LifeCafe Cooks Up Healthy Eating at Life Time Fitness in Montvale

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A little over a month ago, Life Time Fitness descended upon Montvale with their first Life Time Athletic facility in Bergen County. The 100k+ square foot “lifestyle, sports, professional fitness, family recreation, and spa athletic resort” is their 108th location and features a gym (cardio, weights, functional training, group classes), indoor/outdoor aquatic center, spa and full kids center with programs specifically for children (yoga, fitness, Spanish).

Some of that square footage is dedicated to LifeCafe, their homage to healthy eating. Far from just a juice bar (yes, they have juice and smoothies too), late last year Lifetime boldly overhauled the entire menu philosophy at their LifeCafes, introducing a menu that offers healthy ingredients. Members could now trust they were making healthy choices with any option offered and didn’t have to worry about reading labels. All products served at LifeCafe contain no artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, trans fats, hormones/antibiotics, bleached flour or artificial colors.

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Chicken Pesto Pizza

Items include all-natural, beef (with no added hormones or antibiotics), wild-caught fish and organic, cage-free eggs. All of their shakes and smoothies are made with organic fruit and fruit juices and salads are made with fresh vegetables. There is a large “grab and go” area with energy bars, soft drinks and more. These too have been vetted for nutritional value and must meet similar criteria to be sold at any LifeCafe. They also feature the LifeCafe D.TOX menu, which takes the healthy a step further with food that avoids any allergens or irritants.

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Udi Club (all natural ham, & turkey, nitrate-free bacon, swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, romaine and pesto mayo on gluten-free Udi’s bread)

We spoke with Montvale cafe manager Cory O’Blenness, who explained that the feel of the cafe is to be more of an on-site restaurant than something tacked on as an afterthought just for convenience (ie a place to grab an energy bar or shake). He also discussed their new kitchen concept (currently only at Montvale and a few other clubs), where they’ve built the capacity to ultimately cook and prep everything on site as their menu evolves.

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Fish Tacos (wild caught salmon, coleslaw, cilantro salsa, remoulade and avocado)

LifeCafe is open to the public, not just members of Life Time. A separate entrance allows non-members to access the restaurant directly from the outside. LifeCafe is open 7 days a week from 6am-10pm Mondays thru Fridays, 8am-7pm on Saturdays and 9am-7pm on Sundays.

LifeCafe (at Life Time Athletic Montvale) 10 Van Riper Road, Montvale, NJ Website

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