Slideshow: 6 Smoothies We Love in Washington, DC

Blues Cruise Smoothie at Juice Joint Cafe
Blues Cruise Smoothie at Juice Joint Cafe
Juice Joint Café, a downtown, vegetarian-friendly shop that’s only open on weekdays, serves up just about any smoothie recipe imaginable alongside a variety of breakfast and lunch items. The Blues Cruise ($5.45) is made with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and apple juice. It’s finely blended and smooth, and you’re able to taste each ingredient—it’s not banana-heavy like some smoothies tend to be, though the bananas do give it body and keep it from being too runny.

Juice Joint Cafe 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington DC 20005 (map); 202-347-6783; juicejointcafe.com

Photograph: James Lawler Duggan

Pineapple, mango, and raw cashew milk smoothie at Java Green Cafe
Pineapple, mango, and raw cashew milk smoothie at Java Green Cafe
It can be tough to find something healthy to eat in chain-heavy Farragut Square, but Java Green Cafe fills the void. This green business uses all organic and fair trade ingredients. The pineapple, mango, and raw cashew milk smoothie ($6.60) is extremely creamy and fairly dense—give it a chance to melt a bit before trying to suck it up a straw. The smoothie has a nice balance of pineapple and mango, and the cashew milk cuts the acidity and adds richness.

Java Green Cafe 1020 19th Street NW, Washington DC 20036 (map); 202-775-8899; javagreen.net

Photograph: James Lawler Duggan

All Berries Smoothie at Wellness Cafe
All Berries Smoothie at Wellness Cafe
If you’ve never been to Wellness Café, you might walk right by it—it’s a slim storefront squeezed in between Hawk ‘n’ Dove and a liquor store. The juice bar and lunch destination has been around since 1964. The crimson-colored All Berries smoothie ($6.04 for 16 ounces) blends strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberry juice. It’s a bit gritty from seeds and ice, but it’s tangy and refreshing. The cranberry juice is a nice change from the usual overpowering orange juice. If you’re looking for a unique setting to sip, Wellness has it—expect new age music and a hippie vibe.

Wellness Cafe 325 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003 (map); 202-543-2266; wellnesscafedc.com

Photograph: James Lawler Duggan

Berry Superfood Smoothie at Yola
Berry Superfood Smoothie at Yola
Though it’s primarily a yogurt parfait shop, Yola offers up just as many smoothie options as yogurt toppings. The regular size berry superfood ($4.75), with blueberries, strawberries, kale, carrot, orange juice, and yogurt, makes eating your vegetables tolerable—even tasty. It’s quite tart at first sip from the orange juice, and the overall texture is quite silky. The smoothie is gorgeous in color, with flecks of kale and blueberry. Don't be nervous about the kale—you can't actually taste it.

Yola 1323 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036 (map); 202-223-0000; yoladc.com

Mango lassi at Haandi
Mango lassi at Haandi
Okay, maybe a lassi isn't exactly the same as a fruit-and-ice smoothie, but this completely smooth yogurt-based drink was too tasty to leave off our list. It's amazingly rich and creamy, with a nice tartness to cut through the rich texture.

Haandi 4904 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814 (map); 301-718-0121; 1222 West Broad Street, Falls Church VA 22046 (map); 703-533-3501; haandi.com

Photograph: James Lawler Duggan