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How about a smoothie, tea and an aloe shot?

Lisa DeWaele opened Epic Energy at CityWalk Monday, June 6 and is now providing individual wellness evaluations. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

Lisa and Joseph DeWaele wanted a change in lifestyle that would help them lose weight and become healthier. A year and a half after they began using Herbalife products, they had lost nearly 100 pounds combined.

"The United States is becoming a really obese country and it's time that we start getting healthier and pay attention to what we put in our bodies," Lisa DeWaele said.

Part of that mission inspired her to open Epic Energy, a new smoothie shop that provides wellness evaluations for those with the desire to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Customers at Epic Energy, located at CityWalk in Woodbury, can indulge in 16-ounce smoothies, 8-ounce teas and a 2-ounce aloe shot. The tea is unsweetened, calorie-free energy booster as well as a calorie-burning tool, DeWaele said. The smoothie or protein shake gives all the nutrients a body needs in a day.

Even if you don't order a tea or aloe, you'll get them anyway.

"They don't have to drink it, but they're going to get it," DeWaele said with a laugh.

The owner of Epic Energy was a distributor of Herbalife products before opening the business.

Along with selling more than 50 different flavors of protein shakes and four flavors of tea, DeWaele will be taking appointments for individual wellness evaluations and help with weight loss plans.

The business will provide 12-week weight-loss challenge programs. The top-three biggest losers will split a pot of money from program particpants.

The next weight loss challenge program starts on June 22. Participants will meet once a week and learn about healthy eating and how to lose unwanted fat.

"Each body is different so that's why we do those evaluations," DeWaele said.

Joseph DeWaele, a former personal trainer, will help out with the wellness and weight loss programs, though he won't be a the shop full time.

The Epic Energy menu is filled with numerous flavors, each with a protein base choice of cookies and cream, vanilla, chocolate or fruit.

"Once they have them, they're hooked," DeWaele said of customers who try the shakes, adding, "it has as much nutrients as an entire day's worth of food."

Epic Energy is open Monday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"I'm most excited about just getting the community involved in being aware of how to eat healthier," DeWaele said.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.