Fit Food Revolution is a much-needed new stop in Green Hills on Bandywood (with another location in Brentwood). Over near Model Shoe Rebuilders, where the mattress store used to be, is a beacon of health and convenience. Housed under one roof are two food concepts: Fit Food Revolution, where you can pick up gourmet breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks that are nutritionally-balanced, pre-packaged and fresh; and Juice Revolution, where nutritionally-dense juice smoothies (for lack of a better way to explain — these are unlike any juice or smoothie you’ve ever had) are converting people to a healthier lifestyle every day. With plans to expand quickly, expect to see more Fit Food Revolutions (without the Juice Revolution component, which is how the Brentwood store is set up), and perhaps more stand-alone Juice Revolution stores, as well.

*All photos today by the talented Ashley Hylbert.

Fit Food Revolution's store front on Bandywood Ave.

Fit Food Revolution’s storefront on Bandywood Ave.

When you walk in, you are greeted by knowledgeable nutrition coaches and refrigerators filled with packaged food in both small and medium sizes. Nutritional information is on all items and each meal is planned to have the proper balance of carbs, fat and protein. Prices range from about $6-$12 per entree and after trying several selections, I can vouch that they keep you quite full for hours afterward. You simply heat up each container for about 90 seconds in the microwave and voila: dinner is served! Of all their meals, 92% are gluten-free. I’ve been told that as long as it’s not in a tortilla, it’s gluten-free. So, if it says pasta, it’s gluten-free pasta.

The coolers at Fit Food Revolution

The coolers at Fit Food Revolution

Spaghetti with gluten-free pasta and meatballs. Fit Food Revolution

Spaghetti with gluten-free pasta and meatballs.

Owners Greg and Diane Selby moved here from Memphis to launch this concept. When talking to Greg, he said that he used to have a very travel-heavy job and it was hard to eat well while on the road and also for his whole family, when home, as life was so chaotic. He and Diane knew that the need for convenient, healthy and delicious food was out there, as it was obvious in their own life. Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef John Bragg moved from Memphis to be the chef behind the meals, as well. You may recognize Bragg’s name as one of the better-known Memphis chefs. He has a reputation for delivering delicious food, and now that same skill is being applied to such grab-and-go entrees as the filet mignon dinner ($12) and even a Smoked Duck with Blueberry Jalapeno Compote for $7.25/small portion and $8.75 for the larger portion.

Salmon with Brussels Sprouts and a Juice Revolution. Fit Food Revolution

Salmon with Brussels sprouts

Mahi Mahi with Basmati Rice and Asparagus at Fit Food Revolution

Mahi Mahi with Basmati Rice, Asparagus and Tropical Pico

Filet Mignon with Beans, Carrots, and Potatoes at Fit Food Revolution

Filet Mignon with Beans, Carrots and Potatoes

Turkey and Dressing green beans, smoked turkey breast, gluten-free stuffing, cranberry sauce, parsley.

Turkey with Beans, Gluten-Free Dressing and Cranberry Sauce

"The Perfect Breakfast": Scrambled Eggs, Fingerling Potatoes, Chicken Breast, Sauteed Mushrooms, Spicy Fruit Salad; Fit Food Revolution

The Perfect Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Fingerling Potatoes, Chicken Breast, Sauteed Mushrooms, Spicy Fruit Salad

 Vegan Tempeh Tacos: Taco Tempeh “meat”, sauteed “Mexican street corn”, brown rice, onions, cilantro, lime, corn tortillas and salsa fresco Fit Food Revolution


Vegan Tempeh Tacos: Taco Tempeh “meat,” sauteed “Mexican street corn,” brown rice, onions, cilantro, lime, corn tortillas and salsa fresco

Other popular and tasty meals include top sellers Bison Lasagna and Lemon Artichoke Chicken. Personally, I’ve enjoyed the Sesame Tuna, Shrimp Creole and the Meatballs with Zucchini. Snacks include carrots, celery and hummus, small protein selections and more. Moms in a hurry, take note: this is a quick stop when running Green Hills errands.

Fit Food Revolution (FFR) offers a 21 Day Revolution. To participate, you agree to 5 meals a day (3 meals, 2 snacks) that you pick up, ready to go. You can pick up 2-3 days’ worth of food at a time. The cost is about $200/week. But, you can also pop by for just an individual meal.

The nutritional balance in each meal steers to the protein-heavier side than familiar pre-packaged meals. This is good, fresh protein, not frozen. You will not find preservatives and lots of fillers in these meals, as these are nutritionally-dense options. There is also a section of vegan and vegetarian meals which consultant/developer for FFR, Laura Lea Bryant of LL Balanced, has helped develop, along with the entire Juice Revolution side of the business.

The Juice Bar Revolution counter within the Fit Food Revolution location.

The Juice Revolution counter within the Fit Food Revolution location.

Juice Revolution makes my very favorite smoothie “bowl” of all time: The Green Elvis. With organic peanut butter, bananas, green apples, cashew milk, local honey, and gogi berries, this smoothie is one you eat with a spoon and then use your finger to scrape the sides and leave not a molecule of this little bit of heaven behind. My kids are partial to another favorite of mine as well, the Pitaya Bowl/Dragonfruit Bowl: pineapple, banana, coconut milk, pitaya (dragonfruit), topped with unsweetened coconut flakes, banana slices and buckwheat granola. Each smoothie juice is made in a Vitamixer. There are two, so you may need to be patient when you walk in. Believe me that it’s worth it! And, each one is $6.25 which is a fabulous value for the ingredients and manpower involved.

Other goodies on the Juice Revolution side include:

Vegan Vanilla Milkshake: bananas, dates, cashew almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut sugar, maca powder, topped with coconut whipped cream and Superfood Buckwheat Granola. Fit Food Revolution

Vegan Vanilla Milkshake: bananas, dates, cashew almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut sugar, maca powder, topped with coconut whipped cream and Superfood Buckwheat Granola

Left: Anti-Aging Blend: Avocado, Basil, Honeydew, Green Grapes, Green Tea, Raw Local Honey, topped with Bee Pollen. Right: Pitaya Bowl/Dragonfruit Bowl: Pinapple, Banana, Coconut milk, Pitaya, topped with unsweetened coconut flakes, banana slices and Superfood Buckwheat granola . Juice Revolution

Left: Anti-Aging Blend: Avocado, Basil, Honeydew, Green Grapes, Green Tea, Raw Local Honey, topped with Bee Pollen. Right: Pitaya Bowl/Dragonfruit Bowl: Pineapple, Banana, Coconut milk, Pitaya, topped with unsweetened coconut flakes, banana slices and Superfood Buckwheat granola

 Strawberry Banana Protein “Ice Cream”: Strawberries, bananas, cashew almond milk, organic grassfed whey protein, hemp seeds; layered with almond butter, healthy “magic shell” and strawberry slices. Juice Revolution

Strawberry Banana Protein “Ice Cream”: Strawberries, bananas, cashew almond milk, organic grassfed whey protein, hemp seeds; layered with almond butter, healthy “magic shell” and strawberry slices

After a summer of fried food and late night dining, if you are ready to eat well but don’t have the time to cook, try swinging by Fit Food Revolution and see if a few items can’t get you from here to healthy in delicious style. We are anxious to see their menu items up on their websites along with their bios and such. But with two locations open and two more on the way, on West End and in Cool Springs, we get it: they are busy! There are plans for online ordering, delivery and more. So, get ready as FFR is going to continue to evolve with convenience, taste and nutrition in mind.

The Fit Food Revolution tagline is “eat well. live well. do good.” For the busy person who is falling short preparing healthy meals, this place is worth checking out.

If you are interested in the 21 Day Challenge, click here. Otherwise, be sure to stop by, pick up some meals and also treat yourself to a Juice Revolution flavor explosion (which makes a great “after school” treat as well!)

  • Fit Food Revolution + Juice Revolution in Green Hills: 2105 Bandywood Dr., 37215
  • Fit Food Revolution in Brentwood: 18 Cadillac Dr., 37027

 

http://getrevolutionized.com

Photos: Ashley Hylbert

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