BistroMD vs Trifecta (+3 Sample meals)

This blogpost will be checking out two very popular meal delivery services, BistroMD and Trifecta. While BistroMD focuses on weight loss through its meals, Trifecta focuses on overall healthy eating in order to help the user achieve their health or performance goal. Both of these meal delivery services operate majorly in the United States as of today.

In the end, we will give you our opinions on which of these two may be the better choice based on first-hand experiences.

BistroMD vs Trifecta

In the table below, we have shown you the different characteristic features and the advantages which can be found in BistroMD and Trifecta. We have also mentioned the delivery areas of these two platforms, along with the price ranges of the different food items. By checking out the table below, you can choose between BistroMD and Trifecta.

 Feature  BistroMD Trifecta
 Delivery areas  98% of the United States aside from Alaska & Hawaii  98% of the United States aside from Alaska & Hawaii 
 Price range  $188.86 to $219.80 per week $99.99 t0 $176.84 per week
 Price per plate  $9.50 to $10.50 per plate $10.49 per plate
 Difficulty levels  Easy Easy
 Avg. cooking time  No cooking required Only heating required
 Avg. calorie count  240-400 calories per serving  300-500 calories per serving
 Supporting material  Meal description,Fitness tips,Health tips  Meal description,Nutritional facts
 Recipes supported  Weight-loss meals Chef’s choice,Keto,Paleo,Clean eating,Vegan,Vegetarian,Classic 
 No. of choices  150 options per week 24 per week
 Introductory deal  25% off + free shipping 40% off first meal plan
 Avg. shelf life  1 year in the freezer 6-10 days in the fridge,3 months in the freezer 

Types of Plans: BistroMD vs Trifecta

 BistroMD  Trifecta 
 Full Program 7 days 7 breakfasts,7 lunches,6 dinners  Clean Meal plan $110.99 per week,High quality protein, organic veggies, whole grains
 Full Program 5 days 5 breakfasts,5 lunches,5 dinners  Paleo Meal plan $110.99 per week, Dairy-free and grain-free
 Lunch & Dinner 7 days 7 lunches,7 dinners  Keto Meal plan $110.99 per week, Healthy fats and proteins 
   Vegan Meal plan $99.99 per week, Organic ingredients and plant-based protein  
  Vegetarian Meal plan $99.99 per week, Plant-based proteins and tasty carbs 
  Classic Meals $119 per week, Balanced meals 
  Meat Lovers Meal Prep kit $173.40 per week, 24 servings of lean proteins 

In BistroMD, the user can choose from different meal plans depending on how many weight-loss meals they require in the week. The full program of BistroMD comes in two forms, the five day form and the seven day form which covers all the three meals for the entire week. These programs are most recommended for users to get the best effects from this platform.

Trifecta also has a number of meal plans for the user to choose from. The plans in Trifecta cover various diets like keto and paleo for those who are already following these diets or for those who are planning on starting these diets. There are also vegetarian meals in Trifecta, along with vegan meals which contain plant-based proteins.

Winner: Trifecta wins the Types of Plans segment.

Types of Ingredients: BistroMD vs Trifecta

  Ingredient type   BistroMD  Trifecta
 Produce   Organic produce,Farm-fresh ingredients Organic produce,Pesticide-free produce
 Meat, eggs, fish  Hormone-free chicken,rBGH-free beef, Sustainably-sourced seafood  Sustainably-sourced meat, poultry and seafood
 Other ingredients  Low-sodium seasonings, Healthy spice blends  Seasonings,Spices 

BistroMD meals are created with only the best quality of ingredients. The veggies and produce used in BistroMD meals are completely organic and come from trusted farms and vendors. The meat and the poultry used in BistroMD meals are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, while the seafood is sustainably sourced.

Trifecta also follows a similar process when it comes to the sourcing of ingredients. The veggies and fruits used in Trifecta meals are organic and are free of any pesticides, and therefore are safe to consume on a long-term basis. The meals are fully prepared and come with the required seasonings and spices.

Winner: BistroMD and Trifecta win the Types of Ingredients segment.

Add-Ons: BistroMD vs Trifecta

 BistroMD  Trifecta 
 Healthy snacks,Non-starchy vegetables,Fruit plates,Low-fat milk Meal plans,Carbohydrates,Vegetables,Snacks,Gift cards 

In BistroMD, the user can not only find great meals for weight-loss, but even a selection of add-on items. In this add-on menu, the user can find healthy snacks to accommodate their meal plans here. Non-starchy vegetables and even fruits which have low glycemic levels are offered in BistroMD as add-ons.

Trifecta also has a pretty large add-on menu for the user to choose from. In this add-on menu, the user can find a number of carbohydrates and vegetables which can serve as delicious snacks and sides to accommodate the main meals from here. Trifecta also offers gift cards for the user to purchase.

Winner: Trifecta wins the Add-ons segment.

Packaging of Meal box: BistroMD vs Trifecta

 BistroMD  Trifecta 
 Box,Meal sleeves,Plastic tray,Insulation  Box,Food-grade plastic trays,TemperPack panelsClimaCell panelsIce packs 
 Fully recyclable Mostly recyclable 

BistroMD meals come in boxes which are mostly made of recycled cardboard. These can be just flattened and placed in a recycling bin curbside. The meals come in plastic trays which only need to be rinsed and then reused or recycled. The meal boxes in BistroMD come with insulating material like denim cotton, which is also easily recyclable.

Trifecta also follows a similar process for its packaging. The meals in Trifecta come in boxes which are insulated with eco-friendly material. Trifecta also uses TemperPack panels and ClimCell panels, for which recycling instructions have been given in the platform. The meals in Trifecta come with ice packs which contain a non-toxic gel.

Winner: BistroMD and Trifecta win the Packaging of Meal box segment.

Customer Support: BistroMD vs Trifecta

 Feature  BistroMD Trifecta
 Chat support  – +
 Email support  + +
 Phone support +  + 
 Availability  All days of the week All days of the week

The customer support of BistroMD can be mainly reached through emails or even through phone support. Other than this, BistroMD does not offer other types of customer support such as live chat. This can be disappointing for those who prefer texting over other modes of communication. BistroMD’s customer support operates on all days of the week.

Trifecta’s customer support can be reached through a number of ways. The easiest way to reach the customer support in Trifecta is through the live chat feature, which can be accessed through the app or even through the website. In addition to live chat, the customer support can be reached through emails and phone as well.

Winner: Trifecta wins the Customer Support segment.

Sample Meals: BistroMD vs Trifecta

 Sample  BistroMD Trifecta
 Sample 1  Name: Lasagna with Garden MarinaraHeating time: 5 minsCalorie count: 350 caloriesAmt. of carbs: 28g Name: Garlic Pasta with Cherry TomatoesAverage calories: 440Average protein content: 25g 
 Sample  2  Name: Manicotti with Vodka Marinara SauceHeating time: 5 minsCalorie count: 280 caloriesAmt. of carbs: 19g  Name: Grilled Salmon with PestoAverage calories: 480Average protein content: 32g
 Sample  3   Name: Salmon with Dill Mustard SauceHeating time: 5 minsCalorie count: 340 caloriesAmt. of carbs: 30g  Name: Roasted Chicken Breast with AspragusAverage calories: 460Average protein content: 35g

BistroMD’s menu contains meals from all types of cuisines, including local as well as international cuisines. The meals here contain very few calories, but are rich in fiber as well as lean protein. Therefore, the meals in BistroMD can help users lose weight, albeit in a healthy manner without needless restriction of foods.

Trifecta is a pretty popular meal delivery service, mainly due to its very health-oriented meals. The meals in Trifecta’s menu come with the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, along with a healthy dose of fiber. Since the meals are fully cooked, the user only needs to heat them for a few minutes before consumption.

Winner: Trifecta wins the Sample Meals segment.

App rating: BistroMD vs Trifecta

 Platform BistroMD  Trifecta 
 Google Play Store  Unavailable 4.2
 Apple App Store  Unavailable 4.3
 TWP Rating  3.5/5 4/5

Final Verdict: Trifecta wins this battle with its large menu of options and its high ease of access.

BistroMD is certainly great for anyone who is trying to lose weight in a healthy manner since this meal delivery service offers meals which contain less calories and great sources of lean protein. Unlike other weight loss programs, the user gets to enjoy far more freedom and control in BistroMD, which contributes to the platform’s popularity.

In Trifecta, the meals come in lots of categories mainly aimed at helping users achieve their health goals in a short span of time. The great thing about Trifecta is that the meals here can easily accommodate a number of diets and even specific nutritional requirements which the user may have.

Between BistroMD and Trifecta, the latter wins the crown. BistroMD certainly achieves its aim of weight loss for users. At the same time, this meal delivery service may not be liked by all types of users. On the other hand, Trifecta meals have garnered great levels of positive attention, especially among those who are health and performance-oriented.

Methodology

To bring you the best reviews of each and every meal delivery service, we spoke to testers and real life users, reviewed the information provided by each service on their respective websites, carried out primary research on social media platforms and checked out the user reviews of these platforms on various social media sites. We have also used the reviews presented by current users of these services on their respective Google and Apple apps.

We are currently conducting our own internal review and we will update this page with videos and pictures of our experiences. If they differ extensively from what our external reviewers said then we will update this post so you get both points of views and can decide which service provider is more suited to your needs based on the information above.

The main types of criteria which we have used in order to assess and evaluate these meal delivery services is the simplicity of the recipes, the variety of meals in the service, the inclusiveness of diets and cuisines and even the supporting material.

In addition to these, we have also highly taken into regard the sustainability and recyclability of the packaging of these services. Lastly, we have also considered the delivery services and customer services of these platforms.

Frequently asked questions: “BistroMD vs Trifecta”

Are BistroMD meals frozen?

Yes, BistroMD meals are frozen. The meals are fully-cooked and then ‘fresh-frozen’ in order to preserve the nutrients as well as the flavors of the meals. Thus, BistroMD meals can be safely stored in the freezer for up to a year without any spoilage. When the user is ready to eat, the meals can simply be heated appropriately beforehand.

Do you have to cook BistroMD meals?

No, you do not have to cook BistroMD meals. The BistroMD meals come fully-cooked and thus only need to be heated for a bit in the microwave oven or even a conventional oven as per the needs and preferences of the user.

How long can Trifecta meals stay in the box?

Trifecta meals can stay in the box for a period of 72 hours. This is because the meal boxes are insulated and use special technologies to keep the meals nice and fresh throughout transit. As soon as the box has arrived, the user is advised to place the meals in the fridge immediately.

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Citations

https://www.bistromd.com/
https://www.trifectanutrition.com/clean-eating-meal-plan-f45
https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/bistromd
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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.