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Melissa and Lou Gonzalez of Winfield Nutrition.

Rob Earnshaw, The Times

I cover a lot of meetings in Winfield. Sometimes if I'm a little early I'll stop at nearby McDonald's for my usual breakfast sandwich and large Diet Coke. 

But I think I found another option across the street from the town hall on Randolph. 

Winfield Nutrition is a full service nutrition club that offers a whole meal replacement and like Lou Gonzalez, who co-owns it with his wife Melissa, says: "Instead of McDonald's you'll get something a lot more healthier. A better choice."

I shot a video there recently and got a chance to taste one of their 70 shake flavors. Not only are they tasty but they have fun names - Dark Knight, Willie Coyote, Snicker Oats, Chocolate Elvis and Elvis Pistachio. 

"It's very upbeat, very positive," Lou said. "It just seems like everyone who comes here tries to have an awesome shake in the morning and they say it makes their day go better. Everyone comes here happy."

Lou and Melissa, who live nearby, said they are just trying to bring to Winfield the nutrition it deserves. 

"We're just trying to get everyone out here a local place to go to have an awesome shake," he said. 

The place has free Wi-Fi and tables where students can do homework. It's kind of set up like a coffee shop. There's also a private area for workout classes or other events. 

So if you are looking for a tasty Pina Paradise, Chunkey Monkey or Andy's Mint their hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Winfield Nutrition is located at 10660 Randolph St. Suite B.


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.