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Published May 16, 2012, 11:30 PM

Thursday review: Healthy Blast serves up filling meal-replacement smoothies

FARGO – For the same price as an average fast-food lunch, I can get an aloe, meal-replacement smoothie and green tea.

By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM

If you go

What: Healthy Blast

Where: 1131 19th Ave. N., Fargo

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Contact: healthyblast100@gmail.com

FARGO – For the same price as an average fast-food lunch, I can get an aloe, meal-replacement smoothie and green tea.

Healthy Blast owners Dale and Laurie Warner serve up 35 different shake flavors at their nutrition club in north Fargo.

Behind brightly colored curtains, the Fargo couple mix 16-ounce smoothies in flavors like Red Velvet Cake and Island Pineapple Fusion in a small but well-lit room.

Laurie Warner says all of the shakes are less than 300 calories and most are under 250 calories. The tea contains 5 calories and the aloe zero.

On a recent afternoon, I stopped in and tried the Raspberry Lemonade smoothie, made with meal-replacement powder, Crystal Light lemonade and real raspberries.

It was sweet, tart and surprisingly filling. I felt fuller longer than I would have with my usual afternoon food choices.

Each “membership” – what the Warners call their three-drink combo – comes with a shake, a shot of mango-flavored aloe and an iced green tea. The mildly sweet clear liquid aloe goes down easy, and the cool, subtle green tea is a refreshing finisher.

On Sunday morning, I came back and tried the Triple Berry smoothie, which tasted like a mixed-berry muffin and gave me a pre-workout boost.

At their club, the Warners post photos of some of their members around a door frame.

Small folding tables and chairs fill the room, along with a foosball table.

On the walls are motivational tools like the “Wall of Shame” featuring frozen pizza and boxed macaroni and cheese.

In addition to serving three-part liquid meals, Healthy Blast does “wellness profiles,” holds weight-loss challenges and hosts shake-tasting parties.

Challenges cost $35 and involve weekly meetings with weigh-ins. You pay $1 for each 1-pound gain and $5 for a no-show. The winner gets 50 percent of the pot.

It’s worth noting Healthy Blast is on the way to the gym, which is good because I have 33 more smoothie flavors to try.

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