In the days of Mad Men, a “liquid lunch” often referred to the time spent drinking alcohol during lunch hour. However, today it has a whole new meaning: finding new ways to sneak in unusual or unsavory vegetables into tasty fruit-flavored drinks. Smoothies and vitamin packed juice concoctions are a great alternative to the usual cheeseburger drive-thru meal. They’re healthy, virtually mess-free and you won’t find any fries under the seats. If you’re ready to get your juice on, scroll down to see our favorite slurp-worthy spots in Seattle and beyond.

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Jujubeet
While beets might not be the top choice on junior’s snacking list, a beet-rich Pink Panther smoothie probably will. Little ones will jump at the chance to drink something ravishingly pink – or green like the Green Limeade – even if the cool colors happen to come from a mix of spinach, beets and other “scary” veggies. Jujubeet also offers ready-to-go snacks, cold-pressed juices and salads as well as a Café Umbria espresso bar and waffles (we highly recommend the waffles – complete with coconut whipped cream, honey and fresh fruit topping – scrumptious, even for non-vegans!).

All vegetarian and almost entirely vegan, Jujubeet’s mostly local and organic fruits and veggie offerings are anything but boring. Co-Founder Bianca Szyperski originally made everything herself, but has since brought on further experts, including a resident nutritionist. Sign up for home-delivered juice cleanses or sit back and relax at the newly opened second Bellevue café location – a hip, Main-street locale fancy enough for an afternoon with the girls (soon to also offer wine!), but also perfect for a pop-in with your sidekick, especially after hitting up Bellevue’s Downtown Park.

10246 A. Main St.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-454-0747

10602 N.E. 9th Pl.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-455-0696

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4915 25 Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105
206-985-1000

1091 Thomas St. Suite A
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-588-2941

Online: jujubeet.com

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Juicebox
If you can’t get the kids to eat their veggies then hightail it to Capitol Hill’s juicebox, a juicery, smoothie shop and breakfast/lunch/brunch favorite on 12th Ave. in Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor. Each cold pressed juice contains about 2 ½ lbs. of produce, and yep, juicebox uses mostly local and organic fruits and veggies. Kids will love the vibrant Orange Carrot that’s naturally sweet and you can opt into juicebox’s detox or guided cleanse, which includes recipes and more from the shop’s resident nutritionist – which can be picked up in-store, or personally delivered to your home.

1517 12th Ave., Ste. 100
Seattle, Wa 98122
206-607-7866

Online: juiceboxseattle.com

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Assembly Hall Juice and Coffee
Tom Douglas’ downtown Seattle empire continues to grow and with the launch of Assembly Hall on 6th and Lenora a few years ago, kids have plenty to gaze at inside the tricked out cafeteria and marketplace that includes Home Remedy, a deli and stop in shop, Asian-inspired restaurant Tanaka San, a flower shop and even shuffleboard for the happy hour crowd. At the juice bar, little ones can try the Refresh split into two cups: it’s a sweet strawberry, apple, pear and beet concoction. You might like the Tangy Greek, with carrot, apple, lemon and Greek yogurt.

2121 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
206-812-8413

Online: assemblyhallseattle.com

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Evolution Fresh
Starbuck’s offshoot Evolution Fresh has recently reinvented itself and now offer lots of healthy food items such as salads, wraps, entrees, toasted melt sandwiches, soups and breakfast scrambles. But you can still find their juice drinks (at select Starbucks stores) including their new Citrus Beet handrafted juice (made with orange, organic ruby roots juice blend and ginger), Watermelon Green Tea (made with green tea, watermelon juice and organic lemonade) and the Smooth Orange Ginger Smoothie (made with orange juice, pineapple juice, organic lemon juice, mangoes, strawberries and ginger).

View locations here.

Online: evolutionfresh.com

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Jars Juice
Jars Juice is almost a science of juice making. In fact, all of their concoctions have been created by a team of nutritionists. Every beverage is made from local and natural ingredients and each designed to highlight a different health benefit. They see juicing as a “tasty introduction to all ages about eating healthy” and their extensive menu features plenty of vegan-friendly and gluten-free snacks and meals as well. But it’s their juices that are the real showstoppers. Some of their tasty drinks include Carrot Freckles (chia seeds, orange, pineapple and carrot), Crimson Green (apple, beet, ginger, kale, parsley, spinach and swiss chard) and Emerald Creek (pineapple, celery, cucumber, ginger, kale and mint).

1099 Stewart St., Suite #101
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-249-5988
Online: jarsjuice.com

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The Juicy Café
“Eat Well – Live Well” is the motto for the Juicy Café which is half juice bar and half café. Here you’ll find different juice blends and smoothies as well as a selection of salads, soups, breakfast items and even cleanses. Kids will especially the sounds of some these smoothies: PB & J (raw peanut butter, strawberries, banana and rice milk), Funky Monkey (Cocao, blueberries, banana and rice milk), Green Monster (spinach, kale, mango, raw almonds, banana and rice milk) and Blueberry Muffin (blueberry, banana and rice milk).

725 Pike St., Floor 2, Suite 201
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-682-6960

701 5th Ave., Floor 2, Suite 201
Seattle, Wa 98104
206-623-1440

720 Olive Way
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-467-5501

400 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-682-2177

Online: thejuicycafe.com

A Few Tips:
You may not be aware that many Target stores offer versions of Jamba Juice drinks called JambaGo which is a healthy alternative to soda. Each contains only fruit juice and no added sugars. They are not as refined as a cold-pressed drink, but they will do in a pinch and come in flavors like Bullseye Berry and Mango A Go-Go.

A reminder that some of the juiceries and smoothie shops in our story use raw and unpasteurized ingredients, so infants, kiddos, pregnant women or folks with compromised immune systems will want to double-check before taking that first gulp. While we’re making disclaimers, here’s another: some of these juices aren’t cheap: fresh, organic juice ranges from about $4 to $8 a pop. If that’s not in line with your budget and you want to get squeezing, consider investing in your own slow press juicer.

Do you have another favorite juice bar or smoothie shop? Tell us in the comments below!

— Jeffrey Totey, Jennifer Davis & Sara Billups