Fast Food is Fit Food at Downtown Takeout Spot

by Paula Detwiller The Pineapple Staff Writer

If you’ve been known to eat cold cereal for dinner because you’re dead tired and don’t feel like cooking, there’s a new business in Delray Beach with your name on it. Fit Food Express, which opened for business last October, sells healthy meals to-go. This means that after a long day, when you know there’s nothing in the fridge at home except popsicles and stale bread, you can drop by their store at 302 NE 4th Street in downtown Delray and pick up a dinner that won’t pile on the pounds. Would you believe Blackened Mahi, Feta Stuffed Chicken, or Filet Mignon— all gluten-free, low in saturated fats and sodium, with no refined sugars? That is the Fit Food Express way. “We get the same comment all the time: ‘This can’t possibly be good for me! It looks too tasty,’” said operations director and head chef Jody Tobin. He and business partner Dean Pagni are dedicated to offering nutritious, “clean” food with low- glycemic carbohydrates, lean protein, and plenty of flavor. All food is cooked fresh on site, pack- aged, and placed in a refrigerated case. You can select from Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack items. Each container lists the serving’s calories, carbs, protein, and fat content. The company offers dis- counts for prepaid purchase plans, includ- ing a 21-Day Challenge for those seeking to lose weight (21 days worth of prepaid healthy meals and snacks). And you can study the menu before ordering online: Tobin says the store already has a “cult- like” following. “This community is really health conscious. We’ve been able to develop good relationships with the local gyms, Pilates studios, and downtown businesspeople who were obviously looking for something like this.”

One of those people was Tom Beal of Strategic Profits. After dropping 28 pounds through healthier eating and exercise, he was excited to see Fit Food Express open. He’s a regular now, and says the food helps him “easily remain at my ideal weight while feeling great.”
“I stay fit, healthy, productive, and energetic, for the same or less than I would spend eating out poorly at fast food places,” Beal says. Since launching in Delray Beach, Fit Food Express has opened a second location in Boca Raton at Glades Road and U.S. Route 441.