A healthy smoothie and energy drink bar will open in downtown Leesburg this fall.
The Nutrition Spot, owned by fitness guru Robyn Shand Engelson of Leesburg, will be located in the Loudoun Street space previously occupied by B. Doughnut.
Engelson is a veteran in the nutrition and fitness consulting business. She said she hopes the shop will help people “be healthier and happier” and create a community around healthy living.
After two years of looking for a space, Engelson said the Loudoun Street spot should be the perfect fit.
“I'm building this space to build a community. When you walk in you have my heart. I believe in building relationships and helping achieve life goals ... This is everything I wanted and more,” Engelson told the Times-Mirror.
Engelson has been an athlete throughout her life, but despite regular workouts she said she never got the results she hoped to see. She was exhausted all the time, experienced brain fog and was not a present parent to her 11-year-old son.
When she changed her nutrition and mindset, she began to notice physical differences.
“I cut out gluten and sugar and increased healthy, plant-based protein. I also drink up to 120 ounces of water a day. In my experience, when you change your mindset you change your life and energy goes where energy flows,” Engelson said.
The consultant has also battled Hashimoto's disease – an autoimmune disorder that is known as the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
“This was life-changing. Being able to change my life and help others do the same is amazing. I know what it's like to go through these issues,” she said.
The Nutrition Spot's smoothies are plant-based with 24 grams of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals.
“It's a healthy meal and tastes like a milkshake,” she said.
Her favorite – German chocolate cake – is made with water, ice, powders, coconut, chocolate pudding flavor and nuts. There are other flavors that are vanilla-based or with fruit.
The menu also includes energy tea that can burn up to 80 calories and a protein coffee with 15 grams of protein that comes in three flavors – mocha, house blend and caramel mocha.
“It's amazing – you feel energized all day without crashing,” she said.
Engelson is aiming for a mid-October opening date. She is currently doing some minor renovations to the space to "brighten it up" so people will feel positive energy when they walk in the door. The Nutrition Spot will be open six days a week, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.