BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's a common dilemma: eating healthy on-the-go. Traditional "fast food" offers few good options. But a new business model makes it easier to eat clean, and it's catching on in Baton Rouge.
Most mornings at Modern Meals on Government Street begin with prep work. A chef lines up a fresh batch of prepackaged meals that
customers can eat on-site or take with them for a healthy lunch or dinner anywhere there's a microwave.
Co-owner Marcy David said many customers prefer to buy in bulk.
"We have meal plans that we've created," she said. "Customers can also set up their own meal plans based on their lifestyle."
Modern Meals opened in February next to Baton Rouge Magnet High School. The funky space is home to unique recipes that are good
for you without sacrificing Louisiana flavors – like their popular Turkey Boudin Balls.
"We take ground turkey, brown rice, and then we bake it, and then we coat it with gluten-free breadcrumbs," David explained.
Chef Daniel Dreher knows the struggle of balancing nutrition and taste. 10 months ago he opened Fresh Kitchen with partner Ryan McNeil. Their idea is nearly identical: clean, nutritious food that's convenient to eat.
"This chicken curry, we went through probably eight different tests to get it right," Dreher said while tasting the dish. "It was trying to get the curry right, trying to get the sodium right."
McNeil said regular customers have reported good results.
"You get 21 meals out of the week roughly. That's about 15 or 16 meals where, if you can eat healthy on those, you can splurge on the other 25 percent. You're going to actually see some weight differences. You'll see a difference in how you feel," he said.
Fresh Kitchen offers about 30 rotating meals, and also lets customers eat on-site or grab-and-go. Their location on Corporate Boulevard is across from Towne Center.
"In July or August we'll open our second location at Willow Grove off of Perkins," McNeil said. "And then from there, we're looking at a third location right now actually."
It's proof there's a hungry market for healthy fast food.
Modern Meals is located at 2921 Government St. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 412-0480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fresh Kitchen is located at 7474 Corporate Blvd., Ste. 108. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 367-1117 or email email@example.com for more information.