I posted on the Smoothie King Gladiator smoothie several months ago and must have hit a nerve — I saw over 1,000 views alone.
Here is a view of the top protein shakes from Smoothie King, taken directly from their site. These are for 20oz “skinny” (read: no turbinado, the fancy word for sugar) smoothies ordered according to the most protein. Click the image to see the full chart with protein and fiber values. Whenever you see a set of three numbers in the format ##/##/##, this is referring to grams of Fat/Carb/Protein.
Smoothie King Gladiator
First, the Smoothie King Gladiator (0/31/45) is a great, lean smoothie at first glance, but as soon as you add fruit to its base of 31g of carbs you are looking at 60+ carbs. Still, it is one of the few high protein, fat-free smoothies and that has its advantages.
Smoothie King Low-Carb
Another option is a Low-Carb smoothie (9/7/49g). These introduce a good amount of fat (9g), but keep the carbs (7g) low and protein (49) high. I don’t know how these taste, however. More than likely they simply replace the sugar with Splenda or some similar artificial sweetner.
Smoothie King High Protein
Or, if you want high protein with *some* carbs and fat, get the properly balanced High Protein Smoothie (9/32-48/26-31). Another way to look at this, in terms of calories they have 81 from fat, 128-192 from carbs, and 104-124 from protein, or a great balance of 25%/40%/33%. I recommend the Smoothie King High Protein Almond Mocha (9/25/31). You really can’t beat that nutritional balance.
Smoothie King Shredder
Finally, the Smoothie King Shredder (1-3/25-57/29-39). At first glance these look great — low fat, usually more protein than carbs. But this is deceiving as the Strawberry has nearly twice as much carbs as protein! Also, the Vanilla has 592 mg of sodium. If you must get a Shredder stick to the Smoothe King Chocolate Shredder (3/36/39) with a decent 315 mg of sodium.
Smoothie King Hulk
Stay away from the Smoothie King Hulk (35/70/28). With nearly 1000 calories and 38% from fat, you probably don’t need it unless you are running marathons.
What is your favorite Smoothie King smoothie?