Smooth Criminal


No need to be a smooth operator in the love department to enjoy a delicious smoothie. With all of Boston’s resources for smoothies, it’s hard to determine which the best is. While a lot of smoothies really do equal half your suggested daily caloric, there really are some alternatives out there that aren’t like swimming in a vat of sugar. However, when the time calls for a sugar-fest (hello, hangover) we have some favorites that do quite the trick.

We are extremely partial to the friendly, family atmosphere at The Etc Cafe in the West End. Besides being one of the best secret brunch joints in town, the employees are the friendliest you could ever find and never kick you out even if you or your friends loiter for 3+ hours on a Sunday (Not that we know from experience or anything). Try the “Charles River Park Health Club Athlete Smoothie,” made with fresh orange juice, strawberries, bananas, and three enhancers of your choice, such as vitamin C or protein powder.

Some of the local Boston chains create smoothies as well. Obviously, anything that comes out of Emack & Bolio’s is going to be delicious. Voted repeatedly as “Boston’s Best Smoothies,” E&B; uses live cultured yogurts, fresh fruit, and freshly squeezed juices to create their delicious concoctions.

While they are a delicious treat, smoothies are often filled with a lot of sugar due to the delicious content. We did a little digging and found the cafe at Equilibrium, a boutique gym, spa and wellness center. If you’re worried about getting a smoothie filled with sugar and fat, Equilibrium is the place to go for the ultimate health smoothie. Located in downtown Boston, enjoy a post-workout treat such as the “Omega 3,” which is made of bananas, strawberries, fat-free yogurt, and flaxseed. Clearly, there’s nothing criminal in indulging in one of these tasty treats.

Etc. Cafe [Official Site]
Emack and Bolio’s [Official Site]
Equilibrium Cafe [Official Site]

[Photo: Art Set and Cafe]

Smooth Criminal