Blending whole fruits and vegetables, green smoothies are not only a refreshing way to cool down on a hot summers day, they are also jam-packed with essential nutrients.
With a range of juice bars, health food stores and micro-green grocers blending their own unique vibrant green tonics in Metro Vancouver, we’ve created a list of eight places to get great green smoothies which are high in fibre and antioxidants, not to mention delicious.
When you order a smoothie at Yaletown’s Living Produce Aisle, many of the ingredients will be harvested to order and served up at their absolute freshest. Using Urban Cultivator appliances, Living Produce Aisle grows a range of greens, including wheatgrass, micro broccoli, and micro arugula, and uses them to create delicious and nutrient-packed smoothies. One of the most popular blended green beverages on the menu is the Minty Mojitio ($9), which consists of peashoots, kale, mint, orange juice, avocado, mango, and lime.
Address: 1168 Hamilton Street
Leafy Box, in Yaletown, does not have just one green smoothie on their menu, but seven, all of which are comprised of a varied selection of leafy green veggies and fruit. A great source of fibre, Leafy Box’s Super Green smoothie ($6.99), which is just this side of sweet, blends kale, spinach, mango, banana, and frozen green grapes together. Customers wanting a little extra kick also have the option to add chia and hemp seeds.
The Juice Truck’s vibrant Green Smoothie blend combines kale with familiar flavours like spinach, avocado, banana, coconut water, lime, ginger and medjool dates. At $8, The Green Smoothie is nutrient-rich and a great fibre booster for the health conscious.
Address: (Truck) Corner of Water and Abbott Street
Address: (Shop) 28 West 5th Avenue
The Antons Supergreens ($4.99) is one What’s Shaken’s most popular smoothies. It includes fresh ginger blended with spinach, kale, mango, carrots, banana and coconut water (low in sugar, rich in potassium) to replenish electrolytes. To add an extra shot of nutrients and vitamins, Superfoods such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, raw maca, chlorella, spirulina or wheatgrass can also be added into the mix for an extra charge.
Address: 586 Davie Street
At Mother’s Smoothies & Juice Bar, get your dose of fruits and veg in the form of a thick and creamy green tonic. Made from only the best local, fair-trade and organic ingredients (the juice bar refrains from adding fillers, syrups, sugars, preservatives or colours to their products), Mother’s Smoothie & Juice Bar’s Green Kicker ($7) sprouts kale, apple, banana, and ginger.
Address: 134 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
Located at 857 Hornby Street, Victoria’s Health sells a number of fruit and veggie based juices and smoothies. Amongst the most popular items on the health food stores drinks menu is the Tropi-Kale, a thick smoothie blend of, mango, pineapple, kale, spinach, coconut, almond milk and coconut water. Hidden by the taste of the fruit, Victoria’s Health’s take on a green smoothie is tropical heaven in a cup.
Address: 857 Hornby Street
Packed with loads of natural protein and maximum living nutrients, Nectar’s green smoothies are among their top sellers. Nectar make it all count and use their fresh organic cold-pressed juice as the base not water or ice. The idea behind this process is to take the juice and turn it into food by adding 23 sprouted organic almonds as a natural protein source, banana or avocado and additional greens on request. Made up of all organic ingredients including cucumber, celery, kale, swiss chard, basil, lemon, ginger, sprouted almonds, and banana, Courage ($11 for 500 ml) is a meal in itself.
Address: 102 West Hastings Street, Gastown
Krokodile Pear’s signature green smoothie, the Westwood, is comprised of about 90% cold-pressed juice, including juiced kale, spinach, parsley and romaine, and then blended with banana, avocado, spinach and mint, making it more of thick blended juice rather than a full-on smoothie. Regardless, the Westwood ($7.99) is one of the juicery’s most popular drinks on the menu, and with good reason. Not only does this hybrid drink contain a bunch of vital greens, providing the ultimate health kick but it comes in a handy grab-and-go bottle.
Address: 1867 West 1st Ave, Kitsilano
Address: 518 Davie Street, Yaletown
Part pharmacy, part fresh juice cafe, Sina offers customers several different green smoothie options. There’s the Go Green (kale, spinach, banana, apple, and orange) for $6.59; Green Card (kale, mango, pineapple, and apple) for $6.99; and Matcha Green (matcha green tea, pineapple, spinach, banana, and soy/almond milk) for $6.79. Made with frozen fruits and vegetables instead of ice, Sina’s smoothies are nice and thick, and what’s more they’re 100% organic.
Address: 505 Smithe Street