My Fit Foods: Eatery helps calorie-counters with convenient meals
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Restaurant Critic
Thursday, December 13, 2012
3/28/13 at 7:53 AM
I was picking out our dinners from the cooler at the new My Fit Foods on Cherry Street, and my eyes locked on butternut pork loin.
It was described as herb-crusted pork loin over butternut squash, zucchini and Roma tomatoes, which sounded like a splendid combination.
My Fit Foods has three tables for dine-in customers, but most of its business is carryout. Food labels contain a "best by" date and microwave heating instructions, and after I got home, my herb-crusted pork loin over butternut squash, zucchini and Roma tomatoes was ready to eat in a breezy 2 1/2 minutes.
The sliced pork loin was flavorful and incredibly tender, the zucchini was tasty, and the tomatoes were warm and juicy. I almost forgot this dinner came from a "health-food" store, whose motto is "Eat fit. Live Fit," until I tried to put a fork into a cubed piece of butternut squash. Barely dented it.
I guess I had visions of baked butternut squash with a little butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. This squash was raw, had little flavor, and there sure was a lot of it. This isn't a complaint. I realize it had to be prepared as it was to stay on the healthful side of things and perhaps some day I will learn (or be forced) to embrace it.
The other dishes we tried all had varying degrees of spiciness to enhance the flavor of chicken, shrimp and scallops.
Best'O Pesto Chicken featured slices of chicken breast on a bed of zucchini "noodles," basically shredded zucchini, and grape tomatoes. The pesto sauce had a pleasing flavor, but there wasn't enough of it to match the amount of chicken, which was substantial.
"Zesty" shrimp and scallops were served over the zucchini noodles and topped with what was described as a "light and creamy" sauce. It was creamy and tasty but had a spiciness that burned the back of the throat.
A hummus bowl appetizer ($4) included some chunks of chicken, celery, carrots, grape tomatoes and a small packet of earthy, nutty-tasting hummus. I would have liked more hummus and less of the other items.
The cooler, like the ones where milk is stored at supermarkets, are filled daily with snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner items, 55 in all. Most are available in small, medium and large sizes, ranging from $6.65 to $12.25 per dish.
I purchased the large sizes because it didn't look like much food in the microwavable containers, but that was deceiving. I learned I probably could have gotten by with mediums.
Customers may come to the store and choose their items, or call in an order for pickup. The menu and details are available at tulsaworld.com/myfitfoods
"People also can sign up for our 21-day challenge meal plan," said brand manager and co-owner Phoebe Davis. "Nutritional coaches are here to talk about your health goals for those who are interested."
She said this is the first My Fit Foods in Oklahoma. About 60 others are located across Texas, California, Arizona and Idaho.
Jack Jones is general manager of the Tulsa store.
For a full menu and additional information, go to tulsaworld.com/myfitfoods.
MY FIT FOODS
1601 E. 15th St.
(on a scale of 0 to 4 stars)
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-
Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday; accepts all major
Original Print Headline: Help with healthy
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
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