Side Hustle: How to start a Juice & Smoothie Bar 11/19

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Study the Business:
*study the juice bar competition in your area
*make a note of each competitor's menu.
*make a note of each competitor's prices.
*decide whether you want to start your juice bar from scratch,
*decide whether you want to purchase a franchise store.
*contact juice bar franchise companies, such as Smoothie King or Juice Zone, if you are interested in a franchise store.
*write a business plan that includes details about your niche; three-year operating expenses; three-year profit projections; marketing and public relations strategies; analysis of competing businesses; information about potential vendors and selling venues.
*Decide on the kind of juicer to use.


Choose a Location
*high-traffic area, not near the competitive

*locate next too a gym, diet retailer, karate studio, golf club, racquet/golf club, school

Some factors to consider when choosing a location:
  • Budget
  • Parking
  • Visibility from the street
  • Ease of access
  • Lighting

Ask the owners:
*how long they have been in business
*why those chose to be part of a franchise
*why those chose to be independent


Legal Documentation / Issues:
*go to the local county administration office for :
*business permits & or vendor's license
*food handlers license/certification class
*business insurance

FYI - LEGAL DEPARTMENT
Vendor License

Most states require juice bar owners to obtain a vendor license before launching their businesses. Vendor licenses essentially state that the juice bar owner is allowed to make money from selling his products. Typically, vendor licenses cost anywhere from $10 to $50, maybe more depending on the city/state.

Health Permit
Health permits fall under the jurisdiction of localities, but almost all local governments require juice bar owners to acquire a health permit. The local government wants to ensure that your juice bar is safe for customers and requires you to undergo a thorough inspection by an employee of the county’s department of health. Passing the inspection requires you to adhere to the safety regulations, which often include keeping a clean work area and handling products within acceptable temperature ranges. If for any reason you fail to adhere to the regulations when an inspection occurs, the county may strip you of your permit and you will not be able to do business until you remedy the problem.

Zoning Permit
Unless you plan to conduct business operations from a mobile unit or a kiosk, you’ll likely need a zoning permit to construct or remodel a building. Each locality has different regulations when it comes to zoning permits. But generally, any construction on a new building or significant remodeling of an existing building requires a zoning permit before construction may begin. Local governments issue zoning permits, so contact your city council or county clerk for specific information.

General Business Licenses
All businesses require a few standard licenses and permits before they are legally allowed to make a sale. A Sales and Use tax license, “doing business as” license and a registered organizational setup -- as in sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation -- are all required to begin your juice bar. Additionally, if you wish to sell alcoholic drinks, you must apply for an alcohol license through your state government. State governments also grant Sales and Use tax licenses and play a part in approving corporations and limited liability companies. Local governments typically approve a “Doing business as” license for sole proprietorships and partnerships.

Business insurance for juice bars is the secret ingredient. The right commercial policy allows you to open your doors with the confidence you’re financially protected in the event of liability, accidents, property damage and more. Find the right blend of coverage through CoverHound today!


What equipment do you need to open a juice bar?
Again, that answer depends on your business model. But some basics include:
  • Commercial blenders
  • Juicers – you may want different types for each offering, such as
    • Centrifugal Juicers – the fastest juicers, their motors run between 3,000RPM to 14,000RPM. They are the least expensive juicers, ideal for limited budgets.
    • Masticating Juicers (single gear juicers) – produce is broken down slowly and thoroughly; juice yield and nutritional value are higher than that of a centrifugal juicer.
    • Triturating Juicers (twin gear juicers) – Squeezes almost every drop of juice at a very slow speed, producing a higher yield with less oxidation. Perfect for wheatgrass and leafy greens juicing.

  • Refrigerator
  • Ice machine
  • Sinks
  • Dishwasher
  • Cutting boards
  • Knives
  • Measuring cups
  • Scales
  • Point of Sale (POS) system
  • Tables and chairs for customers (optional, but improves sales and retention)
  • Napkins, cups, cutlery, plates, etc.
  • Decoration/Art/Entertainment
Some good options for equipment are:
Don’t be afraid to buy used equipment or discounted new equipment with a barely noticeable dent. You still get the warranty! And check out restaurant auctions for good deals.


Figure out what type of bottles you want to use.
Decide if you want to go with glass or plastic, and find a supplier. You can stock up on BPA free plastic bottles easily on our “Bottle Up!” app here. If you live outside of the US, you should look for a local supplier since shipping bottles overseas can end up being very costly.

Large print houses like Weber Packaging Solutions handle large quantity juice label printing and automation. For smaller quantities, online suppliers like Sticker Mule make it quick and easy to get your labels fast. Before you design, or have your labels designed, make sure to get the necessary label requirements from your local health department. You can order nutrition label services here.

Pro tip: Glass bottles do a great job at giving your product a high-end feel, and keeping plastic away from your juice. However, going glass comes with a price. Only choose glass if you are selling a high-end, expensive product.


Plastic vs Glass Bottles
Which type of bottles should I use?
Choosing either plastic or glass bottles for your new juice business is an important decision that might have more factors than you have considered. I will explore some of the pros and cons of each:


Plastic Juice Bottles
Pros:

Cheap – Landed cost usually less than $0.60 per bottle for 16 oz / 500 ml (when purchased in quantity).
Light – Cheaper shipping, easier to move and store.
Durable – Less broken bottles.
Ordering plastic bottles is easy using our Bottle Up! app.

Cons:
Less premium look and feel.
Pollution – Worse for the environment.
Toxicity – Most plastic bottles are BPA free, however, some of the hard plastic reusable bottles (think baby bottles) contain BPA, which may be harmful to humans [FDA].


Glass Juice Bottles
Pros
:
*Premium look and feel. Important for image and marketing for premium juice brands.
*Reusable – Better for the environment.
*Return program – Some juice companies offer a $1 credit if a customer brings back an empty bottle. This brings customers back to the store where they are likely to buy something.
* Non-Toxic – Glass does not contain potentially harmful chemicals.

Cons:
*Expensive – Depending on quantity purchased, glass beverage bottles can easily be over $2.00/ea for the standard 16 oz / 500 ml size. When ordering large quantities (thousands) can usually get the landed cost including shipping down to about $1.00 – $1.50 in the US.
*Labor Costs – If running a return program, de-labeling, washing, and sanitizing bottles can add a lot of labor costs, and extra space and equipment is needed for the bottle washing.
*Breakage – Glass bottles can break during shipping and storage, causing some waste.

Once you decide on plastic or glass, you will need to find a supplier. You can stock up on BPA free plastic bottles easily on our “Bottle Up!” app here. If you live outside of the US, you should look for a local supplier since shipping bottles overseas can end up being very costly.



Know your numbers:
It may be tempting to throw every superfood known to man into every bottle, but unless you live in an area where people will pay $25 per bottle, a business isn’t sustainable that way. The cost of the ingredients that you put into every bottle should be no more than 25%-30% of the final price of the product. For more information, read my article on calculating food costs for cold pressed juice.
In addition to food cost, you need to manage your labor costs, packaging costs, and overhead to be in line with your sales. Want to play around with some numbers and calculate your profit?
Juicing Profit and ROI Calculator.



Build a Menu
*determine the kind of juice products to sell. Aside from bottled and freshly squeezed or natural juice, the company can also sell energy juice drinks or organic juice.

*list the juice/smoothie products that you will be selling
*determine the prices for each item
*price your juices/smoothies in line with competitive juice bars
*add an additional cost for protein drinks
*Create juice recipes for your business, including flavors that aren't commonly found in grocery stores. A varied menu will give customers an incentive to patronize your business. For example, orange & pineapple juice are common flavors, but watermelon-acai and strawberry-carrot aren't as typical.
*Having healthy snack options and potential breakfast and lunch menus focusing on healthy,
protein-packed foods, gives you an additional marketing platform.


Plan Inventory
*decide how much product you need to open your store.
*be conservative early, you can always pick up products yourself


Source Product: Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts, Grains, & Ice
*local wholesale food store
*large wholesale food stores or clubs

*wholesale whey protein.

SIDEBAR
*Roadside / City Produce Stand*
The roadside produce stand is a rural institution for good reason: it provides value for both proprietor and customers. A produce stand within city or town limits offers higher quality produce compared to the jet-lagged industrial produce available in many grocery stores.


Market the Business
*
market your juice/smoothie bar with a well-designed brochure with colorful pictures.
*establish a website for your business, add your website's address to all marketing materials.
*create a social media marketing plan for your smoothie bar update your account frequently:

youtube, instagramtv, instagram, tumblr, twitter, facebook, wordpress, linkedIn, pintrest, google+, snapchat
*find a good graphic designer (fiveer) distribute fliers door-to-door in your local area.
*contact local college newspapers & city publications to get them to run a story on your business.
*get customers to apply for frequency program, stamp card w/ each purchase
*customers get a free juice/smoothie drink after 7 or 8 drinks
*enter customers into a computer database.
*send best customers coupons each month to reward their patronage.
*noting each smoothie's ingredients and highlighting its nutritional content.
*contact business owners about cross-marketing with a personal visit and take along smoothie samples.
*use barcode scanners to track inventory.


Some great promotion and marketing options include:
  • Hand out coupons and flyers
  • Participate at local gyms or fitness events with free samples
  • Large, clear signs to attract cars and foot traffic
  • Hang flyers on bulletin boards around town and in coffee shops
Then focus on digital marketing. This is efficient and affordable, and speaks directly to your audience, as juice bars tend to attract a young, tech-savvy crowd. Take advantage of Google Adwords and Facebook’s Local Awareness ads feature to target consumers within a certain distance of your business.


Advertising Techniques
Repetition
*Repetition is a simple yet effective technique used to build identity awareness and customer memory.


Claims

*Advertising that describes a product, promotes specific features or makes claims about what a product or service can do for the potential customers provides successful results by informing, educating and developing expectations in the buyer. Claims can state facts such as "locally grown" or "new, low price". Claims can also use a bit of hype, such as calling one brand of orange juice ”high in vitamin C" or labeling a toy "loved by kids everywhere". Claims like these can grab a shopper's attention and hopefully help close a sale, but be careful to avoid exaggerations that could be considered blatantly untrue, as these could lead to legal problems.

Association
Associating a product or company with a famous person, catchy jingle, desirable state of being or powerful emotion creates a strong psychological connection in the customer. Sporting equipment companies use successful athletes in their ads, automakers display their cars in front of mansions, brewers show their beer consumed by groups of friends having fun and cosmetic companies sign celebrities to represent their products. These ads encourage an emotional response in customers, which then is linked to the product being advertised, making it attractive through transference.

Bandwagon
The bandwagon technique sells a product or service by convincing the customer that others are using it and they should join the crowd. Other bandwagon advertisements suggest that the customer will be left out if they do not buy what’s being sold. These ads often employ “glittering generalities,” words linked to highly valued ideas or concepts that evoke instant approval, which may or may not relate to the subject of the advertisement. “America loves…” connects patriotism with a product, creating an automatic positive response.

Promotions
Coupons, sweepstakes, games with prizes and gifts with purchases create excitement, and participation encourages customers to build a relationship with the sponsoring product or service. The attraction of getting something “free” or earning “rewards” makes promotions successful. Limited-time offers and entry deadlines add urgency to this advertising technique’s call to action.

Promotional Strategies
Contests

Contests are a frequently used promotional strategy. Many contests don't even require a purchase. The idea is to promote your brand and put your logo and name in front of the public rather than make money through a hard-sell campaign.

Product Giveaways

Product giveaways and allowing potential customers to sample a product are methods used often by companies to introduce new food and household products.

Customer Referral Incentive Program
The customer referral incentive program is a way to encourage current customers to refer new customers to your store. Free products, big discounts and cash rewards are some of the incentives you can use. This is a promotional strategy that leverages your customer base as a sales force.

Causes and Charity
Promoting your products while supporting a cause can be an effective promotional strategy. Giving customers a sense of being a part of something larger simply by using products they might use anyway creates a win/win situation. You get the customers and the socially conscious image; customers get a product they can use and the sense of helping a cause. One way to do this is to give a percentage of product profit to the cause your company has committed to helping.

Branded Promotional Gifts
Giving away functional branded gifts can be a more effective promotional move than handing out simple business cards. Put your business card on a magnet, ink pen or key chain. These are gifts you can give your customers that they may use, which keeps your business in plain sight rather than in the trash or in a drawer with other business cards the customer may not look at.

Customer Appreciation Events
An in-store customer appreciation event with free refreshments and door prizes will draw customers into the store. Emphasis on the appreciation part of the event, with no purchase of anything necessary, is an effective way to draw not only current customers but also potential customers through the door.

After-Sale Customer Surveys
Contacting customers by telephone or through the mail after a sale is a promotional strategy that puts the importance of customer satisfaction first while leaving the door open for a promotional opportunity. Skilled salespeople make survey calls to customers to gather information that can later be used for marketing by asking questions relating to the way the customers feel about the products and services purchased. This serves the dual purpose of promoting your company as one that cares what the customer thinks and one that is always striving to provide the best service and product.



Some costs to consider:
Rent/mortgage
Labor costs
Equipment
Supplies
Ingredients
Marketing
Maintenance
Utilities
Permits
Insurance
Website hosting, design, maintenance


Decide Which Products or Services to Offer
Deciding what products to offer can be a little intimidating and feel overwhelming. But it’s critical to your business’s success. This is where you decide why someone should buy from you instead of your competition.

What is your unique selling point?

What can you offer that nobody else can? Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your service, maybe it’s your experience. But figure it out, write it down, and make it your store’s centerpiece, literally and figuratively.

Are you going to serve just one type of drink?



Education
*providing nutritional information about the fruits and vegetables juices/smoothies you produce & sell to make the buyer more aware of their nutritional value.
*work with schools, community centers, and clinics to raise awareness of the importance of consuming daily servings of fresh produce. Offer tours of your facility to school kids, complete with samples of in-season goodies, as a way to foster an appreciation of the products you carry.


Find Good Help
*hire a spouse or a relative to keep down your labor expenses.


Plan a Launch
*Get your store ready for opening day.
*Get your counters erected, and your tables and shelving units installed.
*Hang up your menu board with your products and prices. Place your business hours stickers on the front door
*Hook up your computer and cash register.
*Place your blenders, napkins, straws, and cups behind the counter.


Items you will need
Counters
Bar stools
Tables
Chairs
Menu board
Shelving units
Business hours decals
Computer
Vegetables
Fruits
Blenders
Ice
Serving cups
Napkins
Straws
Fliers


Additional Resources
For up to date news in the beverage industry, check out BevNET.

Read more about FDA laws concerning raw juice.

For customized consulting services, contact Ari Sexner.

Juice Press

Gaebler.com

Juice bar franchise companies
Smoothie King
Juice Zone

 

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Catchy Smoothie Company Names
Beach City Smoothies
Booster Juice
Cancun Juice
Clean and Green Smoothies
Cool Fresh Juice Bar
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Fresh Juice Bar
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Ivie Juice Bar
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Just Organic Juices
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WinterPop Slush Shop

Unique Smoothie Company Names
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Unusual Smoothie Company Names
B Fruity
Berry Que
Bomboba
d’Juice
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I Heart Boba
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Juva
Kold Prezz
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Nrgize
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Schomoozies
Smootheory
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Summers SoHo
Tastie’s
Ten Fruits
The Orange Peel
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Vitality Bowls
Well Fed
Yogen Fruz

Vintage Smoothie Company Names
BerryBeatz Smoothie Bar
BoozeBerry Juice Bar
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Deliriously Delicious Smoothies
Fit Blendz
FreshFast Smoothies to Go
Frozen Fruit Smoothies
Green Leafs & Bananas
I Love Juice Bar
Island Grill
Jamba Draper Crossing
Juice Generation
Juice Well
Kaleidoscope Juice
Little Silver
My Smoothie
Nekter Juice Bar
Pomegranates Juice Parlor
ReFuel
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Smooth Moves
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Sweet Sisters Smoothie Shop
The Banana Blender
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ULicious Smoothie & Juice Bar
Yummie Street Food

Fancy Smoothie Company Names
Blended Cafe
Cherri Juice Co.
Chico Smothie
Crazy Carrots Health Shakes
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FreshPress Juice
Green Machine Smoothies
Green Shack
Impact Nutrition
Islander Smoothies
Jamba Merced
Juicy Lucy
Lyfeping Tribeca Juice and Smoothie
Mad Mango Smoothies
Main Street Smoothies
My Main Squeeze Juice
Naked Juice
Olly Organics Smoothies & Juice
Paradise Smoothie Shop
Perky Papaya Smoothie Parlor
Pink Parrot Tropical Smoothies
Pure Juice & Smoothie Lounge
Rainbow Smoothies
Royal Berry Smoothie Parlor
Sara’s Smoothies & Shakes
Showtime Smoothies
Smoothie Factory
Smoothie Queen
Swizzle Smoothie Co.
The Smoothie Fairy
Tri-City Smoothies
Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Classy Smoothie Company Names
Blended Smoothie Shop
Channelside Smoothie Co.
Clementine’s Smoothie Café
Emerald City Smoothie
Fairytale Fruit Smoothies
Fruit Factory Smoothies & Shakes
Goin’ Coconuts Shakes & Smoothies
Hawa Smoothies & Bubble Tea
Healthy Time Smoothies
In the Mix Milkshakes & Smoothies
Jamba Desert Sky Festival
Live Fit Nutrition Company
Live Peachy Smoothie Shop
LoveLemon Juice Bar
Muscle Man Protein Shakes
Naturewell
Orange Inn
Papa Smoothie
Peachtree Smoothies
Pearanah Smoothie Parlor
Phoenix Phresh Cafe
Planet Smoothie
Qwench Juice Bar
San Diego Juice Co.
Secret Garden Smoothie Shop
Simply Organic Smoothies
Smoothie King
Smoothie Run
The Smoothie Life
The Smoothie Shop
Watson Fruit Company
World Sports Nutrition Smoothie
Zeus Juice & Nutrition Bar
 

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125 Great Catchy Smoothie Shop Slogans
A juice a day keeps the body in play.
A new Joy of moments.
A root of every right.
A well lived day.
Adding Smoothie to your Dream.
Adorn your Home Today.
All Delicious. All The Time.
All Smoothies, All Fun.
Back to factory settings.
Be healthier.
Be sure. Be nature.
Best Smoothies In Town.
Blend in the good.
Blended with True Delight.
Choose your health, choose lives.
Come in for a treat.
Crave The Taste.
Cultivating something sweet.
Delivering good in your neighborhood.
Do well.
Drink Smart, Be Smart.
Drink Smart, Live Well.
Drink what Matters.
Eat better. Feel better.
Eat like you mean it.
Eating fruit is more wealthy.
Enjoy Nature.
Every healthy Sip makes people happy.
Fast and Fresh.
Feed people well.
Feeling Fruity?
Fill yourself with goodness.
Fresh is More Thrilled.
Fresh. Nourishing. Lifestyle.
Freshly Squeezed Joy.
Freshness Full of Joy.
Freshness You Can Taste.
Fuller. Slimmer. Beautiful.
Get a pearl of health.
Get your fruit balance today.
Give a treat to yourself today.
Give life to yourself.
Good morning starts with a smoothie.
Good nutrition is nothing but in your hand.
Good Nutrition Is Our Mission.
Good whatever you pour it on.
Goodness with a fresh new look.
Green power.
Grown By Nature.
Gulp the pulp.
Handmade joy filled with fruits.
Have a juicy day.
Health Conscious, Life Conscious.
Healthy. Very Nutritious.
Heart Freezing Delight.
Highest quality made with real fruit.
Home of the tastiest fruit.
Imagine the summer with cold.
In fruit we trust.
Its time to be juicy.
Juice Full of Power.
Juice That Packs A Punch.
Lets your Dream filled with Happiness.
Life filled with joy.
Life is what you make it.
Life life full of juicy.
Look good naked.
Make a change.
Make me a smoothie.
Make Nature Your Favorite.
Making Your health Power.
Many Flavours, Full of Joy.
Meet the spring.
Moments Full of Fruits.
More Matters.
Naked juice.
Nature Filled joy which you Love.
Nature Filled Love.
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Nature with happiness filled.
Organic is more healthier.
Power up and fuel your body.
Quench your cravings.
Real Fruit, Real Moments.
Real Fruit. Real Good.
Reason to drink more.
Refuel With Style.
Refuel Your Senses.
Refuel.
Restore my body.
Serving yourself a smoothie today.
Simple and Organic.
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Sip Full of Delights.
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Smooth Trails.
Smoothies Make The Day Go Smoothly.
Smoothies With A Smile.
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So good, real fruits.
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Switch to fruit today.
Take it anywhere.
Take your body a tropical trip.
Taste cool in hot summer.
Taste that fresh you.
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Tastes good, does good.
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This beverage is mother nature approved.
Treat people well.
Treat your Nature Senses.
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Treating for Future.
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U Choose It. We Mix It.
Want something sweet. Come in for a treat.
We’re Smoothie Operators.
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You Choose It. We Mix It.
 

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45 Superfoods To Add To Your Green Smoothies




To help you create a truly balanced smoothie, we’ve rounded up 45 of our favorite superfoods that are all easily blendable and easily acquired — whether that’s from your local health food grocery or online superstore. For each superfood, we’ve listed a few of their health benefits, what they taste like, and what other ingredients they go best with.

Whether you’re a smoothie newbie or have been around the blender block a few times, this list is exactly what you need to get the most out of your green creation!

Acai

Health Benefits
Native to South America, acai berries are high in antioxidants (they contain more than grapes, blueberries or strawberries), as well as high in fiber and vitamin C — making them an excellent immune booster. There is also evidence to suggest that daily consumption of acai helps with blood circulation, and aid cells in fighting off free radicals.
Taste
The berries are often described as tasting like a cross between a blackberry and a piece of dark chocolate. Acai berries are not overly sweet, and are sometimes described as having a slightly bitter flavor.
Best Blended With
Because acai isn’t too sweet, it’s best to blend this superfood with sweeter, softer fruits like berries, banana, pineapple or mango.

Amla

Health Benefits
Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, amla contains very high levels of vitamin C, as well as Gallic acid, a compound that has been shown to repair the luster of dry or damaged hair. The berry has also been linked to lowered cholesterol
Taste
Amla can be sour and astringent initially, but also has a sweet aftertaste.
Best Blended With
Amla is very tart, so we recommend pairing it with sweet and tropical fruits such as banana, mango, or pineapple to counteract the sour taste.

Allspice
Health Benefits
Used in Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American cooking, allspice is a flavor combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg (hence the “allspice” name). This fragrant and unique spice contains the chemical eugenol, which is a powerful antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Eugenol is believed to kill germs, ease muscle pains, aid digestion and improve circulation.
Taste
Allspice is pungent, fragrant and quite “spicy” when used in larger quantities.
Best Blended With
Allspice’s pungent taste can be paired with apples or pears for a warm and cozy concoction.

Almonds
Health Benefits
Almonds have natural calming properties and are rich in stress-reducing vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E. They also provide an excellent source of the mineral selenium (a deficiency in selenium has been associated with feelings of fatigue, depression and anxiety).
Taste
Almonds have a delicate, nutty taste, and blend seamlessly into smoothies.
Best Blended With
The delicate taste of almonds means they pair well with a wide variety of ingredients. Consider adding almonds to smoothies with banana, pears or oats to increase the creaminess factor.

Baobab
Benefits
Baobab is very high in vitamin C, which helps in the production of collagen and elastin. Additionally, baobab has high doses of antioxidants, adding to the complexion benefits of this superfood. Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and potassium are all contained in baobab, making it a great natural addition for those who deal with low iron issues or calcium deficiencies. Finally, Baobab is known as nature’s original laxative due to its high content of soluble fiber.
Taste
Baobab’s taste is described as “sweet, tangy” and “pear-like.”
Best Blended With
Blend up baobab with sweet fruits like apples, mangos, kiwis and bananas to help even out its tanginess.


Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Health Benefits
Like green tea, Butterfly Pea Flower tea is full of potent antioxidants, and has even been studied for its ability to help protect the skin against premature aging (it fights against glycation, which is protein damage caused by an influx of sugar molecules). There have been additional studies showing the tea’s ability to help fight against internal inflammation.
Taste
When consumed with hot or cold water, the taste is usually described as “earthy,” and similar to the flavor of unsweetened green tea.
Best Blended With
The earthy taste of this tea is lifted when combined with citrus fruit, berries or pomegranate.

Cacao
Health Benefits
Scientific studies have shown that raw cacao can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s also extremely high in manganese (two tablespoons have about 14 percent of the daily requirement), fiber and iron.
Cacao is known for its anti-inflammatory properties (the reason behind its ability to lower all of those negative cardiovascular issues), but another smaller benefit is that it’s a natural stimulant, meaning it gives a burst of energy and even happiness-inducing cortisol without any additional jittery feelings.
Taste
Raw cacao tastes like very, very dark chocolate (it is the raw form of the stuff, after all). Cacao comes in two forms: cacao nibs and cacao powder. While cacao nibs add great texture, the cacao powder has a more distinctive chocolaty flavor and is more nutrient dense.
Best Blended With
Cacao is best in creamier smoothies, so it goes well with bananas, coconut, and nuts.


Camu Camu
Health Benefits
Camu camu’s main claim to fame is its potent punch of vitamin C. One spoonful of camu camu powder in a smoothie will provide you with about 118 percent of your recommended intake. It’s also known for its antiviral properties, with many people using it to help stop the flair-ups of infections like “cold sores, herpes, shingles, and the common cold.” Camu camu also has Valine and Leucine, essential amino acids that help the body maintain good muscle and bone density, and a good amount of potassium.
Taste
Camu camu powder (which is usually the easiest way to use it in smoothies) has a tangy, lightly citrus taste.
Best Blended With
Due to its light, citrus taste, camu camu goes with a variety of flavors, but especially orange and pineapple. From mild to zingy smoothies, camu camu can go undetected, but its great benefits won’t!

Cardamom
Health Benefits
Cardamom is a great source of potassium, calcium and magnesium. The volatile oils cardamom contains is what truly makes this spice stand out. These oils include pinene, sabinene, myrcene, phellandrene, and limonene, and all aid in digestion. In addition to these volatile oils, cardamom also contains potent antioxidants.
Taste
Cardamom has a slight lemony smell and taste.
Best Blended With
Cardamom’s citrusy flavor is best complemented by stone fruits like apricots or berries (such as blueberries).

Cashews
Health Benefits
With less fat than most other nuts, the majority of the fats that cashews do contain are monounsaturated fatty acids, the healthy kind of fat that’s essential for a steady metabolism. Additionally, the American Heart Association says monounsaturated fatty acids can help reduce “bad” cholesterol, and lower the risk for heart disease and stroke. Cashews also have quite a lot of protein; one fourth of a cup of cashews contains five grams of it! They also provide one with a healthy amount of copper, magnesium, and 10 percent of your daily allowance of zinc.
Taste
Cashews have a light, nutty taste, which is why they’re often used in raw desserts and vegan cheeses. They’re perfect for giving your smoothie a creamy consistency without adding much flavor.
Best Blended With
Because cashews add a ton of health benefits and a silky texture without much additional flavor, they’re perfect for green smoothies!

Cayenne
Health Benefits
Cayenne is rich in multiple vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids. It’s because of these nutrients that cayenne has been proven to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, irritating coughs, and diarrhea. Cayenne is also a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This boosts metabolism and can help the body get rid of toxins.
Taste
Straight up: Cayenne is spicy! The peppers are spicier than most mild jalapeños, and the ground-up spice should be used sparingly. As with most things, start with a small amount, and then work your taste buds up to a comfortable level of heat.
Best Blended With
Here are GreenBender, we like ourselves a little heat, and routinely put a dose of cayenne in our smoothies. Try cayenne with sweeter fruits like pineapple or mango.

Chamomile Tea
Health Benefits
Loaded with antioxidants, chamomile tea is an alternative medicine staple, and is often used to treat everything from stomach cramps, to irritated skin, to an anxious nervous system. Many people drink chamomile tea before bed as a natural calming agent and a non-medical sleep aid. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Taste
Chamomile herbal tea is grounded and earthy with hints of apple and floral sweetness.
Best Blended With
It has a light, airy, and really palatable taste that goes well with just about everything. We especially love it in refreshing springy smoothies with ginger or lemon.

Chia Seeds
Health Benefits
Chia seeds are mainly known for their ample Omega-3 and fiber benefits, but these little seeds (which have been cultivated since the Aztecs were walking the earth), are great for a few other reasons as well. One ounce contains 10g of fiber and 5g of protein, and a good dose of calcium, potassium, and copper. Chia has been known to help with weight loss (keeping you full on a few calories), lowered cholesterol, and raised HDL cholesterol — the good kind of cholesterol that protects against heart attacks.
Taste
Chia seeds are virtually tasteless, which means they take on the flavor of anything they’re mixed with. Because of this, chia pudding — chia seeds mixed with almond or coconut milk and a variety of sweeteners — has become a popular healthy dessert.
Best Blended With
Because these seeds tend to expand in liquid, it’s best to use a bit of extra water or nut milk when blending them in a smoothie. Letting the seeds sit for a few hours (or overnight) in liquid will increase their volume and make it easier to portion them out.

Chlorella
Health Benefits
Chlorella is rich in the cartenoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein. It’s also an abundant source of vitamins B, C, D, E, K, and the minerals phosphorous, calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron. Chlorella is rich in protein and contains more protein per ounce than a serving of steak. This superfood also offers a rich source of healthy fats including oleic acid. Additionally, chlorella has been shown to support healthy hormonal function and good cardiovascular health, and is known for detoxifying the body.
Taste
Chlorella has a strong, “earthy green” taste.
Best Blended With
Due to its flavor, we recommend pairing chlorella with citrus, ginger or pineapple to help lift and lighten the green taste!

Cinnamon
Health Benefits
Cinnamon is extremely high in antioxidants. This spice is also a potent anti-inflammatory, and there have been numerous studies showing the benefits of daily cinnamon consumption and the treatment of chronic issues like arthritis and certain autoimmune disorders. It’s even been said that cinnamon may help with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Regular consumption of cinnamon has been linked to lowered blood glucose. It may also help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Perhaps one of the best benefits of daily consumption of cinnamon is that it’s been scientifically proven to be a natural anti-cancer agent (as with most natural sources, more in-depth testing has to be done).
Taste
Cinnamon definitely has a very distinct flavor. It’s spicy and slightly sweet notes take a dessert smoothie to the next level.
Best Blended With
Cinnamon works best in creamier smoothies, and with ingredients like banana, cacao, oats and apples.

Coconut Flakes
Health Benefits
Like the coconut fruit itself, unsweetened coconut flakes contain fiber as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. Coconut flakes also contain a nice serving of phosphorous and iron.
Taste
No surprise here – coconut flakes taste like coconut!
Best Blended With
Coconut flakes help increase the creaminess of smoothies. Blend them with nutty or tropical flavor profiles to create an island oasis for your taste buds!

Dried lavender flowers
Health Benefits
Dried lavender, lavender tea, and lavender essential oil can have calming, sedative effects. When taken internally, lavender has been shown to treat indigestion and gas. Additionally, lavender has been used as a headache remedy for centuries. Try a few drops of the essential oil on a sugar cube.
Taste
A little goes a long way here! If you use too much, your smoothie will end up tasting like a bar of soap.Best Blended WithWe love using lavender with citrus fruits like lemons or melons. Try the Lavender Lemonade smoothie.

Flaxseed
Health Benefits
One of the biggest benefits to eating flax is the amount of lignans available per serving. Lignans are “fiber-related polyphenols” (antioxidants) that can actually help balance hormones, and may help fight against hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Additionally, because of its high soluble and insoluble fiber content, as well as its Omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed not only fights inflammation, it may help lower cholesterol and will keep you feeling satiated throughout the day.
Taste
Like hemp seeds, flaxseed has a very subtle nutty flavor, making it ideal for nearly any smoothie.
Best Blended With
Flax is basically undetectable when blended in smoothies, so throw it in any recipe to up the creaminess and get your fill of Omega- 3s and fiber!

Ginger
Health Benefits
Ginger has so many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, blood sugar regulation, and gastrointestinal relief. It may be best known for helping relieve nausea related to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness. Ginger may also help protect against osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Taste
When eaten raw, ginger has a very spicy flavor.
Best Blended With
A little caveat, due to its strong taste, if you’ve never used ginger in a smoothie, start out with a small serving, and then increase as your taste buds allow! Ginger is great for cutting the green taste that comes with certain leafy greens. We love using ginger in our smoothies, especially when pairing it with citrus fruit like oranges, or dark leafy greens like spinach and kale.


Goji Berry
Health Benefits
Goji berries contain a good serving of fiber, protein and essential amino acids per serving, which is highly unusual for a fruit or vegetable. They’re also high in vitamin C, A and iron.
Like other super fruits, goji berries have a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) rating, meaning that they’re full of powerful antioxidants, and are great at helping to lower inflammation in the body.
Taste
Goji berries are sweet with an underlying earthy flavor.
Best Blended With
Goji berries have a very mild flavor that pairs well with both light flavors such as watermelon and oranges and rich flavors like cacao and walnuts.

Hemp Protein
Health Benefits
Hemp protein has all the benefits of hemp seeds (fiber, healthy fat, amino acids), as well as being one of the more “easy to digest” proteins on the market. Hemp protein has more fiber per serving than almost any other kind of protein powder.
Taste
Hemp protein has a strong, nutty, earthy flavor.
Best Blended With
Hemp protein is great in creamy smoothies, so we like to pair it with bananas and nut milks to create delicious “dessert” smoothies.

Hemp Seeds
Health Benefits
Hemp seeds are one the best plant-based proteins around. They have anywhere from three to seven grams of protein per tablespoon. In addition to the high protein levels, hemp seeds are full of essential fatty acids, which promote healthy skin and hair and lower inflammation.
Taste
Hemp seeds have a nutty, creamy flavor.
Best Blended With
Hemp seeds are soft, easily blended, and can be found either as a powder or as a seed. These seeds go especially well with banana and avocado smoothies.


Lucuma
Health Benefits
There is nothing more fun to use in a smoothie than lucuma. It has lots of beta carotene, which is great for healthy skin and eyes, iron, zinc, vitamin B3 and calcium. Lucuma also has proven skin-regeneration properties.: According to a study done by Rutgers, this super fruit was shown to help in wound healing and tissue regeneration.
Additionally, it’s been used to help with cardiovascular health and may even ease hypertension.
Taste
Lucuma has a mellow sweetness that has been described as “a cross between caramel and a sweet potato.” Its texture is smooth and almost creamy, and it sits low on the glycemic index, making it a great addition for those who are watching sugar intake.
Best Blended With
Lucuma has a sweet, almost maple flavor and is best paired with nuts, cacao, oats, and bananas. Try the Cinnamon Rice and Everything >

Maca
Health Benefits
Maca contains eight essential amino acids, fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Maca also has a good amount of protein and fiber per serving.
Its been said that maca has hormone balancing and menopausal symptom-reducing benefits. Another benefit of maca seems to be increased libido and energy, but like most superfoods, there haven’t been enough scientific studies done to quantify these benefits.
Taste
Maca root has an earthy taste with a hint of sweetness, but many people find the flavor quite potent, and therefore hard to stomach in large amounts.
Best Blended With
Starting with a teaspoon or two in a green smoothie is the perfect way to get the benefits of this superfood without worrying about its flavor.

Maqui
Health Benefits
Maqui berry contains an extremely high amount of antioxidants per serving. Its high dosage makes it very helpful with it comes to inflammatory diseases, and maqui has even been shown to work as an antiviral.
Maqui berries may increase insulin production, easing blood glucose spikes and possibly preventing the formation of new fat cells.
Taste
Maqui berry powder has a light, sweet taste.
Best Blended With
Maqui berry powder’s mild flavor makes it an ideal addition to many fruit heavy smoothies. Its color is especially vibrant and will turn light-colored smoothies a bright purple.

Mangosteen
Health Benefits
Mangosteen is known for being high in fiber and low in calories, as well as having a good serving of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. There have also been a few studies highlighting this delicate fruit’s ability to help fight against cancer, as well as its immune-boosting effects.
Taste
Mangosteen has a taste that mimics a combination of strawberry, peach, and vanilla.
Best Blended With
We recommend pairing mangosteen (or mangosteen powder) with other tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, or kiwi.


Matcha
Health Benefits
Matcha provides both a boost of natural energy from caffeine, and a sense of focused calmness thanks to the amino acid L-theanine.
Matcha is also full of catechins, antioxidants that have been shown to help fight against, and possibly even prevent, cancer. A few other common foods — like cocoa and apples — also contain catechins, but matcha is more catechin-dense than those other foods, meaning you get a lot more catechin bang for your buck in one serving of matcha.
There have also been studies linking matcha tea to weight loss and lowered cholesterol.
Taste
Raw matcha powder can have a slightly bitter taste
Best Blended With
To counteract matcha’s bitter flavor, we recommend pairing it with sweet fruits like banana, kiwi, or citrus. Due to matcha’s calming properties, it’s also a great addition to cucumber and mint smoothies — create a spa trip in a smoothie!


Mesquite
Health Benefits
Mesquite is high in fiber and protein, and low on the glycemic index. Additionally, mesquite has measurable amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc.
Taste
Many people describe mesquite powder as having a rich, caramel-like taste, which is why it’s often used as a natural sweetener.
Best Blended With
Mesquite goes well in rich, creamy smoothies like the Chocolate Raspberry Tart smoothie.

Moringa
Health Benefits
Moringa is a nutrient powerhouse. It has 25 times more iron than spinach and is a great source of zinc and magnesium. Additionally, because of its high antioxidant activity and trace mineral content, Moringa is sometimes added to natural moisturizers and cosmetic creams.
Taste
Raw moringa powder has a deep, earthy taste.
Best Blended With
Due to moringa’s green, “earthy” flavor, it’s best paired with citrus fruits. Try our Moringa Rest smoothie.

Noni fruit
Health Benefits
Nicknamed “The Painkiller Tree,” noni has been scientifically shown to reduce pain associated with things like headaches and chronic issues like arthritis. In addition to being an anti-inflammatory, noni also has antibacterial properties, making it a great immune booster.
Need to sleep better? Noni fruit may be your answer. Some studies have suggested that the fruit helps stimulate serotonin and melatonin.
Taste
Organic noni powder is rather tasteless. However, noni fruit itself can be bitter.
Best Blended With
To ward off any bitterness, it’s best to pair noni fruit powder with sweet fruits like mango or strawberries, or tart fruits like pineapple or cranberries


Nutmeg
Health Benefits
Nutmeg contains fiber, manganese, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, and copper. Nutmeg has been known to possibly relieve pain, soothe indigestion, and strengthen cognitive function.
Taste
Nutmeg has a distinct, earthy flavor.
Best Blended With
Nutmeg’s pungent flavor makes it ideal for fall and winter smoothies. We like pairing it with cinnamon and apple to create a warming and spicy autumnal smoothie

Oats
Health Benefits
Oats contain B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber, which are all vital nutrients for reducing stress. Oats are also one of the best food sources for the production of serotonin, the antidepressant hormone.
Taste
Rolled oats have a very delicate taste that is basically undetectable when blended into a smoothie.
Best Blended With
Due to their minimal flavor, rolled oats can be added to any smoothie to increase the creaminess and your fiber intake.


Pea Protein
Health Benefits
Made from yellow split peas, pea protein is gaining popularity for being another great hypoallergenic, vegan protein source.
Pea protein contains both essential and non essential amino acids, and is routinely GMO-free. The specific amino acids in pea protein are helpful to the digestive track lining, and because pea protein tends to be low fat, it’s a great way to stay full between meals.
Taste
Pea protein has essentially no taste, and avoids the typical “chalky” consistency other protein powders can have.
Best Blended With
The extremely mild taste of pea protein is undetectable when blended. So feel free to throw in some pea protein to up the creaminess factor and your protein intake!


Pecans
Health Benefits
Ninety percent of the fat in pecans is unsaturated fat (the healthy kind), and they contain a good serving of oleic acid, otherwise known as Omega-9, which has been connected to lowered fasting glucose rates and better blood flow throughout the body.
Pecans are high in vitamins A, E and B, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They’re also relatively low in calories and carbs.
Taste
Pecans have a sweet, buttery flavor.
Best Blended With
We especially love pecans in creamy smoothies. Try pairing them with warm spices, nut milks, and banana for a wholesome sweet treat.

Quinoa flakes
Health Benefits
One of quinoa’s main claims to fame is the fact that it’s a “perfect protein,” meaning that it contains all 20 amino acids (which are necessary to create protein), including the nine amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own.
In addition to a healthy amount of protein per serving, quinoa is also full of fiber, with a 3.5 oz serving of cooked quinoa providing about 7g of fiber.
Taste
Quinoa looks similar to couscous and can be used in the place of rice for various recipes, but it has a richer and nuttier flavor than both of these grains. Quinoa flakes are the dried and flattened version of this grain, and are virtually tasteless.
Best Blended With
Quinoa is great for increasing the creaminess factor, as well as the denseness, of smoothies. It blends easily, so add it to any green smoothie and get your fill of fiber.

Reishi mushrooms
Health Benefits
Dubbed “mushrooms of immortality,” reishi can help boost the body’s immune system. Studies have shown that reishi is a potential natural therapeutic cancer fighter, specifically for breast cancer. Other studies have linked reishi to improvement in brain impairments resulting from degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Reishi is also great at lowering inflammation in the body, improving immune function, and helping with blood circulation. Finally, Reishi is known as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are compounds and plants that are said to help the body move toward equilibrium in times of stress, returning the nervous system back to normal.
Taste
Reishi is very bitter, which is why it is often boiled for a few hours, and then either dried and turned into a supplement or powder, or made into a tea with honey or other sweeteners.
Best Blended With
These mushrooms can be a bit bitter so pair reishi powder with sweeter fruits or strong citrus flavors like ripe pears or lemons.

Rose Hips
Health Benefits
Raw rose hips are some of the richest sources of natural vitamin C out there, making them great at helping to boost the immune system and keep wrinkles at bay.
They also have a nice serving of beta-carotene (another anti-wrinkle vitamin), lutein and lycopene (a phytonutrient that’s been studied for its cancer-fighting abilities).
Taste
With a flavor that can mostly be described as “slightly tart and rosy,” rose hips are completely edible
Best Blended With
Rose hip powder adds a delicate floral essence to green smoothies, making them an ideal addition to recipes with berries, mangos, or kiwis.


Sacha Inchi
Also known as the Inca peanut, sacha inchi is the seed of a plant that grows primarily in Peru. Rich in protein, Omega-3s and Omega 6, vitamins E and A, and fiber, sacha inchi also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Taste
Sacha Inchi has a nice nutty flavor with a unique buttery finish.
Best Blended With
We like pairing the nuttiness of sacha inchi powder with citrus fruits or pineapple.


Spirulina
Health Benefits
Spirulina is considered one of the most nutritionally complete foods out there. It’s one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, it’s a complete protein, (ranging from 55-77 percent protein) and contains all essential amino acids. Spiruina offers an abundance of fatty acids, including one of the rarest forms, gamma linoleum acid.
Spirulina is also rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as the minerals potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron and magnesium. All of these nutrients make this superfood great at fighting symptoms of allergies and boosting the immune system.
Taste
Many people describe spirulina as tasting like the ocean, or seaweed.
Best Blended With
Due to its intense taste, we recommend starting with just a pinch of spirulina in your smoothies — you can always add more! We like to pair spirulina with sweeter fruits like pears or grapes to mask the flavor.


Tahini
Health Benefits
Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is rich in the minerals phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium, and iron, but it’s also high in protein and a great source of calcium.
Taste
Tahini has a slight nutty taste.
Best Blended With
Pair tahini’s slightly nutty flavor with with bananas, strawberries, and raw cacao for a tahini banana split that will take you back to your childhood and leave you feeling satisfied and satiated.

Turmeric
Health Benefits
Turmeric contains the powerful compound curcumin, which helps with inflammation, aids in digestion, fights cancer, eases arthritis, and lowers the risk of heart attacks.
Turmeric has been shown to help protect the brain via the compound ar-turmerone. This potent compound is beneficial in repairing the brain’s stem cells and helps keep the brain functioning at its best and brightest.
Adaptogens like turmeric help your body naturally acclimate to changing environments. Adaptogens have evolved over thousands of years to support and improve the body’s ability to stay in balance and function optimally during times of stress.
Another way that turmeric can be useful is in easing joint pain, muscle fatigue and even arthritis.
Taste
Turmeric is mildly aromatic, and has hints of orange or ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor.
Best Blended With
Turmeric’s strong flavor is best complemented by creamier fruits like banana or mango. Consider blending it with coconut cream to create a “golden milk” smoothie.

Thyme
Health Benefits
Thyme is an excellent source of vitamin A, iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber. It is also a powerful antioxidant that aids in digestion.
Taste
Thyme has a subtle, dry aroma and a slightly minty flavor.
Best Blended With
Thyme is complemented best by citrus flavors like lemon, grapefruit, or tomatillos.

Yacon root
Health Benefits
Yacon root can help lower blood sugar, and some studies even suggest that it can aid in weight loss by helping individuals feel fuller for longer periods of time, and creating a very regular digestion cycle.
Additionally, yacon has a high amount of fructooligosaccharides, naturally occurring compounds that inhibit the body from absorbing any simple sugars. These fructooligosaccharides may be the reason behind yacon’s ability to lower blood sugar, since they actually lower the amount of glucose produced in the liver.
Taste
Yacon root has a mild, sweet taste that some describe as a mixture of watermelon, pear and celery all together.
Best Blended With
This root has a rich flavor and goes well with creamy ingredients like sweet potatoes, nut butters and banana.

Walnuts
Health Benefits
Walnuts have an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce excessive cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. Walnuts are also abundant in vitamin E (which is fantastic for the complexion), and in melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep.
Taste
Walnuts have a fairly mild, nutty flavor.
Best Blended With
Walnuts are especially tasty when paired with apples, cinnamon or other warm spices for cozy, autumnal smoothies.

Wheatgrass
Health Benefits
Wheatgrass contains more than 90 minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium, as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. It may help suppress appetite, reduce fatigue and improves digestion.
Taste
Wheatgrass has a strong green taste — kind of like grass!
Best Blended With
Like other ingredients with intense flavor profiles, we recommend starting with a small amount. We like to pair wheatgrass with citrus fruits or ginger to help cut the green taste.
 

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Best High-Protein Smoothie Ingredients
Adding protein helps make your smoothie more satisfying. Protein helps fill you up and there are plenty of ways to add it to your smoothie without using protein powder.
Plain yogurt (unsweetened)
Plain milk (unsweetened)
Plain kefir (unsweetened)
Tofu
Natural peanut butter
Natural almond butter
Plain soymilk (unsweetened)
Plain high-protein almond milk (unsweetened)
Lentils

Best Fruits for Smoothies
Pretty much any fruit is great for smoothies. Use fresh fruit, frozen fruit or fruit canned in water or its own juice.
Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
Mango
Pineapple
Peach
Banana
Apple
Melon
Cherries
Apricot

Best Vegetables for Smoothies
Use raw or frozen vegetables. Usually, the sweetness of the fruit masks the vegetable flavor but you may need play around with combinations and amounts to find what works for you.
Carrot
Kale
Spinach
Avocado
Cucumber
Cauliflower
Pumpkin

Healthy Smoothie Additions for Flavor and Additional Nutrition
Add these to boost up the nutrition even more or add to the flavor of your smoothie. Flax and chia seeds add omega-3s and protein, oats deliver healthy fiber. Spices and extracts, like vanilla, add fun flavor.
Flaxseed
Chia seed
Old-fashioned oats
Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
Vanilla extract
Coconut water
Unsweetened cocoa powder

Smoothie Ingredients to Ditch
To keep your smoothie as healthy as possible, avoid adding these ingredients, which provide more calories in the form of added sugar, in some cases without many nutrients.
Sugar-sweetened fruit juice or concentrate
Flavored yogurt
Flavored kefir
Whipped cream
Ice cream
Sorbet
Sherbet
Chocolate syrup
Chocolate milk
Canned fruit in syrup
 

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Nut Nutrition
Nuts come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors. Different types have their own unique nutrition, although all nuts deliver plant-based proteins and health benefits. Nuts are also naturally high in healthy fats, but low in saturated fats. Here is the nutrition for a 1-ounce serving of a few of our favorite nuts:

Almonds
162 calories
14 g fat
1 g saturated fat
6 g protein
6 g carbs
4 g fiber
7 mg vitamin E (48% Daily Value)
76 mg magnesium (18% DV)

Cashews
157 calories
12 g fat
2 g saturated fat
5 g protein
9 g carbs
1 g fiber
83 mg magnesium (20% DV)
1.6 mg zinc (15% DV)

Peanuts
161 calories
14 g fat
2 g saturated fat
7 g protein
5 g carbs
2 g fiber
68 mcg folate (17% DV)

Walnuts
185 calories
19 g fat
2 g saturated fat
4 g protein
4 g carbs
2 g fiber
1 mg manganese (42% DV)

Pistachios
159 calories
13 g fat
2 g saturated fat
6 g protein
8 g carbs
3 g fiber
0.5 mg vitamin B6 (28% DV)

Promote Heart Health
Nuts contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats and antioxidants, and eating nuts regularly can promote heart health. There is substantial evidence that regularly consuming nuts can cut the risk for coronary heart disease, for both men and women. A 2019 meta-analysis in Nutrition Review found an inverse relationship between nut consumption and a variety of heart conditions. That means that the more regularly people ate nuts, the lower their risk for coronary heart disease and some other cardiovascular conditions.

Reduce Diabetes Risk
Nuts show potential benefits in the management of and prevention of diabetes. A review paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating four servings of nuts a week was strongly associated with a lower risk of diabetes. For those who have diabetes, eating nuts can help minimize common side effects and complications, especially for women. In fact, a 2019 study found that, for people who already had diabetes, eating nuts reduced the risk of developing other chronic illnesses, heart disease in particular. Additionally, all nuts are naturally low in carbs and high in healthy fats and protein, which makes them a safe and delicious snack for people being mindful of their carb intake.

High in Antioxidants
Nuts are also full of antioxidants, which are the compounds in food that help repair damaged and stressed cells. Antioxidants prevent a slew of diseases and conditions too. Many age-related diseases can be attributed to chronic inflammation and stress, so naturally, antioxidants make a big difference. A review study in Antioxidants found that older adults who consumed nuts had a lower risk of developing cancer or cognitive disorders, along with heart disease and diabetes.

In an extensive review in Nutrients, researchers concluded that nuts are a great source of antioxidants that can benefit acute and chronic illnesses. Nuts high in monounsaturated fats, like peanuts and cashews, are a good source of antioxidants, but nuts high in polyunsaturated fats give you a little more bang for your buck in terms of antioxidants. Nuts like walnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts are particularly high in polyunsaturated fats and antioxidants.

Promote Weight Loss
Nuts are high in calories, but they may actually protect against packing on extra pounds. A review of recent research found that more and more studies are reporting nut's important role in weight regulation and weight maintenance, and finding inverse associations between eating nuts and obesity and diabetes. The researchers went so far as to say that nuts were the only food that was so strongly associated with lower weight, when adjusted for confounding factors.

Nuts can help regulate your hunger, too. The authors of this review found evidence that eating nuts can reduce hunger and the desire to eat, while increasing fullness. Their high fat, protein and fiber content work together to provide long-term satisfaction. Adding nuts or seeds to meals and snacks helps give them staying power.

Fight Inflammation
Walnuts are high in a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid called ALA, which has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. This comprehensive review found that diets rich in walnuts reduced several markers of inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation can decrease your risk for almost every chronic disease, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods is particularly important for older adults, who are more susceptible to inflammation and chronic disease. Antioxidants, which nuts are full of, can also provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

Bottom Line
With their variety of health benefits, there is likely at least one reason that nuts should make it onto your plate regularly. From your brain to your waistline, eating nuts may help prevent illness and promote health. And they are as versatile in the kitchen as they are in your body. Try our Healthy Nut & Seed Recipes to start enjoying the nutrition of nuts today.
 

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How come this hasn't become the new "ice cream truck"? Especially adding alcoholic drinks since more states are allowing to go cups.
 

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What type of food ( do you like / love) that's what you sell.
One of my sons is pitching the concept to me, and I kind of like the idea of custom juice blends, because of ease of production, no cooking and easier cleanup. I also love fresh fruit. Combining those with the health benefits of raw vegetables and nutrient rich herbs sounds like a winner. If we can get traffic I think we could make a go of it.
 

ballscout1

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I ain't opening shit but I juice and make smoothies so I stole a couple of pages that had some good information.

Thanks you nail polishing eyebrow sewing mofokr

 

mailboxpimp

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One of my sons is pitching the concept to me, and I kind of like the idea of custom juice blends, because of ease of production, no cooking and easier cleanup. I also love fresh fruit. Combining those with the health benefits of raw vegetables and nutrient rich herbs sounds like a winner. If we can get traffic I think we could make a go of it.
This is what you NEED.... its worth the money! It comes w/ a 15-year warranty!!!
I brought 1 & made some of the money back making juice out the house.







this used NO-HEAT & provides the BEST end result for juicing fruits, nuts & vegetables. Heat kills the enzymes you need. The juicers w/ the blades generate heat.

Best $400 I ever spent!
You might kop 2... 1 for the fam & 1 for the son's business & write it off on the taxes.

You can do small test runs.... buy the bottles w/ lids on amazon... get 1 or 2 doz.. some labels, instagram account...
shop @ the farmers market!!!!

beets
celery
carrots (they are dry as fuck & you NEED a lot of them.... shit is ridiculous!)
GINGER
APPLES
lemon or lime.... is a must-try.... pick ya combination.

beets & lemon are DELICIOUS! turns ya piss red tho.

Add a seamoss based smoothie as well.
 
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mailboxpimp

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I ain't opening shit but I juice and make smoothies so I stole a couple of pages that had some good information.

Thanks you nail polishing eyebrow sewing mofokr

how many times I gotta tell you faggots.....I dont do nails..... fuckyou very much!!!

& you.................. you welcome :dunno: :roflmao::roflmao3:
 

tallblacknyc

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How come this hasn't become the new "ice cream truck"? Especially adding alcoholic drinks since more states are allowing to go cups.
Depends on each state..lot of states still funny about selling liquor on certain platforms.. also liq laws would probably prohibit selling liq after 12am in certain states if you not a bar , restaurant, club... having a liq license depending on state is hard to get/process takes awhile.. having startup money to get a truck is another thing... actually knowing/having the skill set of making drinks/liqs.. various diff licenses to have in order to operate vechile, operate food, operate and sell liquor... than you definitely gonna need to be on point with not selling liquor to underage people.. than it’s actually attempting to do it.. an idea is great but actually attempting to do it is where a lot of people don’t actually take that step.. that’s why for the most part it’s not the new ice cream truck... there are and have been lots of tax free mobile drink makers though lol
 

tallblacknyc

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This is what you NEED.... its worth the money! It comes w/ a 15-year warranty!!!
I brought 1 & made some of the money back making juice out the house.







this used NO-HEAT & provides the BEST end result for juicing fruits, nuts & vegetables. Heat kills the enzymes you need. The juicers w/ the blades generate heat.

Best $400 I ever spent!
You might kop 2... 1 for the fam & 1 for the son's business & write it off on the taxes.

You can do small test runs.... buy the bottles w/ lids on amazon... get 1 or 2 doz.. some labels, instagram account...
shop @ the farmers market!!!!

beets
celery
carrots (they are dry as fuck & you NEED a lot of them.... shit is ridiculous!)
GINGER
APPLES
lemon or lime.... is a must-try.... pick ya combination.

beets & lemon are DELICIOUS! turns ya piss red tho.

Add a seamoss based smoothie as well.
I actually was looking for the name of this recently.. I remember wanting to cop it during the summer but didn’t feel like paying the price .. I still see it’s at $400.. idk if I want to pull the trigger yet on copping it but def will save the name
 

blackpepper

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BGOL Investor
This is what you NEED.... its worth the money! It comes w/ a 15-year warranty!!!
I brought 1 & made some of the money back making juice out the house.







this used NO-HEAT & provides the BEST end result for juicing fruits, nuts & vegetables. Heat kills the enzymes you need. The juicers w/ the blades generate heat.

Best $400 I ever spent!
You might kop 2... 1 for the fam & 1 for the son's business & write it off on the taxes.

You can do small test runs.... buy the bottles w/ lids on amazon... get 1 or 2 doz.. some labels, instagram account...
shop @ the farmers market!!!!

beets
celery
carrots (they are dry as fuck & you NEED a lot of them.... shit is ridiculous!)
GINGER
APPLES
lemon or lime.... is a must-try.... pick ya combination.

beets & lemon are DELICIOUS! turns ya piss red tho.

Add a seamoss based smoothie as well.
This whole thread has some great info. We would like to test the waters with a few popup events in late spring and early summer. He's doing most of the leg work and of course wants me to provide some capital. If he can come up with a tight enough business plan we may dump some serious money into this.
 

mailboxpimp

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This whole thread has some great info. We would like to test the waters with a few popup events in late spring and early summer. He's doing most of the leg work and of course wants me to provide some capital. If he can come up with a tight enough business plan we may dump some serious money into this.
i dnt see how you cant win! hope it works out.
 

mailboxpimp

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I actually was looking for the name of this recently.. I remember wanting to cop it during the summer but didn’t feel like paying the price .. I still see it’s at $400.. idk if I want to pull the trigger yet on copping it but def will save the name
yo!!!!!!!!!!! IM telling you!!!! Shit is WORTH IT!
Make my own juice now....
fuck buying juice out the store. this shit covers a lot of bases when it comes to healthy eating.
I now drink veggies I would NEVER eat.

discount link.... this is the exact site I got mines from.

delivery was on time
 

tallblacknyc

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yo!!!!!!!!!!! IM telling you!!!! Shit is WORTH IT!
Make my own juice now....
fuck buying juice out the store. this shit covers a lot of bases when it comes to healthy eating.
I now drink veggies I would NEVER eat.

discount link.... this is the exact site I got mines from.

delivery was on time
Thanks for info.. yeah I was reading bout it and seeing reviews on it last yr.. I was just being cheap lol.. sometimes I be on my frugal shit, sometimes I be on my money flip shit, sometimes I be on my compulsive spending shit.. when the splurge segment of me come through I’ll def pull the trigger
 
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