Hi there, friends! I'm back after a little blogging hiatus. If you're still following and reading my posts - thank you! Balancing work, working out, family and friends, studying for my personal training cert, managing Lola's diabetes, amongst other things has been kind of like a puzzle, and I haven't quite figured out how to fit everything it yet. I'm getting there, slowly but surely.
I'm back today with a post about Jamba Juice. Do you guys have a Jamba Juice near you? One just opened up by my house, which is pretty exciting since we don't have any smoothie or juice places near us! I had been to Jamba Juice before when traveling to visit my grandmother in Florida, so I'm pretty familiar with the menu and I thought I would share some tips with you. These tips can be used at any smoothie chain, even if it's not Jamba Juice. Let's get right into them!
1. Ask for water as your base.
This is my NUMBER ONE and MOST important tip! Jamba Juice uses juice from concentrate as the base of all of their smoothies, which means you're already starting out with a decent amount of sugar in that smoothie you're thinking is a healthy choice. So, my tip? Ask to have your smoothie base to be water, or even soy milk. I promise your smoothie will still be just as tasty, and you'll cut down on the sugar A LOT.
2. Take advantage of the protein and chia seed boosts.
When ordering your smoothie, take advantage of the boosts that Jamba Juice offers. The two that I would choose are the protein boost and the chia seed boost. Each serving of the whey or soy protein boost has 10g of protein, so I suggest asking for two boosts of whichever one you'd prefer (especially after a workout). I also would add a chia seed boost for an extra dose of fiber and omega-3s. Yay for boosts!
3. Take that wheatgrass shot.
Yes, the scary and very green wheatgrass shot. Take it! That small shot is extremely mighty and will help you quickly meet all of your vitamin needs for the day AND give you a quick burst of energy.
4. Stay away from the not-so-healthy smoothies.
If a smoothie has the word chocolate in its' name, it's probably not so healthy. Their Chocolate Moo'd smoothie comes in at 570 calories and 103 grams of sugar in the original size! For your comparison, Berry UpBEET clocks in at 230 calories with 38 grams of sugar - a huge difference! My point - if it seems not-so-healthy, you're probably right.
Alright, pals! I hope that these tips will help you the next time you find yourself in a place like Jamba Juice. Do you have any guidelines that you like to follow when ordering at Jamba Juice? Let's chat in the comments below!