Or­ange Peel: Smooth­ies with a side of bub­ble tea

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Amy Baird

Ready for some­thing new? Ready for some­thing re­ally de­li­cious with low calo­ries? Have you ever heard of bub­ble tea smooth­ies? An icy, de­li­cious drink with tapi­oca pearls. Re­mem­ber, I promised you ad­ven­tures in eat­ing? Well, here you go. For this ad­ven­ture, I headed to the Or­ange Peel with my brother-in-law Mitch, fa­ther-in-law Bob and mother-in­law Mar­cia along with Nick and my girls.

Many peo­ple hear “bub­ble tea” and think of ac­tual tea, as in green tea. Some of the bub­ble teas have green tea but most are just de­li­cious fla­vors like honey­dew, kiwi, or­ange cream, pas­sion fruit and guava. The bub­ble tea smooth­ies are made with a lot of ice so they are de­li­ciously re­fresh­ing. Nick got the sum­mer spe­cial. Get ready for it: Thai co­conut pina co­lada with fresh straw­ber­ries. It was ev­ery­thing that a sum­mer drink should be - fruity, icy and just plain de­li­cious. To make it even more ex­cit­ing, it had large tapi­oca beads in the drink. Ev­ery­one agreed that this was their fa­vorite drink. If you are a lit­tle hes­i­tant to have gi­ant tapi­oca beads in your drink, you can choose to have your bub­ble tea made with­out the beads. Or you can choose to have ly­chee jell (sweet gelatin cubes) in­stead. Or, if you are feel­ing truly ad­ven­tur­ous, you can have both in your bub­ble tea.

My next fa­vorite new cre­ation was the Nutella Break­fast smoothie. Yes, Nutella, that de­li­cious hazel­nut cho­co­late spread that you can put on prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing. The Nutella Break­fast has bananas, Nutella and fresh rasp­ber­ries. Choco­lately Nutella banana yum­mi­ness. To make it a true break­fast, you can have gra­nola in the bot­tom or choose to have it mixed in. This was un­like any­thing that I have ever had be­fore and hon­estly, I loved it. My brother-in-law Mitchell did too. He said, “I could eat this ev­ery day. It is a fun new way to get your break­fast in.” They have a va­ri­ety of other break­fast drinks as well like Nut­ter But­ter, which has smooth peanut but­ter, vanilla, straw­ber­ries and bananas. I’m or­der­ing that one next time.

El­iza or­dered the Or­ange Cream Dream, which tasted like an or­ange cream­si­cle with fresh-squeezed or­ange juice and a hint of banana. El­iza said it was “Yummy and ba­nanny.” I re­ally liked the bright, fresh or­ange fla­vor mixed with the creami­ness of the banana.

I or­dered the Skinny Berry, a green smoothie with blue­ber­ries, straw­ber­ries, spinach, kale, wheat­grass and ap­ple juice. Hon­estly, I was a lit­tle wor­ried that it would taste like veg­eta­bles, but it was de­li­ciously fruity. I loved all the berries and that was the main fla­vor. I also liked get­ting all the veg­gies mixed in.

The smooth­ies are nondairy and made with fresh fruit (a whole cup’s worth) and fruit juices. They have four types of smooth­ies: trop­i­cal, berries, cit­rus and clas­sic. You can also or­der a Naked Fruit Smoothie, which has dou­ble the fruit. For ev­ery smoothie, you can choose your sweet­ener and you have quite a few op­tions: sugar, honey, ste­via, Splenda or agave. They also have in­fu­sions like wheat­grass, soy pro­tein, cal­cium, vi­ta­min C, gin­seng and more. They even have cold-pressed or­ganic juices.

So if you feel the need for a cool, healthy bev­er­age, head over to Or­ange Peel and find your blend. There are a va­ri­ety of op­tions, and all the smooth­ies can be cus­tom­ized to fit your tastes so you can easily find some­thing to fit your mood. The Or­ange Peel is lo­cated at 1850 W. 500 South in Springville, They are open Mon­day to Fri­day from from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo by Steve Gray

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