It was just a matter of time before Starbucks expanded the pie, so to speak. According to this article, Starbucks has bought a company called Evolution Fresh, which specialized in smoothies and made-to-order freshly-squeezed juices, including, of course, kale! The first store is in Bellevue, WA, just east of Seattle.
Guess where I am going the first week of April? Yep, Seattle, for a short vacation before the growing season kicks into high gear (i.e., non-stop) for the next 8-9 months. I think I'll check out what may eventually make its way to the Midwest. The price of these drinks is enough to make them a special treat for me though, as spending $5-8 for a drink like this on a daily basis would be a budget-buster.
I think I'll order one with 4 straws, but I would be delighted to see something like this in airports. Oh, I momentarily forgot that I'm farming full-time now and rarely in airports anymore! Still, if these drinks are not too sweet, they could be a great delicious and healthy alternative to the typical sugar-sweetened soda that is so ubiquitous in airports and everywhere.
In the meantime, whip up your own smoothie or juice at home. I've given you the basics for DIY healthy smoothies with kale, for pennies on the dollar, too.
Where kale is more than decoration on my plate - now it comes with a straw!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD