You probably have discovered a pink van with a weightlifting panda decal on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard lately, you will have noticed chef and bodybuilder Jeff Houser delivering refreshing, nutritious meals. Houser owns Jacked Panda, a boutique meal prep assist.
Houser hand cooks about 1,000 exercise-influenced, higher-protein and small-glycemic index carb meals for every week (about 500 per working day) and delivers them inside a 24-hour time interval to prospects’ doorways and regional gyms.
Houser has been a talented chef most of his way of life. He commenced cooking meals together with his mom, who owned Thai locations to eat in Virginia. At age 17, he enrolled in culinary college at Johnson and Wales Faculty and skilled in conventional French delicacies. He’s labored with culinary stars Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Chef Man Leroy, and owned fantastic-eating establishments in Los Angeles and Jacksonville named Fusion Bistro, fusing his French and Thai model alongside each other.
It was not proper till 9 months previously that Houser went entire-power into the meals prep enterprise. He is skilled working expertise prepping nutritious meals for specialist bodybuilders, Olympic athletes and Sarasota medical professionals, however Jacked Panda was formulated additional from Houser’s recognize of well being and health and well being, understanding that energetic people require correct gasoline and the way meals prep has positively impacted his personal existence.
“My spouse is efficient is a registered nurse and we have now two youngsters,” claims Houser. “We’re actually quick paced, however love preserving up this healthful life-style, so meal prep has been the best. Nourishment is actually medicinal to me.”
All of Jacked Panda’s meals are regarding 600 to 800 energy, incorporate 4 oz. to six oz. of lean protein, 1 cup of starch and 1 cup of veggies, Houser claims. Protein sources embrace sirloin, floor beef, Atlantic salmon or tilapia, and pure rooster. He additionally cooks very low-glycemic index starches like jasmine rice and candy potatoes and roasted veggies.
But it surely’s the flavors and sorts of meals that make Jacked Panda stand out. Houser incorporates Southeast Asian flavors like candy chili and garlic. A few of his meals contain stuffed peppers, lemon rosemary hen kabobs, keto pancakes and way more.
Each meal system arrives with a number of meals and two grab-‘n’-go treats like egg salad with avocado mayo, protein muffins or yogurt parfait.
“Meals prep has to model glorious, for the common Joe and skilled athlete. A number of the leanest athletes within the surroundings are health competitors, coming in at two to three p.c human physique physique fats,” says Houser. “A ton of them understand this by meal prepping, and having modest meals 6 instances per working day with an emphasis on protein and healthful starch.”
If you wish to get a factor from Jacked Panda, simply try their web site and decide a $400, $600 or $800 meals put together or purchase meal at a time on the internet or on the refuel station. Deliveries are manufactured Monday and Thursday each week from as considerably as Longboat Key to Moccasin Wallow Street in Parrish.
“Part of this enterprise is exhibiting me staying match at 47-a lengthy time-previous and spreading the great info that completely clear taking in is accessible for everyone and will be pleasurable, method too,” Houser offers.
Try the ReFuel Station at 5920 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., or purchase on-line or by contacting (941) 544-9696.