By Sarah Ryeland
Healthy living begins with healthy food.
For Lorraine Morin, owner of Soul Sistas Restaurant in Huntsville, it’s all about taking care of yourself.
“I’ve always eaten healthy food,” she says. “I think it’s so important to be conscious of what you’re putting into your body. It’s fairly simple – if you eat well, you feel good.”
Morin has owned and operated the restaurant for three years and is completely dedicated to serving homemade food that she’s proud of. Nearly every dish is made onsite, with the exception of bread and some baked goods coming in from Windmill Bakery.
“It’s all about being homemade,” says Morin. “For instance if you get a wrap for lunch, the carrots inside it were grated here this morning. We don’t order our produce pre-cut or pre-grated. It’s a little more work, but it’s worth it.”
That helps customers know they’re getting wholesome, fresh food.
Morin sources food locally whenever possible, bringing in organic meat from local farmers and herbs and greens from gardens in the community.
“I know the farmers and how they raise their animals. I know they’re treated well – I’ve seen the cows smiling in the fields,” she laughs.
So where does this passion for wholesome food come from? Call it life experience.
Having lived with Fibromyalgia for 25 years, Morin needs to give her body the best fuel possible. Her mother, a heart attack survivor, has also inspired a heart-healthy menu.
“We cut fat and salt in all of our dishes,” says Morin. “It’s really important to me that we serve heart-healthy meals here.”
The popular restaurant has recently moved from its downtown location into a beautiful new space on West Road. Not only does the new spot have more parking, higher ceilings and more sunlight, but it boasts a gorgeous patio surrounded by lush gardens.
“We love the new location,” says Morin. “The whole building with Fitt Gym and the Sport Lab has a wellness theme to it, so it’s a perfect fit.”
And in keeping with the healthy feel of the place, Soul Sistas has used sustainable building and decorating materials to refurbish the space.
With a variety of baked goods, soups, sandwiches and more, Soul Sistas also offers specialty items including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Affordable prices are a must for Morin, who strives to give her customers value for their hard-earned dollars.
And of course, they’re always planning for the future.
“We’re going to be offering healthy cooking classes this fall,” says Morin. “We’ll have parent and child courses, baking, soup making and heart-healthy classes throughout the fall, winter and spring.”
It’s clear that healthy, delicious food is Morin’s passion – one she’s eager to share.
“It just feels right to me,” she says.