Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tropical Smoothie Review (Giveaway)

The dawning of a new year is a time when most people take stock of their health habits and refocus on how to make the new year happier and healthier. 

As 2016 was coming to a close, Tropical Smoothie Cafe reached out to me and offered to team up for a fun giveaway to kick off 2017. I needed no persuasion to accept the offer, as Tropical Smoothie Cafe is my favorite of the "chain" smoothie places around, and I had yet to write a review of their smoothies.

What I love about smoothies is that they are perfectly capable of filling in as a meal (breakfast or lunch) or can be a mid-day snack to tide you over between meals. They're endlessly versatile, and pretty gluten and dairy-safe, as long as you make sure to ask about hidden ingredients. 

Tropical Smoothie's food options are limited for those with allergies, but their smoothies are very accommodating. With protein-packed, superfood, and decadent dessert varieties, their smoothies satisfy any time of day and the many safe options mean that you can taste around the menu on every visit.

In partnering with me, Tropical Smoothie Cafe wanted to showcase their special New Year's blends that each provide a health boost to help you start the year eating right. From detoxing to boosting your immune system, each one has all natural ingredients to give your smoothie super powers.



Tropical Smoothie Cafe marks their menu to indicate gluten-free options as well as vegetarian options. Note that vegetarian options can contain dairy, so double check with the staff to make sure your smoothie is free from dairy products. Most of the smoothies are marked gluten-free, but a few are not, so do pay attention to the key. The only food item marked gluten-free is the loaded spinach salad. 




Any smoothie can be given a boost, ranging from plant proteins to vitamins. All of the below add-ins are gluten-free except for fat burner, vitamin c, whole grain oats, and energizer. The rest are marked gluten-free and vegetarian on the menu.

I don't like that they labeled the oats as "naturally gluten-free" when they don't mark them on the menu, which lets me know Tropical Smoothie does not have purity protocol oats on hand. As the legitimacy and safety of gluten-free oats has been debated in recent years, I try to minimize my intake to be safe.



For my smoothie, I ordered the chia blueberry max powerpacked smoothie. To make it safe, I omitted oats and whey protein from my order. Because I arrived as the cafe was opening, I asked if the blenders were freshly cleaned, and the staff member helping me confirmed they were. Without the ingredients I omitted, the chia blueberry max smoothie features banana, chia seeds, blueberries, peanut butter, almonds, dates, cinnamon, and coconut. 



What I liked about the smoothie is that it does not contain the turbinado sugar, it's naturally sweetened with the fruits and dates. I liked the complexity of the flavor, which featured notes of sweetness, cinnamon, and hearty peanut butter. It made for an excellent breakfast smoothie, and the blend was absolutely perfect, smooth and thick. 



Tropical Smoothie is definitely my favorite of the chain smoothie companies, because they have reliably delicious blends and recipes that ensure each smoothie has nutritional value. With a cool vibe and many gluten-free options, I know I'll be back again soon when I need a midday pick-me-up or breakfast on the go.

To help share my excitement for Tropical Smoothie, they sent me an additional gift card to giveaway on the blog to celebrate the new year. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update 1/12/17: On a subsequent visit, I ordered the pomegranate plunge smoothie with the spinach/kale greens boost added in. The normally robust pink smoothie resulted in a brown color, but don't let the shade change deter you because the bright flavors of pomegranate and cranberry remained the main flavors of the smoothie. I don't think the flavor was altered at all by the greens, and liked the added vegetable dose in my breakfast to start the day.



Update 3/17/17: The four featured smoothies in the promotion are no longer on store menus. 

The Basics

Address: 851 S. State Road 434, Suite 1000, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Website: www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com
Cuisine: Smoothies
Ideal For: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Price: See menu prices in picture above
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Special Features: Download their app to earn a $5 credit for every $55 spent.


Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. Tropical Smoothie Cafe sent me a gift card for review purposes, but the review is a reflection of my personal opinion. 

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

56 comments:

  1. I love anything with pineapple and coconut it sounds like they make so many great flavors of smoothies I would love to try. The Superfoods sound so different than anything I've tried love to have one of them to try sounds so good.

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    1. My mom really likes the Blimey Limey smoothie which features pineapple. Let me know your thoughts if you try any of their smoothies!

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  2. I LOVE the Avocalodo smoothie!!!!

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  3. Strawberry banana is a combination I usually get. It isn't just the flavor either, I also like the texture.

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  4. I like pineapple or strawberry, I use to get a smoothie at Starbucks with a shot of coffee in it and it was so good.

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  5. I like all kinds of smoothies - right now I am having one with blueberries, cranberries, and banana.

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  6. I love the peaches and silk :)

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  7. I love raspberry and banana flavors. Even though it is cold out right now I could go for a raspberry smoothie.

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  8. favorite is banana and strawberries

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  9. Chocolate, peanut butter, banana!

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  10. My favorite is always strawberry and raspberry!

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  11. My favorite is always strawberry. My kids love Jetty Junior.

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  12. I would love to try the Sunny Day smoothie.

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  13. I really like blueberry, banana, and strawberry for a healthy smoothie. That peanut butter, chocolate, and banana smoothie, although high in calories, is indeed fantastic as well. The email I check most often is fossil316@aol.com

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  14. I like strawberry smoothies.

    Nancy
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  15. I like pineapple mango smoothies.

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  16. Two of my favorites are the acai berry boost and the sunny day. I love smoothies.

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  17. I would love to try the Triple Berry Oat. When I make smoothioes at home, I use lots of berries, banana, flax meal.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  18. I'm kind of boring i guess...i love a good old fashioned blueberry smoothie!

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  19. I love tropical smoothie cafe and pretty much all of their smoothies. But generally my favorite flavor is anything with strawberry or coconut.

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  20. I like anything with peach or pineapple.

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  21. I'm old school lol I'm happy with a strawberry and banana. My girls are the ones who love all the different flavors.

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  22. I like anything with coconut in it! and cherry! cherry is delicious!

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  23. Love me some mango and pineapple flavor smoothies!

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  24. I love strawberry and chocolate smoothies!

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  25. I love a strawberry Banana smoothie the most of all of the available choices.

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  26. My favorite smoothie flavors are coconut, pineapple, and vanilla soy milk.
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  27. The immune blast sounds great. I love smoothies with oranges and bananas.

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  28. I like strawberries and other berries... Although it has been a while since I've had one.

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  29. I love strawberry banana smoothies! And grape ones, too!

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  30. I love a strawberry and pineapple smoothie. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  31. I love a strawberry & banana smoothie!

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  32. I like strawberry banana!

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  33. I like the two flavors of strawberry and banana the most.

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  34. I like strawberry and anything smoothies.

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  35. I love strawberry and cherry smoothies!

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  36. Jetty Punch! (Strawberry/Banana) I also LOVE the Kiwi Quencher ;)

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  37. Mine is strawberry or pineapple/mango.

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  38. We haven't tried Tropical Smoothie Cafe yet! I normally like peach flavor smoothies.

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  39. I like strawberry/blueberry smoothies!
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  40. Strawberry/Banana are one of my favorite smoothies!

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  41. I love the cranberry truffle it is my fave...

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  42. I love strawberry and cherry smoothies.

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