When hunger calls and you have 10 minutes left for lunch, it’s hard to stick to a healthy diet. For many working 9 to 5, grabbing lunch often means forsaking healthy for fast. Tired of the corporate world and tired of the way she was feeling, Hoda Mahmoodzadegan, chose to leave her job in the hopes of finding something more fulfilling.
“I parted ways with my old job and my old life and set out to get myself healthy both mentally and physically,” said Hoda, a local 26 year-old.
Hoda wanted to change, well, just about everything. She realized she was too young to be feeling stuck in an environment that didn’t nurture her body, mind and soul. She began working with a personal trainer, Matt Errichiello and lost 50 pounds.
According to Hoda, she began searching for these healthy food options that actually tasted good because after her very significant weight loss, she wanted to find a way to maintain her healthy weight without “trying to survive on lettuce and grilled chicken.”
She began to “play around in the kitchen, trying to learn how to make food that tasted good with [her] friend Brittany” After just three months, she went from “burning things in the microwave to making breakfast, lunch, and dinner for [herself] and friends who would stop by [Hoda’s] house to recharge.”
“My friends said, ‘I’d pay for this, it’s amazing.’ I guess you could say I took the ball and ran with it,” she said.
While sitting with friends over food one night, the idea to open a gourmet food truck came to mind. “I started investigating the healthy food options in Hoboken and figured I would want to target the people who were just like I was – pre-weight loss and mental cleanse. I wanted to target the 9-5 worker bee,” Hoda said.
Hoda’s main objective is to provide the 9-5 worker bee with healthy options:
“When I was working my corporate job, I was eating junk, sitting at a desk all day, packing on the pounds, going home, going to bed, and doing it all over again the next day, I want to give people a healthier alternative,” she said.
With her plan in mind, Hoda decided to get the ball rolling. “I met my friend at a bar she was working at in Hoboken for lunch. I sat at the bar, struck up a conversation with the owner and he gifted me a truck.” According to Hoda, by Memorial Day Weekend of 2011, she had a business plan and a truck but knew she still had to take it further. The next week, Hoda’s close friend Bruce Elia introduced her to his cousin, Jason Avon.
“We hit it off, I told him about my idea, he loved it, there was an instant friendship formed,” Hoda says of Jason.
Once business partners, Hoda and Jason realized they needed a third musketeer to add to their business. Hoda and Jason added Jonathan Minardi to the trio. “We’re like the three musketeers, comprised of two hot Italian guys and a Middle Eastern Martha Stewart of sorts,” Hoda said. Working together, the three opened a gourmet health food truck called Molly’s Milk Truck.
But don’t let the name fool you – they offer healthy fresh food, not milk and cookies.
Hoda says her favorite menu item is most definitely the iced coffee. Called Molly’s Mellow Milk, comprised of almond milk, cinnamon, agave nectar, triple caffeinated coffee, and vanilla. “It’s a party in your mouth,” said Hoda. “And yes, I just said that. My friends would come over and kick back three or four at any given point throughout the day. They’re just honestly that good!”
In addition to the iced coffee, the Milk Truck also offers Fruit Lassies (Smoothies), and Molly’s Bubbly Lemonade comprised of freshly squeezed lemon juice and Mommy’s homemade seltzer with agave nectar.
As for the menu, they offer a variety of options. From Cinnamon Challah French Toast Sticks to healthier versions of burgers, fries, salads, and sandwiches.
“We wanted to use ingredients that were healthy and fresh, not frozen, not fatty. Things that weren’t going to kill you,” Hoda said.
Molly’s Milk Truck is referred to by the owners as “New Age American: A Healthy Alternative to American Favorites,” aims to reach the masses who are hoping to change to a healthy lifestyle.
The truck’s grand opening ceremony took place on Sunday, May 20th.
“The opening was fabulous, there was tons of foot traffic, tons of free food given out, and a great DJ. It was amazing to watch Molly’s go from something I talked about at my dining room table to something real, something tangible,” she said.
In addition to the great food and DJ, Hoda expressed excitement over the appearance of Real Housewives of New Jersey Star and BLK Owner, Albie Manzo. The mayor also came by for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“The stars aligned for me because I chose to roll the dice, push the envelope, get out of my comfort zone and take control of my life. Molly’s Milk Truck really represents that,” Hoda said.
For more information about Molly’s Milk Truck, visit www.mollysmilktruck.com or follow the truck on twitter @MollysMilkTruck.