Stephenville fitness trainer whips up healthy dishes for all you foodies


Szechuan chicken meatballs

By SARA VANDEN BERGE

How does a bowl of spicy Szechuan chicken meatballs sound?

Or maybe your taste buds prefer a taco bowl made with lean ground turkey, corn, black beans and diced tomatoes served with jasmine rice?

If those mouth-watering dishes pique your interest, you should contact Tommy Barton with Bar10 Fitness and Nutrition. He is whipping up these and other healthy meals for locals looking to shed a few pounds or simply stay on track.

“All of the meals I make are between 350 and 400 calories,” Barton said. “And some of the ingredients can be subbed out with low carb options (upon request).”

If you’re like me, quarantine has done a doozy on your exercise routine and might have put a big dent in your healthy eating habits.

And now it’s time to refocus.

Healthy eating for me involves dishes that are filling and full of flavor – and that’s just what Barton specializes in.

He makes food for foodies.

Eggroll in a bowl

“The Szechuan meatballs are one of my top sellers because they are tangy and a little spicy,” he said. “My customers also like the eggroll in a bowl.”

And speaking of customers, Barton has more than a few. He already has more than 50 orders for just this week.

You can get your name added to the list by placing an order by 5 p.m. on Friday. Meals will be ready for pickup or delivery between 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

The cost varies based on the number you order. Five meals will cost you $40, 10 are $70 and 15 are $100.

And first-time customers will save $5. How’s that for incentive?

Order by messaging Barton at Bar10 Fitness and Nutrition on Facebook or by visiting his website at bar10fitness.com (scroll to the bottom and send him an email).

THE PATH TO GETTING HEALTHY

Losing weight and keeping it off has been a lifelong struggle for Barton.

“I was really overweight when I was growing up,” he said. “I lost 100 pounds when I was in high school.”


Stephenville resident Tommy Barton and his three kids

Like many people, Barton would lose weight, then gain it right back.

“That’s how it was my entire life, until my 30s,” he said, when a divorce prompted him to refocus on his health and change his eating and exercise habits for good.

He joined a gym and began listening to podcasts on health and nutrition.

“I was very motivated,” he said. “I developed a passion for the gym and became a certified personal trainer last year.”

And he fined-tuned his cooking skills.

Today, Barton works in the IT Department at Tarleton State University, and spends much of his weekend preparing healthy meals for customers.

And, of course, he hopes to inspire others by sharing his journey of fitness.

“I understand the struggle,” he said. “I have been there.”

Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Beneath the Surface News. sara@beneaththesurfacenews.com