I don't know about you, but I'm a big fan of smoothies. But I found that every place here in Seattle uses ice in their smoothies. What's wrong with ice in a smoothie?
Well, for one, I hate paying for *ice.* It's such a cheapskate's way to make a smoothie!
Two, it's a filler, so the smoothie has less nutritious food. Have you seen how much ice they put in those??
Three, as it melts, the smoothie gets watered-down and blah.
Four, it's entirely unoriginal.
So I make my smoothies at home. No ice. Frozen fruits take its place, packing in more nutrition and making a smoothie that's tasty right down to the bottom.
Sometimes, though, I'm out and about. I want a smoothie for a nutritious snack, but I don't want to pay $5 for a cup that's half full of ice!
Enter Juice Goddess. You can get a "simple smoothie" or a "specialty smoothie" (Green Gorilla is my favorite), and there's no ice!! None! "What, then," you're asking, "do they put in them?" Well, I'll tell you:
The SOB, for example, has strawberries, orange juice, banana, kiwi-strawberry juice, and protein powder.
Or, check out Babe, The Blue Anti-Ox, which has blueberries, banana, blueberry juice, protein powder, anti-oxidant powder, and Dagoba chocolate!
All that for $5.25 for 16 oz, or $5.95 for 24 oz. You can also boost your smoothie for a bit more money with the usual array of supplements (called Blessings): flax oil, ginseng, multi-vitamin powder, etc.
The cafe is nearly all organic, so you needn't worry that you're also boosting your smoothie with pesticides and fungicides.
Before I forget, I have to tell you about the rest of the menu. Breakfast classics include granola, pancakes, and so on. The Stuffed French Toast is yum-MY! They have muffins - usually one or two vegan muffins per day, but you'd never know these were vegan, so rich and tasty. Bagels, Mighty-O donuts, and toast are also on the menu.
Lunchtime fare is a simple collection of sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads - or put it all together in a Juice Goddess Lunch Box. The sandwiches are perfect and all meats and dairy can be substituted with veg alternatives.
Juices are fresh squeezed here so the price reflects that, but you get a tall glass, not some skimpy 4-ounce sample cup.
And last but not least, there's an espresso bar, and here you can get one of the best prices on a 12 oz, 2-shot mocha I've seen anywhere in town. If you want to kick the coffee habit, there are also coffee alternatives (Soyfee, Teccino), hot cocoa and tea.
Wait! I forgot to mention dessert! Brownies, gluten-free cookies, cake, and ice cream or soy dream, with which you can make a sundae.
Another interesting facet is that the Juice Goddess sells nearly all the ingredients that they use, right there in the store. It's also a pick-up location for subscribers of Pioneer Organics produce delivery service. Juice Goddess was started by Patty, who is the biz partner of Bee Well Vitamin Shoppe's other owner, Jehan. Their shops are connected by an open doorway. It's easier to see Bee Well from the street, being bright yellow.
So drop by, enjoy a real smoothie, and tell them Doh sent you.