Most people prefer the smoothie—which turns fruits into irresistibly silky beverages—over its competitor, the roughie, which transforms fruits into hardened criminals. Go the smooth route with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of smoothies, coffee, and wholesome café fare at Healthy Essentials.
Healthy Essentials' beverage dynamos fuse wholesome ingredients to forge a menu of pure fruit smoothies, coffee drinks, and café fare. Baristas blend fruit juices free of concentrates, mixes, or fillers to create smoothies ($5.50/16 oz.) such as Peachy Professor and Yaba Daba Do, a creamy mix of peanut butter, banana, chocolate, and milk. Eighteen "smoothieceuticals", including organic flaxseed and bee pollen, infuse drinks with the additional nutrients necessary to power busy days or train cats to pet themselves. Nonfat, 2%, or organic soy milk cream up white-chocolate lattes ($3.79/16 oz.), and hot water mingles with loose tea leaves to imbue sips with flavors such as cranberry muffin ($2.99/16 oz.). Staffers concoct frozen apple chais with honey and turbinado sugar ($3.29/16 oz.), sweeteners more wholesome than fame's dulcet, yet empty promises. Patrons pass through the drive-thru or soak in the earth-toned ambiance of the dining room, where they can partake in free WiFi or freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies made with almond butter ($1.49).