Flavor Faves: A healthier beverage option

The Kona Ice Shop is now offering smoothies. (Aaron Geerts/Winters Express)

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OK, let’s be honest: my Flavor Fave reviews don’t really highlight the healthiest of foods in town. In fact, I enjoy dabbling in the greasiest and tastiest foods I can get my mitts on. But this week is different. This week I dabbled in a healthy beverage from Kona Ice Shop. Although it wasn’t sugar-loaded, the taste and guilt-free delight from this smoothie were enough to make me hail it as my Flavor Fave!

Sure, I was bummed I didn’t get to feel the sensation of my arteries clogging from a greasy burger or deep-fried something or another, but when I heard Kona Ice had some health-packed smoothies available, I knew I had to give them a shot. So, I wandered in from the rain like some vagabond and was greeted by friendly employees.

The cashier whipped out orange, purple and green flavor options and I snagged the orange. I got home, twisted off the cap and took a gulp. Even in the absence of  100 grams of sugar, the drink impressed me. It was refreshing, flavorful and also had a zest that bit my taste buds — must have been from the organic ginger.

Speaking of organic, I was also given a list of the ingredients of this tasty smoothie. This bad boy is packing all-organic carrots, celery, apples, turmeric, ginger and lemons. All ingredients one can pronounce and none of the hydroflauric-who-knows-what-the-heck-they’re-putting-in-here-floride. The purple beet smoothie also featured the same ingredients with the addition of beets and pineapple, while the green drink adds celery and kale into the mix.

At the end of the day, Kona Ice has plenty of sweet, delicious soft serve and regular ice cream we’ve all come to know and love. However, these organic smoothies somehow add a good taste to a healthy drink alternative. What’s that? You don’t think it’s possible for a healthy drink to taste good? OK then, I challenge you to go try it for yourself. And by “it” I mean this week’s Flavor Fave.

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