It’s a Healthy Thing at Smoothie King!

This is a sponsored post for Smoothie King. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own!

I have a thing for smoothies. REAL smoothies. The kind made with fruit, not syrups and added sugar.

Turns out we have a great new place in Omaha that feels the same way about smoothies! I had the fun privilege of joining a group of Omaha bloggers to try out a huge variety of the awesome smoothies offered by Smoothie King!

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Smoothie King has been around since 1973, but they just made their way to 90th and Center in Omaha two months ago and I’m thrilled they are here!

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Before we even tried a smoothie, I noticed that Smoothie King is not just about smoothies – they are all about all-around health. The store has an active lifestyle theme, from the decor to the additional health food items sold in the store. Their motto is, “Smoothies with a purpose.” And that purpose is supporting a healthy lifestyle for Smoothie King customers! I love that!

Now about those smoothies, because we all know that’s the main event here…

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We got to try NINE different smoothie flavors during our night at Smoothie King. I honestly liked all nine of them, but I most definitely had my favorites! Here are the flavors we tried:

  • Angel Food = banana + strawberry (Smoothie King’s #1 seller)
  • Mangofest = orange + mango + pineapple
  • Lemon Twist Strawberry = strawberry + lemon + papaya (skinny version)
  • Almond Mocha High Protein = coffee
  • Chocolate Gladiator with Peanut Butter and Banana = choose two fruits or one + peanut butter + either chocolate, strawberry or vanilla protein)
  • Berry Carrot Dream = carrots + orange + apple + strawberry + banana
  • Pineapple Surf = pineapple + strawberry + kiwi
  • The Hulk Vanilla = butter pecan ice cream + banana
  • Peach Papaya Greek Yogurt = just what the name says!

So here’s a funny thing: Smoothie King’s #1 seller (Angel Food) and the taste testers’ favorite of the night (The Hulk Vanilla) were my two least favorite – and they were still delicious! I loved all of the others, but I was particularly fond of the Lemon Twist Strawberry which was made “skinny,” which means they left out the turbinado sugar and saved me 100 calories!

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I didn’t think I would care for the Berry Carrot Dream, but it was seriously yummy. Anything coffee is always a hit for me, so the Almond Mocha was fabulous. And my smoothie go-to – chocolate, peanut butter, and banana – did not disappoint! We also got a sneak preview of the new Greek yogurt smoothies coming to Smoothie King in July – I’m a BIG fan of Greek yogurt in my smoothies!

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The point is you just can’t go wrong with a smoothie from Smoothie King! They will have something just for you – vegan, kale, fitness, high protein, every kind of fruit – the list goes on and on! Each smoothie comes in three sizes – 20 oz, 32 oz, and 40 oz. There are also 12 oz smoothies just for the kids! 25 of the smoothies offered at Smoothie King are under 300 calories for a 20 oz!

Smoothie King SizesYou really need to visit Smoothie King for yourself to experience all the goodness, but I have one more thing to convince you to stop by…

Smoothie King Drive-Thru

That’s right – DRIVE-THRU! And there was much rejoicing from all the parents, am I right?! A healthy drive-thru option is a reason to cheer for me!

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I know you’re ready to hop in your car to head to Smoothie King, so let me help you out – I’ve got a $50 gift card to the Omaha store to give away to one of you! To enter, leave a comment with which smoothie flavor you can’t wait to try! For extra entries, follow Smoothie King on Twitter and/or Instagram and tweet the following message:

[Tweet “A $50 gift card to @smoothiekingoma?! I’m in! Enter to win here: #smoothiekingomaha #omaha”]

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry! This giveaway closes Friday, June 26th at 9PM CST! 

So what flavor will you try first?!

 

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Making Meals with NOW Foods!

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It has been my pleasure over the last week to be adding some amazing NOW Foods products into my daily life! I had no idea the breadth of products available from NOW Foods before becoming a blogger ambassador, so it’s been fun to try these high quality, natural, and affordable products that meet the stringent quality standards set forth by NOW Foods!

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Look at that haul we get to try! So many amazing products – food, personal care, sports nutrition, and supplements! I’m not a patient person, so I’ve been diving in to try everything these past two weeks!

My focus this week: making meals with NOW Foods!

NOW Foods Meals

One of our current obsessions is grain bowls. We’ve been trying different kinds of rice and quinoa mixed with meat and veggie combos, so the Living Now® Gluten-Free Organic Tri-Color Quinoa was a perfect fit for us!

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This tri-color quinoa is not only delicious, but also beautiful! I prepared the quinoa based on the package instructions, using chicken broth as the liquid. Quinoa is even easier to cook than rice and it doesn’t come out sticky! I also love that quinoa adds extra protein and iron to my meal.

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To partner with the tri-color quinoa, I baked chicken breasts in Ellyndale Organics™ Coconut Infusions™ Garlic Flavor. I also stir-fried the veggies for our bowl in the same oil. The subtle garlic flavor added by this oil was scrumptious!

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Here is the end result – garlic baked chicken, tri-color quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and onion! We both wanted two bowls because it was so delicious! We refrained and I’m glad we did, because the leftover quinoa was the perfect side for our grilled chicken and vegetables lunch over the weekend.

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Doesn’t this look like the perfect light, healthy summer meal?! The tri-color quinoa has quickly become a favorite in our household!

Another favorite summer lunch for me is a protein smoothie! 

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Protein smoothies are cool, refreshing, filling, and quick to make! My favorite combo is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, PB2, and chocolate protein powder. I was thrilled to find the  NOW® Sports Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – Chocolate in my package because it was perfect for this smoothie! One tablespoon of this protein powder is just 30 calories and 4g of protein, and it is soy-free + dairy-free – so great for those with food allergies.

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One last meal idea for you today – a giant salad. The Hubby and I love big salads topped with lots of veggies, a little bacon, and something crunchy. NOW Real Food® Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds are a fabulous salad topper! They lightly sea-salted (yum) and are a valuable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. One serving also packs 5g of protein! My mind is already thinking up new ways to use these nutritious, delicious seeds!

If you think these NOW Foods products sounds fabulous, you’re right, and I have SO much more to share! Look for another post next week highlighting the great personal care products I’ve been trying!

Which of these NOW Foods products would you like to try? How would you use them in a meal?

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My Favorite Easy, Nutty Smoothie!

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I have to share some yumminess with you today.

I’ve been running and trying to get healthier all around for over a year now. Throughout that journey, I’ve been trying to replace some indulgent treats with healthier versions, as well as adding more protein and reducing the use of processed sugar. I don’t always get it right, but I just keep trying and sometimes I find gem like this one.

This smoothie combines some of my very favorite things – chocolate, nuts, and banana – and it is very easily adaptable as well! I always keep frozen bananas on hand so I’m ready to make this…

Easy Nutty Smoothie

Easy, Nutty Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup milk – skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk – I’ve tried them all and they’ve all tasted great!

1 frozen banana

2 tsp cocoa powder

2 TBSP almonds OR PB2The almonds will give a little more texture to the smoothie. The PB2 – powdered peanut butter with very low fat and no sugar added – gives more flavor than the almonds! I alternate what nut flavor I use and like them equally! You could also use Chocolate PB2 for extra chocolate flavor!

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Here is the nutrition information for the way I made it this morning {skim milk & PB2}, in case you’re interested!

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Very few ingredients, very little time, appealing flavor for the whole family – can you see why this is my favorite smoothie?!

What is your favorite smoothie right now?

 

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