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berriesSmoothies are everything just shy of the answer to life itself—at least the healthy life.

Styled by LESLIE GREGORY HAUKOOS Photos by MICHAEL COONS

“People want to eat healthy, but it only works if it tastes good,”

says Art Tracewell, one of three owners of Blenders in the Grass.
Simple but true. Even the most ardent desire to live healthy is apt to fade unless it’s fueled by flavors that have you running back for more.

And smoothies offer just that: fresh, yummy goodness that is the result of creative combinations of an endless variety of fruits and veggies. A timely trend indeed.

 

“More and more folks (are) turning to healthy foods due to weight and diet constraints, health issues and the overall design to live healthier,” says Felicia Gonzalez, spokesperson for Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies. “We use the best fruits, fresh vegetables and natural ingredients for our smoothies so they are not only refreshing and tasty, they are also packed with flavor and healthful nutrients.” Robeks was launched by L.A. native David Robertson in 1995 and now has over 100 stores nationwide.

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grass drinkA shot of freshly cut wheatgrass juice packs a wallop of goodness that the body can efficiently absorb and put to good use.

“One ounce of wheatgrass juice has the same nutritional value as 2½ pounds of other garden vegetables,” according to Blenders in the Grass. Wheatgrass contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids needed by the human body. When it’s cut and juiced immediately before being consumed the enzymes, which help break down and eliminate wastes, are still live and at their most beneficial.

The tiny green blades get their intense green color from chlorophyll, which has antioxidant properties, helping to keep free radicals in check. And the plant hormone abscisic acid, embraced by the alternative medicine community as a weapon against cancer, is plentiful in wheatgrass.

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Smoothies are like drinking your daily vitamin pill, only more fun. The three longtime friends who started Blenders in the Grass some 20 years ago say their company grew out of a mutual desire to find low-fat, high energy complete meals. Tracewell, his childhood friend Scott Webber and a college buddy Keric Brown opened their first Blenders in the Grass in Isla Vista in 1995. They now have 12 locations with more on the horizon.

Blenders and Robeks agreed to share some of their secret smoothie recipes—their way of paying it forward and spreading goodness here and Beyond.

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Create the perfect smoothie at home—just choose one of these mouthwatering recipes, combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and thick, pour into glass and serve immediately.

When you feel daring, try dreaming up your own and share it on facebook.com/BeyondTheAcorn.

The possibilities are endless . . .

 

 

8 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
2 scoops nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt
½ fresh banana
8 oz. frozen strawberries

 

 

8 oz. fresh pineapple juice
½ fresh banana
8 oz. frozen peaches
1 scoop pineapple sherbet
1 scoop frozen nonfat vanilla yogurt
2 cups shredded kale

 

 

5 oz. raspberry juice
1 ice cream scoop Greek yogurt
3 oz. frozen or fresh blueberries
3 oz. ice

 

2 pitayas,* scooped out of skin
2 bananas
1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
2 cups coconut water

* a variation of dragon fruit