Here is an exclusive interview with Heather Scott, founder of Purple Plant Smoothies located in San Francisco. The Purple Plant smoothies are an excellent source of nutrition, a yummy snack, and a great choice if you're trying to stay fit and healthy. I had such a great time chatting with Heather, and hearing about how and why she started this fabulous smoothie company! Don't forget to try the yummy smoothie recipe Heather provided below that brides & bridesmaids should try the week of the wedding. Drinking this smoothie will leave you energized and make you feeling alive and nourished while not too full or bloated. It's perfect for the morning of the wedding! Thanks again Heather, and we wish you all the success for this coming year!
WP: Why and how did you decide to open a smoothie shop?
HS: My main mission in opening up Purple Plant Smoothies was to help educate people about good health, through smoothies!
WP: What is the meaning behind the name Purple Plant, and how did you come up with the name?
HS: We give people the option of adding greens to their smoothies (kale and spinach), and there is a purple colored kale we will sometimes use. Besides that, I just really love the color purple, and believe it’s a color that reflects serenity and calmness. In my opinion, I feel as though taking care of oneself through proper nutrition is a way of unleashing serenity and calmness.
WP: What were some of the challenges you faced as a new start up company?
HS: As a company that was founded on the basis of speaking to a higher cause (health education), I have struggled with being able to best serve this cause, while also providing tasty, healthy smoothies to folks throughout the SF Bay Area.
WP: What is your most popular smoothie, and what does it contain?
HS: Our most popular smoothie is the Nuttin’ Honey! It contains kale (optional), organic bananas, unsweetened almond milk, organic, raw honey, cinnamon and ice.
WP: How are your smoothies different and unique from all the other smoothies out there?
HS: The ingredients we use are organic, pure, whole food products. Whenever possible, we also focus on using local ingredients that are in season. Our smoothies are always fresh, too, as our ingredients are purchased no more than 48 hours before we serve them to our customers! Lastly, we don’t add any unnatural sugars to our drinks, ever! We only sweeten our smoothies with dates and raw, organic honey.
WP: Why are these smoothies so beneficial for all the brides out there, trying to look fabulous for their wedding day?
HS: The smoothies are great, because they keep you feeling satiated and alive, while not weighing you down. They are full of natural, whole food ingredients, so there are a great deal of nutrients and essential vitamins for good health.
WP: What are some of the benefits to drinking a Purple Plant smoothie?
HS: They can serve as a complete meal, because you’ll wind up consuming a good amount of whole fruits, as well as super healthy leafy greens (such as kale and spinach) if you choose! What better way to eat your greens than in a super tasty smoothie?
WP: We love your motto, “Be healthy. Feel great. Love life.” What was the inspiration behind this motto?
HS: Whenever I drink these smoothies (which I do everyday), I started to really feel great, and have been healthier as a result. How could you not love life if you’re healthy and feel great?
WP: Is it true that Purple Plant offers delivery services as well?
HS: We do deliver customized smoothies to peoples’ homes throughout San Francisco. It’s our way of currently making our smoothies accessible to people who aren’t able to be at the corporate events and companies we work with.
WP: Tell us a little bit about yourself, what do you like to do for fun when you get a little free time?
HS: I’m really active, so I really love to do yoga, run, hike and be outdoors. Spending time with friends and family, traveling and volunteering is also a lot of fun!
WP: What can we expect from Purple Plant in this coming year?
HS: We hope to be able to start working with even more companies and events in the SF Bay Area, while also opening our first retail location.
Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Recipe:
This classic delight is nice and creamy, while also nicely sweetened. Call this a childhood favorite, just a really healthy version! :)
Put the following ingredients into your blender:
- 1 handful of fresh spinach or kale
- 1 cup organic strawberries
- 1 organic banana
- 1/2 - 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2-4 ice cubes (you won't need to add as much ice if you use frozen bananas)
- 1-2 dates for sweetness (optional)
Blend on high for about 30 seconds. It will be smooth and chilled.
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