Smoothies—a delicious sweet drink that you don’t have to feel totally guilty about. Whether you like mango and strawberry varieties or a green smoothie to power you through the day, these spots in Vermont have an abundance of excellent options. Here are our favorites.
Established in 1986, this is Vermont's self-proclaimed largest organic foods market. For over 30 years, they have been stocking their shelves with local, organic, natural, and minimally processed foods. Check out their juice and espresso bar for 100 percent organic juices and smoothies made to order and coffee offerings made with locally-roasted fair-trade coffee beans. Create your own smoothie or order off the menu. Our favorite is the “Road to Hana: Apple Juice, Pineapple, Ginger, Banana.”
With lightning-fast service and a menu that features local fresh fare, this family-owned and operated (by Tim Callahan & Athena Scheidet) spot offers a hash and eggs breakfast sandwich that you will swear was made in heaven. Also, the handful of smoothies that are offered here are fresh and, including the “Jolly Green,” a bright (almost neon) green concoction of orange juice, avocado, spinach, and CBD. Any substance containing more than .3 percent THC is illegal to sell or possess in Vermont, but CBD is permitted.
Opened in 2014, the Vermont Juice Company claims to be “The first and only fresh, raw, cold-pressed juice shop in Burlington, and they feature local, organic juices, and juice cleanses. Plus, try their “Superfood Bowls,” like the acai bowl and the “Pitaya (dragon fruit) Bowl” today. Then, treat yourself to a fresh omega maple smoothie with cashews, VT maple syrup, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and water.
What does aloe, photography, and tomato juice have in common? They have all played a part in creating potable sunshine. Established in 2009 by former French pastry chef, chocolatier, and fine art photographer, Gabrielle Kammerer, Tomgirl Juice Co. is about batching color, flavor, and nutrition. Featuring soup, a lunch and dinner menu, and a strawberry grapefruit smoothie that will knock your socks off, Tomgirl embodies the science behind food essence.
The first Works Bakery Cafe was the brainchild of UVM graduates, Garrett Mead, Jen Pearl, Richard French, and John Carlin. Established in 1988, this now chain with eight locations, had its humble beginnings in the same town as Jake Burton. The founding principal of the bagel business were simple—"eat well, feel good”—and the Works made every attempt to keep ingredients local and sustainable, while utilizing other recyclable products. In addition to bagels and sandwiches, the Works boasts a comprehensive juice and smoothie bar.
Established in 2015, GMNS offers smoothies that support pre-workout routines and recovery. Packed with vitamins and minerals that have been scientifically proven to support physical fitness, these drinks are lean and mean. Spanning an array of the body’s natural nutritional demands, including meal replacement, workout replenishment, systems fortification, and overall wellness maintenance, these smoothies pack 24 grams of whey protein to fill you up and get you active.
Juice Amour's café offers local, organic, unpasteurized juices and smoothies, healthy bowls, and fruit cleanses. With house-made cashew milk and sprouted-almond milk on the menu, most of these healthy concoctions and others like them have been scientifically proven to support the immune system, increase energy levels, improve complexion, and help stave off the cold & flu. Guests will also find homemade chia pudding, and a great cup of joe.
Back in Vermont’s Queen City, JuiceBox has been serving up tasty good-for-you liquid meals since 2013 . Of course, you will get the standard juice bar fare of fresh, raw juices, smoothies, and health bowls, but every item on the menu is carefully hand-crafted by owners Kara and Ian Bouchett to be good for you and taste great. Take “The Perfect Mood Stabilizer (PMS),” for example; with raw honey, strawberries, anjou pear, coconut milk, vanilla maca root, and raw exotic cacao, it tastes great. But who knew it was it aided in heightened energy levels and supported a health immune system?
Just up the road from JuiceBox is another juice bar in the Queen City, but this one has coffee, premium organic coffee, to be exact. On the menu, you will also find juice, smoothies, salads, paninis, and soups. Plus the fruit is 100 percent organic, non-GMO, and greenhouse grown, and the almond milk is made fresh daily from unpasteurized almonds. In fact, all of their ingredients—the veg, the nut, the cheese, and more—are unpasteurized and raw, just as nature intended.
Owned by Jan-Ellen Kelley, New Morning promotes healthy living through offering natural, organic, and local foods as well as herbs, as well as fresh juices and smoothies. You will also find vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free options as well as homeopathic and herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements. This raw, natural foods shop has all but been an institution in town for over 30 years and now serves juices and smoothies like the “Beet, Carrot, Ginger, Lemon, and Protein” smoothie for your enjoyment.