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By Beatrice Valencia | Photography by Michelle Watson
❸ ❶ M Y F I T F OOD S Locations - 12 locations and 7 drop-off points. Also available in Austin and Dallas. service - The Shepherd location I visited had really friendly, outgoing, knowledgeable honest service. Right down to letting you know which dishes aren’t the most flavorful. Packaging - Not the most exciting containers, although reusable containers are a plus. Black and white label with nutritional information and microwaving time on side. Coded such as LC for low carb. Their thin stick logo man is present everywhere, bags, corner of labels, menu, website, etc. Denyse’s killuh chili, small serving - A decent sized (or normal, rather) portion of ground meat, black beans, chunks of celery and tomato are mixed into a tomato chili sauce. It has a bit of spice and the flavors aren’t bad for a healthy chili. It’s actually really tasty, to be honest. choice trail Mix - Almonds, walnuts, cashews, dried assorted berries and chocolate chips round out this classic
trail mix snack. You really can’t mess this snack up and it does hit the spot when you feel a sudden urge of hunger come on. ❷ SM ART M EALS Locations - 2 service - Very nice, they ask questions to get to the bottom of what dish you’d probably enjoy most and offer “cooking”/reheating techniques (use a toaster oven) to enjoy the meal at its best flavor. Packaging - Reusable containers with more professional looking labels, packaging is colorful and large with the pertinent nutritional information and microwaving instructions. steak Pommes Frites, small serving - A palm-sized seared/almost done filet mignon comes sliced with a side of rosemary French fries and a medley of zucchini and peppers. Opting to put it in the toaster oven, the filet was a bit dry afterward but it was still a very nice cut. I couldn’t taste the demi-glace. I would think if there were more
❸ of it, the dryness factor wouldn’t have been an issue. The small amount (this is a diet dish, folks) of fries crisped up. And remarkably the veggies were still crunchy! I thought for sure they’d turn into mush. The flavor is pretty decent. The veggies were seasoned and cooked great. Basil tofu dip - This dip is definitely a favorite but I would dip crudité in it rather than a chip. The flavor is so crisp you need something fresh to complement it and a chip is definitely not it. ❸ R E AL M E AL S 3 6 5 Locations - 1 but delivery is offered service - Knowledgable staff helps you find the meal plan for your desired outcome. Packaging - Reusable containers (Yea!). Small labels. Finding the name for the dish can be tricky with all the nutritional information, instructions, etc. chipotle turkey chili small - Obviously, I have a thing for chili. And lucky for me I nabbed the last one, leading me to believe this is a good choice. And it definitely was!
YOUR CHOICES ARE MANY. BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS, ARE THEY APPETIZING? A PREPACKAGED MEAL LABELED WITH THE NUTRITIONAL FACTS SOUNDS IDEAL IF YOU’RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT OR JUST WANT HEALTHY MEAL OPTIONS, BUT IF THEY DON’T TASTE GOOD, WHAT’S THE POINT. WE’RE HERE TO WEED THROUGH A FEW TO GET DOWN TO THE NITTY-GRITTY. WOULD WE BE RETURN CUSTOMERS ON THIS GREAT PREPACKAGED HEALTH MACHINE?
This chili had more veggies in it. Diced bits of zucchini, onion, bell peppers are abundant with black beans and ground turkey in a chili mix. It’s not very saucy or spicy, but the flavors are great and you feel satisfied with the portion when finished. tiramisu snack - A small serving of what seems like tiramisu pudding comes with a little ladyfinger garnish dipped in chocolate. It tastes just like tiramisu but I couldn’t get over the texture. It’s not quite as smooth and light as a pudding. chicken parmigiano - A few strips of chicken come lightly breaded with marinara sauce and a light sprinkle of cheese and dried herbs. Served with broccoli on the side. Disclaimer: At press time, we were experiencing the horrible thunderstorms from numerous tropical disturbances. This led to power outages we weren’t aware of and eventually these dishes unknowingly went bad because the fridge was out, in other words, the image is of the delish looking Chicken parm that went bad. You’ll have to imagine the chili.
CONCLUSION: After trying (and attempting to try) all three of these (there are MANY more) meal plan providers the decision is in: They all offer great variety so in reality, it depends on what your goal is. And, to be honest, what’s available in your area. I personally had My Fit Foods at my gym so I ate them most regularly. It was a matter of convenience not necessarily taste. Regardless, these meals are a great option whether you are trying to lose weight or picking out lunch to take to work for the week. It’s a healthier alternative to fast food. At a couple dollars difference, your waistline (and heart) will thank you! august 10 | www.002mag.com .71