Monday, July 13, 2015

How to "OWN" Your Smoothie Addiction

From fitness junkies and health food nuts, everyone seems to be throwin' back cold ones. Smoothies that is.

These drinks are seen as the holy grail of health! I mean, look at ALL the fast food joints that are now offering smoothies on their menu (even White Castle...?!)

Here in St. Louis, there seems to be a Smoothie King popping up on every corner. With their smoothies averaging about 500 calories, more than 70g of sugar, and countless additives and preservatives, I would hardly classify these drinks as a "healthy" midday pick-me-up! (The Hulk Strawberry weighs in at almost 1000 calories and 150g of sugar!?! WHAT?!)

Not to say smoothies can't be a healthy boost to your day, because they certainly can! But to really get the most of your smoothie addiction (it's OK to admit it. I am right there with you...), it's best to blend up one of these delicious concoctions right in your own kitchen!

Now, we live in a day and age where time is of the essence. I am aware of this. So making these thick and delicious, drive-thru quality smoothies at home can be quite a challenge!

That is why I was so excited when I came across One With Nature (OWN) Smoothie Packs!

These frozen smoothies packs include the perfect, premeasured portion of fruits, veggies, flaxseed, and chia seed. OWN has taken what could be quite a time consuming process and broken it down into 3 simple steps!

1. Pour package contents into a blender, with a splash of juice and water.

2. Blend for 5 minutes

3. Enjoy!

BAM! You got yourself a super-quick, nutrition-packed smoothie!

I absolutely LOVE that these packs only include whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables, like kale, banana, kiwi, and edamame! Every pack also has chia seed and flax seed for an addition nutritional boost of fiber and healthy fats!

Best of all, there is no "flavor packet" featured in this smoothie mix (unlike some others you might find in the grocery store!) That is because all the delicious flavors come straight from the fruits and veggies themselves! NO artificial flavors, preservative, or additives (what a rare find, right?!) Just as nature intended!

OWN Smoothie packs are vegan and gluten-free! The company is also in the process of becoming non-GMO as well (woot!)

I simply love the names of OWN Smoothie Packs! The product line includes The Green Life, Own it, Live Bold, and Own Your Day. If you feel that empowered after reading the names, think of how you will feel after finishing one of these delicious smoothies!

My favorite flavor (while I loved them all!) was Live Bold, which includes strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, kale, carrots, flax seeds, and chia seeds. I like my smoothies a little thicker, so I added an extra frozen banana to each mix.  The directions called for OJ, but instead I used a splash of TJ's Mango Pineapple Orange Juice!

What I might love even more than the products is they story of the sweet family behind it all! The company was started by St. Louis natives Sarah and Adam Hobler. They started using these same smoothie recipes to help fill in the nutritional gaps for themselves and their 2 kids. They saw the incredible ways these smoothies improved their own health, so they wanted to share this with everyone else!

These smoothies will make you feel one with nature, and one with your health!! Best of all, OWN Smoothie Packs are packaged right here in St. Louis (support local, y'all!!) And you can find them at any St. Louis area Whole Foods, Diereberg's, Lucky's, or Straub's (with Schnucks coming soon!) Here you can find the closest location to you!

Be sure to check out the conversations happening with OWN Smoothies on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Which OWN Smoothie Pack sounds best to you?!

Disclaimer: I did receive products in exchange for this post. Regardless, I would never recommend a product or service I do not personally, 100% support! 

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