I was excited to try Metabolic Meals. It’s a healthy option for prepared meals to arrive at your door. As someone who is just cooking for one right now, I’ve really enjoyed trying different meal delivery services. While slightly more expensive than preparing food yourself, it really isn’t that much more because I almost never go to the grocery store (I’ve gone twice in 4 weeks and once was to pick up cat food). So I’m not buying extra food that goes bad or extra things at the grocery store. Plus I’m just saving a lot of time.
Metabolic Meals recently popped up on my radar with their fun and unique meals. It’s hard to find a meal delivery service that offers pasta dishes or pizza. Most are the standard “meat and potatoes.”
Metabolic Meal Pros:
- Fun options like pasta and pizza
- Less sodium than many other meal delivery services
- Food is cooked and comes microwaveable and ready to eat
- No gluten, wheat, soy, refined sugars, or artificial colors and flavors
- Options to filter out allergens
- 30+ meals and the ability to choose your meals
Metabolic Meal Cons:
- No vegan or vegetarian options
- Many additional fees, including extra protein and shipping
- Some meals can be bland
Metabolic Meals Intro:
I always appreciate and like finding information about how the brand was created but I couldn’t find anything with Metabolic Meals. It’s not a big deal, I guess, but it’s always interesting to learn what led to the creation of the brand.
So anyway, With Metabolic Meals, you can filter your selection and find exactly what you want. That isn’t the case with *every* meal delivery service, and Trifecta just lets you choose what type of meal you’re looking for and then do the rest. Metabolic Meals specializes in prepared meals for those looking for healthy options. Their food does not contain gluten, wheat, soy, refined sugars, or artificial colors and flavors. Most entrees are also between 300-600 calories.
You can even filter for other allergens like dairy, fish, shellfish, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. Finally, if that wasn’t enough, there are also options for most diets also; choose Diabetic Friendly, Low Carb, Keto, Low Sodium, and Under 450 Calorie entrees.
Metabolic Meals offers a selection of about 15 main entrees, five breakfast dishes, and premium options such as proteins, sides, and healthy desserts each week. Most entrees also add “double protein” for fish and meat. They don’t carry any vegan or vegetarian options. Honestly, with all of the choices they do have, I was shocked for the lack of plant based options.
Arriving at your door:
You can order between 6-22 sizes ready to eat meals. They arrive insulted in a giant box and use recycled cardboard. The box liner is also made from a recycled and biodegradable cotton blend. Even the ice packs contain a non-toxic gel that can be put into the trash. They make it obvious they have worked hard to be sustainable.
While I don’t recommend it, my Metabolic Meals arrived on a Friday, and it sat outside for 24 hours before I got home. I figured it was 100% bad, but when I got home, it was still cold, and the ice packs hadn’t melted.
Your meals can stay in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Shipping & Delivery:
Metabolic Meals does ship to the continental US and Hawaii (but not Alaska). Extra charges do apply for shipping to Hawaii. You do get to choose your dates for delivery.
Choosing your Meals:
When choosing meals, you can choose between my choice and the chef’s choice. Chefs Choice offers 2-3 meals for 3,5, or 7 days a week. You can choose between the “fit,” which offers between 1200-1400 calories a day, and the “performance,” which offers 1800-2000. I hope no one survives on 1200 calories daily because that isn’t appropriate; it’s malnourished.
My choice allows you to choose between 6-22 meals from a rotating menu. It uses algorithms to learn more about your tastes, preferences, and order sizes.
All Metabolic Meal plans are commitment-free. You can change your plan anytime.
Everyone wants to know about prices, right? Metabolic Meals ends up being about $10.99 per portion. Some main entrees cost up to $13.99, and the extra protein adds $4. Depending on how many meals you choose, Chef’s Choice can range from $79.95 to $309.95. They also charge an additional $19.95 for shipping.
In short, Metabolic Meals is more expensive than most other competitor brands. I do really like the ability to add protein to your portions!
The food arrived ready to be microwaved and eaten. It took between 2-3 minutes to cook. One thing I did notice is when you cook for a full 2 minutes; you’ll find the dish gets too hot to touch, so you’ll have to give it another couple of minutes to cool back down.
There isn’t much in prep or clean-up, which is another primary reason I am a fan of Metabolic Meals.
Metabolic Meals: The food
Most dishes from Metabolic Meals are comfort food. You see a few international or unique cuisines but not many. So if you want a diverse and unique meal, it might not be the first option. One thing I do like and appreciate is that Metabolic Meals has several carb and pasta options. I’ve found many meal delivery services don’t have pasta dishes! Sometimes, I want pasta and carbs, not a steak or potatoes meal. So it’s nice to see some of those options.
A Few Meals I Tried:
I was super excited to see a lasagna dish in the mix. Most meal delivery services focus on a meat+potato/carb, so it was nice to see a meal delivery service have some pasta and carbohydrate options. I found the lasagna my favorite choice because it tasted good, and I was excited it was there. It had just under 500 calories so it wasn’t a huge portion of lasagna but it was perfect. I had it at work one day.
Pasta and Beef:
The look of the pasta and roast slightly underwhelmed me. I don’t know what I was expecting. I liked the roast, but the pasta could have used some sauce. I think there was a little bit of something as the sauce for the pasta (maybe butter, I’m not sure). Overall, the meal was fine, and I ate it a couple of hours before swimming, but I did find it one of their more bland options). I wish they had given it a red sauce and I think it would have been more flavorful.
Pulled Pork and Green Beans:
This was my first meal because I could never turn down pulled pork. It was pretty good, but I found the pulled pork slightly dry I opted to add some BBQ sauce which made this a tasty meal. It was one of my favorite meals.
In general, I like Metabolic Meals, and I do appreciate the fun and different meals. My only complaint is that sometimes the meals can be slightly bland or dry. I don’t need a 5-star meal, but I could use a few more seasonings. I would definitely order again.
Metabolic Meals Conclusion:
Who should buy Metabolic Meals? If you are looking for nutritious meals to show up at your door without doing much work. Or if you are a party of one and don’t feel like cooking much.
Who should not buy Metabolic Meals? They won’t have any options if you follow a vegan or vegetarian meal plan. If cost is a worry for you, then other meal delivery services are cheaper.
While Metabolic Meals is not cheap, they offer great options, and I’m a big fan of their already-prepared pasta dishes.
Questions for you:
Have you tried Metabolic Meals?
What is your favorite meal delivery service?