What to Order at Jamba Juice If You're on a Diet

Make smart and healthy Jamba Juice choices for weight loss

Healthy Jamba Juice Menu Items
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The Jamba Juice menu looks really healthy  After all, many of the smoothies and juice drinks contain healthy ingredients. But are Jamba Juice smoothies good for your diet? Sometimes, drinks that look like they are low in calories and full of nutrition are actually bad for your weight loss plan.  Use this guide to decode the Jamba Juice menu and keep your diet on track.

Jamba Juice Nutrition Facts

Some dieters feel that juicing for weight loss is a good idea.

  Others disagree. Regardless of your preference, you might find yourself in a pinch when you need to order a juice drink or smoothie when you're on the road. There are a few things you should know about Jamba Juice nutrition.

First, the calories in juice drinks and smoothies can be very high. For that reason, it's usually a good idea to order a smaller sized drink if you're on a diet.  In addition, just because the drink contains healthy ingredients, doesn't mean that it is the healthiest choice for you.  For example, some juice drinks contain more than a full day's recommended allowance of sugar.  Consuming too much sugar can be a problem if you are trying to lose weight or manage a condition like diabetes.

Sugar In Jamba Juice Drinks

I asked Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD about the sugar in drinks at Jamba Juice.  Kathleen is on the restaurant's Healthy Living Council. "The majority of our beverages and foods are made without added sugar or high fructose corn syrup," she said, "a small percentage of our beverages contain sugar in the form of soy milk, dairy or sherbet." 

She went on to explain the difference between added sugars and those that occur naturally in fruit. "Dieters should choose hydrating beverages made with whole fruits and veggies for the added benefit of fiber which can slow down absorption, sustain blood sugar, energize and make them feel full.  Feeling full helps keep fingers out of the cookie jar and reduces cravings."

You can also choose to "Make It Light" when you go to Jamba Juice. Diet-savvy drinkers will enjoy these treats that have 1/3 fewer calories, carbs and sugar than the classic versions.  But which menu items does Kathleen recommend for dieters? She has several favorites that include both food and drink items.

Jamba Juice Diet-Friendly Menu Items

Kathleen recommends that you pair a Fruit & Veggie Smoothie (from 180 calories) or a Freshly Squeezed Juice (from 100 calories) with any of the foods below for a nutrient rich and satisfying snack or meal.

  • A bowl of Steel Cut Oatmeal (180 calories, 8 g protein, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar) topped with whole fruit and nuts.  Keep in mind that the nuts and fruit contribute additional calories.
  • An Egg White, Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Wrap (240 calories, 15 g protein, 3 g fiber, 1g sugar).  The added protein in this sandwich will help you to feel full longer.
  • The Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bowl (290 calories, 23 g protein and 3 g fiber, 32 g sugar) can be customized to your preference if you prefer to eliminate the honey.
  • A Roasted Chicken, Cheddar and Honey Dijon Toasted Bistro Sandwich (290 calories, 18 g protein and 1 g fiber) is warm and made to order.  Other sandwiches are under 350 calories each.

Remember that the Jamba Juice menu items you choose should be part of a comprehensive plan for weight loss. You need plenty of nutrients to stay energized throughout the day, but you also need to create the right calorie deficit to lose weight. Smart dieters can find what they need on at Jamba Juice if they pay attention to good nutrition and control portion sizes.

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