In search of something cool and refreshing to curb the sweltering summer heat? Smoothies are always a go-to beverage this time of year, but not all are created equal. Far from it. Here’s the top five smoothie spots in Lake County with a big selection of smoothies to keep you cool and healthy. 1) Health Basket This health food store offers customers the option of creating their own smoothie, selecting one of the eight organic smoothies full of fresh fruits and vegetables, or selecting one of the four different performance smoothies that can assist with energy and post-work out recovery. The price of their small smoothie is $4.67. Located at 18040 US-441 in Mount Dora.
2)Living Green Health Foods This healthy eatery has dreamed up seven different smoothie options and customers can add various boosters and protein powders to cater to their diet or liking. The price of their small smoothie is $6.95. Located at 353 Plaza Drive in Eustis.
3)Planet Smoothie A popular smoothie franchise, features a category of smoothies called “Planet Light” with 20 options all under 300 calories. All are sweetened with Leanleaf, an all-natural ingredient that contains no sugar. A small “light” smoothie is $4.19, making it the most affordable of the options on the list. Located at 15439-B US-441 in Eustis.
4)The Green Apple Health Foods Organic is key at this health food store. It sells 10 different smoothie options made with fresh and organic produce. Customers have the choice of adding wheat grass, energizer, protein and mega-boosters that help with gut health by reducing inflammation and adding probiotics. The price of their small smoothie is $5.95. Located at 175 S. Rolling Acres Road in Lady Lake.
5)The Life Center Café The café gives customers the choice between selecting a protein or fruit smoothie. All smoothies feature natural ingredients and organic fruits and vegetables. A small protein smoothie is $6.50, and a small fruit smoothie is $5.95. Located at 1705 E. Hwy 50 in Clermont.
“When looking for a healthy smoothie, try finding one with vegetables and whole fruit while trying to avoid added sugars or fruit juices,” said Candace Aurigemma, RD, LDN at AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares. “And if possible add a protein source like peanut butter, whey, hemp, or a pea protein supplement to keep you full longer.”
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