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What’s in Jamba Juice’s Apple ‘n Greens Fruit and Veggie Smoothie?

In this series, “Eating out: What’s in it?” we will be going over how you can figure out for yourself if something is unhealthy. Today we are taking a trip to Jamba Juice.

 

1. Check the menu

In more and more urban and developed cities, some nutrition information is being publicly displayed on the menu. Look for numbers or symbols next to the menu item.

Examples:

  • “M/L 550/830 cal”     — this could be found right after a smoothie, indicating that the medium size is 550 calories, while a large is 830.
  • “V,” “DF,” or “SF”     — could all be common allergy indicators / show dietary preferences (vegetarian, dairy free, soy free)
  • “low cal”     — your food or drink has a low amount of calories per serving

These indicators are convenient and effective ways of narrowing down choices.

 

2. Go online

If you are eating at a chain restaurant, you can almost guarantee they will have the nutritional info on their websites. Some even have ingredients, and most include a common allergen guide.

In this case we have an extensive amount of information online for all of Jamba Juice’s products.

 

  1. Go to their website
  2. On the main menu select “Smoothies”
  3. Select “See All” next to the “Fruit & Veggie” line of smoothies
  4. Click “See Details” under the Apple ‘n Greens Smoothie

 

Summaries- Nutrition:

  • 250 calories per small smoothie
  • 320 in a medium
  • 420 for a large

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  • 4g of protein, 55mg of sodium, and 0mg cholesterol in a small
  • 4g of protein, 60mg of sodium, and 0mg of cholesterol in a medium
  • 6g of protein, 80mg of sodium, and 0mg of cholesterol for a large

Unfortunately this smoothie is pretty low in protein. As we saw, it is just fruit and vegetables.

It has a low amount of sodium, which is nice if trying to avoid salt.

 

  • 60g of carbohydrates, 45g of which are sugar, and another 4 grams are fiber in a small
  • 78g of carbohydrates, 61g of which are sugar, and another 5 grams are fiber in a medium size
  • 100g of carbohydrates, 78g of which are sugar, and another 6 grams are fiber in a large size

 

Not a fantastic sugar to fiber ratio if you ask me.

See also: How to Understand and Apply the Nutrition Facts

 

  • 1g of fat, 0 of which is saturated, 0 grams trans fat
  • 1g of fat, 0 of which is saturated, 0 grams trans fat
  • 1.5g of fat, 0.5 of which is saturated, 0 grams trans fat

Obviously no trans fats in a mango.

 

  • Lastly, 300% of the RDI"Reference Daily Intake:" see post. for Vitamin A, 15% for Iron, 15% Calcium, and 210% of your Vitamin C
  • 320% of the RDI for Vitamin A, 15% for Iron, 20% Calcium, and 220% of your Vitamin C
  • 410% of the RDI for Vitamin A, 20% for Iron, 25% Calcium, and 290% of your Vitamin C

 

A great source of vitamins a and c.

 

Our approximate macro breakdown: 3% fat, 91% carbs, 6% protein.

See also: How are Nutrients and Calories Rounded?

 

Summaries- Ingredients:

 

Our ingredients:

 

  1. Apple-Strawberry Juice Blend
  2. Kale
  3. Bananas
  4. Mangos
  5. Peaches

Contains Milk and Soy

 

Breakdown:

  • Only downside is that this is very low fat and low protein.

 

Also the sizes are fairly even: roughly a 30% step up from small to medium, and another 30% from medium to large.

See also: Get to Know Your Nutrients

 

Hope this eating out tutorial / walk-through helps! More coming soon.

 

Thanks for reading!

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