Healthy James makes nutrition easier in a fast-food wasteland

Healthy James makes nutrition easier in a fast-food wasteland

Healthy alternatives to fast food can be hard to find without knowing where to look.

Rick Pittenger is doing his best to get the word out.

While a pandemic was impacting the entire country, Patterson took the bold step in December 2020 to open the Healthy James Meal Prep (5541 Clinton Highway) in Powell.

โ€œYou’d be surprised at how many people in the Knoxville area care about health and fitness,โ€ said Pittenger.

โ€œYou’ve got the gym members and the body builders, but you also have the single mom who works all day and wants something healthy for her and her kids.โ€

Pittenger is there to answer those needs. Healthy James Meal Prep has nutritious meals prepared by a chef available to buy in-store ala carte, online individually, or on a subscription basis.

Rick Pittenger is making sure already prepared healthy meals are available to the people of Powell at Healthy James Meal Prep.

โ€œWe can prepare your meals for a week,โ€ Pittenger said. โ€œJust put it in a microwave, an air fryer or the oven and in a couple minutes it’s ready to eat. If you can’t finish all your meals in a week, stick them in the freezer and have them later.โ€

Variety on the menu

Among the popular meals that are offered are fit steak and fit salmon. The preparation takes into account specific dietary needs like paleo, vegan, keto and gluten-free.

There is no licensed dietitian on staff, but transparency helps the customer make decisions.

โ€œAll our meals come with a full macro breakdown of everything that’s in it,โ€ Pittenger said. โ€œWe list the carbs, protein, everything. We offer nutritional information online.โ€

Pittenger said there are between 45-50 meals available online, while 20-25 are available in-store.

The salmon's ready to be packaged as a healthy meal at Healthy James Meal Prep.

A meal consists of a main item such as steak, salmon or other seafood or meat, a vegetable, and rice, sweet potatoes or another substitute. Cauli-rice can be used as a healthy option. Also, cauli-crust is used to give a healthy touch to pizzas.

Add to that natural healthy smoothies, smoothie bowls, wellness teas, iced coffee and other snacks and the franchise offers a wide range of food.

personal success story

Pittenger said that when the business started, 200-250 meals were prepared. Today, anywhere from 750-1,000 meals are made. Meals cost between $8.99 and $11.99. Buying in quantities of 10, 15, 20 and more brings the per-meal price down.

What's to drink?  Healthy teas, of course at Healthy James Meal Prep.

On a normal week, orders are taken by phone (865-247-6445) or online ( by Thursday at 8 pm The chef does the meal preparation all day Friday. On Saturdays, packers get the meals ready for distribution or pickup. Most meals are picked up or delivered between 5:30 pm and 8 pm Sundays.

On Monday-Thursday (10 am-7 pm), meals are available for purchase ala carte at the store or online. The chef spends that time preparing what is necessary for the big cooking day Friday.



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