Best healthy takeaways and food boxes
Eating healthily doesn't have to mean hours slaving away at the stove. Order in from one of these top-notch healthy local takeaways (or try a foolproof DIY food box) instead.
A bowl of spiced lentil soup sounds like a perfectly sensible prospect until you actually have make it (while also desperately googling long division, and adding even more yoghurts to the food order, and working out where you could possibly unleash the kids this afternoon that has an element of novelty about it). But eating clean doesn’t have to mean being shackled to the kitchen. Turns out there are takeaway outfits that can do delicious without gallons of cream and butter. So here is our list of the very best healthy takeaways in Bucks and Oxon, plus easy-peasy food boxes to rustle up at home. Make yourself a cup of organic green tea and order in.
A delight of modern fusion, Miya is a Japanese restaurant and grill based in Aylesbury’s old Police HQ. The team here pride themselves on their modern approach and the dishes here are authentic but not traditional. Of course, the sushi and sashimi are exceptionally fresh and flavoursome but don’t overlook the grilled miso teriyaki salmon.
Lata Lata, High Wycombe
Based in an underpass, Lata Lata is a dead cool small plates restaurant championing seasonal dishes and local ingredients with a Mediterranean twist. The menu is packed with vegetables and bold flavours, with build-your-own meal selections available for click-and collect. We’re particularly keen on the griddled romesco spring onions and Cornish mussels with n’duja.
Fego, various Bucks locations
With branches in Gerrards Cross, Marlow, and Beaconsfield, and options for both collection and delivery, this buzzy café offers both brunch / lunch (9am-4:30pm) and dinner (5pm-8:30pm). Clearly, there are a few more tempting foodstuffs in the world than burgers and homemade desserts, but since everything on the menu is well-crafted and delicious, you won’t be kicking yourself for choosing a salad or bowl-food option. The roasted cauliflower and sweet potato curry and harissa chicken salad are both great choices.
Begans Street Food, High Wycombe
A 100% plant-based street food and catering company, Begans release a new menu on their Instagram every week, promising wholesome and toothsome dishes. Your selection will be delivered between 8:30am and 11:30am, ready to be heated and assembled come suppertime. The menu is always changing but expect mouthwatering options like West African peanut stew, mushroom bubble and squeak, and coconut green lentil dahl.
Giggling Squid, various locations
Now based in Marlow, Henley, and Oxford, Giggling Squid have been crafting fresh, zippy ‘Thai tapas’ dishes since 2002, when they began to trade out of a tiny fisherman’s cottage in Brighton. They’ve crafted their menu to reflect the way people eat in Thailand, always with a range of dishes to share, and currently offer click-and-collect takeaway. Try the golden bamboo and chicken bowl, or wholesome cashew stir-fry.
Antep Kitchen, East Oxford and Milton Keynes
Passionate about flavour, Antep Kitchen serve superb, authentic Turkish food. The smaller platters to share are probably their most popular, but you can build your dinner as you like, with larger dishes also on offer. Go for the chargrilled aubergine with lamb in garlic yoghurt, crispy falafel and hummus, or fresh grilled seabass with couscous, all available for takeaway.
Akasaka, Milton Keynes
Big on fresh ingredients and flavours, Akasaka is an authentic Japanese kitchen based in central Milton Keynes. They offer an array of flavourful dishes, many of them light and veg-packed. Don’t miss the nasu dengaku (miso aubergine) or the fresh sushi and sashimi.
Taste Tibet, Oxford
Freshly opened in Oxford, Taste Tibet is where Yeshi Jampa, born and raised in rural Tibet, shares the exciting flavours of his nomadic youth and time in India. Described by BBC Good Food Magazine as a “hidden foodie gem”, this stuff is the real deal. Choose from a dazzling array of Tibetan food: Momo dumplings, spinach and chickpea Himalayan curry, and dahl to name just a few. Taste Tibet deliver on Thursdays and offer pick-ups on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Jericho Café, Oxford
This independent local café has been named the second best place for brunch in all of Britain and its avocado toast is beloved by locals and newcomers alike. Available for click-and-collect, you can treat yourself to a choice of dizzyingly good breakfasts, salads, and wraps. Try the char-grilled chicken caeser or warm Provençal vegetable and halloumi salad, or even the plant-packed veggie burger.
Oli’s Thai, Oxford
One of only two restaurants in Oxfordshire to hold a Bib Gourmand, Oli’s Thai has definitely earned its bragging rights. Its takeaway menu is brief, but you know this means that each dish has been carefully crafted and perfected. The grilled hispi cabbage with tofu, soy, ginger, and chilli is a skilled mix of taste, texture, and spice, while the yellow cod curry boasts a depth of flavour like no other. Order online for pick-up between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, Wed-Fri.
The Coconut Tree, Oxford
The Coconut Tree brings bright, Sri Lankan street food – and an explosion of flavour – to the chilly lanes of Oxford. Although there are a few large dishes, the menu mostly works as a tantalising selection of small dishes, with many of them vegan or vegetarian. There are deep-fried options to be aware of, but The Coconut Tree primarily offers vegetables, nuts, and pulses tackled in vibrant, refreshing ways. Try the stir-fried spiced chickpeas, coconut sambol, or slow-cooked goat curry, among many others.
Cinnamon Stick, Chipping Norton
Open for collections every evening between 5pm and 8pm, there’s little to stop you from tucking into a mezze of fresh, succulent Middle-Eastern dishes every night. There are plenty of healthy, flavourful things from which to choose: pile into the houmous, grilled tahini lamb skewers, and crunchy spiced fattoush salad.
Kitchen Farnborough, near Banbury
Championing the best of British produce, Kitchen Farnborough is all about well-loved, rustic cooking elevated to a high standard. Although its Saturday and Sunday dinner pick-up menu is more indulgent, their popular Friday takeaways are always healthy, light, and no less delicious for it. Giving a seasonal twist on classics from around the world, the MO here is guilt-free flavour. The menu changes each week, but expect options like BBQ lemon and black pepper chicken with winter greens, and winter tomato dahl.
Have chopping board, will cook?
Try one of these DIY food kits to rustle up in the kitchen, delivered nationwide.
With free delivery nationwide, you can get the UK’s highest-rated recipe boxes wherever you are. These guys boast staggeringly impressive sustainability credentials, but it’s the nutritious, flavourful dishes we’re interested in. Choose from dishes like courgette and lentil bake, or South African-inspired bobotie (curried meat) with turmeric rice and tenderstem broccoli.
Riverford provides you with seasonal, organic ingredients and a detailed list of instructions for how to make your meal. Although this option does require a bit of DIY chopping, it’s still paint-by-numbers healthy food that means you get a delicious meal without having to think much about it. They even have a light range, for dishes under 550 calories.
The new kids on the block, Allplants offer 100% vegan ready-meals with free, nationwide weekday delivery. You can choose from 30+ dishes that all contain at least two of your five a day that can be rustled up in the span of a few minutes. Choose from the lighter menu for dishes under 450 calories.
With more than 40 changing recipes and different categories like ‘health kitchen’ and ‘global kitchen’, there’s nothing dull about eating healthily here. The options balance interesting concepts with basic techniques, and everything is pre-chopped for maximum convenience. You can sign up for up to four recipes kits delivered once a week.
Who said snacking wasn’t healthy? The choices at graze are all wholesome and nutritious, to keep those wandering fingers between mealtimes on-track. When you create your account, graze asks what you like and then tailors a box of interesting snacks, delivered to you for free. Not a fan of one of the things? Just let them know, and you’ll never be sent it again. There are tonnes of options to choose from, like chilli bean crunch or dark chocolate cherry ‘tart’, each a little picky box to munch on.