The Unique Health Benefits of Smoothies Featuring Living Farmacy
The vast majority of people I meet both personally and professionally tend to love smoothies because they are both convenient and delicious.
As a dietitian, many of my clients are actually eager to hear my thoughts on smoothies both in terms of nutritional value and the potential role in the eating routine of themselves and their families.
These are great questions that I’ll answer in today’s post, which is brought to you in conjunction with Living Farmacy, a Toronto-based artisanal smoothie company I’m excited to work with.
I’ve always said that when I partner with brands, I favor ones that are both local and offer a product that I know my customers and their families would appreciate and benefit from.
Living Farmacy definitely fits those parameters and you’ll get a much better understanding of why I’m feeling this as today’s discussion evolves, so let’s get going.
The unique nutritional value of smoothies
Let’s start with the most obvious practical component here; smoothies can be both delicious and very convenient.
This is particularly true of the Living Farmacy products whose exceptional taste I can confirm (Flow is my favorite, more on that shortly) and only require you to add a liquid base of your choice to the pre-mixed product (you can use water, but I chose soy milk for its smoothness and protein content!).
From a pure nutrition standpoint, smoothies give us a major unique benefit which is exposure to certain foods or ingredients that we may typically miss in our diets (Fruits and vegetables) and / or exposure to certain foods or ingredients that we might not otherwise choose to consume for other purposes.
Obviously, multi-ingredient smoothies like the ones sold by Living Farmacy contain a number of ingredients that we may be less inclined to eat in their whole form – and I tell my customers who like smoothies to eat. enjoy and add components to smoothies which you may not have the ability or desire to incorporate elsewhere in your routine.
Much to my regret, kale is often reported as one of these ingredients!
All kidding aside, this smoothie strategy is becoming important for busy people and especially those with kids who may not have the largest palate.
Many of my clients use smoothies strategically with their children with great effect and as you will appreciate best after browsing through their range of artisanal smoothie products, the Living Farmacy smoothie offerings really make the most of this strategy. .
Why I love Living Farmacy’s artisanal smoothies
Taste, ease of preparation and nutritional value are the three areas that make Living Farmacy products truly appealing.
Minimum preparation time
Living Farmacy’s artisanal smoothies come in frozen sachets.
I don’t need to thaw the pouch, I just break the contents into pieces inside the pouch.
Throw the contents into any blender and add equal parts water or liquid of your choice (180ml is what they recommend).
60 seconds later – I have a fresh tasting smoothie.
Unique ingredients and great taste
Living Farmacy’s smoothie mixes are unique and contain synergistic combinations of fruits and vegetables.
I also love how they highlighted the percentage of fruits and veg in each mix, which I know is something people will appreciate.
Now let’s highlight some of the notable ingredients in Living Farmacy’s five unique handcrafted smoothies.
For each smoothie, I linked the full product description and ingredient list through the Living Farmacy website.
Living: Alive’s main ingredient is strawberry, but it also contains zucchini, celery, and rhubarb, three very nutritious ingredients that children, in particular, may not be inclined to incorporate in a different form. There is a hint of basil to give Alive a fresh taste.
To flow: The main ingredient in Flow is mango, which is my favorite fruit, especially when served cold as a smoothie. Flow also contains butternut squash which is one of the highest dietary sources of vitamin A and cardamom which is a spice rich in antioxidants.
Power: Pineapple is the main ingredient for potency, but it also contains fennel and a unique blend of spices including ginger, turmeric, and black pepper. All the ingredients are known to be rich in antioxidants. This blend is truly food combining at its best! Black pepper contains a bioactive compound piperine which is known to stimulate the absorption of curcumin in turmeric.
Love: Considering that Love contains my favorite vegetable kale, the name couldn’t be more apt. It also happens to contain good amounts of zucchini and spinach, making it a very good tasting vehicle for greens for those who may not be consuming them as often as they would like – Including children. There’s also fennel and tarragon in this mix and at first it might seem odd, but it really works – giving Love her unique green smoothie taste.
Clarity: Finally, let me offer you some clarity ( sorry I couldn’t resist!). The main ingredient in Clarity is wild blueberries, which contain twice as many antioxidants as regular blueberries. Wild blueberries hide the fact that they also contain both spinach and zucchini too! There is a hint of mint to refresh you.
Hope you enjoyed my thoughts on smoothies and the more in-depth review of Living Farmacy’s product line, which I’m sure would be a great fit for any smoothie-loving freezer.
You can check their website at: https://www.livingfarmacy.com
Use discount code ANDYRD to save 15% on any purchase of a trial pack or smoothie box.
Till next time,
Andy De Santis RD MPH
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