Food on the Run: Jamba Juice
Today, there are over 700 Jamba Juice locations focusing on whole food, no high-fructose corn syrup, zero trans fat or artificial preservatives. With such a focus on wholesomeness, there must be some great choices when visiting your local Jamba Juice right?
Today we will take a closer look at this rapidly growing restaurant chain in our ongoing Food on the Run series.
As with any food or beverage choice, portion size is always the first way to manage nutritional impact when eating away from home. Even with the most wholesome ingredients, large portions can sabotage your nutritional efforts. Typically the more wholesome the ingredients or the more labor intensive the preparation, the higher the price for the product. Jamba will most likely not be one of your more economical "eating away from home" choices. If you make eating out a treat versus a routine, you can more easily justify the slightly higher bite to your budget. Here are some better choices to help you keep your entrée selections below 250 calories and 10 grams of fat or your complete meal below 500 calories and 15-20 grams of fat.
Most 16 ounce Classic, All-Fruit, and Pre-Boosted Smoothies provide right around 250 calories, a few grams of fiber and very little sodium. Avoid the power up or original size opportunities, which can double the calories and a carbohydrate overload that will severely spike blood glucose levels. The Jamba Light Smoothies would be the most nutritious choice with the 16 ounce serving providing only 150 calories and the original size around 250 calories. The tempting Creamy Treats even in a 16 once serving provide 350-450 calories so if you really want one, select the Matcha Green Tea Blast since it is the lowest at 290 calories/16 ounce serving.
If the weather is cool and leaves you interested in something warm, several of the Organic Hot Blends provide an option. A twelve-ounce serving size with nonfat milk or soymilk will be your best choices especially in the Heavenly Green, Original Spiced Chai, or Perfectly Chocolate Chai which provide about 160 calories. Of course, you can't go wrong with the wide variety of hot-brewed leaf teas or brewed by the cup coffee.
If you are looking for breakfast, Jamba has Steel-Cut Oatmeal (220 calories/3.5 g fat/20 mg sodium). Add some fruit with the Fresh Banana Oatmeal and you have a nutrient rich whole grain and fruit meal (370 calories/5 g fat/20 mg sodium). Pick dried fruits and glazed pecans with the Berry Cherry Pecan Oatmeal for a fiber filled whole grain, fruit and protein meal but at the highest calorie combination (500 calories/15 g fat/85 mg sodium).
Some restaurant locations serve wraps, salads, and sandwiches. Since not all locations carry the sandwiches, nutrition information is available by location. Most locations do carry California Flatbreads. The MediterraneaYUM is the healthiest choice with 320 calories/8 g fat/770mg sodium. Ideal Meals provide protein and fiber from a variety of yogurt or soymilk with organic granola and combinations of fruit. The 12 ounce portion size is the best choice with the Berry Topper (300 calories/4.5 g fat/85 mg sodium) and Mango Peach Topper (320 calories/4.5 g fat/85 mg sodium) among the wisest of selections.
Be cautious when it comes to the tempting Baked Goods. Even with Omega-3's, reduced-fat, fruits and vegetables, a baked good is still a trap for fat and sugar. If coffee and a sweet treat make a perfect afternoon for you, consider selecting either the Zucchini Walnut Loaf (270 calories/9 g fat/250 mg sodium), Omega-3 Oatmeal Cookie (150 calories/6 g fat/85 mg sodium) or Omega-3 Chocolate Brownie (150 calories/3.5 g fat/15 mg sodium).
Have you considered a place like Jamba Juice as a meal destination or more of a snack option?
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