Local Couple Makes Homemade Smoothie Process Easy

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Healthy eating and exercising have always been important to Sarah Hobler and her husband, Adam. That’s why they started making their own smoothies, which they say are a great-tasting, yet convenient, way to pack in fruits and vegetables.

Photo courtesy of One With Nature.

Photo courtesy of One With Nature.

When the couple had their second child, though, they had difficulty finding the time to prep ingredients and blend them up in the mornings. Their solution was weekend “Smoothie Sessions” in the summer of 2013, where they’d prep all the ingredients, measure them out, place them in sandwich bags and toss them in the freezer. That way, when it came time to make a smoothie, they’d just need to dump the bag in the blender, add a liquid and blend.

That fall, it dawned on them that they might not be the only ones facing this hurdle to healthy eating. The idea for One With Nature smoothie packs was born.

The frozen smoothie packs take the ingredient prep and guess work out of the smoothie process. Each pack contains whole, natural fruits, vegetables and grains.  All you have to do is tear open the pouch, pour the contents into a blender, add juice, milk or water and press blend.

And though the smoothies are easy to make, they still pack in the nutrients, vegetables and grains that are often lost in quick, grab-and-go options. They’re rich in antioxidants from Vitamins A and C, offer fiber and protein and also deliver healthy omega-3 fats from chia seeds. There’s The Green Life (pineapple, banana, kiwi, kale, soy beans, flaxseed and chia), Natural Start (bananas, blueberries, kale, soy beans, flaxseed and chia) and Energize (raspberries, pineapple, strawberries, kale, soy beans, green tea, chia).

“Smoothies are such a great solution to enjoying naturally nutritious fruits and vegetables, but the prep time and flavor combo uncertainty can be such a deterrent,” Sarah Hobler says. “Eliminating those hurdles allows people to have an easy avenue toward healthy living.”

After their initial idea, Sarah and Adam spent the next few months learning what it takes to start a food business in Missouri—a production facility, permits, logos and packaging, to start. They say they first shared the concept with the St. Louis community right in their backyard, at the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market this May. The company’s first retail partner, Field’s Foods, came in June followed soon by Ladue Market.

The Hoblers say they’re currently working with a larger grocer, and they’ve contacted  local businesses in the hopes of being available in their stores soon. In the meantime, you can follow the directions on their website to request their products in your favorite local store.

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