Plainview couple turns breast cancer diagnosis into thriving protein balls business
A Plainview woman and her husband took her breast cancer diagnosis and turned it into a thriving local business.
Lori Levine was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2017. She went through six weeks of radiation and needed a quick snack to bring with her. Her go-to snacks were protein bars, until a nutritionist told her they were loaded with added sugars and artificial ingredients. Levine’s husband Scott started making all natural protein balls from scratch.
“He came up with this chocolate, peanut butter cacao protein ball, and it was clean and it's all good, all fresh ingredients,” she told News 12.
Their business took off, and they started to sell them in refrigerated sections of stores all over Long Island. They have now expanded to several employees making protein balls in several different flavors in a commercial kitchen in Farmingdale.
"We're accidental entrepreneurs,” added Scott Levine.
The Levines went from one bagel store to three, four and now are in over 75 locations. They now carry six flavors that are plant-based, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free.
People can find them online or at King Kullen and Wild By Nature.