A pit stop at Jamba Juice or other smoothie joint isn’t a bad option when looking to refuel on the go. It’s all in the ordering. Here are a few tips:

:: Split it ::

Even the smallest size is too big for between-meal-snacks for most folks. And if it’s for a meal, better to pair a mini smoothie with say, a half a sandwich, since your body can blow through a liquid lunch pretty quick. Ask the smoothie shop to divide the 16-ouncer in half or the 24-ouncer in thirds, giving each person a tidy eight-ounce portion.

:: Boost it ::

Add soy or whey protein to the smoothie to offset the sugar. The protein will increase satiety longer than just fruit and juice.

:: Watch the sugar ::

Best choices are bulked up with yogurt or soy milk rather than juice, sherbet or frozen yogurt. The Protein Berry Workout, Tropical Probiotic and Bright Eyed and Blueberry are all good bets at Jamba Juice.

:: Opt out of artificial sweeteners ::

Some of these places cut calories by slipping Splenda and other artificial ingredients into their smoothies. Read the labels.

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  1. Pamela Hommeyer
    01.11.2011 at 9:02 PM #

    We’re big fans of plain yogurt. To cut down on sugar, when ordering smoothies that contain frozen yogurt, we ask them to substitute plain yogurt. The consistency is just a tiny bit thinner, but it cuts out the sugar they need to add to the yogurt to get it to freeze properly.

  2. 01.13.2011 at 3:21 PM #

    These are great ideas. I never thought to actually ask the person to split it into different cups. I split drinks with my husband a lot to save money, but I always feel like he’s trying to drink more than his half :)

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