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This Fruit Smoothie Is So Good You Won’t Believe It’s Low-Sugar

Koia's new Fruit Infusions are our favorite on-the-go mini meals that pack in both fiber and protein.
This Fruit Smoothie Is So Good You Won’t Believe It’s Low-Sugar
This Fruit Smoothie Is So Good You Won’t Believe It’s Low-Sugar
Koia's new Fruit Infusions are our favorite on-the-go mini meals that pack in both fiber and protein.

Pre-made, store-bought smoothies boast a bad rap and a health halo because of their high-sugar content, but Koia’s new Fruit Infusion line is deserving of a sip. The plant-based protein smoothie brand recently debuted three new flavors—Chocolate Banana, Mango Crème, and Strawberry Crème—which contain just six grams of sugar per bottle! (That’s quite impressive since many bottles that line supermarket shelves can pack in upwards of 50 grams of sugar!) Instead of packing their smoothies with the diabetes-inducing stuff, Koia blends whole fruits with complete protein and potent superfoods for a truly healthful refresher.

Koia’s Chocolate Banana is boosted with energizing maca while the Mango Crème sneaks in anti-inflammatory turmeric, and the Strawberry Crème is made with stress-busting Schisandra berry. So how do Koia’s vegan smoothies compare to its competitors?

Koia Mango Crème

Koia mango creme

per 12 oz bottle: 190 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 310 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (6 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 18 g protein

Koia packs its recipe with brown rice protein, pea protein, and hemp protein for 18 grams of the muscle-building stuff. Its smart blend of plant proteins packs in all nine essential amino acids for muscle maintenance and total health. What’s more, the blend is sweetened with alphonso mango and a dash of calorie-free monk fruit and spiked with chicory root for hunger-quelling fiber.

Naked Mighty Mango

Naked Mighty Mango

per 15.2 oz bottle: 290 calories, 0 g fat, 20 mg sodium, 68 g carbs (0 g fiber, 57 g sugar), 2 g protein

While Naked boasts that it uses almost two whole apples, a half orange, and a third of a banana in its recipe, the drink is completely void of any digestion-aiding fiber yet packs in 100 more calories than Koia. Not to mention, Naked’s Mighty Mango has the sugar equivalent of almost three Snickers bars or a Grande Ultra Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks! Talk about a serious sugar crash.

If you’re looking to hold your tummy over until supper or need a quick and portable breakfast, Koia’s new low-sugar Fruit Infusion line is the way to go. The bottles boast satiating fiber and plant-based protein as well as functional ingredients such as adaptogens for added benefits. Try Koia’s other flavors such as the Cold Brew Coffee, which will lend you a cup of Joe’s worth of caffeine, or the Vanilla Bean, which totally rivals a cheat meal milkshake.

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