There are times when you just want to get your day off to the freshest possible start. Eggs and bacon may be good on certain days of the week, but when you want to feel lighter or start the day with more energy, a smoothie may be the way to go. However, chopping all those fruits and vegetables and putting them into a blender first thing in the morning might not be your favorite thing to do. Instead, you can always take a quick trip to Smoothie King to pick up your ideal smoothie.
Whether you just want to choose something on the healthier side, or you’re looking for a smoothie that will help you with your workout plan, keep you trim, or get you full fast, Smoothie King probably has what you’re looking for. The list of available smoothies at this place is incredibly long, so there’s pretty much no chance that you’re not going to find something that sounds good.
However, not every smoothie at the chain is delicious. We came up with a ranking of some of the most popular menu items at Smoothie King, so you can make an informed decision the next time you go. We’ll start with the worst and work our way up to the best of the bunch.
22. Original High Protein Lemon
We get it. If you’re going to the gym a lot or training on a regular basis, you may feel like you need to up your protein intake. That’s totally understandable. However, you should not, under any circumstances, stoop to the level of ordering the Original High Protein Lemon smoothie you’ll find at Smoothie King. Think about it: When you want anything that’s lemon-flavored, it’s probably because you want something light and fresh. But when you mix it with almonds and whey protein like you’ll find in this smoothie, it completely ruins that freshness.
The texture and the mouthfeel of this smoothie don’t make sense at all with the flavor. They seem completely incompatible, and we’re not sure how they ended up in one drink together. It’s somehow bitter and bland all at the same time. If you’re going to take anything from reading this ranking, it should be to avoid this smoothie completely. You’re welcome.
21. Banana Boat
Bananas are known for having a super-strong flavor. When you put banana into just about anything, it’s going to overwhelm the other flavors. That can be okay, though, in certain situations. After all, bananas and chocolate together? Magical. Bananas and berries? Fantastic. Bananas and cream? Sign us up. But when you only have the flavor of bananas, which is the case with the Banana Boat smoothie, it’s another story entirely.
This smoothie tastes like nothing but overripe, mushy bananas. It’s got some sweetener, whey, and frozen yogurt mixed into the blend as well, but that’s all you’re getting when you order this option. Because there’s nothing going on besides the banana flavor, this smoothie ends up being too sweet and too boring. After you get a few sips in, you’ll probably wish you just ate an entire banana instead. Plus, even if you want to eat something as basic as a banana smoothie, you can easily make it at home and save yourself some money in the meantime, so we wouldn’t suggest placing this order at your local Smoothie King.
20. Pineapple Surf
We wanted to like the Pineapple Surf smoothie so badly. After all, it sounds delicious, like it’s the kind of drink you would pick up after a long, active day at the beach. However, once we got a taste, we realized it was a smoothie we just couldn’t get on board with — no pun intended. While the smoothie is called Pineapple Surf, the first ingredient listed is strawberries. Somehow, though, the strawberry taste doesn’t come across strongly at all. Instead, it’s completely overpowered by the sickly sweet flavor of pineapple. The two flavors come together to produce way too much sweetness, and the overall result was just too much for us to stomach.
While this definitely isn’t the worst item on the menu, only those who prefer their smoothies pretty sugar-y are going to enjoy ordering this one. If you like something that’s more on the refreshing side (as we assume you do if you’re ordering a smoothie), the Pineapple Surf is not the way to go.
19. Lemon Twist Banana
Here’s a combo that we just don’t understand together: lemon and banana. While these two ingredients may appear in recipes together from time to time, you don’t really think of them taking the leading roll together. Unfortunately, that’s what you’re going to get when you decide to order the Lemon Twist Banana. It’s a strange combo, and it’s one that we wouldn’t go back to again.
The main flavor in this smoothie comes from the bananas, and as you can probably guess, it’s very sweet. The banana overtakes all the other flavors in the mix, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. The lemon flavoring, though, actually comes from a "white grape lemon juice blend." This juice blend lends just a hint of flavor, but it doesn’t do anything to temper the bananas.
Overall, this combination isn’t creative or adventurous — it seems lazy, more than anything. It’s not a terrible drink, but we don’t know why you would order this option when there are so many better choices available.
18. Strawberry X-Treme
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that something with the word "X-treme" in it isn’t necessarily going to be good. After all, it’s food, not a sports competition, and such aggressive wording is bound to turn some people off. And that may not be a bad thing considering that the Strawberry X-Treme smoothie is definitely not the best of the bunch. This smoothie is about as plain as it gets: The only two ingredients listed are strawberries and a papaya juice blend.
Because there’s nothing creamy to give this smoothie any substance, the texture isn’t all that great. It’s on the icy side, but that’s not a problem if you’re looking for a refreshing smoothie. The worst problem is the taste. While the flavor of the strawberries isn’t exactly "X-treme," it is one-note, and it may leave you feeling like you want more. The main issue with this smoothie is the fact that it’s just boring, so we would suggest choosing something else.
17. Immune Builder Veggie Superfood
Now, we love it when fast food places give us the option to eat healthier, especially since that’s not always common. It’s expected at a place like Smoothie King, but it’s still a thrill to see something that looks as healthy as the Immune Builder Veggie Superfood smoothie on the menu. While this smoothie may be a great choice if you’re looking for a healthy option that will make you feel great, it’s not so amazing when it comes to flavor.
Spinach, kale, and carrots are working overtime in this smoothie to provide you with lots of nutrients. Unfortunately, though, it’s mostly these veggies that you can taste in the smoothie — there is very little sweetness or fruit flavor to balance it out. What you’re left with is a smoothie that basically just tastes like a salad. And if you had wanted a salad, you would’ve ordered that instead.
You might still choose to order this smoothie, but it’s not the kind of smoothie you really enjoy. Instead, you might find yourself just gulping it down to get the health benefits and nothing more.
16. Metabolism Boost Mango Ginger
We don’t know if it actually helps boost your metabolism, but we couldn’t help but to be excited the first time we saw the Metabolism Boost Mango Ginger smoothie on the menu. Who doesn’t like mango? It’s one of the most delicious fruits out there. And when you combine that mango with something that’s on the spicier side like ginger, it’s easy to see why this option could be a hit. However, we were slightly let down when we took our first sip of this smoothie.
Mangos and bananas feature heavily in the profile flavor of this smoothie, but ginger? That’s almost nonexistent. You can taste a whisper of something that tastes like ginger ale, but when it comes to the real spice and flavor that comes from fresh ginger, it’s pretty much completely missing. We think that this recipe would have been even better with a stronger presence of ginger in the mix.
15. Green Tea Tango
If you’re the kind of person who loves tea and needs at least one cup of it a day, you’re in luck, and you’re certainly going to want to check out the Green Tea Tango smoothie. This surprisingly simple smoothie may not be the most flavorful or exciting drink of the bunch, but if you happen to be a big tea fan, it’s an option that you’ll certainly want to look into.
Matcha green tea is the star of the show when it comes to this smoothie. The matcha is smooth and easy to drink, as it’s not incredibly strong. It’s paired with whey and frozen yogurt, neither of which pack an especially pungent flavor either. In the end, we’d have to say that this smoothie is decent… but boring. We love the inclusion of matcha green tea, but with no other flavors to do any of the work, it’s just kind of blah. Still, worth a try if you’re a matcha fan.
14. Muscle Punch
If you’re like us, then the name "Muscle Punch" is likely to turn you off right away. You’re looking for a smoothie, not for a fight, after all. But just because the name is kind of cringey doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try the Muscle Punch smoothie at Smoothie King. The flavors in this smoothie might be basic, but sometimes, you just want something that’s going to be simple and reliable — you’ll certainly get that with this drink.
Bananas and strawberries make up the bulk of this recipe, but you’ll also find non-fat milk, sweetener, whey protein, and a "super grains enhancer" in this Smoothie King option. The strawberries and bananas play well off of each other, each providing a touch of sweetness, while the strawberries work overtime to impart some tartness as well.
When you’re looking for a standby option, the Muscle Punch smoothie may be right up your alley. If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, though, this may not be your jam.
13. Tart Cherry X-Treme
The Strawberry X-Treme may not have been our favorite for many reasons. But if you want an intense blast of flavor and you’re looking for something that tastes slightly better, we might suggest that you opt for the Tart Cherry X-Treme smoothie instead. We think that this one has a more balanced flavor, and it has a more interesting profile as well.
The star of the show here, as you might expect, is the cherries. They do provide a lovely tartness that you won’t find in a lot of other Smoothie King smoothies. However, don’t be afraid that this thing is going to be too tart, because you also have a generous serving of bananas in the mix. That plus a pear passion fruit juice blend comes together to create something that’s a bit better than the strawberry version.
However, we wouldn’t necessarily suggest that you go out of your way just to pick up this smoothie when there are better choices for you out there.
12. Keto Champ Berry
For those on a keto diet, eating outside of the home can be difficult much of the time. While options for different diets are getting better, you may still be relegated to a bland, tasteless salad at a lot of fast food joints. When you go to Smoothie King, though, you’ll have more options at your disposal. One of those options is the Keto Champ Berry smoothie, and if you’re trying to stick to a low-carb meal or snack, it could be the way to go.
This smoothie features blueberries, raspberries, and almond butter, which are actually really good together. There’s also a keto protein blend, almond milk, and cacao in the mix. Overall, the flavor is really good, especially if you prefer your smoothies not to be too sweet. The texture leaves less to be desired, but that can be overlooked.
You’re probably not going to want to try out this smoothie if you’re not eating keto, but if you are, it’s certainly a solid option.
Calling all mango lovers! Of all the fruits out there, mangoes probably have the strongest following. And we can’t blame anyone who loves them: They’re juicy, refreshing, and packed with flavor. They’re incredibly sweet, but they also have an undeniably delicious tartness to them. And when you blend them up and put them into a smoothie, something incredible happens. That may be exactly why you’re attracted to the MangoFest smoothie on the Smoothie King menu.
This recipe is about as simple as can be. It prominently features mangoes, but there is an apple-pineapple juice blend as well as a papaya juice blend that’s been added in. That definitely breaks up the all-mango flavor a bit, but the overwhelming taste is of mangoes.
For those who really, really love mangoes, it’s clear that this smoothie is the way to go. On the other hand, if you’re someone who loves mangoes but wants some variety in flavor when it comes to their smoothies, this option probably isn’t the best choice for you. In our opinion, though, it’s definitely worth a try.
10. Vegan Mango Kale
When some hear or read the word "vegan," they assume that whatever food is being described is going to be boring, bland, and tasteless. But the Vegan Mango Kale smoothie you can get at Smoothie King will prove that assumption wrong every single time. That’s because, despite the simplicity of this smoothie, it’s actually a fantastic option on the menu, especially if you want something that’s going to be healthy without a bunch of gimmicks.
In this smoothie, you’ll find bananas, kale, organic mangoes, almonds, and plant-based protein. This is ideal for someone who wants to get some more protein in but would prefer not to consume whey for whatever reason. While this smoothie does have a distinct "green" flavor, the sweetness from the bananas and mangoes really offsets that healthy taste that some people don’t like.
Since this smoothie tastes so good, we think it’s a great option at Smoothie King. But considering that it’s really easy to make at home, you might want to think twice before you start purchasing these on the regular.
9. Passion Passport
When you want a smoothie that’s going to look as good as it tastes, the Passion Passport smoothie may be right up your alley. You may be wondering if it has any real passion fruit in it, and we’re disappointed to tell you that it doesn’t. In its place, you’ll find a pear passion fruit juice blend. It’s not as good as the real thing, but the overall flavor is actually quite appealing, especially if you’re a fan of tropical tastes.
The smoothie gets its smoothness and creaminess from banana, which also adds a touch of sweetness. It doesn’t necessarily need that sweetness, though, considering the turbinado that’s also added in.
While the flavor of this smoothie is actually very delicious, it doesn’t rank higher on our list because it seems to be missing a lot of actual fruit. Instead, it’s mostly made with juice blends. We’d prefer something more natural and close to the source. However, if you’re just looking for good flavor, then the Passion Passport is a no-brainer.
8. Greek Yogurt Pineapple Mango
Not every single smoothie at Smoothie King has the kind of creaminess you expect from a high-quality smoothie made from real fruits. Instead, some of the brand’s smoothies are kind of icy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you would prefer a creamy smoothie, it may leave you wondering what you should order at the restaurant. We’d suggest the Greek Yogurt Pineapple Mango smoothie. Bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and Greek nonfat yogurt all work together to create one of our favorite smoothies on the menu.
Having both pineapples and mangoes in the same smoothie does make this option pretty sweet, which may not be ideal if you don’t have a serious sweet tooth. However, the rich taste of this option definitely earns it a relatively high spot on our list. Just keep in mind that this one definitely isn’t appropriate for vegans or those who don’t handle dairy well.
7. Blueberry Heaven
Who would’ve imagined that one of our favorite items on the Smoothie King menu would have prominently featured blueberries? Sure, sometimes blueberries are added into the blend, but they’re not often the star of the show. Luckily, that’s just what they are in the Blueberry Heaven smoothie, though. While bananas play a role in making the smoothie creamy and sweet, blueberries come through with color and flavor to make all the blueberry lovers out there swoon.
This smoothie even features a protein blend, so you don’t have to feel bad about the fact that you’re just eating a lot of sugar without getting other nutrients.
We think that this is a great smoothie because it’s something that’s going to be appealing to most people. If you’re looking for a safe bet when it comes to a smoothie order, the Blueberry Heaven is the way to go. Give it a try if you’re looking at the menu and stumped by all the other choices… this definitely isn’t one that you’re going to regret.
6. Berry Interesting
Did you know that Smoothie King has a separate section just for kids? The Kids Blends are a group of options that are apparently more appealing to children. In our opinion, this separate menu isn’t really necessary — kids might like a lot of the other available flavors as well. But that also means that adults and children alike can enjoy the items on the kids menu. That’s why you may want to consider ordering the Berry Interesting smoothie.
This is one of the simpler items on the menu, and that’s just how we like it. This smoothie features strawberries and raspberries. These are flavors that are easy to enjoy, so this smoothie will be a hit with even the pickiest of eaters. There’s an apple blueberry juice blend that’s added to the fruit for an extra burst of flavor. A multivitamin enhancer makes this just a little healthier (or feel that way, at least).
With such a simple mixture of ingredients, there’s no wonder why this smoothie for kids ranked so high on our list. Berry lovers, this one’s for you.
5. Daily Warrior
Should you be getting Smoothie King every single day? If you care about your wallet or your sugar intake, probably not. But the Daily Warrior is a great one to enjoy every once in a while. We like that this smoothie has so many good-for-you ingredients. Bananas, blueberries, dates, peanut butter, almonds, and organic spinach are all key components to this smoothie, so you know you’re going to feel your best when you’re done drinking it.
According to Parade, Smoothie King came up with the idea for this smoothie with the help of the American Cancer Society. It was made with cancer patients in mind — this smoothie can be used as a full meal replacement, and going through chemo or radiation can make working up an appetite very difficult. Sipping on a smoothie instead of eating a full meal can be a lot easier, especially if it tastes as good as the Daily Warrior.
4. Gladiator Chocolate
Okay, the name might be a bit silly, but if you’re spending a lot of your time working out, you probably want to optimize your nutrition as much as you can. While it’s probably cheaper to make a protein shake in the comfort of your own home, sometimes that can’t happen. When you’re out on the go and need something that’s going to give you the protein you need — and be delicious at the same time — the Gladiator Chocolate smoothie may just be your top choice.
There’s not too much going on in this smoothie, but the chocolate flavor is great. It almost tastes like dessert, so it’s a great option for when you want to be healthy but can’t be bothered to drink something that’s packed with veggies. Plus, it’s low in calories and sugar, so there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging.
Considering the relatively healthiness of this smoothie and its amazing chocolate flavor, it’s no wonder it nabbed a spot in the top four.
3. The Hulk Coffee
If you’re looking for something that tastes incredible and just a little bit indulgent, then you’re in luck because the Hulk Coffee smoothie was made for you. When it comes to taste, this seriously is one of the best options on the menu. And when you look at the list of ingredients, it all makes sense. This smoothie combines bananas, cold brew coffee, turbinado sugar, cocoa, and butter pecan ice cream. Yes, you heard that right — there’s ice cream in this smoothie. That may make it more of a milkshake, but we’re not going to start an argument.
The addition of Smoothie King’s "Hulk blend" places this smoothie into the "Fit Blends" category, which seems odd considering there’s literally ice cream in it. But hey, we’ll tell ourselves we’re eating ice cream to get healthy when it tastes as good as this smoothie does. Plus, since it’s got actual coffee in it, it’ll give you energy and help your day get off to a good start. Doesn’t sound like a bad breakfast stop to us.
2. Hydration Watermelon
You know those days when it’s hot outside and you feel so dehydrated, a normal bottle of water just isn’t going to help? Those days aren’t ideal, but that’s probably when you’re most likely to check out a restaurant like Smoothie King. If you’re looking for the perfect smoothie to get you hydrated and help you beat the heat, you can’t go wrong with the Hydration Watermelon smoothie. This blend will give you a dose of electrolytes you need on days when you spend a lot of time outside or at the gym.
This is an incredibly light smoothie, so it’s great for when you want a substantial snack, though it may not be the best for a meal replacement. The strawberries, watermelon juice blend, and coconut water come together to create a sweet but ultimately super refreshing flavor you won’t be able to get enough of. It’s just what you want in the summer, and it’ll make you feel nostalgic for the warmer months in the winter. There are other Hydration flavors available, but we definitely think the watermelon is the right choice.
1. Vegan Dark Chocolate Banana
A smoothie should be many things: healthy, tasty, maybe a bit indulgent. And when you order the Vegan Dark Chocolate Banana smoothie, you’re going to get all that and more. You’ll love that it comes with plant-based protein along with bananas and dates, which give it its sweet flavor. Add in the blueberries and cocoa, and you can see why this one is a winner. It tastes like rich chocolate, but it’s still packed with fruits to give you plenty of nutrition. And no animals were harmed in the process of making this smoothie. What’s not to love?
This is a smoothie that people of all ages will like. It’s simple, but it still offers an unexpected twist with the addition of blueberries in an otherwise standard combination. And if you’re looking to add a little bit of extra protein into your diet, it’s an easy way to do so without succumbing to a less-than-flavorful protein shake. If you can only try one smoothie the next time you go to Smoothie King, this is our top suggestion.