Grab a healthy meal on Granada

A new business, Chef Rx, is now open.

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  • | 11:44 a.m. January 4, 2019
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Diet is the most important aspect of health and fitness, according to Melissa Kiel, a fitness trainer, and she’s now made it possible for more people to eat healthy. She has opened Chef Rx at 126 W. Granada Blvd., along with chef Kevin Alexander and fitness trainer Maggie Nugent.

Prepackaged lunches and dinners, ready for the microwave, can be picked up or ordered online and eaten at home or the office.

“You can’t train right if you’re not fueling your body right,” Nugent said.

Kiel started offering healthy meals to her clients at the gym she owns, East Ormond Beach Crossfit, 123 N. Orchard St. in 2014. The three decided to open Chef Rx, a more accessible place for the general public. Kiel loves being in the downtown area and hopes the street becomes more walkable, as planned by Ormond MainStreet, the nonprofit group that promotes the area.

In addition to providing a healthy alternative, the meals offer time-saving benefits, Kiel said, because customers don’t have to shop and prepare meals.

Microwaves are also on-hand at the shop so people can heat up a meal and talk about fitness. Kiel plans to get a whiteboard where people can track their fitness activities, such as walks across the Granada Bridge.

The meals are prepared by Alexander, a local chef, who met Kiel at East Ormond Beach Crossfit. Trained as a French chef, he said he made a 180 degree turn from that style of cooking. He makes wide variety of meals being creative with ingredients.

“They are all healthy and they taste good,” he said.

The chef selects high quality lean proteins and pairs them with fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts, some starch or dairy sources, according to their website.

Picking up lunch recently was Ormond Beach Police Officer Marianne Mele.

“The meals are excellent,” she said. “It’s easy to grab and go. I’m not the best at healthy cooking.”

Now open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kiel plans to change hours to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the near future.



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Ashley Morelli
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