A little over a year ago, Megan Benedict and Loren Castillo started Fit Kitchen Direct out of their Irvington neighborhood home and now run their growing business out of the Kerns neighborhood. The company creates organic, chef-made and trainer-approved meals that are delivered to neighbors’ doorsteps every Sunday.
“We started with eight customers and it was just Megan and I cooking until 6:00 a.m.,” said Castillo. “We now have taken over the old Soup Cycle kitchen on Northeast Sandy and 26th. Before that, we rented time in a shared kitchen that we grew out of in a few weeks and later rented an entire kitchen for weekends that we grew out of in a few months. We wanted to be closer to home and were lucky to find the kitchen we’re in now. We work seven days a week and the results are amazing.”
Benedict is a personal trainer and Castillo is an entrepreneur with a background in video and photography.
“We get emails every day from people who have lost five, 15, 20 and all the way up to 40 pounds from eating our food,” said Castillo. “We take a lot of pride in our meals and make the healthiest, most delicious food possible. When we started, we tried to eliminate any reason someone might have to not order, so we decided to deliver directly to people’s houses. It’s not easy managing all of those deliveries, but we used to do it by hand and we have software for that now.”
Fit Kitchen Direct provides gluten-, dairy- and refined-sugar-free meals in packs of five, six, 10 or 12 with extra-protein and vegan options. All come precooked and ready to eat. They also offer protein bars.
“All you have to do is heat them,” said Castillo. “Our menu changes every week. For example, we do a healthy chicken pad Thai with spaghetti squash noodles, paleo lasagna, pulled pork tacos and a shepherd’s pie. We use BPA-free packaging that is recyclable.
“We’ve done the math and the average person spends nine hours a week, planning, shopping and prepping their food. We can give that time back to people to exercise, spend time with their kids or start a new hobby and feel good about what they are feeding their body without sacrificing flavor or variety.”
Castillo has lived in the neighborhood for ten years and Benedict for two. “We both love it here,” said Castillo. “Having Taco Pedaler so close is really what keeps us here!”
For more information, vsit www.fitkitchendirect.com.