The Best Healthy Meal Prep Services In The UK

Even if you have the best of intentions, it’s not always easy to find the time to cook healthy meals. Fortunately, there are several ways to cut down the time it takes to make a nutritious meal, like using one of Joe Wicks’s 15-minute recipes, or signing up for a recipe box service.

Chefly is one of the best healthy meal prep services

Chefly is one of the best healthy meal prep services© Chefly

The best healthy meal prep services require even less of your time. Your meals arrive pre-made and all you have to do is stick them in the microwave or oven. They’re the smart alternative to ready meals and takeaways, because you get the convenience without the high levels of sugar, fat and salt.

Healthy meal prep services tend to come in two forms. The most common send out a whole bunch of meals you keep in your freezer or fridge, while others offer a daily delivery service. The latter tend to be more expensive, but can be set up to supply every meal and snack you eat each day.

Below you’ll find out how we rate the best healthy meal prep services in the UK, ranked in order of our preference. We’ve also awarded the very best services we’ve tried with an Editor’s Choice badge as a testament to their quality.

How We Test Healthy Meal Prep Services

A company will send us a package of meals that’s in line with one of its usual orders, whether that’s a box of two or three meals, or a week of daily deliveries covering breakfast to dinner plus snacks. Does this mean we only say nice things to keep the free food coming? No – scroll to the bottom of this article to read about services we didn’t get on with.

We aim to try a range of meals that suit different dietary preferences, always including vegan and low-calorie meals in our reviews where possible. We’re looking for satisfying, tasty meals that don’t skimp on vegetables in particular, because if you can’t hit your five-a-day with a meal prep service then when can you?

The Best Healthy Meal Prep Services

This delivery service seriously impressed us on many counts, including the most important of all – the delicious flavours in each meal we tried. Standouts included the Beef Brisket Massaman Curry and the vegan Sheepless Shepherd’s Pie. The beef curry in particular was far tastier and more satisfying than a 490-calorie meal (690 calories for the large serving) has any right to be, though it was pretty high in saturated fat to be fair.

The principles Tastily lives by are sound and healthy. All the meals are between 400-500 calories (or 600-700 calories for large portions), and include a big serving of veg. There’s a good range of veg too, even within the same meal, so you’re getting a welcome variety of nutrients.

The large portion option is an excellent development and we wish more meal prep services employed it. If you’re very active you need more than the standard serving size you get with these services to stop you hitting the snack cupboard hard half an hour after finishing your meal.

It’s easy to see a full nutritional breakdown of each meal available on the Tastily website too, in both regular and large portions, so you can pick those that suit your diet goals as well as your tastebuds. There’s a range of vegan options and you can filter the meals quickly to find the right ones for you, and once you start an order a slider shows you how much you can save per meal by buying in bulk, starting from £7 a meal for four down to £6 a meal for 12.

Flavour is foremost with any meal service, and Tastily also backs it up with a range of options that’s large enough to satisfy all comers but not so large as to make picking your meals a chore – thanks partly to the impressively easy-to-use website. Top marks all round.

We’ve tried the dinners, lunches and sides from this plant-based service, and were hugely impressed by all of them. The meals are tasty and satisfying, and remarkably varied. The lunch bowls in particular livened up our midday meals immensely, each containing a variety of veg and grains alongside a non-traditional mash – the coconut and edamame mash was the best we tried.

The meals come frozen and take six to 10 minutes to heat up in the microwave. You can order boxes of either six or 12 meals, although the 12-meal option contains two lots of six meals rather than 12 different ones. You can also add sides, desserts and smoothies to your box; the sides are a worthwhile addition if you’re a very active person, since you might want a bit more food than is provided by a single meal.

There are low-calorie options on the Allplants menu, but the meals are pretty low in calories anyway – all the ones we tested came in under 600. They are also high in fibre and contain at least two portions of your five-a-day, and tick the healthy box without ever making it seem like they’re aiming to, which is always the best way to do it.

Whatever your fitness goal is, Fresh Fitness Food (FFF) will go all out to help get you there by providing every meal and snack you need. All your food arrives pre-made between midnight and 6am, so all you need to do is heat it up between crushing it at work and the gym.

Even if you opt for the fat loss package, there is a lot of food each day so you can be sure you won’t go hungry, which can be a problem with meal prep services. FFF also has meal packages designed to help you get lean or gain muscle, and there’s a plant-based menu with vegetarian and vegan options.

It’s a supremely convenient service, which makes it easy to eat healthily and puts you in the best possible place to achieve your fitness goals. The meals are impressively tasty, though if you stick with FFF for a few weeks you’ll notice some staple ingredients which can make it a little repetitive.

Those who aren’t gym rats might find the eye-popping amount of protein in the meals takes some getting used to, but all that protein does have the benefit of ensuring you are never left hungry.

FFF’s packages start at £23 a day but that’s if you order 100 days’ worth, which would be a real display of commitment from the get-go. The minimum order is five days’ worth, which costs £28 a day for three meals a day, rising to £43 for six meals. Discounts are available for making larger orders, even if you don’t go the whole hog and opt for 100 days.

You can also order FFF’s meals in frozen form, which makes it easy to have a stock of healthy options available to you at any time. The minimum order is six meals, and there are sweet and savoury snacks, and juices available too (£4 each). The meals, which can all be heated up in under ten minutes, cost between £7.50 to £8.50 but are reduced to £6 to at launch.

This frozen vegan meal delivery service has nailed it on pretty much every count. Planty uses 100% recyclable packing and offers carbon-neutral deliveries. It also has an easy-to-navigate website that provides in-depth nutritional details for every meal, and those meals are very tasty indeed, which is the most important factor of all, of course.

We ate 10 of the meals on the menu, and highlights were the butternut and mango madras and the shepherd-less pie. While some meals were less enjoyable than others – we often find that stir-fries and pasta dishes are diminished by microwave reheating more than curries and stews – none of the meals were truly disappointing. They were all laden with plants, as you’d expect, and the variety of veg used was impressive.

You can buy a box of six, eight or 10 meals from Planty on a subscription or one-off basis, and they arrive frozen so you can pop them straight in your own freezer to save for when your time is tight. They take 10 minutes or less to heat up in the microwave, and the portion sizes are enough to fill you up on a normal day, though if you’re feeling ravenous an extra side won’t hurt.

Prep Kitchen has a pleasingly straightforward approach to matching meals to your fitness goals. It gives you simple choices: fat loss (lower calories) or muscle gain (higher calories); and balanced or performance, the latter cramming in more protein and vegetables and fewer carbs. The concept of a performance package low in energy-rich carbs seems counter-intuitive to us, especially if you’re a keen runner or cyclist looking to support your performance, but we’ll let that slide. Why? Because the meals are absolutely delicious.

We tried a range of meals in all the combination of categories and were never disappointed. The dishes tended to involve rich sauces, avoiding the relentless portions of dry poultry that is common with healthy meal prep services, and the amount of food was always enough to satisfy.

The hefty portions on the muscle gain plan do cost a little extra, as is only fair, with fat loss meals costing £5.75 (or £6.50 if you opt for the protein-heavy performance option) and muscle gain meals costing £7 (performance £7.75).

We’d like to see more nutritional info on the Prep Kitchen website, which currently just shows the calories, protein, fat and carbs for each meal. Where’s the fibre count, for one thing? We could also have done with more veg in some of the meals, and often opted to cook some extra green veg on the side when we had the time. Despite these niggles, Prep Kitchen is an excellent option, well priced and flexible – you can start from an order as small as four meals.

We’re fascinated with our gut microbiome here at Coach, so this frozen meals service won us over by including a stat for each meal that shows how many different plant types it contains, because 30 different types a week helps to create a more diverse gut microbiome. Field Doctor also offers low-FODMAP meals, ideal for those with IBS who are following the low-FODMAP diet or endurance athletes who might be trying it to reduce exercise-related gastrointestinal problems.

There’s a pleasing focus on evidence-based nutrition underpinning the meals here, with a diversity of plant foods and wholegrains, plus a load of beans and legumes included wherever possible.

All of the above wouldn’t matter if the meals tasted rubbish, so the really good news is that they don’t, with a variety of enjoyable options on the menu. Vegans are well catered for as well, and you can use a filter to show low-calorie or high-protein options, as well as only showing the low-FODMAP meals.

This delivery service is all about weight loss, with two low-calorie meal plans available – either 1,200 or 1,800 calories. Both involve three meals and two snacks, which are delivered to your door in a large box along with heating instructions and a nutritional breakdown for each meal.

There are four different menus to choose from – classic, vegetarian, pescatarian and plant-based; the latter is also gluten-free – and you can opt for a three- or four-day plan. The meals are tasty as well and surprisingly filling given the calorie restrictions in place – high amounts of protein and fibre no doubt help. However, it’s sometimes a little too clear you’re on a weight-loss plan – one meal we tried was just a box of crunchy vegetables with a small amount of dressing. We enjoyed it, but there are low-calorie meals that are more of a treat.

If you’re training hard to pack on muscle or set PBs in running events, you may want to look at something like Fresh Fitness Food instead, but if you’re trying to lose weight, Balance Box will take care of your diet for you.

The Chefly meals we tested were some of the tastiest we’ve had from any delivery service, and while they’re not as overtly focused on fitness as some other services, each dish generally had a good balance of macros and was certainly loaded with enough protein to satisfy any keen exerciser. The calorie count for each sits somewhere between 400 and 600, which is easy to fit into a healthy, balanced diet, and we were impressed at the range and amount of vegetables included too.

There are no vegan or vegetarian options on the menu at the moment, though we have been told vegan options are on the way. We’d also have liked clearer nutritional information on the packaging – you have to go to the Chefly website to get any info, and even there you only get protein, carbs, fat and calories. Knowing the fibre content, for example, would be a bonus.

With meat or fish always on the menu, the prices also tend to be higher than with other services. Chefly’s meals start at £6.99 per meal if you order 12 a week, rising to £7.50 per meal for six or nine meals or £9.99 if you just order four meals. The meals are delivered on Wednesdays, come in recyclable packaging and need just three minutes in the microwave.

These microwave meals provide balanced, delicious meals rather than cutting calories – frankly it’s nothing short of ready meals at their finest.

We were impressed by the flavour of the meals, with even the recipes containing large chunks of meat or fish being tasty. For our money chicken breast is normally a microwave meal no-no because it ends up being too dry, but the chipotle recipe from The Transformation Chef was on point.

Slightly larger portions and a few more vegetables in each meal would have been welcome, and we did come unstuck when we mistook lemons for potatoes in one meal, which is our fault for diving in while looking at our phone, but these meals are great to have on standby in your fridge in a pinch.

You can try The Transformation Chef’s service with six-meal starter box, or go all in on a complete plan which contains 12 meals and a couple of snacks. Both have vegan options too. The meals arrive on a Tuesday morning and stay fresh in the fridge for seven days.

This new frozen meal prep service was set up by a chef and a sports nutritionist who have worked with some of the biggest names in British sport… and the Spice Girls, but it’s the sport stuff we’re really interested in. The service is geared towards helping you perform and hit your goals, such as building muscle, supporting endurance training or keeping the calories down. There are vegan options available and a cold-pressed juice is thrown in with every meal.

We tested three Tweakd meals and would describe them as stand-out delicious compared with other frozen meals. The incredibly creamy and rich Sri Lankan chicken (pictured above, left) was the pick of the bunch, although the flavour is a dead giveaway that the calories, fat or salt aren’t especially low. The chicken curry contained 674 calories, and another dish we tried – massaman duck leg (pictured above, right) – had 723 in a serving. Unless you pick the low-calorie meals, you can expect a hearty dish designed to suit an active person. That said, the low-calorie butternut and lentil lasagne we also tested was tasty as well, and that came in at 472 calories.

The service costs £32.50 for three meals, £39.95 for four, and £47.50 for five. The meals come in recyclable packaging and mostly take under 10 minutes to prepare in the microwave, though the duck leg on the bone did take a little longer, which is fair. Don’t mess with poultry, people.

The range of Persian frozen meals available from Shuro Shirin has a lot to recommend it. For one, we have no idea how to make Persian food so it brought something legitimately new to our kitchen table. And for two, the range is also laden with the kind of hearty, warming fare that’s perfect for the winter.

Lamb fans in particular will be pleased by the selection, since it is a staple of Persian cuisine, and there are few delicious lamb stews available elsewhere. In fact, all the stews and soups we tried were spectacularly good, both rich and satisfying – a treat that we’d happily sub in for a takeaway, which despite the bonus of zero cooking would undoubtedly be less healthy and less delicious.

We must admit these are not truly health-focused meals: with flavour prioritised, the dishes are often quite high in saturated fat and salt, while the vegetable count is on the low side. However, they’re never so high in fat, salt or calories that it’s impossible to eat them as part of a balanced diet, while there are some dishes filled with pulses, as well as vegetarian and vegan options that naturally go heavier on the vegetables.

The rice you can order to eat with the stews suffered from oven or microwave cooking, which dried it out. You’d be better off making your own to have with the stews, which come out the other side of the reheating process as if they were freshly made.

The company behind No1 Bootcamp, which puts on European fitness and weight loss holidays, is now delivering healthy meals across the UK. The packages available come in three portion sizes – lite, balanced or max – and you can choose between meat and fish or plant-based meals.

However, what sets No1 Food Prep apart is that you’re not stuck to a limited list: you can also make your own meal combinations, picking the protein, veg side and carb from the extensive list of options. You can choose the portion size of each part of the meal, and also eschew carbs entirely in favour of a double helping of veg if you like.

The meals are delivered on Wednesdays and Sundays and come in microwaveable containers that have the basic nutritional info of the meal on the lid along with cooking instructions. We tried out a variety of fish- and plant-based meals, and were consistently impressed by the flavours and also by how satisfying the portions were. We opted for the balanced portion size, rather than lite, which are 20% smaller for those looking to lose weight, or max, where the portions are ramped up for those looking to build mass or support a particularly intense training regime.

The home-cooked meals Winny made for her son Shaun to take to work were so popular with others that it made perfect sense to start packaging them up and sending them all over the UK. It’s the best kind of backstory and the meals live up to it – they’re tasty and hearty Caribbean fare that we looked forward to heating up.

We were also impressed by how balanced the meals were. You can choose low-calorie options (expect rice instead of mac-and-cheese) or high protein, but in general there’s a welcome balance of vegetables, protein and carbs. You can also pick meals with just the meat and vegetables, if you’re keen to reduce the calories and carbs further.

The sauces are delicious and our main complaint is you don’t get enough of them in each meal, with the result that they can end up a little dry after being microwaved straight from the freezer. You are advised to defrost them in the fridge overnight then microwave for a more flavourful experience, but that makes it less convenient. One solution is to buy some of Winny’s Jerk Sauce as well and then slather the meals in it once cooked, or in a pinch make do with a spot of BBQ sauce like we did.

Five meals cost £30, but that price drops if you subscribe – it’s £28.50 for five meals a week, for example.

This comprehensive meal prep service will take care of all your snacks and main meals, and has a variety of plans to suit all dietary preferences as well as fitness goals. Within those plans, which include keto, vegan and vegetarian, balanced and performance, you can also select how many calories you’d like to consume per day (1,200, 1,500, 2,000 or 2,500), and the Love Yourself site even has a calorie calculator to help you determine how many you need.

Once you’ve selected your meals you choose how many days a week you want meals delivered – one, five or six – and whether you want to set up a rolling subscription (you can cancel this any time), which brings the price down. If you live in Greater London your meals will be delivered each night; elsewhere in mainland Britain Love Yourself delivers on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays.

The meals come in recyclable containers that actually manage to make the food look unappetising, but after a couple of minutes in the microwave they were all delicious. Some weren’t to our taste and we found some of the breakfasts a bit full-on – when you’re woken up by a toddler at 5.30am a mushroom nut pâté just isn’t appetising. However, we found that even when the meal seemed unappealing, once we got stuck in it defied expectations by being delicious.

Naturally, getting all your meals and snacks delivered daily is expensive, and the standard plans like balanced or low-carb cost £25 a day. However, this price can rise or fall depending on the calories you opt for and whether you choose a subscription.

One of the best recipe boxes has branched out into selling healthy frozen meals as well. After a soft launch when the frozen meals were restricted to people ordering a recipe box, they’re now a standalone product so people who only know how to use a microwave can enjoy convenient, healthy ready meals too.

The meals are all gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly under 600 calories, and they take less than eight minutes to reheat. Currently there are 25 different meals on the menu including nine veggie options.

MunchFit’s meal plans are divided into four categories: lean, balanced, strong and green. The first three refer to the amount of calories and carbs you get, with lean meals having the fewest and strong the most, while green is the vegan option. All the meals are high in protein, and you can choose from two, three or four meals a day for three, four, five or six days a week.

The meal plans are expensive. The cost per meal is £7.49 even if you go all-in ordering for four meals a day, six days a week, on a 12-week subscription. It rises to £9.99 per meal if you just have two meals a day three times a week.

We found the meals uniformly enjoyable – if not the most delicious we’ve come across from a microwave-meal service – and there was a solid portion of veg with most of them. We would like to see a larger-portion option designed for keen runners and cyclists, who may need more carbs and calories even than those provided on the strong plan.

KBK offers a range of meal plans designed to help you reach specific fitness goals, fit a dietary preference like veganism or vegetarianism, or just make life a little easier by delivering healthy microwave meals to your home or office.

If you’re following a diet for fitness reasons you can pick from three plans – get lean, stay lean or build – with the biggest difference between the trio being the amount of calories you’ll be getting across three meals a day. Alternatively there’s the Macro Plan, which will provide meals tailored to your precise specifications.

The meals come in plastic containers that don’t provide a lot in the way of detail – there’s no nutritional information and the cooking instructions don’t go beyond “microwave until piping hot”. Most of the meals we tried featured meat, which means careful microwave monitoring is required to stop them drying out too much, something we got wrong on a few occasions.

Everything we tried was tasty though, and the meals were well balanced between protein, carbs and vegetables. We’d like to see more of the latter, but that’s always the case – and veg isn’t the easiest thing to get right with microwave meals.

You can start with a three-day taster of any of KBK’s plans – otherwise you have to sign up for a minimum of four weeks – to see if you can get along with the fairly low amount of calories. Even the build plan only has 2,300 calories a day, and the get lean plan is 1,200. You may find you end up snacking more than is ideal to curb those hunger pangs.

Since the point of using a meal prep service is to make your life easier, that should start with the ordering process. The Good Prep absolutely nails this with a very easy-to-use website that guides you through selecting the breakfasts, lunches, dinners and extras (like juices and snacks) for your box, with clear nutritional information and prices.

The meal plans all contain three meals a day plus snacks and can be based on fitness goals, such as Trim & Slim for those looking to lose weight, or Grow & Gain to bulk up. There’s also a vegan plan and a general balanced option.

We tested out the Grow & Gain plan and while the meals weren’t outstandingly delicious or novel, they were all enjoyable and, for the most part, filling enough to sustain us during a demanding period of marathon training. The exception was after a long run of 22 miles, when we needed a lot more calories and carbs than the meal provided, but that’s fair enough.

We would have liked to have seen more vegetables in the non-vegan meals – many that we tried just tucked a few leaves under the meat and carbs. The number of portions of your five-a-day contained in each meal would have been a welcome stat too.

The five-day plans with three meals a day start from £24 a day, but the cost can rise with certain selections – if you’re picking steak or salmon every time, expect to pay more. There’s a two-day taster box option for £49 if you want to sample the service.

This service is similar to Fresh Fitness Food, in that it too offers regular deliveries of freshly made meals designed to support a training regime. That means a whole load of protein first and foremost, and there are plenty of options with enough carbs to provide the energy for your workouts too. Almost all the meals come in under 500 calories, though they’re still pretty filling in our experience thanks to the high protein content.

You can set up an order to get all your meals provided by Nourish Fit Food, ordering up to five meals a day, seven days a week. If that’s overkill you can also order one, two, three or four meals a day for three or five days a week. The price per meal drops the more your order: the most expensive option (one meal a day, three days a week) costs £7.50 a meal, but the cheapest option (five meals a day, seven days a week) provides meals at £5.49 each.

The meals we tested were, it must be said, a mixed bag. A few had a lot of pretty dry meat or fish to get through after microwaving, which meant we added a lot of condiments, and all the meals were lacking on the vegetable front in our view. However, some were really tasty, the butternut squash risotto with chicken and the miso cod being the stand outs.

There are also vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, and it’s easy to filter the meals on the website to find options to suit your preferences, whether you’re searching for particular ingredients or to fit exacting macronutrient requirements. All the meals take just three minutes in the microwave too, so it is a very convenient service all round, but for flavour Fresh Fitness Food’s meals have the edge for us.

To be blunt, these meals did not taste great. Most of the six meals we tried were watery, bland affairs, with only the Thai green curry offering any real flavour with its spicy kick. The spring green risotto was particularly poor and perhaps the only meal we’ve tested that we opted not to finish, with a bitter flavour to go with the watery texture.

Another drawback is that several of the meals were best served with rice, which you need to rustle up yourself, which reduces convenience unless you also have microwave rice to hand. The meals did at least tick the nutritional boxes: they are low in calories, high in protein and fibre, and contain a good range of vegetables, and they’re pretty good value.

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