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Best For Gut Health: Field Doctor
The brainchild of a dietitian and a Michelin-trained chef, Field Doctor is putting a healthy spin on frozen meals. Using ingredients from sustainably focused producers, meals are made in small batches in Somerset, flash-frozen to lock-in goodness, and contain at least two of your five-a-day. Expect classic combinations with a twist – think sweet potato and spinach korma, smoked mushroom carbonara and vegetable moussaka. There’s also the option to filter by health priority, and the range contains low-FODMAP meals for those suffering with IBS. The team also offers access to specialist IBS dietitians for online consultations and dietary support.
Best For The Freezer: Planty
Planty’s fresh, ready-to-eat plant-based meals can be delivered to your doorstep as and when you choose. Pick from an extensive menu – our favourites include cauliflower korma, baked gnocchi ragu, pumpkin ravioli and the creamy ’nduja stew – and once you’ve enjoyed your dishes, either recycle, compost or return the packaging to Planty for free and they’ll reuse it as much as possible. The plant-based puddings – sticky date pudding and beetroot red velvet cake are highlights – are a useful addition to your freezer for when a sweet craving strikes.
Best For An Active Lifestyle: Fresh Fitness Food
Based in London, Fresh Fitness Food focuses on tailoring meals to your specific health goals. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, build lean muscle or improve your overall health, Fresh Fitness Food will tweak your meals accordingly. Simply input your weight, height and how often you’re training to create a bespoke meal plan. There are also options to choose a gluten- or dairy-free plan, and each meal comes with detailed macro (i.e. protein, carbs and fats) and calorie information based on your chosen goal. Food is freshly prepared by a team of chefs the day before delivery – it’s as close as you can get to cooking your own food without actually having to cook.
Best For A Light Option: Foodhak
Foodhak’s dishes are based on the Ayurvedic principle that food is medicine. Ingredients are top quality, with spices and aromatics chosen for their healing properties. Ideal for fans of Asian cuisine – and those looking for a lighter option – dishes include Keralan curry with kale and butternut squash, spirulina Thai green curry, mung mushroom Bolognese, harissa chickpea stew and ashwagandha millet brownie. All dishes are made without dairy, refined sugar or gluten. If you’re looking for a structured plan, the Spring into Summer Cleanse is a four-day plan designed to flood your body with nutrients for enhanced energy and better gut health.
Best For Vegans: Allplants
Based on the ethos that plant-based meals should be tasty, easy and convenient, subscription box service Allplants delivers freezer-ready dishes straight to your kitchen. Expect hearty mains like rigatoni bolognese made with puy lentils and walnuts, truffle mushroom orzo, tofu tikka masala, and mac and greens with kale and sunblush tomatoes. We also rate the breakfast options – the peanut butter overnight oats are the perfect start to the day – as well as the plant-based puddings, like tiramisu cheesecake and sticky banoffee pudding. The brand scores highly on the sustainability front, with recyclable, compostable and reusable packaging as well as eco-friendly manufacturing processes.
Best For A Balanced Diet: Apres Food
For a gourmet option, it doesn’t get better than Après Food. Founded by a chef who is also trained as a functional nutritionist, it offers delicious, restaurant-quality food that ticks all the health boxes – the dishes are designed to improve your energy levels, mental focus and fitness levels as well as give your digestive system and skin a helping hand. Made using organic pasture-fed meat and wild, responsibly sourced fish – and without gluten, preservatives or additives – mains include the likes of wild haddock and sweet potato fish cakes, walnut pesto pasta, plant-based macaroni cheese and beetroot and apple fritters, as well as puddings like blueberry and lemon cake and Dorset apple cake.
Best For Variety: Mindful Chef
Every recipe in Mindful Chef’s meal kits is free from gluten, dairy and refined carbs, while fish is sustainably caught and its beef grass-fed. Boxes are delivered with pre-measured ingredients and a recipe booklet, and dishes change weekly – there are over 20 each week to choose from, including plenty of vegan options. There’s also the option to cater for one or two people, or the whole family. Expect the likes of stir-fried sticky beef with rainbow salad, creamy mushroom and lentil ragu with kale pesto and Cajun-spiced crispy chicken with sweetcorn salsa. There’s also a new range of frozen meals for busy days.
Best For Foodies: FieldGoods
FieldGoods handmakes sustainable frozen ready meals in a kitchen in Wimbledon. Ideal for busy days – all you need to do is turn on the oven, heat and serve – the food is the kind you’d make in your own kitchen. The menu includes classics like lamb and apricot tagine, pork and fennel ragu, cauliflower butter masala and aubergine parmigiana. Made using only the best, sustainably sourced ingredients, the meals are cooked and frozen instantly to seal in the goodness, and the menu changes seasonally. FieldGoods is based on a subscription service, but there’s the flexibility to build your own box with a combination of meals as well as sides and desserts.
Best For A Reset: Detox Kitchen
This renowned London deli’s nutrient-loaded meals are designed to leave you feeling light, energised and nourished. Among the various packages that suit different goals – from 1,000-calorie green cleanses to protein-rich, three-day meal plans and breakfast and lunch-only options – there’s something for everyone. Whichever you choose, the food is delicious – think peach and coconut yoghurt with granola, salmon burgers with spring greens, and chicken meatballs with slow-roasted peppers and parsley dressing, as well as daily fresh juices.