Jamba Juice sure has a lot going on. It just rolled out probiotic smoothies and has been testing custom-blendable frozen yogurt, a new menu item that the company plans to expand over the course of the year. And beginning today, stores across the country will offer smoothies blended from both fruit and vegetables.
For now, the company's new Fruit & Veggie Smoothies come in three flavors: BerryUpBeet, Apple 'n Greens, and Orange Carrot Karma. All contain three servings of fruits and vegetables in every drink serving and are free of artificial flavors, preservatives, and high-fructose corn syrup. To find out what's in each flavor — and what the Sugar verdict was on each of the drinks — keep reading.
- Orange Carrot Karma: Most tasters, including myself and Susi, were underwhelmed by this blend of carrots, orange juice, and bananas, which had little carrot flavor and an oddly chalky texture. But Mandy found the mild blend to be easy to drink.
- Apple 'n Greens: I definitely witnessed dark, leafy greens being whirred into this combination of carrots, spinach, green bell peppers, and kale, but oddly enough, the bitter leaves didn't have a strong flavor. A hint of apple and a healthy green color made this my favorite of the three smoothies.
- BerryUpBeet: Katie and Susi gave top nods to this smoothie, which was chock-full of beets, berries, spinach, kale, carrots, and broccoli, although Mandy docked points for its "sulfuric aftertaste."
Vegetable haters will rejoice, as the smoothies were easy to drink and tasted rather innocuous. But that was also their downfall: they had no true fruit or vegetable flavor. "I'd much rather eat a vegetable," Susi remarked. I couldn't help but agree. Call me a tree-hugger, but I like the unmasked flavor of kale! Will you try these smoothies?