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Published on: October 1, 2015

Designed to answer our guests’ cravings for their favorite fall flavors, Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers a roasted smoothie blend full of nutrient-packed ingredients designed as a powerful get-up-and-go breakfast, or any time of day meal option. The Chia Banana Boost Smoothie, blends a seasonally inspired mix of almonds, cinnamon, whole grain oats, dates, and coconut, plus new oven-roasted bananas and chia seeds. Additionally, to further customize this new smoothie, guests have the option to add late summer strawberries or peaches or the fall-favorite peanut butter to the Chia Banana Boost.

Chia seeds have a long history as a superfood. In fact, just one serving of the Chia add-in delivers 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, a great punch of Omega 3s, and lots of antioxidants—all with just 30 calories. We know our consumers are searching for superfoods and other better-for-you options so we’re not surprised that our consumers are reacting so favorably to the Chia Banana Boost.

Often regarded as a favorite pre-race snack by distance runners, and fabled to be the ancient Mayan’s secret ingredient for strength and energy, chia seeds have started appearing in a number of prepackaged health foods. Tropical Smoothie Cafe was one of the first to offer it in a made-to-order smoothie designed to make the tiny powerhouse food easy to enjoy anytime, anywhere. The brand also hopes to prove that chia seeds can be as tasty as they are nutritious by offering the seeds as an add-in to any smoothie on the menu.

Chia seeds are fairly plain on their own with a pretty neutral flavor profile and a little crunch, but we paired them with our signature, fresh fruits and vegetables, showing guests that chia seeds are more versatile in any of our great tasting smoothies. The once limited time offering has become a staple on the Tropical Smoothie Cafe menu and a Fan Fave. Roasted bananas, a unique new twist for traditional smoothies, are slow-roasted to a caramelized golden brown in-house, which releases a naturally sweet flavor in this potassium-rich fruit that makes the Chia Banana Boost taste so delicious and craveable. Our method of roasting not only intensifies the fruity flavor without processed sweeteners, but also has minimal impact in decreasing the nutritional benefits of this amazing product.

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