During a failed attempt to discover gravity, Sir Isaac Newton fell face-first into a snow bank while carrying a heap of delicious fruit—inadvertently discovering the health benefits of mixing squashed nutritious food with sub-Arctic cold. Today’s Groupon lets you replicate Newton's experiment under controlled conditions: for $4, you get two vitamin-packed, 20-ounce smoothies at Smoothie King in Costco Center (an up to $10 value after tax, depending on the smoothies).
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
All that choice stems from Smoothie King founders, Steve and Cindy Kuhnau, and their decades of experience. Seeking a delicious way to alleviate his allergies and low blood sugar in the late 1960s, the male Kuhnau tried blending fruit, nutrients, and proteins at home, creating the smoothie. In 1973, he opened his first health store with the first official smoothie of Smoothie King. Smoothie King remains committed to tasty health solutions, complementing its smoothie selection with snacks and supplements along with advice for good health. You can buy multiple Groupons as gifts, so treat your friends to some tasty, frozen medicine and start an epidemic of feelin’ good.
Growing up, Steve Kuhnau couldn’t enjoy ice-cream sundaes and peanut-butter sandwiches because of his food allergies. In a quest for a healthy alternative, Kuhnau began mixing fresh fruits and nondairy proteins, innovating an entirely new concoction—the smoothie. He and his wife began selling blended treats out of their vitamin shop in 1973, and in the decades since, hundreds of Smoothie King franchises have opened across the country.
These days, the menu brims with more than 80 smoothie flavors, which range from Slim-N-Trim Chocolate to Banana Berry Treat. Low-cal, high-protein, and vitamin-fortified varieties accommodate dietary needs and can be customized with enhancers such as probiotics and antioxidants. Dee Bailey, the former grade-school teacher who owns the Costco Center location, packs her shop with protein bars and nutritional supplements and dispenses gold stars to well-behaved patrons.