This month has been all about new rhythms and routines in our home as we close out the summer, look towards fall, and settle into our work flows with all of our children in school full-time. At times we feel busier than ever; We’ll soon begin the circus act of shuttling our children to all of their extracurricular activities while also triple-checking our own calendars to make sure we’re on top of our meetings, social events, and work-related affairs.
We know that we’re no different than most modern-day families today; calendars are full, life is busy, and anything that makes the juggling act a smidge easier is worth its weight in gold.
A couple of months ago a social media message ran across my phone that grabbed my attention with a firm grip. It was someone casually informing me about an existing meal service called Fit Five Meals that has expanded to Madison.
Fit Five Meals Review
I intended to do a quick scroll on their website like I typically do when something new comes on my radar, but my “quick scroll” turned into a deep dive into their product and customer process. I knew that I was about to turn into a customer!
Fit Five Meals is very simple: It’s an online store based out of Birmingham where shoppers from all over the state of Alabama purchase fresh, tasty, individually-packaged meals. Each meal has a nutrition label with ingredients and is portioned well to accommodate a healthy lifestyle. Orders must be placed weekly by Wednesday evening, and then customers select the pick-up location that they’ll swing into the following Monday. Madison now has three pick-up locations!
Eating meals that are packed with lean protein has been a priority to me for the last year, though keeping my nutrition on track with an on-the-go lifestyle is something I struggle to prioritize. I really enjoy good food but don’t enjoy taking 20 minutes out of my work day to cook, eat, clean up, etc.
Fit Five Meals is the most perfect fit for me because the foods I’m eating each day are varied, delicious, filling, and portioned well. They’re also almost all logged in the My Fitness Pal app already, making it incredibly easy to track (if tracking is what I’m doing).
I just picked up my third week of meals yesterday and now really look forward to grabbing my pre-selected meals each week for the next few months at least! Here’s how it’s worked.
As aforementioned, meals must be selected and paid for online by Wednesday evening each week for pick-up the following Monday. There is no minimum order and no subscription option. It’s completely up to you which weeks you want to purchase meals and how many you’d like. I’ve been grabbing six meals for lunches, 3-4 meals for dinners, and 1-2 snack options.
After ordering online, I’ve then been swinging into Empire Fitness on Balch Road each Monday afternoon to pick up my meals. I was a smidge intimidated when I first walked in to grab my meals because I wasn’t quite sure what to do, but as soon as I walked in I saw a large refrigerator which the Fit Five Meals logo on it. I opened it up and quickly saw the bags with my name on them. I scooped them up and went on my way!
The meals have a date on them which shares an “enjoy by” date. Since I’ve been ordering quite a few, I’ve been putting all of them in my freezer once I get home. I then select 1-2 to enjoy the next day and put them in the refrigerator the night before to thaw.
The boxes suggest a microwave time, but I’ve been putting the majority of mine in the air fryer for about five minutes. This crisps them up and makes them taste wonderful!
Fit Five Meals serves a good chunk of the state of Alabama, and I have no questions about why this business is so successful. The business model is simple, the meals are delicious, and it solves a problem for customers who want to follow a certain nutrition regimen but struggle to prioritize the time to make it happen.
Would these meals be cheaper if I made them at home myself and froze them each week? Likely. Would I ever actually get around to making it happen (especially prepping the variety that Fit Five Meals offers). 100% no.
Is this a service of luxury? I suppose.
Is it absolutely worth it if you have goals to reach via your nutrition? Without a doubt yes.
Fit Five Meals Review: Who I Would Recommend It To
I would recommend this service to both men and women alike who are interested in eating a variety of meals that are pre-portioned and on track with their nutrition regimen. Meals are catered to those who follow plans such as Whole30, ketogenic, low carb/high protein, macro tracking, and more.
Meals are created in a commercial kitchen in Birmingham by professional chefs. Registered, licensed dietitians and nutrition coaches plan the weekly meal options.
Quick Links for Fit Five Meals
See this week’s meals (order by Wednesday evening for Monday pick-up!)