The 7 Online Food Delivery Services You Need If You’re Struggling To Eat Healthy

Your health and fitness shouldn’t suffer because you don’t have the time or creativity

Kelleigh Korevaar |

It’s 5pm and after a tiring day of work, you’re sitting an infuriating amount of traffic, thinking about what you’re going to do for supper.

The last thing you feel like doing is getting home and cooking a meal that is neither tasty nor healthy but has found its place on your weekly menu because you can just throw it together without much thought or flavour.

You think to yourself, it’s that or stopping at a fast food place on the way home to get an awful mess of carbs, grease and potential medical concerns.

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But it’s this thinking that wreaks havoc on your health, fries your fitness and wipes out your weightloss progress. It’s time to retire your fast food runs and weekday classics (trust us, it’s time)! These are the 7 much better options we’ve found that take less time but don’t sacrifice your health in the process:


What It Is:

A food delivery service, UberEats gives you the opportunity to browse local restaurants and fast food favourites and promises tasty food at uber fast speed.

Why It’s Great:

You get an estimated delivery time that is constantly being updated and you can track the meal from restaurant to bike, to your door. It’s the technological equivalent of watching your waiter bring your food to your table with bated breath.

UberEats Is Perfect For You If…

You like convenience, it literally takes a few taps to order your food. Be careful though: this tap-to-table ease has resulted in a few accidental orders or orders to the wrong location (the app remembers where you last ordered from and will deliver it there unless you change it).

Our Top Healthy Picks?

Cape Town – Wild Sprout, The Hungry Herbivore, Fresch Foods

Johannesburg – Juice Junkie, Krunch, Baba G

Durban – Nouriti, Afro’s Chicken, Kauai

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What It Is:

OrderIn is South Africa’s most affordable food delivery app that allows you to order food from hundreds of restaurants around you.

“Balance is hard to maintain when your work life gets busy, more often than not, nutritious food is the first thing to slip,” says Orderin founder and CEO, Dinesh Patel. “As ordering online becomes more popular, staying healthy requires far fewer steps than your daily 10 000.”

Why It’s Great:

You have the option of having your meal delivered straight to you (for R10, like UberEats) or you can pick it up yourself (unlike UberEats). Browsing restaurants based on cuisine has never been simpler, there are 55 different cuisines options to choose from, meaning you can narrow down what you feel like right away instead of debating with your friends or family for half an hour. They do not inflate their menu prices like many other food delivery apps, which means you get it in your home for the restaurant price.

OrderIn Is Perfect For You If…

You’re trying to avoid the fast food joints. Orderin doesn’t have the unhealthy chains like Steers and Mc Donald’s and rather focuses on bringing you the tastiest food from the best quality restaurants around you.

Our top healthy picks?

Cape Town – Detox Juice and Health Bar, The Poke Co, JarBar

Johannesburg – Melissa’s, Toula’s, Food Me

Durban – Nu Health Food Café, Little Gujurat, Cafe Java


What It Is:

UCook is a recipe and ingredient delivery service. You choose (from 9 seasonally inspired recipes every week). They deliver (all the ingredients you need to cook the recipes you choose). UCook (restaurant quality meals in the comfort of your own home). It’s that simple.

Why It’s Great:

Their food philosophy is to be ethical, organic and local which means every week they design recipes that use produced from local farms so you get the best quality ingredients that are in season. They’re also currently doing their bit for the Cape Town water crisis with Water-Wise Wednesdays by designing recipes to create water-conscious dishes.

UCook Is Perfect For You If…

You live by yourself or with a partner, you always revert back to the infamous chicken and veg special and you’re looking to spice up your kitchen without much effort or time. You can tailor the menu to what you like because there are 3 menu options to choose from; vegetarian, health nut and classic.

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices range from R58 per person, per person, per meal to R103 per meal, depending on the menu you choose and how many people you order for.

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What It Is:

Another ingredient and recipe delivery service, DayToDay’s menu is designed by chef Gino Pedres. A new menu is developed each week using free range and locally sourced ingredients. According to them their customers save 182 minutes and R320 per week; leaving you time and money to spend elsewhere on more enjoyable activities.

Why It’s Great:

DayToDay is one of the more inclusive and versatile “cook-it-yourself” services as it has 5 different menus to choose from; The Classic Food Plan, The Family Plan, The Carb Conscious Plan, The Express Plan and The Classic Food Plan (Without Pork). Like UCook, it also has a flexible subscription so you can pause your subscription if you don’t want a delivery that week.

DayToDay Is Perfect For You If…

You have a bigger group or family to feed, you don’t eat pork, you don’t have time to spend cooking or you’re trying to watch your carb consumption. DayToDay offers a range of delicious food styles that suite different households and taste buds.

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices range from R55 per person, per person, per meal to R94 per meal, depending on the menu you choose and how many people you order for.

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What It Is:

MyMealGuru does your meal prep for you so that you’re not stuck filling 7 Tupperwares with chicken, veg and rice to eat for a week straight. They personally design meals for those who want healthy eating to fit into their lifestyle but don’t have the time. They make the meals, package them in travel-ready containers and deliver them fresh to your door.

Why It’s Great:

They have thought about the minor details as well as the tough challenges you might face when trying to have a healthy lifestyle. They’ve made healthy eating effortless and enjoyable by providing ready-to-go meals with cheat day options that have been made healthy so you can get the pleasure without the guilt. They also have several ready-to-go vegan meals and soups as well as vegan and non-vegan smoothies.

Related: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Cheat Meal

MyMealGuru Is Perfect For You If…

You don’t have the time to cook, don’t enjoy the monotony of the reaps of your Monday night meal prep or you find yourself scoffing down unhealthy meals after a long day at work, undoing all your work in the gym. Because the meals are packaged with travel in mind you can take them anywhere. Pop a meal of Ostrich Meat Balls, Whole Grain Spaghetti and Seasonal Vegetables in your bag so that when hunger strikes you have a meal to curb the cravings and temptation that leads you to the nearest fast-food franchise.

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices range from R30 per meal to R60 per meal, depending on the menu you choose and how many people you order for.

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What It Is:

Another meal prep service, FitChef is one of the most versatile meal prep services out there. They create smoothies, meals, snacks and more so that you can focus your energy on the other aspects of your fitness journey, like gymming and resting.

Why It’s Great:

You can choose from a 21 day challenge, a 1 month challenge or a 3 month challenge which means you could start a 3 week or 3 month fitness plan and grab your meal and smoothie straight from the freezer every day. More than just simple packaged meals, FitChef also makes sports performance kits, fasting challenges, juices cleanses, vegan and vegetarian meals, smoothie and blender kits, special kits, lunch for work, maintenance kits, snack kits and kits for kiddies. They also currently have 2 Valentine’s Day gift boxes so you can spoil yourself or a loved one without spoiling your gains.

Related: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Cheat Meal

FitChef Is Perfect For You If…

You are trying to kickstart your journey to a better body and a healthier lifestyle, you can even get your kids to join in the healthy eating with the kiddies kits. If you want to be conscious of what you’re putting in your body, FitChef ensures that you know what you’re fueling up with. Their meals are free from chemical preservatives, colourants, additives or other highly refined ingredients. They don’t add gluten flours, starchy thickeners, sugars (artificial or concentrated) or refined salt. They also source meat from grass-fed/free range farms and that are free of routine antibiotics and growth hormones.

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices range from R50 per person, per meal to around R70 per person, per meal, depending on how many people you order for or the kits your are ordering.

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Doorstep Chef 

What It Is:

Doorstep Chef is a convenient and healthy way to feed you and your family by delivering delicious meals, which have been made that day, straight to your doorstep.

Why It’s Great:

You get homemade without the hassle! The meals are prepared fresh daily with the everyday South African family in mind. It’s like combining the convenience of ordering takeout to your house with the goodness of a meal prepared right at home.

Doorstep Chef Is Perfect For You If…

You find yourself thinking there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done or you’d just rather spend quality time with your family after a long day of than slaving over a stove top. It’s perfect for larger families as you can order for up to 6 people.

Related: Put a Lid On Tasteless Healthy Meals With These 3 Ready-To-Go Recipes

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices range from R55 per person, per meal to R70 per person, per meal, depending on how many people you order for.


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