By: Michael Kummer
If you live in the Atlanta area and are looking for a meal plan or delivery service that offers fresh, local, chef-prepared and Paleo-compatible meals at a reasonable price, consider giving Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine a try.
About Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine
I had never heard about Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine, but they have been creating and delivering healthy, chef-prepared gourmet meals for customers in the Atlanta area since 2003. They are an employee-owned company that has the goal of supporting local farmers and food producers by locally sourcing ingredients and taking the guesswork out of healthy living.
The fresh, gourmet meals prepared by your Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine™ chefs are an affordable way to eat well every day—for a fraction of the cost of having a personal chef. When you add in the convenience that comes from never having to shop, prep, cook or clean up, it’s the smartest way to enjoy mouthwatering meals and still meet your nutrition and wellness goals.
How it works
Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine offers a variety of meal plans and options to customize your meals. You can even choose between pickup and delivery as well as the calorie count per meal. Getting started is straightforward:
- Pick your meal plan start date and number of weeks
- Choose from one of their five menus or create a custom menu
- Select the number of meals per day, calorie count and days per week
- Choose a pickup location or shipping method
Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine offers five menus and an option to customize your meal plan.
- Healthy Mix: As the name implies, it’s a mix of traditional food that includes lean meats and seafood.
- Vegetarian: Includes house-made meatless meals that are low in fat and cholesterol. Sounds like the opposite of what I would get 🙂
- Low Carb: Those meals contain approximately 15% net carbs. Three meals add up to only 40 net grams per day.
- Paleo: My obvious choice of entirely organic, naturally gluten and dairy-free meals made with grass-fed, cage-free meats, wild-caught seafood, and organic fruits and vegetables.
- Gluten Free: Those meals are naturally gluten-free, but since cross-contamination cannot be guaranteed, they are not recommended for those with Celiac Disease.
- Custom: Build your own menu from over 300 meals to choose from.
Meals start at $7.50 per meal but can go up to $14.99 if you only order one individual 600-calories dinner meal. You can see all the pricing options here, but in a nutshell, you pick your meals based on the following matrix:
- How many meals per day: For example, you can select breakfast, lunch & dinner, or breakfast & lunch, or lunch & dinner, etc.
- Days per week: Depending on the plan, you can choose 3, 5, or 7 days per week.
- Calorie count: Options include 400 and 600 calories per meal.
- Individual meals: You can order as little as a single meal.
If you don’t want to bother with grocery shopping and cooking at all, you can sign up for the seven days a week, three meals a day plan. That plan would cost you about $155 or $177 per week, depending on if you choose the 400 or 600 calories per meal option. Per month, that would add up to $620 and $708, respectively, plus sales tax and distribution or delivery fee.
It’s important to note that some of the plans, including the Paleo choice, have a $9.50 per week additional charge. In return, you get the healthiest and highest-quality food Fresh ‘n Fit cuisine offers.
As a result, 21 meals (600 calories each) per week on the Paleo plan would cost me $745.96 per month, plus $26 in sales tax and distribution fee, if I choose to pick up my meals at a nearby pickup location. If I wanted my meals to be delivered instead, I would have to pay $139.20 for sales tax and delivery fee, not including any special offers or discounts.
Pickup and Delivery
One advantage of Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine is that they offer over 100 pickup locations in the Atlanta Metro area. By picking your meals up instead of having them delivered, you can save a substantial amount of money.
For most plans, you can pick up your freshly prepared meals on Monday and Thursday, between 4 and 7 pm. For us, the closest pickup location was less than two miles away. That made picking up our meals a convenient and cost-saving option.
How do the meals taste
To me, food is first and foremost fuel, and the taste is only a second priority. But I appreciate that for most of you, those priorities may be reversed. The good news is that Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine successfully delivered on both fronts. Their Paleo meals are prepared with high-quality ingredients, they arguably taste delicious, and they were satisfying.
I truly enjoyed all of their meals and didn’t have a favorite. Kathy, my wife, liked the salmon best and highly recommends it. She kept talking about how good it was, even days after she had it. Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine can take that as a well-deserved compliment, as I know Kathy as a somewhat picky eater when it comes to meals she didn’t prepare herself.
Lunch & Dinner
Why you should consider a meal (delivery) service
For many, being a stay-at-home wife/mom or husband/dad isn’t the first career choice. For some it’s not fulfilling, for others, it would be financially challenging. Whatever the reasons may be, having a job significantly limits the time you have left for things like grocery shopping, cooking and spending it with your loved ones. But it’s not just about buying food and eating it. It’s spending time on figuring out what’s truly healthy.
Or you may be single, with no desire to cook. Whatever the circumstances may be, meal services like Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine are a viable option you should consider.
The case for Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine
Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine not only saves you a ton of time, but it also takes the guesswork out of healthy eating. Even if you don’t care about the Paleo diet, why gluten is bad or why grass-fed is better than corn-fed beef, rest assured, they do. And letting them make the right choices for you, will benefit your health in the long run.
I spend countless hours reading and researching healthy eating. But I understand that not everyone shares my compassion for that topic. I’m fortunate to have a wife who chooses to stay at home with the kids and to embrace a Paleo-centered lifestyle. I also work from home and enjoy a home-cooked meal every day, unless I am traveling.
The chances are that your circumstances may be different. If so, I would encourage you to take a closer look at how much time you or your partner spend on grocery shopping and meal preparation. If you rather spend that time on something else, give Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine a try.
About the author: Michael Kummer lives and blogs from Alpharetta and believes a proper diet and exercise are the most important factors to living a healthy and happy life.