When it comes to improving your health, making changes to what you eat can have a huge impact. When time is limited, recipe boxes and meal delivery services can go a long way in kickstarting and supporting new nutrition habits. These are the top 3 meal delivery services available in the UK that I recommend as a sports dietitian.
A case for (occasional) frozen dinners
While it’s all fair and well to say all meals should be cooked from scratch every single day, it’s not the most practical or realistic of advice to give.
I mean, seriously.
Who has the time to do that?
Every. Single. Day.
There are periods in life when time is short, convenience and ‘processed’ foods can play a part.
Whether it’s a can of pre-cooked chickpeas to throw in to a salad, a grab and go pasta sauce or even pre-sliced cooked meat to stuff into a sandwich.
Even frozen meals can have a rightful place.
It all depends on context!
The value of meal delivery services
Meal delivery services and recipe boxes can be fantastic to help build confidence skills in the kitchen.
Stuck in a cooking rut? They are great for new ideas and recipe inspiration.
When coming in the door after a hectic day at work or full on training session, I would much rather someone chooses a decent frozen dinner over a takeaway from the local chinese loaded with fat, salt or sugar!
Again it comes back to context.
Like anything, there are good choices and not so good choices!!
From personal experience using them and professionally from a nutritional point of view Simply Cook, Mindful Chef and Everdine are my top recommendations.
Whether you want to cook it all yourself, have all the ingredients provided for you, or just need to grab a frozen dinner after a long shift at work these cover all bases.
Simply Cook – All the flavour, just add protein carbs & vege
How it works: Simply Cook recipe box contain all the spices, sauces and flavours you need to make 4 delicious restaurant quality meals in 20-30 minutes. Just add protein, carbs and vege – ingredients typically found in your cupboard or fridge.
Each meal serves (at least) 2 people.
Follow my suit and double up on vege and you’ll gain even more leftovers.
Delivery: Boxes fit through your postbox and can be delivered as frequently or infrequently as you like.
Price: £9.99 per box.
Read my full Simply Cook review
Mindful Chef – All ingredients provided ready to prepare & cook
How it works: Cut back on your food waste and get new food inspiration as everything you need to create an amazing meal is included in the Mindful Chef box ready to cook. Without the hassle of sourcing the ingredients.
The menu changes every week with 12 new recipes that are gluten in free, lower in carbohydrate without any trace of compromise in flavour, volume or nutrition. Perfect for anyone trying to get a bit leaner
Plus if there’s a meal you absolutely love, you can always make it again as they include the recipes for each box.
I love the ethical standpoint this company has as well – each meal purchased provides a school dinner for a child in a developing country through One Feeds Two.
Delivery: Weekly deliveries
Price: From £4 a meal, you can get boxes to feed 1, 2 or 4 people.
Everdine – The best frozen dinner you’ll ever try
A frozen dinner like you’ve never seen before. No scrimping on portion sizes, packed full of vege and absolutely BURSTING with flavour. Seriously the most amazing tasting frozen dinner I have ever eaten. No joke!
How it works: Each Everdine box contains 8 meals that you choose. It’s fully flexible so you can order one off boxes, skip/pause or cancel any time.
Delivery: Delivery is now FREE and available Wednesday to Saturday.
Price: From £4.90 to £6.90 per meal
Discount: Get £20 off your first Everdine box