La Mie and The Cheese Shop aren't the only hot spots in the Roosevelt Shopping District. For the last seven years, The Juice Company has been serving up smoothies and fruit drinks for locals of all kinds. Here are the deets on their four most popular juice drinks.
Green Nirvana ($6.35)
Ingredients: pineapple, banana, freshly squeezed OJ, squeezed wheatgrass, honey and frozen yogurt
If green apple suckers were turned into a drink, this would be it. Zippy to start and sweet to finish. The only difference: it's good for you. You can thank wheatgrass for that, and for its honeysuckle hue. The lingering candy finish comes from natural fruit sugars (and a little bit of fro-yo).
Earthly Goodness ($6.35)
Ingredients: blueberries, banana, organic carrot juice, apple juice, honey and flax seed
If you want to be trendy, order a smoothie with flax seed. This purple blend is rich, thick and packed with a whole dose of it. The carrot juice may seem like a surprising addition, but its vibrant root flavor marries tart blueberries and banana perfectly.
Warning: flax seeds may get stuck in your teeth, so swish before speaking.
Ingredients: strawberry, banana, pineapple, mango and ice
Every sunny sip tastes like Hawaii in a cup. And no wonder — it's blended with island favorites like pineapple and blushing mango. The flirty drink is under the "Lite + Fit" section of the menu — meaning it ditches fro-yo for straight up ice — making it a mere 200 calories and one fling you won't have to feel guilty about.
Strawberry Mango ($4.76)
Ingredients: strawberry, mango and frozen yogurt
Buh-bye banana. Strawberry trades in its former love (banana) for a new one: mango. The exotic fruit offers a taste of the tropics and doesn't overpower strawberries like banana often did. A scoop of frozen yogurt keeps every slurp swirly and smooth.
And there's more where that came from. Store manager Ashley Auxier-Mailey, 26, says they're hoping to open a new location in Ankeny within the year, and one in West Des Moines within the next couple of years.
The Juice Company
Find it: 845, 42nd St.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday
Info: juicecompanydsm.com, 515-334-9917