I recently had to undergo a second surgical procedure on my back, and this time I was determined to utilize the meal prepped services to help me maintain my nutritional norms. I tried two that serve my area; My Fit foods, a national chain with brick and mortar locations in several states and FitChoice Foods, a local provider with a large local delivery area and 2 alternative pick up locations. Here’s my thoughts on both:
My Fit Foods https://www.myfitfoods.com
Wing City Wrap (310 cal, 10g fat, 28g protein, 2g sugar, 6g fiber) $5.50
Buffalo chicken with broccoli slaw and baby spinach wrapped in a tortilla. Chicken wasn’t try and was flavorful. The broccoli slaw added a nice crunch. All in all, I’d get this again.
Southwestern Style Chicken Salad, no dressing (230 cal, 7g fat, 24g protein, 4g sugar, 4g fiber) $8.00
I loved all the ingredients: black beans, a spring green mix, roasted corn, cheese, shredded chicken, onions, peppers. It tasted very good, but there ant any dressing, which was a disappointment. I don’t know, but maybe I was supposed to grab that separately. I’ll look into this.
Chili Mac – Small (370 cal, 8g fat, 21g protein, 4g sugar, 4g fiber) $7.00
The pasta is gluten free, so if you have never had gluten free pasta before, it tastes more or less like regular pasta, but has the texture of pasta that has been overcooked – it’s not mushy, but definitely doesn’t have the same firmness one would expect. You can taste the chili in the “sauce” but it lacks complexity, there are no layers of flavor here. The portion size itself was good, I definitely wasn’t hungry after eating it, but wasn’t overly full either; a side salad would have rounded this out for dinner. I would get this again.
Turkey Pasta – Regular (600 cal, 18g fat, 38g protein, 8g sugar, 6g fiber) $7.00
Gluten free pasta tastes like regular pasta, but without the body or firmness one would expect from wheat pasta; it’s not bad, just different. The sauce in this entree had a little spice to it, but was not overwhelming. If you regularly consume homemade tomato sauces, you may find the sauce to be very one note, meaning there is not a lot of flavors. It’s also a generous portion. I would have liked to have added a side salad, but with 600 calories, it’s hard to justify the extra calories for a microwaved meal. My husband said he was satisfied with the portion size. I would get this again, maybe spilt it between us and add a salad.
Shredded Beef Tacos – three (510 cal, 14g fat, 45g protein, 1g sugar, 4g fiber) $6.50
Three corn tortillas with a generous portion of shredded beef in each. The beef is pretty flavorful, so that makes me happy. The fact that there are not any veggies of any sort bugs me, like maybe some lettuce and tomato, or even a side of salsa. (I understand adding lettuce would lessen the shelf life). I think in the future I would spilt these and add a salad or seasoned steamed vegetables.
Sunrise Sandwich (310 cal, 14g fat, 26g carbs, 21g protein, 3g fiber, 3g sugar) $5.00
This was my husbands breakfast choice. Egg, sausage and cheese in an english muffin. The sandwich wasn’t overly dry, and the sausage had nice flavor to it.
Verdict – My Fit Foods
My overall impression: I like the concept: a retail store set up with refrigerated cases lining the wall, you just pick the meals you want and you’re gone. Every thing is pre-made, so there is no customization. If you don’t like an ingredient, you’re out of luck. However, there is a pretty large selection and they also carry some vegetarian options, and they use gluten free pastas. Because they are trying to appeal to a large demographic, and many palates, the food itself lacks many complex flavors. That being said, it is generally healthier than a commercially prepared and packaged frozen dinner or something you would find in your grocery store freezer. Lower sodium, low sugar, low fat – so if you are busy and watching your diet, this is a good alternative to frozen dinners/lunches or ordering in.
FitChoice Foods http://www.fitchoicefoods.com
Steak Fajita Bowl (409 cal, 17g fat, 30g carbs, 34g protein) $10.00
This meal consisted of steak and fajita vegetables (peppers, onion and corn) over quinoa, with a side of guacamole, andI have to say it was very good. The flavors are a bit muted, but they are still there. This could use a larger serving of vegetables. Overall, I really like this dish and would definitely get it again.
Steak, Sweet potato mash & Veggies ( 379 cal, 11g fat, 34g carbs, 36g protein) $9.
This meal had a nice portion of steak, the sweet potato mash went really well with the flavor of the steak. Again, I think the vegetable portion size could have been a little larger, but the flavors were good.
Green chili chicken & southwestern quinoa (302 cal, 6g fat, 22g carbs, 40g protein) $8.00
Shredded chicken over quinoa with seasoned veggies, very flavorful! Kinda skimpy on the veggies, but still a good meal. Would make a great lunch. Would definitely recommend.
Protein Waffles, chocolate chip (384 cal, 12g fat, 44g carbs, 25g protein) $7.00
The waffles are presented cut into quarters, with sugar-free syrup on the side. I added a touch of butter and used the syrup sparingly. The directions say to microwave for 2-3 minutes, however, i think you’d have a better result if you toasted them in a toaster or toaster oven. Also, they are heavier then a normal waffle (due to the protein power) and very filling. I ended up splitting them, adding a serving of fruit along side.
Protein donuts (499 cal, 11g fat, 59g carbs, 41g protein) $7.00
These come two to a package, a vanilla one with sprinkles and a chocolate peanut butter with mini peanut butter chips on top. These are also very filling. I could only manage to eat half of one at a time; basically this container is good for 4 meals for me! They are cake donuts, so don’t expect the light airy texture of a fried donut. Still very good, and I would definitely order these again!
Verdict – FitChoice Foods
Just based on appearance of the food, I was impressed. The flavors are not overwhelming, but not muted either. The foods we ordered where all very good, and there is nothing that I tried that I wouldn’t order again. The selection is a bit limited, but they make up for the by having have a customizable food choice; you pick your protein and serving size, then chose a carbohydrate and a vegetable. There is also a selection of various sauces you can add as well.
The cost of the customized food choices is based on weight of the protein; 4 ounces of chicken equals a $7 meal, while a 6 ounce portion of steak is a $10 meal. They do not have any vegetarian options, but state they do take requests. I love that they are still small enough to be able to customize your meals. The choices of proteins, carbohydrates and veggies is large enough that you can create a good variety of foods to keep from getting bored.
The biggest drawback for me was a lack of any vegetarian options, and no salads. Because of the simplicity of the meals, it wouldn’t be difficult to order the carbohydrates and veggies a la carte and add a plant based protein of your choice, but i’d like to her offer a black bean veggie patty or other even marinated tofu as a protein option in the future.
This is also a local product designed by a bikini competitor and certified nutrition specialist, not a chain! Their delivery area is fairly vast, but not to where I live, so we had to pick up at a fitness studio (they have two pickup locations, one in scottsdale and the other in Peoria). I would recommend this service over My Fit Foods; even if it is just to make sure you are eating a good breakfast and/or lunch. I have already placed a second order!
So there’s my reviews. If you have an opportunity to try either service, I’d love to know what your experience was.