How do you make a healthy smoothie, anyway?
That was the question I posed to Mary Agnew, our Ask a Dietitian columnist, who answers in today’s food section.
As we were searching for recipes and smoothie tips, I came across Daily Harvest, a delivery service that sends cups of frozen fruit (and vegetables and grains and other ingredients) to make dozens of kinds of smoothies at home.
The company sent a beginner’s box with six smoothies. Half were somewhat unusual flavors — chocolate and blueberry, cacao avocado and watermelon cucumber — and the other half more familiar: mango papaya, chocolate banana and berry banana.
They all contained superfood ingredients to sneak in as much nutrients into each smoothie, and the cups had these plastic lids with a place for you to insert your straw.
It was convenient to be able to pull out a cup from the freezer and fill it with liquid. We had to let it sit for a few minutes to thaw enough to blend in the blender, but once we did, it was a pretty good smoothie. Nothing remarkable, but it’s a good service if you make several smoothies a week.
Another feature to note: Daily Harvest uses organic produce that has been picked at peak ripeness and frozen within hours right at the farm, which means it has more nutrients than produce that has been sitting on the shelves in a truck or grocery store.
The boxes start at $47.50 for six smoothies, but if you’re already paying $8 each for smoothies, you might have fun experimenting with the Daily Harvest options. You can choose from dozens of flavors, including sundae-inspired line with ice cream. They also sell heartier options, such as overnight oats and soups that you can blend and serve hot or cold.
As for the question of what point a creamy chocolate brownie batter smoothie becomes a milkshake, I’ll let you decide.
On a side note: We mixed our Daily Harvest smoothies with the new tart cherry flavor of WTRMLN WTR, one of four new flavors coming out (ginger, lime and lemon are the others). The lemon flavor actually came out last year with Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album, and the other varieties have the same prominent watermelon flavor of WTRMLN WTR’s original. It is squeezed from fresh watermelons, but the process intensifies the watermelon flavor. I love it, but if you’re on the fence about watermelon, you might not like even the flavored versions of the drink.