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Skinny Pantry: Offers Grab-and-Go Meals

Jan 02, 2015 03:27AM ● By Savannah Noir

The Skinny Pantry—a healthy grocer selling foods for special diets, such as gluten-free, low-carbohydrate and paleo, as well as vitamins, supplements and weight-loss products—also provides a menu of grab-and-go lunches and dinner, Mason jar salads, and healthy snacks and desserts.

Fresh Fit Foods, of Naples, prepares the meals from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients. The current grab-and-go menu includes a six-week meal plan that features 48 different dishes. “The entire menu of delicious choices is available as single lunches or dinners or as part of the six-week meal plan that people can sign up for in advance,” explains The Skinny Pantry owner Terry Foster, who is also a certified health and nutrition counselor and dietary educator.

“The newest additions to our menu are our very popular salads, served in Mason jars, which our customers say are the most satisfying they have ever eaten. The salads can be preordered or chosen from the selection on hand,” Foster remarks.

Here are descriptions of the most popular Mason jar salads.

The Earth Bowl comprises butternut squash, wheat berries, whiskey-soaked cranberries, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, roasted turkey, beets, feta cheese and spiced pecans dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

The Lean Machine is a hearty, healthy take on a Mexican fare that features lean bison, quinoa, black beans, red peppers, scallions, light cream cheese, salsa and homemade cumin-lime vinaigrette. It can be made vegan by substituting almond-based “cheese” and coconut milk sour cream.

The Fall Harvest is a vibrant salad featuring delicata squash, pomegranate, arugula and feta cheese, tossed in maple balsamic vinaigrette. The gluten-free salad can be made vegan by substituting a vegan cheese, and the pecans can be replaced with pumpkin seeds (pepitas) for a nut-free version.

The Nurturer is a filling salad featuring farro, chickpeas, mesclun greens, pepitas and Bing cherries.

“We’ve discovered that the majority of our customers seek a path to wellness that includes a more convenient way to enjoy delicious, clean food. That’s why we created the six-week meal plan and the grab-and-go options,” shares Foster. “Also, we specifically offer fresh, healthy foods for all types of dietary needs, from diabetes to heart disease to celiac disease. Orders for individuals with dietary restrictions can be customized.”

The Skinny Pantry is located at 14261 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 17, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-935-5093 or visit or

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