Slideshow: 10 Smoothies We Love in Los Angeles

Sweet Kale Shake at SunPower Natural
Sweet Kale Shake at SunPower Natural
The list of ingredients might strike you as odd or excessively granola. But somehow when combined, almonds, cashews, agave nectar, banana, kale, and a splash of vanilla come together to create a miraculously luscious smoothie. Creamy and thick, this funny looking pale green drink is just this side of sweet, with hints of marzipan from the almonds. The kale adds a touch of savory earthiness, but this is no green health juice, it's a dessert-meal-thirst quencher hybrid. And a really good one at that. ($7)

3711 W. Cahuenga Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604 (map) 818-308-7420; suncafe.com

[Photograph: Rebecca Fishman]

Blueberry, Beet, & Goji Berry at Fig
Blueberry, Beet, & Goji Berry at Fig
A friend compared this brilliantly red elixir to a Bloody Mary, and certainly the beets give it an almost savory vegetal quality. But grape juice, blueberries, and gojis lend a touch of sweetness and the addition of yogurt gives creaminess (and perhaps inadvertently makes you think about how good borscht is with a dollop of sour cream.) It's a little tart and very refreshing, the perfect morning-after cleanser. And if your morning starts too late to catch breakfast at Fig (the only time smoothies are served) you can also catch it in the Fairmont Miramar's lounge. ($6)

101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map) 310-319-3111; figsantamonica.com

Mango Smoothie at The Natraliart
Mango Smoothie at The Natraliart
The Natraliart, a homey Jamaican joint in Mid-City, offers a range of island blends, which straddle the juice/smoothie divide. There's the Irish Moss, packed with seaweed and milk, or the Sour Sop, which combines the namesake fruit with milk and fragrant spices, creating a light, frothy drink with that decidedly unusual sour sop aftertaste. The restaurant also offers a small menu of simple smoothies, each designed to highlight one fruity main ingredient. When it's in season, there's no better mango smoothie in town to experience the pure unadulterated tart velvety richness of the ripe, pulpy fruit. ($4)

3426 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018 (map) 323-737-9277

Es Doger at Simpang Asia
Es Doger at Simpang Asia
The avocado smoothie at this stalwart Indonesian cafe in Palms has a zealous following, and rightly so. With swirls of chocolate running through the blend of ripe avocado and ice, it's thick and rich, highlighting avocado's inherent, unexpected sweetness. Also worth a sip is the shake-like Es Doger, a pretty pink mixture of fermented sweet cassava and young coconut with thick condensed milk. It's sweet and creamy, with a punch of tart complexity from the cassava. ($3.99)

10433 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (map) 310-815-9075; simpangasia.com

Everything Nice at Dave's Chillin-n-Grillin
Everything Nice at Dave's Chillin-n-Grillin
A laid-back smoothie to go with the name of the storefront sandwich shop that blends it up, this ruby red concoction combines all of the fruits from the menu's other smoothies into one refreshing glass. Unlike other banana-based fruit smoothies, the binding ingredient here adds texture without overpowering the synthesis of strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and raspberries. Nothing fancy, just satisfying smoothie simplicity. ($ 4.50)

2152 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (map) 323-490-0988; daveschillin.com

[Photograph: Rebecca Fishman]

Smoothies at Boba Time
Smoothies at Boba Time
When the guy at the counter asked if I wanted boba in my smoothie, I got a little weak in the knees. Boba in a smoothie? Sign me up now. Like the milk teas at this K-Town decadent drink specialist, the smoothies here are particularly rich and creamy, but with a welcome refreshing tartness from the addition of fruit, which is combined with ice and milk. For a sweeter, more textural spin, go for the red bean smoothie, in which the graininess of the beans offers a fun contrast to the slippery chew of the tapioca balls. ($3.45)

701 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005 (map) 213-386-2622

Licuados at Natura
Licuados at Natura
You might want to make it a summer ambition to sip your way through the entire menu of Oaxacan smoothies at Koreatown's Natura. Light, frothy, and packed with flavor, they're the perfect refreshing palate cleanser after a behemoth cemita from neighboring Pal Cabron. We're particularly smitten with the #13 (left), a deceptively simple, instantly addictive blend of coconut, sugar, and cinnamon. For breakfast in a cup, try the #7, which combines melon, strawberry, honey, and vanilla, with a smattering of cereal. ($4.50 each)

3335 W 8th Street, Los Angeles, California 90005 (map); 213-784-0943

[Photograph: Rebecca Fishman]

Berry Bliss at Organic Life
Berry Bliss at Organic Life
You don't have to be raw food adherent to appreciate the smoothies at this Hollywood health food storefront cafe. This blend of blueberry, strawberry, goji, lime, and coconut milk and oil is bright and fresh, packed with loads of coconut flavor. ($7.50)

1507 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (map) 323-466-0927; lifefoodorganic.com/