Butlers, forced by eccentric 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 $5, you get $10 worth of smoothies and café fare at Tropical Smoothie Café, valid at the Columbia location on Bower Parkway.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat that emanates from the floorboards. Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.99) harnesses the nutritious hunger-fighting power of superfruit, and delectable low-fat elixirs such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, nonfat yogurt, $4.29) hoodwink gullible taste buds into believing they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops.
Alternately, guests can sate heartier appetites with solid fare such as bistro and flatbread sandwiches ($6.79 and $3.99, respectively). Feel free to surprise the palate with a zippy wasabi roast-beef sandwich ($6.79), or hail a redundant monarchy with the king caesar wrap, its chicken, parmesan, tomatoes, romaine, and caesar dressing cloaked in a garlic-herb tortilla.
1150 Bower Pkwy.
Columbia, South Carolina 29212Get Directions