Healthy Havens: Foodies finds for every palate


Photo Credit: Chris Holloman

Reno/Tahoe has many places for a quick lunch, a protein-packed bite with your best friend, and vegan meals that will help make this trip healthy, fit and tasty as ever.

Tasty Reno

I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and finding a menu that delights and excites my taste buds while staying true to an animal-friendly lifestyle is something I am thankful for. Grateful Gardens has made so many people in Reno appreciative for delicious vegan, paleo and gluten-free options. They even expanded beyond Midtown and opened a second location in south Reno. Enjoy locally famous favorites like the faux bacon BLTA and homemade vegan tomato soup. They even write inspirational notes on to-go boxes bringing smiles even after you’ve taken your last delectable morsel.

The only thing that tastes better than a quick healthy meal, is eating it with someone you love the most. BFF Cafe in Reno serves yummy plates that go great when you want to catch up with a friend over lunch. With protein options, soups, chili and more, you’ll think you’re on a cheat day. Try their vegan mushroom bowl with “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) or one of the pre-made boxes if you’re on the go.

The Riverwalk District has gathered plenty of praise in the recent years for their array of amazing restaurants and eateries. In particular the beloved local celebrity chef, Mark Estee, and his Liberty Food and Wine Exchange is one of the main reasons downtown Reno is delicious. A menu filled with local meats, produce and farm-to-table items presents the perfect place to eat dinner and enjoy a great glass of wine with friends.

Tempting in Tahoe

Finding a gluten-free pizza that tastes as good as it looks is a miracle, which is why the Blue Angel Cafe is heaven on earth. This delightful eatery offers guests a welcoming atmosphere and items that will make your taste buds dance. Angelic pizza toppings include veggies with Gorgonzola and rocket prosciutto. To top it off, while chewing away at a crust that tastes like nirvana, you’ll feel right at home in this cozy restaurant with friendly staff.

Tahoe brings so many people to visit with its beautiful views, crisp clear lake and delectable dishes from a place guests and locals adore, Artemis Café. With two locations in South Lake, this charming restaurant has a true Tahoe feel with views that will leave you breathless. Your stomach will have something to smile about too. Start your morning off right with a crab benedict or a vegan tofu scramble.

I know that sometimes it can be hard to eat healthy and meet dietary constraints while enjoying all the area has to offer. If you make reservations at any of these wonderful restaurants in Reno/Tahoe, staying fit, full and nutrition conscious on your vacay will be a breeze, bon appetite!


By: Britton Griffith-Douglas