Since the ‘90s Jamba Juice has been one of the most popular juices and smoothies chains in the US. With almost 900 locations, people cannot seem to get enough of these delicious and supposed healthy smoothies. But, what are the healthiest drinks from the selection? You asked, and we’ve delivered the top 7 drinks you can order today.
The Acai Super-Antioxidant smoothie is a blend of soy milk, acai blend, strawberries, blueberries, raspberry, sherbet, and Jumba’s daily vitamin + zinc boost. A small serving of this smoothie, which is 16 ounces, will provide 100% of the RDA of; vitamin D, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, and pathogenic acid. It will also provide over 100% of the RDA of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
A small serving of this will contains 340 calories, 54 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein. Most of these sugars in this drink are natural sugars, however, if you are on a low carb diet, diabetic, or on a weight loss regimen, don't order this. No matter how natural the sugar is, excess will most is not good for you.
2.Ginger n’ greens
Jamba’s Ginger n’ Greens smoothie is a blend of lemonade, peaches, kale, mangos, and ginger.
A small smoothie contains 230 calories, 1 gram of fat, 48 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. Jamba’s ginger n’ greens will provide 150% of the RDA of vitamin A, 160% of vitamin C, and 520% of the RDA of vitamin K. It also provides 45% of the RDA of copper, 25% of the RDA of folate, 20% of the RDA of manganese, and 10% of the RDA of calcium.
Studies have found ginger improves cognitive function and attention, helps ease nausea caused by morning sickness or chemotherapy, and also helps ease knee pain. Leafy greens such as kale are also very healthy and provide a good source of nutrients such as omega-3 and calcium.
3.Golden turmeric spice
Jamba’s golden turmeric spice smoothie is a blend of oat milk, turmeric spice blend, bananas, mangos, and agave.
A small golden turmeric spice smoothie contains 280 calories. It has 33 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fat. This drink will provide 26% of the RDA of potassium, 28% of the RDA of fiber, and 40% of the RDA of calcium. A small smoothie will also contribute to 120% of the RDA of vitamin A, 45% of the RDA of vitamin C, 45% of the RDA of riboflavin, and 30% of the RDA of phosphorus.
The turmeric in the drink is excellent because of it’s strong antioxidant abilities. The bananas and mangos also have their own health benefits. For example, mangos are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C, but can also help maintain good eye health. This is because mangos contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which protect against age-related macular degeneration and damage from blue-light from phone and laptop screens.
4.Orange and carrot twist
The Orange and Carrot Twist is simply carrot juice and orange juice. A small serving of this juice contains 210 calories. This juice is an excellent source of vitamin As it contains a whopping 800% of the RDA! It’s also very high in vitamin C with 230% of the RDA, 40% of the RDA of vitamin K, 25% of the RDA of thiamin, and 30% of the RDA of folate. It’s also a good source of potassium with 1250mg which is 36% of the recommended daily dose of the mineral. This juice is a decent source of fiber with 7 grams per small serving, 4 grams of protein, and 32 grams of sugar.
Healthy doesn’t have to be complicated and the orange and carrot twist is proof of that, with only two ingredients in this smoothie. The urban myth that carrots improve your vision is not entirely unfounded. Night blindness is often caused by a deficiency of vitamin A, and carotenoids which are compounds in carrots can even help slow down or reduce the risk of age-related sight loss.
5.Matcha green tea blast
The Matcha Green Tea Blast is another one of the simpler items on Jamba’s menu. With only three ingredients this smoothie is a mix of soymilk, fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt, and matcha green tea.
A small serving contains 270 calories. This smoothie contains 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber, and 51 grams of sugar. Although the Matcha Green Tea Blast is less nutrient-dense than the previous healthiest drinks you can get in Jamba Juice, it’s the matcha tea that makes this drink make the list.
Although coming from the same tea plant, matcha is healthier than regular green tea as it contains more chlorophyll, antioxidants, and amino acids than regular green tea as it’s grown shaded from direct sunlight. The antioxidants and catechins in matcha are 137 times higher than in China Green Tips green tea, and three times greater than other green teas.
Many people do not like the taste of matcha or green tea, so a matcha smoothie can be a simple way to reap the benefits.
6.Protein berry workout
Jamba Juice offer two variations of their Protein Berry Workout, the whey protein blend and the vegan version with soya protein. Both versions of the smoothie are nutritionally identical. The Protein Berry workout is a blend of soymilk, strawberries, bananas, and either whey protein or soy protein. Although both versions come with soy milk, anyone with a soy allergy can ask for cows milk instead.
A small protein berry workout smoothie is 300 calories. There’s only 1 gram of fat in this blend with 47 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of protein. This smoothie is not as rich in vitamins and minerals as some of the other healthiest smoothies you can get in Jamba Juice, but it’s a great source of vitamin C with 80% of the RDA in a small smoothie. It also contains 10% of the RDA of iron, calcium, and magnesium, as well as 25% of the RDA of manganese.
Despite the popular belief that you need a lot of protein after a workout, it’s more beneficial to consume carbohydrates and protein together. The idea ratio post-workout is 1 gram of protein per 3 grams of carbohydrates, while the 58 grams of protein doesn’t break down exactly to a 1:3 ratio with the 13 grams of fat, this is still a healthy balanced smoothie from Jamba.
The Orange C-Booster is a blend of orange juice, orange sherbet, peaches, bananas, and Jamba’s daily vitamin + zinc boost.
A small orange c-booster contains 240 calories, 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams o protein, and 46 grams of sugar.
A small smoothie provides 280% of the RDA of vitamin C, 110% of the RDA of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamin B6. It meets exactly 100% of the RDA of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B12, biotin, and pathogenic acid.
Vitamin C doesn’t protect against colds like many people believe it does, but this doesn’t mean the orange c-booster isn’t important during flu season. It can help reduce the length of a cold by a day and ease the severity of it too. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, vitamin C also helps the body with iron absorption
The Bottom Line
These 7 healthiest drinks you can get in Jamba Juice all offer different health benefits, whether you want a boost of protein, antioxidants, of vitamin C, Jamba has the juice for you. That said, most smoothies here are super high in sugar. As a treat this is no problem, however, as a frequent healthy snack, this will do no good.