It looks like Starbucks is really hopping on board the wellness wagon. After adding cold-brew coffee (which coincidentally launches today) and coconut milk to its stores (almond milk, too — but only in Japan), it has now put the king of health foods on its menu: kale.
A new line of Evolution Fresh Smoothies (no, not "smoothie-like drinks" anymore) are available today at 4,300 Starbucks stores in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and select grocery stores nationwide.
The new drinks are made from Dannon Greek nonfat yogurt and cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice, and they come in three flavors: Sweet Greens, Strawberry, and Mango Carrot (all $5.95 for the 16-oz. size). But all the hoopla surrounds the fact that you can add fresh kale upon request (protein powder, too).
How healthy are they really, you ask? "They are free from artificial sweeteners or fillers, just a unique, wholesome, snack or beverage," said Jeff Hansberry, president of Evolution Fresh, in a press release. And they range between 170 and 230 calories.
The green Siren clearly has plans far beyond coffee. Kale today — who knows what tomorrow. She's after the whole world.