There was a time in my life when I was addicted to smoothies. I would go to Jamba Juice more often than anyone should. Smoothies are fun because they’re reminiscent of the Icees, Slurpees, and Mr. Mistys of our youth. (Does anyone else remember the Mr. Misty from Dairy Queen?) And smoothies can be quite healthy.
But a lot of smoothies are made with cow’s milk or soy milk, both of which my stomach can’t tolerate. That’s why I was so excited to try the smoothies at Fruit Gallery in Venice. All of them are dairy-free. Now, I’ve always been afraid of green smoothies because they tend to taste like lawn clippings. But Fruit Gallery has done the impossible with the Lean Green Super Smoothie. They have somehow made a delicious, refreshing elixir out of the dreaded vegetable that leaves a gross film on your teeth and that moms have to force-feed their children. And they don’t add sugar, ice, or milk of any kind.
The best part is that Fruit Gallery is on the way to Costco, so when we’re headed over to the evil big-box store to buy massive amounts of toilet paper and batteries, I can grab a healthy, satisfying smoothie that will keep me from giving in to the temptation of the Costco snack bar or the In-N-Out across the parking lot.
FRUIT GALLERY, 11739 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066