After a holiday season of a bit too many cookies and wine, I decided to start the New Year off right with clean eating. I was excited to try out the new BFF Café, a new restaurant off of Plumb and McCarran started by my friend Gwen and her business partner Jen.
You may remember Gwen and Jen from our series last year of Getting Fit with Gwen and Jen. These ladies are clean eating queens, competing in bikini bodybuilding competitions.
The BFF Café – your Body’s Best Friend — offers healthy food that is nutritionally balanced to keep you satisfied with local, fresh and flavorful food. The BFF Café not only offers dine in, but Fuel Packs, which are grab and go meals that you can warm up right before you eat them. They are the perfect solution for a working mom like me who doesn’t always have time to make myself a healthy lunch. BFF Café has something for every BODY. They eliminate your need to shop, prep, worry or hurry.
In essence, fuel packs feature a healthy protein, and a ton of vegetables, with a ton of zoodles, or zucchini noodles. They also have some great, flavorful and freshly made sauces to kick up the flavor and a healthy carb such as potatoes, brown rice or sweet potatoes.
I ordered five fuel packs for a week of work week lunches. I can’t tell you how nice and convenient is was for me to be able to grab these healthy meals in the morning instead of making a lunch or wondering if I’ll have time to go grab takeout from a restaurant. They also make fresh and flavorful sauces that go with each fuel pack. Here is what I got:
The Hunter Zoodle – Braised beef, zoodles, broccoli, red potato and chimichurri sauce. The beef was perfectly seasoned and tender, and the mix of flavors with the sauce and the veggies was incredible. (Note this picture is a ½ serving, as I ate it at two different sittings.)
The Clucker Zoodle – Grilled chicken, zoodles, cabbage, peppers, red potato, red onion and blue cheese dressing.
The Salmon Zoodle – I never order salmon at restaurants because most restaurants over-bake it and it is dry and tough. But not at BFF Café. Even after I warmed it up in the microwave, it was perfectly done, flakey, flavorful and tender. After talking to Gwen, I learned this is because they partially cook the salmon, meaning that it gets perfectly finished when you warm it up to eat. In addition to the salmon, it had zoodles, broccoli, sweet potato and avocado wasabi sauce.
The Steak Zoodle – I think the steak was my favorite. Look at the color of the meat in this picture – it was cooked to perfection. I love my meat to still be slightly pink, and it was perfectly marinated and tender. The steak also comes partially cooked so that it doesn’t get over-cooked when you heat it up. It came with sweet potato, egg white, zoodles, mixed vegetables, brown rice and a red pepper coulis sauce. (Note that this picture is a ½ serving, as I ate it at two different sittings.)
Ground Turkey Plate – in addition to the turkey, this one had brown rice, roasted vegetables and came with your choice of sauce (I chose the fresh salsa).
These fuel packs taught me that I thought I was eating a ton of vegetables, but I really wasn’t. The fuel packs easily have twice the amount of veggies I’d normally eat at one sitting, and when you combine that with a lean protein and a healthy carb (something I often omit from being on one too many low carb diets), I found that these meals kept me satiated much longer than my normal lunches did. I found that I could easily make it to dinner without even needing my typical afternoon snack.
The BFF Café is also a modern and cozy dine-in restaurant, and I really can’t wait to meet some of my BFFs there! I’m so glad that Reno has this restaurant as a healthy option for dine in or take out!
Special bonus for Reno Moms Blog readers! Here are some discount codes you can use when ordering your fuel packs online. fuel5 = 5% discount for 5 Fuel packs, fuel10 = 10% discount for 10 fuel packs, 15% for 15 and 20% for 20. The fuel packs last up to 1 week in the fridge, but don’t let the salmon one sit that long.
The BFF Cafe has satellite drop locations if you specify one of these locations in the comments of your order. The locations include: Flex Appeal (delivery only Monday & Thursday to Flex), South Reno Athletic Club (delivery on Mondays) and BodyPow (delivery on Saturday) with pick up at ZMA Marial Arts (7520 Longley Lane) between 9 & 9:30, and Soul Space downtown.