Whenever I am eating healthier, one of the foods I have to give up is smoothies from Tropical Smoothie, Jamba Juice, or Smoothie King. They have such a healthy rep but in reality they are full of sugar and carbs. Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts…? It’s depressing, really.
But I recently discovered that if you ask for “no Turbinado / no sugar, etc” you save at least half of the calories, sugar and carbs. Tropical Smoothie is more popular in the area that I live in, so this is where I frequent the most. But you can make this request at any smoothie shop.
I told my sister about the “no sugar” hack and now she is completely obsessed too. We go back and forth sharing our newly discovered addictions. She introduced me to Orange Ginger Glow – it sounds like you will have a glowing, dewy tan when you are finished drinking it. We are both convinced this is true, so I make sure to keep it in my weekly rotation 🙂
We have found several amazing smoothies that are all equally good with no sugar in them. Detox Island Green is already free of sugar, but it’s truly a great smoothie and you get several cups of raw greens without tasting it.
But if you want more of a guiltless “treat”, I often get Peaches N’ Silk or my new LOVE, which I am here to talk about today, Kiwi Quencher. This smoothie is absolute heaven. I tried one sip and had to walk back into the store to confirm that this definitely had no sugar added to it. Perhaps it’s only this good in the peak of the summer season when fruits are at their ripest. Fresh, ripe kiwi is what truly gives this smoothie so much sweetness.
My homemade version of this smoothie adds protein as well. I have tried it with both vanilla and chocolate. I can’t decide which I love more.
If you have a good brand of protein that doesn’t have an overwhelming vitamin taste, it will be even more ideal. My favorite protein of all times is Integrated Protein. I actually stumbled upon it at Target, believe it or not. I was desperate for a new protein and Vitamin Shoppe was closed. I took a chance and assumed it would taste awful. It’s a pure isolate protein with amazing flavor, and it’s extremely clean with pure, simple ingredients. You can likely find it at your local Target too or buy it on Amazon here.
Look out for more of my Tropical Smoothie copycat recipes coming soon.