For the last decade, Bob Swallows, founder and owner of all four locations of Bob’s Gym in the Evansville and Newburgh, Ind., area, has wanted to change the way people eat by cooking and offering healthy meals. About a month ago that idea translated into a large commercial kitchen at the West Side gym location on N. Rosenberger Avenue and Perfectly Fresh meals.
Convenient, affordable, healthy, and delicious are the four goals of Perfectly Fresh meals.
“Every grain is whole grain, 75 percent or more of our meals are gluten-free. Our meats are local grass-fed beef, and no hormone, all vegetarian diet, antibiotic and cage free-chicken,” says Swallows.
Swallows teamed up with local farmers to provide locally grown vegetables and meats. Each meal has standards of 500 milligrams of sodium or less, 25 to 28 grams of protein, and 35 to 39 grams of carbs and 10 to 12 grams of fats.
A team of two professionally trained chefs, Derik Hooley and Blake Kollker (former executive chef at the Evansville Country Club), make several meal options each day. Tortillas, when used for taco and enchilada recipes, are made in-house with stone-ground whole grains. Gluten-free pasta and spaghetti squash are utilized for the most popular dish: spaghetti and turkey quinoa meatballs with fresh, house-made marinara. A Paleo diet option, which is based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans consisting mainly of fish, fruits, roots, nuts, and vegetables, is provided daily.
Once several meal options are cooked each day they are individually put into BPA-free microwavable plastic containers made by Berry Plastics.
The meals are sold refrigerated at each location for around $5.50-$7 each and you do not have to be a Bob’s Gym member to purchase them. Meal plans are available.
For more information on Perfectly Fresh meals, call 812-760-1474 or visit facebook.com/Perfectlyfreshmeals.