Healthy Beginnings

Fuel Fit Kitchen focuses on nutritious food with flavor

Living a healthy lifestyle depends on healthy eating. Finding foods that taste great, satisfy cravings, and are still good for you can be tough to come by. But the meals prepared by Fuel Fit Kitchen are designed to do just that—provide healthy solutions using fresh ingredients that are full of flavor. And all of it is available at your convenience in a wide variety of selections.

Fuel Fit Kitchen is a locally owned and operated concept. It was developed by owner Edward Lomeli and his brother Alex. They teamed up with longtime Creighton University soccer friend Johnny Torres and in partnership with brothers Eduardo and Luis Marquez. Together with Chef Maritza Granadeno and Chief Operating Officer Izaura Ramos, they have created 55 different menu options, 98% of which are gluten free, and all of which are low in sugar and sodium. Each entrée is also weighed to ensure portions are always consistent.

Both Alex and Maritza were pioneers in food prep having worked in the industry for the past ten years. They moved to Omaha from Houston, as did Edward, hoping to introduce their own option that focuses on the flavor of the items offered. Maritza incorporates specific spices like cayenne and cinnamon, which enhance food flavors but also helps with metabolism.

“The food speaks for itself,” Edward explained. “The misconception is that healthy food has to be bland, or that you must commit to a food plan. Fuel Fit Kitchen is nothing like that.” Each menu item is meant to satisfy a craving, whether that’s Italian, Mexican, Asian, or American. Every item is served with one or two sides, and meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, and snacks. A Picky Eaters line is also available for kids that is preservative and hormone free. Prices start at $4.75 for breakfast, $6.50 for lunch, and $7.50 for dinner.

Menu items include a wide variety such as a bison burger, mango tilapia, enchiladas verdes, Texas chili, and fettucine alfredo. Ingredients are locally sourced, and all sauces and dressings are made from scratch. Twelve people work in the kitchen seven days a week to prepare 15,000 meals weekly. Customers can stop in during the day, on weekends, and in the evenings to pick up meals from the cooler, or meals can be pre-ordered and custom made. Fuel Fit Kitchen will also cater for events.

Deb Gray, the company’s Corporate Wellness Director, spends much of her time visiting local businesses and schools. She educates them about Fuel Fit Kitchen and provides samples so people can taste the flavor and quality of the food. She is also a personal trainer and discovered Fuel Fit Kitchen while looking for healthy food options for her clients. “I couldn’t believe how good the food tasted or how many options they offered,” she said. Deb will conduct lunch and learns at offices or partner with schools to do fundraising events in which Fuel Fit will donate a portion of its sales from the fundraiser back to the school.

Many athletes. athletic programs, and gyms have already partnered with Fuel Fit Kitchen to offer meals at their locations. Dynamic Fitness, Anytime Fitness in Northwest Omaha, Nebraska Elite Sports and Fitness, and Nebraska Elite Volleyball all have Fuel Fit coolers at their training facilities. Students from UNO, soldiers from Offutt Airforce Base, and even customers from Sioux Falls, SD, all drive to the storefront off 156th & Maple to pick up food.

The concept has gone over so well, Edward said they already plan to open additional locations in Aksarben Village and by Lakeside. “We want consumers to make healthier choices,” he said. “We think that between our great kitchen staff, our impeccable customer service, and the flavors of our food, we can be a part of the growth of Omaha. We love the city and are glad to be raising our families here while helping others.”

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