The owners of Green Zone Smoothie & Juice Bar believe that food and drink should boost the body?not hold it back. That's why their menu is chock-full of fresh, raw foods and nutrient-packed beverages, and they even moved their operation to a farm to provide customers with a complete organic experience. Servers use specialized juicing equipment to extract the essences of fruits and vegetables, blending them into smoothies or serving them straight up. Wraps, salads, and raw enchiladas are a few of the healthy snacks available at Green Zone, which is conveniently located in the Winn-Dixie plaza. With a goal of improving the health of both children and adults, they also sponsor school gardens and host informative workshops and festival on the farm.
The team of fruit mixologists at Planet Smoothie has nothing to hide when it comes to making its cold creations. Whether blending a weight-loss smoothie or a protein shake, the team knows exactly what's going into each of its concoctions—which consist primarily of fresh fruit and yogurt. They’ll even happily recite the all-natural ingredients list at customers' behest or unprompted in the middle of the night as they try in vain for slumber. Customers can choose from the shop’s list of smoothie combinations or come up with their own custom mixes with ingredients such as mango and açaí or add-ins such as oatmeal or super greens.
This commitment to healthy, no-nonsense smoothies started at a single store in Atlanta in 1995 and has fueled Planet Smoothie's constant pursuit of healthier and tastier ingredients to add to its list, which includes the newer addition of a low-calorie sweetener made from the extracts of stevia, agave, and the tears of Strawberry Shortcake.
Though the lessons that artist Laura Bird Miller leads at Coffee and Canvas are deeply informative?classes range from oils and watercolors to 3D media such as clay?their main focus is fun. In classes for children and adults, students sip on coffee drinks, hot cocoa, and lemonade and savor a selection of cupcakes as they learn basic and advanced artistic techniques. The center's workshops are even more easygoing, as themed sessions for best friends, romantic partners, or just for fun help guests put their own creative touches on a pre-drawn image.
The folks at Juice Lab take their "farm to bottle" motto seriously. Within 24 hours of leaving the ground, branch, or bush, produce is juiced, bottled, and served to customers. The result is ultra-fresh juice that's always cold pressed to maintain the highest concentration of nutritional benefits, and to coax pyrophobic fruits into the juicer. Aside from juices, the neon-lit storefront also serves fresh coconut water from locally grown coconuts, available seasonally, coconut yogurts, salads, wraps, and other healthy and organic foods and treats.
At Smart Coffee HD, each new season brings new batches of java from fair-trade cooperatives around the world. The shop's baristas incorporate those environmentally conscious blends into classic beverages like cappuccinos and frappes, though they happily steep herbal teas and craft fruit smoothies, too. Cooks, meanwhile, assemble local, organic ingredients into house-made comfort foods, from veggie wraps stuffed with portabella mushrooms and saut?ed onions to homemade chicken and waffles, while desserts and pastries end meals on sweet notes.
Stowed away in big glass jars, nearly 100 different types of teas fill the shelves of Tea and Tea. The staff crafts hot, iced, and blended drinks, such as a roasted mate drink with notes of sweet caramel. Guests can pair their cups with fresh pastries and baked goods while they catch up on work using the shop's free wifi and numerous outlets. Tea and Tea also welcomes local artists and musicians to share their talents during biweekly Center Stage events.