Cold, refreshing and colourful, smoothies are the perfect drinks for those dog days of summer.
The thirst-quenchers are great for outdoor entertaining, summer barbeques or even as a nutritional breakfast for the person on the go.
But if you've been on the lookout for fresh smoothies in Karachi, you probably know it was slim pickings out there...until now.
Where to go:
Well, nowhere actually. Wholesome Foods is a new delivery-only venture that's taken Karachi health-nuts by storm.
They bring you an exciting range of healthy, all-natural (no sugar added) smoothies blended with imported berries and other fruits.
They're still new, so delivery takes longer than expected sometimes. That being said, the smoothies always arrive chilled, so no complaints!
When to go:
Days of operation are Monday to Saturday, with delivery hours from noon to 10pm.
What to order:
Currently, Wholesome Foods has five different smoothies on the menu and let us just tell you, each one is delicious (yep, even the green one)!
The smoothies are made using Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fruits and vegetables that are healthier than regular frozen foods and fresh foods!
Owner Imara Hashwani shared with Images, "By the time fruits and vegetables are harvested, loaded and reach us at retail markets, they've lost a lot of their nutrition. IQF foods are blast frozen at low temperatures in plants located close to farms, so their nutrition is locked in at an early stage. IQF foods can retain their nutrition for up to a year."
"IQF fruits and vegetables aren't clumped together like regular frozen foods," she added. "Each kernel of corn, each berry, for example, is frozen separately and then packaged. So the cell walls of the fruits and vegetables aren't damaged and nutritional value isn't affected."
Berry Good Day and Tornado are huge hits at the Images office; these concoctions are tangy yet sweet, pack a healthy punch and are surprisingly filling. We definitely noticed that we eat less at lunch on the days we order smoothies to kickstart our morning.
Another favourite is Tropical Zest; the mango-pineapple combo with a hint of mint is a big win and instantly makes you feel rejuvenated.
Wholesome Foods also offers flash-frozen European berries and vegetables (pre-cut and washed) so if you want to give making your own smoothies at home a try, you can do that too.
Damage on the pocket:
Priced at Rs295 a pop, we think it's totally worth the money, keeping in mind the quantity and quality of the ingredients used.