Sunset Nutrition draws customers from Rio Rancho, Pueblos

Sunset Nutrition proprietor Liz Gonzalez prepares a protein shake on Thursday, April 14, 2022. (Photos by Matt Hollinshead / Observer)

Liz Gonzalez noticed the advantages of wholesome vitamin first-hand, dropping 20 kilos as her home-based protein drink and tea complement enterprise took off from the outset of COVID-19.

The demand continued from her Santa Fe dwelling on the time, and it continued after she and her household moved to Rio Rancho in December 2020. That advanced into opening Sunset Nutrition in Enchanted Hills in late February, and Gonzalez bought greater than she bargained for.

The institution in Plaza @ Enchanted Hills, at 3575 NM 528, Suite B-120, subsequent to Domino’s, garnered curiosity past the northeast part of Rio Rancho. Residents of close by Pueblo communities are available in for his or her every day protein increase, and a few of Gonzalez’s Santa Fe clients stayed in touch and ordered merchandise.

“They need to be more healthy. They need to eat properly,” Gonzalez stated, including more healthy meals choices have been nonetheless missing in and round Enchanted Hills. “I really feel like we’re right here serving to so many communities, not solely Rio Rancho, however surrounding communities that will fairly cease right here than having a fast-food meal. It retains them full longer. It’s guilt-free.”

Sunset Nutrition’s Tony Gonzalez prepares a drink on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Gonzalez stated she needed to supply food and drinks choices that will let folks really feel much less sluggish all through the day.

The store options protein shakes starting from 200 to 290 energy every, with sufficient vitamins to function a small meal throughout breakfast or lunch. All-natural vitality teas, filled with B-12 nutritional vitamins, present a morning caffeine repair and function an alternative choice to a Monster vitality drink.

Sunset Nutrition additionally has miniature protein pancakes and protein doughnuts, in addition to high-protein iced espresso drinks.

Tony Gonzalez, Liz’s husband and enterprise accomplice, stated they didn’t be taught in regards to the store’s proximity to the Pueblos till after the enterprise launched and had folks coming in.

“We additionally felt that we’re going to be serving to much more folks than we initially thought,” he stated. “It’s superior. It’s an amazing feeling, understanding that we will see folks from throughout New Mexico… It’s an enormous group now.”

The present hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and eight a.m. to three p.m. on Saturday, however Sunset Nutrition appears to increase enterprise hours by the summer season as a result of ongoing demand.

Sunset Nutrition proprietor Liz Gonzalez engages with clients on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

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