Finding a burrito on the sidewalk is the sign of a lucky day, unless it's stuffed with heads-up pennies, in which case it's the universal symbol of economic progress. Stumble onto pre-prepped comestibles less fraught with portent with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of nutritious, pre-portioned meals, snacks, and beverages from Simply Fit Meals. This Groupon is valid at the Plano location only.
Chefs Chris Sanchez and Patrick Ortiz founded Simply Fit Meals on the belief that food should simply be itself and not have to hide behind flavor-disguising sweeteners and preservatives. Meals are portioned by calorie count to fit everyone's specific dietary guidelines. The turkey mac & cheese nestles lean ground turkey breast in a cheesy bed of whole wheat pasta with low-fat mozzarella, greek yogurt, and non-fat cottage cheese ($7–$8.75). The trio of summer-roasted salmon, asparagus, and mother-grain quinoa leaves few chambers of the food pyramid unplundered ($7.50–$8.75). Snackable items are also available, such as fluffy, whole-wheat pitas, veggies, and hummus ($3.75) and the all-natural, home-style applesauce and granola ($3.75). In an effort to coordinate with in-season freshness, the menu rotates often and with the stately grace of a novelty bow-tie.
A true stop-and-go destination, Simply Fit's actual store packs a high volume of food into a no-nonsense, fridge-lined interior. Chefs Sanchez and Ortiz work diligently behind the scenes to concoct new kinds of healthy takeout. Sanchez—whose background also includes personal training—lives to fulfill the health-conscious dreams in the bellies and minds of diners everywhere, except the one where you're naked and trapped in a gym with no doors. Simply Fit recommends calling ahead to make sure that desired foods are available.
Simply Fit Meals
College is a place that often kindles lasting friendships, as well as lasting eating habits based on haphazard diets of chips and day-old pizza. Chris Sanchez and Patrick Ortiz, proprietors of Simply Fit Meals, have managed to buck the latter part of this trend. The friendship they forged at the University of Houston continued after graduation, even as Patrick pursued a career in hotel management and Chris entered the world of marketing, eventually serving as store marketing director for Whole Foods. Their shared passion for healthy eating brought their disparate career paths together to form Simply Fit Meals, an amalgamation of Patrick's chef skills and Chris's marketing prowess.
The challenge behind each one of Simply Fit Meals' recipes involves finding an equal balance between nutrition and flavor so that clients can stick to a regimen that's easy to maintain, unlike fad diets that involve raw foods consumed only in prime-numbered portions. The science of it, says Chris, is making it taste as if it's been freshly made, even after reheating, and to this end, Chris and Patrick are both avid consumers of their own meals. Chris claims he could eat—and has eaten—their mac 'n' cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The culinary team uses locally raised, free-range meats such as chicken and bison in virtually all of their creations, and concocts fresh-made ingredients whenever possible. The in-house dietitian guides clients toward their own fitness goals, as opposed to those dictated by fashion magazines or sentient elevators, who often lack tact.