Lately, there seem to be meal services available to cater to everyone's special needs. If you're focused on losing weight, you can find a meal delivery service that will send you portioned and calorie-controlled ready-to-eat dishes. If you want to eat paleo, there's plenty of delivery services as well. The same applies to bodybuilding; if your ultimate goal is to bulk up or shred, you can find a food service that will help you reach these goals.
Having prepared meals delivered to your door helps with bodybuilding in two ways. One, it makes eating a lot easier. No longer do you have to meal prep for weeks in advance, or eat the same thing over and over again out of convenience. You don't have to rely on your cooking to have delicious, healthy meals, that will feed your muscles and cut back on fat.
The other benefit is portion control. This means you won't overeat, and you won't under-eat. Both can be damaging to your gains! Eat too much, and suddenly your 8% body fat goes to 13%, and you look “fluffy” (albeit fit). If you don't eat enough, all those hours in the gym can go to waste, leaving you looking fit, but not “big”. Set your goals, and eat accordingly!
These 16 meal delivery services specifically deliver food for bodybuilding or are well-suited to the idea. I'm always searching for more, so if you know of one, even if you've only read about it and haven't tried it yet, leave a comment and I'll add it to my list. Let's crowdsource it!
Our favorites so far:
- Trifecta (paleo, clean, vegan + a la carte option)
- Pro Train (customizable protein size)
- Pro Gains (up to 6 meals per day!)
- Meal Pro (fast delivery)
- Factor 75 (Keto, Paleo, Dairy Free)
The other options on this list are great, but they are not targeted to bodybuilders, or even athletes.
Obviously, you can get great muscle-building nutrition of any meal service if you know what you're doing, but the options above cater towards high performance athletes, so they get a special spot on the list!
Trifecta’s meal delivery service offers various styles of food to choose from, including classic, vegan, clean eating, and paleo. Their meals are 100 % organic, including fish and vegetable dishes – suitable for people who want to ‘buff up’ through a combination of balanced calories, proteins, carbohydrates, sodium and saturated fats. Unique vacuum packaging ensures that food stays fresh for up to two weeks and can last over six months with proper storage. The company offers free shipping to your home or gym regardless of geographic location.
Trifecta lets you specify any known food allergies. This makes it easy to ensure your food is soy free or gluten-free if those are your requirements. You can order over four meals in a day depending on the nature of exercise that you do and the level of convenience that you want. For example, athletes who spend most of their time out on the track field may want multiple prepared meals per day, giving them ample time to concentrate on keeping fit.
Their pricing is friendly ranging from $108 to $119 per week depending on the kind of meal you select. For instance, the paleo meal plan costs $108 per week for one meal per day (an average of around $15.40 per meal) while the vegan is available at a price of $113 per week (an average of $16.10 per meal). There is also an A la Carte menu but it doesn't sell meals. Instead, you can purchase individual components, including protein, carbs, and vegetables. This aspect is perfect if you want convenience but need more control over the specific food that you receive.
The company delivers throughout the US, including the states of Alaska and Hawaii. Shipping is bi-weekly and free on all meal plans, making Trifecta standout from its competitors.Each package is color coded so that you spend minimal time sorting your meals. For instance, blue represents breakfast; green represents lunch while orange is for dinner. Delivery is in trays, ice packs and a cardboard box which are all biodegradable.
Truefare (formerly Pre-Made Paleo)
Truefare is another interesting company for bodybuilding and offers a wide range of plans to choose from. Their emphasis includes paleo, Whole30, and AIP meals and plans. As a result, their dishes are typically high in protein and can be very satisfying. As with many companies, you can choose one of their meal plans or order the dishes individually. They deliver meal orders right to your doorstep, conveniently stored inside a cooler to ensure its longevity while you are at the gym.
Truefare's offerings include vegetables, meats, wild caught fish, and soups which are all fundamental to bodybuilding. A package of two days meals cost $65.95 while five meal subscriptions cost $72. But, the price strongly depends on the options that you choose. For example, you can choose low carb variations or meals that contain just protein, no vegetables. The meals you receive are based on the menu that you select – so you don't get to choose the dishes individually. Many of the menus are AIP compliant by default but some of the specific requests may remove this compliance (such as making the meal plan low carb).
A particularly interesting aspect is their Warrior meals. These are provided as an option for meal plans, and also for the meals you can order individually. The Warrior dishes tend to be more expensive, on average, but they have more protein and are larger than other meals. This will be perfect for many people, especially as pre-made meals are often on the small side.
There is no warrior subscription, so that kind of defeats the purpose of having a subscription for bodybuilding, but you can still pick out a couple per week, so this is an option if you are testing new services for variety. Who knows, you might like the regular meals here, then you can supplement them with your own snacks.
The A la Carte prices vary depending on the meal. But, many are in the range of $12.95 to $15.95 (more if you want the Warrior version). The meals aren't cheap and there isn't a large range to choose from. But, they are still powerful. If nothing else, the company provides more options than most. They also rely on more unusual ingredients and you end up with meals like Grass-Fed Water Buffalo Chili, something that most other companies simply wouldn't offer.
The company ships everywhere in the US and you get a tracking number for your orders. They offer both payable and free shipping, with meal deliveries from Tuesday through Saturday. Shipping charges are somewhat complex and vary depending on your location and order. But, the details are clearly provided on the site.
Muscle Meals 2 Go
The most interesting aspect of Muscle Meals 2 Go is the meal plans. They offer three main options: Lean, Maintain, Gain. The Lean plan is focused on weight loss and provides 3 oz meals. The Maintain plan is about maintenance and performance, offering 3 – 6 oz meals. Finally, Gain is best if you want to develop your muscles further. This one contains 6 – 9 oz meals. The style should work exceptionally well, letting you choose the amount of food you want based on your needs at the time.
Regardless of the style you choose, Muscle Meals 2 Go provides a good balance of nutrients, including vegetables, carbs, and protein. The amount and distribution of nutrients vary across the plans, as it should. However, there is no focus on dietary needs or even ingredient quality. As such, you won't find organic or sustainable ingredients here. Likewise, the dishes aren't gluten-free, dairy free or anything similar, although you can make requests if you need to avoid specific ingredients. The company doesn't provide you with control over the meals. This means you simply end up with whatever is on the menu each week.
However, there is an odd disconnect between the marketing and the plans. Despite the lean, maintain and gain focus from before, there are only two types of meals that you can choose from. One is lite (3 oz) and the other is standard (6 oz), along with six different options. Basically, you choose one meal size and then get meals either two, three, or four times per day. The two-per-day option starts at $99 ($8.25 per meal) for lite meals and $123 ($10.25 per meal) for the standard meals. That's it for selection. You can't mix and match the meal types either. Instead, the company recommends the lite plans if you're trying to lose weight and the standard ones if you want to gain muscle. If you're simply looking to maintain, you can choose either.
The style works but the marketing is confusing and doesn't do the company any favors. You also have little control and have to get meals every day of the week. But, it is an inexpensive option, even for the standard meals. Many other companies have you paying at least $12 per meal, often more.
MealPro is specifically focused on workout meals, making them an excellent choice for bodybuilding. Their workout meals offer at least 35 grams of protein per meal, along with a total portion size of 22 oz. The company also tries to vary the sources of protein, including different types of fish and meat. However, there aren't many details about how the ingredients are sourced. Instead, the company just says they use natural ingredients, which is a pretty meaningless term.
The website looks simple at first glance but it's surprisingly confusing. It's not really clear how the meals fit into the claims of the company or what the difference between workout and diet meals is in practice. For example, on one page, MealPro mentions three different types of meals: High Protein, Low Carb, and Calorie Portioned. Each is in a distinct box with a separate link to the meals. Yet, those links go through to the exact same page where you order. This page just allows you to choose either 10 or 15 meals at a time. Shipping is free if you choose 15, otherwise you have to pay for that.
At the time of this post, there were only 14 meals provided to choose from. Two of these were soups, another two were breakfasts. So, ten dinners. That's it. The price varies depending on the meal. For example, Roasted Chicken costs $9.99 while Zesty Salmon costs $12.49. None of the meals are very exciting and most just contain one protein source and two sides.
There is also a points system. You earn points for the meals that you order and these can be redeemed for additional health-related products such as protein powder, event tickets, and sports apparel. Even so, the service is less than impressive and doesn't live up to its marketing.
MealPro uses recyclable and bio-degradable packages, so they're environmentally friendly. The company delivers everywhere in the US, one to three times per week depending on your location. The process of payment is simple and they accept payment methods such as Mastercard, Visa, and Discover.
Factor 75 is well-known for creating high-quality meals and only using the best ingredients. This includes an emphasis on grass-fed and pastured meats, along with organic produce. All of their meals are free from gluten, soy, and artificial sweeteners as well. These aspects mean that you're getting healthy nutrient-dense food, which is perfect for your gym efforts. The company is also good for anyone on a keto, paleo or dairy free diet. All meals are tagged to indicate whether it falls into any (or all) of those three categories.
There are multiple pictures provided for each meal, including the ingredients used, the dinner on a plate and also how it looks in the package. Full nutritional data is provided, along with an ingredients list. There are also some details about why the meal was designed that way, along with potential benefits. The meals are often high in protein and are nutritionally balanced./
The company uses a weekly menu, which typically contains between 15 and 20 meals. You select from these based on your plan. The menu changes weekly, so there is plenty of variety to choose from. The average calorie content is between 400 and 600 calories – and you can easily see what to expect before you order.
They provide a weekly menu consisting of five distinct meal plans ranging from $60 (for four meals per week) to $198 (for eighteen meals per week for $198). The price per meals ranges from $15 to $11, depending on the plan that you choose. This is more expensive than some other options but the pricing is reasonable for organic and sustainable meals. The company ships to anywhere in the United States and the shipping fee is based on your location. This can be up to $45, although areas close to the company get free delivery.
Professional Gains specializes in providing healthy and fresh meals to bodybuilders, athletes, and sportsmen. They aim to balance the macronutrients provided to ensure the best possible health outcomes for athletes, as well as for regular individuals. This includes options like their Carotino Oil Fries and Chicken Soup, which is rich in vitamins and lycopene – efficient anti-oxidants in repairing damaged tissues thus helping your body maintain an effective immune system.
The style is slightly different, as you choose the proteins, vegetables, and carbs for each meal. This gives you precise control over what you get and your nutrients. However, it does mean that you're always going to get one protein, one vegetable and one carb serving, rather than meals that are more complex and interesting. The meals are delivered fresh and need to be either consumed or frozen within three days.
There are also some related products that are sold, such as their Pro Shot, which is a superfood blend. This might make a good addition to your diet as well, offering extra nutrients and various health benefits.
One interesting thing is that this particular service is for the UK only. This fact is obvious in their pricing and delivery schedules but it isn't mentioned elsewhere on the site. For example, you can get two meals per day for five days, which costs £49.99. Four meals per day for the same duration costs £88.99. There are many other options as well, all the way up to six meals per day for seven days. That one costs £167.99 and is probably more than most people need.
Muscle Meals Direct (Australia Only)
Muscle Meals Direct is another company that emphasizes muscle development. Like Muscle Meals 2 Go, the company has a Lean plan, a Maintain plan, and a Gain plan. These vary in size, from 250 grams to 500 grams per serving (the company is Australian, which is why the amounts are provided in grams).
For each of those plans, there are multiple options. For example, with the Gain plan, you can choose between two, three, and four meals per day. Here, the meals start from $9.90, $9.45 and $9.00, respectively. I say start from because you're still paying for meals individually, even while you're on a plan. Many of them are around $13 or $14, so you're paying more than the plan implies. You're also forced to order for seven days. This makes the company useless if you just want meals for a few days each week.
On the plus side, you do get to pick exactly what you eat for each day. You get to choose the main protein and a side. Oddly, most of the meals seem to just have a protein and a carb. The company doesn't explain this. I imagine that the meals still include vegetables, you just don't get to choose them. To save time, you can copy the same meal across to each day if you want to.
Apart from the preparation of meals, Muscle meals direct offers some gear that you can use during your exercise ranging from an MMD shaker selling at $10, coffee cup at $15.00 and a t-shirt selling at $20. The company’s website provides you with the home delivery information and their pick up locations.
ProTrain’s meal service is concerned with ensuring that athletes and professional bodybuilders focus on what matters most in their lives – keeping fit! It is a similar style to some of the others, offering multiple tiers of meals. In this case, you're choosing based on protein level, with meals offering four, six or eight ounces of protein.
Once again, you have to receive at least two meals every day of the week, giving you options of either 14, 21 or 28 meals. The average price per meals varies dramatically depending on the plan you choose and the length of your subscription. But, the four and six ounce options average out to between $7 to $9 per meal, while the eight ounce protein meals average between $9 and $11 per meal.
The company provides cooking, packaging, and delivery of well-prepared foods in high-quality menu items focused on increasing your physical appearance, performance, and quality of life. ProTrain gives you affordable pricing on various meal plans ranging from $7 to $9 depending on the levels of proteins you select. Many of the meals have a Lean and Green option. This typically removes some of the carbs and provides extra vegetables instead.
The meals are more interesting than similar companies, which is a bonus. They include options like Chicken Puttanesca, Chicken Verde Burrito, and Southwest Chipotle Chicken Bowl. They offer a wide selection of snacks as well, including dried apricots and strawberry yogurt.
ProTrain opens from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, they are available from 10 pm to 6 pm and remain closed all Sunday. Whenever you have a query concerning your meal plans; a friendly customer support team is available to answer calls and emails during listed business hours.
Paleo Power Meals
Paleo Power Meals was created by a CrossFit member, with the goal of promoting weight loss and performance. This aspect alone makes the service a good choice for bodybuilders. Most of the meals are also high in protein, much more so than other brands. For example, the Classic Grilled Chicken Chopped Cobb Salad contains 36 grams of protein per serving. That’s pretty impressive for a salad.
This is also another company that focuses on quality. As such, they heavily rely on grass-fed and pasture-raised protein sources. The company even provides details about their protein sources. Yet, despite this, there is little information about whether the other ingredients are organic. There is a good chance that this is the case – but the lack of information isn’t appealing if you want organic food.
There are no set meal plans with this service. Instead, you order meals individually. This offers extra flexibility and lets you choose the meals that suit you best. You’re not just limited to dinner either. Instead, there are some breakfast, lunch, and side dishes as well. The prices range depending on what you choose. For example, dinners are often between $12.95 and $14.95, while the other options are less expensive.
The service offers bulk menu items as well, which range from $12.95 to $14.95 as well. These are simply one pound of various foods, such as grilled chicken, grass-fed ground beef, or riced broccoli and carrots. These offer a great way to bulk out your meals and get any extra macronutrients that you need.
All of the meals come fresh and you can be frozen (although this isn’t recommended). You do pay shipping as well, unless you order more than $75 worth of food at a time. There are also various rules regarding canceling an order, so make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully.
As the name implies, Caveman Chefs focuses on paleo meals. This aspect alone makes the diet good for bodybuilding, as paleo plans are often high in nutrients and protein.
There are also various plans to choose from, including ones that vary in the amount of food you receive. For example, one set of plans includes a medium, large and XL option. The medium meals contain an average of 550 calories per meal, while large contains 650 calories, and XL contains 750 calories. These average out to $13.75, $16.25, and $18.75 per meal, respectively, with taxes and shipping added on.
You can also order meals by the pound and these come in various sizes as well. For example, the largest contains 1 lb of protein and 2 lb of vegetables, averaging 2,600 calories per meal. There are smaller ones too.
The high calorie counts can work well if you’re trying to bulk up. You could easily split meals if you needed to. In contrast, most other services don’t get anywhere near these levels, making Caveman Chefs a particularly interesting choice.
The food itself is also high-quality. For example, the company focuses on pasture-raised protein, along with organic, seasonal, and local produce. As with other companies, there will still be some non-organic ingredients. But, the emphasis is perfect for health.
Another interesting option is Eatology. This is a clean eating company, although they don’t rely on organic ingredients or on grass-fed meat. Instead, they simply refer to food as natural. The company does focus on paleo meals as well, which should mean more protein per meal than other styles.
I’m highlighting this one because the meals come in two sizes. The smaller is called 2B and it’s fairly similar to what other companies offer. But, there is also a 3B meal. This one contains 21 grams of protein, along with 232 calories per serving. The size isn’t as large as some of the other companies on this list but it’s still a step up from the entrée-sized meals that are often shipped out.
The 2B meals cost $10.50, while the 3B ones cost $12.75. Surprisingly, the same pricing structure applies if you’re buying them individually or in bulk. But, if you set up a recurring order, you save 20% on the total cost.
The site leaves a lot to be desired visually. There aren’t even any photographs of the food and navigation is more confusing than it should be. Even so, the company is popular and reviews suggest that the food tastes good and ships well. Some of the descriptions do also sound great, although I still wish there were photographs of the meals.
Top Chef Meals
The biggest advantage with Top Chef Meals is flexibility. You’re not stuck with a predetermined meal plan that you may or may not like. Instead, you get to choose the individual meals, including the main component and the sides that go with it. Nutritional information is also provided and you can add on extra protein to most meals.
The style makes it easy to adjust meals to fit whatever macros you’re aiming for. It’s also simple to get high protein meals, a style that many services don’t offer. For example, if you add on the extra protein and stick with the default sides, the Sliced Flank Steak with Mushroom Sauce comes to 53 grams of protein. The meals are also inexpensive, with most coming in at under $10.
There is also a Paleo High Protein Gym Plan that you can choose. The name alone should make the style obvious – and it’s a perfect choice for anyone focused on muscle development. The plan offers four weeks of pre-determined meals and includes 15 meals each week. The price varies from $119.95 to $126.50, depending on the meals in the plan.
Regardless of whether you stick with the plan or buy meals individually, Top Chef Meals is a good choice and it’s one of the best options if you’re on a budget. The main limitation is the ingredients. There is no emphasis on organic or sustainable ingredients. So, you won’t find grass-fed steak in their ingredients selection, for example.
This is a pity – but honestly, it’s not surprising. If you want low-priced meals, they’re not going to be organic and sustainably sourced too.
Fresh n’ Lean
Fresh n’ Lean is mostly promoted as a weight loss company but it is also useful for gaining muscle. The main reason is that they offer two performance plans. One is the ION Performance Protein +. This starts out at $12.49 per meal. If you get breakfast, lunch and dinner through this plan, the total protein level is around 110 grams.
The other option is the ION Performance Paleo (Low-Carb). This one costs $12.99 per meal and offers at least 110 grams of protein for the three meals, if not more. As the name suggests, the plan is low carb and paleo, making it a powerful choice.
The company relies on natural and organic ingredients for all of the meals, which includes an emphasis on sustainable protein. You can also ask for some ingredients to be omitted, up to three ingredients per plan. The plans all use weekly rotating menus. With this, you’ll often get new meals and significant variety. But, you don’t get to choose which meals you get each week. Meals can also be ordered individually, with a minimum order of $90.
One other thing to mention is seasoning. Fresh n’ Lean uses a ‘season to taste’ approach and don’t apply many seasonings on the meals themselves. This prevents the meals from being too intense for anyone with a sensitive palate. So, if you enjoy a bit more flavor with your meals, you’ll need to add additional seasonings yourself.
NutriFit offers many different styles of diet, including one tailored for “optimal athletic performance”. This does include a focus on body composition and on muscle building. That focus should make it very relevant for bodybuilders and anything else in the fitness community.
The idea is that you sign up for their Premium plan, which you can then customize so that it meets your needs. The plan allows for up to 2,800 calories per day and you can specify any ingredients that you want to be excluded. NutriFit states that you can have other requirements as well, although it’s not clear what these are.
On a Premium plan, NutriFit chooses your meals for you. You have the option of going with those menus or choosing from a list of alternatives. This gives you some control over what you get – although it’s not clear how many alternatives you have to select from.
You have the option of paying daily or every 28 days, with the latter providing a discount. If you go with the 28 days, then it would cost $28.95 per day for dinner, $39.95 per day for breakfast and dinner, or $54.95 per day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are other variations as well but the pattern is similar.
Aside from the price (which is pretty high), the main issue is details. Even if you go all the way through to purchasing the plan, NutriFit offers vague information about what you’re actually getting. It’s considered a sports nutrition plan but there is no information about the nutrient distribution or what the meals are going to be. That’s pretty concerning, especially as you’re likely to have specific needs.
Like some of the other options on this list, Paleta’s key advantage is multiple meal sizes. They offer 1,200 calorie, 1,600 calorie and 2,200 calorie meals. The last of these is promoted as an option for increasing muscle mass and for achieving non-weight fitness goals. This would be perfect for bodybuilders.
There are different styles to choose from as well. These include the Market Menu (which focuses on Mediterranean meals), the Plant Based Menu (offering vegan and vegetarian options), and the Paleo/Gluten-Free Menu (which provides a paleo-inspired menu).
Regardless of the menu, the highest calorie plan costs $69 per day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and one snack. Paleta operates off a weekly menu, so you won’t have full control over your meals each week. Instead, what you get will be based on your plan and the meals currently available.
It is also possible to change how many meals you get per day, although Paleta does have a $25 per day minimum order. There aren’t many details about the price of individual meals – and this is likely to vary depending on the plan. But, dinner only often costs $20 or more, which makes this an expensive option.
The one other aspect to mention is Paleta’s food. The company focuses on being sustainable and sources ingredients from local farms. The ingredients aren’t always organic, as Paleta pays more attention to practices than to certification. The meals themselves look interesting and are more appealing than many other companies. There are also plenty of pictures on the site, offering a good indication of what you can expect.
Sunfare offers five different plans to choose from and these are suitable for different needs and situations. For example, one plan is perfect for families, while another works well for weight loss. The most interesting one for bodybuilders and athletes is the Paleo Fit plan. As the name suggests, this follows the paleo diet.
Like most paleo plans, this means that your meals will often be high in protein and nutrients. Sunfare also relies on natural sources of protein and all fish used is wild-caught.
There is also a second version of the plan, called Paleo Fit Plus. Both options focus on the same general patterns and even include the same meals. However, the Paleo Fit Plus is designed with athletes in mind. It provides larger portions with more calories in each meal.
Whichever option you choose, Sunfare operates on a rotating menu and will choose your meals for you. You then have the ability to switch out each meal and select a different dish instead – as long as you do so before your meals are prepared each day. This provides great flexibility, especially as Sunfare has many different meals available.
Ordering through Sunfare is interesting. The first option their weekly plans. With these, you select exactly what meals you’ll get each day. Want breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, along with dinner every day of the week? You can do that. The option is unusual and most companies don’t give you this degree of control.
However, there is a minimum order size of $24.95 per day. The meals are also expensive if you’re ordering this way, especially if you’re not getting many meals. For example, any single meal costs $24.95. Getting two meals in a day costs $37.90, and three is $46.85. That’s for Fit. For Fit Plus, one meal costs $24.95, two costs $41.70, and three costs $51.55.
The other option is monthly. Here you pay for either 20 or 28 days up front – and you get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. This comes to $49.95 per day on the Fit plan and $54.95 per day on Fit Plus. This style is better value but only if you want that many meals per day.
The end result is that Sunfare is only good value if you’re getting many meals frequently.