Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. Local businesses make it easier to choose better eating habits, and interest in their life changing programs continues to grow.
Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating, which provides 21 freshly-prepared (prepackaged) meals each week, takes the guesswork out of how to eat better and costs less than eating out every day.
Toni Smith, of the Highland Seattle Sutton location, says the diet is heart healthy, low in cholesterol, low in fat and sodium restricted.
“It’s not just for losing weight,” Smith explains. It also makes meal planning easier for those with high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.
Clients have a lot of variety with a menu that changes every five weeks to avoid repetition. Sample entrees include fluffy egg noodles with meatballs, baked fish almondine and robust potato skins.
The diet is also easy to use for those with busy schedules. Salads, fruits and vegetables are included so clients only need to add beverages to complete their meal. The system offers either a 1,200- or 2,000-calorie-per day plan. The 1,200-calorie plan is $129 a week and the 2,000–calorie plan is $149 per week. Delivery is also available at an additional charge.
“We’ve been in business over 25 years,” Smith says.
Helping clients eat healthy is nothing new to Cheryl Dornberg, owner of Mrs. Dornberg’s Culinary Experience in Highland. Since starting her business in 1996, she has seen increasing demand for healthy, easy and affordable meals.
Her Healthy Living Eating plan helps those who are too busy to cook during the week but who still want homemade food. Clients order from a weekly menu of meals, baked goods and more and can adjust the amount of food to what they need that week.
“It’s what they would make if they had the time,” Dornberg says. She started her business to fill a void in the area.
“Since I cook in a certain way and in a healthy way, it was hard for me and my husband to go out to eat because it wasn’t the same caliber we were used to.”
The preplanned meals are so popular that Dornberg currently cannot accept any new clients, but those who are interested can add their names to a waiting list. In response to her clients’ needs, Dornberg started teaching cooking classes.
“I can only service so many people a week with the (Healthy Living Eating plan.) I just saw there was a need for people to understand that healthy meals are not difficult. They don’t take a lot of time. You just have to know some tips and tricks to gain confidence in the kitchen.”
Classes are Wednesday through Saturday and the schedule changes monthly. Demonstration classes feature in-depth discussions on techniques and ingredients. She also offers hands-on classes and what she calls make & take classes, where students prepare items to be eaten later. In December, for example, she will offer a Christmas cookie class where participants can bake a variety of cookies for their upcoming holiday parties.
Other classes range in topic from basic knife skills to Beef 101 to do-it-yourself Mediterranean dinner party.