Snap Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Snap Kitchen

Fresh & Fast Food

The number of Dallas diners watching their weight, eating for a medical condition, or looking for fresh, whole foods prepared for takeout is growing faster than the list of buzzwords to describe them.

My Fit Foods

Snap Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Snap Kitchen
Simply Fit. Photo courtesy of Simply Fit
The emphasis here is on losing weight. The store offers free consultations to get you organized and help you choose from a menu of 60 nutritious dishes to reach your goal. Feel like you need help staying focused? No worries. There is a 21-day challenge to keep you on track to lose between 6 and 15 pounds. And most meals are gluten-free.

Fresh Diet

Whatever your reason—lazy or busy—Fresh Diet makes your life and dietary goals easier by delivering meals to your door, for free. If you’re controlling your weight or you just want to come home to a healthy dinner and wake up to a low-calorie breakfast, this is your best option. The nutritionally balanced meals now include vegetarian and gluten-free options. Delivery only. thefreshdiet.com.

Snap Kitchen

Need to meet with a dietitian before you start shopping? Snap provides consultations. Color-coded ready-to-eat meals make shopping easy. There’s a nice selection of juices and meals with a four- to five-day shelf life, but many freeze well. All packaging includes calories, nutritional analysis, and clear disclaimers about nuts, dairy, sodium, soy, shellfish, and wheat. Call ahead—they offer curbside pickup.

Simply Fit Meals & Juice 

Less than 10 percent of Americans consume the USDA’s daily recommendation for fruit and vegetables. The folks behind this growing chain are doing what they can to change that. Trained staff can help if you’re just getting started on a new eating program. They offer an extensive juice cleansing program and a long list of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack foods divided into two sizes by calorie count.

MR. NUTRITION

Mark Herrin has been promoting healthy living since he opened Sundrops Vitamins & Nutrition in 1976. A nutritionist by trade, he advises a dedicated following on dietary changes, supplements, and exercise programs. Sundrops recently relocated from an 1,800-square-foot shop on Oak Lawn Avenue to a new 5,000-square-foot location on Central Expressway near Fitzhugh Avenue. Now you can find more than 10,000 items on the shelves and a variety of smoothies, juices, blended vegetables, fruit, and specialty drinks, frozen yogurt, and snacks prepared at the in-store snack station.

Herrin doesn’t just help individuals. He’s consulting on the menu at Shannon Wynne’s new restaurant Mudhen, under construction at the Dallas Farmers Market. Wynne plans to serve chef-driven, seasonal, and healthful food sourced through local growers whenever possible.

“Quality is achieved by using leaner meats, fish, and other proteins without pesticides,” Herrin says. “We’ll use grass-fed and/or wild-sourced meat, innovative recipes for a large variety of organic produce, when available, and green and yellow vegetables and berries.”

Mudhen’s chefs will follow a “low sugar, good oils” approach to cooking and substitute healthy ingredients and innovative herbs and spices for the less healthy ones. “Providing different portion sizes of the proteins and being able to choose the ingredients makes it all sizes for everyone instead of one size fits all,” Herrin says. “Our objective is to make great-tasting, familiar, and unique food that is truly beneficial to health.”

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