CLEAN-EATING STORE OPENS 2ND OKALOOSA LOCATION

Healthy Coast Meals, a Fort Walton Beach-based company that sells healthy, pre-packaged meals, has added a second storefront. Owners Ashley and Ross Cole opened their second “Grab and Go” retail store last month at 1900 Ferdon Blvd. S., Suite 180. The Crestview store prepares and sells healthy meals that are color coded for meal type (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and include nutritional value and allergy notices. Ross Cole said professional chefs prepare, cook and package all the food from scratch at their Fort Walton Beach kitchen. The food is then immediately transported to the Crestview location in brand-new refrigerated vehicles that keep the food between 35-39 degrees. “While we do cook everything in Fort Walton Beach, we are very concerned about food safety,” Ross Cole said. Some of the more popular breakfast items include crustless quiche and protein waffles, while Buffalo chicken plates and burrito bowls are their most popular entrees. To make it easier for customers, HCM also has eight additional locations where customers can pick up meals on Saturdays, according to the company website www.healthycoastmeals.com. They include fitness stores in Destin, Miramar Beach, Navarre and Niceville. For a fee, meals can also be delivered. All HCM meals are gluten-, peanut- and shellfish-free. “Too many people are allergic to shellfish that we will never have a shellfish, a shrimp, a lobster … in our kitchen,” Ross said. Some items are sugar-free or dairy-free. In addition to Grab-and-Go products, customers have the option of signing up for various meal plans, bulk purchases and other options. Pre-orders are available by phone and online. Customers pick up items indoors, at the store’s drive-thru, or have them delivered directly to their homes for a fee.

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