Rise & Grind Nutrition opened in mid-October at 1652 Litchfield Turnpike and the public is invited to a Grand Opening on Sunday, November 10 from 8:30am-4:00pm. The first 25 people in line will receive a free swag bag of goodies and there will be raffles, music, samples, and giveaways.
Owner Krystal Fortier is an Amity Regional High School and SCSU graduate, so bringing Rise & Grind to this area is like being right back at home in the community. She is a former special education teacher who loves helping the community. The mission at Rise & Grind is to make the community healthier and happier by fueling customers with daily nutrition and a positive mindset.
About three years ago she started teaching fitness classes and began focusing more on her own health. “I wanted to go all in and help others,” she said. She previously taught at a gym in Seymour, where she lives, and a dance studio in West Haven.
In addition to smoothies, Fortier is also offering fitness classes in the evenings at Rise & Grind in order to offer a variety of wellness options including nutrition and fitness. She teaches Pound Fitness, which is cardio and weight training exercise that uses drumsticks, and she’ll also have other instructors offering yoga. Classes are announced on the company’s Facebook page, facebook.com/riseandgrindnutrition/.
Fortier hopes to also host other community events related to nutrition. She is also looking to support the community through partnerships and fundraisers through Project R&G: Raise & Give at Rise & Grind. Local schools or sports teams that are looking to host fundraisers can set up events at Rise & Grind. After working in a school for many years, she knows first-hand how much schools can benefit from this.
The smoothies are meal replacement smoothies that range from 200-250 calories and have about 24 grams of protein. There are approximately 50 flavors. Some are specifically designed to be recovery smoothies for after a workout and others are vegan and use a pea, quinoa and rice protein. The regular smoothies are made with soy protein. “We have many different options in order to accommodate different dietary needs,” says Fortier. The energizing teas are made with a green tea base and some have a boost of vitamin b12.
“They don’t taste like protein shakes. They taste like dessert!” says Fortier, noting that some people don’t like the way protein powder alters the flavor of other shakes. Her smoothies taste more like milkshakes.
“I realized I needed to get healthier a few years ago,” she says and that’s when she started drinking the shakes as breakfast. She lost 25 pounds in the process and has been able to maintain that weight loss for over a year by continually fueling her body with good nutrition. Smoothies, she says, are a quick and healthy meal option instead of grabbing fast food from a drive-through.
Her smoothies come with environmentally friendly paper straws and customers who bring their own reusable cup get a $1 discount. The same discount applies to Amity students, first responders, Fitpro customers and anyone who checks in or tags Rise & Grind on social media.
Rise & Grind is open Monday – Thursday 7 am – 6 pm, Friday 7 am – 4 pm, Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10-2. For more details, visit www.riseandgrindnutrition.com.