As the UK has been battling with another lockdown, many of us are looking for new ways of food shopping and cooking. So, what are the options? We have rounded up some of the best food delivery companies for you, ranging from weekly groceries delivered to your doorstep to prepared meals created for a chosen diet plan. Take a pick and you won’t be disappointed!

1. Balance Box

Balance Box delivers healthy balanced meals across the UK. Nutritionally designed, their Rejuvenating Balance Boxes are here to help you regain balance. How? They deliver all your daily food requirements directly to your door, so there’s no need to plan, shop, chop or cook. The chosen box includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks per day allowing you to eat healthier without the stress or time constraints of counting calories. They offer four different menu plans to meet your dietary needs:  Classic, Vegetarian, Pescatarian and Free-From.

I have tried the 3 day Classic box and found the food delicious and healthy, plus the portions were generous and made me feel full but good. Excellent choice for the busy bees who want to lead a healthy lifestyle and eat well.

2. The Pure Package

The Pure Package is for those who want a more personalised approach to their meal plan delivery. The company creates tailored plans that have your needs in mind by providing convenient, balanced and healthy meals that never compromise on quality or taste.

Whatever your time frame or goal – from losing weight or supporting your fitness to staying healthy during pregnancy and beyond – their expert team works with you every step of the way to create a Healthy diet plan that makes healthy eating fit into your life more easily than ever before. And with more than ten years of experience, they are London’s most trustworthy authority when it comes to healthy food delivery gourmet meals, with a decade’s worth of happy customers to prove it.

Once you’ve chosen what your goal is and picked your plan – whether it’s to lose weight, eat more healthily or fit nutritious food into a busy lifestyle – they take some personal details such as height, weight and lifestyle habits, plus food preferences, so they can tailor the programme to you.

When the plan has been confirmed, your quota of healthy food is delivered daily, so there’s no need to plan meals, go food shopping or worry about portion control; every meal and snack is already prepared to be eaten and enjoyed by you.

After speaking with the nutritionist from The Pure Package, I decided to go for a Longevity package, which is about the abundance of nutrients and restorative, healthy food. This meal programme is rich in antioxidants and high-quality proteins, whilst excluding refined sugar and dairy. As my aim was a sustainable weight-loss without feeling deprived or hungry, I found the meals very filling and delicious, with recipes ranging from Roasted Butternut & Chickpea Salad to Miso Cod & Sesame Wild Rice.

3. Abel & Co

Abel & Co are the experts at uncovering organic, seasonal, wild food that’s extra special. The company’s story started with a chap called Keith Abel, his interest in the huge benefits of going organic, and a bag of spuds in 1988. Thirty years and many spuds later, they now bring the best of the organic world from farmers, makers and bakers to homes up and down the country in their sunny yellow vans.

You may wonder why organic? In a nutshell, organic farming means it’s food as it should be, food you can trust, food that doesn’t cost the earth, and food where the animals come first. Organic farming is a conscientious way of tending to the land, that’s not only better for you and the environment, but it tastes much better too!

I was super excited to receive an Abel & Co veg box full on goodness, from sweet potatoes and peppers, to aubergine and artichokes. If you are into delicious, ethical, sustainable and seasonal food, this company is made for you!

4. Munchfit

For the fitness fans, Munchfit is your perfect subscription meal plan partner. It’s mission is to fuel your success and accelerate your training results with the right nutrition. Angus Fay, the founder of MunchFit, shares the view that when it comes to achieving your fitness results, 70% is down to what you eat and 30% is the training you do. So, he founded Munchfit to bring meal plans that are nutritionally designed to suit your specific fitness goals – boost your results with the right macros to support your objectives. MunchFit produces hundreds of thousands of meals annually, employs a team of over 30 people and operates out of its own bespoke production kitchen in London.

Munchfit offers 4 customised meal plans: 

  1. Lean plan focuses on fat loss with lower carb clean options so you can lose body fat while staying healthy & energised
  2. Balanced plan supports an active lifestyle with a balanced diet. The mix of meals supporting pre- & post-workout nutrition aims to maintain your physique. 
  3. Strong plan is all about helping you make lean gains, so you can grow stronger with protein-rich meals. It aims to fuel you up for intensive training. 
  4. Green plan is plant based and focuses on energising your body with high protein, restaurant-quality meals that are healthy and sustainable. 

Not only you can get Munchfit delivered to your door, but you can also find it stocked in London’s premium gyms and select retailers, Equinox UK , BXR, Soho House, Ocado,Planet Organic and Sourced Market.

I tried the Balance meal plan for 3 days which provided 3 healthy meals per day. I was impressed by how tasty and filling the food was. Plus, it means that after a workout session, I didn’t have to worry about cooking – it was done for me, including the counting of proteins and carbs. My favourite dishes were Smokey BBQ texican turkey burgers with black bean, pepper salsa and slaw, and Lime chicken madras with cauliflower salad and butternut bhajis.

5. Karma Box

Karma is a food waste app (born out of Sweden), working with thousands of restaurants and cafes to reduce their food waste. During the coronavirus lockdown 1.0 in the UK, Karma Boxes were created as a way to support wholesalers who no longer have their normal supply chain (e.g. hotels and restaurants) and are therefore experiencing a huge surge in the amount of surplus produce they have. Plus, Karma team also knew that many people were struggling to get access to fresh produce (especially with the crazy queueing that has been happening at supermarkets). Karma team is working with a great, sustainable wholesalers who have their own farms across the south of the UK. All the produce is seasonally grown in Britain, which means the contents of the box vary depending on what is being grown at that time.

At the moment Karma Box offers 3 different boxes:

– Karma Mixed Veg & Fruit Box (this has a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable including bananas, apples, pears, potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage etc.)

– Karma Fruit Box (this has a variety of fresh fruit, including apples, pears, bananas, apricots, nectarines, strawberries etc)

– Karma Veg Box (this has enough vegetables for a larger family group that cook healthy meals every night)

So, whatever tickles your fancy, these companies will deliver it to your doorstep.