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Get Fit Grill focuses on healthy lunch options

Get Fit Grill focuses on healthy lunch options

We loaded the kayak and were looking for a healthy lunch option before hitting the lake. Nothing too greasy, nothing too heavy.

My boyfriend and I found it at Get Fit Grill, a health-minded, fast-casual restaurant in West Glen Town Center in West Des Moines. There’s a second location in Ankeny.

When we walked in, we immediately knew it wasn’t a typical restaurant. A large scale sat near the counter and a long row of refrigerators contained meals awaiting pick-up.

We were initially confused over the multiple menus. There’s a regular menu on display plus paper menus with vegetarian, Keto, Whole30, Paleo and gluten-free meals.

But the staff was welcoming and helpful in sorting out our options, and soon we’d ordered and found a seat near the window. 

A vegetarian black bean burger at Get Fit Grill, served with avocado and broccoli. (Photo: Mackenzie Ryan / The Des Moines Regsiter)

What we ordered

I ordered the vegetarian black bean burger, which came with low-fat cheese and avocado plus a side ($11.95) and a blueberry cream smoothie ($6.95). 

The burger was tasty. I ordered steamed broccoli, a personal favorite; other sides included sweet potato tots, cottage cheese or mixed veggies. The protein-rich smoothie was a little thin for my liking but filling. I couldn’t finish it. 

All meals at Get Fit Grill are less than 600 calories, and my boyfriend was hesitant to stop there. When he’s eaten at calorie-conscious restaurants before, he’s left feeling hungry. 

He ordered a salmon pesto sandwich with sweet potato “skinny” fries ($11.95) and a Cookies N Mass smoothie ($6.95), which was much thicker than mine and boasted nearly 50 grams of protein. 

“The smoothie is a must,” he said. Later that night, we both had a lighter-than-normal dinner; we were still full from lunch. 

About the menu

The menu was remarkably health-minded: No fried food, all “clean” ingredients, no artificial sweeteners and many locally sourced ingredients.

I appreciated the low-sodium menu as well, as I tend to avoid fast food and certain fast-casual restaurants specifically because of the salt. But my boyfriend, who enjoys the taste salt adds, noticed immediately that it was lacking.

Most items are labeled with calories, protein, carbs and fat. The restaurant also offers a meal plan (a sign advertised five days’ worth of meals and snacks for $155.55). 

They also have a basic kids menu, including chicken taco boats or cheese quesadillas; sides included sweet potato, carrot and parsnip fries or apple sauce ($6.95).

The atmosphere 

There was plenty of seating on a Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with wooden tables and metal chairs on either side of the entrance.

The music was loud enough to make our conversation feel private and the restrooms were clean and orderly. 

The service took a little longer than expected. We were guessing 30 minutes to order and eat, but we were there for at least 45 minutes.

The decor seemed focused on the food and knowing about the ingredients, from signs on the wall to our table decor, which had a flyer advertising the use of Certified Piedmontese beef.

I later learned that Piedmontese certification means cattle are DNA-tested to confirm their heritage. It also verifies they are raised in an environmental sustainability and “ranch-to-fork” way.

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One of the Get Fit Grill menus at the West Des Moines locations. (Photo: Mackenzie Ryan / Des Moines Register)

What we liked 

As someone who enjoys vegetables and scratch cooking, I liked their wide selection of vegetarian meals and what felt, at least to me, like right-size portions.

My boyfriend liked its healthy focus and commented on the Bang Energy drinks for sale, which he’s bought when he’s wanted a better-for-you boost of caffeine. 

The best part was the menu labels and various meal options for health-conscious diners or those with dietary restrictions. I enjoyed knowing what I was eating and how it was made.

Later, as we pulled the kayak into the water, we noted how we didn’t feel groggy from a heavy meal. We felt energized and ready for an afternoon on the lake. 

The details

Location:  5585 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: (515) 225-6976, getfit-grill.com or facebook.com/getfitgrill

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