There are “smoothies” and then there are smoothies.
Smoothies should have whole food, real ingredients, and no added sugar – the fruit’s enough, amiright?
Enter Smoothie King. It’s a new-to-Omaha franchise on a mission to cut the unnecessary added sugars and stick to whole food ingredients.
I’ll admit, I’m a make-my-own kind of smoothie person. I’ve gotta be in control of the ingredients.
But Smoothie King may just persuade me to branch out.
The ingredient list is simple there. Their number smoothie, Angel Food, consists of bananas and strawberries. Done.
Hosted by Molly, who owns the franchise we visited, we learned about the company’s culture and some fun facts.
The taste test
We tried eight flavors:
Angel Food (banana and strawberry) – Smoothie King’s No. 1 seller
Mangofest (orange, mango and pineapple)
Lemon Twist Strawberry (strawberry, lemon and papaya – made skinny)
Almond Mocha High Protein (coffee) – Think meal replacement for breakfast
Chocolate Gladiator with Peanut Butter and Banana (choose two fruits or peanut butter, and also either chocolate, strawberry or vanilla protein)
Berry Carrot Dream (carrots, orange, apple, strawberry and banana)
Pineapple Surf (pineapple, strawberry and kiwi)
The Hulk Vanilla (butter pecan ice cream and banana) – High caloric, which, of course, means it tastes divine
** Actually, ninth one was added after we tried the ones from above, but it had such a papaya flavor that I blocked it out of memory. Others really enjoyed it, but I’m a papaya-phobe.
Turns out, I’m a vanilla kind of girl so the big winner was The Hulk Vanilla.
Or maybe I’m just an ice cream girl.Runner up goes to Mangofest.
For the real fruity stuff, Mangofest ranks up there as the tastiest, followed closely by Angel Food.
What else to know
Small is not really small here! It’s 20 ounces of smoothie goodness.
You can order your kids a 12 oz kids cup, with kid-pleasing flavor combos like the Apple Kiwi Bunga. It can be our little secret that it has kale in it.
1. Smoothie King has a drive-thru. Having slugged my fair share of baby carseats around in and out of places in Omaha, only to advance to wrangling two runners, I love a place that lets me stay in the car to get my business done.
2. Smoothie King has a loyalty program that’ll get you a free smoothie and discounts year-round, and they also have an app you can download to your phone making it easy to accrue points for FREE smoothies. Check both out if you’re a smoothie addict.
If you go
8900 W. Center Road (north east corner of the 90 and Center intersection)
Editor’s note: This contest has ended. Congrats to Lesly!
Want to try out Smoothie King? One lucky winner is going to be randomly drawn to receive a $50 gift card to Smoothie King! All you have to do is comment. The more you comment, the more entries you get:
Entry 1: Leave a comment: Of the smoothies I mentioned above, which one would you try first?
Entry 2: Leave a comment if you follow @ohmyomaha on Twitter
Entry 3. Leave a comment if you follow @SmoothieKingOma on Twitter
Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. One winner’s name will be randomly selected via random.org on Monday morning. I will contact the winner via email, so please sure to use an email address you check regularly. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another name is drawn. Good luck, smoothie fans!
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, though all opinions expressed here are my own. The smoothie tasting for us five bloggers was complimentary of Smoothie King, as well. The giveaway prize is provided by Smoothie King.