In the most qualitative part of our review, we took ourselves out of the equation and invited five individuals to sample the meals. Our testers knew the brand names, and we provided each cooked meal in the containers in which they were prepared alongside the packages. Bistro MD received the most five-point scores, while Diet To Go scored only as high as a 4 for its Lentil Chili with Grilled Cheese and a Brownie.
The most common comment across all brands was too much salt, evident in taste and on nutrition labels. Bistro MD and Diet To Go both included standard nutrition and ingredient labels on their packaging; Freshology skipped this entirely, which we found very disconcerting.
These brands were mostly true to their word to use whole, fresh ingredients in their meals. Bistro MD impressed us with whole wheat tortillas, whole wheat flour, seaweed in the vegetarian burrito, and cane syrup in the sweet potato pancakes. Diet To Go had some interesting inclusions – like whole cups of Yoplait yogurt which is something we say is worse for you than a candy bar.
Freshology was the most expensive at $42.95 per day for their Dancing With the Stars-themed 10-day meal plan. LaRosa’s MarketData found that the average cost for a month on a meal delivery diet can cost $726, and these plans were no exception.


Meals for this review were provided by the brands, but we were under no obligation to any for a biased or in-favor review. Brandi is a health journalist who enjoys the task of keeping DietsInReview running like a well-oiled machine. The information provided within this site is strictly for the purposes of information only and is not a replacement or substitute for professional advice, doctors visit or treatment. Testers scored each on a 1 (worst) to 5 (best) scale and left any notes they thought worthwhile. The worst offender for Bistro had 850 milligrams in the Jerk Chicken meal; while Diet To Go had three meals with alarming amounts of sodium (1110mg, 1300mg, 1430mg).
However, we were dismayed by the inclusion of sucralose (or Splenda) in the berry crepes and veal stock in the stuffed chicken breast.
A DanActive yogurt, V8 Fusion, and Ocean Spray orange juice and apple juice were also included; we would have rather seen whole fruit. Their name and marketing imply fresh foods, but the processing dates printed on our meals (received the first week of January) were November 12, and December 1, 2, and 3. The brand underwent a major update in recent months with changes from their menus to website and logo.
The results, comments, and review of these meals remains our own opinion and a reflection of our own experience and that of our independent, volunteer testing panel.


The provided content on this site should serve, at most, as a companion to a professional consult. It was a stand out favorite on many levels, from nutrition to taste and quality, as well as packaging. Mary Hartley, RD suggests a frozen meal should have 300-450 calories, 0 trans fat, less than 3.5 grams fat, less than 1 gram saturated fat, more than 5 grams fiber, less than 600 milligrams sodium, and less than 2 grams sugar.
Enriched flour was used for the cornbread muffin breakfast, but wheat pasta was used for the macaroni and cheese. Bistro MD provided meals from their brand and Freshology; Diet To Go provided their own meals. In their turkey burger, no vegetable toppings nor instructions to add them were included, and a ketchup packet with high fructose corn syrup was. You should always consult your primary care physician prior to starting any new fitness, nutrition or weight loss regime.



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