Me and healthy food get along the same way that me and children do – we just don’t, and I probably won’t enjoy either until I’m old, decrepit, and realizing that all I have left to my life is high cholesterol and a stupid cat. It takes a lot to impress me with health food, but I wouldn’t be writing this blog about Fit Foodz Cafe in Boca Raton if I hadn’t been so blown away with what they can do with their vegan, or gluten-free, or paleo meals. And I would hope that you know that coming from me, this is #realtalk.
Upon arriving, I was offered my choice of juice or smoothie, and while I would typically go for something with chocolate or peanut butter, the French Toast was calling my name. It’s made with vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, maple agave nectar, and granola – so it tastes just like breakfast and is a perfect way to be indulgent while still keeping the calories low (this one is between 205 and 350 depending on what size you get). You also have your choice of skim or almond milk, and so just like with men, it’s good to have options.
The first item to arrive immediately scored my attention – The Quinoa Cheese sticks. What’s gluten free, vegetarian, under 295 calories, and still makes you feel like you’re eating a mozzarella stick? These guys! It’s unbelievable. After eating these, I don’t even know why someone would touch a greasy, fried mozzarella stick ever again! They are baked and made with garlic, parmesan, egg whites, topped with shredded skim milk mozzarella, and served with a marinara sauce. Usually healthy alternatives to fried food are about as appealing as cardboard, but these seriously could win an “Eat This, Not That” medal.
I think I’ve mentioned before that when you live in South Florida, Tuna Tartare is as much of a staple as having some form of plastic surgery. But just like plastic surgery, it doesn’t mean it’s always done well. Guaranteed, Fit Foodz does their tuna tartare well. It’s made with diced rare tuna, hot sweet chili sauce, sliced avocados, and served with cucumber rounds. The addition of the guacamole added an even more fresh element to the dish, and everyone at the table was hooked. It’s so refreshing and light and really makes you feel like eating healthy isn’t that hard. No joke here, because I mean it. So. Yum.
Salads. Don’t salads make you feel like you’re watching an old episode of Oprah where she swears by them and then you go off on your own to create one and it tastes like freshly mowed grass and you wonder how you’re ever going to give up McDonald’s?? Well welcome to Fit Foodz salads, where you will be fully, completely satisfied. Stacey’s Strawberry Salad is chock full of mixed greens, strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese, mushrooms, red onions, and served with house vinaigrette. It tastes like spring in a bowl – you’ll never look at salad the same.
And if you REALLY want a unique salad, you’ll dive in to the “Nut”Maste Salad, which based on the pun alone, I was already a fan of. It’s made with mixed greens, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, craisins, dried apricots, gorgonzola, and again topped with that light but tasty house vinaigrette. I’ll make my own pun – I went NUTS for it!
I always thought that carbs weren’t an option, they were a lifestyle. The invention of “zoodles,” or zucchini put in a spiralizer to make them appear as noodles, changed all that, but I thought they were about as legit as a fake ID on prom night. Fit Foodz changed my view, because they dress them up so deliciously that you might never know the difference. We were served the vegetarian version, mixed with sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, homemade pesto sauce. The flavor was so intense and even though it is super healthy, somehow it still feels like comfort food.
But my favorite entree of the day was the Chicken Pad Thai, because as with any Pad Thai dish, you’re mixing one of my favorite cuisines with the taste of peanuts. And of course Fit Foodz makes sure that it is as dish that is healthy and will fuel you up! Theirs consists of rice Noodles, diced chicken, thai peanut sauce, raw carrots, raw bean sprouts, cilantro, and crushed peanuts. The chicken, you could tell, was prepped to be healthy but flavorful, unlike other restaurants that drown it in sauce. And just like with the other entrees, the portion is one that you can save leftovers for days, without being too expensive. Seriously, save the money for facial fillers and makeup, because eating right and working out won’t help your face, just ask me.
As someone who has never been a huge fan of red sauce, I’m not sure I’ve ever had the real version of Bolognese. But what you are looking at is a Spaghetti Squash Turkey Bolognese, which felt incredibly indulgent, but is gluten-free, paleo, and under 390 calories. So indulge ahead! It’s hearty without weighing you down, which is more than I can say for some of the Italians I’ve dated.
I bet you thought being healthy meant that you can’t have dessert. Think again, non-believers! Now I would not recommend eating all of these pastries at once, unless you’re a professional like me. What you are looking at is: Almond butter cookies (almond butter, raw sugar, baking soda, egg whites and chocolate chips) Gluten-free chocolate cake with vegan chocolate frosting, Gluten-free chocolate peanut butter brownies, Gluten-free chocolate chip sandwich cookies with vegan chocolate filling; and raw protein bars (homemade almond butter and date paste, chia, almonds, walnuts, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, raw protein, vegan chocolate chips, coconut flakes and almond milk). I sampled them all, and my two favorites were the cookie sandwiches an the protein bars. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every protein bar, from Slim Fast, to Quest, to Power Bar, and I loved how different these were. The consistency was far more moist (ewwww how many people’s skin crawled when they read that word – but sorry, nothing else to describe it) than what you buy at that drugstore, and the there were so many flavors packed in to it that it has far more taste than most. I never would have guessed the cookies were gluten free, they disguise themselves as well as a “designer” bag from the vendors on NYC streets.
Lastly, my favorite, açai bowls. I was introduced to açai bowls a couple of years ago and have been on the hunt for the best ones – and these definitely deserve a spot in my top three. Being the peanut butter fiend that I am, I immediately went for the Crunch ‘n Munch, a blend of banana, granola, hemp, chia, sunflower seeds, bee pollen, honey and natural peanut butter. Fruity, nutty and refreshing – it was a holy grail of açai bowls. My Eagles may never win a Super Bowl, but I felt like a winner with this bowl.
Being healthy all the time? It’s not easy. It’s not fun. It’s not cheap. And guess what?! THOSE are all excuses that Fit Foodz cancels out. I may be a tad obsessed with my french fries, but I also want to live a long, long time, or a least outlive my cat. And being healthy is part of that, so why not make it GOOD!!
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.