Guide to Greenwich – Smoothie Bowls

In this edition of Guide to Greenwich, I reviewed new and trending smoothie bowls to taste some final summer bites before the autumn season begins.  Locations such as Red Mango, Juice Press, and Green and Tonic are popular throughout the Sacred Heart Greenwich community.  Each store offers a variety of smoothie bowl options.
Red Mango:

Karina Badey ’19

Red Mango is located in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center.  The store had a bright and buoyant ambiance that suited the store’s light, natural, and healthy food.
The large menu above the register listed a wide variety of all-natural frozen yogurts and smoothies. I decided to try one of their newly added smoothie bowls. The employee assisting me explained that in recent weeks the demand for smoothie bowls has been exceptionally high.   

The flavor-filled Spoonable Strawberry Banana bowl from Red Mango.
Karina Badey ’19

I ordered the 16-ounce Spoonable Strawberry Banana bowl for $5.95. At 600 calories, this scrumptious and refreshing choice contained only fresh and natural ingredients. Red Mango’s original non-fat yogurt, strawberries, bananas, pumpkin flaxseed granola, all-natural peanut butter, and Stevia all-natural zero calorie sweetener made for a tasty combination. 
An alternative smoothie bowl option on the menu is the 16-ounce Spoonable Mango Banana for $5.95.
With a wide range of combinations, the smoothie bowl was flavorful.  Although the bowl consists of many different fruits and flavors, it was not overwhelming and was a great light snack that left me energized and ready for the rest of the day.

Karina Badey ’19

Juice Press:
The next stop was Juice Press, located at 360 Greenwich Avenue. Juice Press sells a wide variety of juices, smoothies, cleanses, and homemade foods. The entirely organic store differentiates itself from similar chains by only selling short-shelf-life products.

Juice Press’s all-organic Açai Blueberry Bowl. 
Karina Badey ’19

At only 260 calories, a load of flavor and nutrients filled both the base and toppings. The smoothie base consisted of a blend of bananas, açai berries, blueberries, coconut nectar, maple, and water. I chose to top my bowl with goji berries, toasted coconut flakes, and granola. 
Overall, I enjoyed the smoothie bowl and would return to try new combinations and flavors. The cool smoothie base went very well with the warmer toasted coconut flakes and granola, as well as the crisp, fresh fruit.  While Juice Press prices tend to be higher, it is definitely worth the added cost to experiment with the endless smoothie bowl combinations they offer.
Green and Tonic:
The last stop was Green and Tonic, located at 85 Railroad Avenue, just off of Greenwich Avenue.  As customers lined up to grab a late afternoon snack, the eatery’s bright green environment instantly energized me before I even ordered my smoothie bowl.

Karina Badey ’19

I tried Green and Tonic’s Berry Açai Bowl for $9.50, which included açai, bananas, almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, and granola. I chose their energizing granola that contained caffeine and chocolate. This add-on boosted the remarkably rich smoothie bowl.

Green and Tonic’s fresh Berry Açai Bowl.
Karina Badey ’19

When preparing the bowl, the employee added the freshly cut fruit and granola on top of the smoothie base, presenting it in a neat, satisfying manner. Overall, this refreshing snack was naturally sweet, with the addition of chocolate in the granola adding a distinct pop of flavor. The bowl was well-balanced and targeted all the right flavors necessary for a delicious treat.
Green and Tonic’s Berry Açai Bowl was a clear winner in my excursion to find the best smoothie bowl. For a median price, this bowl had the freshest and most flavorful tasting fruit, as well as a delicious choice of granola, notably making it the winner of this edition of Guide to Greenwich.