Enjoy easy, healthy ready-to-eat meals

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June 18, 2017

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: GRYLT

Steak with toasted-sesame broccoli and mashed sweet potato ($10, 4-ounce protein size)

Whether you’re trying to watch what you eat, or are just too busy to plan out your meals for the week, let alone the day, GRYLT’s new meal-prep program can help.

Launched early this year, the unique program provides up to four days worth of carefully thought-out meals that are pre-portioned, nutritious and tasty.

“We wanted to help people with their New Year’s resolutions, their goals and keeping them on track,” explains corporate chef Jose Arias. “The hardest part is doing the work to keep up with your goals. A lot of times you realize things get in your way and the best thing to do is outsource it.

“So, we’re providing people with a convenient and easy way to maintain their goals. We’re saving them time and money, because time is money, and we’re competitively priced,” Arias continues.

Chicken with asparagus and curry sprouted rice ($9, 4-ounce protein size)

The process is easy. Simply go to BuiltByGrylt.com and order the number of meals per day you want and how you want it, then pick up at any of GRYLT’s three locations (Ala Moana Center, Kahala Mall and Kailua). Meals can be customized by protein (salmon, steak, chicken, fresh catch or tofu) and size (4, 6 or 8 ounces), and vegetable and starch (such as grilled sweet potato, cauliflower mash, Brussels sprouts and shallots, steamed asparagus, toasted-sesame broccoli and more).

Price starts at $8 per meal. Orders placed by noon on Sundays can be picked up on Wednesdays after 3 p.m., and orders in by noon on Thursdays are available on Sundays after 3 p.m.

“The response has been great,” says Arias. “Majority of our meal-prep clientele is working professionals who don’t have that much time but want solid, healthy meals throughout the week. It comes in microwaveable containers, so they order it, take it to work and warm it up (for about a minute-anda-half to two minutes).

“It’s also great for bodybuilders and we have a lot of customers in competition,” he adds. “We sponsored (fitness competitor) Erica Tran and IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuidling and Fitness) pro Laura Zuniga. Erica lost 10 pounds in just one month on our program.”

Locally owned and operated, GRYLT opened its first location at Ala Moana Center approximately five years ago, and has since added eateries in Kahala Mall and Kailua. The company is known for serving restaurant-quality food in a fast, casual setting, using minimal ingredients and grilling its food to perfection.

“Our ingredients are really fresh, and as local as possible,” notes Arias. “Everything is grilled because grilling adds more flavor without adding any extra calories. Also, our chicken and salmon are never frozen.

“The most popular items are definitely steak and ahi, and what’s really popular for the meal-prep is our fresh catch. We slightly smoke it and we don’t add any salt. It’s just brushed with a little bit of soy sauce.”


Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday,10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Kahala Mall
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.


Kailua, HI 96734

Honolulu, HI 96816

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