I was really craving a smoothie today and my go-to smoothie spot Surf City Squeeze just closed near my office so that was no longer an option. I am not a fan of Jamba Juice (I swear they want to put some form of citrus in EVERY smoothie…) and can sometimes handle a Robeks, but I wanted something other than their usual Orange Juice, Sherbet, Apple Juice, Banana add-ins…to me those things always seem to overpower the intended star of the smoothie and the main reason I ordered it in the 1st place.
Is it so much to ask that a Strawberry Smoothie actually taste like Strawberries??...apparently so. What you’d think would be so simple appears to be perplexing mainstream smoothie makers everywhere.
Insert Juicy Ladies (no seriously, that’s the shops name!). I found it in a Google search and because it was conveniently down the street and had some unique smoothie combinations…I decided to check it out. As soon as I walked in I could tell it was the kind of place that “granolas” frequent…(you know, people that are overtly health conscious or “environmentally aware” aka flower children, tree-huggers…pretty sure you get the point). You can order all sorts of Wellness Elixirs, Raw Desserts, Natural Juices, Detoxifying Cleansers, Vegan Sandwiches etc inside the Juicy Ladies shop…but I was there for a smoothie so I locked down my ADD tenancies.
There were so many enticing combinations on the menu (!), from the "Vanilla Almond" with Coconut Water, Almond Butter, Dates, & Vanilla to the "Mango Carrot" with Mango, Carrot Juice, Bananas, & Agave...everything sounded so tasty and guilt-free cause it's all made with fresh, natural, organic ingredients!
Since I was in a Strawberry kind of mood, LOVE anything that may resemble Strawberries and Cream, and...you know...wanted to get a smoothie whose name really personified me as a person (wink wink!)...I went for the "I am Berry Sweet" which has Almond Milk, Strawberries, Dates, & Vanilla.
What do you know...it ACTUALLY tasted like Strawberries (WHAT A CONCEPT PEOPLE!) I'm so glad I decided to go to Juicy Ladies! I could taste each ingredient they put into the "I am Berry Sweet" smoothie and they made it extra thick just how I like it! I really couldn't ask for anything more...except maybe a never ending cup!
**One of the regulars told me she comes to Juicy Ladies for a "Nuts for Cacao" smoothie with Bananas, Dates, Coconut, Vanilla, Raw Cacao Nibs, Almond Milk, & Coconut Water every single day...so basically she's either nuts (haha no pun intended) or that's one killer smoothie! I'll let you know after my next visit ;)
22423 Ventura Blvd Woodland Hills, CA 91364