Smoothies are an easy way to get extra fruits and veggies in your diet. But don’t let all that healthy stuff fool you, smoothies bring the flavour, from sweet to sour and everything in between. Check out the nutrient-packed smoothies as these shops.
The extensive drinks menu at this vegetarian eatery is loaded with healthy drinks, all of which have their own special benefits. Some of the cold drinks are smoothie-like, such as the antioxidant-packed Berry Bliss, which lives up to its name with a combination of goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, mulberries and schisandra berries. Or, try the Gratitude to Greens, which mixes nettle, fresh ginger, parsley, kale, apples, banana, E3Live Blue Majik and HealthForce Vitamineral Green. You can also add Sunwarrior protein powder in vanilla or chocolate.
This health-minded café, located in Sherwood Park, serves up tons of fantastic smoothies in unique flavours. The menu ranges from caffeinated creations such as Chai and iced cappuccino smoothies to decadent choices, such as a chunky monkey (peanut butter, bananas and chocolate milk) or the true blue (bananas and blueberries). If you want to have a smoothie that is more of a meal replacement, go for the protein power smoothie, which has whey protein powder in it.
Located in the HUB mall at the University of Alberta, Bar Teca is a popular spot with students. While it’s known more for its amazing frozen yogurt, Bar Teca does serve up bubble tea and smoothies, as well. They open up bright and early at 7 a.m. Monday to Friday, making it the ideal spot to grab a breakfast smoothie before class.
Located inside the Kinsmen Sports Centre, Moo’s Healthy Food Fast serves up green smoothies with a smile. Their creations aren’t just sugary drinks disguised as a healthy option; instead, they load up each smoothie with protein, essential fatty acids, complex carbohydrates and fibre.
This juice bar also serves up some pretty healthy smoothies. The Natural Glow smoothie contains spinach, cucumber, banana, avocado and almond milk, while the Tropical Glow is a mixture of mango, pineapple, melon and light coconut milk. If you like berry-based smoothies, go for the Red-dy to Glow, which combines raspberries, strawberries, apples, carrots, pomegranate and rice milk. For something a bit heartier, try the Almond Glow, which has almond butter, light coconut milk, banana, hemp hearts, cinnamon and maple syrup.
This student hang out, located in the University of Alberta HUB mall, offers health food on the go for those who don’t want to succumb to greasy fast food. The staff whips up green smoothies, with ingredients such as apples, spinach and pineapple juice. And, if you like the taste of the protein powder in your smoothie, you can buy a tub of it right there to use at home.
Jugo Juice has five categories of smoothies, so you know they mean business: Classic, Elevate, Bliss, Super and Veggie. All of their smoothies are so thick and creamy that they can double as a small meal. The Bliss smoothies are especially creamy, while the Elevate drinks are extra healthy. Super smoothies are chockfull of antioxidants, and Veggie smoothies are the best way to hit your daily vegetable target, with ingredients such as kale, cucumber, spinach and cauliflower.
The smoothies are referred to as frappes at this bubble tea shop, but a smoothie by any other name still tastes delicious. They serve up a variety of smoothies, including strawberries and cream, cookies and cream and avocado and cream. And, if you’re craving a flavour combination you don’t see on the menu, you can ask them to custom create it for you.