Everyone knows that traditional shakes and sweet teas are often loaded with sugar and calories. And yet, they’re still the treat of choice for many people when they’re experiencing a craving for something sweet. Now, locals have the option to choose a healthier—but still delicious—alternative to sugar-laden shakes and teas.
Simple Nutrition, located at 155 West, Utah Avenue in Payson, is a charming shop that offers healthy protein shakes and teas. The shop opened last month and is co-owned by Karelin Santana and Ellin Reyes, who moved to Payson seven months ago from New York.
The shakes are all made with HerbaLife products, and provide 24 grams of protein, vitamins, and minerals that aren’t typically found in most shake products. Simple Nutrition features a variety of tasty shake flavors, including Birthday Cake, Lemon Pound Cake, Fruity Pebbles and more. All shakes are within 200-250 calories each. They can be consumed as meal replacements or as healthy, low-calorie treats.
Simple Nutrition also offers healthy teas in flavors such as Watermelon Crawl, Captain America, Purple Rain and Cool Cucumber. The teas contain vitamins C, B6 and B12 and have 0 grams of sugar. They are also gluten free.
Santana explained that most of the customers who come to Simple Nutrition don’t even know about HerbaLife. They’re simply looking for great-tasting products that they can consume without guilt. Santana herself used HerbaLife products to lose weight and transition to a healthier lifestyle. She eventually decided to become an online health coach, but explained that she missed “the personal connection with people.” She decided to open Simple Nutrition so she could “interact with people face-to-face and talk to them every day and see their change.”
Santana and Reyes put a lot of thought and trial and error into the creation of their shake recipes. While they get some of their ideas from online recipe submissions, they tweak and perfect the recipes until they come out just right. While the flavors on the current menu are the shop’s staples, they also plan to add seasonal flavors in the future.
Those who want to try the shop’s products are invited to stop by anytime between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Santana explained that the shop’s Saturday hours may change in the future, but anyone can learn about hour changes by following Simple Nutrition Payson’s Facebook page.