A decision to make healthier choices three years ago led a Steger family to bring that option to the Will County community.
Lucky and Terry Collins will host a grand opening of their new business, Sunshine Nutrition, on Sunday. The event will begin at noon at Sunshine Nutrition, 336 W. Maple St., Suite 3, New Lenox.
Sunshine Nutrition offers a smoothie juice bar with nutritional choices: healthy shakes, smoothies and teas, Lucky said. Lucky also hosts online fitness classes and said she hopes to add live fitness demos in the future.
For now, the owners’ goal is to offer great-tasting nutritional products in a business model that incorporates fitness classes, Lucky said.
“My kids and I are very passionate about nutrition and fitness,” Lucky said.
Lucky said most smoothies have 24 grams of protein, 9 grams of natural sugar and less than 240 calories.
“Our smoothies taste like ice cream,” Lucky said.
Sometimes people don’t like the taste of protein shakes and give them up too soon. But a strawberry cheesecake from Sunshine Nutrition actually tastes like a strawberry cheesecake, Lucky said.
Plus, Lucky said she has so many recipes that she can come up with hundreds of smoothie combinations. She can’t wait to play around with flavors and add more options to the menu, she said.
Lucky’s current favorite flavor is lemon pound cake, she said.
“My favorite flavor was brownie batter,” Lucky said. “It’s still one of my favorites, but I don’t have it on the menu yet, so I added the lemon pound cake. It’s really good.”
Lucky said a friend owned a Sunshine Nutrition in Chicago, which Lucky visited during his transformational journey to better health.
“And I was like, ‘I wonder how I can do this where I am,'” Lucky said. “Chicago is a bit far. I need it for me and my family and for the community in the southern suburbs.
Lucky said his family chose to open Sunshine Nutrition in New Lenox because that’s where the space opened up. The owners have organized a pre-opening on March 20.
“I really enjoy meeting the people of New Lenox,” Lucky said. “It was very pleasant for me and my family. And we are grateful to be able to start this family business in this community and provide healthy options there.
After Sunday, Sunshine Nutrition hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information and updates, visit https://sociatap.com/SunshineFitnessandNutrition or call 779-803-3469.