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Brain freeze: Fresh drinks for the warmer months

By Keegan Prosser on June 17, 2013 – No Comment

Luna Express offers a full menu of frozen treats and customizable smoothies, including boosts and a new line of green drinks. COURTESY PHOTO


As the mercury rises around the Eastside, finding a drink that fights the temps is essential.We’ve put together a list of places to grab delicious smoothies and healthy juice for when you tire of those overly sweet blended-iced coffees or need a break from calorie-filled treats like ice cream. Of course we included a classic milkshake, too, and this one has a twist.Whether you’re looking for a quick cool down or a tasty way to sneak in those fruits and veggies, we’ve got it covered.

Luna Express
11200 SE 6th St., Bellevue

Luna Express recently launched a hearty menu of new smoothies, including delicious green drinks that will have you questioning if that’s really kale in your cup. Dedicated to providing healthy options, Luna Express works with a wellness group to ensure its frozen treats offer the same healthy twist as other menu items. Customize your order with add-ins like “the blast,” protein, flax oil and bee pollen. Even if you aren’t a member of the Bellevue Club, service is open to the public.

Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lunchbox Laboratory
989 112th Ave NE #105, Bellevue

It’s no fruit smoothie, but Lunchbox Laboratory offers a host of sweet shakes (both virgin and alcoholic), like the banana creme pie, Almond Joy and the Butterfinger. Be warned, these are not for the calorie-conscious, but we can promise you’ll walk away satisfied.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Whole Foods
888 116th Ave NE Bellevue

Disappointingly, most smoothie and juice bars load their menu items with lots of sugar and even more syrup. Whole Foods, better known for its produce and deli departments, offers a bunch of blended drinks without the sugar coma. Try the Blue Moon, Sunrise Blend or Paradise Found.
The recipes even sneak in ingredients you might not expect to find, like dates, bok choy, mint and chard. Shots and boosts available upon request.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cafe Happy
102 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland

As the name suggests, Cafe Happy serves up delicious, refreshing juices and milk teas made with real fruit. The best part? Everything is made fresh, without the powdery bases you’ll find at most bubble tea spots. Juice blends include celery-beet-orange, apple-strawberry-lemon and carrot-spinach-orange. “Everything is fresh fruits and vegetables,” says co-owner Chim-Kuai Chang. “There’s no water added, no sugar.”

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Lucky Jack’s Latte
17648 NE 65th Street, Redmond

Named after the owner’s third rescue pooch, a Jack Russell Terrier, Lucky Jack’s has a beverage for your every craving: Italian sodas, fruit smoothies and a host of espresso drinks. Located just outside Marymoor park, this spot calls itself dog-friendly and even offers a menu for your four-legged friends, like bacon-flavored waffles, biscuits,and collars.

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.