Get ready to squeal with so much joy, you guys: Robeks is finally here. Eeeeee! The beloved smoothie chain, with locations all over the country, has officially brought its smoothie-making magic to our city with the launch of the company’s very first food truck, right here in Philadelphia.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve noticed some unusual additions popping up in smoothies lately: herbs. Last week, the juice bar I frequent had added a smoothie with mint to the summer menu, and plenty of recipes for green smoothies with basil have been showing up on the food blogs lately. At first, it was a little off-putting. The thought of throwing basil into my banana-kale-pineapple mix was just, well, weird. But after a little more research, I turned up plenty of recipes that sound pretty darn delicious.
And, I mean, why wouldn’t they be? Herbs add flavor and variety to your favorite dishes, so it makes sense to try adding them to your smoothies for a little extra flavor. Plus, lots of herbs are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and plenty of other nutritional goodies, so it certainly can’t hurt to test it out. Here are 12 recipes to get you started.
Last night, as I stood in my kitchen, my face dripping with sweat (because my boyfriend and I live in the dark ages, where central air conditioning does not exist), all I could imagine eating for dinner was ice cream. It was simply too hot to consider consuming anything else. But alas, ice cream for dinner isn’t really acceptable past the age of 15, so I opted for a quinoa salad instead. It was delicious, but it was no ice cream.
But tonight I will be eating an ice-cream like concoction for dinner, because I, my friends, have found a loophole to the no-ice-cream-for-dinner rule: The smoothie bowl. The smoothie bowl is pretty much just what it sounds like: a smoothie, served in a bowl, topped off with whatever delicious stuff you’ve got lying around—chia seeds, cocoa nibs, nuts, granola, coconut flakes. Anything, really. A smoothie bowl is delicious, nutritious and—most importantly—ice-cold. So tonight, join me in taking a break from this desert-like heat with a dessert-like dinner: Here, 11 fruit and veggie packed smoothie bowl recipes that are sure to cool you down and fill you up.
Here is a kitchen hack that will forever change the way you make smoothies: Attach your mason jar to your blender. The mouth of a small mason jar screws onto most standard-sized blenders, so you can throw all your ingredients into the mason jar, attach it to the blender, and make a to-go smoothie without having to wash a single glass. Genius, right? Yesterday, the folks over at Shape posted this handy-dandy video showing just how easy it is to master this time-saving trick. Watch, learn and enjoy your newly-simplified morning routine.
Looking for some smoothie-inspiration? Try our delicious peanut butter and banana concoction.
Happy birthday to Sip N Glo! The South Street juicery is officially one year old today, and what better way to celebrate than with a free drink? Pop in today and get your choice of a free 12-ounce One Love juice, Glo Up, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a surprise drink from their new Simple Sips line. While you sip, snap a photo and post it to any social media site with the hashtag #SipNGlo and you’ll get a chance to win a free smoothie or juice. Better yet, come in with an idea for your dream drink and you could have one named after you.
Calling all Broad Street Runners: After the race, before your rush to the nearest shower, you’re going to need to make a pitstop for some post-race fuel. And thanks to Sip-N-Glo, you don’t even have to think about where to go: The South Street juice bar has created the Broad Street Stomper Smoothie just for you.
The smoothie, packed with all sorts of deliciousness like spinach, pineapple, maca, banana, lemon, lime, cucumber, spirulina and hemp protein is designed to replenish runners’ insides after a morning spent stomping the pavement for 10 long miles. This nutrient-packed concoction will run you $7.95 and, as a bonus, Broad Street runners will get a free wheatgrass shot with their purchase—all you’ve got to do is flash your bib.
If you thought enjoying cake for breakfast would forever be a distant childhood memory, think again, because we’ve found a loophole: smoothies. Cake-flavored smoothies, that is. These smoothies are packed with all sorts of good stuff like protein, potassium, fiber and more, but you would never know it because they’re so stinkin’ delicious. Plus, a good portion of these healthy recipes are gluten-free, vegan or both. So go ahead, enjoy 13 days of cake (and pie!) guilt-free. You can thank us later.
This week, you can have your cake and drink it too with the Halloween treats at Sip n’ Glo. All week long, the South Street juice bar will be whipping up candy-inspired smoothies, sans the candy. If you’re into Snickers (I mean, who isn’t?), today is the day to hit up the juice bar for a guilt-free Snickers smoothie. Count me in!
Our friends over at Foobooz shared this morning that Philly is finally (finally!) getting a Robeks. The smoothie chain has over 100 locations across the country, but none of them are in Philly, if you can believe it. In fact, the closest one with in a 100-mile radius, according to Robeks.com, is in Anapolis. As in, Maryland! This is utter craziness, considering how much we Philadelphians love our smoothies.
In any case, Robeks is at long last putting roots down right here in Center City. The exactly location is yet to be disclosed, but they’re pegging March as the open date. And after that, expect them to crop up like weeds: There are 37 Robeks locations planned for Philly and the surrounding ‘burbs in the coming months and years.
Juice bars are definitely having a moment. We’ve personally been impressed by the flavorful juices at South Street’s Sip N Glo Juicery and the friendly service at Sansom Street’s Yellow Juice Bar. Next up is the Fueling Station in the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. The juice and smoothie bar is open to members and non-members alike. The Fueling Station also offers breakfast bites, La Colombe coffee and sandwiches and wraps.
The juice bar opens on Tuesday, September 3rd and Restaurant Impossible’s Robert Irvine will also be on hand, promoting his new protein bars.
Fueling Station [Official Site]