Getting good nutrition in a hurry isn’t the challenge it once was. Sure, healthy cooking at home takes planning and a commitment to proper shopping. But in our busy, who-has-time-to-think-about-that world, sometimes we just want quick but smart solutions.
When it comes to grab-and-go healthful meals in Fort Worth, the options are plentiful. Today’s menu of smart eating — whether you need foods specifically geared for low-calorie or low-carb intake, vegan or vegetarian, or diabetic or gluten-free diets — means there are services and storefronts ready to hand you meals to take home for dinner or eat on the fly.
Best of all, eating right tastes really good these days. Here are six of the best selections in Fort Worth for you to try now.
Lanny Lancarte II remade his Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana into a concept of all-organic foods that better reflects his current healthy focus. Blue Zones-approved for its wealth of plant-based meals, Righteous nails the breakfast bowl with acai, house-made maple granola, bananas, and berries, and then there’s the flaxseed-dark chocolate waffle for a splurge.
At lunch and dinner, the toasted pistachio guacamole, yucca fries, and pumpkin-cauliflower soup are all just fab. Want some protein? Head for the shrimp tacos or the plate of toasted farro risotto with poached egg and Niman Ranch meatballs. Wash it all down with cold-press juices or grilled lavender lemonade that you can have spiked with organic booze. Best of all, everything is available for takeout (except the cocktails, of course).
Local former ballet star Hillary Biediger has fresh juices cold-pressed daily available in abundance at her West 7th-area shop. Fall in love with It’s Only Love, blending beet, carrot, cucumber, apple, kale, lemon, and ginger, or check out nut milks, super food smoothies, and a hefty selection of raw, vegan, gluten-free meals that include green lentil soup, kale salad with nuts and fruits, nori pesto chips, and kelp noodle salad with Thai dressing.
Look into Biediger’s cleanse programs, which can be tailored for beginners, intermediate, and advanced cleansers, for durations of three to seven days. Deliveries can be arranged on weekdays, and catering is also an option.
T Suz Cuisine
Fort Worth chef Susan Braddock paired her biochemistry background with her Louisiana family’s French and Southern culinary heritage to create a custom meal business that caters to specialized diet needs. If you’re into vegetarian dishes, her healthy Italian chopped salad, chile-garlic Brussels sprouts, and baked sweet potatoes with black beans will make you pleased as punch. If you’re hankering for something with protein, consider her fish Veracruz and her sous vide herb-crusted pork tenderloin with apple.
It’s easy to just look at the dishes online, choose the portion size, and click to order. Five-day nutritional resets are particularly popular today, with three new meals offered for each day. Everything’s made fresh in Suz’s Fort Worth kitchen and must be ordered on Monday for pickup on Tuesday, or pay a small extra delivery fee. Call 817-437-3077.
Freshly arrived from Austin, this concept is spreading like wildfire in Texas and beyond. New shops in Colleyville and Southlake offer the concept’s grab-and-go refrigerated-case offerings for every wish — be that gluten-free, carb-minded, non-dairy, Paelo, plant-powered, or vegan. At breakfast, picks range from banana pancakes to a bison breakfast bowl to the chicken sausage-egg stack. Lunch and dinner can be ginger-glazed chicken, Scottish salmon, or Burgundy beef, with most dishes offered in two sizes.
Just want healthy snacks? Pick up roasted cashews, seed bars, gluten-free cookies, or whole wheat pita crisps plus hummus. Plenty of juices and salads are there for the taking too.
My Fit Foods
Begun in Houston in 2006, this company now has more than 50 locations in five states. Corporate chefs make nutrition tasty, with three meals a day. Meals come in small and medium sizes, and everything’s made fresh, so shelf life is about four days or so. The whole menu is gluten-free, and you can choose from vegetarian, dairy-free, and low-sodium options.
Bonus: There’s a nutrition coach on staff to help with meal planning, based on your wants, at no extra cost. Corporate wellness programs are also available. Order online and pick up at your convenience, or just pop in the store. Delivery is only offered on orders of $500 or more, but MFF works with Favor for your delivery request.
Simply Fit Meals
With eight locations now in the DFW area, and plans to expand to other cities and beyond Texas, this outfit is on the grow. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals are offered in two portion sizes each. Ingredients are all natural, with some organic ingredients incorporated. Everything’s cooked fresh daily; meal choices can comply with low-carb, low-sodium, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian diets.
Generally, a patron can eat three meals per day from SFM, plus a snack, for a little less than $30 daily. There’s no joining or membership fee — customers just stop in and buy the prepared meals — but there is the option to have a “house account,” in which you commit to $1,000 worth of meals and get an extra $125 or credit to put toward meals. Delivery isn’t offered, but SFM recommends using the delivery service Favor.
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