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New location? Free food?
Why, hello, new Carrollwood Fitlife Foods location.
I actually had the pleasure of visiting the original Fitlife Foods South Tampa location back in August, but wasn’t able to try any of the food at the time (which is a shame because it all looked so good!). When my friend Nadine turned me on to the soft opening of the new location (via Facebook) I knew I had to take advantage. The mention of free food didn’t hurt either.
Fitlife Foods is a prepared foods takeout store that sells ‘indulgently healthy’ pre-packaged meals. Their meals are color coded by breakfast, lunch/dinner, and snacks; and come in small, medium and large sizes based on calorie count and serving size. The main concept is to provide quick, healthy options (or meal plans) for those who don’t have the time (or know how) to make healthy meals on their own.
The main fridge contains a wide selection of meals that range from ‘Tampa BBQ Beef’ to ‘Crossfit Mash.’ They have vegetarian and gluten free options, as well as naturally sweetened desserts. Some items need to be heated in a microwave and some can be enjoyed cold.
My friend Nadine (and in-store wellness coach) walked me through a few options and helped me make my final selections.
So, what did I end up with?
First up – the Citrus Salmon Salad
This instantly caught my attention because of the beautiful fresh vegetables that peeked through the packaging.
With just a touch of dressing.
The salmon was surprisingly moist, the vegetables were light and flavorful, and the small serving size was deceivingly filling. I really liked it. My only complaint would be the $8.75 price tag. The whole store is a little pricey. I mean, you get good stuff for what you pay for, but it’s hard to fork over that much and get back so little.
*edited to add* I was just informed that packaged meals sold on the day they’re dated are priced at a 50% discount. Sweet.
Nadine also sent me out the door with a sample of Morning Museli.
(ignore the nutrition facts – they were giving away sample sizes in honor of the soft opening and the facts were written for the original (larger) container size)
Lots of shredded apple here with just the right amount of nutty pieces. It was a little on the thin side, but I like my muesli thick.
After enjoying my (free) lunch, I headed to Starbucks for an iced coffee and an afternoon of work.
A few hours later I was ready for my final Fitlife item – Chili Lime Dip.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the dip itself, but I’m now inspired to add fresh jicama to all of my future vegetable snack plates (hello perfect dipper!).
Unfortunately, dinner wasn’t very photogenic, so I’ll spare you the photo and just let you know that I had leftovers from last night’s dinner. They were delicious, despite what the photo may say.
Also, a serving of mint chocolate chip ice cream may have missed the camera lens too.
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