Farm to Fit makes healthy eating simple, tasty
Portland couple G. Scott Brown and Dre Slaman know firsthand that preparing three meals a day can be challenging and time consuming — especially for those who are trying to watch what they eat.
So five years ago, the husband-and-wife team created their own solution: a customized, portion-controlled "farm to home" meal delivery service.
"Deliciousness is probably our core value — number one," Brown says. "We try to serve the masses but also keep it interesting."
Today the couple's company, Farm to Fit, employs 20 people and creates about 10,000 meals a month at their Northeast Portland kitchen. They deliver freezer bags full of fresh, seasonal breakfasts, lunches and dinners twice a week throughout the Portland metro area and as far away as Vancouver, Camas and Salem.
They also offer meal pick-up at designated locations, including a new one at Anytime Fitness in Lake Oswego. Customers can pick up meals on Mondays and Thursdays at the gym, located at 1171 McVey Ave.
"There are a lot of moving parts," Slaman says. "We have over 500 menu items, and we're always writing new recipes."
This week, one day's menu featured: for breakfast, Tortilla Espanola with potato, yam, spinach, roasted red bell pepper and harissa aioli; for lunch, Steak House Salad with skirt steak, tomato, radish, fennel, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette for lunch; and for dinner, Pork Tenderloin with dried cherry sauce, smoked chile yam gratin and minted snap peas.
The meals are available in 1,200-, 1,600- and 2,000-calorie plans and can be modified with vegetarian, diabetic friendly, low-carbohydrate and gluten-intolerant options. Using the company's online order database, customers can choose from the planned meals or a variety of other options.
Each meal comes individually packaged and can be microwaved and ready to eat in one or two minutes.
Customer Jennifer Miller-Davis, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Women's Health of Oregon in West Linn, not only eats about two Farm to Fit meals a day but also recommends the service to her patients.
"I have a very busy professional life, so I wanted something that I could make quickly and was healthy and didn't have a lot of preservatives," she says. "It's a great option for anyone looking for a healthier meal plan that also tastes really delicious."
For people who are always on the go, eating too much fast food or looking to lose weight or manage cholesterol, Farm to Fit can be especially helpful, she says.
"It's always very good, always very fresh and always very satisfying," she says.
To learn more about Farm to Fit, visit farmtofit.com.