The warm weather may be fading fast, but that’s no reason to put away the blender. Once confined to fruit juice, ice, and chunks of banana, the modern smoothie contains everything from avocado to almond butter, and makes a magnificent meal no matter the season.
Rain or shine, these seven inventive smoothies are sure to satisfy:
◊ Kure Juice Bar boasts dozens of creative concoctions with names like “Sex Panther,” Winning!” and “Chocolate Mouth Party,” but there’s one clear crowd favorite. Stand in the shop for five minutes, and you’ll hear a dozen orders for the Extra Mile ($6.50). This coco-centric smoothie is a tropical getaway in a glass, featuring coconut milk yogurt, coconut water, and coconut meat rounded out with kale, almond butter, and honey.
4409 SE Hawthorne Street and 518 SW Taylor Street
◊ As Portland’s only bike powered smoothie bar, Moberi clearly has a creative streak. The cart exceeds expectations with the One Night in Bangkok, a bike-blended mix of protein powder, sriracha, sesame oil, peanut butter, banana, and coconut milk ($6). It may sound crazy, but it’s truly delicious.
5221 NE Sandy Boulevard
◊ Sip Juice Cart knows its way around a blender: the menu comprises juices, milkshakes, tea lattes, and, of course, smoothies. Healthy eaters crave the plant-packed Diehard, a blend of kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, cucumber, celery, lemon, and a pinch of salt ($6.50). We suggest sweetening the blend with a few dates before drinking down your daily vitamins. 3029 SE 21st Avenue and 2210 NE Alberta Street
◊ Canteen offers a similar smoothie menu to its cart-based sister, Sip, alongside an enchanting array of breakfasts, bowls, and salads. We recommend the Maca & Friends any day of the year— you’ll swear you’re drinking a cookie milkshake, but it’s really a healthful blend of maca, banana, dates, vanilla, almond butter, and almond milk ($6.50).
2816 SE Stark Street
◊ Prasad's 19-item smoothie menu lets you pick the perfect drink for any occasion. Spice up a rainy day with the Tempest, which mixes mango, spinach, coconut oil, avocado, dates, house made almond-hemp milk, and a pinch of cayenne ($8).
925 NW Davis Street
◊ Portland’s newest juice and smoothie bar, Fruit Face, offers a delightful design-your-own drink option alongside a list of Fruit Face favorites. We recommend beating the winter blues with a Mint O, which features avocado, cacao, peppermint, banana, and almond milk ($5.50). Think of it as a good-for-you Peppermint Patty with a straw. 9201 SE Foster Road
◊ Nirvana Café’s cozy couches are great for casual smoothie sipping. The welcoming space's signature drink, the Nirvana, boasts a blend of peach, almond, coconut milk, almond milk, and dates ($5.95). We suggest adding spinach for extra nutrients and an alluring green hue.
510 SE Morrison Street
It's your turn! From cilantro to coconut oil, which imaginative ingredients appeal to you?
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