Eastern Michigan University opens Shake Smart, offering fresh protein shakes, organic acai bowls, overnight oats and a variety of healthy food options

Soft opening underway this week

The organic acai bowl at Shake Smart includes healthy fruits, nuts and grains.

YPSILANTI --  Shake Smart will be making healthy eating convenient on campus at Eastern Michigan University this year, with a location inside the Rec/IM Building. Shake Smart is having a soft opening this week, before on-campus classes resume on Jan. 24.

Shake Smart’s menu includes a variety of healthy, affordable and convenient food options perfect for the college, on-the-go lifestyle. Shake Smart offers freshly blended protein shakes, organic acai bowls, cold brew coffee, wholly oatmeal, overnight oats, greek yogurt and all-natural peanut butter & banana sandwiches. Products are focused around whole food ingredients and a balance of nutrients making the product offering perfect for post workout nutrition or a healthy meal or snack while on your way to class. Living a healthy lifestyle should never be a compromise, which is why all of Shake Smart’s menu and product offering has been designed around four key components- nutritious, delicious, affordable and convenient. 

Finding food options that can be tailored to meet each individual’s taste preferences, nutritional goals, or dietary restrictions can be a challenge when dining out, and even more challenging on most university campuses. Through Shake Smart’s Self Order system, ordering takes place through a user-friendly customer facing iPad, or on your mobile device, where individuals have the entire menu at their fingertips and can order and customize products to meet their unique needs or preferences. Nearly the entire menu can be customized to be vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or lactose free making Shake Smart a great option for students with dietary restrictions. 

Started by students, for students, Shake Smart believes that healthy eating should be an everyday habit, which is why all shakes are around a $5 average price point, so that it is fitting to most budgets and is comparable to the price of going out for coffee. Shake Smart will be accepting flex and credit card payments, and will serve the morning crowd and afternoon gym goers with hours from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. 

Additionally, the space will have a small Market section, which will offer other on-the-go student favorites.

Founder and President of Shake Smart, Kevin Gelfand, said, “As a student living the fast-paced college lifestyle with a limited budget, I always found it difficult to find healthy foods that I could afford. Shake Smart was created by the students, for the students, to offer a nutritious option that is affordable, delicious, and built for on-the-go. Students resonated quickly towards Shake Smart, and it went from a San Diego brand, to a partner for universities nation-wide. Specifically, for Eastern Michigan, the Rec/IM building is a world-class facility offering fitness and other wellness components of living a healthy lifestyle. We felt this was a perfect partnership for Shake Smart to offer the nutritional component of living a healthy lifestyle and are ecstatic about our opening this month. 

“Shake Smart is excited to fuel the lifestyles of each and every EMU student, faculty, and staff!”

Visit the Shake Smart at Rec/IM website

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral, and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences, and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

January 18, 2022

Written by:
EMU Dining

Melissa Thrasher