Eat and run: Clean Eatz has delicious foods for the calorie counter

About a week before Christmas, I ventured to the Maine Mall area to get a bite of the recently opened Clean Eatz, off Payne Road near Marden’s and Walmart.

I’ve heard it makes absolutely healthy food, something I’ve let myself get away with. Although my semi-formal wellness rejuvenation plan will start on the second day of 2022, I thought it would be a good idea to prepare myself with something other than the french fries and pizza I’ve been eating lately.

I got to eat for myself and my wife Tracy, and not only was the food delicious, but it was also a reminder that eating well doesn’t mean eating with a frown on my face. In fact, I have to congratulate myself for not riding containers while driving because Good For You nachos is calling me from the passenger seat.

A short ride through the traffic later, I’m home and ready to scoop up the “fake” nachos, along with an order of buffalo cauliflower.

Clean Eatz “Good For You” nachos made of stir-fry sweet potatoes with shredded beef, guacamole, salsa, green pepper and red onion.

Good For You nachos from Clean Eatz ($6.99) are made with fries topped with shredded beef, guacamole, salsa, green pepper, and red onion. Those 409 calories were well expended. The flavor was great. Would I have loved more sweet potato fries? You don’t even have to answer that, but the portion size was reasonable and every bite was satisfying.

Buffalo Cauliflower 2.0 made of baked cauliflower, drenched in buffalo sauce and topped with fat-free ranch dressing.

Next was the Buffalo Cauliflower 2.0 ($5.99), which was baked cauliflower tossed with buffalo sauce and served with two cans of fat-free ranch dressing (I only needed one). Historically, I found cauliflower strange and bland and never understood its appeal. It was a few years ago when I got caught up in the craze for mashed cauliflower. Now, I’ve found another delivery system for exotic vegetables.

The order had 266 calories, although I discounted a few to use only half the sauce. I had to force myself not to go to the florets so fast and hard, and I’ll settle in with you, I could have eaten nearly four times what came in that order, but that’s one of Clean Eatz’s best assets: portion control. The cauliflower was crunchy, and dipped in ranch dressing, it tasted great.

Make a bowl of salmon from Clean Eatz. Photography by Emile Ponty

Tracy enjoyed the Medium Build ($10.55). Calories range from 238 to 627 depending on the carbohydrates, vegetables, and proteins you choose to allocate. I went with salmon and made it Mexican-style by adding corn, black beans, rice, sauce, and fiery Chipotle seasoning.

Tracy was impressed by the amount of salmon in it, noting that it’s more than just the restaurants she usually adds to salads. She also said the chipotle seasoning was “nice, hot, and not weak,” although the salsa is less well known. As for the vegetables she chose, she liked the delicious broccoli preparation, but preferred the carrot slices over the ones Clean Eatz used. Next time Tracy said she’d choose Brussels sprouts, another vegetable that baffles me. Overall, she felt it was “a great bang for the buck” and appreciated the spices and sauces inspired from around the world.

She surprised Tracy with an order of the Clean Eatz dark chocolate fudge ($3.99), made with dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut oil, honey, and coconut, which she appreciates—especially because it’s dairy-free.

Clean Eatz, a chain that started in the Southeast and has that only location in Maine, also sells a wide variety of frozen meals, and the menu changes every week. If you’re someone who’s on the go, who doesn’t like to cook but wants to eat healthy and good food, this is a viable option with things like marinated prime rib and sour chicken with sriracha cream. The more meals you buy, the better deal you get.

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