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
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.
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2. Strawberry Surf Rider
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
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.
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4. Chunky Strawberry Bowl
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
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
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
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.
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8. Açai Primo Bowl
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
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.
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10. Protein Berry Workout Smoothie With Soy
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.
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11. Greens n’ Ginger Smoothie
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
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.
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13. Matcha Green Tea Blast Smoothie
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
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
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.