Tree City Smoothies 

Step into Tree City Juice and Smoothie Cafe this time of year, and it's hard to believe summer 2010 is about to bow out. The bubbly and bright interior--with double-decker store-length shelves of wheatgrass and clean lines--smacks of endless summer, as does the giant menu of smoothies.

Pick a fruit and you'll find it in at least one concoction at Tree City, and usually it'll have a handful of complementary fruit friends happy to join it. Fresh or frozen yogurt, soy milk, green tea powder, whey protein and sometimes skim milk are churned in, depending on the drink recipe or your request. And, of course, there's the requisite first-one-free supplement for just about any kind of health boost you need: energy for the sluggish, libido for the limp, smart for the dim, hangover for the hung over.

The menu is overwhelming. Smoothie combinations number more than 30, fresh-squeezed juice comes 10 different ways, and for the calorie conscious who still want a straight shot of vitamins, Tree City offers wheatgrass, ginger and acai shots.

If the tooth-aching sweetness of ripe fruit turns you off, check out the coffee, peanut butter or vanilla green tea blends. Around our office, we're partial to the vanilla/orange dreamsicle Go Orange and the Just Peachy with peach sorbetto, strawberries, a punch of passion guava juice and a dollop of fresh yogurt. By mid-afternoon midweek, we're all about the "trim and fit" supplement, but come Monday morning, we're more of a "smart blend"/"hangover" crowd.

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