Smoothies and juices are the perfect way to embrace the beach scene on Long Island. Creamy, portable and filled with nourishing doses of fruits and vegetables, they make drinking produce easy. Though there are plenty of chains offering fresh sips, five Long Island smoothie and juice shops are encouraging people to drink local.
Juice ‘N Blendz, Babylon
Juice ‘N Blendz makes drinking healthy more attainable by using 100 percent raw, unpasteurized, natural and organic ingredients without artificial flavors, color or preservatives. The South Shore favorite serves up raw juices, custom and original smoothies and raw, vegan and gluten-free foods, earning it a rep for being a one-stop-shop for a pre-summer detox. Bills Blueberry Bliss, made with banana, blueberries, almond milk and honey, is one of the most satisfying options. Go.
Freshark Juice Bar & Grill, Rockville Centre
Eating healthy on the quick isn’t hard at Freshark. Prepared using the freshest ingredients, the smoothies and juices are made to order with no sugar or preservatives. Another fun twist: customers can boost their favorite juice with vitamin C, wheat grass, whey protein, chia seeds, flax seeds and even cayenne pepper. The smoothies are made with low-fat Greek yogurt, skim, almond or coconut milk. The Funky Money, which includes mango, banana and peach, offers a taste of the tropics. Go.
Bee ORGANIC, Huntington/Great Neck
Bee ORGANIC prides itself on using ingredients that are tasty but can also help build and maintain a healthy immune system. Examples include organic berries, nut milks and superfoods without any sweeteners. The Coco Loco is a healthy alternative to banana splits, made with bananas, raspberries, cocoa, coconut milk and agave. Go.
Organic Krush, Woodbury
Organic Krush’s juice and smoothie recipes are designed to cleanse, detox, energize, balance and heal. Popular add-ins include honey, almond butter, vegan protein and peanut butter. For a real energy boost try the Mexican coffee, a delicious blend of coffee, banana, almond milk, almond butter, vanilla, sea salt and cinnamon that wards off the 3pm slump. Go.
Organic Corner Inc., Massapequa
Located in the heart of Massapequa, this shop serves smoothies packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants and beneficial fruit fiber. The base choices range from almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk and soy milk to alkaline H2O and apple juice. Experience protein in a new way with the Reese’s Pieces. The sipper mixes protein, raw cacao, organic peanut butter, banana and a choice of base for an indulgent creamy energy-boosting shake. Go.