Fact: I am a bodybuilder, and am on a very specific diet 11 out of 12 months of the year.
Fact: When it comes to my nutrition philosophy, I believe that whole foods are better, and that macro-nutrients and calories need to be tracked.
Fact: With a full-time job in finance, a three hour daily round-trip commute, and time-intensive hobbies, free time is a rare commodity, and I often struggle to find the time to meal prep.
Fact: I am and will always be a picky eater. As someone who genuinely LOVES food, but only has a limited caloric budget, I will only eat what passes my standards.
Fact: Meal prep companies are popping up everywhere, but many that I’ve tried don’t deliver on either the flavor or nutrition side of things – until now.
Bistro MD is a mealprep service that goes beyond your traditional delivery services. With a Medical Doctor (hence the MD in Bistro MD) and Registered Dietitians on-staff, Bistro MD will guide your meal plans based on your nutritional needs, custom tailoring a meal plan that will not only help you achieve your own personal goals, but will also make you healthier in the process. Balance is the name of the game here, with 40-50% of total caloric intake coming from lean protein, 20-25% of calories coming from healthy fats, and 30-35% of calories coming in the form of complex carbohydrates. Each meal follows this caloric percentage model, and the separate snacks offered can be supplemented in, at will.
One of my biggest hang-ups with other meal services is the bland, over-cooked, and uninventive meals I’ve received. Happily, that is not the case with Bistro MD, at all. After laying out my personal food restrictions and nutritional preferences with a representative from the company, I quickly received a gigantic box FILLED with delicious, appealing, and HEALTHY breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options.
The box arrived, well-packed with dry ice that was still plentiful enough for my husband to initiate his own science experiments in our kitchen. In said box was 17 meals, ranging from the sweet to the savory, breakfast to dinner options. I also got an assortment of snacks including jerky, cookie bites, single-serve cheesecake, protein shakes, etc.
For the most part, each meal came with a main and a side, packaged in a tv-dinner style tray. Simply pop into the microwave for 2-5 minutes (depending on whether or not the meal was being heated from defrosted or frozen), let cool for a minute or two, and then enjoy. Had I felt the need to supplement any meal (and I didn’t), I could have easily added anything I wanted, without really feeling any sort of burden.
As far as the meals themselves go, I found them to be as delicious as they were nutritious. They were well-seasoned, clearly made with quality ingredients and diverse in flavors, across the spectrum. As someone who leans towards Asian flavors in general, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Sweet and Sour Meatballs were actually my favorite savory offering in the bunch, while the Stuffed French Toast was my favorite breakfast. Honestly though, they were all delicious. The snacks deserve a mention too, as they are appropriately portioned, tasty, and incredibly satisfying. The jerky was insanely good!
Because I know that my tastes can be weird at times, and sharing is caring, I decided to let my husband in on the meal action, offering him several options to try, himself. A few things to note are that my husband is almost three times my size, often eschews nutritional offerings for their more flavorful counterparts, and has recently had bariatric surgery – which limits his current nutritional intake. That being said, all of the meals fell well into his requirements, and more importantly – he LOVED them. Being that he is as picky as I am, in his own way, the fact that he enjoyed these meals as much as I did speaks VOLUMES.
All in all, Bistro MD gets rave reviews from the Krasey household. If you are looking for a meal service that delivers on both nutrition and flavor, look no further than Bistro MD.