Butlers, forced by billionaires to mash piles of fruit by hand, invented blenders to prevent carpal tunnel and subsequent demotion to human towel rack. Reap the benefits of their creation with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of smoothies at Smoothie King on Bandera Road.
Smoothie King's blended-brew tycoon Steve Kuhnau reigns over more than 600 locations, mixing up a menu of nutritious sips since the 1960s. A waist-conscious conga line of papaya, bananas, and strawberries shimmy into the Caribbean Way, a potable that can be further slenderized by removing the turbinado sweetener or by enrolling it in boot camp (all smoothies are $4.29–$4.99 for a small, $6.49–$6.99 for a medium, $7.99–$8.49 for a large). Slurp on the Angel Food's heavenly swirl of low-fat banana, strawberry, and vanilla flavors contained within a frosty fusion that's less than 400 calories. The Coffee Smoothie Mocha invigorates imbibers with a velvety java elixir that packs an energizing punch powerful enough to transform any sleepyhead into a fast-talking auctioneer. Meanwhile, whey and egg whites team up in the Gladiator, a low-carb, high-protein meal replacement designed to beef up physiques with a choice of two fruits.
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.
11411 Bandera Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78250Get Directions