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One of the great delights of visiting Florida is the abundance of wonderful tropical fruits and juices. But until you have visited Jamba Juice you haven’t lived! Once you have tasted their fruit drinks and smoothies you will see why they are so popular.
We first discovered Jamba Juice when visiting our daughter in Boca Raton, just north of Miami. We stopped at a shopping plaza opposite Florida Atlantic University, and there was a small shop called ‘Jamba’. Well, we have all tried smoothies, but wait until you have tasted a fresh Jamba smoothie!
Jamba serves up the most delicious, nutritious and energizing smoothies and freshly squeezed juices, and vitamin packed ‘boosts.’ These are not just fruit drinks, made with 3-6 servings of fresh fruit, but they are boosted with vitamins and minerals too. Our bodies need energy and essential nutrients, like minerals, vitamins, amino acids and certain fatty acids to sustain life, and whilst a normal healthy diet should supply all that we need, jamba fruit smoothies are a great source of potassium, as well as being low in sodium.
There are also delicious baked breads. These foods are low in fat, high in fibre and a natural source of energy
The fruit juices and juice blends and boosts are dairy free too, whilst the smoothies can be made dairy free by substituting soymilk or sorbet. Most smoothies are gluten free, as area all fresh fruit juices, juice blends, fruit and non dairy products. No sugar is added to the juices, either.
There is a wide range of smoothies available, including Banana Berry, which is a mix of apple and strawberry juice, blueberries, bananas, raspberry sherbet, non-fat frozen yogurt and ice. Aloha Pineapple is one to try, made with pineapple juice, strawberries, bananas, pineapple sherbet, non-fat plain yogurt and ice. It is scrumptious. But maybe Caribbean Passion takes your fancy – passion fruit and mango juice, strawberries, peaches, orange sherbet and ice – delicious! If you want a low calorie smoothie then try a Strawberry Nirvana, with apple strawberry juice, low-calorie enlightened base, strawberries, bananas and ice. It has only 280 calories instead of anything up to 500 calories, so you can still indulge and not feel guilty.
If you just want juice then try lemonade – fresh squeezed lemons and white grape juice, with no added sugar, or maybe a Vibrant C Blend – made from orange juice, pineapple juice, bananas, vibrant C boost and ice.
Then there are the ‘boosts’ which contain specially formulated vitamins. You get one free boost with every smoothie, or you can pay to add an extra one. The ‘Femme Boost’ is designed specially for women and has calcium, iron, folic acid and fibre, whilst the Immunity Boost contains Echinacea, vitamin C green tea and antioxidants to help strengthen the immune system.
But for me, after a bit of retail therapy it has to be the Energy boost, which has a potent blend of ginseng, ginkgo biloba, rhodiola and guarana to ‘help fight fatigue, increase stamina and boost energy.’ This boost also contains 4 energy essential B vitamins to help support brain functions, improve memory and concentration and ensure brain cell maintenance. Think that has to be ‘on the menu’ after a day spent shopping.
There are even Jamba Super Boosts, such as the Burner Boost, which they say is a metabolism burner and appetite control. It contains chromium and other weight management botanicals, to help increase metabolism, burn fat, suppress hunger and promote weight maintenance – bring it on!
One of the things we liked most about this store, apart from the freshness of its products, was the large amount of nutritional information available. Jamba have hundreds of stores, from New York to Hawaii, and there are many around the Miami, Fort Lauderdale area, plus one in Tampa, and another in Clearwater. If you happen to be near one, do pop in and tickle those taste buds.
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