Does the brutally hot Austin summer have you desperately searching for a cool and satisfying, yet healthy, treat for your kids? Smoothies are a great way to beat the heat and get some fruits, vegetables and healthy protein into your children, especially if they’re usually picky eaters. The bright colors and fun flavor names are hard to turn down.
Luckily, we have so many great local spots to find fresh smoothies and juices. Each of these options is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. However, if you don’t want to go out in the hot sun to grab one, or if your kids have allergies, you might prefer to make one of the delicious recipes at the bottom of this list.
JuiceLand has 27 locations spread throughout Austin, and they’re popular for a good reason. Their dedication to quality, plant-based ingredients brought them to the top of our list. Kids will love popular flavors like Berry Godmother, Morning Sunshine and Blue Mint Chip. You can rest assured knowing your kids’ tasty treat is also packed with nutrition.
Nekter got its start in crafting juices, but they’ve created a well-rounded menu of smoothies and smoothie bowls as well. The base of each one is pure coconut water or fresh cashew milk made on-site. Their PB&J flavor is a twist on the classic kid’s treat and well worth a taste. If your kids don’t find anything on the menu they want, you have the option of creating your own dreamy concoction.
Owned by best friends Erin and Kara, Blenders and Bowls takes acai to the next level, delivering delicious smoothies and bowls. They’ve expanded their product line by selling in stores across the country, but you can still get their fresh treats in one of three locations in Austin. Try the Beach House or Power Potion – you won’t be sorry!
While Smoothie King may not have gotten its start in Austin, its popularity here has spread quickly to seven other locations. They offer a large selection of smoothies aimed at helping their customers reach their goals – like more energy, faster muscle recovery, weight management and general wellness. In addition, they have some simple, tasty treats if that’s all you’re looking for and a reduced menu of options just for kids, like Apple Kiwi Bunga and Choc-A-Laka.
An Austin classic, the Soup Peddler offers much more than soup. A full menu of juices and smoothies, like Peach Yogurt Honey and Magic Carpet Ride, is sure to cool your kids off. Stop by just for a sweet and healthy treat, or add one to your choice of soup, salad or sandwich.
Do none of these options sound quite right? Why not try making your own smoothies in the comfort of your home? Whipping them up yourself allows you to control the ingredients, which can be perfect for picky eaters or kids with allergies.
Whether your kids choose a local hot spot or you make one of these tasty recipes at home, you can be happy knowing your kids are getting a heap of nutrition to help them grow. Skip the ice cream once in a while and try satisfying smoothies to chill out in the Austin heat.
About the Author
Kara Reynolds is the founder and editor-in-chief of Momish Magazine, an inclusive parenting magazine filled with parenting hacks, advice and more to keep your beautiful family thriving.