Think Local: ZL Smoothie incorporates hemp, health-conscious options

Joe Stegman is the general manager of ZL Smoothie. “We just try to help people naturally and holistically,” he said. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group) Photo credit: Dylan Connell

After nearly a year of business, ZL Smoothie remains the only smoothie shop in Manhattan to incorporate hemp into their products.

Located on 1101 Moro St., the health-conscious smoothie shop’s menu includes fruit, detox, coffee and kid-friendly smoothies with phytocannabinoid add-ins from the cannabis plant.

ZL caters to a lifestyle of health and wellness inspired by partnerships between smoothie shops and fitness centers in northern Iowa.

Joe Stegman, general manager of ZL Smoothie, is related to the founder of Zakah Life, ZL Smoothie’s hemp supplier. The founder, Stegman’s cousin, wanted a storefront for Zakah Life, so the blend of smoothies and hemp was born.

Hemp affects receptor systems in the body, and ZL Smoothie’s particular focus is pain management.

“Hemp is a homeostatic regulator,” Stegman said. “The one we work with is a hemp plant with a high CBD profile that has a low enough THC content to be classified as hemp.”

Everything in the hemp plant is used at ZL, which Stegman said is important to yield the range of the ingredient’s benefits. The hemp affects the phytocannabinoid receptor system — in smoothies, its main purpose is regulation.

“I had a lot of digestive issues… but it’s [phytocannabinoids] that helped me get regulated,” Stegman said. “I would have tendinitis and bursitis in my knees … it just knocks that swelling down. If you’re groggy in the morning, it’s gonna pick you up.”

Customers often ask Stegman what they are supposed to feel after drinking ZL’s smoothies with hemp, but he said the focus should be as much about what customers don’t feel as what they do. If customers previously had pain, Stegman said they should pay attention to their pain levels after the smoothie to see if the hemp relieved any pain or other symptoms.

“[It’s] hard to believe you have an entire receptor system in your body and not believe it’s not meant for us [to use],” Stegman said.

Another important ingredient in ZL products is kratom, which affects dopamine receptors in the body. At ZL, this ingredient is used for regulating pain and mood.

There are three different levels of kratom at the shop: green for mood boosting, red for calming and white as a “happy medium” between the two.

The other ingredients ZL puts in its smoothies are real and natural, not juice mixes or powders, Stegman said.

“We are about the people, the customers, because as good as our smoothies are, it’s not really why we’re here,” he said. “We just try to help people naturally and holistically.”

For Stegman, the most rewarding part of working at ZL is hearing how the smoothies have helped the customers.

“When they come back in and talk about how amazing the product is and moments of relief, that’s what we’re going for… You develop these relations with these people, and they come in and just pour it all out,” he said.

Being local rather than a high-traffic chain restaurant makes it easier to build those relationships, an aspect that Stegman said he enjoys.

COVID-19’s influence on ZL has been minimal. The smoothie shop was already a carry-out-based business, so the model hasn’t had to go through any drastic changes.

ZL Smoothie is available on Door Dash, Eat Street and Grub Hub.

This article is part of the Think Local advertising campaign and is sponsored content.

— to www.kstatecollegian.com

Related Articles

Health and Fitness App Market 2020 Size, Future Demand, Global Research, Top Leading player, Emerging Trends, Region by Forecast to 2027 – The Daily Chronicle

The Health and Fitness App Market report is an investigative study of the market, along with an analysis of its key segments. The report is constructed through a thorough primary and secondary research. The insightful data of the market is generated through interviews and data collection from the industry experts and professionals. The study is […]
Read more

Health and Fitness Club market rising demand growth trend insights for next 5 years – Levee Report

AMR has recently added a new study titled Health and Fitness Club in theirs extensive and huge report catalog. This market intelligence research encapsulates vital details about the market flow as well as future status during the mentioned forecast period of 2025. The Health and Fitness Club market size is predicted to witness enormous growth […]
Read more

Best Fitness Apps For 2020

If everyone would be able to trail their health records and that of the loved ones, many illnesses would be stoppable and lives would be saved. The records include allergies, information on health care providers, medicines used in the past, and the general medical history. Today, technology has made things easier as you are now […]
Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Search for: