MITCHELL – A mother-daughter duo are shaking up the local food and drink scene by mixing up a plethora of healthy drinks at their new store north of Mitchell.
As a former nurse, Val Fredrich knows how vital healthy eating and drinking habits are for body and soul. After discovering Herbalife Nutrition products, Fredrich said they gave her more health benefits than other products she tried.
Now she and her daughter, Chandler Fredrich, share the benefits of Herbalife with the Mitchell community in the form of shakes and teas within the confines of their new business called Game Changer.
“Good nutrition is at the heart of everything. All your health issues stem from good nutrition,” she said. “Those who are healthy are not the ones who get a Big Mac every day, they are the ones who watch and care about what they eat. We are proud to provide a healthy option to the community as there are so many fast food places around.
For Val, becoming a small business owner was a new adventure that she found rewarding during the first few months of running the store, located at 1901 N. Main St., next to Papa Murphy’s. Game Changer opened in early October under the original owners, but Val recently purchased the business. which opened in early October.
After decades of caring for patients as a nurse, Val said she was ready to take the leap into running a business. Although opening a small business comes with risks, Val said the proven effectiveness of Game Changer’s Herbalife-based shakes and teas has instilled confidence for the road ahead.
“I believe in this product,” she said. “During the pandemic, we’ve seen more people worry about their nutrition, and that’s the best way to keep your immune system strong.”
The majority of Game Changer drinks are teas and shakes, which are usually caffeinated. Val said the teas are packed with a variety of vitamins aimed at helping boost metabolism and the immune system, while the shakes are high in protein, fiber and vitamins.
What makes Game Changer teas and shakes unique, Val said, are the custom blends that can produce a variety of healthy effects on the body. For example, Val said several shakes and teas are made with ingredients that produce more mental clarity and hydration, while other recipes help control appetite.
Some of the shakes on the menu are considered meal replacements, meaning they have enough ingredients, protein, and other nutrients similar to a full meal of whole foods.
“Our shakes contain between 24 grams of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals, which is a third of the recommended daily dose. The shakes are cholesterol free and also contain no trans fat,” Val said. “The teas are full of vitamins. There are many people who just don’t get the vitamins they need on a daily or regular basis, and teas are a quick and easy way to get them.
The positive health effects weren’t the only thing that made Val turn to Herbalife products. She said the company founder’s personal story was pure and inspiring.
Herbalife was founded in 1980 by the late Mark Hughes. After his mother died from an overdose of prescription diet pills, then 18-year-old Hughes developed a natural soy-based shake that became Herbalife’s first meal replacement shake to hit the market. . He started selling the product from his vehicle in the early 1980s and became a millionaire five years after the release of Herbalife products.
Val said the natural and plant-based ingredients used to make the wide variety of Herbalife shakes and teas are what separates the product from other nutritional drinks. She pointed to the company’s rapid growth and positive results among the millions of customers who use the products as living proof of Herbalife’s effectiveness in overall health improvement and weight management.
“There are a lot of fad diets out there, but Herbalife has been proven to work,” Val said.
Chandler, who is also a dental hygienist at Mitchell, has been instrumental in the company’s operations. As a yoga and fitness enthusiast raising a son, Chandler noticed there weren’t many quick, nutritious, and healthy food options at Mitchell.
“There are quite a few people in Mitchell who are interested in health and fitness, but there has been no healthy eating option available. I saw a void,” Chandler said. “Health and fitness are a big part of my life and I have a passion for helping people. It’s been a great opportunity to help people achieve their goals.