We drink a whole lot of smoothies at our house. Aaron makes a daily protein shake, and I make fruit and green smoothies depending on what produce is in season. When we were traveling last year, we even took our blender with us because we are that attached to our respective smoothie habits. It’s just such an easy way to get in a bunch of nutrition with very minimal effort.
Recently we had the opportunity to try a new drink called Nosha. It’s a complete meal that comes in individual pouches, each coming in at 400 calories. I actually really appreciate that it’s higher calorie because a lot of meal replacement powders are in the 200-300 calorie range, which is more of a snack than a true meal. The two founders, Tommy and Nick, are both health nerds (Nick is also a doctor who was researching cancer biology when they started formulating Nosha) and so the ingredients are some of the best I’ve seen. Organic apple/banana, flaxseed, spinach, sunflower seed, pea protein, kale, wheatgrass, chia, chlorella—it’s 100% real, whole food ingredients and all are vegan and gluten-free too.
Nosha sent us their sample box to try out, which comes with 3 Apple Cinnamon and 3 Banana Cacao pouches, a carton of almond milk, a container of apple juice, a shaker bottle, instructions on how to make each flavor into different smoothies, and free shipping. The shaker bottle is a big plus because it gives you the option to make a quick smoothie wherever you are, and then drink it as a full breakfast or lunch on the go. Since Aaron and I both work from home most days (and we’re basically attached to our blender at the hip), we opted for the blended route and combined the Apple Cinnamon with apple juice, water, and strawberries, and the Banana Cacao with almond milk, water, cashew butter (any nut butter would work), and banana. We also added fresh spinach to both.
Our smoothies were filling and we appreciated that we had control over the sweetness (there’s no added sugar, stevia, etc. in Nosha). The flavor is definitely very healthy-tasting, so if you’re new to greens in your smoothies and especially wheatgrass and chlorella, I would recommend starting with a couple of tablespoons of Nosha and working your way up. Pro tip: frozen bananas and nut butters are excellent additions to help make earthy-tasting superfoods more palatable.