Happy first day of May! I can hardly believe it is already the last week of classes at Mizzou before final exams start. This semester has truly flown by; it has definitely kept me busy, that's for sure. This semester my schedule was a little bit different than it has been in the past, and I found myself leaving my apartment early in the morning and not returning until past dinner time.
That being said, at the beginning of the semester I was still trying to figure out the best approach to squeezing in lunch, dinner, and snacks throughout the day with my class schedule. I am known to get pretty hangry when I go for long periods of time without eating, so I usually consume 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep myself full and satisfied. I always like to make sure my meals contain at least one serving of fresh veggies, at least 15 grams of protein, and a good source of healthy fats (like half an avocado, some peanut butter, or some almonds). I usually try to keep my higher carb meals limited to earlier in the day so my body has time to burn them off as I go throughout my day. Some of my absolute favorite healthy carbs are high fiber tortillas, cocoa powder, oats, sweet potatoes, and fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, and apples.
With this semester's class schedule, I quickly realized that I was going to have to start doing full meal prep the night before or the morning of a day of classes. But meal prep can be very time consuming; and as a college student I found myself working late on homework the night before, waking up and going to the gym early, and just grabbing a protein bar to take with me on the way out the door. This habit did NOT last long. While I LOVE my protein bars as one of my meals, I still need real, nutritious, whole foods to fuel my body and give me sustained energy for the entire day.
THIS is where Eat Fit Go comes and literally saves the day. I had visited the Leawood, KS Eat Fit Go location before and thought, "Wow, I really wish Columbia had one of these. These meals would be perfect to take with me on a full day of classes."
And then I realized: Columbia's NEW location had JUST opened! I was so excited, I went in the next day and stocked up on a week full of meals. Later the next week when I had been in several times, I was greeted with "Welcome Back." - clearly I am a HUGE fan and had made several stops.
I have posted photos of my Eat Fit Go meals several times on my Instagram story and SO many people responded saying they were super interested in learning more about Eat Fit Go, my favorite meals, and what it's all about.
What it is:
On top of being a health conscious college student's dream come true, Eat Fit Go provides healthy, chef driven meals that are never frozen, cooked fresh daily, have NO preservatives, low in sodium, high in protein, allergy friendly - the list of perks goes on and on. They have breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks - the options are literally endless! My absolute favorite part is that ALL of the ingredients are natural, real foods and are listed on the container so I know exactly what I am putting in my body. If you count your macros, those are listed too. I absolutely love this, because all too often I go to a restaurant and can't find the nutrition information for what I am eating. At Eat Fit Go, I am easily able to pick out what I want my macronutrient breakdown for the day to look like.
Why I am literally obsessed with it:
Aside from all of the ingredients being unprocessed, clean, real foods - Eat Fit Go makes eating healthy while you are busy SO EASY. Like, how much easier could it get? No dishes, no mess in the kitchen, and you don't even have to worry about correctly measuring out portion sizes because it is already done for you! I have been going in every morning, picking up my meals for the day, and carrying them with me in my lunchbox. They are all made fresh and I haven't found one that I don't LOVE yet.
What kind of meals they have:
I have a tendency to get in "ruts" when I meal prep myself. It doesn't bother me, but Eat Fit Go has SUCH a variety of meal choices that I always want to try a new one every time I go in the store! They have breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, protein bars, the list goes on and on. You can choose a package option and get a "Perfect Week," which is 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, 5 snacks, and 5 protein bars. The Perfect Week is a GREAT way to practice the 80/20 rule - eating clean 80% of the time and allowing yourself to splurge 20% of the time. With the Perfect Week, you have the freedom to eat at a restaurant or cook a home cooked meal on the weekend.
My favorite meals:
Okay first of all, it was extremely hard to narrow down my list. Like I said earlier, I have yet to try a meal that I didn't absolutely LOVE. But, if I had to pick one meal from each category, here are my top choices:
Breakfast: Southwest Scramble
Lean ground turkey and egg whites topped with diced jalapeño peppers, bell peppers, roasted corn, pico de gallo and shredded cheese.
SMALL 270 CALORIES | 31G PROTEIN | 9G CARBS | 14G FATS | 370MG SODIUM
LARGE 360 CALORIES | 41G PROTEIN | 10G CARBS | 19G FATS | 480MG SODIUM
Lunch: Turkeylicious Chili
Lean ground turkey mixed with black beans & mixed vegetables in a roasted tomato puree.
SMALL 320 CALORIES | 30G PROTEIN | 34G CARBS | 8G FATS | 320MG SODIUM
LARGE 380 CALORIES | 36G PROTEIN | 40G CARBS | 10G FATS | 380MG SODIUM
A close tie: Sweet Potato Smart Chicken
Sliced chicken breast accompanied by mashed sweet potatoes & broccoli.
SMALL 250 CALORIES | 25G PROTEIN | 34G CARBS | 1.5G FATS | 125MG SODIUM
LARGE 350 CALORIES | 39G PROTEIN | 43G CARBS | 2G FATS | 180MG SODIUM
Snack: Veggie Stix & Hummus
Roasted red pepper hummus with fresh celery & carrots.
ONE SIZE 220 CALORIES | 6G PROTEIN | 23G CARBS | 11G FATS | 570MG SODIUM
Dinner: Look Good Naked Salmon
Savory spiced salmon, packed with Omega 3s on a bed of roasted vegetables.
SMALL 230 CALORIES | 19G PROTEIN | 13G CARBS | 12G FATS | 90MG SODIUM
LARGE 360 CALORIES | 31G PROTEIN | 16G CARBS | 19G FATS | 130MG SODIUM
There are seriously SO many options - you'll just have to go in and check it out yourself! If you are in the Columbia, MO area, our location is:
1101 GRINDSTONE PKWY
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI 65201
Be sure to go visit them and tell them I sent you! They are all SO nice, helpful, and knowledgeable about all of their meals.
Eat Fit Go is popping up ALL over the place - and they are expanding! CLICK HERE to view their store locator. You can follow them on Instagram at @eatfitgo and the Columbia, MO location at @eatfitgocomo.
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