Looking for a decent way to eat healthy meals to grow muscle and burn fat without spending a lot of money?
Then you might be interested in Trifecta's meal delivery service program.
I personally used the service (after switching from Freshly) for over 8 months and enjoyed it.
This post will review everything I learned about their program and what you need to know about buying meals from Trifecta Nutrition.
First off, new home delivery meal service options are popping up all the time. A consciousness of diet and health in the last decade has helped that trend.
Quite frankly, it's a bit overwhelming. And also a waste of time researching considering many are not customized for athletes, like I have found Trifecta Nutrition to be.
If you're considering your home delivery meal options, you probably don't know where to start.
It caught my eye, as they sponsor the CrossFit games and they're gaining popularity with athletes and regular people across America because of the wide range of "done for you" healthy diet options they offer.
While most companies only cater to one or two diets, Trifecta caters to six. On top of that, they prioritize macronutrients and balanced meals, which helps keep their clients fueled for tough workouts.
Let's get into this review!
What Is Trifecta Nutrition?
Unlike many other meal service deliveries, all of Trifecta Nutrition's food is made with high-quality, non-GMO, organic ingredients.
Here are the 6 different diets that Trifecta offers, and their approximate pricing, but more on this later:
While there are hundreds of food delivery services out there now, Trifecta Nutrition meal sets itself apart by catering to several different diet plans and being incredibly strict about the ingredients their chefs use.
People who use the service know they're getting high-quality, diet or macro-specific food in each order. The nutrient-dense, high fiber, high protein food is also effective for weight loss, or building muscle, depending on the meal plan and your calorie intake goal.
That's why many CrossFitters, marathon runners, and even professional mixed-martial artists rely on Trifecta for their meal planning needs. In fact, the company recently partnered with the UFC.
Apart from their goals to align with athletes, Trifecta has taken steps to align their business goals to ensure their products are safe for the environment. Starting in January 2021, they switched to 100% biodegradable packaging only. They have partnered with a company called TemperPack that helps keep food cold while ensuring the packaging is earth friendly.
This may not be of interest to some, but it is worth noting that meal delivery services create a lot of waste, and I am happy to see that Trifecta gets it and is doing something about it.
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So whether your goals are to hit PRs in the gym, break through the weight loss plateau, or to just not have to worry about cooking healthy meals every day, Trifecta might be a good option for you.
How Does Trifecta Nutrition Work?
With Trifecta Nutrition's home delivery service, you have two options to make healthy eating simple: weekly meal plans or a la carte delivery.
Keep in mind, the company also places a lot of emphasis on catering to people with allergies and other diet restrictions. Along with the specific meal plans below, they also provide gluten-free and dairy-free options.
The only drawback to such specific diets is this might limit the range of meals they can offer you, meaning you might get a lot of repeats. Note that you cannot choose what meals you get. That is convenient for some, and irritating for others. It just depends on how much work you want to do.
A new service that Trifecta has started recently (in 2020) is a free consultation with one of the staff nutritionists. This is a 20 minute meeting with a Trifecta nutritionist for a first time customer. We highly recommend you take advantage of this and plan out which diet/service best suits you on this call.
If you are new to meal delivery service options, talking with a nutritionist is a great way to get started, and highly recommended, especially since it is free.
You may find that it was helpful. In the end it is the nutrition that keeps you or allows you to get that perfect chiseled look. For this reason, Athletic Muscle has also paired up with sports nutrition coach company Balance. You can set up some time with them here to learn more about how you can reach your goal through exercise and nutrition.
Now, we'll look at the difference between your two options: weekly meals vs a la carte meal delivery.
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Unlike many other meal services, Trifecta Nutrition offers a diverse array of meal plans to fit specific diets. While most companies only offer food that works for one, maybe two, nutritional approaches, Trifecta offers 6.
Regardless of the meal plan you pick, their standard delivery method ensures you get fresh food delivered to your house every Friday. But you can also choose other every other week, every third week, or monthly if you don't need weekly delivery.
A La Carte
If you aren't yet ready to commit to weekly meals, Trifecta also offers a la carte delivery, meaning you can peruse their menu and have meals sent to you one-off with no long-term commitment.
The main benefit of a la carte options is that you're able to test out their food and see if you like it. Plus, you're free to experiment with different diets.
For example, if you're currently focusing on just eating high-quality foods, you might start with their clean meal delivery service.
Then down the road, if you consider switching diets (let's say to a vegetarian diet), you're able to sample those meals before you decide if it's a good fit for you.
Below, we review the types of food you can expect to see in each of Trifecta's meal plans.
What Types of Meals Does Trifecta Offer?
Below is a short description of the types of meal planning Trifecta Nutrition offers.
Eating "clean" is a phrase you hear thrown around in the fitness community a lot.
Basically, it means that you prioritize meals made with high-quality, organic food ingredients (lean proteins, vegetables, healthy fats), and nix the sugary and processed foods that slow you down.
With the clean eating meal plan, you can expect lots of healthy vegetables, lean proteins like chicken and seafood (ahi tuna, for example), and slow-digesting carbs like brown rice and risotto. (Slow-digesting carbs are better for you because they don't spike your blood sugar.)
The paleo diet can be defined as lean meats, vegetables, some fruits, nuts, and seeds. Basically, anything our caveman ancestors would've eaten.
That's what you can expect from this meal plan, too.
Lean meats like steak, chicken, and fish are paired with an array of healthy vegetables to form simple but satisfying meals.
The paleo diet doesn't include grains or dairy, so the food item with the highest carbohydrate content you'll see are sweet potatoes.
Keto dieters restrict carbohydrates to about 5 percent of their daily calories. This very low carb diet helps induce a natural state called ketosis, where your body burns fat, not glucose, as its primary fuel source.
As such, expect to see a lot more healthy fats with Trifecta's keto meal plan. Still expect an animal-based protein such as grass fed meat like with the paleo or clean eating meal.
But fat-rich foods like avocado, coconut, and even dairy products, which is allowed on a keto diet, will appear in more liberal amounts, too.
And while you'll still eat a lot of veggies, expect low-carb ones like asparagus, spinach, and cauliflower.
If you're one of the many switching to a plant-based diet, Trifecta's vegetarian meal plan might be a good option for you.
All of their food is macro-based like the others on this list, meaning you'll still get a helping of protein at each meal. But you can expect to eat more quinoa, nuts, and chickpeas along with a healthy dose of fruit and veggies.
Similar to the vegetarian option above, Trifecta's fresh, healthy ingredients are all vegan-friendly, portioned, and balanced to provide fat, protein, and carbs at each meal.
Their vegan meal plan offers whole foods and meals like butternut squash with chickpeas, garlic rice pasta with cherry tomatoes, and shiitake mushrooms with wild rice.
Are you a little confused between vegan and vegetarian meals? This video will tell you the difference between the two:
How Much Does The Trifecta Meal Delivery Service Cost?
The costs will vary depending on the type of meal plan you order with Trifecta. All of the weekly meal plans listed above are similar in price, though some are more expensive than others.
For example, the vegetarian meal plan costs a few dollars more than paleo or keto, due to restraints surrounding what you can and can't eat on the diet.
Other factors that help determine cost include:
- How many meals per day you're ordering for (you can order just 1, or up to 4)
- How many days per week you're ordering for (meal plan options include 5 and 7 days)
But here are some numbers to give you an idea:
- Keto, clean, and paleo meal plans start at $108.43/week.
- Vegetarian and vegan meal plans start at $113.90/week.
- The classic option, which more closely focuses on delivering specific macros and therefore takes more prep time, starts at $119/week.
At the high end of the spectrum—meaning you're relying solely on Trifecta for your meals, and receiving 21 per week—will run you about twice as much as the examples listed above.
For example, the vegetarian meal service, all-in, costs $226/week.
How To Order Trifecta Meals
There are a few ways to get started with Trifecta's meal service, all of which are pretty straightforward.
- The simplest way is to make an account on their website and select the meal plan you'd like to follow. Select the number of meals per day and week that you'd like to start with, as well as your desired ordering schedule (weekly, bi-weekly, every third week, etc.).
- Alternatively, you can start with an a la cart order. This is a good way to try some of their healthy food and sample items from different diet menus. To do this, go to the specific diet page you'd like to order from and view their list of meals. The menu occasionally changes, but everything listed online is available for order.
Your food will be delivered once a week, typically on Fridays, via FedEx, regardless of where you live. They deliver everywhere in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.
And don't worry if you'll be picking it up after work; your delivery comes vacuum sealed and with plenty of ice packs to keep your food cold and fresh.
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Is Trifecta Nutrition Worth Your Money? (Final Thoughts)
Today, there are a ton of meal service delivery systems available, and picking one can be overwhelming.
I personally used Trifecta for my daily lunch and dinner meals during the week. I used them for about 8 months and had lost a considerable amount of fat and generally felt better when I just ate their meals during the day.
I initially came onto meal services in general to save time and eat healthier as I don't have time to pack my own lunch and I hate buying unhealthy take out, so I gave them a shot.
I started with a local meal services company, and they were pretty good although the meals were still relatively unhealthy. I then moved to Freshly, which was WAY cheaper at $8/meal, but still the same problem. I then found Trifecta after scrolling my Facebook feed one day and bam, never looked back.
The convenience is unbeatable, the price point (about $13/meal) is reasonable, and the flavors are there.
I would however, avoid their breakfast options. I initially started with Trifecta on their Paleo meal plan with the breakfast. All of the breakfast meals were with some kind of egg, which I get cause eggs are great for breakfast, but heat up HORRIBLY in the microwave.
That said, I've been happy with the salmon, chicken, and steak a la cart options and have been ordering about 10-13 meals per week for my lunch/dinner needs.
Since the meals are ultra-lean, I eat a handful of grapes before my workouts and love it.
So, is Trifecta worth the money?
Just avoid the eggs.