There’s a reason fitness enthusiasts and serious athletes looking for bodybuilding meal delivery services rave about Meal Pro’s meals and subscription plans. It’s because the company was designed and organized with them in mind.
Founded in 2016 by Andy Sartori, MealPro has provided subscribers with fully cooked meals that can be easily heated in five minutes or less.
Headquartered in San Jose, California, MealPro stands out because in addition to being prepared by chefs and nutritionists, a professional bodybuilder also has significant input in what MealPro meals look like and how they taste. The fact that a serious athlete plays a crucial role in the creation of MealPro’s bodybuilding food delivery service adds an extra level of trust in the product for us.
How MealPro Works
MealPro also stands out in the world of ready made meal kits in that customers always get to pick the meals they’ll receive. All you have to do is choose from the company’s rotating menu, which offers an impressive array of dishes.
Customers will also be able to customize their meals to suit their needs. Do you need extra protein? Are you carb-free or need more veggies?
By entering your preferences, your meals will be prepared according to the guidelines you set out. You’ll be poised to have food that fuels your workouts. Read our review of the top rated bodybuilding meal delivery services.
If you are unclear on how many calories you need to meet your weight and fitness goals, the MealPro site helpfully has a calorie calculator on its site that allows you to figure out what your daily intake should be.
It is also convenient that MealPro does not require customers to subscribe to a meal plan if that does not suit them.
It is possible to order just a one-time box or get a regular subscription. Best of all, you can cancel or postpone an order at any time.
One significant advantage to setting up a recurring order is that the company offers a rewards points system that allows users to accrue points for every dollar they spend. These points can then be redeemed for either free meals or MealPro merchandise. Because the company allows users to customize their plans according to their needs, there are no set meal plans that focus on themes like ‘high protein’ or ‘low carb.’ Instead, you can enter your preferences and your meals will be created according to the guidelines you set out.
Each MealPro dish will arrive at your door frozen and can easily be heated in the microwave.
What You Can Expect From Your Meal
Those who elect to get a recurring subscription can choose to receive a box of either 16 or 18 meals per week.
If you select the 18 meal box, you will also receive $10 off on shipping.
MealPro offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items.
While traditional breakfast offerings tend to be heavy on sugars and fats, MealPro instead offers breakfast options that are built around ingredients like fresh fruits and steel cut oats.
The breakfasts are also designed for bodybuilders and others hitting the gym to be able to maintain their energy levels throughout the day.
“With a healthy breakfast you can sustain your workouts, reduce muscle breakdown and recover faster with the added protein powder,” the MealPro website notes.
Protein and a focus on strength and energy levels are also a key part of the recipes of MealPro’s lunch and dinner entrees, which makes sense considering how often the company is mentioned on lists detailing the best prepared meal delivery service for bodybuilders.
As you can imagine, lean meats and a focus on grains take center stage in all of the company’s meals and are part of the careful focus of MealPro’s nutritionists.
MealPro’s founders also stress that their concern for the environment is reflected in their business practices.
They guarantee that they only serve seasonal and sustainable seafood and makes sure the meat in their dishes in hormone-free.
Additionally, the produce used is always non-GMO.
All of your MealPro meals can be heated in the microwave after thawing them. Most meals take just 3-5 minutes to heat. If you don’t think you can consume all of your meals in a week, MealPro recommends freezing them and then thawing and heating them when you are ready.
For best results, it’s advised that any frozen meals are transferred from your freezer to your refrigerator about two days ahead of when you want to serve them.
As a bodybuilding food delivery service, we appreciated that MealPro dishes could be heated and served in just minutes, allowing customers to not worry about meal prep or extensive clean up.
Here are some of the MealPro dishes:
- Fish and Chips: MealPro’s take on this English pub staple, features fish that’s grilled, not fried. The accompanying chips aren’t fried either, but are so tasty you won’t even notice.
- Taco Bowl: This Mexican-inspired dish gets its protein from the tri-bean salad, brown rice and baked potatoes at its core.
- Garlic Chicken: We loved the simplicity of this meal. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.
- Lemon Tilapia: While the tilapia obviously takes center stage here, we also thought the accompanying garden veggie mix and three bean salad.
- Turkey Plate: The turkey is balanced out with brown rice, corn peas and other seasonal vegetables to create a well-rounded dinner.
MealPro delivers everywhere in the United States and parts of Canada.
Their delivery area is particularly impressive because they deliver to more neighborhoods than any of the other bodybuilder-focused meal plans out there. You can expect your MealPro meals about 1-3 days after you first place your order.
Shipping is not included with your MealPro package so be sure to prepare to pay for shipping fees.
Your meals will arrive packed in a thermally sealed box and packed with dry ice, which guarantees your food will arrive chilled. It is recommended that you put your meals in your freezer as soon as you open your package.
Most a la carte options on the MealPro menu are between $8.99 to $10.99 an item.
As for subscription boxes, the prices of your meals will vary both according to the items you select and the number of MealPro points (one of the perks to being a subscriber) that you accrue.
In general, for every 9 MealPro meals, you will receive enough points for one meal off.
Our first MealPro Box of 16 meals cost a little over $175.
For those interested in just purchasing breakfast options, a box containing 15 breakfasts is currently priced at $49.99.
MealPro accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover as forms of payment.
Food for Thought
As we mentioned in our introduction, MealPro is a service founded by a serious athlete for serious athletes and bodybuilders.
We appreciate the service’s commitment to creating high protein meals that support users who are weight training and have serious fitness goals.
Because the meals are so protein heavy, it’s up to the diner ot sometimes season their food themselves if their dishes end up too mild for their liking.
As always with any strict meal plan, be careful about never adding any sugar or salt to your meals, because it will throw your plan off balance.
Additionally, while we enjoyed the MealPro plans (and really liked how we could add our customized requests into our order), we should note that the entire MealPro menu is relatively small and the pool of dishes to choose from each week can seem limited.
We did like that the company changed things up every week and that there was plenty of variety from menu to menu.
We also wish that the MealPro website was a bit easier to navigate, especially when it comes to figuring out the pricing of our boxes.
While the points system is super helpful (especially when it means that we get discounted entrees!) it isn’t the easiest to understand at first and took us some time to figure out.
Along those same lines, we wish the option to select a subscription plan was apparent before we click check out. (Don’t worry, we’ll help you find it below.)
How to Order
Ordering is simple. All you have to do is begin selecting the meals that interest you. (There is a minimum of 14 items per order.)
Once you’ve selected your items, you will see a prompt asking if you would like to check out. Clicking that will lead you to a form asking for your shipping and payment information and if you would like to checkout and complete your order.
It’s only after you enter your information in that you’ll see the option to make your order a recurring one.
Recurring subscription boxes have to be either 14 or 16 meals a week and you can select those accordingly.
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