South Asheville now has a location of Clear Eatz, a restaurant and meal-plan franchise catering to individuals with very particular dietary wants. Searching for a lettuce-wrapped burger? A candy potato filled with meals eaten through the Paleolithic period? That is your spot.  

Bolstered by the rise of weight loss plan traits like keto, Paleo and an total motion towards wellness consuming, Clear Eatz has roughly 40 places and ranks among the many 50 fastest-growing franchises within the nation. It appears well-suited to Asheville, too, with lots of of particular person, premade meals flying out of the cooler each week. 

That is based on Ethan Younger, an Appalachian State grad and native Clear Eatz franchisee.

Like the opposite franchises, his South Asheville eatery features a fast-casual cafe, a meal plan part and a closely stocked seize and go part with a big number of completely different proteins, befitting the whims of the trendy client. There’s bison and beef for the Paleo and keto set; poultry and seafood for heart-healthy patrons; and vegetarian proteins, too.   

The will for custom-made, allergy-friendly and diet-adhering meals is “prevalent and ever rising,” Younger mentioned. “And it is one thing we’re completely happy to cater to.”

‘Swole N Spicy’

At Clear Eatz, the cafe menu contains salads, grain bowls, flatbreads, wraps and sandwiches. Bowls could be constructed with greens, candy potatoes, entire grains or cauliflower rice. Proteins embrace Past Meat crumbles, bison, rooster, salmon, ahi tuna, shrimp or shredded beef. 

A couple of phrases on the menu are clearly geared towards the Crossfit neighborhood. There’s, for instance, a salt-free spice mix referred to as Swole N Spicy, kicked up with paprika, cayenne and crushed crimson pepper. 

Clear Eatz additionally gives a meal plan program for these searching for simple, wholesome, meal options. (Photograph: Courtesy of Clear Eatz)

And within the “Makin’ Muscle Nook” portion of the menu, there’s The Rock, a 526-calorie bison burger with turkey bacon, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on a sandwich skinny. 

“However the greater a part of the idea is our grab-and-go bins and meal plans,” Younger mentioned, describing two double-bay freezers within the cafe space with as much as 20 completely different in-house made ready meals. Ready meals could be heated in both a microwave or oven. 

Every package deal is stamped with the expiration date in addition to an ingredient listing with a wealth of well being info, together with any potential allergens and the calorie, protein and carb content material. The freezers even have separate vegetarian, keto and Paleo sections. Ready meals are comparatively inexpensive: Breakfast is $5 and lunch/dinner is $6.50.

Prospects can join meal plans on-line or onsite after which make seemingly limitless modifications — sub zucchini noodles for wheat or vegetarian proteins for beef — although particular orders take a bit longer to arrange. 

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Clean Eatz opened May 10 in Asheville, and has already connected with several local gyms to promote its meal plans. But in 2019, special diets aren’t limited to weightlifters, and casual consumers are getting into protein-heavy diets or going gluten-free.

With this franchise, they don’t have to go it alone; there are registered dietitians employed by the company, who make sure what’s labeled as heart-healthy or keto-friendly actually is. Even though the food is made in-house, it’s all strictly mapped out by corporate-provided recipes. 

“And we have a nutrition info sheet that covers every ingredient we use in the cafe, so we can reference it to see if a dressing has canola oil,” Young said.  

What’s the problem with canola? “You can’t have it if you’re Paleo.”

There’s a lot to keep track of out there. 

Clean Eatz is open daily at 1950 Hendersonville Road. More at

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