Murfreesboro is seeing an explosion of healthier dining options. CoreLife Eatery is a notable option on the list. It has a variety of fresh choices blending meat, grains, and vegetables that can appease anyone wanting to eat healthy, as well as the most stringent vegan or gluten free patron.
“Our concept started [by]… a group of people … in the restaurant and food business [who]…watched things move from convenience, and away from the whole foods our bodies really need,” said Kelsey Searles, who, with her husband, Scott, own CORE Life Eatery in Murfreesboro.
They opened the restaurant because they saw an opportunity to provide the best foods and prepare them on-site, instead of having a truck deliver pre-prepared foods. Even the broths are made daily on-site.
“We believe in making our food from scratch,” added Searles, “grilling right there where the customer can see it, and providing food that tastes great, without giving up your health to get it.”
For those wanting to avoid lots of calories and carbs, that can be achieved at CORELife. Those who need to follow restrictive diets, such as gluten free, or want to follow specific diet plans, like DASH or Whole 30, can find choices with great flavor.
“CoreLife Eatery is a … healthy options restaurant,” said Sandy Barrett, the clinical provider for Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center. “When I assessed the menu, not only for ingredients, but for the nutritional content of those ingredients, I was impressed by their transparency.”
Their menu is not designed towards one specific diet or nutrition program, but the Searles believe that what each of us puts into our bodies is important. They want to provide their customers with the best ingredients they can put into their foods. And their menu lends itself to any nutritional program a customer is following. If there is no dish that fulfills a customer’s need or desire, that customer can customize any dish as needed, so they can stay within any guidelines.
Barrett says that her favorite options on the menu are the Power Plates. They provide a great source of protein, whole grains, and veggies. CoreLife offers five Power Plates, including Antibiotic Free Chicken, Grass-Fed Steak, Hummus and Falafel, Tofu, and Ahi Tuna Poke.
Also on the menu are Rice Bowls, Grain Bowls, Broth Bowls, and Green Bowls. One of the Green Bowl options includes the Steak, Bacon, and Bleu Cheese Bowl. It is a blend of chopped romaine, mesclun mix, grass-fed steak, bacon, cranberries, walnuts, tomatoes, and Gorgonzola with suggested cranberry vinaigrette. This is one of five options. Each of the bowls provide a choice of five to six signature dishes, or you can design your own.
“CoreLife feels different,” said Searles. “It is not just food, it is a way of living. I truly believe in the concept. And I love to help people, and be involved in the community.”
Between the classes she offers at the restaurant, and the healthy food they offer, Searles feels she is able to be a part of Murfreesboro. Classes have included yoga, Boot Camp, essential oils, Kombucha, and a Kid’s Day. She has gotten involved with the Middle Half, where they partnered with Fleet Feet to sponsor a hydration station. CORE Life has also provided food to some of the local high school teams.
“We want to be part of the community,” said Searles. “Murfreesboro is a really cool place where people really care about each other.”
Currently, CoreLife Murfreesboro is part of the company’s 21-day challenge. The challenge is their way of helping patrons on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
“We signed up more than 700 people,” said Searles. “That makes us the number three store in the company, out of 49.”
They have partnered with 13 different fitness and wellness related businesses to provide those who signed up for the challenge with special discounts to get them moving.
“I want to help people feel good by nourishing them — physically and nutritionally,” said Searles.
Address: 2330 Medical Center Pkwy, Suite E
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Hours: Daily 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Cost: $5.95 to $13.95
Type of Food: Organic/Non GMO