Hello fitness friends, today business owner and chef, Abraham Pena will be featured for the ‘Get to Know’ article. He has turned his passion for food and fitness into a lifestyle brand for others to enjoy. His Instagram page features many of his wonderful recipes and meals that he’s cooked, so you should definitely check it out.
-What made you want to start meal prepping and cooking for others?
A lot of things played a role in my desire to start meal prepping. For starters, my weight loss journey (I’ve lost 110 lbs. in the past four years). Also, I was attending community college for entrepreneurship and had friends complain about how it was hard to eat healthy while being in school, so I wanted to help them out and make losing weight enjoyable. Furthermore, my mom (R.I.P mom 🙏🏾), she would push me and say Abe you can make a difference and help people lose weight with your food.
-Have you always had a passion for cooking?
Not always. One day I started barbecuing with my mom and then boom it hit me, I can cook!
-Do you see yourself opening your own restaurant one day?
Actually yes! I’ve been wanting to open up a Fitty-Food truck or a store front.
-How has cooking for yourself changed your life?
It’s changed my life completely. For the longest time I didn’t have direction in my life until I started cooking. It takes a huge leap of faith to leave a “constant check” from your job to start your own business, but it was worth it.
-If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
Definitely Japan! The culture, the food oh man! One day, one day!
-In addition to cooking what are some other things you enjoy doing?
I don’t have much time for myself now a days as I’m constantly working, but I enjoy traveling. The past two years my younger brothers and I planned a trip every three months.
-What’s your favorite meal to cook?
Red potatoes with low sodium brisket, 1/4 cup of cheese and 1 strip of bacon. I also like to add low calorie BBQ sauce to give it some extra flavor.