OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Chances are you’ve heard the phrase “new year, new me” at least once this month. That usually means time to hit the gym, but meal prep services said the first few months of the year are their busiest.
Kristin Grizzard is the owner of Prep by K.U.G in Ocean Springs. She’s also the cook, and that means she controls exactly what goes into your meals. For instance, mayonnaise at Prep contains two ingredients: eggs and oil.
Grizzard said the first step in getting healthy is understanding what you’re putting in your body.
“People come and they ask if this is healthy, and I always ask, ‘what is your definition of healthy,’" she said.
Prep by K.U.G has been prepping healthy meals for three years and serving families like the Simpkins.
“I have three kids, 4 and under. I don’t always want to cook a meal, but I don’t want to go through a drive thru and feel bad about what I’m giving them or feel bad about eating it myself," said Alana Simpkins. She and her three kids like to get sweet treats from Prep by K.U.G. The brownies are their favorite, and that’s OK with Alana because Prep’s brownies contain veggies.
“I love getting a foundation of health and wellness for my kids and myself,"she said.
Grizzard said over the years, she’s heard from customers that convenience is key. Several of those customers have special needs, like gluten-free or dairy-free.
“I actually like to keep a dairy-free, soy-free diet, and I can ensure that when I eat here," Alana said.
Buying prepped foods gives families an opportunity to eat healthier without having to spend hours in the kitchen. It will cost you less too, because you’re not wasting leftover ingredients.
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