Healthy eating can be challenging, especially for college students surrounded by fast food restaurants and cafeterias with limited menus.
It’s even more important now that we are facing a viral pandemic.
That’s why Anna Lowrey Robinson, a University of Mississippi freshmen, said she frequently visits Oxford Nutrition.
“It’s one of my favorite places to get healthy menu options in Oxford,” she said.
Angel Hairston and Miles Monroe are co-owners of Oxford Nutrition.
“What you eat determines how you feel and how your body reacts to illness or potential threats of illness,” said Monroe. “It’s vital to eat healthy during this time and any.”
Like other businesses, Oxford Nutrition is dealing with the effects of COVID-19.
“We see less people face to face,” Monroe said. “Lots of deliveries. Sad being in our space without our friends. Beyond that, it hasn’t affected us too much. We are just handing out a bit more free teas to our nurse and medical official friends to help them boost their immune system during this time.”
Monroe encourages the public to support small businesses during this time.
“Order from them if they offer pickup or delivery like us,” she said. “We are all taking a huge hit financially in these slow-downs, so it’s incredibly helpful to have that support.
“We want to offer true value to our community. If there’s ever an event or gathering or place we can take care of for shakes and teas, we’d love to, especially after all this madness.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poor nutrition contributes to many costly diseases, including obesity, heart disease, and some cancers.
Many diseases put people at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. These include people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including people who have serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or liver disease, the CDC reports.
This makes it an important time for Oxonians to maintain a nutritional diet and strong immune system.
“Find things with clean and higher protein-focused options with lower sugar and saturated fats,” Monroe said. “If you’re not certain how to find that, come see us and we can help.”
Oxford Nutrition offers many tea and shake flavors. Their top 10 shake flavors are banana nut bread, birthday cake, blueberry muffin, Elvis, caramel latte, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter pancake, oatmeal cookie, Reeses, and s’mores.
“Our shakes are well balanced meal replacement options that taste amazing and give your body the nutrients it needs,” Monroe said.
They have three levels of rteas. They also have tea shots with choices of aloe, collagen beauty booster, fat burner, immune booster, pre-workout, and niteworks. Each tea shot has its own individual benefits.
- Aloe supports healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.
- Collagen beauty booster supports strong nails, healthy hair, and skin.
- Fat burner helps control hunger and reduce body fat.
- Immune booster is Vitamin C, zinc and echinacea that supports immune health.
- Pre-workout promotes healthy blood flow and nutrient delivery to muscles.
- Niteworks is a nitric oxide booster that supports healthy function of the heart and brain.
“Our teas are natural clean energy sources that have tons of other benefits for mental focus, clarity, and even skin and digestion,” Monroe said. “Definitely add in the beauty booster collagen. Mainly because it’s my favorite. Or the bikini bomb. That’s a winner especially before the summer.”
They also have options for busy students and Oxonians who work or attend classes.
“That’s why we encourage taking home sets for later or bundles to do at home,” Monroe said.
Oxford resident Laddy Linginfelter is a frequent customer.
“Oxford Nutrition is a delicious place in town to practice healthy eating habits and maintaining a strong immune system,” she said.