15 Meal Delivery Services that Make Eating Healthy Easy

What’s for dinner? It’s a question that can cause a fair bit of anxiety and stress. While each week might start with good intentions and a pre-prepped lunch and dinner, by Wednesday our creativity and motivation is dwindling. Stir fries and eggs in various guises become regular fixtures, and come Friday it’s either a takeaway or beans on toast – undoing a lot of the good you did by fitting a few gym sessions into your busy schedule.

Even those with the skills and interest to prepare home-cooked meals have zero time to plan and shop, let alone execute interesting and healthy dishes.

Thankfully, companies are offering a solution for our modern dilemma: meal subscription services that offer everything from sending you every single ingredient that you need to make a week’s worth of delicious home-cooked interesting meals, to providing a fridge full of nutrient-packed dishes, all prepared and ready to eat.

Whether you’re vegetarian or Paleo, looking to slim down or bulk up, or just want to make life a little bit easier, with the help of the 15 meal delivery services below, healthy meals are just a click away.

1. DropChef

The Big Idea:

Billed as ‘the smartest way to cook a healthy dinner’, DropChef delivers nutritionally balanced meals pre-measured, so you just follow an easy step-by-step recipe and then cook.

Need to Know:

Founded by Roman Grogan and Ryan Scott and Sam O’Byrne while the trio were still students at DCU, DropChef promises you’ll have dinner on the table in 30 minutes. First, decide on which plan you’d like to go with, choosing from One Person, Two Person Plan or Family Plans. Then, each week choose three dishes from a menu that changes weekly. It’s based on a flexible subscription, so you are free to put your account on hold at any time, and to skip any week that doesn’t suit you.

Your healthy home cooked meal will no doubt be served with an intangible sense of accomplishment, and what’s more DropChef’s Cook-One-Feed-One™ program means that for every meal you cook with DropChef, they’ll donate one meal to a child in need.

Drop Chef

Healthy Factor:

The nutrient-packed dishes are made with seasonal, local produce and 100% Irish meat, and come in just the right amounts for the number of people you are cooking for, so there is no wastage.

Delivery Details:

Deliveries to all areas of Dublin are made on Sundays, and they do office deliveries on Mondays. Deliveries outside of Dublin arrive with customers on Tuesdays.

Cost:

Starting at €6.95 per person per meal with weekly plans varying from €29.85 for the One Person Plan to €83.40 for the Family Plan.

www.dropchef.com

2. The Pure Kitchen

The Big Idea:

Healthy, tasty meals that are free from dairy, gluten, wheat and added sugars.

Need to Know:

After a stint in Ballymaloe Cookery School and 2 years’ experience in top Dublin restaurant Pichet, former accountant John Mac Govern set up the The Pure Kitchen as an outlet for his gluten and dairy free recipe experimentation. Gaining marks for its distinctively designed website, The Pure Kitchen allows you to pick meals as you wish, or alternatively select a pre-set package of meals. There’s even a ‘new parents pack’, to welcome home new parents with a bundle of meals, soups and salads.

Healthy Factor:

The tagline ‘nothing Added, nothing processed…just pure food’ says it all. The Pure Kitchen meals are made up of fresh ingredients, that are local ingredients where possible.

Delivery Details:

Based in Donnybrook, both a pickup and Dublin-only delivery service is provided. Made fresh to order, place orders by 9am for same day delivery on Monday and Thursday to Dublin City Centre and South County Dublin, and North and West Dublin on Tuesdays.

Cost:

There are daily or weekly plans ranging from €20 to €80, or sample their individual dishes, starting from €3.50 for snacks, starters and soups, €6.50 for salads, €5.50 for breakfasts, and €8.00 for main dishes.  A €5 fee applies to orders less than €80.

www.thepurekitchen.ie

3. GourmetFuel

Gourmet Fuel

The Big Idea:

A one-stop solution of assessment, advice, food and training to facilitate people achieving their goal, be it weight loss, muscle gain, training for an event, rehabilitation, or just overall general well-being.

Need to Know:

Bringing together an expert in nutrition, a fitness guru, and a former Avoca head chef, GourmetFuel makes healthy eating easy. Opt for individual meals from a menu including everything from 200 kCal snacks to 900 kCal XL meals; buy multi pack meals; or subscribe to a 1, 4 or 8 week meal plan, each based on a specific need, from weight loss to building muscle. Meals and snacks are also available in selected SuperValu stores.

Healthy Factor:

Any visitor to their site can take advantage of the free online diet tool; just by entering some basic physical information, it will calculate your Total Daily Energy Requirement (TDER), which helps to recommend a meal plan for you based on a total number of calories per day to achieve your goal.

Go one step further and arrange a private consultation, allowing you to design fitness and meal plans to suit your exact requirements. All meals are healthy, wholesome food, and complete with a breakdown of calories, macronutrients and micronutrients.

Delivery Details:

GourmetFuel delivers up to twice a week to homes and offices nationwide.

Cost:

Prices start from €1.95 for snacks, and dinners cost between €7.95 and €10.95. Multi pack meals range from €75 to €220.

www.gourmetfuel.com

4. Paleo Meal Deliveries

Paleo Meal Deliveries

The Big Idea:

Eat like your ancestors with this service that offers macro split Paleo meal plans.

Need to Know:

Meals plans are based around a weekly Paleo menu, that doesn’t scrimp on flavour. Based on your subscription choice you could be starting your day with truffle infused scrambled egg, chestnut mushroom and smoked bacon; enjoying Malaysian laksa with turkey and chicken for lunch; and looking forward to slow cooked beef with roast sweet potato, braised fennel, broccoli and a red wine jus for dinner. There’s even a McGregor Get Ripped Meal Plan option. They also offer a range of meal bundles, sides, juices, snacks and supplements, ideal for building your own portion controlled meal plan.

Paleo Meal Deliveries

Healthy Factor:

All meals comply with a Paleo diet, and the set menu which changes weekly, is macro split, and the caloric intake is adjusted for whichever plan you choose. Meals can also can be customised for ‘fussy eaters’ or low FODMAP diets. They also sell Green Beard Juices, and variety snack packs that include 3 Irish, nutritious snack brands; Fulfil protein bars, Irish Biltong and Paleo Muffins.

Delivery Details:

Delivers nationwide across Ireland and the UK, in a cooler box designed with a 24-hour shelf life once delivered. Delivery days for Dublin are Tuesday and Thursday, and Friday for all other addresses.

Cost:

One of the cheapest, meals cost €6 on average. Plans start from €84.50, for a 5 day lunch and dinner plan, and peak at €677 for a month long bulk up plan.

www.paleomealdeliveries.ie

5. Paleo Ireland

The Big Idea:

Similar to, Paleo Meal Deliveries, Paleo Ireland is a meal delivery service that takes inspiration from the Paleolithic diet.

Need to Know:

All meals are 100% Paleo and delivered fresh, think Primal Protein Pancakes, Mojito Chicken Salad, Paleo Chicken Korma and Primal Beef and Red Wine Stew – it seems that red wine was just as popular in the Stone Age as it is now. Select from set menus, or chose ‘a la carte’ to build your own choice of 5 breakfast, lunches and/or dinners. Available for sale in an increasing number of gyms, cafes and artisan butchers like Mortons of Ranelagh.

Healthy Factor:

Strictly Paleo, all meals are high in fat, moderate in animal protein and low to moderate in carbohydrates. There is minimal information on the source of ingredients, aside from a scrolling banner that intermittently asserts “100% Irish food”.

Delivery Details:

Deliveries made within Dublin on Sundays and Mondays, and to all other addresses on Tuesdays. There are also a number of gyms nationwide where you can pickup your order.

Cost:

Set menus are €55 for a week or €200 for a months supply. ‘A la carte’ options range from €15 for a Paleo Breakfast Menu Pack to €55 for 10 dinners. Individual meals are €4.50 for breakfasts and juices, to just €6 for all soups, salads and dinners.

www.paleoireland.ie

6. Life Kitchen

The Big Idea:

Meals delivered to your door that are developed by a scientist with a passion for healthy eating.

Need to Know:

With a PhD in Science and over 15 years of experience in technology and biotechnology, John Collier set up Life Kitchen to pursue another interest, healthy nutrition. All you need to do is pick your meal plan, choose your meals and Life Kitchen does the rest for you. Not ready for a subscription? Try one of their one-off a la carte one options.

Healthy Factor:

Life Kitchen promises to use only with the best produce available, which ensures the nutritious value of their products is not compromised. You can also be assured that the meat is 100% Irish and fully traceable from farm to fork, and the vegetables, wherever possible, are Irish too.  Taking a scientific approach, each meal is nutritionally balanced.

Delivery Details:

Life Kitchen use DPD to make their deliveries – the only An Bord Bia approved food delivery service in Ireland. One of the most flexible delivery options, you choose the date that suits you, and they’ll deliver the meals to your doorstep.

Cost:

Get three meals delivered per week for a month for €120, 5 meals for €160, or 7 for €199. Individual meals are €10 and healthy desserts are €5.50.

www.lifekitchen.ie

7. Low-Cal Meals Delivered

LowCal Meals

The Big Idea:

Freshly cooked healthy calorie controlled and high protein meals delivered.

Need to Know:

Based on a weekly set menu, diet meal plans take into account the average calorie requirements for a man or woman, and allows the leeway to add in snacks to bring you up to your daily calorie requirements. If you’re looking to bulk up rather than slim down try their Muscle Gain High Protein Meals. There is no option to buy separate meals.

Healthy Factor:

All meals are calorie controlled, and body building meals pay close attention to macros too. Already have a meal plan? LowCal Meals Delivered offer a bespoke meal services where you can submit your own meal plan, and they will send you a quotation for cooking and delivering your meals based on your specifications. You can also chose a Juice Detox plan, which consists of 3 Juices and 2 soups per day for 3 Days … if you’re brave enough.

Delivery Details:

Deliveries to Dublin, Wicklow, Meath, Louth, or Kildare only are made twice weekly, on Saturday and Wednesdays . Get your order in 48 hours in advance to avoid going hungry!

Cost:

Meal plans prices range from €60 to around €220. A free week of meals on your 11th order is a nice touch.

www.lowcalmealsdelivered.ie

8. The Wholefood Revolution

The Wholefood Revolution

The Big Idea:

Recipe boxes complete with pre-portioned ingredients and step by step recipe cards designed by a nutritional therapist.

Need to Know:

Founded by nutritional therapist David Wallace and his wife Michelle, subscribe to The Wholefood Revolution to get two wholesome, healthy recipes per week that are designed to take 30 – 45 minutes to cook. Each week, subscribers choose their two favourite dishes, from a menu that changes weekly.

In the box you will get perfectly portioned ingredients for 2 portions of each of your chosen meals, or 4 portions if you choose the family size box. Subscriptions are flexible, so you can skip, pause or cancel anytime.

Healthy Factor:

The Wholefood Revolution boxes are filled with only the freshest seasonal ingredients that are sourced straight from the market. Anybody can also sign up to their ‘Making Healthy Easy’ programme, and receive a weekly ‘tweaks’ email that encourages you to make just one small tweak to your daily habits for long-term health benefits.

Delivery Details:

A relatively new service, delivery is currently limited to East Meath, Dublin 15, Lucan, Malahide, Portmarnock, Sutton and Howth. But their site promises they soon will be expanding. All of the packaging can be returned or composted.

Cost:

Sign up for a weekly cost of €29.95 for a couples box, or €49.95 to feed a family of four for two nights. Meals can work out as little as €6.24 per portion.

www.thewholefoodrevolution.ie

9. FighterFood

Fighter Food

The Big Idea:

FighterFood is a ready-meal delivery service brought to you by chef Simon Higgins, who boasts considerable Michelin star kitchen and fitness experience.

Need to Know:

Simon originally started making meals in return for training from pro fighters like Conor McGregor, as well as footballer Robbie Keane. Before that he worked in Michelin starred restaurants in London, Dublin and Lyon including: Shanahans on the Green, Patrick Guilbaud, the Osborne restaurant and Le Gavroche.

At FighterFood Simon and his team of chefs prepared all the meals to order, so unlike some of the others you choose the meals, rather than being stuck to a set menu. Customers can order a la carte, or as part of a meal plan that can be lunch or dinner only, or three full meals a day.

Healthy Factor:

Fitness goals are the result of “80% nutrition, 20% exercise,” says FighterFood. Their meal plans provide you with enough fresh nutritionally balanced meals to support your training all week. So, that just leaves the last 20% up to you. Easy, right? All dinners come with sweet potato as standard, and you can opt to swap this out for more vegetables

Delivery Details:

Place your order before 5pm on Thursday for a Saturday delivery anywhere in Dublin.

Cost:

Meal plans cost from €100 to €150, and a la carte options range from €3 for soup to €9 for dinners.

www.fighterfood.ie

10. FitFood

FitFood

The Big Idea:

FitFood bills itself as “the affordable healthy meal delivery service”.

Need to Know:

Looking for a way to increase his own performance, Dublin footballer Philly McMahon turned to a private chef to make the meals he didn’t have time to. Spotting a gap in market to create an ‘affordable’ healthy food delivery service FitFood was born.

The service provides 5 or 7 breakfast, lunches or dinners, and you can add some sweet treats to help overcome the dreaded sugar cravings; all at prices to suit your budget.  All FitFood meals are cooked on the day of initial order, packaged, and freshly frozen before being delivered. No option to buy individual meals here.

Healthy Factor:

FitFood Meals and treats are all dairy, sugar and gluten-free. The on site Diet Calculator allows customers to enter details such as height, weight and goals and get a tailored diet plan.

Delivery Details:

Nationwide delivery, with charge €5 applying to all areas. Meals ordered Monday to Thursday will be delivered on Saturday, and orders after noon on Thursday will delivered the following Wednesday.

Cost:

Meal plan prices range from €30 to €130. Take note that a box of dairy free, gluten-free and sugar-free Pro Nut Donuts costs just a fiver. With white chocolate, and peanut butter and chocolate flavours, it’s pretty much a given these will find their way to your (online) shopping cart.

www.fitfood-ireland.ie

11. Gasta Good ‘n’Healthy

The Big Idea:
Another Paleo meal delivery service this time from Limerick’s Gasta Good ‘n’ Healthy’ fast food restaurant.

Need to Know:

Spotting a gap in the market, and inspired by the healthy fast food chains of London, Gasta Food set up shop in Limerick City in 2014. The business has grown to now offering delivered meal plans and juice detoxes to any address in Ireland. Gasta caters to different schedules and tastes, giving you the option to mix and match meals as you like, from a menu including Malabar Prawn Curry, Clonakilty Full Irish 4 egg omelette, and Coconut Cream and Apple Compote Protein Waffles.

You can also subscribe to a meal plan, which are based on a set menu. Get a week of breakfasts, lunches or dinners delivered; or go one step further with a month long Slim Down for Summer, or Wedding Body Blitz plan. They also offer 3 or 6 day juice detoxes.

Gasta n Healthy

Healthy Factor:

Gasta are firm believers that nutrition will get you 70% of the way to your health goals, and that you cant out work a poor diet. So, whether you are looking to lose body fat, increase energy, improve performance or build muscle, their Paleo meals, prepared without additives, preservatives, gluten, or grains are a good place to start. Gasta’s raw juice detoxes promise to improve digestive health, banish bloating and make your skin glow – where do I sign up?

Delivery Details:
Gasta deliver to any address in Ireland every Tuesday.

Cost:
They have plans starting from as little as €32.50 per week, all the way up to €550 for the brides and grooms who are truly committed to the cause. Had a particularly indulgent weekend? Collect a 3 day detox on Monday or Tuesday for €50, saving €15.

www.gastafood.ie

12. Good to Go

The Big Idea:

Good to Go is a health orientated fast food delivery business that aims to “take the chore away” from preparing meals in this busy time and provides people with fast food that does you good.

Need to Know:

With four different plans depending on your dietary preferences, you can choose to order vegetarian, vegan, carnivore or pescatarian meals.

Simply choose the meal plan you want, select the amount of days or weeks you desire and add in any food likes, dislikes and goals you may have.

Healthy Factor:

With Good to Go, you can have easy access to deliciously tasty and healthy meals, packed full of nutrition. The variety of nutritious flavours are made with local ingredients by a dedicated team of food lovers.

Delivery Details:

Good to Go delivers to all of Dublin, with expansion across Leinster coming in early 2018.

Cost:

The cost for meals (lunch and dinner) for one day is €17. You can choose how many days or weeks you want to order for and the delivery date too.

www.goodtogodublin.ie

13. Clean Cut Meals

The Big Idea:

Focused on helping you achieve your desired results, Clean Cut Meals has a number of meal plans devised to support fat loss or muscle gain. With a varied menu, the dishes aim to be satisfying without ever becoming boring. They don’t believe in strict diets and counting calories but rather giving your body the nutrient it requires.

Need to Know:

Established in 2015 in the west of Ireland, Clean cut meals aim to improve your overall performance day in and day out. Depending on your desired results, they offer a number of different plans to suit your goals and lifestyle, including lean muscle builder, fat loss plan, student plan, lean and green and the mass gaining plan. You can buy your selected plan for a one week or one month subscription.

Healthy Factor:

The plans focus on healthy, portion controlled meals that are based on your own personal health and fitness goals. You can choose your plan based on whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle and more.

Delivery Details:

Based in Galway, Clean Cut Meals delivers to national destinations for €7.50. If you are based in Galway, you can pick up your delivery locally. All meals will be delivered to you in one go, with ice packs chilling your food in a cardboard box. Your meals will also be vacuum packed for quality and freshness.

Cost:

Prices range from €64.95 for the weekly student plan to €110 for the mass gaining plan. You can also buy protein treats for €10 and breakfast for €15 on Clean Cut Meals.

www.cleancutmeals.ie

14. Fit Meal

The Big Idea:

Billed as “we cook and you relax”, Fit Meal delivers fresh and nutritious food right to your door. All food is produced with high quality Irish ingredients that helps make you feel great.

Need to Know:

Fit Meal was born to help Irish people be healthier, happier and fitter. With 15 years’ experience, their qualified chef has all the tools to create delicious and perfectly balanced meals.

There are four different meal plans available and all at an affordable price. You can choose between plans that offer five breakfasts, lunches, dinners or a combination, with meals starting from as little as €5.90.

Healthy Factor:

All meals are made with high quality Irish products, from the meat to the fruit and vegetables. There’s no preservatives, artificial ingredients or added sugar and the products are gluten free.

Delivery Details:

Meals are delivered to your work or home between 11am – 1pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Fit Meal delivers to South Dublin only; however you may inquire about deliveries outside of the area on Fit Meal’s website.

Cost:

Starting at €5.90 per meal with weekly plans varying from €39.00 per week to €69.00 per week depending on the number of meals required as part of your plan.

www.fitmeal.ie

15. Hapi Food Co

The Big Idea:

Taking the stress and time out of cooking, the Hapi Food Co provides healthy and delicious meals with a varied menu to help you live a healthier life.

Need to Know:

Order up to a week’s worth of delicious healthy food from the Hapi Food Co and ensure your week is bursting with nutritious flavour. Variety is the spice of life so their head chef has designed a different menu for each day of the week.

Healthy Factor:

Hapi Food Co believe that nutrition is key, not only for weight loss and muscle gain, but also for your own happiness. But equally as important is taste because you should be able to look forward to each meal.

Delivery Details:

Hapi Food Co offers free delivery every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. At the moment, they deliver to South Meath, North Kildare and Dublin.

Cost:

You can enjoy one main meal from €45 based on the number of days and two main meals from €85.

www.hapifoodco.ie

FEATURE BY ERICA BRACKEN

Erica BrackenErica grew up with a baker and confectioner for a father, and a mother with an instinct and love for good food. It is little wonder then that, after a brief dalliance with law, she completed a Masters degree in Food Business at UCC. With a consuming passion for all things food, nutrition and wellness, working with TheTaste is a perfect fit for Erica; allowing her to learn and experience every aspect of the food world meeting its characters and influencers along the way.

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