Hail to the kale! Starbucks announced on Tuesday, Mar. 31, that it is partnering with Dannon to offer a healthy (and trendy!) new line of beverages, which includes a kale smoothie.
The coffee giant announced that its new line will be called "Evolution Fresh Smoothies." The items will be concocted from the company's Evolution Fresh juices and Dannon yogurts.
The smoothies will be offered in three different flavors, including strawberry, mango carrot, and sweet greens (a veggie-based option comprised of greens and fruits). As is standard practice at juice bar chains like Jamba Juice, Juice Press, and Liquiteria, smoothie aficionados can customize their drinks by adding ingredients like fresh kale and protein powder. According to the release, the smoothies would deliver more than 20 percent of daily fruit and vegetable serving suggestions.
Evolution Fresh president Jeff Hansberry described the smoothies as "delicious" and "nutritious" in the release. "They are free from artificial sweeteners or fillers, just a unique, wholesome, snack or beverage," Hansberry noted. "We’ve been testing in select stores since last year and our partners (employees) have shared extremely positive feedback."
The kale smoothies were released today in the Pacific Northwest, where Starbucks is headquartered, as well as in Northern California, Idaho, and Alaska. The smoothies are offered nationwide at select Starbucks locations starting Tuesday. Each 16-ounce cup, which ranges between 170 and 230 calories, begins at $5.95.
Just last week, the caffeine behemoth announced the release of its exclusive Birthday Cake Frappuccino to celebrate the ice-cold beverage's 20th birthday.