I love food, and it has always played a very unique role in my life, and I associate my favorite dishes with a particular emotion. Things like my Nana’s pasta sauce take me back to when I was a little kid. As an Italian woman, food has always been a connection point in my large family. In good times, we always sit around, laugh and eat. In tough times, you better believe we are doing the exact same thing!
I also believe in moderation and staying fit, but balancing the two has been very difficult. I want that same wonderful experience and enjoyment with eating as a part of my daily life, but also want to stick with a healthy lifestyle. Why shouldn’t we get excited about our food? Why should we settle for foods that take the joy out of our day-to-day lives?
The other problem I keep running into with eating healthy is how time consuming it can be to meal plan, prep, cook, then clean up. I am sometimes successful but feel exhausted when I have to complete this all on a time crunch while trying to balance work emails, keeping up with friends and family, working out, and still having enough time to decompress.
I have tried the other prepared meal delivery services in Chicago, but have only been frustrated by how lackluster and “one-note” all the meals are. So naturally, I had my doubts when I first tried Fit Foodie.
This time was very different in SO many ways, and it will forever change my thoughts about what food that is good for you is supposed to taste and looks like. Opening my Fit Foodie Ancho Salmon, I am immediately drawn to the vibrant colors like the velvety orange chipotle sweet potato puree and the bright green grilled asparagus pieces that I could tell were still crisp and not overcooked. Not to mention the salmon is beautifully prepared with grill marks and a glistening sheen from the ancho lime glaze…moist and buttery…NOT dry!
In fact, I decided to bring it to Oak St. Beach with me one day this summer to eat as I soaked in some summer sun. Usually, I bring some fruit or raw veggies and then end up being totally hungry and not satisfied as I watch my fellow beach goers order pizza, hot dogs, and fries at the Oak Street Café. I usually succumb to my desire to indulge, ditch my “healthy” snacks, and grab some fries. I would justify it by telling myself I will eat a healthy dinner.
But this time, as people all around me devoured their foods flavored only by cheap fats and sugars, I couldn’t help but feel so satisfied with my smarter and more flavorful choice. I had that emotional connection with the dish because it was so truly delicious, and I was so fulfilled, because I knew it was also so good for me. Not only was I fueling my body with the necessary nutrients it needs, the thoughtful composition and layers of flavor and texture of the dish with a perfect marriage. The grilled earthiness of the buttery Scottish salmon enrobed in a tangy ancho lime glaze adds a touch of natural sweetness, while sitting atop a velvety smooth sweet potato puree kissed with a touch of chipotle spice has just enough heat at the back of your palate. The dish is rounded out with a perfectly cooked grilled asparagus, red pepper, kale, and caramelized onion veggie hash. So much more exciting on so many levels than a huge slice of beach pizza and fries could ever be. I’ve also had the chicken version which is also amazing if you’re not a fish person.
Trust me, eating healthy has never been so easy and indulgent! For the first time, I don’t feel like I’m missing out or compromising my need for complex, beautiful flavors in order to maintain a healthy weight and energy level. It’s also been so easy to customize my food online. This is the difference between dieting and eating food that is so good, you won’t believe it’s good for you. -Jaclyn Puccini, Chicago, IL