Meal prep service offers healthy, convenient choices

Bre Pye prepares quesadillas for her meal prep service, Fit Meal Prep, at the Foodworks Alliance kitchen in Zanesville.

Bre Pye prepares quesadillas for her meal prep service, Fit Meal Prep, at the Foodworks Alliance kitchen in Zanesville.

ZANESVILLE − When Bre Pye and her husband Tim were engaged to be married, they embarked on the time-honored tradition of losing weight before their wedding. They both lost about 60 pounds − and vowed never to have to go through that again.

That journey led to the creation of Fit Meal Prep, a healthy meal preparation service that offers pre-made meals around east-central Ohio.

“When we went through that time period when we were trying to lose weight to get in shape for our wedding, it was very confusing, we didn’t know what to do,” said Pey, who has a meat science degree from Oklahoma State University . “A lot of people try to set out on that fitness journey and give up, going through that ourselves we looked at all the diets and all the different ways to eat, all the supplements, it seemed really time consuming and expensive.”

Vowing to avoid a cycle of gaining and losing weight, the couple started following a diet of lean protein, healthy carbohydrates and lean fat.

With a busy life, Pye started preparing healthy meals on Sunday to use through the week. That would help avoid fast food and make it easier to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Soon, she was putting together meals for her friends, which lead to more customers through word of mouth. Fit Meal Prep was born. “We have done the research so people don’t have to do it themselves,” she said.

A meal of meatballs, sweet potato fries and green beans from Fit Meal Prep.

A meal of meatballs, sweet potato fries and green beans from Fit Meal Prep.

Every Friday, Pye lists a new menu on her website, where customers can order as many meals as they will need over the next week or longer. Pye said some of her customers order three meals a day, some order just a few for the week. She prepares the meals at Foodworks Alliance in Zanesville.

Fit Meal Prep has pickup locations around the region, including locations in Muskingum, Guernsey, Tuscarawas and Coshocton counties. The food is delivered fresh, and is good for a week in the fridge, he said, or can be frozen.

The meals generally have about 30 to 40 grams of protein, 20 to 50 grams of carbs, and the menu is built around healthy comfort foods, Pye said. She puts out new options every week, often based on customers’ suggestions.

“The goal is to keep people motivated,” she said. That motivation is important to instill a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Busy working moms make up most of their client base. “It allows them to eat something different every day, keep variety in their diet, they aren’t looking for recipes, going to grocery stores, we are doing all that legwork for them,” Pye added.

“It is a great base for having a healthy lifestyle every day, not just a 60-day challenge, a 30-day challenge. We want to see people on a five-year plan,” and make that healthy lifestyle a habit, instead of a fad.

For more information, visit the Fit Meal Prep Facebook page or website at fitmealprep.squarespace.com.

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