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A Real Fruit Smoothie

I don't know about any other smoothie lovers out there but i'm struggling to find a REAL smoothie, ya know the kind made with real fruit, not a smoothie mix thats poured out of a carton with a ton of processed stuff in it. Just fruit, ice, and some fresh juice. I've even taken to calling some places before wasting my time going there and they mostly all use a smoothie mix. I live in Downingtown PA (chester co) and have zero luck out this way. I work in NE Philly (off the Blvd). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. In the city is fine, but out my way in the burbs would be even better. thanks!!

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  1. I hear you. I've had a lot of smoothies that were either a mix, or else a lot of fruit w/some sort of weird mix added.
    Infusion cafe in Mt. Airy has smoothies that are just fruit and juice. They're on the spendy side, though - and nowhere near downingtown. Best of luck.

    1. I had a yummy fruit smoothie from a stand in the Reading Terminal 2 years ago but unsure of the name. Soy Cafe in Northern Liberties are known for their smoothies and I think they use homemade soy milk.

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      1. re: phillyjules

        phillyjules, you just listed my two favorites!!

        carrot + banana + strawberry at the RTM stand with the wheat grass (across from the tea place)
        kickin kiwi at soy cafe - a meal in itself. oats, kiwi, soymilk, honey.

        as far as i know (and can see) both are totally natural and absolutely delicious!

      2. I have seen some of the fruit salad trucks do this. They usually add sugar and evaporated milk (which is something like 300 calories a tablespoon) but will leave them out if you request. Thank you.

        1. I had a smoothie from 30th street station two weeks ago that was horrible. They used fresh fruit but the papaya was not ripe at all, they added some soy substance to it as the liquid - so bad i couldn't drink it.

          There used to be an Amazon Cafe in 30th st station - not there now. I recall their smoothies being all natural made with frozen fruit and juices. They had add in's if you wanted.

          On final note, Station Cafe and Juice Bar in Wayne PA uses frozen fruit but have yet to try their smoothie. Well see!

          Appreciate the suggestions thus far - i hope to check out these places.

          1. There's a couple of places in Reading Terminal that do smoothies... there's the vegetarian/vegan snack place but I didn't love their's. However, the one place that only does smoothies and juices is a stand on the inner (meaning not the periphery) of the terminal and has a huge dry erase board of options and wheatgrass all over the place. Really good and all fresh fruits!

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            1. re: padovana

              I think we may be thinking about the same spot -- is it the stall with middle-eastern desserts and food? They have a smoothie menu with about 15 different flavor combinations, and the smoothies consist of juice, fruit, and ice. No weird sugary mixes. I always order #12 -- strawberry, guava, and peaches. Mmmmm....

              1. re: spyturtle008

                That's Kamal's Middle Eastern and they have great smoothies (as well as all the other goodies they have!)

            2. I hear you! We need more places that offer REAL FRUIT smoothies around here! Like, why is Philadelphia so behind the 8 ball in getting a Jamba Juice?? They're all over the rest of the country, but none here!

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              1. re: starbuck212

                When we lived in SLC, they had Zuka Juice. I stopped for one every day on my way to work. These days, I make my own because I can't find a good one where I live in Montco. It would be fabulous to see some spots open up around here!

                1. re: starbuck212

                  Philly's had a Jamba Juice for years. It was in the Whole Foods on South Street, and for some reason that one closed and moved to the U Penn campus. It is, nonetheless, a Jamba Juice, and it's open to the public - I was just there last week.

                  1. re: ladydisdain

                    Oh! Where on the UPenn campus is it? I've been so depressed since they closed the one in Whole Foods. Good to know, especially with summer on the horizon.

                    1. re: jeanneson

                      There's a juice spot in Houston Hall - no idea if that's the Jamba Juice but that's the only juice spot I've spotted on Penn's campus.

                      1. re: Ali

                        There used to be an Amazon Juice, but that has since closed. There's now a Scoop Deville where it used to be and an Einstein Bros bagels where the old Scoop Deville was...

                      2. re: jeanneson

                        It's in the 1920 Commons Building on Locust Walk.

                  2. I make my own- using a Vitamix blender.
                    I live in the burbs and have not seen one juice bar around anywhere.

                    1. This is out of your way, but for the Center City folk there's a great juice bar in Suburban Station's concourse...Enerjuicer I think. Real fruit & ice. They also have a buy-9-get-1-free card that you have to ask for.

                      1. Out in the burbs (but I don't know if it's your way at all) is the smoothie booth (well, juicer) attached to the produce stand at the Ardmore Farmer's Market. A friend purchased a pineapple concoction and honestly, it was better than the biscotti I ended up with. (And I adore the biscotti there!) Everything gets chopped up and thrown in right in front of you, and oh, so good.