Did you resolve to get your kids eating more greens in 2016? Getting veggies into kids is easy if you know how—and we don’t mean covering them with cheese! These Portland smoothie spots serve up healthful blended concoctions chock-full of fruits and veggies, without a ton of added sugar. Read on to find out where you can get yours.
photo: Moberi via Yelp
Eating healthy food like fruits and veggies is an important part of staying fit, of course, but so is exercise. Show your kids that being active is not only fun, but that it can also be a way to save electricity, with Moberi’s bike-powered smoothies. Less than a minute of pedaling helps make your smoothie—berry, protein, green or superfood—and your kiddos get to work off a little energy, too. Win-win! If you don’t feel like pedaling, the staff will happily blend your smoothie for you in the kitchen.
Open: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
3710 N Mississippi Ave.
1515 NW 23rd Ave.
photo: Harlow by Charity F. via Yelp
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Hawthorne, there’s a stately-yet-kid-friendly respite in this vegan-friendly, gluten-free establishment. The list of smoothies is impressive (we hear good things about the strawberry-avocado with maca, date and hemp seeds), but you’ll be just as glad to see a 12-ounce peanut butter and jelly smoothie on the kids’ menu. You can find similar menus at Harlow’s sister restaurants, Prasad and Prasad East.
Open: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
photo: Sip by Joshua C. via Yelp
Canteen is the brick-and-mortar evolution of the Sip Juice cart that started a “vegan milkshake” revolution a few years ago. Juice and smoothie options aren’t a mile long, but they’re popular for a reason. Kids will love that the “Orange One” is like a creamsicle, with orange and vanilla, and you’ll be glad it’s naturally sweetened with banana and dates. Everything here is vegan.
Open: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
2816 SE Stark St.
Sip Juice Cart
The Sip Juice Carts are also going strong, with the original location near People’s Co-op on SE 21st, and Northeast Portland location on Alberta. Smoothies are made with agave, but you can sub in dates for free. People’s Co-op has a year-round farmer’s market every Wednesday, so you can pick up farm fresh produce and enjoy a smoothie at the same time.
Open: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
2210 NE Alberta St., 503-680-5639
3029 SE 21st Ave., 503-964-0820
photo: Poa Cafe by Leslie L. via Yelp
Poa is one of those great meeting places for parent and child alike, with food and drinks, WiFi, and indoor and outdoor play areas for the little ones. Smoothies tend toward more adult flavors (matcha, anyone?), but there’s a wide selection, including an apple pear smoothie with hazelnut milk, apples, pears, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. There’s even a selection of smoothies available in kid-size for $5 and their menu includes vegan, GF and Paleo diet options, to boot.
Open: Sun.- Thur. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
4025 N Williams St.
photo: Laughing Planet by Pouregon via flickr
All smoothies at Laughing Planet are sweetened with fruit and juice only, and no ice, either. Each one is reasonably priced at $4.75, and there are even kids’ smoothies at just $3 a pop. How about an Akina Berry Peach Smoothie with blueberries, strawberries, peach and apple juice, or Baati Mango Banana Smoothie with mango, banana and pineapple juice? Each one is served up in a casual atmosphere, often decorated with toys. Nine locations in Portland mean that you’re never too far away from a sweet healthy treat.
Hours vary by location. Most are open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
View all nine locations online at laughingplanetcafe.com.
photo: Silver Moon Creperie by Wade N.
Silver Moon Creperie
Brighten up an overcast day with this Mississippi Avenue smoothie spot’s bright interior. Smoothie flavors in the current menu include banana mango, blueberry banana mango, or matcha-vanilla-soy-banana for mom and dad. There’s also a banana-nutella if you’re feeling a bit more decadent. If you want a savory or sweet crepe to go with that smoothie, kid-size crepes are $1 regular price.
Hours: Thurs.-Mon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Tues. and Wed.)
4220 N. Mississippi Ave.
What’s your favorite place to get a healthy smoothie? Let us know in the comments!