Healthy Meals Without The Hassle
As a c o mpetit i v e bodybuilder and fitness coach, Ben Caravalho constantly would have clients and friends ask him how to prepare a healthy meal. But when he would create recipes for them to follow, he found one major problem: They rarely actually made these meals.
“I can give you a diet … but I couldn’t get people to follow through,” Caravalho recalls.
So Caravalho teamed up Delgadillo-Lopez, and the pair created meal delivery service Fit4You. Aimed at eliminating the legwork of shopping, planning and cooking, Fit4You offers prepared healthy, balanced meals.
“This is the more practical approach,” Caravalho says. “This is essentially layman’s terms — take it, heat it and eat it.”
“It’s a lot easier to stick to your goals when you plan ahead,” Delgadillo-Lopez says.
- t4youhi.com, you select which items you want, choose your delivery day (either Monday or Thursday) and location - out the island) and pay online. On pickup day, your meal will be ready and waiting for you — all you have to do is put it in the microwave.
Caravalho and Delgadillo-Lopez concoct a new menu every week. Items include turkey Shepard’s pie, ground turkey enchiladas, chili, egg white and veggie frittata, and whole-grain blueberry pancakes. They also offer a range of variations on chicken, salmon and steak dishes.
While certain items may not sound all that healthy, that is kind of the idea. Taste, they say, is crucial. So while Fit4You will offer dishes that might seem indulgent, the ingredients they utilize are healthy: Whole grains, low-fat cheese, and no preservatives or processed food.
“With me doing my meals while training for a competition, the food had to taste good — so I had to make it taste good,” Caravalho says. “I said I can’t be miserable for eight months, so I’d turn it up a notch with fresh herbs and spices.”
“Seeing him prep his meals and making it part of our life- style, we kind of just thought, hey, why don’t we offer this to other people?” Delgadillo-Lopez explains.
With that goal in mind, Caravalho took a step back from coaching, and Delgadillo-Lopez went to culinary school and quit her job as an executive concierge in order to build up Fit4You. They launched the company in March 2016. Now, they say, business is booming. Their clientele includes a loyal following of executives, doctors, busy families and even visiting celebrities.
Ultimately, t he couple hopes that Fit4You can serve as a springboard for people to make further lifestyle changes — even if that means that clients graduate beyond needing their services. Caravalho and Delgadillo-Lopez often see people struggle with eating healthy simply because they don’t know what makes a balanced meal, or how to portion — things that Fit4You can teach by example.
“If people were more educated on proper size and what a meal should consist of, I think it would help greatly,” Delgadillo-Lopez says. “So this is also essentially an educational tool. Over time, if much of and what they are supposed to eat and they stop ordering from us, that is still a win because we have taught somebody and we have given them the tools.”
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Some of what you might find on Fit4You’s menu, which changes weekly.