“Statistics show a growing interest in plant-based diets among all consumers, both vegan and non-vegan,” said Wan Kim, owner and CEO of Smoothie King. “By introducing these new menu options, we are catering to guests who seek plant-based protein in their diets. Our goal is to provide them with quick, easy and tasty ways to get the nutrition they crave on-the-go.”
"It used to be that vegan protein was only of interest to hardcore vegans and vegetarians,” said Jerry Burt, national sales manager of Sunwarrior." Now we see a wider group of people — fitness enthusiasts, health conscious parents, teens and baby boomers — who are incorporating plant-based meals into their daily lives. Replacing just one meal per day with a plant-based option can have long lasting health benefits. The fact that these smoothies taste great makes it even better."
Two Vegan Smoothies Naturally Powered by Sunwarrior have been added to the Smoothie King menu for this initial rollout:Mango Kale Smoothie, an antioxidant-rich combination of Sunwarrior Warrior Blend raw plant-based protein, mango juice blend, banana, kale, apple juice and almond; and Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie, with 100% cocoa, bananas, acai and Sunwarrior Warrior Blend.
The Vegan Smoothies are all under 350 calories (20 oz. serving), have no saturated fats, aid in healthy digestion, are lactose-free, gluten-free, and are rich in vitamin A and C. They provide up to 11g of muscle-building, fat-burning plant-based protein and are rich in antioxidants, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients. They can be consumed as both a healthy snack or meal replacement.