and Sweet Potato Fries.
A revelation for those with specific dietary requirements, and priced at just £7 per portion for a two-person box, it’s a great value option for those looking for a healthier food plan.
No1 Food Prep
It’s one thing providing a meal prep service with a fitness and gym clientele in mind, but it’s another thing doing that with a genuine fresh, seasonal and organic approach to ingredients and recipes. No1 Food Prep seems to be able to nail both, building upon over a decade working in the fitness, weight management and fat loss market to create a delivery service that uses the best possible ingredients to create meals that are extremely convenient but also healthy.
Although subscriptions are on the pricier end it actually works out at great value, starting at £120 for a week (that’s 7 days of breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack per day) package, the quality of their pre-prepped meals is exceptional.