• What is the difference between a juice and a smoothie?
A smoothie is made with a blender using the whole vegetable/fruit/nut/spice so none of that good fiber is removed in the process. Smoothies are usually more filling and result in a steady balanced absorption by your body. The blender tears hard-to-break fibers, effectively pre-chewing your salad mix, thus the nutrients are more easily absorbed by your body.
A juicer extracts the water and nutrients from the pulp (fiber) of the fruit/veg so there is direct absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream. The downside of fruit juices in particular is that they can cause blood sugar spikes and can be hard on your liver to process. If you want to juice, go green! Lastly, the quality of juicer makes a huge difference in terms of oxidization and extraction levels.
• How long do your smoothies last?
Our smoothies are made with all natural ingredients (no preservatives) and should be consumed immediately if possible! The fresher, the better. If you must wait, drink within 2-3 days and keep them very chilled. You can also pour into a non-breakable container and freeze; however, keep in mind the consistency will not be the same.
• Where do you source your ingredients?
Our produce is sourced from Gusto Fine Foods, the premier grower of specialty vegetables for chefs in nearly all of China’s 5-star hotels and restaurants. Our superfood ingredients are sourced from around the world to ensure superior quality. For example, our raw cacao is from an organic fair-trade farm in Peru, and our cold pressed virgin coconut oil is from the Philippines. We take great care in sourcing and work only with suppliers with integrity.
• Are your smoothies suitable for children?
We love when kids drink raw, living clean foods! We believe fresh greens are the best preventative medicine and the foundation of a strong immune system, healthy body and clear mind. If your child has allergies or a certain condition, please check the ingredient lists first and consult your doctor. Kids especially love Strawberry Sweetheart, a sweet and creamy blend made with our homemade organic yogurt, and Youth & Beauty made with avocado, kale and mint.
• Do your smoothies contain dairy?
Apart from our limited range of yogurt-based blends, all of our smoothies are dairy free. We prefer to use house made fresh coconut, hemp, almond or cashew non-dairy “milks” in our smoothies.
• Are the smoothies gluten free?
All of our smoothies are gluten free apart from those containing oats (Rise & Shine).
• Are your ingredients organic?
Ah… a tricky question, especially in China, as that word has taken on many meanings over time. Be aware: we are extremely skeptical of organic marketing and even the certification itself. When sourcing, Lizzy focuses on building meaningful relationships with people who truly care about their product, not their product’s profit margin, and with farms committed to quality above all else. Through surprise visits, testing, and incessant questioning, Lizzy has built up a network of responsible suppliers. Many of these suppliers also have international versions of organic certification – but this is only a side note and not a requirement.
• Do you wash your produce?
We take great care and pride in cleaning our produce. Juicing unwashed produce means you are most likely drinking pesticides, chemical residues, and who knows what else – even if produce is labeled ‘organic’ or not. We wash our fruits and vegetables with Soapnut Republic eco-friendly veggie scrub in filtered water using an epic water filter with a bacteria-zapping UV light. Come see for yourself!
• What is a superfood?
They are foods that have a very high amount of nutrients given their size and caloric value. Some of our favorites are: cacao (hello, chocolate…), goji berries, chia, spirulina and hemp.
• My smoothie appears to have separated. Is it still okay to drink?
Yes, it is perfectly normal for separation to occur in our smoothies in its normal life span as we use all natural ingredients with no additives. Just be sure to give it a shake before you drink!
• What are the benefits of doing a cleanse?
Cleanses are an opportunity to reset and start building healthy habits (NOT quick fixes or weight loss schemes to swing between an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle or diet). Formulas are crafted to promote internal detoxification, longevity, alkalinity and immunity. We offer a variety of different levels to cater to your specific needs and goals. We can also create even more customized sets upon request. Keep in mind that what really matters is choices you make on the days before and after your cleanse.