If you look up the word ‘nourish’ in the dictionary, the definition says “to furnish or sustain with nutriment.”
That’s exactly what Nourish in Sudbury’s downtown aims to do with nutriment and merriment.
The new cafe with its relaxing decor on Durham Street offers a sure-fire way to drink your calories with scrumptious megafit shakes.
Brooke Peterson is the woman behind the concept, along with her mother Monique Lacasse, who owns the shared space with Serendipity Day Spa.
The cafe opened six weeks ago and Brooke says customers are loving her passion for exploring health combinations.
“It’s fun and healthy food with a dessert concept in mind,” she said. “Only there are so many fillers in food nowadays. Here it is whole and natural with sweeteners used like honey, maple syrup and dates. Each shake contains natural food store proteins and dairy options like oat milk.”
You would never know it unless you read the menu, but the base ingredient for a number of the shakes is cauliflower. This includes the cinnamon bun, peanut butter and jelly, confetti cake batter and peanut butter cup shakes.
Strawberry cheesecake is currently the most popular of the megafit shakes.
The shakes are essentially a meal in a glass maxing out at 350 calories at $15 each. Each shake can be customized using products like vegan proteins or different dairy options.
Brooke builds each new flavour with a trial by error concept. Mixing ingredients and taste testing each batch with shot glasses.
“The healthy stuff is what’s inside. If you choose to indulge a little, then toppings can be added as well.”
The megafit shakes are not the only items on the menu.
The back counter is lined with soup cauldrons. Brooke's mom, Monique is in charge of making the soups of the day.
“We feature turkey rice, chicken noodle, mushroom soup, butternut squash, vegan curry and tomato beef. This week we tried something really new that was a hit, cauliflower and apple soup,” Brooke said.
The cafe also features one sandwich daily and baked goods like protein donuts that are gluten- or vegan-free.
It’s also fitting that the cafe is located next door to the YMCA. She said many customers come for pre- and post-workout shakes and snacks. The spa clients come before, after or in between treatments with lunch being complimentary if you stay the day for services.
Like new year’s resolutions, the goal for the cafe is to expand the menu in the new year.
Each month it will feature a seasonal shake, and add items like flatbread sandwiches and salads staying true to its name, Nourish.
Nourish is located at 146 Durham Street in the downtown core. For more information, visit SerendipityOnDurham.com/
The current hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The cafe is closed on Sundays.
Anastasia Rioux is a freelance writer in Greater Sudbury.