The 5 Best Smoothie Bars In Washington, D.C.

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© Ken Hawkins/Flickr
Photo of Kate McMahon
9 February 2017

Trendy, delicious, and kind of nutritious: smoothies are taking the capital by storm. But be warned, advertising can be deceptive – many smoothies are the nutritional equivalent of a cheesecake. Luckily, most places allow you to customize your own drink, so opt for fresh produce and chia seeds, and skip on the sugar. Read on for our round-up of DC’s top five smoothie joints.

5. Smoothie King

Smoothie King’s pros include the franchise’s extensive menu, wide variety of proteins, and added nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, the amount of sugar packed into their smoothies makes them more of a dessert than a healthy snack, and the veggies and fruits are mostly powdered. Regardless, try the Pomegranate Punch or Lemon Twist Strawberry for a delectable, sweet treat.

Smoothie King, 621 Connecticut Ave NW #100, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 239 5590

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4. Robeks

Customers at Robeks rave about the açai bowls, which consist of the trendy superfood, açai fruit, along with a blend of yogurt, granola, and other fruits. The quality of the products is always prime, offering consistently fresh produce, but the service is lacking. It’s slow; the same person working the cash register makes your smoothie. The extra proteins and health supplements distract from the unnecessary additives. To avoid sugar, stay away from the sherbet.

Robeks, 4523 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC, USA, + 1 202 244 1784

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Jaco Taco & Juice Bar

Bar, Juice Bar, Healthy, $$$
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Tacos and smoothies? Definitely a winning combination. Jaco offers the most classic smoothie, dubbed the Plain Jane, that is a healthy crowd favorite. For something more exciting, slurp down the Key Lime Pie smoothie – avocado, lime juice, yogurt, apple, and graham cracker crumbs. The food menu offers scrumptious tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and açai bowls.

Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar

Bar, Juice Bar, American, $$$
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This vegan juice bar is the most authentic place to get organic, raw smoothies in the DMV area. The prices can be steep, but what raw foods place isn’t overly expensive, especially in DC? Dine on the the hemp burger for a unique flavorful experience; try pairing it with the Coconut Sea Moss smoothie. The only downside to Khepra’s is the lack of customization – there’s no make-your-own option, and only a moderate menu.

Juice Joint Cafe

Cafe, Coffee, Tea , Vegetarian, American, $$$
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Offering homemade sandwiches, wraps, and alternative cookies made of chia seeds, this is the go-to spot for a healthy lunch in downtown DC. The Chocolate Dream smoothie is a real dream, because it’s actually healthy – rice milk, fresh strawberries, and bananas. There’s also a wheatgrass juice, which is brewed with grass that sprouts from red winter wheatberries.

By Kate McMahon