Ok, so it’s April, and I’m just now getting around to my New Year’s resolution of trying to eat healthier. Along with half of America, I resolve this nearly impossible task year after year, to little or no avail. Recently, I decided to make a conscious effort to eat a healthier breakfast while I was out and about. I spotted Buckeye Smoothie Café while driving up Sawmill Parkway toward Powell, and being the true OSU fan that I am – I automatically gravitate toward anything written in scarlet and gray that includes the word “Buckeye” – I pulled quite the NASCAR-like maneuver, taking a hard right which just so happened to propel me into a space right in front of the shop. It all happened in a flash. I thought, “Huh, that was cool”, as I hopped out and hurried in to check them out.
Have you ever been inside Buckeye Corner, or some other college campus fan shop? Well, Buckeye Smoothie Café looks a lot like that. Only with food. And smoothies. It’s not a huge space, but the tall ceilings and mirrored walls make it feel much more open than it really is. Scarlet and gray walls, Buckeye helmet stripes and leaf stickers, and framed, autographed jerseys are all added as artistic flare for the true Ohio State enthusiast. It’s really cool.
The order counter is straight ahead, and is surrounded by coolers full of soy milk, vitamin waters, and bottled cold coffee. Huge menu boards hang high above, and the kitchen staff works beyond that.
The menu is centered around their full line-up of delicious smoothies. They’re grouped into five categories: Protein (many feature ingredients like whey protein, creatine and glutamine), Energy (includes energy boost), Healthy Choices (lots of fresh fruits and honey), Meal Supplements (whey protein, skim milk and burner blast) and Kids Smoothies (tons of fresh fruits, plus stuff like peanut butter and low-cal rainbow sherbet). They offer a handful of bagels and wraps, as well as a fruit bowl and a yogurt & granola dish for breakfast, and lunch options like salads, wraps, deli sandwiches, and even pizzas. All of their menu items have calories and fat content displayed for those who like to keep track of that stuff.
It took me a while to read through the menu, especially considering I’m not a frequent smoothie consumer, and to decide which direction I wanted to go in. I knew I was planning to eat, so I didn’t want a meal replacement, and I wasn’t too sure about what flavors, if any, the powders and supplements would add to the Protein and Energy drinks, which led me to settle on a Healthy Choices drink. I also ordered a wrap for breakfast.
I ordered the Buckeye Cheer ($4.99), which was a wheat tortilla filled with fresh spinach, goat cheese, oven-roasted red peppers, basil pesto sauce, avocado and cage-free eggs. They give you the option to add grilled chicken to any wrap for an extra $1.50, which I requested, but I think they forgot it. It was a decent-sized portion, considering it came with a small cup of fresh fruit. I was surprised how flavorful and hearty the wrap was, and how much I really enjoyed it. I could eat like this more often!
After deciding upon a Healthy Choices smoothie, I then had to narrow it down. I finally went with the Sunny Beaches Smoothie ($5.99 / 20 oz), which is made with coconut water, peaches, pineapple, a splash of honey, and shaved coconut. It was cold and refreshing, and very filling. Buckeye Smoothie Café offers four different sizes of smoothies, including a kids size. You can choose from one of their dozens of blends, or you can customize any of them to your liking by substituting almond milk or coconut milk to reduce sugar content, or add creatine, energy boost, burner blast, or whey protein for just a small extra charge.
So, on top of being a very cool place inside, Buckeye Smoothie Café is definitely serving some tasty drinks and delicious, good-for-you foods. I’m hoping to stop in some time to try some of their other breakfast items, as well as some of their lunch grub. They also offer catering services if you’re planning an event, and a drive-thru if you’re in a hurry. I have to be honest and admit that when I think breakfast, a smoothie isn’t the first thing that pops into my brain. But maybe it should be. Maybe it will be, now that I know where to go to get one made with the freshest ingredients and most incredible variety around.
And one more thing…..O-H-I-O!!!!
Buckeye Smoothie Café is located at 10259 Sawmill Parkway, Powell, OH 43065 (Map). They are open Monday – Saturday, 7:00am – 9:00pm, and Sunday, 9:00am – 6:00pm. You can find more about them on Facebook or on their website.