Generally, when you think of smoothies you assume you are making a healthy choice for yourself. Smoothies, especially those at large chain smoothie and coffee shops, can contain 80 plus grams of sugar (some over 100 grams which is more than 3 sodas…come on!!) and are loaded with preservatives. This is fine if this sugar bomb smoothie is your occasional treat, but let’s hope that your occasional treat is not a smoothie, but rather something chocolate based from a dessert menu. They are trying to convince you that these “healthy” smoothies are actually good for you by showing cross fit athletes, yogis and runners with six packs on their website. We understand the power of marketing, but don’t be fooled and please know there is a BIG difference in smoothies. They can truly be nutrient rich, low sugar, high protein, nourishing smoothies vs. smoothies loaded with sugar, pesticide laden fruit, sketchy protein powders and boxed juices and milks.
Here are a few reasons Nourish Superfood Smoothies are different:
Most smoothie bars are using non organic (aka conventional) produce in your drinks. It saves money, and in turn you pay less, but of course you always get what you pay for. If you are drinking anything other than organic juice and smoothies you will be consuming produce sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides, which add up to a cocktail of hormone disrupters and toxins just looking to congest your fat cells and potentially cause disease and health issues. All of our produce is organic so you get the nutrient rich fruit and greens without the side of chemicals.
House Made Almond Milk
We go through 60 plus pounds of almonds a week to make our own house made almond milk. The almond milk at Nourish simply contains almonds, vanilla, sea salt, ro filtered water and a touch of maple syrup. Not only does it taste SO much better than store bought almond milk, it doesn’t contain a single preservative. All of Nourish’s smoothies are made with house made almond milk and fresh squeezed organic orange juice. No preservatives, no added sugar… just pure goodness.
Higher Protein, Lower Sugar
It’s pretty common knowledge now that sugar is associated with obesity, many diseases, chronic inflammation, accelerated aging, hormonal issues and behavior issues in children. It’s not good in high doses period. Even though we NEVER use refined sugar at Nourish (even in desserts) we take extra care to keep the drinks flavorful while balancing the glycemic index (sugar levels and the impact they have on your body). On average our smoothies contain 14 grams of sugar and are loaded with protein (average of 15 grams) and fiber (average of 9 grams) to keep your energy high and the sugar affect to a minimum. Speaking of protein, we did our homework when selecting our protein powder. We wanted a grain free, vegan, organic protein that didn’t contain a list of preservatives a mile long. Sunwarrior “Warrior Blend” is our protein of choice and we use vanilla, mocha and chocolate flavors. The protein comes from organic pea, hemp and goji berry and is free of soy, gluten, dairy, and GMO’s.
All of our smoothies contain at least one superfood from chia seeds to matcha and of course you always have the option to add in more. Here are the list of superfoods we have available at Nourish.
Chlorella- A green algae powder rich with chlorophyll that has detoxifying properties, purifies the blood, and is said to eliminate heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides from the body. It's usually taken in a capsule or put in smoothies. A great source of "clean energy". Add no more than one teaspoon and start even smaller to disguise the taste.
Spirulina- A great plant based source of iron and B vitamins. Spirulina is a natural detoxifier. Known to help boost energy levels, support liver and kidney functions, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. It is one of the most nutrient dense food sources on the planet. Again, add no more than one teaspoon and start even smaller to disguise the taste.
Raw Cacao- Cacao was used as a source of medicine and food by the indigenous tribes of Mexico, Central and South America. Raw cacao is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and boost overall heart health. Make sure it’s raw for the most health benefits!
Chia Seeds- Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans and the seeds were prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy. Chia seeds contain high levels of nutrients, anti-oxidants, protein and omega 3 fatty acids for relatively low calories. Most of its carbohydrates consist of fiber and the omega 3’s and fiber help to support cardiovascular health. It's already in our Strawberry Orange Chia Smoothie.
Flax Seeds- Flax seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds also contain lignans, fiber-like compounds, but in addition to their fiber-like benefits, they also provide antioxidant protection due to their structure as polyphenols. Ground flax seeds are best absorbed by your body but put whole flax seeds in a blender and there you have it.
Spinach- These leafy greens are rich in vitamins and minerals and are concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection. Spinach is an anti-inflammatory and may help protect against bone and cardiovascular disease and cancers. Every smoothie should have a leafy green because it's tasteless and has zero texture when used in a higher powered blender. Don't waste an opportunity to ingest a serving of greens. Kids will love the green color and not taste a thing just the smoothie they ordered!
Kale- This dark leafy green's anti-inflammatory capabilities are unrivaled among leafy greens, especially relating to the prevention of arthritis, heart disease, and several autoimmune diseases. It's packed with antioxidants, vitamins and contains omega 3's. Same deal as spinach...add it in to any smoothie.
Coconut- Unlike other saturated fats, coconut has medium chain fatty acids that help increase metabolism. Coconut has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and boost HDL cholesterol. It helps improve the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and amino acids, and supports your immune system. We use toasted coconut flakes in the Coconut Matcha Smoothie
Cinnamon- This delicious super food helps to lower LDL cholesterol and stabilizes or even lower blood sugar levels. It has anti-bacterial qualities and reduces cellular inflammation. Add it to any smoothie!
Blueberries- That deep-blue hue is a by-product of flavonoids. Flavonoids are natural compounds that protect the brain’s memory-carrying cells from the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation. Berries are also lower in sugar and higher in fiber than most fruits. Add blueberries to any smoothie...chocolate or fruity or enjoy in the The Blueberry Breakfast (it tastes like a blueberry muffin!)
Avocado- Avocados are loaded with fiber (40% daily recommendation), one avocado contains vitamin K (36%), folate (30%), and 20% each of the daily requirements of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium. The high levels of monounsaturated fat in avocado—especially oleic acid—play a role in these heart-related benefits. Avocado sounds crazy in a smoothie right? Nope...just makes it creamy and silky.
Maca- Maca is an adaptogenic root that boosts libido (whoop whoop!) and increases immunity, energy, vitality, and fertility. Adaptogens are plants that increase the body’s ability to cope with internal and environmental stresses and normalize imbalances in the body. It's sweet, nutty taste is a great addition to smoothies.
Matcha- When you drink Matcha you ingest the entire green tea leaf, not just water infused with leaves. Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea and Matcha's ORAC (oxygen radical absorbing capacity) rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units. Chlorophyll is what gives Matcha its rich green hue and chlorophyll is a known detoxifier. You could add matcha to any smoothie. Our Coconut Matcha smoothie is one of our best sellers.
Acai- Pronounced “ah-sigh-EE”. Acai berries are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants and have the highest ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) of any fruit that has been officially recorded. Acai rich in key B vitamins, electrolytes, trace minerals and that are necessary for reducing inflammation and improving energy levels. Acai is naturally free of sugar and contains fatty acids and fiber. We have our famous Acai Berry Bowls which is basically a thick smoothie eaten with a spoon and topped with Grain Free Granola and banana.
Bee Pollen- Rich in vitamin, minerals, protein, lipids, fatty acids, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. Bee pollen is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent that reduces inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, protects against liver toxicity, and helps to relieve stress. Powerful, yet tasteless, add in a teaspoon! It’s in our Just Bee Smoothie which essentially taste likes a vanilla shake.
Eco Friendly Packaging
When you order a Nourish smoothie to go you are not only giving your body the highest quality ingredients, but you are saving the Earth from styrofoam cups. Our cups and straws are made from plant based plastic, from 100% renewable resources that are not only recyclable but also compostable.
We believe there is a better way to eat, to feel, to live. When you support Nourish you are not only supporting local farmers and local business, you a part of the movement.