Jamba Juice Orders Approved By Personal Trainers

I’m sorry, trusty blender, but you’re not the only one. Personal trainers like to ditch their kitchen on occasion and grab a pre-made shake just like the rest of us.

However, trainers look the way they do for a reason—they’re eating all the right stuff and putting in the legwork (literally). Taut tummies and toned legs don’t just magically appear overnight. Though they may look superhuman to some, they frequent the same grab-and-go joints as the rest of us—Jamba Juice included.

If you ask any trainer or nutritionist, chances are they’ll recommend an at-home blended smoothie over any pre-made shakes ten times out of ten, but here’s what the pros order when they do step foot in one of the nation’s most popular smoothie shops.

Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie

“I don’t think I would try too hard to find a healthy option and just enjoy a dessert smoothie, since many of their ingredients are more indulgent. I’d choose the Peanut Butter Moo’d smoothie. At least it’s a good protein source (peanut butter) and made with yogurt rather than milk.” — Debora Warner, Founder and President of Mile High Run Club

Carrot Orange Fusion Smoothie

“I would go with any of the whole food smoothies. I avoid labels such as ‘low fat’ or ‘reduced sugar’. If the fruits and veggies are organic and whole—meaning not processed—sugar is ok. Why cut out the fun?” — Latoya Julce, Trainer and 305 Fitness Instructor

Kale-ribbean Breeze Smoothie

“In general, I’m a huge advocate of eating the whole fruit rather than pulverizing it in a blender. Remember, digestion and nutrient absorption begins in your mouth with the simple act of chewing your food. But, if you’re on the go, a smoothie, packed with vitamins and fiber, is an easy supplement when you need a quick energy boost. A good choice at Jamba Juice is one of their ‘whole food nutrition smoothies’. The Kale-ribbean Breeze combines vitamin A- and C-dense, cancer-fighting mangos, chia seeds (which are loaded with antioxidants and fiber for sustainable energy,) nonfat Greek yogurt (for vitamin D and protein) and a full cup of kale – one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.” — Jimmy Minardi, former pro-cyclist, Founder of Minardi Training in East Hampton, NYC and Aspen

Orange Carrot Karma Smoothie

“I enjoy the Orange Carrot Karma Smoothie. It’s made from real fruit, is lower in sugar than most smoothies, offers a punch of Vitamin A and C, and tastes fantastic! You can add a serving of Greek yogurt to boost your protein intake and add smoothness.” — Sean Wells, Owner of Naples Personal Training

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Now that it’s finally sunny and warm here in LA (hopefully for more than a day or two this time), it’s time for Smoothie Week here at Eating Rules!

To kick things off, it seems only appropriate to start with Jamba Juice.

The ubiquitous juiciteer has expanded their menu significantly in recent years; it’s now much more than just smoothies. Navigating their menu can be challenging, considering the large variety of smoothie, juice, and now even baked (and packaged) options.

Smoothies are notoriously high in sugar — both from the fruit itself, and from the added fruit juice, sherbet, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and/or regular yogurt. So, I suggest keeping an eye on both the calories and sugars as you read through the info below.

For all the smoothies, I’ll list the numbers for the “Original” 22-ounce size, unless noted.

All Fruit™ Smoothies – All Better Choices

These are made with only fruit and fruit juice. As such, they have a fair amount of sugar, but at least it’s not refined or added sugars.

I’ve sorted these from least to most sugar.

Note that the difference in sugar between the Peach Perfection and the Mega Mango (16 grams) is nearly four teaspoons.

Peach Perfection™
300 cal, no sat fat, 0.5g total fat, 30mg sodium, 75g carbs, 59g sugars, 5g fiber, 2g protein

Berry Yumberry
320 cal, no sat fat, 1g total fat, 20mg sodium, 79g carbs, 60g sugars, 6g fiber, 2g protein

Five Fruit Frenzy™
340 cal, no sat fat, 1g total fat, 30mg sodium, 82g carbs, 63g sugars, 6g fiber, 2g protein

Strawberry Whirl™
300 cal, no sat fat, 0.5g total fat, 25mg sodium, 75g carbs, 64g sugars, 6g fiber, 2g protein

Pomegranate Paradise™
340 cal, no sat fat, 0.5g total fat, 35mg sodium, 85g carbs, 74g sugars, 5g fiber, 2g protein

Mega Mango™
320 cal, no sat fat, 1g total fat, 5mg sodium, 85g carbs, 75g sugars, 5g fiber, 4g protein

Jamba Classics & Blended with a Purpose – Better Choices

I’m drawing an (arbitrary) line at 380 calories. Under, and it’s a best choice. Over, and it’s a worst choice.

350 cal, 1g sat fat, 2g total fat, 30mg sodium, 81g carbs, 70g sugars, 4g fiber, 4g protein
Sure, it’s got 980% of your day’s recommended Vitamin C. Sadly, last I checked, there is still no convincing proof that mega-doses of Vitamin C will “bust a cold.”

Super Yumberry
360 cal, no fat, 30mg sodium, 87g carbs, 69g sugars, 3g fiber, 1g protein

Caribbean Passion®
360 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 50mg sodium, 82g carbs, 73g sugars, 3g fiber, 3g protein

Protein Berry Workout™ w/Whey
370 cal, no sat fat, 0.5g total fat, 150mg sodium, 72g carbs, 59g sugars, 4g fiber, 20g protein
If you’re a body-builder, then the whey protein might be good for you. Otherwise, it’s likely much more protein than you need, and the only thing you’ll be getting is expensive urine.

Protein Berry Workout™ w/Soy
380 cal, no sat fat, 1g total fat, 210mg sodium, 75g carbs, 62g sugars, 4g fiber, 19g protein
If you’re not a vegan, but you are a body-builder, whey protein is supposedly better than soy protein. Also, see above re: expensive urine.

Peach Pleasure®
370 cal, 1g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 50mg sodium, 88g carbs, 73g sugars, 4g fiber, 3g protein

Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up™
370 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 2g total fat, 50mg sodium, 88g carbs, 75g sugars, 4g fiber, 3g protein

Strawberries Wild®
370 cal, no fat, 140mg sodium, 87g carbs, 77g sugars, 3g fiber, 5g protein

Jamba Classics & Blended with a Purpose – Worst Choices

Açaí Super-Antioxidant™
380 cal, 2g sat fat, 6g total fat, 55mg sodium, 77g carbs, 65g sugars, 5g fiber, 5g protein

390 cal, 1g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 55mg sodium, 91g carbs, 74g sugars, 4g fiber, 3g protein

Strawberry Energizer™
390 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 30mg sodium, 94g carbs, 82g sugars, 6g fiber, 3g protein
They add the “3G Charger” and “Energy” Boosts, which add 120 mg of caffeine. That’s about what you’d get in two cups of coffee.

Banana Berry™
400 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 90mg sodium, 94g carbs, 72g sugars, 4g fiber, 4g protein

420 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 50mg sodium, 98g carbs, 89g sugars, 3g fiber, 3g protein

Aloha Pineapple®
410 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 55mg sodium, 97g carbs, 91g sugars, 4g fiber, 6g protein

Strawberry Surf Rider™
430 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 10mg sodium, 103g carbs, 93g sugars, 4g fiber, 3g protein

Jamba Light™ – Better Choice? or Avoid?

These three offerings are made with their “Lower Calorie Dairy Base,” which includes Milk and Splenda. Although Splenda is probably one of the safest artificial sweeteners, it’s an artificial sweetener nonetheless. Depending on your view of artificial sweeteners, these will probably either be a “Best” or a “Worst” option — so I’ll leave it up to you.

Also take note: These have significantly more sodium than the other smoothies.

Strawberry Nirvana®
230 cal, no sat fat, 0.5g total fat, 240mg sodium, 51g carbs, 43g sugars, 5g fiber, 7g protein

Berry Fulfilling®
230 cal, no sat fat, 1g total fat, 240mg sodium, 51g carbs, 38g sugars, 6g fiber, 7g protein

Mango Mantra®
250 cal, no sat fat, 1g total fat, 230mg sodium, 56g carbs, 48g sugars, 4g fiber, 8g protein

Creamy Treats – Avoid

At least they’re honest and call them “treats.” Sorted here by increasing calories.

Matcha Green Tea Blast®
420 cal, no fat, 230mg sodium 90g carbs, 80g sugars, 1g fiber, 10g protein
Includes 75mg caffeine — equivalent to about a cup and a half of coffee.

Chill-icious Chai™
440 cal, no fat, 340mg sodium, 92g carbs, 82g sugars, no fiber, 13g protein

Coffee Craze™
460 cal, no fat, 320mg sodium, 98g carbs, 84g sugars, no fiber, 13g protein

Orange Dream Machine®
470 cal, 1g sat fat, 2g total fat, 102g carbs, 93g sugars, <1g fiber, 10g protein

Mocha Mojo™
510 cal, 1g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 330mg sodium, 107g carbs, 91g sugars, 1g fiber, 13g protein

Chocolate Moo’d™
570 cal, 2.5g sat fat, 5g total fat, 380mg sodium, 116g carbs, 103g sugars, 3g fiber, 15g protein

Peanut Butter Moo’d®
770 cal, 4.5g sat fat, 20g total fat, 490mg sodium, 125g carbs, 108g sugars, 4g fiber, 20g protein

Organic Hot Blends™ – Better Choices

I’m listing the numbers for 12-ounce drinks made with nonfat milk.

Soy milk has about the same calories, but increases the fat and reduces the sugar. 2% milk adds about 20 calories with about 3 more grams of fat.

Original Spiced Chai™ Tea Latte with Nonfat Milk
150 cal, no fat, 170mg sodium, 27g carbs, 25g sugars, no fiber, 9g protein

Heavenly Green™ Tea Latte with Nonfat Milk
150 cal, no fat, 140mg sodium, 28g carbs, 27g sugars, <1g fiber, 9g protein

Organic Hot Blends™ – Worst Choices

Perfectly Chocolate Chai™ Tea Latte with Nonfat Milk
170 cal, no sat fat, 1g total fat, 170mg sodium, 34g carbs, 29g sugars, 2g fiber, 10g protein

Classic Hot Chocolate with Nonfat Milk
220 cal, 1g sat fat, 1.5g total fat, 210mg sodium, 42g carbs, 36g sugars, 3g fiber, 15g protein

Iced Fruit Tea Infusions™ – Avoid

Lemonade and an orange wedge is a sorry excuse for “a complete serving of fruit.”

Although they may have a day’s supply of Vitamin C (which is easy to get), that doesn’t make up for the lack of other nutrients. They’re basically just sugar water — about 5 teaspoons of sugar in the “original” size.

Prickly Pear, Pomegranate and Passion Fruit Tea Infusions
230-240 cal, 54-59g carbs, 48-53g sugars 1g protein

Ideal Meals™ – Better Choices

Numbers below are for the 12-ounce size, which I recommend because these can pack a lot of calories otherwise!

Berry Topper™
330 cal, 1g sat fat, 5g total fat, 80mg sodium, 65g carbs, 42g sugars, 7g fiber, 9g protein

Mango Peach Topper™
340 cal, 1g sat fat, 5g total fat, 80mg sodium, 69g carbs, 47g sugars, 6g fiber, 9g protein

Yumberry Topper
370 cal, 0.5g sat fat, 5g total fat, 85mg sodium, 77g carbs, 50g sugar, 8g fiber, 9g protein

Ideal Meals™ – Worst Choices

Açaí Topper™
440 cal, 1.5g sat fat, 10g total fat, 40mg sodium, 84g carbs, 48g sugar, 9g fiber, 9g protein

Chunky Strawberry Topper™
520 cal, 2.5g sat fat, 17g total fat, 160mg sodium, 82g carbs, 46g sugars, 9g fiber, 14g protein
They add peanut butter to this one, which explains the extra calories, fat, and protein. Peanut butter isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I’m a fan, in fact), but at least be aware of those 200 extra calories!

Hot Oatmeal – All Better Choices

Info below includes the “Brown Sugar Crumble.” If you skip it and rely on the fruit for sweetness, and you’ll save 40 calories and about a teaspoon of sugar.

Plain Oatmeal
220 cal, 1g sat fat, 3.5g total fat, 20mg sodium, 44g carbs, 12g sugars, 5g fiber, 8g protein

California Flatbreads™ – Better Choices

320 cal, 3.5g sat fat, 8g total fat, 770mg sodium, 49g carbs, 5g sugars, 3g fiber, 13g protein

Smokehouse Chicken
390 cal, 4g sat fat, 10g total fat, 690mg sodium, 53g carbs, 5g sugars, 5g fiber, 19g protein

California Flatbreads – Worst Choice

Four Cheesy™
420 cal, 8g sat fat, 16g total fat, 910mg sodium, 46g carbs, 4g sugars, 2g fiber, 21g protein

Baked Goods – Better Choices

None of their baked goods are great, but then again, none of them are horrendous, either. Compared to other restaurants I’d say that Jamba is doing a pretty good job. I’ve picked a few to put on the “Best” list, based mostly on lower fat content and higher fiber or protein content.

Cheddar Tomato Twist
240 cal, 1.5g sat fat, 4.5g total fat, 430mg sodium, 38g carbs, 3g sugars, 2g fiber, 8g protein

Zucchini Walnut Loaf
270 cal, 1.5g sat fat, 9g total fat, 250mg sodium, 43g carbs, 26g sugars, 4g fiber, 5g protein

Apple Cinnamon Pretzel
380 cal, no sat fat, 4g total fat, 250mg sodium, 76g carbs, 14g sugars, 4g fiber, 11g protein

Baked Goods – Worst Choices

Omega-3 Chocolate Brownie Cookie
150 cal, 1g sat fat, 3.5g total fat, 15mg sodium, 30g carbs, 24g sugars, 2g fiber, 3g protein
They include a tiny bit of flaxseed meal so they can slap the name “Omega-3” on it — but the first ingredient is still “sugar.”

Omega-3 Oatmeal Cookie
150 cal, 1.5g sat fat, 6g total fat, 85mg sodium, 26g carbs, 15g sugars, 3g fiber, 2g protein
The first ingredient may be”rolled oats,” but the next two ingredients are sugar and brown sugar — so there’s likely more total sugar than oats in this cookie.

Reduced-Fat Blueberry Lemon Loaf
290 cal, 2g sat fat, 8g total fat, 220mg sodium, 53g carbs, 30g sugars, 2g fiber, 2g protein

Tart Cherry Scone
360 cal, 1g sat fat, 12g total fat, 60mg sodium, 58g carbs, 23g sugars, 1g fiber, 6g protein

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scone
380 cal, 3g sat fat, 15g total fat, 65mg sodium, 57g carbs, 27g sugars, 2g fiber, 6g protein

Sourdough Parmesan Pretzel
410 cal, 2g sat fat, 10g total fat, 640mg sodium, 67g carbs, 4g sugars, 3g fiber, 14g protein


I’m not going to group the Boosts into “Best” or “Worst” choices, since they’re all very different. However, I’ll offer some thoughts on each below.

Probiotic Boost
Maltodextrin, Bacillus coagulans (GBI-30 6086). Contains Soy.

It seems everyone is jumping on the Probiotic Bandwagon these days. Although cultures may have a positive effect on your digestive system, most people probably don’t need to supplement their diet unless they’re experiencing digestive or other issues. If you really think you need probiotics, then talk to your doctor.

3G Charger™ Super Boost
Inulin (Chicory), Green Tea Extract, Guarana Extract, Panax Ginseng Root, Natural Flavor

This contains 120 mg of caffeine, which is about the equivalent as two cups of coffee. Ginseng can have side effects ranging from mild (the jitters) to rather unpleasant (nausea, gastrointestinal distress). Inulin is a soluble-fiber thickening agent, that is considered safe — but likely isn’t as beneficial as the fiber that’s found in foods.

Flax seed is great, but only if it’s been ground (otherwise the whole seeds will pass through your system undigested). The jury is still out on whether or not fiber additives truly are beneficial for digestive health. As usual, it’s better to eat whole foods and whole grains rich in fiber.

Daily Vitamin™ Boost

I’m not going to list all 22 ingredients, but suffice it to say that the list reads like the side of a multivitamin bottle. Unless you’re deficient in one (or more) of these vitamins or minerals, there is likely no benefit to taking this boost. Again, it’s best to get your nutrients from whole food sources.

Then again, there’s probably no harm in this boost, either.

If you’re a vegan, this boost could be a good choice, since it provides 100% of your B12 — something that a vegan diet usually lacks.

Calcium™ Boost
Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3).

They claim this boost supplies 100% daily value of your Calcium, Vitamin D and Magnesium. See my comments on the Daily Vitamin Boost above.

Sidenote: How is it that they get to trademark the word “Calcium?” Strange.

Whey Protein™ Super Boost
Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Soy Lecithin.

As I’ve said before, unless you’re a body-builder, Whey Protein won’t likely do you much good, as you probably already eat much more protein than you actually need — all it does is add 45 unnecessary calories.

However, the extra protein might help you feel fuller longer — which could actually help you consume fewer calories throughout the rest of the day.

Soy Protein™ Boost
Soy Protein Isolate, Lecithin

See my comments above, re: Whey Protein. If you’re a vegan body-builder, go for it.

Antioxidant Power™ Super Boost
Acerola Cherry Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Mixed Tocopherols, Green Tea Extract, Beta Carotene, L-Selenomethionine

More marketing hype. Eat fruits and berries instead, the more colors and the darker the better.

Energy™ Boost
Taurine, Rhodiola Rosea Extract, Inulin (Chicory), Niacinamide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamin Mononitrate, Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12).

“B vitamins and botanicals to put a spark in your step and help mental and physical stamina.” Riiiight. Yes, B Vitamins are essential for your body’s ability to convert food into energy, but B Vitamins themselves don’t actually give you energy. Also, the evidence is inconclusive about the ability of Taurine to boost energy.

Menu Mondays are my recommendations for the most healthful options at chain restaurants. Although it may be tough to find “perfect” options when eating out, it’s important to choose “better” whenever possible, and I hope these guides will help make that easier for you.

Photo of “A Smoothie’s Eye View” by Watari Goro.

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Jamba Juice adds two new items to help customers with weight loss

April 6, 2018 1:16 AM Monica Hernandez Posted: April 6, 2018 1:16 AM Updated: December 18, 2019 8:09 PM by Monica Hernandez

RICHLAND, Wash. — Jamba Juice is debuting two new items that are meant to inspire healthy living.

On Thursday, they announced the new additions to their menu, Mango Chia Omega Smoothie with Greek Yogurt and the Mango Medley Bowl.

“Mango is a great source of folate, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. Plus, the Greek Yogurt in the Mango Chia Omega Smoothie provides a powerful punch of protein,” said Claudia Schaefer, chief marketing officer with Jamba Juice.

Kyle Strong, shift lead at the Richland location, said they aim to help customers who are trying to get that summer body.

“It is very healthy in general and it will help you lose weight because of the fiber in there,” said Strong.

He said since they started serving them, the new items have been a hit.

“A lot of people are getting them for sure,” added Strong. “A lot of people want to try them because mangos are a tropical fruit.”

The owners of the shop on Queensgate Drive said that customers who mention seeing this story on KAPP-KVEW will get a sweet discount.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area smack dab in the middle of the so-called health food movement, smoothies were everywhere. That is, before fro-yo swept through and became the trendy snack du jour. Poor little smoothies. But smoothie chain Jamba Juice lives on, ever popular in malls across the country. There is even a Jamba Juice in the strip mall right across the street from my high school, which continues to be swarmed by teenagers reveling in the glory of an open campus every lunch hour.

I’ve heard my friends go on and on about the merits of Caribbean Passion versus Strawberries Wild versus Mango-A-Go-Go, but none of it ever stuck to me. Honestly, I could never really tell the difference between the majority of the flavors. (And I’m more of a milkshake person anyway.)

I gave Jamba another try at Serious Eats Headquarters when we tasted samples of the new line of Jamba Juices—Make It Light versions of its ten Classic flavors. These smoothies aim to offer the same flavor as the originals but with a third less calories, carbs, and sugar. They use a “low calorie dairy base” that includes skim milk and Splenda.

Some stood out from the pack and managed to avoid tasting artificial; here’s my report on the winners and losers.

Standout Smoothies

Banana Berry: Bananas tend to take over everything they’re featured in, but this smoothie tames the banana flavor with berries. The low-cal base isn’t even noticeable here; the banana helps to boost this smoothie’s creamy texture.

Mango-A-Go-Go had more of a sorbet-like texture, and was a little less creamy. The mango flavor shined through in this smoothie, without the artificiality you would expect with low-cal substitutes.

Peach Pleasure was basically a creamier version of the Mango. It had a pleasant, slightly sour peach flavor and scent but wasn’t oversweet.

Caribbean Passion also proved enjoyable, though it included a more noticeable artificial-sugar aftertaste than the other winners. The smoothie boasts a powerful citrus flavor and a creamy texture.

Skippable Smoothies

The Razzmatazz, Strawberry Surf Rider, Aloha Pineapple, Strawberries Wild, Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up, and Orange-a-peel were nearly indistinguishable in flavor, and displayed an aggressive icy and grainy quality across the board. Their flavors were all in sweet-and-sour limbo with a hint of artificial sweetener, and none was particularly memorable.

Have you tried Jamba Juice’s new Make It Light smoothies? What do you think?

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Jamba Juice Offers Make It Light Versions of its Classic Smoothies

Jamba Juice® Make It Light smoothies are made with whole fruit and fruit juice and provide 1.5 to 2 servings of fruit in every 16-ounce size. Most of the flavors provide an excellent source of Vitamin C, which helps support the immune system.

“Jamba Juice has been a leader in supporting our fans’ healthy, active lifestyles with innovative, great-tasting, and better-for-you beverages for over 20 years, so it is only fitting that we now offer the Make-It-Light option,” says Julie S. Washington, Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Jamba Juice Company. “We are excited to be in the business of providing a variety of convenient and delicious products to continue inspiring our customers to Live Fruitfully™ this summer.”

Customers can choose from ten delicious flavors, including:

1) Make It Light™ Strawberries Wild®

2) Make It Light™ Mango-A-Go-Go®

3) Make It Light™ Banana Berry™

4) Make It Light™ Caribbean Passion®

5) Make It Light™ Orange-a-peel™

6) Make It Light™ Peach Pleasure®

7) Make It Light™ Aloha Pineapple®

8) Make It Light™ Strawberry Surf Rider™

9) Make It Light™ Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up™

10) Make It Light™ Razzmatazz®

About Jamba Juice Company
Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ: JMBA) is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, teas, hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches and mini-wraps, California Flatbreads™, frozen yogurt, and a variety of baked goods and snacks. Jamba-branded products for at-home enjoyment are also available through select retailers across the nation and in Jamba outlets. As of April 3, 2012, there were 769 Jamba Juice store locations globally. Jamba is a proud sponsor of Team Up for a Healthy America™ in the fight against childhood obesity and encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active and involved at Fans of Jamba Juice can find out more about Jamba Juice’s locations as well as specific offerings and promotions by visiting the Jamba Juice website at or by contacting Jamba’s Guest Services team at 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).

SOURCE Jamba Juice Company

Product Launch – US: Jamba Juice’s Make It Light juice blends

Jamba Juice Offers Make It Light Versions of its Classic Smoothies

EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire

Jamba Juice Company, a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to provide refreshing and great-tasting, better-for-you solutions with an all-new Make It Light option for its line of “Classic” smoothies in all of its stores. The Make It Light smoothies taste just as delicious as the original recipes but contain one-third fewer calories, sugar and carbohydrates.

Jamba Juice Make It Light smoothies are made with whole fruit and fruit juice and provide 1.5 to 2 servings of fruit in every 16-ounce size. Most of the flavors provide an excellent source of Vitamin C, which helps support the immune system.

“Jamba Juice has been a leader in supporting our fans’ healthy, active lifestyles with innovative, great-tasting, and better-for-you beverages for over 20 years, so it is only fitting that we now offer the Make-It-Light option,” says Julie S. Washington, Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Jamba Juice Company. “We are excited to be in the business of providing a variety of convenient and delicious products to continue inspiring our customers to Live Fruitfully this summer.”

Customers can choose from ten delicious flavors, including:

  1. Make It Light Strawberries Wild
  2. Make It Light Mango-A-Go-Go
  3. Make It Light Banana Berry
  4. Make It Light Caribbean Passion
  5. Make It Light Orange-a-peel
  6. Make It Light Peach Pleasure
  7. Make It Light Aloha Pineapple
  8. Make It Light Strawberry Surf Rider
  9. Make It Light Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up
  10. Make It Light Razzmatazz

Original source:

Which Jamba Juice drinks have no added sugar?

Many of the smoothies at Jamba Juice have sherbet in them. While they claim their ingredients don’t have high fructose corn syrup, they do contain plain “corn syrup”. I’m not sure what the distinction is here, but that definitely constitutes “added sugar”. If you want smoothies that don’t have added sugars, stick to the smoothies without sherbet or sorbet. Most of the juices they add to smoothies are made from concentrate, but are made of fruit purees and don’t have much extra sugar, but are still likely to have lots of sugars in them.

If you’re looking for a truly “no sugar added” option. Order the “just the fruit” smoothies or veggie smoothies which only have the juice and fruit. You can special request that the juice in the smoothie be replaced with freshly squeezed orange juice(delicious, though stronger in flavor than their regular orange juice) or carrot juice. You could simply walk up and ask, “Can I please have a smoothie with strawberries, bananas, and fresh squeezed OJ?” or, “Could I get insert smoothie name here, but instead of sherbet, can I get extra fruit instead? Oh and fresh squeezed OJ instead of the regular juice, please. You guys are awesome!” You might get some strange looks from inexperienced team members, but they should be happy to do it for you. Oh and it doesn’t hurt to leave a tip once in awhile!

The Healthiest Ways to Order at Jamba Juice

With dozens of colorful fruit smoothies on the menu, Jamba Juice may be at the top of your list when you’re looking for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack. But just because there’s fruit in the mix doesn’t mean you’ve found a healthy choice.

Beware: Jamba Juice has plenty of smoothie options that are low in protein and loaded with calories and sugar — making your breakfast pit stop a recipe for a mid-morning crash. Luckily, with a little nutrition know-how, you won’t be blowing your entire calorie budget on a beverage first thing in the morning.

These five menu options from Jamba Juice come in at less than 350 calories with at least 15 grams of protein, so you can stay healthy when you find yourself craving a smoothie this summer. Make sure to read the RD tips for ways to reduce the sugar and carb content, too!

Why it made the cut: This smoothie includes antioxidant red veggies like beets, bumping up the fiber content to 9 grams to keep you full. The whey protein boost adds protein while keeping the smoothie under 300 calories.

RD tip: Start your smoothie search in the “Fruit & Veggie Smoothies” section of Jamba Juice’s menu to keep sugar levels in check and sneak in extra veggies. Many of their classic smoothies are made with extra sugar in the form of sherbet and frozen yogurt, but smoothies from the Fruit & Veggie line are made with fruit, fruit juice and vegetables. Lower the carbs in Fruit & Veggie smoothies further by swapping fruit juice for water or unsweetened almond milk.

Why it made the cut: This smoothie blends in fresh kale for added fiber, vitamins and minerals. Doubling up on the soy protein boost keeps this smoothie vegan, while bumping up the protein to 16 grams for a filling breakfast or post-workout drink.

RD tip: Knock down the carb content by swapping juice for water or unsweetened almond milk (the whole fruit provides plenty of sweet flavor). Since most Jamba Juice smoothies don’t contain much natural protein, add an extra protein boost to create a more balanced drink. Both the whey and soy protein boosts provide almost an ounce of protein, so double up on one of those to add 12 grams of protein to any smoothie.

Why it made the cut: This tasty smoothie uses whole food boosts to bump up the protein and healthy fat content, while staying under 340 calories. The pumpkin seed boost adds protein and monounsaturated fats, along with a healthy dose of magnesium, while the creamy Greek yogurt boost adds protein and calcium to the mix.

RD tip: For a lower-calorie, lower-sugar version of your regular smoothie, order it in a 9.5-ounce Jamba Kids size. While Jamba Kids smoothies on their own have more calories per ounce than regular smoothies, cutting the size of this Orange Carrot Karma Smoothie from small (16 ounces) to Jamba Kids leaves you with a 260 calorie smoothie that has 30 grams of carbs and 14 grams of protein.

Why it made the cut: This breakfast option is packed with whole grains and filling fiber from steel-cut oats. Adding Greek yogurt and chia seeds boosts the protein and healthy fat content to make this a filling, balanced meal.

RD tip: Since oatmeal is rich in high-quality carbohydrates, adding fruit can send the carb content over the top. Choose toppings like Greek yogurt and chia seeds to bump up the protein and add some healthy fat to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates (and keep you fuller longer!).

Why it made the cut: For just 240 calories, this wrap packs in whole grains, veggies and 15 grams of protein for a hearty and savory breakfast

RD tip: If you’re opting for a portable breakfast or snack other than a smoothie at Jamba Juice, stick to wraps and sandwiches. Snack options like Jamba Juice’s soft pretzels and snack bars provide carbohydrates without much protein to balance it out, so they’re more likely to cause an an energy crash than a long-lasting energy boost.


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The One Thing You Should Never Order At Jamba Juice (It Has 66 Grams Of Sugar!)

There are few things more refreshing than a smoothie from Jamba Juice. While their juices and smoothies are certainly tasty, they aren’t exactly healthy. In fact, some of their smoothie drinks are actually super bad for you. There are a few drinks you should always avoid getting at Jamba Juice. Click through the slideshow to discover what you shouldn’t order at the chain.

Greens ‘n Ginger Smoothie

Smoothie drinks are often high in calories and loaded with added sweeteners and super-sweet juice concentrates instead of actual fruit (Prevention). Case in point: the Greens ‘n Ginger Smoothie from Jamba Juice. Many people are fooled by the fact this juice is green, but green doesn’t always equal healthy. According to Prevention, the first ingredient in this smoothie is lemonade. Which explains why a 16-oz cup of this juice has a whopping 66 grams of sugar and 330 calories.

Peanut Butter Moo’d

According to The Food Network, another no-no from Jamba Juice is the Peanut Butter Moo’d smoothie. The original size of the drink packs 770 calories and 109 grams sugar.

On the bright side, this smoothie is a good dessert option. Debora Warner, Founder and President of Mile High Run Club, told Eat This Not, Not That, “I don’t think I would try too hard to find a healthy option and just enjoy a dessert smoothie, since many of their ingredients are more indulgent. I’d choose the Peanut Butter Moo’d smoothie. At least it’s a good protein source (peanut butter) and made with yogurt rather than milk.”

Strawberry Surf Rider

You should also avoid ordering the Strawberry Surf Rider at Jamba Juice. The original size has 640 calories and 139 grams sugar.

Instead, opt for a fresh squeeze juice. The Food Network also suggest ordering from the Kid’s Menu. It offers 9.5 ounce smoothies, which cuts back on calories and sugar.

Carrot Orange Fusion Smoothie

The Carrot Orange Fusion Smoothie and the Orange Carrot Karma are both dietitian approved options at Jamba Juice. Sean Wells, Owner of Naples Personal Training, told Eat This, Not That, “I enjoy the Orange Carrot Karma Smoothie. It’s made from real fruit, is lower in sugar than most smoothies, offers a punch of Vitamin A and C, and tastes fantastic! You can add a serving of Greek yogurt to boost your protein intake and add smoothness.”

The Worst Concoctions You Can Get From Jamba Juice

Whether you prefer your foods savory or sweet, there’s one thing everyone can agree on — smoothies are a delight. You can make them at home by tossing fruit and yogurt into a blender, or you can go the easier route by getting one of these sippable treats at Jamba Juice. And their extensive menu leaves no shortage of options. Love tropical fruits? You got it. Looking for a chocolaty smoothie? You can have that, too.

Here’s the thing, though — Jamba Juice touts that it uses fresh foods to create drinks that have a “whole lot of goodness,” but this goodness also comes with a whole lot of calories and sugar. The following are the worst offenders you’d be wise to stay far away from.

1. Peanut Butter Moo’d

Adding peanut butter to your smoothie is just asking for too many calories. |

Here’s the first hint this smoothie isn’t healthy — the name. Would you trust a concoction called Peanut Butter Moo’d to fit into your diet? You’re getting peanut butter, bananas, vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate in one of these — sounds more like a milkshake than a smoothie to us. And you’re also getting 770 calories, 20 grams of fat, and a whopping 109 grams of sugar in a medium. That’s several day’s worth of sugar. Just say no.

Next: Strawberries are healthy, but this smoothie is not.

2. Strawberry Surf Rider

A strawberry smoothie doesn’t have to be this bad for you. |

This one sounds like a fun summer drink — and if you’re not too worried about your beach body, then go right ahead and indulge. Otherwise, you should know the Strawberry Surf Rider comes complete with lemonade and lime sherbet (yes, the same lime sherbet you ate as a child), along with the fruit component. A medium sets you back 450 calories and 1.5 grams of fat — not the worst thing on the list until you take a gander at one more number. You’ll be getting 98 grams of sugar. Yikes!

Next: Chocolate in a smoothie? Skip this one for sure.

3. Chocolate Moo’d

This chocolate “smoothie” sounds more like a milkshake to us. |

Here’s another one of those Moo’d smoothies, but this one appeals to the chocoholics of the world. The Chocolate Moo’d is just Jamba Juice’s Chocolate Moo’d base with frozen yogurt. Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, these two components can do some serious damage to your waistline. A medium smoothie contains 570 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 103 grams of sugar. Not quite as bad as the peanut butter option, but you really should choose something else.

Next: You can have your smoothie in a bowl, but that doesn’t make it any healthier.

4. Chunky Strawberry Bowl

Smoothie bowls have way too much sugar to be healthy. |

At Jamba Juice, you don’t just have to drink your smoothies — you can eat them in a bowl with plenty of crunchy toppings for a filling treat. And though smoothie bowls are a great idea in theory, the Chunky Strawberry Bowl really takes it to a whole new level. This one contains a blend of strawberries, bananas, peanut butter, and Greek yogurt, which is then topped with granola and even more fruit. Don’t be fooled into ordering this bowl just because of the 19 grams of protein, either. It’s simply not worth the 590 calories.

Next: This tropical getaway in a cup should never be ordered.

5. Aloha Pineapple Smoothie

A drinkable tropical getaway shouldn’t be this gut-busting. |

We all wish we were on the sun-soaked beaches of Hawaii from time to time. If you can’t travel to a tropical getaway, Jamba Juice promises to put the experience right into your smoothie. This Aloha Pineapple Smoothie is simple — pineapple juice, strawberries, Greek yogurt, and pineapple sherbet come together for a “blended-to-order masterpiece.” The calorie count isn’t too bad on this one — a medium will set you back 410 here — it’s the sugar that really gets you. Be prepared to take in 90 grams of the stuff. That’s about the equivalent of 22 Oreos.

Next: This one’s extra insidious because of how healthy it sounds.

6. Açai Super-Antioxidant Smoothie

Don’t let smoothies with fancy names distract you from the nutrition facts. |

Açai! Antioxidants! You’ve heard these buzzwords before, but don’t order this drink just because it sounds like it should be good for you. This smoothie contains what Jamba Juice likes to call its “Antioxidant Boost” along with açai, blueberries, and raspberry sherbet. What’s in the special boost, you ask? We’re not totally sure, but we do know a medium one of these drinks is 420 calories and has 70 grams of sugar (you can thank the sherbet for a lot of this). Pass.

Next: With this many greens in it, how bad can it be?

7. Amazing Greens Smoothie

This smoothie’s color makes it seem healthy, but it’s really not. |

Something the color of grass should ideally be pretty healthy. The Amazing Greens Smoothie contains a serving of veggies and 12 grams of protein in a medium, which are both steps in the right direction. But thanks to the addition of lemonade, peach juice, and bananas, the sugar content is out of control at 73 grams. And you’ll also be getting 13 grams of fat, which is far more than you’re probably expecting out of a green concoction. Once again, this one sounds like a better bet than it really is.

Next: This smoothie bowl has some seriously unhealthy toppings.

8. Açai Primo Bowl

A granola and honey topping is the last thing this smoothie bowl needs. |

Here’s another one of Jamba Juice’s bowls — and yes, it’s just about as offensive as the first one. Açai juice is added to blueberries, strawberries, and bananas to make the fruity base. That’s a lot of fruit (too much for one sitting, really), but the real kicker is what’s on top of the bowl. You’ll be getting even more fresh fruit as well as coconut, granola, and a honey drizzle. You probably know by now that granola is one of those health foods that’s not really good for you at all. And with all the natural sugar already present, is that honey drizzle really necessary? For 67 grams of total sugar, we say no.

Next: Nothing with this name and color should be trusted.

9. Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

This “Dream Machine” doesn’t need to be anywhere near your body. |

If something has the name “Orange Dream Machine,” you should probably be skeptical — especially if it’s something you’re supposed to drink. This concoction has everything creamsicle lovers dream of — orange juice, orange sherbet, and vanilla frozen yogurt. Basically, this is more like a fruity milkshake than a smoothie, and the nutrition certainly reflects that. One medium drink contains 470 calories and 97 grams of sugar. Doesn’t really sound like much of a dream to us.

Next: It says it’s for those who work out, but don’t trust it.

10. Protein Berry Workout Smoothie With Soy

Adding protein doesn’t help the nutrition of this smoothie. |

Here’s the biggest beef we have with the Protein Berry Workout Smoothie — it’s advertised as a health food just because it contains soy or whey protein. If you’re a workout fanatic and you’re looking to get more protein into your diet, then one of these every now and then won’t hurt you, but don’t go visit Jamba Juice for one of these after every gym session. With the combination of the soy protein “boost” and fruit, you’ll be getting 390 calories, which is just too much for a post-workout snack.

Next: Ginger may be able to aid in weight loss, but not when it’s in this smoothie.

11. Greens n’ Ginger Smoothie

The lemonade really skyrockets the sugar in this one. |

Greens and ginger sound like they should be part of a balanced smoothie. Unfortunately, this Jamba creation really misses the mark as far as nutrition is concerned. You aren’t just getting kale and ginger here — you’re also signing up for mangoes, peaches, and lemonade. Don’t be fooled by its green hue and gingery bite, because you’ll still be getting 440 calories and 90 grams of sugar in a medium.

Next: This sounds refreshing, but it’s far from healthy.

12. Watermelon Breeze Smoothie

Does every Jamba Juice creation really need to have sherbet? |

When the summer months hit, you probably can’t wait to dig into a fresh watermelon. And the fruit is super good for you, as it’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to accompany its hydrating effects. This Watermelon Breeze Smoothie, however, doesn’t promise the same goodness. You’ll be getting a watermelon juice blend along with sherbet and frozen fruits for a total of 400 calories and 90 grams of sugar in a medium. Stick with the real fruit.

Next: Jamba Juice turned this good-for-you tea into an unhealthy smoothie.

13. Matcha Green Tea Blast Smoothie

Don’t drink your matcha in smoothie form. |

You’ve definitely heard of this green tea by now for its supposed health benefits. But since this smoothie is primarily frozen yogurt and soy milk with the matcha simply added for flavor, you won’t be getting anything good for your body out of this one. A medium will set you back 440 calories, but this really shouldn’t surprise you. Anything under the “creamy treats” section of the Jamba Juice menu shouldn’t be a regular part of your diet.

Next: This smoothie comes with a boost, but it’s still not worth it.

14. Orange C-Booster Smoothie

The “boosts” added to the smoothie don’t make it any healthier. |

You might think this smoothie is great for getting rid of a cold thanks to its boosters containing vitamin C, zinc, and antioxidants. Here’s the thing — it’s important to get your vitamins and minerals, but there are healthier ways to go about it than with this drink. Orange juice, peaches, bananas, and orange sherbet come together for a gut-busting 75 grams of sugar in a medium. You know what’s a better idea? Chowing down on some pumpkin seeds for zinc and orange slices for vitamin C.

Next: We have a few tips on how to make your Jamba Juice order healthier.

How to make your Jamba Juice order less offensive

Don’t worry — you can still have your Jamba Juice without ruining your diet. |

So you’ve read what you shouldn’t order, but now you might be at a loss for how to make your favorite smoothie a little healthier. Have no fear — Jamba Juice does offer a few good options for those watching their waistlines. In a story for Food Network, registered dietitian Tony Abidor writes you should always choose a small for immediate damage control. That way, if you do choose to splurge, it’s in moderation. Also, check out what’s on the kid’s menu. You might be able to get that delicious drink you really wanted in an even smaller serving so you don’t overdo it.

And far as those flavor “boosts” are concerned, you really don’t need them — the fruits and veggies in the smoothies contain plenty of nutrients, and the boosts will only add more calories and sugar you don’t need.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask about what drinks you can make lighter The classic smoothies can generally be made with far fewer calories, carbs, and sugar if you choose to lighten them up with sweeteners, but you might be able to do this with other smoothie products, too.

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