Smoothie Move: 5 Blended Drinks We Love

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Wed, May 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM
click to enlarge Strawberry Tomato Basil Smoothie - STAMP PROPER FOODS
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  • Strawberry Tomato Basil Smoothie
There's been so much talk about pressed juice lately that we'd almost forgotten about how good a bunch of fresh ingredients whirred around in the blender can taste. With the farmers' markets in full bloom, we decided to visit a few of L.A.'s casual cafes to see what frothy or frosty concoctions were on the menu.

click to enlarge Banana Buzz at Mojo - D. GALARZA
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5. Banana Buzz at Mojo
Mojo is a relatively new coffee shop and cafe on Beverly Boulevard inside the Easton Gym, just down the street from Cook's County. In addition to sandwiches, salads and Blue Bottle coffee, the shop offers blended drinks - like the Banana Buzz - that are popular with the post-dead lift crowd. Bananas and almond milk form a protein-rich base to which a shot of Blue Bottle cold brew is added. TCHO chocolate adds a bittersweet note ($8). 8051 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove; (323) 651-3636.

4. Maca Me Nuts at Clover Juice
It's easy to miss the smoothies on Clover Juice's menu - the shop's brightly colored juices tend to be more in-your-face appetizing. But there's a new smoothie on the menu this month. The Maca Me Nuts starts with a frothy blend of house-made peanut butter, maca root, banana and almond milk. That mixture is then poured into a cup over a splash of fresh strawberry puree for a drinkable version of peanut butter and jelly ($8.50). 342 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City; (323) 609-3903.

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