Healthy Meals With­out The Has­sle

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - EN­TREPRENEURS Christina O’Con­nor

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.

- t4y­, 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.

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