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What’s in Jamba Juice’s Soy Protein Berry Workout 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 550/820 cal”     — this could be found right after a smoothie, indicating that the medium size is 550 calories, while a large is 820.
  • “V,” “DF,” or “GF”     — could all be common allergy indicators / show dietary preferences (vegetarian, dairy free, gluten 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 “Protein” line of smoothies
  4. Click “See Details” under the Protein Berry Workout Smoothie

 

Summaries- Nutrition:

  • 290 calories per small smoothie
  • 390 in a medium
  • 460 for a large

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  • 16g of protein, 170mg of sodium, and 0mg cholesterol in a small
  • 18g of protein, 200mg of sodium, and 0mg of cholesterol in a medium
  • 20g of protein, 220mg of sodium, and 0mg of cholesterol for a large

Nice bit of soy protein.

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

 

  • 56g of carbohydrates, 48g of which are sugar, and another 3 grams are fiber in a small
  • 77g of carbohydrates, 65g of which are sugar, and another 5 grams are fiber in a medium size
  • 93g of carbohydrates, 79g 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
  • 1g of fat, 0.5 of which is saturated, 0 grams trans fat

No trans fats. This smoothie is really just milk, fruit, and protein.

 

  • Lastly, 2% of the RDI"Reference Daily Intake:" see post. for Vitamin A, 15% for Iron, 2% Calcium, and 60% of your Vitamin C
  • 2% of the RDI for Vitamin A, 20% for Iron, 4% Calcium, and 80% of your Vitamin C
  • 4% of the RDI for Vitamin A, 20% for Iron, 4% Calcium, and 100% of your Vitamin C

 

A good source of vitamin c.

 

Our approximate macro breakdown: 2% fat, 81% carbs, 17% protein.

See also: How are Nutrients and Calories Rounded?

 

Summaries- Ingredients:

 

Our ingredients:

 

  1. Soymilk
  2. Strawberries
  3. Bananas
  4. Soy Protein Boost

Contains Milk and Soy

 

Breakdown:

  • Only downside is that this is very low fat and low/average protein. Too much fruit for my taste.

 

Also the sizes are fairly even: roughly a 35% step up from small to medium, and another 20% 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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