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Betsy T.

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Member since August 2017

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This is an honest and sincere review. I am not on a diet but very nutrition conscious and as I spend a great deal of time traveling, always looking for healthy convenience foods. Have tried Freshly, Home Chef, Blue Apron, Gobble, etc. Freshly is the most comparable to BistroMD as it is a meal service that comes ready to heat and eat. BistroMD is not cheap compared to frozen grocery store meals, but much cheaper than Freshly with most meals coming in between $9-$12. Protein is very high (25-35g) , calories very low (generally 250-250), carbs low to medium. Flavors and textures have been amazing-have not had any rubbery meat like I came to expect from Freshly. The only meal I didn't enjoy so far is the shrimp etouffee, but I think that was mostly because I don't care for okra's weird texture. I would definitely use BistroMD if I was on a diet, pinched for time, etc.
Freshly meals are far more expensive than the frozen grocery store meals. However, the nutrition profile of these meals is also far superior - where else can you buy an already prepared meal with 45g of protein and only 520 calories?!?!

Not all of the meals have been awesome, but there are enough really good ones that I like to keep several stocked in my freezer for those emergency times. I live in Portland but have vacation rentals 180 miles away. I drive to them often. Throwing a couple of these in a small cooler totally simplifies these trips and ensures I will have a healthy and tasty meal.

If you buy 8 at a time, the price goes down quite a bit. I order 8 at a time and only order once a month, so this keeps the price more affordable.
I have a busy lifestyle and a job that has me in the car 50,000 miles per year. Squeezing in time for shopping and meal prep is challenging. I've started to use meal delivery services to ensure we always have a healthy meal ready even when I'm too tired or busy to go grocery shopping. Although the meals seem expensive compared to doing your own shopping, my grocery expense (including the meal deliver cost) has gone down dramatically. Maybe because of less impulse buys?

Meals have been about 80% awesome, 20% blech. I'm getting better at determining which meal is likely to taste good.

Home Chef has rarely sent out the wrong ingredients, or missing ingredients. Produce is almost always fresh, meat has been amazingly high quality.

Meals are usually very filling and the nutrition profiles of most of them are excellent for folks who are nutrition-conscious. High protein, lower in carbs, etc.

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